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The shapes Anzeri creates in his stitching resembles the traditional Fulani woman hair style . Makes me think of how I would translate the photographed essentially 3d hair styles/headpieces into a 2d textile /fashion print design.

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Clogs. this is a typical product associated with the Dutch population,image curtesy of Flickr ,photographed by CC Chapman

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image of me and my sister as children posing for a school photograph (2004) taken by school photographer

As children I always felt that our hair made us stand out. My mum here used traditional west African (Fulani) threading to style our hair. Our hair was further often in braids and twists and cornrows which fascinated many of the other children as well as teachers and parents. Although our hair received much interest it also was seen as strange by some , and  some children would even tease.

I remember once as a child when I had my hair like this a boy said that each individual threaded or twisted section of hair looked like "little houses".

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THE PROCESS OF WOUND HEALING

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image curtesy of http://encyclopedia.lubopitko-bg.com/Disorders_of_the_Skin.html

"Wound healing is the process by which skin or other body tissue repairs itself after trauma. In undamaged skin, the epidermis (surface layer) and dermis (deeper layer) form a protective barrier against the external environment. When the barrier is broken, an orchestrated cascade of biochemical events is set into motion to repair the damage. This process is divided into predundefinedictable phases: blood clotting (hemostasis), inflammation, tissue growth (proliferation) and tissue remodeling (maturation). Blood clotting may be considered to be part of the inflammation stage instead of a separate stage."-WWW.WIKIPEDIA.COM

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"Rottingdean Bazaar"

Luke Brookes and James Theseus Bucks are two designers whjo work collaboratively and are kmnown together as the "Rottingdean bazaar". They collect every day mundane items such as hair , food wrappers, balloons to create their work , creating an odd yet interesting aesthetic.

"Having begun to work together in late 2015, Buck and Brooks moved to the seaside village of Rottingdean, where their work has taken form around a perversely original use of textiles and found objects."-http://www.londonfashionweekmens.com/designers.

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images curtesy of pinterest.com,Catwalking.com Luke Brooks 2012

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"They make badges, but on a whole different level to the badge making sets that we had as children – balloon badges, bottle top badges, ketchup sachet badges… the lot. In fact, they really make use of our everyday items by badging up thongs, condoms and plasters."-Lizzie Griffen

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JEFF KOON EXHIBITON

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Seal Walrus (chairs) 2003-2009 art by Jeff Koons ,Newport gallery exhibition , photograph taken by me

I love this sculpture and how it fools the eye .It appears to be made out of vinyl but is actually casted in aluminium. The only way we can tell that the walrus and seal are not really made out of vinyl is the faact that they are not burst /punctured by plastic chairs .

 

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back of garment /construction image taken by me during expirementation

Here I am starting to think of how I'm, incorporating knotting/tying into my work relative to the body . This is a minimal approach ,the jacket is still very much intact ,and maintaining features such as the lapel and pockets.

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A still of moving image of the deconstruction by McQueen of garment  taken from youtube.com

methods of the deconstruction and then reconstruction  included ;tearing ,knotting ,intertwining with separate material,

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Photograph 1998// Devon Photo//Inez van Lamsweerde & Vindoodh Matadni

I love the way the jacket is mostly off the body and resting on the shoulder.Its initial purpose has been nearly completely removed which is interesting.The folds in the jacket aswell as shape further create the jacket/new garment to be sculptural which is one aspect I want my work to reflect. I further enjoy how although the jacket is transformed into a new garment that parts of it are recognizable 9such as the sleeve draping down the chest) this is also something I would like my own work to reflect.

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'YOUR' project

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Observational drawing by me of temporary structure( cranes) just outside campus

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Michael Craig Martins image curtesy https://www.pinterest.com/pin/388717011560244033/

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Image curtesy of http://www.blackblessedblog.com/2013/03/balenciaga-details/Balenciaga F/W 13 Cracked Plaster Designed by Alexander Wang
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Paper is a very flexible material and therefore it has huge potential .It can be made three dimensional through methods such as origami however adopting methods such as these  leave the paper looking geometric  and still flat . The method of paper mache allows paper to become a material which is easily moulded into a variety of dimensions and shapes ,allowing the material to become a material for activity such a sculpture making .Paper has such a high potential which I hadn't realised before ,it is  a material which  can become absolutely anything in any context. I found this image particularly interesting as the mache sculpture was made to resemble a tree,which is the paper in its raw form.The use of paper (i.e the final product ) to create the tree(i.e the raw material) is therefore  backwards.It could further be viewed as the completion of a circle ,further alluding to the sustainability of paper and how it can be recycled . 

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Sand paper pictured in the shop (photography by me)

Extremely rough textured sand paper. The surface infused with tiny particles of sand/glass ,forming a grainy texture which is perhaps more seemingly  organic than  regular printer paper as grains are found in natural forms. This interests me as there is a created juxtaposition in the product ,with elements of what is known to be  natural and what is artificial being intertwined. I find the texture of the sand paper in itself beautiful however the actual purpose for the paper is further interesting. Often used in woodworks to refine and smooth rough wood  it is interesting how the paper which was a product of wood at the end of the days returns to wood in order to help and transform it into a new product also.

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 Stacks of paper pictured @csm shop (photography me)

Stacks of paper in the shop ,for the purpose of drawing or any surface art design. This paper is essentially intended to be used as a form of recording visual information, and to me it is interesting how paper is most recognized for this purpose. The 'stacks' of paper further demonstrate how accessible the material is .

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Liz Nilsson

Swedish born Liz Nilsson is a  artist/textile designer based in Ireland ,who bases her work on the concepts of repetition and memory. The material Nilsson uses in her works therefore often reflect a specific time period in her life which she has based her memories on . She generally  finds old materials  and fabrics which belong to herself and family members  from a specific time which her work reflects.She then pieces them together representing a collection or the act of collecting memories. I love how Nilsson uses materials which are relevant and personal to herself,  the use of her old fabrics makes her work very authentic ,individual and personal.

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Gold card pictured by me @csm library

One of the members of my group pointed out that it is interesting how paper which presents a golden colour is associated with being more rich and better quality. It is further interesting to find how this is supported through the pictured sheet of gold paper. The paper was thick and opaque resembling card  ,this sturdiness suggests a good quality in the material as well as increasing its perceived value. Although the paper only mimics Gold it holds onto certain characteristics quintessential to the perception of gold.

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2 image curtesy of  http://portfolio.dccoi.ie/

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3 image  curtesy of  pinterest.com -https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/144959681728583229/

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1 'Orbitus' by Liz Nilsson image sourced via Google -http://aisling-geal.blogspot.co.uk/

 

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4 Size 50x50,Material Linen and cotton cloth screen printing ,laser cutting and embroidery techniques Date ;2009

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Photo of page on Liz Nilsson by Le Ngo from 'Irish Craft Portfolio Critical Selection 2013-2014' by Ciara Garvey

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4 'Constructed Remembrance' (detail), 45cm x 45cm x 45 cm, Linen and cotton cloth, buttonhole thread, Screen printing, embelishing methods including textile lamination and stitching, 2010

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Circles are cut away from the surface of Nilsson's work to introduce shadows and layering .This adds dimension to the work as well as further meaning. The cut out holes represent holes in memory ,presenting the fact that although memories are recalled they may not be recorded the same as how they occurred. There will always be some inconsistency between a memory and reality and this concept allows the inconsistencies in Nilsson's works to have purposeful meaning .Like wise purposeful meaning could be formed through my own works as long as the inconsistencies are relevant to the concepts behind the work.

1 I really enjoy the colours in this work .The contrast to me presents the opposition between reality and how a memory is recalled. The embroidery further provides dimension to the piece bringing  different heights and textures. Perhaps the areas which are embroided refer to special or outstanding part s or moments which make up one memory Nilsson attempts to portray.
 
2 I love the colour scheme for this piece of work once again .The use of warm colours such as red ,yellow ,orange provide a warm atmosphere which can be associated to a positive mood or emotion. This embroidery through the holes and against the dark background may therefore represent the 'ups' in a collectively bad memory or bad times from Nilsson's memory ,making for  interesting symbolism and presenting the exploration between colour and their links to different emotions. The embroidery on top or over the holes could further present the attempt to recall or rebuild a memory, perhaps even to cover or block out a memory which has attempted to seep out after forgetting and supressing .I find this interesting.
 
3 The use of black and white here is intriguing. Lets assume that the black in her memory symbolises 'dark' time /negative thoughts and that the white are 'innocent' times / good times . It is interesting how the black draws a person in ,leading them to focus on portions of the work instead of all over. Perhaps this represents the bad times dominating the good in this specific memory or a time where Nilsson focused only on the bad things in her life rather than the good. This is often the nature of the society ,perhaps Nilsson is trying to express this through her work ,although there is a lot of dark places in this work the white in it outweighs the dark. The black further enforces the white in the background ,so perhaps Nilsson is trying to say that we need to build bad memories or have bad moments in order to extinguish the good times.
 
4 I love the vibrant and playful colours in this work . The colour all over suggests a positive time in the life of Nilson. The pattern of the work  further follows a kind of cut and paste format, perhaps demonstrating the construction of memories and how they are edited by individuals in the mind away from reality.

 

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Above all the tools required for relief letter pressing.Letter pressing went out of fashion by the 1980's as new technology replaced its purpose in the media market. It is interesting how the purpose of this method has changed over time. Letter pressing is contemporarily admired for the aesthetic it produces rather than for the purpose of mass production. 

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photographs taken by me from 'Letterpress NOW'

Here the book demonstrates that Letter pressing is a  now considered a craft rather than just a way of transferring information that can easily be repeated .Letterpressing deigns are further made up of layers which could still be easily repeated after a block print has been made.This method allows one to repeat which is also a concept in Nilsson's works.

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"Whats the point ?" PROJECT

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Fula (Fulani/Fulbe) women from Guinea. | Vintage postcards; photographer unknown image curtesy of flickr.com

 

 

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Fula (Fulani/Fulbe) woman from Guinea. | Vintage postcard; photographer unknown

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windmills of the Netherlands , Image cutresy of Instagram ,photographed by Mirco Gugg 

I like this image because I think windmills are a symbolic Dutch thing. The image of the windmill reflecting in the water further gives the image a surreal feel. The idea of creating my work to be surreal is further an avenue I might explore as surrealism is all about confusion and a lack of clarity. This would feed into my theme of identity well .As I believe that my identity is blurred and I my self do not have a clear identity.

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Skin has three layers:

•The epidermis, the outermost layer of skin, provides a waterproof barrier and creates our skin tone. •The dermis, beneath the epidermis, contains tough connective tissue, hair follicles, and sweat glands. •The deeper subcutaneous tissue (hypodermis) is made of fat and connective tissue.

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I would like to incorporate the following in my own work, layering, and the mood of rejuvenation through bright vibrant colours to represent healing and the forming of new skin.

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Balloon Monkey (blue),2006-2013 mirror polished stainless steel with transparent coating ,150 x 235x 126 inch ,3810 x 5969 x 3200 mm ,art by Jeff Koons ,Newport gallery exhibition , photograph taken by me

 

 

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Play-Doh 1994-2014 Polychromed aluminium ,12x151x137 inch , 3124 x3853 x3480 mm

Full image  of Play-Doh ,Newport gallery exhibition , photograph taken by me

Close up of Play-Doh  ,Newport gallery exhibition , photograph taken by me

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Knotting, Tying ,Twisting  

These are all teqniques which promote texture and dimension which I find most interesting about this particular topic. Once the jacket is deconstructed there are various textures and materials including the likes of foam ,felt etc. Twisting two different textures together to me is further as interesting way to intertwine the materials I have to work with, as it forces the varying materials to interact with each other..

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a close up of my material and jacket together at one point

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RAD HOURANI SS12 2012 (image curtesy of searchingforstyle.com)

I enjoy Hourani's work and approach of reconstruction. He has deconstructed the jacket and then focused on the particular feature of the 'lapel'. The focus is shown through the repetition of this feature. I further enjoy  the use of layering to create a more valaptuos and interesting design.this is inspiring as I could perhaps use the same approach in my own work.

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Maison Martin Margiela AI 2011/2012 (image curtesy of Italian vogue vogue.it/news.co.it)

 

 

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"In the late 1960s, 'deconstructionism' was the brainchild of French philosopher Jacques Derrida who named the process of breaking down established forms."-https://makingtheunfinished.wordpress.com Deconstrucution is a interesting process which reveals the the insides and making of a precise product, which in this case the 'Tailored jacket'.

 

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Yohji Yamamoto 2010 image curtesy of wordpress.com

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Observational drawing by me of structures outside campus

 

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PLASTER 10/09/16

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A picture taken by me from 'Plaster,Render,Paint' and coatings by Alexander Reichel and Anette Hochberg

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gyp¦sum. NOUN 1.a soft white or grey mineral consisting of hydrated calcium sulphate. It occurs chiefly in sedimentary deposits and is used to make plaster of Paris and fertilizers, and in the building industry. synonyms: plaster of Paris · gypsum

Source -Oxford Dictionary

The product 'plaster' at this point became more interesting to me as it has a greater potential than what I first assumed. The mineral gypsum when crystalized is a beautiful rock. In order for gypsum to be transformed into plaster several stages of development must occur .The process of the evaporation of water from gypsum-plaster is a process I particularly enjoy the concept of. It is a journey which when documented  is truly fascinating.

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By Ashley Dace, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16063089

 

'Veins of Gypsum -somerset England'This image presents way more texture than the finalized product of plaster.Plaster due to its use in construction is not often considered a natural product, however through  looking at its main elements, a much more natural aspect to plaster is revealed.I find the jagged rocks and the colours present in this image beautiful.There is also a contrast between the final product of plaster used in construction to smoothen and refine and the image here which is rough and natural.I truly find plaster in this state inspirational. Plaster takes so many forms its amazing how misunderstood the material initially was.

 

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plaster cast

An orthopedic cast, body cast, plaster cast, or surgical cast, is a shell, frequently made from plaster or fiberglass, encasing a limb (or, in some cases, large portions of the body) to stabilize and hold anatomical structures, most often a broken bone (or bones), in place until healing is confirmed- definition obtained from Wikipedia

This presented a medical use for plaster ,one that I could relate to more personally. It is a definition I can link emotion to and experience to .I can also say that plaster is extremely restricting of movement, stiff and uncomfortable . The varying use of plaster further increases its value making it a more interesting material.

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A picture of me in a cast  ( while sisters play in the background ) 2006 taken by mum

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Image curtesy of 'royalacademy.org.uk' -https://shop.royalacademy.org.uk/henry-moore-the-plasters.htm

Previously Moore's plaster  sculptures were only considered 'preparatory works' rather than art in its own right.
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For some primary research I searched around the home for plaster.I found that there was a part of the wall where the paint was peeling.The peeling wall paint revealed plaster with cracks in the surface suggesting either that the application was poor or that the plaster had decreased in value over time . Is plaster a durable material?

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I love the colours in this image -yellow, browns, green,, dusty orange
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Balenciaga F/W 13  Cracked Plaster Designed by Alexander Wang

Image curtesy of 'The fashion Medley' -http://www.thefashionmedley.com/tag/dries-van-noten-feather-dress-inspiration/

Here plaster is used in fashion . It is interesting to see a material such as 'plaster' come to life through fashion.Something which is not considered a rich material now looks expensive and highly fashionable.The cracks in the plaster further present some freedom in the material leading it to appear less encasing and trapping .Something as simple as cracks has therefore made my perception of plaster shift.

It's a prologue," said Alexander Wang of his quietly respectful debut Fw rtw 13 collection for Balenciaga. "It was about really going back to the house, to the archive, and the codes that were so true to Cristóbal Balenciaga-with dynamic new materials."

 

 

 

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The Horor of Pompeii

"Plaster casts are nothing else but the mouldings of what remained of the Pompeii dead bodies, mouldings which were obtained via the injection of liquid chalk running through lead pipes inserted through the deposito f ash, the solodification of which chalk would then help to re-create the original position of death". -Archaeological tour guide

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A woman from a day in Pompeii' Image curtesy of the 'Archaeological tour guide'-'  http://www.archaeologicaltourguide.com/?project=plaster-casts

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Photo credit: Paisley Art Institute Collection, held by Paisley Museum and Art Galleries

Pompeii is something which really interests me . One day the volcano in what is now known as modern Nepal Italy erupted. The remains of the people reveal that they were perhaps un aware of what was coming their way ,as they seemed to be indulged in their normal every day activities, some were found sleeping, some playing ,some embracing one and another .It is as if the whole of Pompeii is frozen in time.

 

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Letter Pressing

Letterpress printing is a technique of relief printing using a printing press, a process by which many copies are produced by repeated direct impression of an inked, raised surface against sheets or a continuous roll of paper.-Letterpress Printing. Encyclopædia Britannica. 2014

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http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/homeglory/product/vintage_letterpress_printers_blocks_small

 

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I enjoy the way in which Letter press designs can have a quirky quality to tem and still remain so clean and graphic.Through this method designs can further be embossed ,bringing texture and dimension to the designs. Hand crafted blcoks will produce a unique style dependant on the designer despite the fact that the design can then be repeated ,this creates designs to often be unique.

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