Dying fabric with spices
I really wanted to create the design I had sketched inspired by the planet Venus on fabric so today I died fabric yellow with ground ginger and chilli powder.
I heated water in a saucepan and added the spices, using an equal measure of each. I wet the 3 pieces of fabric (muslin cotton) under the tap before adding them into the pot. I put the lid on and left them boil for 45 mins. I rinsed them under cold water and left them to dry. Next week, I hope to create the mustard line design using 3 different methods on each piece of fabric.
For my project on movement, I am currently looking at orbital movement, the planets and the wider galaxy itself. Optical illusions wrte one of the first things I researched. I found that most optical illusions have a rotational aspect to them like this one, making flat surfaces appear to move and twist. Illusions like this are not only significant to my project because of their shape but they also remind me of black holes in outer space.
I think it would be interesting to incorporate an illusion design like this into one of my designs for the fashion elective. For the painting elective, I’d like to use this black and white colour palette and explore line art. I’d also like to try painting with potatoes, something I previously tried in my last project. I’m looking at a type relief sculpture known as quilling for my final elective. Quilling as a practice itself creates an illusion in the artwork. In this way id like to incorporate optical illusions and outer space into my project.
Using the planets as my colour palette, I sketched 3 different designs. The silhouette and shapes of these designs were inspired by a few of the artists and designers im researching at the moment. For these particular sketches, the planets I took the colours from were Neptune, Venus and Saturn. I love the design I came up with from the planet Venus (center). The mustard lines stand out from the yellow fabric. I’d like to dye fabric yellow and create these lines through embroidery, using string and stitchs.
After observing the charcoal sketches I had done, I did another one using water colour paint. Then using fan brushes, I created a silhouette from the smoke. I love how this turned out.
Observing the movement of smoke
This morning, while I was smoking I noticed the way the smoke from the cigarette moved and danced in the air. I took a video and pictures to record it. From these, i made charcoal sketches interpreting what I saw.
I used 3 different types of charcoal : willow, compressed and nitram charcoal. The willow was too thin to display what I was seeing in the smoke. I found the nitram charcoal too messy and thick to protray the smoke. In the end, the compressed charcoal was the best choice. I did a further 2 sketches using this medium.
I really like how these turned out. I’m not sure where I will take this experiment yet. The smoke coming from the cigarette reminded of smoke you would see when a rocket is launched but on a much smaller scale of course.
For my project, I am currently interested in orbital moment and the planets. The smoke rises and twirls because of gravity. This experiment was very interesting to participate in.
At home studio set up
Today I set up my at home studio space and made a list of inventory of all the equipment and supplies I have. I set up a work table, a painting station and a sewing station.
A list of words, actions and materials I came up with when thinking of movement in terms of sculpture.
3 images that inspire me - painting elective
Oil painting on canvas of Saturn by Erik Olson. For my project on movement, I am looking at space and the planets. I’m interested in rounded shapes and the orbital movement of the planets themselves. Oil paint is my favourite paint to work with. Olson’s painting of Saturn has a rough quality to it with stunning brush stroke lines. I’d like to create lines like this but I’d also like to come back to painting with potatoes, which I tried in my previous project.
Image of artist Heather Hansen using her limbs as brushes and body movements as strokes to create abstract charcoal drawings. I love the idea of painting with the body. Hansens art works are very inspiring to me in this project as she mostly using a circular repetitive movement to create these pieces.
Abstract line Ink Drawing by Sumit Mehndiratta. I like this image because of its unique and individual quality’s. The lines themselves appear to move, almost like an illusion. In this way, I think it would be interesting to incorporate a design like this into my movement project.
I picked fashion, painting and sculpture as my 3 electives this semester. Above is some ideas I came up with when braining the project theme movement.
I’m interested in exploring orbital movement in my project. I’m currently looking at the planets and how they rotate around the sun.
Rearranging and Layering Photos
I was layering the photos from my photoshoots to try to generate new images and ideas related to the release of energy. I used white spirits on printer printed image to make the paper transparent Then I placed and rearranged them on the projector. This idea of mounting or perpetual energy that I got from this is something I want to explore
I am exploring the slow decay that occurs daily in our bodies. Weather we as people admit it it not, we age everyday. Each day is just a step close to the inevitable sleep.
“We’ve been dying
Since we got here
And forgot to enjoy the view.”
- Rupi Kaur
Yet, however inevitable the gloom of death may seem, it does not scare us enough to care. We consistently pollute, suffocate and exploit the home that is our bodies just as much as we do the natural world around us. We do this by smoking, under eating, over eating, using drugs, drinking alcohol, etc. From the time of our first breath to our last, life is a self enrolled race to death.
At the beginning of my project I was really interested in human anatomy and the visibility of the effects of pollution on the body. I was particularly drawn to the skeleton. Taking inspiration from the likes of Leonardo de Vinci, Al Margen and Aykut Aydogdu, I became really invested in eating disordered and smoking within my research.
The main body of my project is a corset. I love this as a concept as I think it holds great symbolism in its natural constructing form. This led me to look into Victorian fashion, a time when corsets were worn daily. Fashion was extremely unconventional and uncomfortable at this time. Among other things, crinoline skirts, heavy petticoats and corsets restricted women’s normal bodily functions on a daily basis. I think exploring Victorian fashion within biophilia poses interesting questions to both me as the artist and the viewers themselves.
Finished Crinoline skirt 2.0
This is the finished straw crinoline skirt. I’m really happy with how this turned out. I would’ve liked to add a third tier but I don’t have time at this point in the semester. Nether the less, I think this design is really cool.
I started to work on the second tier of the crinoline skirt this week. I 2 made hoops from willow branches by bending them and taping them together with masking tape. This was quite the success and they didn’t break or crack like they were doing last week when I was attempting to braid them. I braided a couple strings together the length of the circumference of the larger hoop to make the hem of the skirt. I carefully measured and sewed in string to the smaller hoop of the second tier using embroidery thread. I then crossed them over between the top and bottom of the second tier, securing them at the end with needle and thread. This was a lengthy process but I love the way it turned out. Finally I attached the hoops by tying the dress to them with string.
This is the finisjed corset. I couldn’t be happier with how this has turned out. It was my first time making something so structured and complex. Im really happy this was a success. As the main concept of my project, this corset has been my vision for many weeks now and I’m so happy to finally see it come together.
Nguyen Cong Tri
Nguyen Cong Tri is the last artist I researched for my project. He is a Vietnamese fashion designer. He works with many celebrities on top of having his own collections. I looked at this blue structured dress he designed for actress Jacqueline Fernandez. The structure of this dress is very similar to pieces I previously looked at from Anrealage Spring 2013 collection. The outrageously big sleeves are my favourite part of this design.
Adobe Suite workshop
This week I attended the introduction to Adobe suite photoshop workshop. This was the last workshop of the first semester. To be completely honest, I had no interest in this workshop. I found it hard to work with the photoshop tools. It didn’t help to further develop my project but I wasn’t expecting much from it being the last week of semester 1. Overall I did not enjoy this workshop. I found the experience stessful and overwhelming.
Installing grommets into my corset
Today I installed a total of 44 grommets into the back panels of the corset. I used a grommet installation kit and a hammer to put them in. Some warped a little because I hammered too hard but as I went along it was easier to manage.