Archives for the month of: November, 2011

I have been thinking about the materials I use and the messages and ideas that I want to come across within my work as I’m not sure if my work is clear enough for people to understand what it  is all about. However, I still like my work to be open to the interpretation of  the viewer. I have come to realised that materials and surfaces I choose to use such as glue, inks and embroidery have a fragile and delicate nature to them. I also seem to dull down any bright colours I use with Black or brown ink giving them a hazy worn down appearance maybe this is a reference to my outlook on life and how I see the world as I’m not really an optimistic person. The images I have represented in my work have personal meanings and memories behind them and I take inspiration from everyday life. I am constantly motivated by patterns I see in nature and society which take many abstracted forms and shapes within my work. I plan to start a painting on canvas which will combine and fragment my ideas together. For me I am interested in the processes in involved in creating a piece of work for instance the use of gestural mark making, layering elements, sewing into the canvas, and the materials I use are just as important as the final outcome. I’m aware that the imagery I use may seem random and have different meanings to other people therefore triggering different thoughts, I need to decided whether I want my work to be left open to the imagination of the viewer or whether my work needs some sort of narrative.

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Using a computerised sewing machine I turned my drawing into an embroidered piece of work on canvas. I haven’t yet cut the threads off but I like the sketched quality this piece has with parts of the drawing slightly missing and its gives it another dimension with the vertical threads . I was thinking that this image may look good if it was repeated in different angles across the canvas to create an overall pattern kind of like wallpaper, maybe to make more of a statement.

Today I took part in a Screen Printing Workshop. First we had to cut out shapes to make a stencil. I decided to cut out a flower and decorative swirls so it would relate to my previous images I have  used within my work. For the background we simply printed  yellow then once that dry used Blue to screen print our images on top. The second screen print I found more interesting as we selected the acrylic colours and painted and dripped the colours all over the screen. On top of  the paper we sprinkled on talc which blocks out areas giving a kind of hazy patterned effect in white. The colours begin to merge and blend together which creates an unusual effect for the background. I will photocopy theses prints in order to work into them and by drawing images on top. I might try a new approach and use photoshop to merge and overlap previous work together to try new techniques.

 

Today I exhibited some of my work in the Shaun Project Space along side the work of Sara Punshon and Julie Norman. Our Exhibition is called “Something Small” as for many of the pieces to see the detail you had to get up close to view the art work on display. We decided to mix our work rather than having a wall each to display our work as collectively the colours and pieces of work worked well together and they are all delicate pieces also.

My work explores the use of imagery, patterns and mixed media and the processes involved in creating a piece of work such as embroidery and collaging to layer and overlap elements in order to give a new approach and meaning to the work.

I decided to hang my canvas pieces on a string like a washing line so that the work could be viewed from the front and back so you could see the threads on the back which I find just as interesting as the front. I hung the two smaller pieces of canvas the wrong way around so you could see the back when you first walked in so you had to take more notice and walk round too see the front.  I also exhibited four photographs and two magazine clippings which I had sewn into. As well as a glue and ink piece of work and collage displayed on the wall.

http://shaunprojectspace.wordpress.com/2011/11/03/sps-presents-something-small/