Friday, 4 February 2011

a bit of nostalgia!

I seem to be on a nostalgia path this evening, looking through all my old work and finding things I forgot about.... here are some of the things from 2nd year that are unfinished and that I liked the most -  I would love to develop  these on at some point...

The idea behind this was fragmentation and exaggeration! I was taking objects or figures and building on them, transforming their original state. There were some really beautiful elements about the broken mugs and i especially loved the silhouette face...

this is what took me onto looking into cameos and incorporating elemental subject matter and texture...
I could really see these in a stationary context

Thinking ethically!

I wanted to have a look at some of my old work to see how I have developed, and i came across a group project I did at the beginning of my second year at Uni. We were asked to choose a company whom we thought we could re-vamp and develop their collection in an ethical way! Our company of choice was demano. At the time we did the brief, demano used old signs that were thrown away and almost impossible to recycle, the idea was to up-cycle these and give them new life!

Page from presentation - set up to look like the demano website

Doing this course with Regenerate Clothing's May Cortazzi, I learnt so much about the effect of waste and how we are over using our resources, and doing nothing with the left overs...its shocking!! Thats why I really love demano and all that they stand for. 

Page from our presentation on waste management coming from the point of view of CULT clothing!

We decided to follow on and develop their collection, finding new resources and products they could delve into.
this is what we came up with...
I had so much fun sourcing these to make sure it would be credible if i was actually doing it for a business venture, there are so many sailing clubs across the country who say they have massive amounts of waste yet have no use for the broken items, I would love to make this a reality one day!

Product line I put together using actual sails imagery and how they might be applied when manufacturing wearable items and accessories.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Translation of movement

As I've been looking into 'Black swan' i wanted to see how i could record movement and how this can be depicted through imagery. Initially thinking literally drawing figures and illustrating movement through line and mark making qualities... then i came across Laban Notations!

Laban Notations are used to record the movement of the person in dance and theatre! This set of symbols and lines are confusing at first but caused me and my flatmate to spend hours trying to work out and interpret the meaning of these symbols.

This inspired me to try and find a way to incorporate this in my visual research. I find it fascinating the way movement can be recorded so mathematically, and then become something that looks so fluid on stage. I want to see how I can work with contemporary dance such as above (Infra by Wayne McGregor) and reflect this transition!

Si Scott illustrations!

Si Scott is someone I came across a few months ago and have completely fallen in love with his work. His attention to detail, and line qualities that carry the eye are just enchanting to say the least! it takes my breath away (literally) when I see some of his work and I cant help but feel compelled to use him as a source of inspiration. I want to use his way of curving lines to express movement in my dance imagery and the way he uses this to elaborate detail and give the effect the image is coming out of the page... it's just a case of trying to put these ideas and concepts into form that can be translated into an appropriate design outcome... easy?