Sunday, 29 April 2012

Fairytale.

'Fairytale: A True Story' was definitely one of the most watched films of my childhood. I dreamed of living in the gorgeous countryside with a 'beck' on my backdoor, beautiful yet simple clothes and lifestyle, the amazing fairy-house, and of course the fairies!

Based on a true story, the case of the Cottingley fairies has always interested me, with the back stories of Harry Houdini, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, WWI, and growing up in rural Yorkshire at this time.

The scenery, props and costumes to this film are amazing, with such attention to detail, they really draw you into the film. I've shared images that I have found of my favourite parts of the film, although really I love the whole film!










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Monday, 23 April 2012

Anthropologie for Earth Day 2012.

If any of you follow Anthropologie on Facebook, I'm sure you will have seen their latest photos of the new window displays for Earth Day this year.



 I always love the way they always manage to create an inviting, engaging scene as a store front, and they are a great source of inspiration when it comes to ideas for displaying my work.


I think its great that they use found materials and fabrics in the displays, rather than just the shops own products.


These series has focused on organic shapes, multiples, flowing sea forms and the current trend of ombre colours. I am currently looking at organic shapes and the use of ombre tones within my own work, so these images are very inspiring. I think it would be interesting to look at the use of multiples within my pieces.



Earth day was started in 1970, planned to raise awareness and appreciation of the Earth's natural environment.


Happy Earth Day!






Saturday, 14 April 2012

The Secret Garden.

As a child I watched my 'The Secret Garden' video many times. I was enchanted by the costumes, the props, the house, and most of all, the garden! It was this film, among others, that made me know I wanted to work in  a creative job when I was older, at that time a prop designer, maker and collector, and later as a costume designer.

Well I'm still working towards having a creative job, though not working with props or costumes. But for my next project, where we are writing our own brief, and creating something personal to us, I thought it would be good if my products were inspired by those books and films, and the lifestyle of a simpler time, with nature and adventures.


 I've collected some images from the film to share, I still think it would be amazing to live there, everything is so grand and beautiful!



Ive always wanted the red hat and coat that Mary wears when she goes to the garden, and those dresses are amazing.


And I can always remember when Mary first finds the key, on her mother's old dresser, with the miniature elephant. The key is so ornate and mysterious, I wish all keys were like that!


And of course the garden is amazing, so many beautiful overgrown plants and trees. I loved the camera they used to take photos on the swing.


Somehow I've never read the book, but I couldn't say no to this lovely embroidered version by Penguin, which I first set eyes on in Anthropologie!




All images can be found on my pinterest, with original links.

Easter.

I had a great time over Easter catching up with friends and family, taking my dog for walks, drawing and starting to knit my first jumper! I also went to Cardiff, Dartmouth and an Alpaca farm!




 






Alpacas are so soft and have the cutest faces, I just want to live on an Alpaca farm now!

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Design for industry.

Design for industry was our final project brief for second year, before we start to explore what we want to do in third year. After becoming slightly lost about where I was going in terms of material choice and products during the first two projects of second year, I decided that I wanted to work in ceramics whilst still inspired by textiles methods. I have found my target market as well as companies and studio makers that I am inspired by, and have found themes and narratives that interest me.  The brief was to design a product or range of products which could be mass-produced. I think I achieved this, though I was so focused on the fact that I am now more confident in what I am doing and have managed to complete a project, that I forgot to actually explain my final piece in my presentation!


When I started this project I decided that I wanted to produce a small range of ceramic tableware which could be mass produced whilst retaining the look of a one-off artisan piece through use of a hand finish and hand details. I looked at ceramic makers such as Rachel Boxnboim and Stephanie Earl for inspiration. I aimed to use this project to develop my ceramic skills, exploring different, discovering my personal interests in this area and working to produce a finished final piece after sampling different options.


I am pleased that I have been motivated to spend more time on this project, which can be seen by the variety of samples that I have produced. It has helped me to realise that ceramics is the area that I would like to work in next year, whilst still combining it with textiles, especially knitting which is a personal interest of mine.  This project does not have a strong theme behind it as I wanted to keep the idea as simple as possible to make sure I focused on making earlier in the project. I am proud that I worked through struggling with mould making, and am now able to make a two-part mould without trouble.  I think the project could have worked better if I had simplified even further instead of trying to do everything I missed in other projects and involving drawings from my drawing module.

In my next work I want to bring together the skills that I have developed during my projects, as I believe I have become more confident in using my drawing in 3d work, discovered the area and style of ceramics that I want to work within, and the importance of a narrative within my work. I want to use time during my next project to create basic ceramic products and work on my finishing skills as I have realised that I need to make sure I spend time cleaning edges and seams before bisque firing, as neatness on a small scale is not a skill that comes naturally to me, but if I make sure I spend time on this then I will be able to improve. However I want to work towards producing a strong range which shows my personality, is well-finished and combines my interests and drawings with an interesting personal theme.

Overall I am really pleased with my development during this last month, through my making skills and interests in this project as well as finding my style in my drawing module and the ideas and ethos I am interested in through my business plan.  As these have only just developed I have not yet had a chance to link them together, but I now feel I am ready and able to do this.