I continued experimenting with some of the ideas that I mentioned in my previous post.
Practical review/action- I experimented modifying the photograph of my consumer slave. Adding words like consumerism = Spiritual emptiness, detachment from nature and ‘be a vivacious consumer of intelligence’. I also cut part of the picture out and created a webb with thread; slowly capturing the consumer into a life of work to buy and consume. An empty life. I embroidered the words work, consume, buy and die in red to add a sense of drama or danger. I also stitched some of my metal wire to the brick work of the church and added some random cross stitch in black thread. I made sure I emphasised the submissive collar by stitching some organza and some copper wire to the photograph so it gives it a 3D look. I explored putting different backgrounds behind the thread Webb. I am still undecided on which one I prefer. I think in this image the black looks more effective but in reality the white is a better outcome.
Analysis and critical review
Looking at the image I enjoy the changes that I made. The changes look as they belong to the image. I am happy with the composition – it looks balanced! Charlotte is sitting to the left of the church door and I have deliberately done the webb of thread in the opposite direction to create balance. The words are embroidered in her under skirt so the webb covers and restricts her legs; a symbol of catching and taking ones freedom and possibly replacing it with debt. The changes are subtle, I wanted them this way as that is how in my view consumers are lured into buying and thinking that they need material possessions. I do wonder if I played it safe again. I think that the writing should be bolder – maybe with red oil’s? I may experiment with a photocopy first, instead of an actual photograph.
I was still not convinced that I was going out of my comfort zone. It all felt too safe. So I carried on exploring.
I went back to the concept of fibromyalgia and experimented with the grouping below.
I Explored the idea of everyday words affecting the mind and body by juxtaposition the image of my line drawing on a perspex onto the writing sample. This method has already changed my original image. It has given it another layer, adding more interest. The image is A4 size.
I looked at what other artist had done with similar topics like depression and metal health. It is interesting that some of these artist have also used the silhouette of a head or a profile of a face.
I enjoy the first image on the images above; it’s from an unknown artist. I enjoy how he has shown the two sides of his face and created an optical illusion, very clever! I also enjoy the simplicity of this image. There are other examples of this method on Pinterest. Different interpretations of the same idea.
I carried own taking my idea forward pushing it as far as I could take it. Experimenting with different compositions. In the image above, I joint my faces in reverse. Turning one upside down and carefully joining the lines of my profile – this was hard as some lines wouldn’t match and although a busy print so far, I wanted the lines to be simple, almost like an African mask feel. The concept also plays with the idea of inclusion and how mental health and physical trauma affects all races, it has no barriers, it doesn’t discriminate, it’s all inclusive. It brings us all to the same level – our selfs! Our minds and our souls. The different colours of the writing represents the different stages and levels of pain and how it ends up consuming the individual – this is something I learnt in my earlier research into Claude Heath work. I am separating what I know to what I feel as a form of sensation. I am using different colours to represent the different stages of my drawing mapping what I feel.
I carried on playing with composition combining and changing my motive to create a repetitive pattern. I did this digitally and then printed it in an A1 size to be able to see the piece in a larger scale and to see if the quality of the print was good.
I was very pleased with the outcome! It looks like a cool print. I archived the look I wanted; contemporary, funky, colourful with and edgy vibe. I wondered if the black lines were to severe? So I didn’t rest until I experimented with other colour palettes.
Examples of different compositions changing the rhythm of the print. I prefer the previous print (one above) as I think the lips meeting in the pattern create a better effect.
Below: I opted for a very unusual colour palette. Apart from the blue these are not hues that I usually like. I wanted to try something out of my comfort zone and continue exploring bright unusual colours. Very vibrant!
I am very excited about the result! I love the colour’s. For me this piece is a refined version of the previous one. I didn’t stop, oh no! I carried own and on experimenting trying to push my idea until I couldn’t push it no more; after all this is my chance to show all my learnings through this course and being in my safe lagoon is not what I learnt. I need to take risks because this is where my work gets more interesting and exciting, this is where I learn about me as a textiles practitioner.
So I printed my new design and continued adding layers, at this point my perspex line drawing was becoming a very important and invaluable tool. I took away the black profile in the background and changed it to an orange/red – I really like this as it signifies fire, danger, hurt thus also adding a more subtle layer representing the different dimensions of our pain. The image below is my favourite so far. I think this image and the process demonstrates all my learnings so far.
- That I understand the creative process and have used research to broaden my understanding and knowledge.
- I have explored a range of approaches to drawing and mark- making to realise ideas and investigate textiles techniques that generate texture, tone, composition and line.
- I have shown my skills in research, analysis and critical thinking (at last!)
- I have developed skills in recording and evaluating my personal progress.
Although very pleased with the above image I didn’t want to stop. I wanted to see what other compositions could I develop further. I went back to my buss image, because this piece means a lot to me. This image was the beginning of me understanding how to change a pictorial image into something conceptual. I also like the composition. I like how the buss has been cropped so it only covers half of the picture. I enjoy that the image suggest that there is a buss; taking me on a journey (literally). I also enjoy the lines on the ground. Most of all I enjoy the added layer of the oil paint spread out with a credit card transforming this image to a 3d one.
I continued modifying the image some more on photoshop, just turning it into repetitive print.
I then changed the hues to oranges and purples and continued using my perspex image. I played with different ideas of composition. The results are an explosion of vibrancy and energy. Although the image is flat, it has a lot of texture. I like it!
Colour palette: The colour scheme is loud but it it works. They are colour’s I wouldn’t of had chosen in the past. Let’s call them and unusual combination.
I repeated my motive to create a surface pattern. I used a company online to print my pattern on cotton Satin; it came out really well. The Pixel quality is good and considering I am a beginner the pattern repetition joins well (no joint lines). As you can see it is perfect for pleating. I can see this fabric being used in many contexts. It could be for interior decoration like curtains. It could be used for London Underground seats (why not?). I could make a funky book bag? Or it could be use for a fashion piece of clothing like a skirt, a kimono etc.
But most importantly for me is; that this pattern also crosses the boundaries – as it is not only fabric it is also a piece of art. To my surprise I was selected to be put forward for a competition to feature my work in an art Magazine in Amsterdam. I can’t express how that made me feel! I might not win but for me this was a confident booster and it made me step up my game.
Below: another refined sample. Ink and oil drawing printed on cotton Satin. Measurements 1.51×0.55.
outside influences: I saw online this painter called Seth Globepainter. A french artist who creates colourful art all around the world. His larger scale paintings are usually of children and they are bursting in colour. He uses the environment around him as inspiration. He is often inspired by social, cultural or political situations or simply by the shape of a wall. I enjoy that he tries to involve the local community in different ways by involving people in his art often photographing them next to his murals. (information taken from board panda). The image above is a mural which is titled ‘Creole’. This piece shows a patchwork of bodies and fabrics creating one giant portrait. The reunion island is located in the Indian Ocean and it’s one of the most mixed places in the world, at the crossroads of Asia, Africa and Europe.
I wanted to see how my work would look in a large scale and in a different context so I experimented by placing my image on Seth Globepainter’s work, I liked his concept of all races making one portrait – I thought this tied in with my concept of emotional traumas in childhood affecting adult minds and bodies without prejudice. So I blended the two images together to see what would come out.
I enjoy the outcome. I like the way there is three dimensions to this image. There is an outsider – a girl- looking at the bigger picture. There is Seth Globepainter amazing work (sorry Seth, this is just an exercise) and then there is my work looking at Seth and the girl. I feel this is a visual example of my development so far. My work continues to be fed by my research of other practitioners, the environment and experiences around me.
I continued modifying these images to come out with another final piece. This shows different shadows of heads in different shapes and sizes creating a patch work. It depicts how mental health and fibromyalgia affect all individuals differently regardless of gender, race, class, and ability. My face is a symbol of society judging and not understanding these illnesses. I titled this image ‘I am watching you watching me’