Thursday, 25 February 2010

New Project - Underworld theme

So I've decided to go rather dark for this next project. Looking through my big tangled mass of jewellery I found necklaces from my "goth" days. Haha... you know the ones where you think you look cool but you really don't. Yes... those days :P

Anyway... first of all I had to look up on religious/spiritual symbolism... not my kind of thing if I'm being honest... I have probably gone the opposite direction to most... I started thinking about hell (pleasant I know!! haha) then looked at black stones and came across Obsidian which is a natural glass (mmmm glass.... I need to remember to write up a blog about my glass work I did in highschool...) and it is said to have come from the underworld....

Recently I've just been looking up the greek mythology of the underworld. I honestly don't know where I'm going to go with this.... but we'll just have to wait and see! :)

Saturday, 20 February 2010

Catwalk Project - Final Work

-my Elizabethan inspired catwalk piece-
"I wanted to produce a very unusual design. My work reflects this era with a modern twist..."

Exhibition was a success. Everyone's work looked so great on display! :D

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Development of catwalk piece

I was ment to write this blog sooner but I've been really busy!
My piece is based on a hall that was built in 1570 (during Elizabeth I's reign).
Little Moreton Hall
This image is from wikipedia (I just randomly chose it from google images to show you).

Isn't it pretty? :)
I just love the patterns and the strong contrast.

I randomly came up with this design (and others but this is the one that I thought was best). The original image of the woman was from the book Tudor Costume and Fashion by Herbert Norris.

As I started making the piece, the design changed a lot. I believe I come up with ideas better when I am playing around with materials than working in a sketchbook.

This was the model I made 2 weeks ago to get a basic idea of how to make it.
The plastic part has been flocked with black, to follow the black out line in the Moreton hall pattern (3 hours of inhaling flock was not good!). Black and white together were Queen Elizabeth's favourite colours, so I wanted to incorperate this into the piece. By using the flock it gives the piece a more textile feel. The metal collar has been etched like this:

I did not want to show the final piece yet, it is almost done....
I am modelling it tomorrow, so will upload the photos at the weekend :)

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Sam Gosling: Facebook

I recently have been reading Snoop: What your stuff says about you by Sam Gosling and I managed to read most of it in 2 days! Very easy read for me, normally it would take me a few weeks to read a book that size. It is very interesting book, makes you think beyond what you see in front of you. Also found that my worrying side of my personality is double the average... which is worrying :P

Just thought I'd pass on this link of an interview published on the Facebook blog yesterday.

Facebook Blog Link

In the book I skipped past the online parts (because I was trying to analyse a bedroom not a facebook profile) but this link shows what he is looking into now for those that are interested :)