Summer Show 2015

 

Textiles and Fashion Group

 

Sophie Kennerley - Harlequinade

The theme of my Final Major Project is Harlequinade, I chose this as I have always had a passion for theatre and production and knew of the character straight away. I instantly decided that I would focus more towards the circus and the costumes that they wear. After visiting London and seeing the Cirque Du Soleil I was extremely inspired by their costumes and how they are tailored to each performer. I also gained my inspiration from the Victoria and Albert clowns’ exhibition and the Museum of Childhood.
This is what inspired me to create my own circus costumes including a range of samples building up towards this. These samples will include neck pieces and ruffs and well as small samples that will lead up to my final costume design, which will be made for two particular characters of the circus.

When I was on my research trip in London I went to see The Cirque Du Soleil and their costumes were a heavy inspiration to my initial ideas which I developed further through artist and designer research. I also visited Pollock’s Toy Museum and the Museum of Childhood alongside the Victoria and Albert Museum. Some of the artists I have looked at are; Vivienne Westwood, Colleen Atwood, Kate Forbes, Manish Arora and Basso and Brooke. As well as just looking into the designers and their work I have analysed individual garments in detail, considering the fabrics used and their focal points. At the beginning of the project I created a mind map around the theme harlequinade and possible techniques that I could use. As Harlequinade is based around the character Harlequin, I researched in depth into the character and what he is like, giving me a broader understanding.

When reviewing the designers and their garments, this gave me inspiration for samples and final pieces that I could produce. Colleen Atwood and Kate Forbes both inspired me to create a neck piece as part of my costume as it is also used on the character Harlequin himself in some productions.
I am looking into creating two separate costumes for two characters from the cirucs – the clown and an acrobat. Loose fitting trousers are very popular with costume designs and with clowns in the circus and so this is an outcome I wanted to create. Techniques that I am going to need to sample are print and patchwork.

 

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Elli Hill - Architectural Detail

The theme of my final major project is- Architectural Detail. The reason I have chosen to focus my project around this particular theme is because I believe that there is in-depth research and a wide variety of primary sources that I can use to enhance my creative and development skills within. I had the opportunity to specify my work around the old elements within architectural detail and taking the historical element is the right pathway to challenge my existing skills. I am going to be working towards a fashion collection, one garment will be inspired by the couture style that will contrast the ready to wear designs that will be directly inspired by the couture theme which will fit for the purpose of a wearable and fresh fashion design. I have chosen to incorporate both styles as I am able to fully develop my creative mind and final outcome.

The main influence throughout my project is the 1910 era. I have researched into a timeline of the 1900-1920’s to identify the rapid development throughout fashion in a short period of time. I am inspired to produce a collection that manipulates a viewer’s interpretation of a historical garment by adding a modernised twist within. The starting point of my project was a visit to Chester where I was able to collect a diverse body of primary photographs that capture historical texture and detail within. I am also inspired by catwalk fashion designers work and how they create more simplistic and high quality pieces in relation to couture pieces.

The techniques I would like to incorporate within my work are highlights of historical features which link into my 1910 focus but also with the combination of the modern spring/summer fashion styles. I am going to recreate techniques such as; pleats, weaves, hand/ machine embroidery, laser cut pieces and heat press designs. The use of material trapping is another technique I would also like to personalise as it holds characteristics of an aged feel with a modernised twist. I will produce lists and notes to ensure that my personal deadlines are achieved which will affect the timescale in a positive way. In addition, I will also speak with tutors regarding my work to confirm that it is at the highest possible standard. 

 

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Rochelle Reid - A Touch of Frost

After looking and researching into other theme options I narrowed my choices down eventually resulting in A Touch Of Frost being my preferred to the various ways I felt I could take the theme. The aim for this assignment was to research, develop and individually create well thought out designs and outcomes. Due to my interests and goals I decided to focus on working towards producing an interior outcome based on my chosen theme. This meant looking into various types of interiors and the techniques used to create them, from this I was able to recognise my interest in bolder more theatrical interiors rather than the domestic kind. It became apparent to me that choosing this direction left more room to explore not only layouts but also techniques and styles

In order to ensure I had a clear understanding of my theme and how I wanted my outcomes to be I researched into various different ideas and styles. This began with the type of items, techniques and materials typically used in interiors during the winter season. Researching into the Northern Lights and Ice Hotels was where I primarily gained the thought to create a more interesting theatrical interior design. As well as this I felt it would be interesting to experiment with water and ice, by collecting natural items from the outdoors such as leaves and flowers I placed them in water and then in the freezer to trap them in ice.

For my A Touch Of Frost Inspired project theme I planned to ensure I incorporated multiple, fascinating, creative textile techniques and designs. My intention was to explore and research into techniques that combined elegance with structure. By looking into the work of Amanda McCavour I discovered a way in which I could do this using a water dissolve textile technique. Relating to the shiny surface of ice I became intrigued in the beading and crystal work of Sebastian Barilleau. It was Barilleau’s Alien perfume crystal display that inspired the thought to introduce my own form of crystals in my interior ideas. I took this as an opportunity to create and grow my own crystals. I was very focused on making sure I managed my time well throughout the entire project, this led me to create lists of tasks with guidance and personal deadlines for when they should be completed


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Ncedo Matomela - Architectural Detail

For my final major project I chose Architectural Detail as my theme, and the reason for this was because I wanted to explore the differences between modern architecture and old architecture. Additionally I will be working towards producing  two garments one inspired by modern architecture focusing on the details that are a situated in architecture in this modern age, possibly using materials and fabrics that would represent this theme. Additionally the second garment will be inspired by old architectural detail. Also I will be working towards producing a range of samples before I venture into creating my garment.  

I have been influence by modern architecture details and old architecture, additionally I will be looking into modern architects, such as Zaha Hadid, and Thomas Heatherwick to link their work to mine however coming up with my own unique designs to incorporate on my garments. I have gathered primary and secondary research on modern architecture and old architecture for contextual reference. I have had a few early ideas of constructing a garment made out of mirrors and broken cds, additionally for my second garment for early ideas I have thought of constructing a garment inspired by old architecture however looking into palaces mainly in Russia and the Rococo style designs situated in these palaces.

I have researched various artists who have been inspired by modern architectural details and old architectural details looking into the techniques they use in their collections. From that information I will be exploring various techniques such as embellishment, using a wide range of materials such as crystals, glass, mirrors, CDS Tinfoil and PVC etc. Additionally I also embarked on more research into various architects looking at the materials they use in their designs and I will be experimenting with those materials and fabrics. I will be aiming to produce unique and original work, I also have a time scale and action plans which is essential and will guide me on what needs to be produced at various times.

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Lauren McDonnell - A Moment in Time

I am looking to develop a range of children’s stuffed toys, in the style of Julie Arkell, that are characters out of a story book that I am going to create. I will experiment with the techniques of embroidery in my illustrations using the style of Maggie Rozycki.
 I will research several different World War Two, refugee stories and put together my own story book with minimal text. My intention is for the book to be mostly illustrations that start off loose and free using the same techniques as Kaithe Kollwitz and Bernie Leahy. This will represent the fear and apprehension of the unknown for the characters. As the book moves on and the story evolves the illustrations will become stronger and contain more detail to represent the characters becoming more confident and secure. This will continue to develop through the story as the characters get used to the change from city life to country life and the separation from their families. The book will be aimed at 5-7 year olds. I got my inspiration to create an illustrated story book from the book Maus, wrote by Art Spiegelman who also based his book on the second world war.

The influence for my outcomes came from the interest that I have always had in the second world war. I was then told about the book Maus, and as I read the book I started to be influenced by the way


 

the pictures tell the story more than the text. I was also inspired by the way the character’s in the book are animals. This is where my idea to have one human little girl and then depict the rest of my characters as animals. As in Maus it will then be my intention to give the animals characters and personalities to mirror their perceived traits such as “the wise old owl”.

Some of my early ideas include; creating a range of fashion outcomes based around the clothing refugee children would have taken with them. I was going to create a refugee suitcase and place my garments in it to display my final outcomes. As my ideas developed I felt I had already created fashion garments and wanted to excel and push myself by coming up with outcomes witch included new techniques.

The techniques I am hoping to use are; Hand stitching, to create the stuffed toys and embellishment on them. I will also use the sewing machine to embroider my illustrations onto fabric. The main focus for my outcome is illustrations and the techniques I will use within them. I am going to use drawing techniques such as; continuous line, coal/graphite, pencil, pen and ink drawings.

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Ella Thomason - Space Odyssey

The theme I have chosen is Space Odyssey. I am looking to produce an interior of a Future House, these were designed in the 1960’s, when the Space Race took place, and I am currently looking at the propaganda from this era. I have also looked into the relevance of the flying saucer sweets and different pictures from space; this is what I plan to create my patterns from. I am also interested in looking at the different techniques I can approach in this project, such as, bleach splattering, marbling, spray painting and shibori dying, these are exciting techniques and ones that I feel will work well within this theme.

I feel that the influences for me was remembering watching a program called George Clarkes Amazing Spaces, here was a project of re doing a future house, I remembered this when I was trying to think of something really original to do, I knew really from the start that interiors would be the area that I would work in, as this is where my interest lies the most. The starting point for my project was looking at the 1950’s-60 and the influence that space had on this era. Space Odyssey was a theme that has stood out to me from the start, it is something distinctive and it would be a theme that I could create something that would encapsulate this era.


 

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Ellie O'Rourke - Slash

For Final Major Project, I am choosing the theme of slash. I will be aiming to produce a fantasy/horror interior for a garden/tea party. I have brainstormed the theme and have come up with loads of different ideas that I think best associate with the word ‘slash’. I am going to be focusing more on horror/fantasy films and directors to inspire me for this project. Because I will probably be using a young target audience, I will also be looking at animation. I have looked more into the meaning of the word ‘slash’ because one of my targets is to boost my construction/making skills for this project, and I think I will combine the meaning through distressing, ripping, tearing etc. with fabrics.

My main influence to start with will be to watch horror and fantasy films to get an idea of how I could present my idea for an interior.  I have already started to research into different horror and fantasy films, which are both human and animated, so I can focus on a broad audience. I am also planning to research into film directors, such as Stephen King, Tim Burton to look into how they started their career in film making and what gives them inspiration to make such graphic and violent horrors. Aswell as film directors, I am going to research into make-up artists like Rick Baker and Jack Pierce.
I have taken an interest in the fantasy films as well, such as Alice in Wonderland, Oz: the great and powerful, Avatar etc. I like way that the film personifies the natural aspect, giving plants/trees/animals their own character. I also like the way that the presence of nature is over exaggerated, using colour, size and shape.

I will aim to use a range of different thicknesses when it comes to fabrics/materials like felt, organza, cotton etc.  to create my final piece. I will be using a lot of construction methods because it is for an interior so it will be quite a large scale to work on.  For this project I will be using a strict timescale to keep a good plan ahead of what I will be doing each week.


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Emily Welch - Moment in Time

I refined my period of time to the 50’s era because I was inspired by the fashion, lifestyles and interior design of this era. Britain had more money to spend in the 1950s and experiemented with colour and design following the dark times of the war, providing me with lots of research opportunities. Fashion designs were more feminine and this influenced interior designs of this era incorporating floral and pastel designs within soft furnishings. My project outcomes will include a full collection of interior work based around the 1950’s.

I wanted to have a clearer understanding of the everyday life of this era that influenced the work of designers both from this period and since. I was influenced by a range of designers including Lucienne Day and Sheila Bownas both well known textile designers from the 1950s. I also researched modern day designers who use the 1950s influence within their designs including Kerri Morrow an interior designer and Orla Kiely who used fruit within her interior design and soft furnishings. I realised that a lot of current trends in soft furnishings are also inspired by the 1950s including; Laura Ashley, Next and Kath Kidston so researched their current product lines.
I visited the Design Museum in London which displayed a fashion collection of this era, which confirmed my initial plan to create an interior collection. Secondary research into advertisements of the time really inspired me on design elements including the use of repeat pattern, stripes and also the use of pastel colours to create highly visual images. Pastel colours and the use of flowers were also regularly used in traditional soft furnishings and wallpaper. I was influenced by these however wanted to bring them up to date through the use of modern techniques, equipment and material.
My early ideas based on the research I had completed led me to develop a bedroom range of soft furnishings. The research sources I used included; internet, designer blogs, museums and department store catalogues.

In the making of my final outcomes I intend to expand my knowledge of Illustrator to enable me to produce some original designs and motifs. From here I intend to use the heat press facilities to transfer my designs onto fabric which will enable me to manipulate them into my own designs. I would experiment with different synthetic fabrics to ensure the best results. I want my outcomes to be very flat and heavily patterned based with one or two 3D textured pieces to compliment alongside. I am going to experiment with all the techniques and process available to me that I feel would benefit my theme which will allow me to produce outcomes with the techniques that worked best for me.

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Jade Houghton - Memorabilia

I plan on creating a range of fashion based outcomes which will portray contrasting areas of my family memorabilia by using specialist textile techniques. I plan for each individuail garment and the techniques that create them to contrast with each other which will portray the diversity within my family. I have chose to develop and create a fashion based range as I believe this is where my strengths are and also with the concept being so personal to my self I want the final outcomes to be of the highest quality and standard that I am able to posibly create.

I came up with the idea of creating individual garments that will represent different contrasting personalities within my family such as each of my three grandma’s, my brother, sister and also my nephew. I plan to research into multiple artist and textile designers, such as Cath Kidston and Jennifer Collier, to gather inspiration and ideas from. I will then develop personalised textile techniques inspired by my family memorabilia and inspiration from the artists which I will combine to create my final fashion based outcomes that will represent each chosen family member. I also plan on researching into old and current fashion trends to create the right garment for each grandma.I intend on developing a wide range of outcomes inspired by Cath Kidston and the techniques of Jennifer Collier, Natasha Kerr and Lisa Kokin. Inspired by both my brother and sister creating a range of cosmetic pouches and rolls alongside fashion based range of outcomes is something that I will consider and look into. I have considered techniques such as teabag trapping, knitting, heavy embellishment, machine embroidery, and using the heat press. I will also develop some individual and personal techniques inspired by textile designers and the contrasting personalities of each grandma. I will then combine curtain techniques and develop them into suitable garments. I have created a very brief but personal time table which has abled be so far to stay on track and not fall behind.

 

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Emma Cotterill - A Moment in Time

I have chosen the concept title a moment in time for my final major project. My theme for this concept is World War 2 and the 1940’s as it is an era that I haven’t previously studied and don’t know much about. I want to expand my knowledge around this period of time.
I am working towards producing a fashion outcome within a range. I am aiming for my work to have a couture look for the catwalk.

I have been influenced by World War 2 and the fashion during that time. My initial starting point was researching into the history of this era and the 1940’s fashion. I began by watching documentaries within this history, from this I then went on to get my inspiration from the fashion and how I could take this further to produce my own design.

For my final outcomes I am going to explore different techniques I haven’t used before throughout my projects from both my first 2 years so far. I am going to explore graphics and design more in this project and incorporate them into my final garment, I am going to sample this on different medias such as different fabrics and different types of paper. I am going to do primary research by going visiting different museums which I can include within my designs and get inspiration from the fashion of the 1940’s. I am going to try different printing techniques including the heat press, I have sampled this before but never taken it forward to include into my work.


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Emily Mackay - Tea Party

For my final major project my theme is Tea Party, Due to the theme I had chosen having such a large choice for which path I wished to go down I spent time looking into different types of tea parties such as the Boston Tea Party as well as Alice In Wonderland. This is where I decided I would base my FMP around traditional children’s tea parties, meaning I could have a lot of fun when creating my exhibition. I researched what would be included so that I could decide what outcomes I could create myself. I chose to create a tablecloth for my table, two cushions for each chair, bunting, a canopy and felt strawberries and cakes. I decided I would set my exhibition up as if it was outside on the lawn, using fake grass as my base and placing my outcomes on top.


My aim for this project was to play around with fun, exciting colours and prints leaving me with a suitable outcome relating to my theme. I used Photoshop and Illustrator to create and finalise my designs, leaving a very professional finish. Firstly I drew up multiple images such as cakes, strawberries and flowers. I then scanned them in, touching them up so that the lines were crisp. After this I chose various repeats and such as the half drop and created my patterns. I had designed my repeats to print on to my tablecloth and cushions and so when I finally added colour to them, I selected very vibrant reds pinks and blues etc so that they stood out against the white background. My outcomes included Bunting, felt strawberries, My tablecloth and finally I created my cushions. I am very happy with the overall outcome of all of my pieces and I think as a collection they all work very well together.

 

 

Fine Art Group

 

Megan Bryce - Ruins and Remains (Oradour-sur-Glane)

I intend to make a range of paintings created in different media and scales. I intend to start off quite small and gradually get bigger with the surface I use. Looking into artists who link to my idea, like Anselm Kiefer. I want to create a homage or pastiche to communicate my idea that Kiefer is a great influence to my work. I want to explore different textures and media like cement, silicone, dust and wood combining them with paint to create a 3D texture that can build layers and come off the surface. For the end of the project I want to create a large scaled piece, incorporating all the media I have used and experimented with successfully and show my whole idea of ‘ruins and remains’. I want to add actual objects into the painting to highlight ‘possessions’ like a toy bear or a pocket watch what will be buried into the layers of paint and materials what will present parts of the village I am looking at, from the roads to buildings and signs.

My main focus is a village I went to in France called Oradour-sur-Glane which is a well-known village what was massacred by German SS in the early 40’s. When I was there the atmosphere felt so quiet and still, the thought that I was stood where this awful tragedy had occurred and the idea that this lifeless village got turned into a ghost town and I want to create these paintings to communicate the impact you get when you visit the village so I’m working with the photos I took when I was out there of buildings, roads and peoples saved possessions to create a range of paintings. My other influences, in addition to Anselm Kiefer’s who works on a large scale that are usually heavily textured are Leon Kossoff who works in impasto to create interesting portraits and Giacometti’s drawings and paintings that are heavily worked and reworked in some areas of the compositions.

I want to explore with a range of techniques and processes like impasto and sgraffito where I can build up my paint and layer it with my brush so when you’re up close to the surface you can see the brush marks and where the paints dried also scratching into the paint to add pattern. I want to work with a range of materials what can add depth and texture to my work like clay, wood and cement.

Every work/painting I do I will document by taking photos throughout the process to clearly show how I have created the piece and reflect on successes and failures. I will also evaluate the work at the end of the project, it will sum up all the work I have done and what I have done to get there. I will document the images in my book and annotate points like what medias I used and what inspired me. I will take advantage of advice I am given in tutorials and ask my peers for feedback.

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Taome Winter - Granny

I have based my project around my granny, as she is an elderly lady who is very interesting. I am close to her so it was simple to gather good quality pictures and information I needed whenever I needed It. Throughout my project I created three final pieces, all being paintings. To create my paintings I used thin layers of acrylic paint to give a frail and gentle feel to the pieces. Over the three paintings it reflects her personality, traits and emotions. The portrait painting shows the personality of my granny. She is a straightforward, honest women and painting her portrait the way it is perfectly reflects her personality. The cropped painting of the eyes is to show her emotions, by looking at the painting she may seem upset however the tear is from happiness and laughter. The third and final piece I created is one of the strongest regarding the concept. It shows the age and character of my granny as she always has a story to tell from past experiences, which has shaped her to be the woman she is today. I have specifically took extra care and detail when painting the rings because these rings show her inner elegance.


 

I have had a number of influences over the course of the project two being sourced from a college trip to London and the other from general research on the internet. These being Louise Bourgeois, Stuart Pearson Wright and Sue Rubira. Collectively these artists inspired me from the way they paint and the meanings behind their work, specifically I concentrated on the attention to detail, the range of brushstrokes and the different styles of painting, e.g. portraiture and realism. The primary research and sources for the project are from my own personal photography.

I have used a range of painting techniques throughout all three pieces. These are small and large gestural strokes, larger brushstrokes for background work, smaller more controlled strokes for detail and the use of my finger and water for blending. I used this technique with the finger, rather than the brush, because I did not want to see the individual brushstrokes and was going for a smoother and more subtle movement. I also used a range of brush types, including finer and smaller ones for the more detailed parts of the painting. Overall I think my time keeping was suitable and didn't feel that I need to rush anything.

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Michael Helsby - Movement

For my final major project, I have decided to base my work around the theme of movement. In London I was drawn to a piece of work by Dorothea Tanning 'à mi-voix' which translates as 'a whisper' which appears to depict movement. I really liked the style and technique in the painting. I was also really impressed by the talent and skill that was painted directly on the walls around the East End of London, during an 'alternative' walking tour lead by Keir, a street artist himself. My tutor has advised that I look at the work of Li Hill, a street artist that uses a painting technique where he builds up layers of transparent colour and tone to capture a sense of movement. I am going to look at the series of work he has done based on fencing. I am planning to do a pastiche of a section of one of Li Hill's pieces so I can get to grips with the subtle painting process. Capturing the lines and layers to get a sense of movement. I plan to approach my paintings the same way he does, using images of football or dance instead of fencing. I plan to work large scale on my main piece so it's similar to how Li Hill works but on a board instead of building.

In my painting I will be using watered down, transparent layers of paint, so it's not opaque to build up the sections of the image, adding layers of paint to get the sense of movement. To get the images to paint from I need to get photographs of someone in the process of moving. I will take these images and process them using Photoshop to layer all the images so I have good source material to work from. When I paint the image, I will paint the first image on and the paint other that image with the other images and layer them up but so I don't lose the original image I'll use watered down paints so I still have the image in the background.


 

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Eleanor Warburton - Reveal

I would like my work to illustrate emotions, thoughts and feelings, through the imagery choices, colours, textures and background. I would like my work to be based on portraiture with a meaningful message behind each painting or drawing. I would prefer it to be abstracted as this is my favourite way of painting. I have thought about possible sources for imagery for the project. I want a strong contrast between the portrait element of the work and the abstracted background. I would like the background to relate to the character and story of the person I am portraying, to begin with I have considered taking photographs of people in their working environment.

The starting point for me for this project was the trip to London. I visited The National Portrait Gallery, Tate Modern and Mapping the City at Somerset House. The Graffiti night tour inspired me the most for the FMP due to the meaningful messages behind the artwork. The bright colours, the imagery and the placement of the work was interesting. One of my main influences is going to be an artist who I have studied and researched before named Danny O'Connor. He has a graffiti style, as some of his pieces are created using spray paint. His work is also very abstracted and colourful which links to the style I intend to use and it's also a style I like working with.

I thought I could use animal imagery within my work to combine with the portraits. This idea of adding animals to humans could create a way of making connections and explaining thoughts and emotions through my work. I intend to work with different techniques such as painting, collage, print making and also developing texture to create variation within the paint surface. I will use a variety of drawing media; charcoal, stick and ink in addition to using pencil, to show the different techniques I can use and show diversity throughout the project. I could create different ways of painting using techniques like impasto, wet on wet etc. I could integrate mono printing to add another element to my work.

I intend to assess my work throughout my project by annotating my experimental pieces, pastiches and idea pieces so that I can reflect on my successes and failures, to improve my work. I will respond to tutorials I have with staff and I will also be completing a mid-point crit to get peer advice.

 

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Abby Hobbs - Ivory Hell

For my final major project I have created two final pieces on large scale canvases following the theme of elephant ivory poaching. The two pieces show the process of life and death that ivory poaching causes. One of the pieces shows a live healthy elephant with blank tusks and the second of an elephant skull with carved ivory tusks. I feel like the audience will be able to make a clear link between the two pieces of work as the painting styles are the same but using different colour schemes and also the images are the same size scale and same positioning. Throughout the project my influences where different animal right activists such as Sue Coe and also I was influenced by the style of Francis Bacon and how his work is very bright and brass and how he likes to create his work about quit horrific scenes.


 

 

 

These influenced are refined and worked into my project by research pages and using similartechniques in my work. I also gathered a lot of images and ideas from the internet by looking into graphic images of ivory poaching which gave me inspiration to take something horrific and graphic and using it to create a subtle pretty looking piece of work. To create the pieces I used thick multiple layers of paint to build up the images and to mix the colours onto the canvases as I went along the image. I also used the technique of using different tone of colours to create shadows and shapes without sticking to basic use of black shadowing. I feel like my time schedule for this project was kept to quite well and the pieces of work took around the same amount of time to create. Throughout the project there were a few issues with getting shapes and colouring correct but nothing that causes a lot of problems. Overall I feel as though my project was successful and I am happy with the outcomes and feel like my theme has been shown well through the pieces.

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Sian McMahon - Communities

I gathered my ideas from my initial research and trip to London in February, I showed an interest into the Hayward skate park for its environmental art and the atmosphere include the people that go there. I represented the theme by producing 15 portraits of the people from a community I can relate to. The aim is for the audience to be confused by my work  and interested , the idea is to make the portraits quite dominant and more focal out of the whole exhibition, focusing more on the eyes of each portrait to emphasis the innocence and mystery behind each portraits.


After researching into the skate park I came across a campaign page to help save the Southbank skate park, and a project run by photographer David Gould who produced large scale portraits of members of that community as part of a silent protest against plans for generation at the site. This being my initial idea I then had to develop the themes and ideas into my own projects, this being an appropriate way to create a project based on community’s, using a community that relates to me I created 15 pieces of art work based on the portraits of people from verve place.

 

My initial proposal was to produce large scale cut up collective portraits from people of a relatable community, I then developed my ideas and techniques into producing 5 paintings in the style of chuck close and ralph goings. For my 5 main paintings , as an extra I created 4 mono prints using print making inks of 5 more staff members and residents of verve place. For my final 6 portraits I got them printed and mounted onto foam board and had them places near the entrance of the exhibition , with my photograph being at eye level , its intriguing and confusing causing the audience to want to know more about my project.


One of the main developmental issues I faced would be my lack of practice and developmental pieces as I started out painting bottles in the style of ralph goings as he specialised in reflection and bottles in photorealistic paintings , I then developed my ideas using a community that I could relate to so I produced a project in relation to the Southbank community project , id say the project has become quite successful and I produced a large amount of average sized scale work , I would say that my favourite work produced would be the prints of the photographic portraits as they have more depth and my main aim was to capture a silly face that represented their personality, hence the crossed eyes portrait at the top of the exhibition space.

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Megan Nugent - Joy

For my Final Major Project I made a painting inspired by Fanakapan who is a street artist mainly based in Hackney London. By my use of Fanakapan and his striking visual art, I intended to provoke a feeling of immediate urgency. What I mean by this, is that life can be aesthetically exciting and rewarding by the  splash of colour,  yet the skulls represent what has been and is now gone or has been lost. This means essentially the audience can interpret an existential way of life. The theme that I chose was Joy and Celebration which I based off of Day of the Dead, which is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico as a way to celebrate the dead. I represented that theme by incorporating bright colours to contrast with the grey toned skull. I also represented the theme by incorporating cultural interpretation to contrast with the well-known junk food.

My influences were Mexican Day of the Dead which inspired the bright colours in my work. While my painting is up in the exhibition, I will put some live flowers onto the painting and wait for them to wilt but the day before the exhibition opens at college I will put some more flowers on to add life to the piece. Another influence was Fanakapan, a street artist in London, who influenced the skulls in my work. I researched these influences before I decided to base


 

 

 

my work on them as I had other interests in mind.  I decided to use these as my inspiration because I liked the contrast between the two things I was influenced by, that being bright colours and skulls. I thought that by having grey toned skulls and colourful accents that the painting would create a sense of happiness to in the audience. With this in mind I had to decide what I wanted to be colourful in the picture so I decided that sweets and/or flowers would make a great contrast between the two. For the majority of my paintings have a skull and sweets on it, to keep the paintings related and my last piece has a skull and flowers on it to give a variety of options to the audience.

To create my art pieces I used acrylic paint and canvases mostly. In one painting I used two canvases and two wooden boards. My paintings of the skulls are very tonal and textural so I could make them look realistic but expressive. With the flowers and sweets I decided to use lots of different tones of colours but tried to make them very simple in design. I did struggle with staying on top of my work schedule but found ways to complete the pieces without falling behind too much; such as staying behind after lesson and coming into college early to work into my paintings. I was able to achieve a successful project because I was able to change my ideas whenever I felt they needed to be. I felt I had much more control in this project which allowed me to look at different techniques and artists I wouldn’t normally look at.

I assessed the success of my project by how other people looked at it. I wanted them to be happier when they saw my paintings. Many people in college who have seen them have mentioned how they feel about them which is they feel better, which was my aim to start with.

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Charlie Cowell - How Art Can Make Us Feel, Think And Change

I intend to create a collection of art using different media, styles, colours, and themes to demonstrate a wide range of responses from its audience, for it to be a successful collection of my theme it will need to demonstrate a wide range of art that communicates a clear difference between the art and their processes/styles to anyone who see it. It doesn't have to be an obvious message with most but it does have to show emotional, mood, and idea to stimulate the mind and even change their percept for a short time. My project might be heavily influenced by canvas and how they differ, including a mix of homages and pastiches.

The artists I have been inspired by were Grayson Perry and his work with different media and how he communicates through his art, Basquiat and his odd style with a strong contrast in colour


 

 

 

which creates a strong visual piece and makes people feel, Cranio as he portrays a character that looks quite odd but represents outside culture and how they interact with the culture of today. It is a very strong message and is found on the walls of allies and buildings so it is enhanced by the environment surrounding it. I started research into Aymeric Kevin and originally was set out on creating a collection of canvas side by side to create a long strip of paintings featuring Rayman styled environment with influences from the outside (Cranio Inspired) and then I decided to look into what makes art successful and what I enjoy artwork (I don't generally enjoy looking at other art but I do find some interesting but it is very rare to take my attention).

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Kira Hughes -

missing Statement


 

 

 

 

 

 

Photography

 

Alina Cebula - 'Documentary'

During this assignment, I have explored the theme of ‘Documentary Photography’. Themes like globalization, global warming or population really interest me, so these are the themes have focused on. Initially I wanted to explore the concept of scale and take photographs from a distance, which would allow the viewer to look at the landscapes from a distance, and perhaps see what they haven’t seen before. My initial idea was to capture the growth of the population in the UK, but at the end I have decided that it was a good idea to compare UK to other countries, which helps to view it better compared to what it would be on its’ own. To do that, I have done research about different countries and their population. I have noted down all the numbers and have made a simple infographic next to my photographs, explaining and highlighting the most interesting information. After I have done all of my research, I have found out that the density of the UK is quite high, this is why I have decided that this will be the main theme of my photographs.
This project has allowed me to explore and travel a little bit more, and gave me a taste of what documentary photography is like.  

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Dylan Logsdon - 'Documentary'

This project was given to us in the form of 26 words. Out of these 26 words I chose "Documentary", as the starting point for my project. I decided that I would document something close to me, and something that I feel doesn't get a lot of documentation or publication. I decided to document and compare the skate communities in both Manchester and Liverpool, getting the opinions and views of people that are involved with this community. The initial idea was to create a magazine, and a business from this, so that I could gain experience and get an understanding of what it would be like to work in this field, as well as documenting a subject that has a close connection to me. I plan to obtain my research by spending time in spaces and areas where this community is at its strongest, and has a lot of influence to culture of these places. The research I gather won't necessarily be factual, it will just be opinions and views from people involved with these communities, and will accompany the images. The images again won't be very literal or have any meaning behind them, they will be taken simply for the documentation of a space, or a time, and will be used show the places where this culture exists, and what effect it has on the spaces.

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Amy Smithers - 'Nature'

I have explored ancient universal symbols and geometric patterns from nature. Everything in the universe is geometric and can be measured on a geometric scale; even non-tangible things such as thoughts and music. These ancient symbols have been adopted by several religions and cultures but they don’t belong to any specific group of people as they are universal patterns from nature. However, I have designed a mandala which is a Hindu and Buddhist symbol representing the universe. The symbols and shapes in my compositions, were designed centuries ago and I have recreated them using digital methods and combined them with photography.

I have used different colour schemes for each image, such as complimentary and analogous using both primary and secondary colours. I used vibrant colours as I wanted the atmosphere to be energetic and aesthetically pleasing. My subject matter is made up of nature and flowers which I photographed in their natural environments as well as in a photography studio, I then manipulated within Photoshop to create a symmetry effect ensuring every detail geometric.

The border presented in my designs was inspired by the composition of the Mandala. The shape represents a temple which establishes a sacred space and importance from within. Every temple design withholds a sacred geometry pattern or shape that is highly important to the universe. The more we know about mathematics and science, the more we will learn about ourselves and the universe that created us.

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Jaques Laycock - 'Excavate'

My project will display the effects of modernisation and its effects on an old and disused building and/or place. I am going to focus not only on the look of the building, but also the objects left behind and look at the story and history behind it and use the building to photograph light within it. Because I chose the theme of “excavate” for my project so I wanted to explore not only the exploration part, but look at the backstories of these abandoned locations and how times have changed around the locations.
The main intention of my project is to show the changing effects of these location along with document the location and the history of it through different photographing techniques, looking at light and colours within the locations.

I chose this project because of the location that I live in, and also because I’ve always liked finding hidden and abandoned places and I thought that it worked with the brief. Another reason why I chose this is because within photography, I love photographing different light effects and I thought that I would be able to shoot not only some photos documenting the area/house but also effects with the natural light.

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William Forshaw - 'Reveal'

My initial idea was to stick with the creative side of photography and experiment using ink and water which I would capture the different effects. To gain more of an insight in how to get the most effective outcome I researched videos of photographers who created their own studio sets, this technique showed the process needed to capture detailed imagery. Then further into the process of the assignment I changed my idea and theme as I thought that it was very minimal what I could capture. I thought that the theme of ‘Reaction’ was more beneficial and linked with my new idea better.

After more independent research I found a photographer through Flickr that experimented with different materials and liquids linking more of a science approach to the brief. The focus is the different chemical reactions being that take place and what happens when one product reacts with another. I liked the idea of something fizzing once it started to react with another material or liquid as the outcome either produced a colour or another reaction.  Throughout the photo shoots the main focus is the colour as it will make the overall images bolder and more interesting to look at as well as the reaction that takes place.

As well as stills within my assignment, I have videoed the reactions to highlight the theme for my brief more. Within Adobe Premier video editor, I have constructed a video with a mixture of slow motion clips and the original video which will go in my exhibition along with stills. Also, as the viewer doesn’t experience the full effect of the reacts being taken place from the images and the video, I will put a mini live experiment alongside my videos and stills which will be on going throughout the exhibition as people walk round. This will create more of a main interest point to my exhibition which I think will add another feature.

My prints presented within my exhibition show the different post reaction outcomes and during the process itself. I found that whilst editing my images I thought that colour was more prominent.

 
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Bradley Jinks - 'Documentary'

This project will cover documentary and also life in some else’s eyes because I want to show people in an extreme environment and see how they work together as a team and co-operate when it is time to prep. I want to show how they do all this and keep in time with all the orders coming and how they interact with each other. I am have looked into ethnology and how I can add this into my work, because I want to show the hierarchy  in the environment and if one person stops or messes up the customer order they will either not get what they want or be delayed and then complaining. I chose to show this with a video and a selection of prints the video and prints show 2 different meanings, the pictures show the culture of the


 

kitchen and how they set it up to suit their personal preference also it shows how clean everything has to be. The video shows the hierarchy in the kitchen and how without this the kitchen wouldn’t function as well as it does, I wanted to show this because people misunderstand what goes on in the kitchen and I wanted to show the behind scenes so that people get more educated in this working environment.
 
The main part of my project I am working on is behind the scenes because I want to show what it is like behind all the walls and show that there is a culture and they all get treated like family because they have been working together for so long, this will hopefully give you soothing to think about before blaming the waitresses for you will know why something hasn’t been done.

 
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Molly Stone - 'On Behalf of Others'

I decided to use ‘On Behalf Of Others’ I used this to create my idea of capturing images of Zoo animal in captivity, but I didn’t want this to mean that I captured images of animals being treated cruelly, but I wanted to show their emotions they have while in captivity – I also wanted to get the industrial side of the Zoo’s showing that it’s not their natural habitat. To explore this idea, I visited Chester Zoo 3 times for 3 photo-shoot’s, I spent the minimum of 2 hours there each time to make sure I got enough pictures and so they were at the highest quality. This allowed me to watch and think about the different ways I could capture the emotions of each animal.


 

To further explore the theme of ‘On Behalf Of Others’, I plan to initiate independent research different photographers that have also photographed animals in captivity, I then used the inspiration to create my pictures. As I am doing 3 photo-shoots it means that I can learn from each photo-shoot to make sure I can do better in each photo-shoot. I came out of this each photo-shoot with at least 3 great pictures.

The concept of captivity is the main theme of my work.
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Kate Lloyd - 'Provoke'

During this project, I branched from the theme ‘provoke’. I presented a group of people of different ages, a range of images that I hoped would stimulate a reaction. I wanted to show how people of different ages and genders, react to different things. These images include things with ‘shock factor’, funny images, and images that would provoke sadness.

I explored the subject of ‘provoke’ by researching varied artists to have a better idea of the range of reactions that I wanted to trigger from the audience. Some of the specific content that I showed to the audience were photographs taken at great heights which had an initial dramatic effect on some of the viewers.

I decided not to show the images that I presented to the group of people in the exhibition, as I feel it leaves the audience with the question “what are they looking at?”


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Leah Webster - 'Documentary'

My final idea was to document and promote the Scouts as a community group. To achieve more of an insight in how to get the most effective outcome (in terms of composition, colour themes and styles), I researched a series of photographers who specialised in Documentary photography. When the time came to giving my project a title, I thought Into The Woods was an appropriate choice.

My independent research led me to take photographs in different ways, using different angles and subject matters and various composition ideas. My main focus was to capture the Scouts coming together with mutual interests and documenting them working as both a team and an individual. I liked the idea of capturing more traditional and ceremonial aspects of the evening,


 

for example the Beavers becoming Scouts, the Scouts saluting each other, etc. Throughout the course of my photo shoots, the focus shifted from being primarily being on the Scouts to being on the activities that occur too.

My project consists of only photographs in which I used Photoshop to edit them if necessary. Within Photoshop, I used several editing techniques to ensure my images had the best end result possible.

All of my prints are in colour as the black and white filters took away quality from my images. This was due to black and white filters being of a dark quality in general and my photographs were taken using artificial lighting. With the editing techniques I used, I believe I the viewer can experience the full effect of the Scouts within my refined images.

 

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Lois Johnson - 'Documentary'

Branching from the theme of Documentary, I have decided to make a short film portraying the older generation. I want to show the contrast between childhoods during different periods of time. My concept behind this body of work is to try and display to the younger generation a different side of life that we will never experience. Also, I want to give people a sense of how much life and our society has evolved since the 1940’s. To demonstrate this, I have interviewed a group of Elderly women that live in a residential estate in Culcheth and presented the comparisons between their experiences with growing up in various parts of the country.


 

Throughout making this video, I have to come to realise that these ladies have all gone through different challenges and hardships as well as going through happier times; they have all ended up in similar situations. All of their stories are different versions of Boy meets Girl and they live happily ever after. It’s difficult for the older generation to change their way of thinking and their lifestyle as our society has changed significantly.

I wish to visually communicate with my audience by using video and imagery that times have changed and will always continue to change. I aim to bring awareness to those who have no idea what it was like to grow up in the 40’s and 50’s and enlighten viewers on the journey of growing old. We are all products of our childhood and we will one day be the older generation experiencing a new society and time different to what we’re used to.