Monday, 29 November 2010

A stitched parrot

I don't really do much embroidery in the conventional sense, but here's something.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Fun with the photocopier

I've been playing around with collage/montage lately; combining drawing, photos, bits and bobs and hopefully soon, some stitch. This is all inspired by a photograph of a beautiful derelict house I saw one year in Tarbert, which has since been destroyed, with a few imaginary elements thrown in for good measure.

I'm creating a palette of different visual elements (cutout parrots, leaves, sketched flamingoes, patchwork etc) with which I can play around and create numerous outcomes.

I'm trying to explore the fragmented nature of memory by using this house as an example. Our memory tends to fill in the gaps of things we don't fully remember, so I've been thinking about the inside of the house - of which I have no memory - and using images of exotic birds etc to hint at the possibilities of what could have been inside. Bunny and The Bull is an amazing film which explores a similar theme in a very beautiful way, using meticulously constructed sets with live action as well as stop-motion animation. It's also hilarious.

Anyway, I've found that photocopying collages does something magical to collages, flattening them beautifully.

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Work and play

Alter ego photographs... There are hundreds of more embarrassing ones which I won't post here.





I've managed to disguise my love of fancy dress as WORK! Haha! Seriously, for the portraiture project, I decided to explore the idea of identity as 'performative' - we choose and act out our identity, through the clothes we wear etc - rather than identity being fixed. I think the most significant aspects of a portrait are clothing, make-up, hair, piercings etc - as we have control over these elements; we ourselves make an active decision about these aspects of our appearance, whereas, obviously, we have no choice about our faces! (Generally speaking - cosmetic surgery aside, as that's a whole separate essay!)

So the focus of my project has been to use clothes, hair etc. as signifiers of identity in portraiture, drawing only these aspects and not the actual facial features and so on. I've also been considering how factors in portraiture such as background, composition, posture and technique affect our interpretation of the subject's identity, and how I can take advantage of these factors as providers of additional information about a character.

So... the way I explored these ideas was through creating 4 alter egos, dressing up, taking photographs and then bringing this more performative work back to drawing, working from photographs...

Saturday, 2 October 2010

This week

I've just found out that Against Me! have cancelled their tour. I was supposed to be seeing them twice, I adore them and I'm totally gutted!

Anyway, we've started a portraiture project this week at uni. Here is a small selection of my work...

I've also found out that the university have decided to scrap my course... Not whilst I'm on it - students already on the course won't be affected - but next year there will be no new Embroidery students. They've decided to merge with Textiles and Textile Design For Fashion, to create 'Textiles in Practice' - a more generic course which will no doubt cost less money to run.

It is a sad time for this course, especially as it is the only course of its kind in the UK.

Friday, 24 September 2010

It's good to be back.

First week of Second Year Embroidery. Honestly, the more time I spend in that studio, the more thrilled I am to be on the course. I love it, there's nothing I'd rather be doing. It's scary to think that I will at some point have to fly the Embroidery nest and try to make a living in the Real World.

We had a week-long cross-course project, just to get everyone warmed up and break the ice a bit. The theme was gloves. I got thinking about beekeeping gloves, and consequently, our tragic dying bees. I love bees, but they are sadly in decline in the UK. We need our bees. Help

In other news...
1) I really love that song about the tiger in The Hangover, I have been singing it all day. It reminds me of the 'Peter You Suck' song in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, which has been hanging around in my brain too. I wish I could play the piano.

2) I love busting badass disco moves with my pal Rosa at punk gigs. Acid Drop 's tunes have been making me very happy since I bought their CD.

3) I hate commuting. I don't know why I haven't hated it for the past 2 years. I have developed a wonderful system of avoiding said commute. It's called 'Pretty Much Living at Shaun's House During the Week.' It makes us happy.

4) Courtney makes awesome elephant gloves.

5) Shaun bought me two bunches of roses. Red and yellow. He's a proper sweetie. I love him.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

As promised...

This is just silly really... I have plenty of other work to be doing!

Saturday, 11 September 2010

I am going to...

...crochet a silly little mouse!

And then make a silly little animation, starring the silly little crochet mouse!

I was kept awake last night by an actual real mouse scrabbling around Shaun's bedroom, rustling carrier bags and chewing holes.

So I got thinking about mice. I crocheted a couple for my lovely young cousins a while back... I thought I had a photo, but I can't find one! Anyway, watch this space!

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Drawings from Yesterday

I had a REALLY bad day with regards to drawing. After leaving the museum with some really rather dodgy drawings of birds, I sat around in Piccadilly Gardens and spied on people... It was fun, trying to sketch people really quickly without them noticing.

These are not good drawings, but it was a fun exercise.

Donating my hair to Little Princesses

I donated my hair to the Little Princess Trust - a charity which makes wigs for children who have lost their hair due to cancer treatments. The minimum donation is 10 inches (any less than that is not useful for wig-making), and I've been growing my hair for about 2 years for this reason.

Friday, 3 September 2010

Bits and Bobs from my Summer Sketchbook

I drew this with my left hand and without taking the pen off the page. I liked it - there's just something charming about those wobbly lines
Then here I tried adding colour and working on a more interesting ground... I actually like it less.

Then I decided I wanted to simplify it even more, and try to make a papercut image of it. I didn't think it was great, but it was not a total disaster.

I want to make more and more papercuts developed from different drawings, so that through practice I'll get better at it and be able to include more and more detail.

Bees in the museum.


Monday, 30 August 2010

Punk cabaret is freedom!

Some photos my dad took of my entry for the Amanda Palmer contest on Creative Allies.