Tokyo Rumando is a pen name of a young Tokyo photographer which has entered hotels to produce the series of self-portrait. She visits more than 2o love hotels in Tokyo by herself with her camera. She also had explored historical and cultural aspect of the hotels and themes famous ones are in Shinjuku, Ikebukuro and Yoshiwara. She also explored with the surface because Japan is very well-ordered and clean society so she tries to show us through the very private walls which are filled with excitement and fantasy.
My favourite series of her portraits has to be "Im only happy when Im naked" which are taken from June 30th to August 27th in 2016 during her summer holiday. Her work are about an undressed portrait through round mirror. What she tries to interpret through her photographs are the confronting all the memories, projections, and fears. She uses the boarder of the mirror to identify the past, present and the future.
“I was shaping my inner self again, projecting it on a picture and once again reintroducing it inside. Rather than finding, I’d say I was receiving something”.
Helena Almeida produce portrait of herself in black and white with performance and various actions inflicted upon canvases, colours and other art objects. She got in inspiration from a Neo-concrete movement in Brazil. She uses vibrant paints onto her photograph and attaches objects to others, creating the surface and transforming the past action or performance into something perpetually ongoing and present. Her best known series of photographs are called "Study for Inner Improvement" (1977) She manipulated blue paints onto her images.
Frances Richardson was born in Leeds in 1965, She went to an art school in Norwich and has her major in her MA in sculpture art. She started of with a rough hand-made par and began to do a linear compositions to start of her mark makings. She has been using the marks + and - to create an artwork since 1997. She said that "The use of signs, + and – as marks, indicate a conceptual visual preposition: the presentation of the moment of being in space and time, a pulse that tends towards nothing and everything."
First, I only saw her drawing which I was really fascinated by that as she must be very patience to do those type of drawing. As mark makings are just making little marks or dots to create a whole piece. I found it very challenging to do that because I really care about getting it right such as right places, right size because if not I will start again or just keep rubbing it out. Her drawings questioned me a lot of what was her feeling at that time and why she wants to communicate her thoughts with just marks. However, Her drawings makes me use my imagination and questioned myself of what I think it was before looking at her description. I found that I had to concentrate and I needed to know at that moment what she's trying to communicate. I also want to understand her thoughts and her ideas of the mark making.
Frances Richardson drawing
I love how Rowan Mersh uses the same materials throughout the whole piece and also using the technique repetition. However by changing the angle of the material it looks more lively and creates movement which makes the work more interesting. The colours also makes me feel like the piece is soft, felt like grass and hills.
The artwork that Noriko Kuresumi made were constructed with layers which makes me think of ruffles and could be related to my outcome in term of tactile senses. From the look of the materials, in my opinion I found it very special where they gives out different textures.
Balmain spring 2016
By using white fabric to create ruffles it shows the layering very well and the type of fabric they uses makes the ruffles comes out very elegant. I am attract to the fact that the ruffles and the layering worked very well together and the colours of the fabric tends to show how smooth it goes.
Balmain spring 2016
As I got the text about valuing the trash, Ive look at this book in the Library where it gives different technique of how to reuse the rubbish and form them into a piece of textiles. Ive scanned out some that I found interest and might be useful to my Co-Create project.
Sheila Hicks is one of the artist I looked up to, because she produces large scale installation. However, for this piece i linked it to my text about valuing trash. The yarns that she is using, if theres just a little piece of it lying on the floor we called it trash and put them into the bin. However for this she links them all up and make them into a very big piece from the ceiling down to the floor which makes the yarn have more value. The colours also attracts me as they all bright and vibrant. She must have been very patient to do this.
Takahiko Hayashi was born in Japan and received his B.F.A in Oil Painting from Musashino Art University in 1985.
"I try to create something from nothing. I try to capture negative to represent positive. I try to express the present with history, and east and west. It is when objects exist that nothingness can be recognized for the first time. Thats why wind attracts me. And Tokuyama village in Gifu prefecture, Lao-Tse, and Enkugreatly influence my thought processes." -Takahiko Hayashi
What attracts me to his work must have been the use of shapes and colours he has on his work. Such as the picture "D-9.Mar.2016 which is a painting of cool tone consists of mostly lines and circles. I found this piece interesting because I could just keep looking at it and feels like the circles will evolve more as time goes on, it makes me thinks of fish swimming in the sea. Where the middle were how they generate and as they grew up they swim away from their mother. It also give me the feeling of something is falling, such as waterfall because of the direction of the painting how the blue painter are much larger and strong on the top of the painting and as it gets to the bottom of the page, there were more white and lot of lines from dark to light colour.
The Regent Canal
The Regent's Canal was created by the Capital's supreme planner, an Architecture called John Nash were behind all these designs, he also designed Buckingham Palace, Regent Street and Marble arch.
The name of Regent Canal came from the Prince Regent, Son of King George III. The canal is successfully opened in the 1820 after experiencing few problems with funding and some construction issues. By 19th century, The canal had become very busy and profitable as it carrie timber, building materials and coals to King's Cross Station from the industrial north. Also brought, Marmalade makers, Beer bottlers, and Grain to a flour mill.
However, It has come to and end during winter in the 1962-3 as Regent's Canal freeze so hard which leads to that no boats/cargo could move on it for weeks By the time that ]t the canal ice has melted all of the transport has been transferred onto the road which is more easy and comfortable.
After that the canal is open to the public, cyclists and walkers. Boats trips are very popular as they made it looks like little venice floating along camden and all other streets.
Milin fashion inspiration (print) for This Place project.
Milin Yuvacharuakul is a Bangkok based designer,graduated from Central St. Martins College of Arts and Designs with BA in Fashion design with printed textiles and worked as a styli designer. Her inspiration came from the elements of lifestyles. Milin started her own business in 2009 which her business is called “Milin Brand”. She brings in the movementto “Sexy” back to fashion but it s more about being sexy with sophistication.
This collection is called “I think I Sold”. Asymmetry which is lack of symmetry together with curved hemline swerving in subtle colour combination. Brush stroke prints are a nod to the artistic inspiration. The patterns and silhouette of the garment were cropped strappy top and mini dress. The stroke of her prints combine with Renaissance, abstract and modern art motifs.
I like Milin brand because of her prints and her designs which her deigns are ready-to-wear garment, however top and bottom would looks boring with a plain colour fabric but Milin added in ruffles and her own prints which creates more interesting garment. Also creates more tension and excitement with her brush strokes because they could represent her feeling at the moment or the tempo of the music that she was listening to which makes the garment looks like it is her's design. I am really fascinated by how she uses more than one colour for both her skort and top, also that she didn't just made her garment all brush stroke printed because that would look boring with all the colours and has too much going on. I love how she just chose some part of the garment. She also uses her prints for her shoes designs which very well suit with the garment she made.
Pauline Verrinder is a contemporary textiles artist, She is interested in embroidery and most of her textiles piece involves embroidery. The first time she got into embroidery was when she was bored, she brings in something to stitch and from that she starts to teach her friends of what she had already knew about embroidery and stitches.
Her inspiration were nature and what drew me into her work are her textiles piece that were emrbroided or stitched. This piece of her work were inspired by nature, however when I first looked at it I felt like it is a bacteria or mold because of the colour she uses and the string that goes across from one side to another. I also think that it was a play ground for kids because the structure and the shapes of the textiles piece, as there are ups and downs which could be the level of difficulty and challenging for children. The strings that are crossing each other could be like a spider web which were made so that children could climb over/across to the other side or going to more challenging places.
Colour Theory from Kanopy
Emily Ann Nachison - Co-Create
Her artwork explore the reality and liminal space, What I like about this piece is the scale because as they are big we could explore every part of the material she uses and the techniques. Which fascinate me because one of the material she uses is paper and they are very likely to tear off easily. However in my opinion Nachison has successfully create an installation because there are a lot of perspective, light fabric and tangled.
With the colours he uses it made me feel comfortable to lie down and look up to see the neon light words and all the strings hanging down. The link of the colours between the installation that are hung down and the colour floor fabric. I could stand in any position and i will still see the installation in different perspective.
This piece intrigued me greatly, how the ruffles are made and how successful they are when they're stuck onto the garment. In the middle of the two ends shows the folds really smoothly, to me it seems that it has worked really well because it could be repetitive pattern and could be placed in other section of the body. The vibrant colour catches my eyes as for me vibrant is like the symbol of enthusiasm and together with the ruffles and the heart bras makes me feel like it is more of fun and playful.
By covering the stairs with paints, creates a whole new look to the stairs because they usually are either brown or cream as they're covered in colours it makes them looks more playful or could be a like a kid's playground. However, as the colour mixed they also create brown-ish tone which makes the stairs looks a bit dirty and creating lots of mess. This make me think and look back to my installation and as it all white and beige colour I had an idea of splashing paints onto them which will definitely create a new look.
Putting yarns around the chicken wire actually creates a new look, which is more childish and playful. The yarns are made into poms poms and together with mod rocs, it made me think of Corals or under the sea which creates another atmosphere. It gives me the sense of playful and fun/soft but the chicken wire are like dangerous.
Porcelain panels by ReCheng Tsang
By having just a normal shapes and a little bit of mixed colours and layered them may sounds quite boring however this piece of wall installation creates more excitement because the simple shapes creates different perspective when standing in different angle. Their curl bit at the end makes the installation looks more lively and more creative rather than having the wall flat in 2d and also using 1 colour. By having just few reds at the edge of the piece creates more curiosity of what were the artist thinking, why did she just put it there why not all.
Mia Jane Harris
Her work are inspired to help people to over come the fear of nothingness by accepting death as a thing of beauty. Her influences include Victorian memento mori's and post-mortem photography to remember the dead, the Christian concept of Christ's resurrection and the mummification preservations of the Ancient Egypt.
"We die, We decay, We disappear."
What fascinate me about her work is that, they look real and it scares me because Ive never think that death is scary. However, by see her textiles makes me reflect in life. The colours and form that she produce really scares me even though they were just made of our everyday use objects.
As I looked into the textiles in the photograph, I could feel the fear of something like cancer because that fears people the most. It felt like something is destroyed in our body and could not be repair jus like what cancer did to us. Where we only notice when it has gone up to stage 2 or 3 which is hard to recover.
On the other hand, It looks soft. Like a dinosaur egg or something that is new born, which reflects life cycle of something or someone. I could also link to that something new is about to come but there has to be an exchange. Red could possible means some thing bad and dangerous is about to happen however white is like new things are about to begin.
Mia Jane Harris
Junko Oki, born in 1963 in Urawa, Saitama. In 2002, Oki started embroidering fabric that was handed down to her by her mother, using a style of her own. As she had interested in embroidery she started doing it as he career/hobbies which she had held exhibitions in Japan and abroad. Her techniques were all hand stitches without any sketches.
She often creates installations from embroidery, using different materials. Such as an artwork called "A Minerals 2017" which consists of Antique wooden box, antique silk Victorian jacket and "A Bulb 2017" consists of Iron frame wrapped with a bandage, boro (cotton, linen, silk). This inspired me because she picks up an everyday material or an antique materials and uses in her art work and that any material could be used for her installation. I am really fascinated by the material she uses and the outcome because as I was looking at it I really want to know her techniques and her thought because her work really excited and makes me want to know all the steps she had done. I love the abstract feeling of the piece that she have created, before I read the description my thoughts were running in places and thinking what it could possibly be or does the colours she uses and the texture of her work secretly means anything more than just what she wrong in the description and what her inspiration was. I first thought that the image below was a dream catcher that catches both good and bad dreams and were expressed in different colour such as red which means bad or dangerous. And around it was the broken pieces that were bad dreams and about to be deleted out of the memories. However, It was actually a bulb of what she is trying to say.
Hester/Experimental Typography Installation/Tab Wall
By having to be able to flip the side of the paper from the wall creates more excitement and interests for people who has walked by and wants to try and make or creates shapes on the wall. I found this very creative and successful because it gives people opportunity to create something or stress relief. Also that the colour catches my eyes right away as they uses a very dark colour, black and a very vibrant colour, pink. Also that I like how it is not just a flat wall installation but theres something coming out to catches other people's eyes.
Hester/Experimental Typography Installation/Tab Wall
She uses paper to create wall installation, the techniques she uses are just folding paper and she layered them wwith mixed colours. What I like about this piece is that it felt very neat and organised also that she has to be very patience to fold all of the paper neatly and cut them out very accurately to get the sharp points.
Part 2 Final evaluation
Ive learnt many new techniques that I haven't tried out before such as machine embroidery, knitting machine. Which leads to problem solving because for me the knitting machine tends to stuck quite a lot when I first started doing it and it makes the needle bends and it couldn't be fix but has to change into a new one. Also Ive learn ti manage my time more carefully due to the amount of work that comes in every day, I found that doing action plan really helps as sometimes I tend to forgot to do things and doing that helps me remember what I have to get done.
With the knowledge and skills I have now I could use them to produce more textiles in a unique way and coming up with more unique shapes that I didnt know that the methods would work. Since I did the silhouette on the body and the task with Miss Francis about the shapes, I know a lot more of ways to come up with more complicated shapes which I found it more interesting than just normal circles and squares. My approach to research changes as I only picked out important parts and my opinion instead of writing everything about an artist or practitioners. Also not only looking at artists from my disciplines and uses them to be my inspiration in term of shapes and colours.
My approach to project changes as before I thought one week is a lot of time and I could do everything and get it done within the 7 days. However, as Ive started the course I found out that a week is a very short about of time to fit everything in, such as research experiment and outcome. The more project I got the more I know how to manage the time and get everything done.
My appreciation of my specialist area developed as I get to learn more textiles techniques, using different materials that not a lot of people think it could be part of textiles. Also exploring techniques that I thought it was difficult to do but turns out to be something quite simple and take a bit of time to understand the methods. I am more excited in how I could use that when I start my BA course.
After the Co-Create project, Ive learnt a lot of thing with mixed discipline. As a textiles student I usually produce something that incorporate with surface and textures whereas when Im working with other discipline their point of view are not the same as mine. The product design and graphics work towards mainly their client and wants to make something functional and simplicity. I have learnt that not every discipline have the same aim and to work together we all have to understand each other point and create something that all of us is capable of doing.
Ive achieved some of my goals such as learning new materials and be able to tell what material it is. During the project Ive asked and been told by a lot of tutors what the material we are using and what they have provided. I felt like I know more than when I first started the course and could not write what material I used in my reflection. Also Ive learn more technical terms for my subject area, the part of the body during the pattern making, embroidery and other workshops. I think my strength is using mix media for my drawings and also exploring with different materials and colours for textiles sample.
During the second half of the course, I would like to learn more of textiles techniques and how to develop it further and make a bigger piece of textiles than just a small samples. Also try to use more materials such as everyday object that could create unique surface and textures and incorporate it into my work.
As I did my installation, and the point of making it is to feel the tactile, textures and surface. I started to think about where it could be place and what is it similar to and the first thing that pop up was the braille keyboard. By standing in the place full of different textures and surface; soft, smooth, hard, rough could be the sense of trying to say something and describing it in using different materials.