On the 31st of May, we had a second planned trip with our tutor group, to Margate.
When we arrived after a 1.45-hour journey from Victoria at Margate Leigh showed us around Margate telling us the town’s history. The small sea city that belongs to Kent was originally a holiday destination with its beaches and especially its pleasure park Dreamland. Not a surprise this a huge part of the city and shaped its infrastructure and architecture but not everything. There was a part of the town wich I did not expect, the art side. This art side presents itself in the form of galleries, workshops, studios but also shops and cafes.
The first thing we visited was Leigh’s studio, where he showed us his most reached work still wet, in the making and unfinished: 3 keys and some painted dartboards. He told us how he is fascinated by the cities history and how it inspires him. Then he showed us his collection, holding some impressive pieces of a difrent artist.
After this, we visited the studio of another artist, which told us about the space and how they developed the studios and their further plans with the building LIMBO.
After another visit to another studio, we ended at the Turner Contemporary, which sits directly on the sea exhibiting a show called ‘every day is a new day’, featuring the two artists Michael Armitage, and Phyllida Barlow. The show prizes the importance of art and its impact on the world, with a focus on its positive value and aspects. It was a very engaging and playfull exhibition which also formed a part fore a group of primary school children that created work for a part of the show.
the visit was very informative, and during my way back home I tried to convert some of the expressions of this weird and beautiful town into some sketches, not sure what I should think about the place.
On the 10th of May, we had a session on Text with Leigh in the studio.
We read an extract of Ian Breakwell’s diary extracts, choose one of the log entries and talk about what we imagine, why we think it is a substantial piece and how we could illustrate it. I wanted a story of a woman walking around in an art gallery in the 70s with a long-haired dachshund pulling on her trouser leg. See the excerpt from the full story:
When I read the story the first time I was immediately drawn to words it, the imagery was so stong; I saw the carpet and the brown dog, I saw the woman through the windows inspecting the art. I imagined a mid-age working/business woman who had two children and the dog was a present for them, but now she is stuck with it. However she is continuing with her work not caring about one more thing she has to care for, she still puts on her heels in the morning and walking from gallery to gallery sinking in the thick carpets, dragging the dog behind her.
When I drew the image, I decided that it needs colour since the text was so clear on that, at least regarding the trouser suit.
I think I Realty step out of my comfort zone with this piece, showing a more humerus piece rather than serious topics which I usually address. I do not know if I would continue or revisit this article but I am glad that I am done the piece, so I know now I could develop this style further.
As part of a drawing exercise, we had to be in an object. Withis object did we then arrange among some other objects of students to draw them in several of ways. For example:
- We only looked at the objects and not on the pencil or paper.
- We only looked on the paper and not on the object.
- We drew the objects in one line.
- We drew the objects only with straight lines.
- We focused on perspective.
The purpose of the exercise was – from my point of view – to shift our perspective from the visible through ward the uncommon. Though this exercise we might find ourselves in areas which were unusual and unique for us but only because we never thought about doing those things, or because we thought we couldn’t do these things.
However for me personal was it quite dull and boring and I did not feel like I could challenge or grow in any way through the exercise. But it was still interesting to see the work of others but especially the objects they brought in from lamps to ropes, to shoes and skulls there was everything.
On the 16th of March, we received another brief titled as ‘Mobile Phone Video’.
The task was to make a video which either followed a narrative or was abstract in its meaning; the only took we needed was our mobile device with the Adobe Premiere Clip app on it.
Receiving a particular colour and capturing this colour in as many 15 to 20 second videos as possible, which we then at the end edit together to one coherent video. The goal of the video was to make us learn to ‘identify ‘visuality’ fitting to purpose’.
We were then asked to edit the video further and publish it on our blog.
I had the colour blue. Walking around London, taking the tube and going familiar ways spotting and identifying the colour around me. Surprised by the way, I looked at my environment. The colour blue seems to pop ut of the crowd of colours, blue, blue and bluer everywhere. It seems to me as there was everything blue…. I was blue, and I felt blue.
I later edit the video and overlayed it with the sound of rain and thunder to create this feeling and atmosphere of blue. I associate the colour blue with water, calm water, wild water, rain and thunder.
Starting with the gentle sound of dabbling water transforming into a thunder storm which is so common in London and this time of the year, summing up my feelings of the day and the melancholy I felt.
As a part of a drawing exercise we (my tutor and the group) visited the Lea Valley in London, the river Lea is located in East London in the Lea Valley. The group visisted the Valley on the 3 of May. However, I could not attand this session and went on another day to re-do the drawing exercise.
Guieded by Leigh’s Odd Guide, I walked around the Lea Valley exploring the area and its history. I drawed and doccumented my way through the place, looking at the environment and art. I found many objects and places that catched my eyes and was surprided by the art that I found; Figurs, old taxis and wierd objects.
I setched and drew much during my stay there and created a piece which summed up my collective experiance. shoing the art but also random objets such as wier and buildings and a sign.
Kind of breaking my normal style and working on the skills I learnd of the previous briefs, I think that the way I converted a broad and multi image jouny into one piece is very intresting, especially in documenting and storry telling. I think it is a great way to show in one image the experiance I had during a whole day, and gives the audience a good insigt what they can expect in this area of london.
The flip book aka. Brief 3
On the 13th of March, we received the next small brief titled as ‘Flip Book’.
We were asked in this brief to create a flipbook either A7 or smaller, in the colour scheme black and white, if basic colour but more limited in this area. There was no limit of pages, but every page had to be hand illustrated/drawn, and the aim of the book was to promote ourselves as an artist.
I struggled with this task not particularly with the job to crate a flip book – although I thought that to create a flowing and coherent stream of images with illustrations you need more time and resources. But with the topic I had my difficulties, to promote myself as an artist…. what does that mean? Who am I as an artist and illustrator… what is my creative service?
I regularly illustrate, inspired by mostly by nature, stories and my surroundings. I draw realistic and very detailed, I keep going for hours and hours to create the best results, drifting into the dark of my own mind floating between the fantastic and the real.
Which is how I came to the idea to feature a jellyfish in my flipbook, a creature so unique but so simple, only feeding the minimum to stay alive but in its structure not comparable to any other animal. Thier live span is between a few hours, to days to immortal.
Applied to myself does that mean to me and my art is it supposed to show that I work flexible on small but also big projects, time might but not necessarily have to play a role I focus on what is important and get myself completely into a project.
My flipbook shows a jellyfish swimming in the picture and out again, and if the audience wants this form, a loop was again and again never stoping.
As part of museums visit on the 6th of March to the Natural History museum we were asked to make 100 drawings of one same subject, so every time we saw this particular thing in the museum we had to draw it. We could interpret this as we wanted as long as we take the objects/ artefacts out of their natural surroundings and put them into a neural space without any references.
As the group that was sent to the Natural History Museum, we received a list of things we could draw such as Dinosours, Birds, Wings, Feet, Tail or Claws. I decided the letter one: Claws.
Surprisingly hard, in my opinion, was it to define what a claw was, is it only a hard, sharp and usually curved nail of an animal such as found on a cat or tiger? Or is the extension of a nail, such as the nail of a human still a claw? Do the claws of a lobster count too? And what is at the foot of a horse – a hoof- is that a foot or still a claw? I decided to be quite playful with this decision and considered all of them as claws even though they are not all used for the same purpose and varied in shape and appearance.
I quite enjoyed the task to walk around, only focussing on one particular object, it made me look different at the objects which I Drew, realising that I passed whole sections such as fish without even looking at them knowing that I would not find what I was seeking.
The amount of the drawings, however, was challenging. Even though I was focusing on only one very particular topic, I found it very hard to get to the number hundred and had to change my drawings/sketches quite a bit to get to the amount. I used different technique such as drawing only outlines, one-line drawings, only considering the form instead of the details – reducing the actual object to particular key features.
I think the drawing exercise was not the most useful one regarding expanding my drawings skills but in my organisation and focusing skills. Focusing only on one and not many things, living out the environment and any references were whey challenging for me, and I consider to do this exercise from now on more often.
The task of the 9th of March was then building on these 100 observational drawings from the museum’s visit. By making a little zine with three spreads, not more, plus a front and back cover featuring the designs. The idea of the task was to expand our skills and thoughts on a topic we care about connected to the issue of the drawings. The zine itself did not necessarily to have a clear narrative of following any common sense but could also just represent a particular mood we might have during our visit.
The Zine had to feature a title on the front cover, a word or sentence on each spread and we could include a short paragraph at the end of the back cover to ensure the back is not blank.
I used the drawings of the museum’s session and transferred them on a paper that was marked with different grids and marks. The zine is titled as ‘The traces we leave behind…” and continued this sentence over the next three spreads with “…bits and pieces, here and there…”, “… to a representation of ourselves…”, “…and then disappear into nothingness.”. The zine is exploring the human desire of not being forgotten; I explained my idea and the topic of the zine in the ending paragraph:
“The traces we leave behind” covers the topic around the fear of beeing forgotten over time by beloved ones but also from the world after passing away. Many are afraid of death, not specific of the actual act that more of what happened after: to themselves as the soul/spirit/ghost but at the same time to their remembrance. What do people remember? Do they do something in Memoriam of them? Do they remember at all? However I believe after a while there is no one left to remember, and we are forgotten, returning to nothingness, where everything starts and ends.
I used no colour, except the very distinctive but I already used during the sketching in the museum, and in my opinion, it fitted ver well to the quite blue and depressing/sad topic of the zine. I also added the colour to the back of the sheet to include also the inside pages into the concept of the zine.
I liked the task, even if it was a bit hard to get to the zine itself because I struggled to find a topic which inspired me, but I’m very satisfied with the briefs outcome.
- a thing or collection of things wrapped in paper in order to be carried or sent by mail.
make (something) into a parcel by wrapping it.
an object or group of objects wrapped in paper or plastic, or packed in a box.
put into a box or wrapping, especially for sale.
present (someone or something) in a particular way, especially to make them more attractive.
a paper or cardboard container, typically one in which goods are packed to be sold.
make up into or wrap up in a packet.
Whenever I have to wrap a gift, parcel, or anything in general I think about how to. I concider several of things while doing so, what orcassion is it for? What do I wrap? To who im givig/sening it? I enjow the proces of wrapping at least as much as actually giving it at the end away, beacuse I know it will affect the reaction of the other person. A parcel or gift that is showing exackly what it is is making the acctual akt of wrapping unnecessary because what is the point of wrapping something when it is still the same. We can transform the wraped object into something vague. Because it is not all about what inside, at least not entirely. It is the development, the progress which is so important not only for the receiver but also the giver. From thinking about the gift, to choosing, buing, wrapping and delivering it. A mindfully and thoughtfully wrapped gift, is more worth than an non or badly wrapped one – from my point of view.
However if a gift is not so well packt is does not mean its less worth, maybe the wrapper was in a rusch, not talented or just hasn’t an eye for the detail. The purpose of the wrapping stays the same: hiding, surprising showing that we care.
And I mean lets face it opening a present, parcel, package, gift or box and finding something unexpected is great!
Emotions, Memories and Expectations.
A gift or a present is an item given to someone without the expectation of payment or return. An item is not a gift, if that item, itself, is already owned by the one to whom it is given. Although gift-giving might involve an expectation of reciprocity, a gift is meant to be free. By extension the term gift can refer to anything that makes the other happier or less sad, especially as a favor, including forgiveness and kindness. In many cultures gifts are traditionally packaged in some way. For example, in Western cultures, gifts are often wrapped in wrapping paper and accompanied by a gift note which may note the occasion, the recipient’s name, and the giver’s name. In Chinese culture, red wrapping connotes luck. Although inexpensive gifts are common among colleagues, associates and acquaintances, expensive or amorous gifts are considered more appropriate among close friends, romantic interests or relatives. – Brigham, John Carl (1986).Social Psychology. p. 322.
– expression of: love, friendship, gratitude, piety, solidarity
– sharing wealth
– celebration: birthday, Christmas, wedding, funeral, anniversaries, birth, passing and examination, mothers/fathers day, congratulation, engagement, housewarming
Gift wrapping is the act of enclosing a gift in some sort of material. Wrapping paper is a kind of paper designed for gift wrapping. An alternative to gift wrapping is using a gift box. A wrapped or boxed gift may be held closed with ribbon and topped with a decorative bow.
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