The Mysterious Object

Last week’s task was to go to the National Museum of Cardiff and identify an object to study. Look at how the object it is shown to us through the medium of the museum itself, how they categorise it and what’s the story they put around it.

Walking around the first floor with my group we decided to speak about it as a whole, then each of us would chose an individual object to talk about more in dept. Here‘s the link to the Power Point we’ve done.

I chose this piece:

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It almost immediately cached my eye. Not because it was interesting or standing out somehow but because I was looking for something uncommon and this matched my expectations. It was placed in a quite central position, considering the floor’s layout, and it had ‘protective’ strings all around it. From this moment a lot of questions started popping in my head about what that object was, so I instinctively started looking for the label to read a description. But there wasn’t any to be found. Not immediately at least. So everything got more intriguing for my head and started wandering seriously on what it could be. What was happening with that object? Was it an object to dispose of and in the meantime they didn’t know where to place it? Was it an object of the exposition and just placed there to fill a whole? In that process I discovered to have a quite imaginative mind:

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Was it an altar for sacrifice? A table? A crime scene?

I started to photograph my mysterious object, hoping that I could understand more by studying it. After a few pictures from different angles, and some minutes later, I finally found the label. It was placed on the side of the walkway, far from the object related to. My piece was going to reveal it’s mystery.

‘The jar is a container for the dead’

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The first observation is that it took me a while to read through the two languages and through the lines of her description to see what it was.

The second observation is that she describes the jar as beautiful while the aesthetic of it is clearly in contrast with her affirmation.

The third observation is that she talks about a meaningful and profound subject which is the death and in her label she doesn’t say anything that it could immerse the viewer in her reflection upon death and the way she related it to her ‘beautiful’ object.

Forth observation is that either her, or the curator, didn’t create the proper environment (context, background…) in order, for the viewer to appreciate the object’s actually deep meaning.

As a small experiment, while writing my own reflections about the object, I just stood there at a proper study distance and observed the passers. In almost half an hour, everybody that passed by the object did’t seem to bother to give it a glimpse of a look. People were watching the objects before, that were under the protective glass and labelled and just seeing through my object of study, to the photographic exposition right after. Only one girl stopped, a ceramic student from another group but she didn’t have lick in finding the label.

In conclusion I have to say that I didn’t expect this experience to be so interesting. Analysing from different perspectives the layout of a single object and actually having so much to say about it. I will never enter a whatever exhibition with just the visitor’s eye anymore.

 

 

My own Structural/Materialist film

Today in class we made our own piece of film to project with an old projector and it was really interesting. I came to have a taste of how films were made before 1973, before the appearance of digital machines.

I attached some pieces of leaves, thread, laser cut outs, pieces of other films with the scotch tape and wrote and draw on it too. I finally cut the edges with a splicer and prepared it to be attached to another piece making together a 6 minutes long ‘movie’. Considering that normally is being run 24 film stripes per second, we would each have a 2 seconds projection.

 

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Since it was almost everybody’s first time to actually make and project a piece of film it was difficult to predict what is that we were about to see. I personally supposed that I would see, even for a glimpse, all the elements I have attached to my film.  I also expected to notice loads of imperfection like the edge of the tape, maybe some scratches on the film (since it has been bleached out and reused), maybe not so strong colours and definitely something different than predicted :). I was right on the series of my second prediction. The film run too fast for a single stripe to be distinguished from the others, and I only managed to see more clearly the round I draw on three stripes and the last dark element of my piece of film. We saw very clearly though a series of stripes representing a fun basic man sketch on a real football game scenes and it was because my classmate represented it in a slow motion from one stripe to another.

Since we had some time left, we run it a second time a bit slower, so we were able to distinguish more details between the stripes.

The overall visual of the film, besides the usage of other real scenes film cuts, was like watching at fast speed a gathering of marks. I also enjoyed the individual process leading to a collective work that we could admire as a whole and the reaction was between surprise and laughter so I’m sure we all enjoyed it.

I discovered a new approach to art.

Reflection on the chosen Company – Timorous Beasties

I have to admit I felt really discouraged after my last tutorial a couple of days ago and kind of had an ‘artistic crisis’. I begun all in a sudden to doubt my self and I just felt confused about what I was doing and why. All this after just some question of my tutor like who am I inspired by and why and who are they inspired by? etc. After that I just felt lost and in the wrong place until now.  And it might seem a short period of time these two days but I felt every minute of it as if it was months.

Since the beginning of Uni I always felt energised and passionate in doing every brief and even if I’m still in the process of finding my style I never felt discouraged, on the contrary, finished the brief I felt I wanted to do more, just to have all my ideas out of my head and getting it lighter while proudly seeing my technical file getting thicker. Well, not this time. This time nobody assigned us a company but we had to chose it ourselves. Based on the style we found until now to be more keen of. And here all the problems begun. The responsibility of not only making the choice, but to justify it. And I was only able to realise what the problem was thanks to my mom that happened to be in the right place, learning a process of organising ideas from one of her lecturers and transmit it to me.

I knew I was attracted to this company’s designs but when I was asked again why I could barely say the words ‘abstract’ and ‘beautiful colours’. Common denominator of all designers if took them subjectively :).

This way of organising thoughts consists in a simple but very effective method: Describe, Analyse, Reflect and Reference. So I took my beloved company, the Timorous Beasties and began to look at each of their designs that I liked describing it the most accurately possible what I was seeing. At first it was ‘colourful’, ‘abstract’, ‘irregular patterns’. Then I took each voice and described it more accurately trying to transform in words what I was seeing and why I liked that particular design or piece of it. I zoomed in the first one and saw layers of what seemed to me individual designs. The colours of the background layer were neutral cold tones probably ink based from the way they were merging into one another ending in irregular shapes like they dropped some ink on a paper and cropped it where the shape was ending. The top layer that before was just other splashes of beautiful colours it resulted in being an organic Damask pattern composed by flowers and leaves reminding the Baroque style. At this point I could also associate their historic influence they claim to be inspired by but I could never see.

Everything was beginning to make sense. I could not only relate to most of their work by understanding why or why not but it helped me understand that classifying the little elements their designs were composed of could inspire mine in a constructive way. This is how I can take those elements I’m inspired by, because I fell them part of my personal taste, and change those that I don’t with the ones that more represents me, so I can actually make a collection that could enter their style but with my personal touch that it would make them different as well.

Quite a mental journey!

Stationery Designers/Companies

I admit not considering at all this market before the brief, but as all researches it got me closer to a deeper understanding of what gives me satisfaction to see my prints on or what I can easily put at the end of the wish job list and stationery is here but with door wide open for experimentation. Most of all it’s been giving me a more global understanding of what is out there in the design world that I didn’t know much about.

Rifle Paper Co.

I like their style and the fact that even though it is a mainly paper based company they also have fun putting their designs on shoes, phone cases, fabrics and many others. If I was to design for a stationery company, this would be the one!

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Moglea

Usa based designer. Mark making and brush effects, a simple but so effective look.

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Orla Kiely

I really admire and envy a little bit how she found her style in a simple roundish organic flowers and leaves that she can easily adapt to make it a new pattern and also for different markets, from stationary to bags etc.

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Rossi Carta e Biglietti dal 1931

This company started small in fine stationary and decorative papers. Initially based on the historical and artistic traditions of Florence, they extended their inspiration to Italy’s main cites. It’s always beautiful to see success stories of people that maintained their tradition without having to necessarily follow the ephemeral trends of the majority.

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Paper Mojo

From the home page their designs and colours stand out and the curiosity to enter and see them all is immediate, or at least for me. As far as I can see from their marbled textures and others they follow trend, which in this case I appreciate it a lot visually but they also have quite  varied range of styles and designs as well, so I might fit in there somewhere.

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Interior Designers/Companies

I begun my research in the library throughout wallpapers books and observed how most of the designers don’t just stop at that but they can be either interior designers, architects  etc. I feel belonging to me as well this versatility of not limiting myself to only one or two categories and this is not because I still don’t know what I want to do as I thought before, but because I see myself coming up with a new design that can probably fit better on a dress or a wallpaper or a chair. And this is one part of the process I enjoy the most, how my mind tries to find a hypothetical fitting for it.

I found some designers I fell in love with at the first page only because of the visual communication and others because of their values through which they design or the end they want to pursue. Sometimes I find it hard to express in my designs what I want because even if the information is in there somewhere I can not find. In this moments it is refreshing to browse through other artists and say yes, that’s what I wanted to do! I want to be able to take their philosophy and make them mine.

Timorous Beasties

I love their diversity of patterns that range from modern-urban to a more classic but always with a contemporary twist. The colourful splashes in a mirroring technique is one of the things what gives me satisfaction in both watching and designing, and even more if they are combined with a contrasting touch of colour where the curiosity of whom is watching is challenged in understanding what is it exactly that thing that catches the eye.

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Kit Miles

Kit Miles is a luxury interior surface designer. He is well known for his dynamic use of colour and fantasy feel of his own interpretation of reality. He combines organic designs with objects and gives most of his work a three dimensional touch. I’m amazed by his bold use of colour and the historical touch he infuses in his designs. He had his internship with the Timorous Beasties, one of his inspirations.

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Evan James Designs

They design original 3D wallpaper made by modules so that can be easily customised and in continuous movement by replacing or removing some or all tiles.

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Linda Florence

She makes bespoke hand printed wallpapers and also installations for interior combining techniques such as laser cutting, silk screen printing and ceramic printing. It was important to understand what techniques can be involved in the production and that it is actually possible to make such stunning and visually perfect designs enough to cover a room.

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Susan Bradley

Even though she’s not my kind of style I’m happy i ran into her studio while researching in the library because of how she likes mixing decorative with functional. And this is something I feel I could be too. Her external damask wall decoration captured me.

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Florence Manlik

She gives a very soft touch to her hand drawn designs that remind me of eastern delicacy. Fer designs are very versatile in fact she was commissioned to work for fashion, wallpapers, book covers etc.

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Zoe Design

She make both murals and wallpapers or panels. Their own collection or made to measure. She is influenced by the Chinese culture and uses the specular technique in repeating patterns. It is researching these two elements from the Timorous Beasties’s inspiration that I found Zoe Design.

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Graham and Brown

It is a wallpaper Company, they feature quite a number of designers and Companies with different styles. And they have an interesting Inspiration page as well with some tips and future trends. Here’s the trend that inspired me the most: the Trace Layered Landscape, the Trace Distressed Details and Trace Marble Movement.

Anthropologie

Researching about this well known company I ended up focusing on their shop displays instead of their products. They feature interesting modular installations / wall coverings using all sorts of materials and found it inspirational for my modular experimentation:

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Surface View

Surface View is a wallpaper company that have a fascinating range of grand scale imagery representing flowers. I don’t particularly appreciate their vintage style but their mock-ups certainly give me an immediate understanding of how much can scale influence the overall look of a design’s outcome. Which is important for me considering that I want to experiment with scale.

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Fashion Designers

This is the sector I’m keen on designing the most, together with the wallpaper sector. It is unique the way a certain fabric looks like in our hands and the way it reacts when folded and/or combined with others on a body in movement. It’s fascinating.

I love specular designs, it feels like you can play around with them on the fabric and place them accordingly to shape one side of the body or the other. It also interests me the ‘strange’ combinations of colours and pattern that seen separately you would’t immediately think they could belong together as well as very simple elements that can make your head turn. And the damask patterns.

Inspiration from nature is vital for a harmonic combination of colours and forms.

Alexander McQueen

A genius who didn’t really liked the fashion world (and here I kind of recognise my self) but with the passion for couture he ended up in it changing it by contrasting Dior’s perfect look of the woman with his theatrical and more obscure vision of beauty and its contrast. Severely judged in the beginning, in 10 years he became one of the most admired fashion designers and even after his death his style and message still survive. Both his and Sarah Burton’s prints are a unique inspiration for me.

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Roberto Cavalli

Growing up in Italy , weather you like fashion or not, you get to know most of the fashion designer from television and gossip magazines. He was the first one that I started to admire his prints which are totally inspired from nature, felines most of all and laces, lots of laces mostly in the SS 2011 collection!

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Guo Pei

Called as the McQueen of China. I find her style seductive and has the ability to transport me to another time, an eastern beauty. I personally don’t like most of her creations, but the few I do I’ll print them and put on the wall for eternal inspiration.

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Issey Miyake

His style is an inspiration and a revolutionary thinking that I had much to learn from. He went against all that has been instilled in our mind in the western culture about the woman’s body and its beauty. He wanted to achieve flexibility in movements and an easy production of the garment leaving the body free and hidden inside while the western culture was constraining the women’s body into a tight cloth in order to reveal its shapes.

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Iris Van Herpen

An amazing sculptural designer that plays with sensations and visual effects pushing continuously the boundaries of fashion design using in her creations innovative techniques and radical materials as well as 3D printing along with the traditional. It’s like she knows no limits.

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Rad Hourani

I really like his simple but sophisticately folded collars, futuristic, transformable and unisex clothes. He’s monochromatic predilecting black and a few other colours in a dark tone and almost never combines them unless it’s black and white, which I predilect in many of my clothes as well. Until this point of my research, and i went through tens and tens of stylists this is one of the few REALLY ready to wear ones. In fact, pick one and I’ll wear it without questioning.

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Elie Saab

He can be a true inspiration for a fashion designer lover appreciating all those bids he manages to use in his creations, personally i don’t have that patients. Said that there are some of his pieces that really intrigue me both the digital as the embroidery patterns. Al the women wearing Elie Saab give me the sensation that they feel like the most beautiful in the world. Subleme!

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Zero Waste Daniel

He is clothing designer and a zero waste pioneer. In his last two years of practice he saved tones of scrap fabrics which he used to make his collections which are internationally renown and wore also by celebrities. I found our recently about him and found it inspirational for a sustainable practice never to forget in our process of designing and making. And it also related to a few denim pieces I did last year with recycled scraps and chosen to be exposed in the Heart Gallery this June.

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Noa Raviv

Noa is a Tel Aviv born and a 2016 graduated fashion designer that already gain world wide recognition. She had the idea to combine deformed 3d objects using 3d software, created by a command that the software was unable to execute, then translated it into fabric.

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Liliya Hudyakova

The russian artist Liliya Hudyakova is actually a photographer with a good eye. Her Fashion & Nature photo series pairs accomplished fashion designer’s dresses and other pieces with the natural views that she imagines might have inspired them. It is addicting to scroll through them and endlessly inspiring.

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Gareth Pugh

A mind blowing fashion designers. Hes designs are inspired by shape, proportion and process. One of the pieces that attracted my attention was this modular installation / garment with a futuristic and dark touch.

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My reflective thoughts and creative intentions for Module ADZ5777 Subject ‘Making Connections’

Not only one year has passed already, but so did the summer holidays and here I am reading the brief for the first term of my second year realising that time has come for the going to get tougher. I have to admit that I’m a bit less relaxed then an year ago but most of all, I feel so excited to throw myself into the new challenges and techniques awaiting for me and improve the skills I have already acquired.

I took the first couple of weeks of the holidays to enjoy them without any schedule. Then the time came to see the Denim Exhibition organised by my teacher Sally Grant and hosted in the Heart Gallery. It was awesome to see my pieces hanging on the wall among other people’s work backing up such an important topic as the sustainability. Thank you for this opportunity. This got me a bit more motivated to always try to be actively involved. To put me in the game and don’t miss even the smallest of opportunities.

I also decided to deepen my digital knowledge, especially Illustrator which I liked since I first opened it and Photoshop, the one I always managed to avoid until happily forced to face it by the academic staff for a digital presentation. Now we have a love&hate relationship which I’m sure it will improve considerably in the year to come. So I started and almost finished the Digital Textile Design book (2nd edition) and its resourceful tutorials. Together with some others on You Tube, an invaluable as well as a free tool. From the first pages I’ve learned about the fractal design that I found intricately interesting and will surely get back to and got a general knowledge of how lots of artists play/ed with software, real objects and effects to manipulate photographs and create stunning designs. Here are some of mine:

My intention is to continue the job I’m doing, explore as many different fields as I can and experiment accordingly in order to be able to find my path and style. For now I feel I belong everywhere and nowhere, and even though this makes it easier for me to learn something new, it also makes me realise that i’m spreading my energies instead of focusing them on what really makes me, me.