Summer Show 2018

 

Textiles and Fashion Group

 

Darcy Stanley - Body Image

For my FMP I chose to make two garments, one co-ordinating top and hot pants set with a cage skirt and one long, mesh dress. My work has been based around body image and I chose to represent this by masking and distorting areas of the body by using ruffles, optical art prints and also using more structural pattern pieces in my co-ordinating set. At a first look I feel that my work may be difficult to understand however I feel that once the concept is revealed the way in which I have chosen to present my work becomes much more obvious. At the very beginning of the project I was influenced by Barbie and what kind of effect, her unrealistic body image would have. I researched into body image issues and what could influences a person's self-esteem whilst also talking to my peers about what body image means to them and what they feel has influenced their views on their own image. I feel this really helped me when designing my garments as I tried to incorporate their feed back into my work by creating a slight trail to give the illusion of height, creating a free standing caged like skirt not to hug the waist or fit the figure etc. During the making process I used various constructional techniques such as inserting zips, hook and eyes, overlocking and pattern cutting, as well as a few decorative textiles techniques such as making the various ruffles, heat pressing and machine embroidery and aqua film. I also was able to incorporate some graphical work into my garments as I created the optical illusion print on my first garment in illustrator, which I then dye sublimation printed so that I could heat press it onto my fabric.

I feel that my project has been fairly successful as I believe the garments are doing what I envisioned them to do, which was mask certain areas of the figure as well as changing the perception of the body. I also think they look much like my original sketches. I managed to create my first garment fairly quickly as the shorts and boned skirt were fairly easy to construct however I had some difficulty with the construction of the top as I wanted to extend the shoulders to create a really boxy looking crop with a square neckline which meant it took some time inventing the pattern pieces. My second garment took a little longer as once I had constructed the dress and overlocked the seams I found the fabric wouldn't be able to take the weight of the amount of ruffles I wanted to attach therefore I had to create a simple mini slip dress which I attached on the inside of the dress so that I was tacking the ruffles and decorative elements to two layers of fabric allowing the top layer to not be weighed down as much. I found the ruffles were quite quick to make, but just got quite time consuming as I had two garments to fill with them. If you are to look closer to my second garment you are able to see eyes which have been machine embroidered onto water soluble material and tacked onto the garment, I chose to embroider eyes as a body image is all about perception and individual views on body image, this is quite a challenging technique and with the scale of the eyes being really small they came out quite messy looking as they're quite flimsy however I feel this adds to the undone look of the garments as there are lots of loose threads hanging from the ruffles anyway. With my project being based around body image and the way women's bodies are portrayed I feel that my outcomes have a lot of relevance. I tried to create garments that you would be able to hide behind in a way as they're masking areas of the body however the garments themselves are quite dramatic and would draw attention to the wearer. Feedback I have had about my garments has been really varied and lot of individuals seem to think my photoshoot was quite intense and empowering for women which is what I wanted to achieve. I feel the shoot worked so well and really brought my garments to life. If anything I feel that I could've maybe put some more ruffles on the garments and maybe some more machine embroidery as you can't see much of it.

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India Hesketh - Lost Memories – Dementia

I decided to do an interior design piece based on the theme of dementia. I wanted to represent this theme through a 1950s park, showing a time when people who suffered with dementia was at their youth. I think it is important to show this, as dementia is a disease that can't yet be cured so as friends and family we have to learn to live with this as well as the person suffering with it. My idea from the start is that when the audience see this, they will see a place of comfort and relaxation, where people can come to have a quiet moment with the ones they love. However also seeing a room that has so much inside to stimulate conversation between the two. Living with dementia it's hard to start conversation as their memory is evaporating day by day, so starting a conversation even a simple one as the queen's coronation is so precious them and their family. And that's what I wanted to achieve when creating this interior design.

I had many influences when doing this project to help inspire me in my work, most were artists however some where people I've found on my own, people who worked in the Alzheimer's society because of their loved ones. One artist in particular really influenced my project, Jean Makesh who took a nursing home and turning into a stunning facility that took those who suffer with dementia back to living in a safe environment, and helped with their everyday live routines. So after learning from others that those who live with dementia, in some cases they are taken back to a younger ages, creating a room based on a 1950s park will bring back memories of their youth and make them feel safe and secure in their environment. My techniques I decided to use were, heat press, free machine embroidery and patchwork. I decided to use heat press because I wanted to create motifs using the CAD software Photoshop, and by using the heat press I could transfer my motif onto the fabric of my cushions. I also did free machine embroidery because I wanted to add a little excitement on my piece, each motif I did could possibly stimulate conversation, helping families talk to their loved ones.

 

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Clara Romero Collins - Women's Opression

I want to produce a garment or an outfit which represents a hot topic but expresses fashion.
I want to focus my collection on feminism by taking advantage of the articles in newspapers around the world, informing about different oppressions and violence that women have suffered. I also want to represent this conflict through words, symbols, and patterns. And even using my humour to express certain injustices. It also draws my attention to try and depict the outlines of bodies or faces, of those who have suffered from these sexist actions. To show that it is a major problem all around the world, I want to make use of different languages and stories from various countries. From 1st world countries to the poorest on Earth. This collection will be colourful and vibrant to express our voice and our importance in life.

Feminism is a name given to people who believe in equality between men and women and fight for the rights of the feminine sex. This name is not a fashion, it has been going on for hundreds of years and people such as Clara Campoamor have inspired me to speak out and express my thoughts. Regarding fashion designers, Angela Missoni, inspired me to express these thoughts through clothes and different styles. At Milan Fashion Week show, Missoni, gave out pink pussy hats (made famous by the Women's March in Washington in January).to every singles guest so they could support the theme and the 'march' whilst the show went on. All the models walked up and down the runway wearing the hats too, for the finale walk. However, my collection is going to be more expressive through the clothing itself. This is what's going to make me different to most of the brands which have spoken out about this topic. The cultural side to it, comes from my Spanish background. I am very interested in culture from different countries and want to show this as a factor of my collection.


 

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Charlotte Leigh - The Borrowers

I set out with the goal in mind to create two complete theatre costumes for both an indoor and an outdoor character (innie and outie) and seeing as my theme was about the borrowers I had to come up with some very creative ideas playing with scale, figuring out how to turn small everyday objects into something large enough to portray the drastic size differences in a borrowers world. As well as making garments I also had to create accessories to go with them as a big part of being a borrower is using borrowed/ recycled items to make equipment from.
I started extensively researching into various costume artists and other story's that related to the idea of tiny people living in a giant's world, helping me get inspiration for my theme and giving me ideas on how to play with scale. For my primary research I then went to visit a theatre costume exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum in London. I also took photos using two dolls that I dressed and then positioned them around my home and in the garden and experimented with different scales.
During the making process I used many different techniques to create both my outfits and my accessories. Chicken wire and regular fabrics to create the rats cloak head and claws then using the sewing machine to stich it all together and make the tail (witch I stuffed to make it 3D). For the pants I used scrap fabric to make a patchwork design that I felt was very fitting of my theme and then hand stiched large cross stitching to add detail and for the top I used a calico basic witch I then stitched multiple braids of thread on to. When I created the dress I had to create an original pattern to use and after cutting out the fabric and stitching it together with the machine I then uses some braded wool I had made earlier to create the effect of cross stitching along and down the side of the dress. Once I had constructed the clothes I then worked on the accessories, creating the wrist watch I used and old clock and then measured out how large the strap would need to be before creating them out of some crocodile fabric and padding out the inside so that it would be stiff, once the straps where done I then used wire and masking tape to make the buckle. For the bag I started by constructing the giant button out of cardboard and newspaper then painting it to look the part. Then for the bag I did have a little trouble figuring out the shape but once I had I then attached the button on. Finally for the exacto blade spear I went out and found a large stick to use as the base then I then created the blade and painted it to look the part before binding it to the stick with thread.

 

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Melanie McConnell - Feminism

For my Final major project, I have made a floor length couture red carpet/evening dress for women. Inspired by my theme feminism, I represented this theme in a non-typical way. I decided to look at how the society has effected women's fashion due to feminism. Feminism in fashion usually addressed with slogan t-shirts however I decided to oppose this and show the subject in a much more subtle way. Instead of using bold words on t-shirts, I have created a glamorous dress which reads beautifully embroidered words to inspire women, such as; respect, selfless, OK, hope, free, power etc. This piece faintly has Emmeline Pankhurst printed underneath the embroidery, the leader of the suffragette movement, to inspire women today and realising the rights we have. Another main feature, is the way I have turned an apron style into a dress. With the apron straps and high neck, being quite daring with it being backless, conflicting how women were not allowed to show skin as it was frowned upon, and proving women are not housewives and can be whatever they want to be. I have made the dress fitted, but not hourglass as they were in the 1900s. This dress is a comfortable fit, still showing the beautiful figure. The white rose is the main symbolism within my project, this was inspired by the Times Up and Me Too movement as well as the real meaning of a white rose. This suited my theme as the beauty of a rose expresses promise, hope, and new beginnings. It is contrasted by thorns symbolising defence, loss, and thoughtlessness. I kept the colours of the dress neutral to make it more elegant and sophisticated. I went for the cross-tied apron style which ties at the bottom, making the dress adjustable for any woman, making her feel beautiful and powerful once this dress is put on, with inserted godets to make a flowing fishtail at the bottom.

 

I was influenced by Elie Saab, Stella McCartney and many movements that have supported women over the years, the most recent movement Times Up/Me Too, being the main one. I also visited the People's History Museum in Manchester where I furthered my knowledge on the suffragettes and took photographs to inspire me. The main inspiration from this was the three signature colours purple, white and green, and Emmeline Pankhurst. Those three colours were what women used when protesting with sashes and flags. Elie Saab was the main inspiration for the style and elegance of my dress as I adore the stunning couture dresses he designs.
I have used a lot of techniques such as the use of CAD and dye sublimation printing, beading, free machine embroidery. I wanted to incorporate the free machine embroidery in a unique way, so rather than doing patterns/lace effects, I designed words with embroidery which looks like a pattern from a distance, but when you are close up you can read the inspiring words. I stuck to my work schedule, however some parts were more time consuming than expected. I am proud of my work and feel like I have produced a successful piece in a way that is totally different to anything before.

The idea of this theme first came to me when I heard in the news that Disney Princesses were being feminised, how they are weak and need a man to save them from trouble. Which made me think about feminism and what women have had to fight for, therefore my final piece was also inspired by this issue. Throughout the project and development of my work, I reviewed my work with others to help improve. I came up with several designs and chose the best one. This piece aims to inspire women and make them feel powerful and confident with themselves.

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Kate Stockman - The Sexual Revolution

For my FMP, I decided I was going to do a theme based on 70's and 80's clothing, In which I called my project Motown funk. Motown for 70's and funk for 80's. For my outcome I made two full outfits, one for menswear and one for womenswear. For my menswear I made a pair of bright orange straight leg trousers, accompanied with a funky patterned shirt. I also machine embroidered an orange collar onto my shirt to make this garment eye catching and to give off a very unique look.For my womens wear I made a pair of black and white check, high waisted shorts, with again a pattered shirt, I then also partnered this shirt up with another machine embroidered collar to be able to see that this collection comes from the same person and again gives off my own unique twist on my theme motown funk. I feel straight away that my audience will understand my work immediatly, due to the use of colours, style and patterns upon both of my outfits.

During this project my influences were my mum and my dad, as they both grew up during the 70's and 80's era. This was a very good way of founding out information about how life was like during that time. I also looked at artists and designers from the 70's and 80's such as 70's designers Yves saint Laurent and diane von Furstenberg, and fashion inspirations such as Cher and the Osmonds.
I then looked at some 80's fashion designers such as Calvin Klein and Jean Paul Gaultier then looked at some more fashion indpirations such as Olivia Newton John and pat Cleveland. All of these designers and inspirations really helped me along my path during this project, and gave me a huge boost to learn more about those two completely different era's and to be able to tie them both together into two full outfits.I also looked at artist Picasso, as I love his work very much and wanted to do my own drawings in the style of Picasso to embroider onto my shirt collars.

 

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Abbie Rossi - Evolution and Revolution

For my final major project I choose to base the project on the theme of Graffiti and Urban Wear and for my final outcome my garment that was based on those themes. I started this project by writing a project proposal. My project proposal stated what my theme was, what research that I was going to do, what I was going to make for my final outcome and a schedule of when I was going to do each thing. I started this project by researching into different artists and designers. The artist that I researched were Banksy, Blu, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. I also looked at different brand that sell urban wear style clothing. These brands were Nike, Adidas, Criminal Damage, Levis and Top street wear. I looked at brand who have done collaboration with street artist and made a collection. During my researched I also looked at the controversial issues that are raised about street art. I did this by looking at different articles and highlight and annotating the points that were made. Once I had finished by researched I started the development stage. For my development stage I made a range of samples. I made these sample by using different fabric and dye sublimation prints. I used a range of techniques included embroidery and heat pressing. During the development part of my project I also did some sketches and drawings of what garment I was going to make for my final piece. I annotated what materials, processes and techniques I was going to

 

use and I added imagery to the sketches. For my final outcome I started making it by doing making some of my own graffiti to use on my final piece. I made the graffiti by drawing out my design first in pencil then using acrylic paint to finish off my design. I then scanned in my designs onto the computer and put them onto illustrator so that that they could be print as a dye sublimation prints which I could use to transfer my design onto my final piece. I did this by heat pressing the dye sublimation print onto my garment. To make my garment the material I used poly cotton to make the crop top and side strips on the pants and jersey for the rest of the pants. The reason why I chose to use poly cotton was because it contains a mixture of polyester and cotton which makes the fabric a good material to use for heat pressing as the design will show up better if it contains polyester. The reason why I chose to use jersey for the pants is because the fabric is soft and stretchy. One I had made my final piece I did of photoshoot of the garment. I got a model to wear my garment and took pictures of them wearing it outdoors next to a brick wall. The reason why I chose to do my photo shoot outdoors was because it relates to my urban wear and graffiti themes. During my project what I think went well was photo shoot because I liked the photos I took and thought they went really well. I also liked how good my final outcome was. I think that my final outcome was successful because I stuck to my design and think it is very similar to the sketch that I created. What I think went well was my sample I created because I believe they turned out really well because they were very colourful and vibrant also, I liked the embroidery of words that I did on them. Next time if I was to ever do this project again I would spent more time on the making of my final piece and would of tries to make to outfits instead of one also, I would try to my manage my time better during the project.

 

Fine Art Group

 

Casey Edwards - Stereotypes and Subversive Stereotypes

For my final major project about stereotypes and subversive stereotypes, I painted to life-sized pieces on calico that focused on the social class system. When representing the difference between people of a lower-class in comparison to a member of the higher-class, as well as how they are arguably similar, with the way in which both of my subjects suffer from depression, my aim is to portray how money and the material items that someone possesses doesn't make you happy. In order for my audience to be able to read the work, the images used for each painting had both of my models in exactly the same pose, with the only thing being different is what they are wearing and their surroundings. Both paintings are comprised of the same colour scheme, as the blues and greens create a solemn atmosphere around the homeless man and the middle-class man that will portray the way in which both characters featured in my paintings suffer from depression. However, the colour pallet for the homeless man and dog used to represent the lower-class members of society) will have cooler hues compared to the painting of the middle-class man where the colours will be warmer hues which reflect the differences between both men's living conditions.

 

My initial research into a variety of stereotypes at the start of my sketchbook influenced the characters I chose to photograph. I was influenced by a variety of primary and secondary sources. My pastiche and homage in which I practised painting, influenced the style of painting I wanted to work in and therefore influenced my choice of artists, which was all referenced in my sketchbook.
To complete my paintings I used painting techniques such as wet on wet, when creating the high amounts of detail in the face and hands of my subjects, and then I used dry brush to layer on the paint more thickly to create an impasto style similar to Joshua Miels. In order to keep on track I set myself specific deadlines of how much or what part of the piece needed to be painted each day.
When looking at the successes and ways in which the pieces can be developed and improved, I started with self-assessment and self-critique, where I then asked my peers for their opinions and advice. On some occasions when I struggled to overcome problems or developmental issues that had surfaced in my paintings I seeked the advice and support of my tutors. Once completed, I went through the same process as well as taking to social media and asking for a wider audiences opinions.

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Chloe Walker Sears - Stereotypes and Subversive Stereotypes

My final outcome consists of two life size portraits of two different girls whom each represent a typical high school stereotype. One of which is your average popular girly girl, and the other is your typical depressed emo. However, I subverted their stereotypes by choosing images where the popular girl looks upset and the emo looks happy, and have used a mask with the opposite facial expression on each to show that you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover. I had chosen to subvert them to show that anybody can be happy, and anybody can
be sad, the way that you choose to dress or what music you choose to listen to shouldn't determine the way you are perceived by everybody else. I believe that the theme of not judging a book by it's cover will be understood by the audience.

My influences were gregos and Ivan Turcin. Gregos' influence was referenced in my piece when I made the masks, even though they never worked out, but they are still referenced in the masks I am now using for the piece instead. Turcin's influence is shown in the background of my first portrait, and again for the style of painting for my second. When doing the first painting I wanted to have the actual portrait be more of my own style of painting hence why the background was the only

 

reference for the artist in the first one. I wanted the second portrait to look a little uncontrolled and messy, so I painted in Turcin's style, so decided to do the
background the way I wanted.

For the project I did use the materials I had intended to use, as well as the techniques and processes. However, one of these materials didn't work out the way I wanted it to, so in the end I never ended up using the clay masks that I had made so bought a comedy and a tragedy mask as they work the same way the masks I had
made would have. I didn't stick to the schedule I had set for the clay masks as I had started late, so only had 3 days all together to make both masks, which was a reason for why they didn't work the way I needed them to. I did stick to schedule with the paintings though and I believe I was successful with them. I assessed the success of my project by writing an evaluation into my sketchbook explaining the process of making the masks and painting the portraits. I also included peer assessments so that I could show how I
listened to others input and took inspiration from them. I also explained how I had issues with the making of the masks and how I could have improved those as well as how I could have improved the paintings. However I have also explained how my painting skills improved throughout the project.

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Caitlin Binks - Stereotypes and Subversive Stereotypes

For this project, the subject was stereotypes and subversive stereotypes. After a lot of research, I chose to look into the stereotypes surrounding vegans and meat eaters; being a vegetarian myself it was something I wanted to experiment with. I made two large scale portraits based on the butcher and the vegan stereotypes, done by showing a butcher in a stereotypical environment, and alongside that showing a vegan depicted almost like a piece of meat. This was heavily inspired by the Francis Bacon quote "We are meat, we are potential carcasses. If I go into a butcher's shop I always think it's surprising that I wasn't there instead of the animal." From feedback I've received, I know my audience can work out the general ideas behind the work just from looking at it, and then when they are given some information, such as my personal beliefs or the Francis Bacon quote it's very obvious to them.

The main artists I looked into were Jenny Saville and Elly Smallwood for portraiture techniques and their focus on meat and anatomy, and Francis Bacon and Chaim Soutine for their meat-based art. It was interesting to use an artist, Smallwood, who was also a vegetarian. Their work influenced mine in terms of the style of

 

painting; blocky, colourful portraits that exaggerated the realistic colours of their figures with vibrant ones. The quite grotesque way all of them paint meat also was something I wanted to use to make it as gnarly as possible, and with Smallwood's anatomical elements paired with this that created the inspiration for the muscles.

I used a variety of techniques, such as wet on wet and wet on dry application and the use of a palette knife with acrylic paint. The palette knife was useful for the abstract backgrounds and details such as the cuts on the table and the blood platter. The wet no dry technique helped me achieve a blocky and unblended painting style. I balanced out my sketchbook work along with my paintings, and managed to get the paintings finished in time for me to dedicate a few days to purely book work, ready for the hand in date and presentation. I was really happy with my painting outcomes other than a few small things I would tweak and think it was overall a very successful project.

I was able to determine the success of my project by tutor's feedback, group critiques with my peers and through social media to ensure I'd reached out to a wider audience, as well as my own opinions on the pieces first. I took on people's advice from this feedback and improved my paintings using it.

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Billy O'Donnell - Stereotypes and Subversive Stereotypes

the stereotype I was most interested in was prejudging people because of what they wear or how they act before you actually get to know the person individually. The people I primarily focused on were my sister and father, at the start I found it very hard to stereotype someone I knew without hurting their feelings. I researched deeper and managed to gather deeper information about the subject. I drew out my final drawings portraying my sister and father being happy and showing them in a positive light, the stereotype I have chosen to focus on with them represents them in a negative way, and I wanted to show the opposite of that through my drawings.

Ruby is a typical good looking 16 year old girl who’s mainly surrounded by prejudging individuals, this is a recipe for disaster when it comes to stereotypes. She’s currently featuring on a popular soap called holly oaks, which means she is very open to the public and faces a lot of prejudgement from other people, people assume she is vain and nasty to people due to her looks and popularity. My dad is a typical business man that spends 80% of his day in an office wearing a suit and spends most of his day in an office, the public that look towards my dad without knowing him will stereotype him as being moody, boring and very straight headed. Not only my dad I believes suffers from this prejudice view from the public. So for this I wanted to show my dad for the happy, outgoing and funny guy he is. I drew out my portrait displaying his happy side.

 

I managed to get both of my drawings done individually around 5 hours each, my first piece took longer due to the shading of my sister's hair. My initial plan was to always draw out my final two pieces as I believe drawings is my strongest point what it comes to art. In order for me to create the most accurate outcome I projected an image of my sister onto the massive canvas we were working from, this I believe saved a lot of time with my pieces and allowed me to primarily focus on the shading and the tonal ranges within the drawing. Other than using pencil I decided to use a charcoal stick to add a more aggressive tone, I believe the outcome for using a charcoal stick worked excellently. For the drawing of my dad I followed exactly the same techniques as I wanted them both to follow the same style and look similar. I believe my outcomes were very successful and I am very proud of myself for producing such work. My personal favourite drawing was the one of my dad due to the fact on how accurate the outcome was, I wouldn't have changed anything about it.

Whilst drawing my pieces out I was constantly asking my teachers and class mates how I could improve my piece, I was asking them to be harsh on me so I could improve and reach the highest standard of work. We also did a group criticism where the whole class looked over our work and told me what I could improve and how I could excel. My mum in the past was also very good at art so I always go to her with my pieces to see if I can improve on anything.

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Callum Charlton - Stereotypes and Subversive Stereotypes

Missing Statement.

 

 

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Kelsie Winch - Stereotypes and Subversive Stereotypes

I have decide to look at beauty stereotypes and the standards set by the beauty industry. After do extensive research it to these stereotypes and the negative effects that they have on society, I have decided that my final outcome will show case the harsh standards of society. To really portray this I have decided to create a piece based on both western and eastern beauty to show how these stereotype are different across the world. My plan for the final outcome of this project is to create two life size portraits, featuring a women who will depict western beauty and the other a women depicting eastern beauty. For western beauty I will be focusing on somebody dress in a modern style in heavy makeup that is stereotypically classed as a western beauty. For the eastern beauty I have planned to create a portrait of a Japanese geisha, as the common traits of geisha girls embody the eastern Asian beauty stereotypes. I have decided to look at a range of artist within this project, ranging from traditional artist to street artists. The first artist I have been inspired by it Lita Cabellut. Her work is has abstract elements in the way that she depicts and creates clothing

 

and fabric, however I was drawn to her work because of the areas of realism. The figures within her work have high levels of detail and realism, this creates an interesting composition and balance when next to abstract clothing. I have also looked at the street artist hush. I have choose to focus on his work because of his series depicting beautiful geisha in urban environments. This plays of the eastern beauty stereotype. I have also looked a both Jimmy Law and Ivana Besevic because of their depiction of beautiful women in a very abstract style. This is something I am very inspired by and would like to incorporate in my own work. For the piece that I intend to make I will be using acrylic paint in bot a wet on wet and wet on dry technique. I intend for then pieces to be semi abstract overall. Like most of my artist I will be keeping the figure within the piece mostly realistic and the clothing and background will be more abstract. The piece will be created on large piece of calico stretched over board as they are intended to be life size. These piece will be created over a 5 week period, this will be equally spread over both pieces.

In order to assess the work that I make to insure that is to the best standard that I can make. I will be using self-critiquing techniques to identify weaker areas within my work. I will be also be asking my peers, who are also working on the same project, to help me to improve my final outcomes. I will also be asking my tutors for advice throughout the project

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Genevieve Chriscoli - Stereotypes and Subversive Stereotypes

In this project I produced two full length portrait paintings that were based on a stereotype that we were able to choose. After looking at all different stereotypes. I decided that I wanted to go with the stereotype Female Roles in Disney this is because I was able to look at it in two ways the first being that, why does it always have to be the prince that come and saves the princess or 'damsel in distress' why can't it be the other way around and the princess save the prince, or she saves herself. The other way of looking at this stereotype would be what if all the Disney films went wrong and there was no happily ever after, so I decided that I would do two paintings, one based off the traditional happily ever after and the other where everything went wrong. I think that the audience will understand my work as it will be interesting to look at and it will also help them work out what my original stereotype idea was. My influences in this project were a number of different artists such as Gustav Klimt, Paul Harvey and Jennifer Duran but the main artist that I decided on researching into and base my work on their type

 

style was Alphonse Mucha who was an artist that did their work in the style of Art Nouveau which is a very illustrative form of painting. I liked the way that his work was done as it was in the style of painting that I really like to do which is not necessarily realistic but making the models look elegant and sophisticated, which is what I originally intended to do when making my own work. These sources are referenced by doing artist research pages on each artist. During the painting process I used several techniques and processes such as wet on wet, dry brush, stippling, blending and colour mixing. These were all very important because I was able to learn so much more about the way that paint works and how to make objects seem real and three dimensional. I leant that to blend the paint together it was better to use the wet on wet technique as this would blend the colours better than if you let one layer of paint dry before adding another. I had a time frame that I knew I had to stick to, to get everything done meaning that it took me about one week and three days to finish one painting so to finish two paintings I had to stick to that specific time to get everything finished. I was able to produce a successful project and it is something that I'm proud of.
To assess the success of my project I asked my peers in class to give their comments on what they thought about my work. I commented on the developmental issues in my project by writing down every problem I had a how I'd solved the problem.

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Gypsi Walker - Stereotypes and Subversive Stereotypes

I've chosen to use aggression such as thugs and subverted aggression such as nerds/ geeks as my personal theme. I have researched into these areas to gain a better understanding of them and I have also analysed into many other stereotypes to see which one would suit the brief and my style best. For my paintings based on stereotypes I decided to use my cousin Tyson Fury as he is a well known professional boxer which added to the intimidating trait of the stereotype thug/aggressive man and my close friend Callum as he loosely fit the geek characteristics.

I researched a large variety of different styled artists. The main artist that inspired me the most was a traditional renaissance oil painter called John Singer Sargent , his work intrigued me as his paintings are pretty loose yet still intricately detailed.The realism aspects of each of his paintings such as the hands , jewelry and faces are inspiring as they are really detailed but still consist of his loose unique style.This is the style I would like to incorporate into both of my paintings as I like the effect it gives to the viewer and creates an interesting composition. I have also looked into a closely related renaissance artist known as Jan Van Eyck as I felt these two artists styles combined would challenge my skills of painting realism and assist me to gain a wider knowledge of painting with oil paints.

 

For the project, I did continue to use the materials I stated I was going to use as well as the techniques and processes. I stuck to the work schedule I created within the first painting however because there was more detailed areas within the first painting I spent longer on the first painting which lost me a day on starting the second painting. In addition I was able to
catch up to the rest of my class and finish the final painting just slightly after everyone else and i feel i have been successful with them as i set myself difficult compositions to paint within the time frame this was to make sure was challenging myself.

I surveyed the achievement of this project by writing an in-depth evaluation inside my sketchbook clarifying the procedures and techniques I have used to paint my final pieces. I additionally included group criteria worksheets that my class used to peer evaluate my last pieces and the thoughts behind them. I then explained how I had issues painting the realistic faces and how I could have enhanced those despite the fact that I wanted to go for the loose style of painting my artists use. However I have likewise clarified how much my painting skills have enhanced compared to a year ago and even all throughout the project.

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Chris Fisher - Petrol Heads

I decided to focus my full body paintings on petrol head (people who are passionate about cars) like me so I did a piece on one of the most famous Formula One legends and team owners Frank William's and a more nerdy kind of job so I chose to base my second piece on my dad who is a retired IT worker. You can see these themes conveyed throughout my chosen compositions with all the engine parts on the Frank Williams piece and all of the electrical components in the piece based on my dad. Using all of these images in my paintings will help the audience understand what the pieces are about rather than it just simply being a random face with no context around it.

During my research I looked at multiple different artists from all different times and movements from car based artist Joel Clarke to the very emotional pieces of Jason Shawn Alexander who I actually based my three area studies on (head, hand and body) before settling on the weird yet mechanical art style of Hr Giger. Hr Giger was a good choice because of his very mechanical industrial look. I then collected loads of images based on cars and electronics in preparation for my compositions. After this it was time to open Photoshop and begin designing a composition for my pieces. Hr Giger's style really suited my piece based on petrol heads perfectly and didn't look too bad in my composition for my dad's IT based piece either.

 

On my Frank Williams based piece I began by using thick coats of black acrylic paint for the background around doing this helped to foreground to stand out so the image wasn't flat and boring. On Frank Williams face I used the dry brush technique to start with because of it being his face I did not want to go in the thickly then make a mistake that I couldn't reverse. Later on into the painting though when near completion I decided to be more confident and work into the face with more paint to add more tones which turned out good since the different sections of thick and dry brush added depth into the painting and also helped make Frank Williams facial lines and wrinkles stick out more. Throughout this project I was trying to commit myself to a timetable of half of the given time on each piece but when it came to the intricate detailing of the car components on my Frank Williams piece I began to run out of time but I think I got some of the crucial lines in so the viewer can make out what the parts are meant to be. On the piece on my dad I was feeling a lot more confident and experimented with new techniques for example of the circuit boards I used different levels of watered down white acrylic paint.

To evaluate how successful my piece was I uploaded images of each painting onto my social medias and asked for my friends for their opinions here are a few of their views. We also had a class had to do group criticisms of each other's work. Doing this helped me gauge what was good about my work and what improvements could be done for any other future pieces. So overall I believe that my finished pieces completely link back to my initial intentions since when you look at the pieces even though they only feature peoples face it's easy to see the significance of those people and the stereotypes they are link too.

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Caitlin Brookfield - Stereotypes and Subversive Stereotypes

I chose to paint my nan from two different perspectives; my nan has a few tattoos and would love more so I decided to paint one image of her in her wheelchair and another on the beach covered in tattoos. I wanted the portraits to challenge people's ideas of what elderly people are like and who you expect to have tattoos. I personally think I have displayed my work in a way that is easy to interpret, it is like 'expectation vs reality', and the responses I have got from social media and family reassures me that the audience will be able to grasp the message my work is trying to convey.

My work was mainly influenced by my love of tattoos and I looked for artists that either included body art or used painting techniques that I liked. I'd say Gabriel Moreno and Sylvie Guillot have influenced me the most – Moreno's subjects are very similar to mine in the sense he draws women with tattoos, often smoking; his work is very similar to the work I produced for the last project so I wanted to use his images for my 3 pastiche's and as reference. His

 

work is what inspired me to leave my nan black and white in the second image to show a contrast between her and her tattoos. I was inspired by Guillot's painting technique as it is so loose and expressive, this is what persuaded me to paint my nan and her tattoos in the style I did.

I began by lightly sketching the outlines in with pencil before painting the background with acrylic paint and water. I then used a fine brush to loosely paint the outlines of my nan in black, I used the same technique only lighter to fill the background in. When it came to painting the tattoos I used very loose lines to form the design and then a wash of colour. I didn't want the tattoos to be clean and perfect, I wanted them to flow with the rest of the painting. I used washes of colour again to colour in my nans clothes, using more water than paint in some areas to create tone, and messy brush strokes to indicate where the pattern and folds on her pants are.

I assessed this project on how happy I, my tutor and my classmates were with my work. I am very critical of my own work so I knew I wouldn't complete them until they were as good as I could possibly get them. My classmates and Tutor helped me when I was unsure about what technique I should use or when I was unsure with my work.

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Poppy Crowder-Marklove - Stereotypes

Missing Statement.

 

 

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Jordan Collins - Stereotypes and Subversive Stereotypes

My main intentions for my final major project was to create two life size paintings inspired by my chosen stereotype theme, which is the physical side of masculinity. Therefore, I decided to use Muay Thai coaches as my primary source for my character profile towards my final major project. I feel that these character profiles that I have chosen will be a great resource to use as my coaches are currently title belt holders themselves for Muay Thai and MMA. This clearly shows their great achievements in their fighting background which can be considered as dominant, fearless and they tend to be looked upon. I am going to be doing my paintings in acrylic and in an art movement style similar to Li Hill, Marcel Duchamp and take some pictures of my coaches in a similar style as Muybridge to show the movement in the fights.

My main resources and ideas towards my Final Major Project I started to look into was the physical side of masculinity which led

 

me to my research into my primary character profile and my secondary character profile which I used media for. My primary characters that I will be using in my FMP are my Muay Thai coaches and my secondary characters are people like Eddie Hall and Arnold Schwarzenegger who tend to be idolised for their male dominance and physique. I am looking at creating a design similar to Muybridge to show the different movements that is happening in the fight and make a design on Photoshop similar to Li Hill.

The main techniques and processes that I am going to be using in my Final Major Project will be an art movement in a similar way as Li Hill to help show the different angle of movement in every punch and kick that is being thrown. I will use Photoshop, using a making tool, to quickly select the figures and copy them to help build up a composition. This will be done in a similar way as Muybridge photos.

Firstly, I will use my own judgement to see whether my work is to a great standard to achieve success In my work. Then I will ask others for opinions to see if there is anything they may find missing in my work compared to myself.

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Lucianne Cananvan - Stereotypes and Subversive Stereotypes

Missing Statement.

 

 

 

 

Photography

 

Charlotte Hannon- 'Reawaken'

For this self-directed project 'Reawaken' I adopted the concept of recreating famous historical paintings from pre-Raphaelite times, re-imagining and reconstructing these captivating paintings that inspired so many artists throughout history. I wanted to pursue the concept of turning something historical into a modern notion, representing what these images mean and portray in the 21st Century along with strong visual connections to the original paintings referring to texture, colour and composition. Throughout this project I will be working towards producing a series of self-directed images reconstructing famous paintings that changed the world of art in a modernized fashion, I will create a body of work showcasing my visual aesthetic and technical skills along with in depth evaluations of my photoshoots and final project as a whole. I will show extensive planning and well-covered research that will aid my artistic direction when completing my photoshoots. My final outcome for this project will consist of seven final images that represent the theme of my project and embody my creative vision.
As ideas are ever-changing, the first pieces of research I completed do not match my ideas that I have now, but will still contribute to my aesthetic that I will apply in my shoots. Whilst researching, an artist by the name of Tom Hunter came up, a photographer whose work

 

often references and reimagines classical paintings, his photography may be seen as documentary, but the use of art history captures a contemporary state of mind. I started to take inspiration from Hunter's work and started applying the skills he uses into my own work. I also started in-depth research of historical paintings and the meanings within the images so I could have a strong contextual reference in my art. I then created a series of mood boards drafting ideas on which paintings to recreate and the styles I was going to use.

For the editing process I use my technical skills I have acquired over the two year extensive course, with my knowledge in Light room and Photoshop, my images are well edited and thought through in style and technique. My approach in photoshoots is attentive, I am focused on detail and composition of my models and materials so that I always get the perfect shot. The act of preparing for a shoot consists of intense research to build a picture of conceptual visions and certain style or textures I will use in the shoot.

My method for my final evaluation consists of critically analysing my work in an approach where I look back and assess problems that occurred over the project and how I managed to solve them. Along with explaining what went well and how I achieved my outcomes. I will also explain in detail the journey of my project and how my ideas developed over time, this will show the nature of my direction as an artist and a creative thinker.

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Chloe Dell - Fashion

This project is exploring, applying and releasing art and design ideas is integral to work of all professional practitioners. Creating new skills and developing ideas that will use photographic media, materials and techniques. I have been assigned to create an extended photographic project, which is creatively and independently responded to a theme of my own choice.

Personally, I have chosen to work with Fashion Photography; this will mean creating photographs that show fashion through clothes, makeup, hair and still life photography. The project will consist of research such as, artist influences, health and safety, copyright and ethics; a mind map will be followed which will allow a mixture of information of ideas for the project, ideas for the edits and ideas forthe artist influences. There will be a maximum of three

 

photoshoots that will consist of themes to do with Fashion Photography and the preparation for this will be shooting logs, mind maps and health and safety assessment.

This will then continue into image manipulations that will be completed in a variety of ways that will show the creative and experimental side of the project; I will expand my research and push myself out to learn new manipulations and ways of creating a high quality image. This research and practice will led to a final outcome that will be displayed in the college exhibition and viewed to the public. I aim to create my final outcome in a theme of the project, which is fashion photography, and use equipment such as, studios, colour gels, camera, model and still life photography. My work will be set up in a studio and over the softbox lights and redheads will be colour gels which is create a fade of red or green or blue or pink. I want my images to have four of a similar theme that are put into a grid format and have that consistently throughout all the shoots.

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Evie Smith - Portraiture

My theme for this project is portraiture. In past projects I haven't really done any serious portraiture, other than a few for practice. However, since learning how to use various lights and lighting techniques I would like to have another go at it, which is why I am focusing this project on building and improving my portraiture portfolio and skills when working with models. I will be working towards producing a small maybe A5 sized book and some A4/3 prints. I may make a few of them mixed media pieces from a range of both commissioned and self-led photo shoots. By the end of the project I intend to have a small portfolio of portraits for possible clients to look through.

Brandon Woelfel is one of my favourite photographers his work really inspires me. I love his use of light and how he uses very low natural light effects when doing the location shoots. By using low lighting it allows him to boost the exposure of his photographs and have beautiful colouring rather than it looking either too dark or way over exposed.

Max Milly is a graphic designer who draws the outlines of faces whilst keeping them quite minimalistic and simple I would really like to experiment with creating similar pieces with different media such as string rather than doing it digitally.

 

Caroline Grohs draws on top of portraits, with loads of individual lines, which together form the shape of the highlights on the face. It looks almost as if she is trying to hide their identity, which I think would be fun to recreate.

Simon Roetzer is a young portrait photographer from Germany. I follow him on Instagram and have completely fallen in love with his work. He is primarily is a videographer. However, he has produced some incredible portraiture. I am definitely going to try photographic/editing techniques to achieve images inspired by his work.

I have been approached to do some portraiture photo shoots for clients who have seen my work. They have already given me verbal permission to use their photographs on my various social media platforms and for my coursework. However, I will need written permission as well, just in case anything happens that requires me to have proof of permission.

I intend to use quite a few different techniques when doing my photoshoots, as I want to show a wide range of skills and try to move away from portraiture that is more straightforward. I am going to be experimenting with UV/Black light body paint and alternative lighting (e.g. Fairy Lights). I am thinking of making some of the pieces mixed media rather than them all being digitally edited. I am interested in hand-manipulating photographs to give an alternative view. For the photo shoots I have a wide range of models in terms of age, the youngest being five and at the moment the oldest being in her late twenties, I hope to include older models as well. This will allow me to have a wide selection of different types and styles of photo shoots.
I should be able to get all of this done by the deadline (25th of May) and in order to make sure I stay on track I have created a spreadsheet of what I should have completed by when and how far through I should be stop from falling behind with work.

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Luke Hamner - Time and Speed

The brief I have chose for my FMP is Time and Speed. What I mean by that is capture picture at the right moment at the same time. My target audience is 17 year olds or over because I know people that age would be interested in my work and would want to find out what it is all about and why I took the pictures. The first photographer I have researched is Ian Egner. He is a photographer who did a photo shoot of car trail, which was what I have always wanted to do and now I had a perfect chance to experiment and try to do it myself in my FMP. What I like about the car trail is that I get to set the shutter speed that I wanted but I also needed to make sure I set the exposure and iOS right. Another photographer I had chosen to research was Jake Mueller. For his photoshoot he had done burning wire wool, which attracted my attention and curiosity. What I like about his work is that he does the shoots in different locations using various objects. In my own photoshoot I only used one location but if I had time and chance to do this shoot again, I would definitely use different locations instead of doing it all at the same place because then there would be many more contrasting outcomes. The last photographer I had chosen is Johnny Chung Lee, and in one of his photoshoots, he captured smashing bottles on camera. What I did in my own project was instead of using the bottles, I used wine glasses that were dropped on a height to a hard surface, which at the end turned out even better than I had hoped for in the first place. For my final outcome I have created a book with all the images I have taken, and I will be presenting it in my upcoming exhibition show. I think overall my work matches the brief set. I might have had to do some swapping and changing around, for example, changing plans due to time restriction and management. Again overall, if I did this project again, I would like to explode more into more into time and speed.

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Tilli Johnson - Beauty Perception

For this Final Major Project, I have chosen to produce a project based on "Beauty Perception" and everything surrounding this topic. These can range from the media's perception of beauty to an individual's idea of beauty. My project is not necessarily gender based, although my assumption is going to be that with feedback from my peers, it is going to be focused slightly more on females.
11 weeks is needed to complete this project as it will allow me to gather a large amount of research for my initial idea and will also allow me to narrow down my choices to produce a final photoshoot. Also having 11 weeks will enable me to choose what style i want to focus on from the artists I will research.

 

My three main artists I want to study are Barbara Kruger, Stefan Sagmeister and Hannah Hoch because these are artists that portray political statements throughout their work or produce work in the same/similar style to what I want to produce. I am also going to study the work of Loui Jover as i really like his 'deconstructed' collages.

For my photoshoots, I plan to shoot in the studio, especially if I am creating a project talking about the media and their idea of what beauty is. I feel like shooting in the studio will provide a more professional vibe to the photoshoot and this is something that is common within the beauty industry. The things required for these planned photoshoots are; a model, different lighting equipment, a projector and props such as barbie dolls, makeup and a tape measure.
For my final piece(s) I want to give different viewpoints of what beauty is and create a collage piece. I really enjoy collage pieces and I think that combining edits from all of my photoshoots will be a creative idea. Studying Hannah Hoch and Loui Jover will allow me to take inspiration and apply it to my own work.

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Lucy Clegg - Three Generations

I've decided to pursue a portfolio of still life photo shoots surrounding different people's homes. For example, I wanted to take pictures of still life objects around my grandmother's home as I feel there was a certain, older look to her possessions than that of a modern family's home such as mine which is why I intend to avoid taking pictures of objects inside my own home. My goal with this idea is to link certain items to my different people of focus and to highlight the significance of an object to a person. I will shoot these objects both on location and in the Priestley photo studio so I have a variety of differently styled photos in angle, lighting and range. My overall idea is to have 3 separate shoots of 3 separate people, all of different ages (90, 50, and 15) and arrange it in a way of 3 generations of objects, how they differ from each other, and what the appearance of said objects indicates of the model. I feel I can also establish a connection between different generations (where they may not find something in common beforehand) through means of different activities such as games or sport.

 

Emma Blaney and Kaylynn Deveney are my influences for my project idea because what they’ve done with their work really fits in with the work I’m aiming to achieve in this project. Blaney focuses sentimental objects in a natural environment, using techniques such as depth of field, which highlights the object in question even more while keeping to maintaining a natural background. I used Blaney as a starting point to inspire my first set of photos with my first model which allowed my project idea to grow into what it is currently. Kaylynn Deveney is the artist that inspired me to photograph an older person who perhaps owns objects from an earlier era which would be visually interesting nowadays. I also use this photoshoot to add text telling stories from the model and what certain photographs mean and why certain photographs look a certain way. Early ideas included architecture photography and urban decay. I found these would not work as I would not be able to get satisfactory photographs in an acceptable volume because of time organisation and my own personal schedule. My research included, in the early stages, the work of James Broome who not only did architectural photography, but wedding and low shutter speed photography with moving light. Further in the project, I researched artists relevant to my final project idea which included Emma Blaney and Kaylynn Deveney who inspired me to pursue a project surrounded around the idea of possessions and memories.

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Chelsey Conreen-Hill - Animals

The theme that I have decided to focus on for this project is centred on animals. I find that the brief is asking me to work independently on my chosen theme in a creative that reflects all of the key skills and techniques I have acquired over the course of working on this course. My main focus is to work towards producing a project at a high standard with a lot of detail and attention to quality. This will ensure I meet the criteria set by the project brief. In regards to an outcome, I think that I may create a set of images that tell a story such as if I manage to spend a day shadowing a worker at a stable so I can tell a story with a set of images of showing what the worker does on a day-to-day basis.

Starting off this project, I have gathered some ideas and started my research. Some of the ideas that I have in mind is: visiting a family friends home where they breed dogs that they sell once they are old enough to leave home; A farm where I got my dog; Following an apprentice at Cheshire riding school for the day; Visiting a zoo for the day and attending a horse show/competition. I've already contacted a relative to see if she can get in touch with people she knows who spend a lot of time at a farm she used to go so I can photograph them. In addition, I intend to send an email to a farm owner to see if I can shadow one of the people there for a day in case my other stable themed shoot does not pan out as planned. From my research so far, the photographers that I believe I will be taking a lot of influence from are Tim Flach, Esther Marie and David Lloyd. From just glancing at the work of Tim Flach, I was instantly hooked by his work as his photos are very creative in appearance and look very dramatic. Photographer, Esther Marie has taken many

 

photographs of animals in a more natural setting so that she capture natural shots of how the animals normally are in their environment which I would like to try out in one of my shoots for this project. Photographer David Lloyd's photographs consist of wildlife animals in their natural habitats in Britain and different parts of Africa. His work will definitely be inspiring in the case that I do go out and take some natural shots of wildlife animals given the time to do so.

I will be using excel to create an action plan spreadsheet outlining the important parts of projects and when I intend to complete them during the 11 week duration of the FMP project. I think that I will be focusing the first two-three weeks on research and pre-production planning such as completing artist research, mind maps, finding locations, setting date and completing shooting logs for my photo shoots. After these first few weeks, I believe that I will concentrate on my post projection editing and evaluations of my work so I can allow myself enough time to plan and create my final outcome in the last two weeks provided for the project. As well as this, I will be updating my action plan every week so that I can change certain aspects of it as circumstances may change/affect what I achieve in a week whether that being slightly ahead or behind what I originally intended. This is something that I can analysis at the end of each week to describe and explain my progress throughout the weeks. In regards to the technical aspect of my FMP, I will most likely use Photoshop and Light room to experiment with techniques I have used before and try out new ones depending on what mood and theme I want to set for my photographs. This will be easier to decide once I have my photographs ready as well as after prior research on my chosen photographers.

When it comes to my method of evaluation, I intend to follow a similar format to what I have done with my previous projects. This will include an interim evaluation that reflects on the progress I have made so far, especially in terms of editing development as well as analysis of the techniques I have used. As this is my FMP, I will be completing a quickly analysis of my progress and if I am in line with where I planned to be originally. The last part of this will be my final evaluation on the project as a whole and on my final outcome.