Reflective Journal 1

V&A Disobedient Objects

2/10/14

In the morning, I was in a group of 3 including myself, and we all took it in turns to read out our exhibition review that we all wrote. The tutor suggested I make a few alterations to mine and she liked the parts where I talked about the atmosphere of the room. I then finished off my work ready for the critique in the afternoon at 3pm.  I had a plaster model that I had left to set on Tuesday and as there were inductions on Wednesday into the workshops other students were not aloud to use these rooms hence why I was finishing it on Thursday morning. I had a dome cast which I cut into 4 pieces, I decided I only wanted 3 pieces to keep as part of my final product as I didn't want it to look overloaded and messy and I didn't want the number of pieces to be even, I wanted them to be odd. I added metal to it also. When it came to the afternoon everyone had displayed their artwork in the room we were in, we all went around briefly looking at the work. The tutor then split the class into two groups and we we had to go around looking at the peoples work who were in our groups analysing it. We were given a list of things to talk about when analysing their work: what style has been used (loose, naive, abstract, tight, heavy, detailed.), use of materials, subject matter, how the subject matter relates to the style of the work, what associations does the work have(literature, psychology, history, film, theatre, geography), what do you think the work is trying to communicate, can you make any constructive judgements? 

We went around the room discussing peoples work, we talked about the texture of the piece and how it was presented, Charlie's was see-through in areas and placed on the window so parts of his piece that you viewed where of the background outside, which was interesting to see how this became a part of his piece.

I took notes on what was said about my work, the tutor also came over and contributed to the discussion. A few people seemed to agree that it had a phycological matter about it, they thought the piece I presented on the mannequin looked like a brain, and the concept had something to do with coming together and falling apart. They thought the way I had set it out was intended and that the display looked controlled, that it was not accidentally set out in that way. It reminded someone of something quite sci-fi, and an altering of a state. Another person suggested it was related to a mental disease and that it had separated segments, another suggestion was that they thought it had some religious qualities and that it reminded them of a crown of thorns or an electrocution therapy for people with mental problems. They discussed how the way I had cut things open and in half made it look crazy like an illness or disease, someones thoughts jumbled up, the way I had repeated things it reminded them of a brain being schizophrenic and frustrated, another comment was a person frustrated by society, like a puppet. Another subject topic suggested was wider politics as they thought it was to do with power control over lives, depicting society and life. They thought the materials I had used were beautiful, how I'd used wood and presented some objects on boards and plates, which made them seem more powerful, and they thought the sculpture I made that day had power enough to be placed on its own and be viewed separately. Someone said game control, boundaries, about being in charge, something about a buzzer and using metaphors. Another comment was that it looked like a time bomb how the 2 separate pieces linked together. 

I then said what my concept was about as no one knew which was part of the fun and illusion for people to guess without knowing. My work was inspired by Science how science led everyone to believe the world was flat and then many years later the world was discovered to be round. This got me thinking that this wasn't God who said this, it was an ordinary man unknowing, it could be any person that suggested these things in science, how are we to know other things aren't false as well. My artwork is supposed to mock science. I thought if any person can suggest things and get people to believe why can't I? I can say the earth or world is made up of lots of different worlds, we don't live in one universe but several, I can in my brain convince myself then that there are no limits to what can happen I can move any space and alter the way of the world and the 'normalities' of life to create a dysfunctional mix up of life. in my mind, there would be lots of different places that we can transport to moving matter and transforming subjects. I can then prove the "theory" and hypothesis to create my own world that anyones belief can be reality, that man has limited understand but we don't want to be proved wrong or want to appear that we are all knowing.

The tutor helped me sum up the concept of my work: Belief systems in society and how the change as our knowledge grows incorporating ideas from religion and science.

We were told previously that we would be doing sculpture the following week, but the plans had been changed that we would be doing video at CSM, if that is the case I am happy I have already practised sculpture and incorporated it into my work. The tutor was really helpful and I asked her about good galleries to visit that were near to the Archway building, she suggested Victoria Miro, so I went with another student, Michael. He really liked the work, and I thought the materials were so neatly presented and everything looked so well thought out and expensive.

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11/09/14 Ideas for drawing basic children's cars

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11/09/14 Practitioner Karel Martins

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11/09/14

Here in these images we were shown examples of what our own research should look like when we come to do it.

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11/09/14 Practitioner Karel Martins

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11/09/14 Process Flocking

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11/09/14 Material: Automobile

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11/09/14 Material:Automobile

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11/09/14

As a group we haven't decided yet what we will choose out of the options so we are going to think about them and meet tomorrow and decide then in the library.

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11/09/14 Our options to choose from

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12/09/14

Had to go in for 12:30 and have a lecture. Then with some people from my group we went to the library. We didn't think it would take as long as it did we were at the library till roughly 4pm.  We decided what Practitioner, Material and Process we were going to choose. We went on the computers and looked at each of the choices we were given. By looking at the artists work we could decide on choosing an artists style we all liked or were interested by. The first artist was 'Marloes ten Bhomer' who is a footwear designer. His designs are unique and his 'aim is to completely replace the standard and regimented approaches to footwear design'. Although his designs are contemporary and geometrical I found his work to be controlled and simple tones were used, where as I would have prefurred to seen them more daring. The prospect of looking at shoes did not seem too exciting so we did not decide to go with this artist. We soon discovered there were several Fashion related artists, one was 'Mary Kratantzou' she creates colourful clothes- mostly dresses, and also designs for Topshop. She uses lots of bright colour in her designs. In one design of a dress she uses hues of yellow, pink, black and white together. The rich combination of these colours are striking. She also uses patterns and prints on her pieces. 'Meadham Kirchoff' was another fashion designer, I found these designs a lot more fascinating than the other ones we had viewed previously. 

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Meadham Kirchoff

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12/09/14

Here, Kirchoff uses lots of bright colours like Kratanzou but unlike Krantanzou Kirchoff has interesting hairstyles and wacky makeup that complements the colours and designs of the clothes. Some of the images on the clothes look childish like the rainbow and the lovehearts which reminds me of carebear.  He also designs preppy shoes, some of his designs remind me of vietnamese art. I thought this practitioner could be a good choice. Another fashion designer was Peter jensen but I thought his designs were basic in comparison to the previous artists I had seen. He is a designer for mens and womens wear, his designs look more mature than the other artists, as his designs haven't got lots of colour and texture thrown into one garment. His designs are controlled and look classic and chic however they are not as memerable as previous artists. Other artists work included: Jewellery and hats. 'Phillip Treacy' the practitioner who designs the hats also has designed hats for the likes of Lady Gaga. The hats he makes are extremely 3D and he creates lots of texture in them by the materials he uses. 

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12/09/14

Out of all the options our group was most interested by Nils Volker and Paul Rand. We decided we definitely didn't want to look at Matthew Barney or Paul McCarthy as they were either scary or immoral related subjects. I myself didn't feel comfortable with choosing a practitioner that looks at such strange topics and I think the rest of the group felt the same. In the end we decided to choose Paul Rand whose best known for his Logo advertising, as we thought we could look at the logos and then the companies behind the logos, and then the products sold behind the companies, we thought there could be a lot we could by researching him. Then moving on to the material we thought rubber would be boring to do as we weren't keen on the material as it tends to be a dull colour and unattractive. For silk again we weren't too keen however I thought that as silk was a popular material throughout history, and as it was expensive worn by royalty we could look at fashion and we may be able to come up with some good ideas for it. Our group didn't even hold vinyl or wadding as an option they were really not popular options. They weren't materials that we thought were interesting enough. We were stuck between stone and water.. water we thought we may choose to challenge ourselves as we couldn't initially think of how we could relate it to the other options to generate ideas. However in the end we decided to choose stone. Initially when we thought of stone we thought of ones you pick up on the beach or find in the streets but when we came to researching it we came across things that we hadn't even thought of like stones in jewellery. For the process we decided to go with repeat as anything can be repeated like patterns, objects e.g books in CSM library (when looking in the library we found two copies of books which were the same). Also things could be repeated, you could look at the world and see one man and woman and then everyone else is repeated or a copy or alteration of them. There could be one species of animal or one type of flower and then the rest of those kind are copies of that one generator. As a group we then searched the CSM library to see what books would be helpful. We found lots of books to do with the practitioner we chose (Paul Rand) The books we found for stone gave various choices: 'Stone Age Painting in India' , 'Stone Sculpture in the museum', 'Diamond and Gem Stones' , '10 precious stones in Russian Jewellery Art'. For the process 'Repeat' there were books called: 'Perform, Repeat, Record', 'Repeat Patterns' and 'Shoot,get treasure, repeat'. All the books had numbers which we wrote down then went off to find. I didn't realise we should write down the letter part of the number so the area we had to look was broader whereas if we had had the whole code it would be easier to locate an exact book and the results would have been narrowed down. We couldn't locate some of the books we initally wanted to find for the process but we found books related to performance, which was interesting as you can see the same play at a theatre repeated but by different people or different mistakes made each time. Or you can watch a film over and over again(someones favourite film). As a group we decided to go to the British Museum which closed at 5:30 so it didn't leave us alot of time to look at the books, we documented pages we found interesting and agreed that if we needed to look at the books again we could do so on Monday. We have also decided to go to UAL Chelsea Library on Monday. Today I have researched the artist and found some videos on Youtube which were helpful.

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Options are group chose

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13/09/14

Today I will try and get as much research done as possible, organise my workflow and upload pictures as well as figure out how everything works on workflow hopefully.

IRRITATING! I have been trying to do work on Workflow all day and made so many mistakes and mistakes of mistakes. Only just figured out the general jist of it all.. atleast I got there in the end! Heads up don't try to do work when your not feeling well your brain does not function correctly. I have been writing down ideas and researching the options are group has chosen. I have been trying to organise my workflow and learning how to upload images, files and videos( hopefully I am doing it correctly). I have done the research for stone. It is interesting how when you first think of a word or a relation to research you think of very basic ideas but the more you research the more you discover and amazing things you find out that you would never have thought of. For example: the material when I first came to research it I only thought of normal stones that you find on a beach, then after thinking more about it and brainstorming I thought of: Kidney stones, stones in fruit, jewellery, gargoyles, mythical creatures etc. I also thought about how there can be power in stones like in the film 'Stig of the Dump' how Stig stands inbetween the two stones and he is transported home. I haven't watched the film in a while and I cannot find the image I want so I plan to watch this film later. I found stone fairly hard to research, I found it difficult looking on the internet to find artists that made work with or to do with stone. I did find some jewellery brands such as guess and jewellery designers like Jennifer Meyer. Thinking of the process 'Repeat' and looking at repeated patterns got me thinking of other things that were repeated like how there were rows and rows of books in the CSM library. I also found various different copies of the same books. E.g. One was an original and the others were repititions. Here I took a picture of this idea documenting several of the books we found about patterns and thinking about the constant walking round and round to find where these books were and searching. ( Repitition of actions).

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14/09/14

Still trying to organise my workflow and sort out the pictures I took from Friday when I went to the British Museum as well as using them to draw from. At the CSM library there  As a group we can each research either the practitioner, material or process or do them all individually and then feedback what we have found out. I have decided to research all of them myself as it's still early days in the course so I have time. Today I will finish researching the process and then take notes and ideas for all of them in my notebook and post pictures up of these. If I have time I also plan to watch 'Stig of the Dump' and find the scene that interests me.

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14/09/14 Brainstorming Ideas For Practitioner

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14/09/14 Brainstorming Ideas for Material

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14/09/14 Brainstorming Ideas for Material and Process

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Inspiration: Reflecting on Process: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pattern-100-Fashion-Designers-Curators/dp/0714849723

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Inspirational Image http://whereiseefashion.tumblr.com : Jessica Chastain wearing Oscar de la Renta photographed by Annie Leibovitz for Vogue December 2013 | Portrait of Mrs. Grover Cleveland by Anders Zorn, 1899

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14/09/14

I have looked on YouTube and everywhere on the internet cannot find a link to watch Stig Of the Dump. I have been on the UAL library online and searched I have found a copy in LCF library. If I have time tomorrow after my library hour session I will go as its not far from CSM. I found this website "http://whereiseefashion.tumblr.com" it's amazing, I found it so interesting to see how designers have literally drawn inspiration from anything, it has changed my outlook on art to open my mind to be more free to experiment and be more aware of whats around me. Also what just came to me.. pyramids are made of stone, could look at the Egyptian period, I saw Egyptian art when I went to the British Museum.

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At the British Museum

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15/09/14

Today I was supposed to meet my group at 10:30 at CSM to go to Chelsea College Library before we had the talk at CSM library. I overslept so didn't get to make it for that time. I said I would meet them at Chelsea Library. I had Evangeline in our group contacting me as she was running late so I contacted the guys in our group to let them know. Evangeline got separated from the guys and ended up going to Chelsea Library instead of Chelsea College Library.  She was really confused and was wondering why she couldn't find them without realising she was at the wrong library. I met up with her finally at Chelsea College Library she was quite stressed out but we had a good laugh about it and it was hilarious once we reflected back on it all, I couldn't stop laughing and had tears in my eyes. We had a look around Chelsea Library, some of the books were very good, and also it was useful to know where it was because in the future if I need to find something thats at Chelsea Library it'll be worth having that knowledge. The Library wasn't as good as the one at CSM but it was a nice, peaceful environment.  I then went to CSM library for the talk which only lasted a couple of minutes then I did some more research in the library and chatted to my group about the requirements and meeting the deadline. I had a look in the materials section at the CSM library, some of the materials were really cool and had patterns on them and there were a few photos as well, I took pictures of the ones I particularly liked, the texture on some of the materials were shiny and caught my eye. Anya Hindmarchs' brand bags are awesome and quirky. I like seeing fashion thats different from the normal, something thats creative, different and a bit wacky.

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At Chelsea College Library

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Materials at CSM library

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Inspiration: Evening Standard- Process: Repeat- Fashion Garments, Patterns

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16/09/14

Having been so busy with CSM work I havent had a chance to go to LCF yet to try and pick up the film 'stig of the dump' I am going to try and go by the end of this week at the latest. Today we used the knowledge we got from doing the library research task. We had half an hour to write down as many ideas as we could think of some I had were better than others. I hadn't written down ideas before with having the pressure of time. It was a good challenging task and I did some drawings and took notes on paper. Afterwards from our ideas we had to chose our favourite idea to develop further. We were told to prepare for an interview type situation like 'Dragons Den' where you had to convince the judges to 'invest' in your idea. You had to think of critical factors such as how, why, where, and what you were going to do for your idea. I thought my ideas were rubbish and stupid but after thinking about them I thought of cool ways in which some of them would work and produce a well constructed outcome. One of my ideas was inspired by my process 'repeat' and practitioner 'Paul Rand' which was to have a Shopping Mall for peasants/homeless/poor and have products that were CHEAP or have tokens so you can only get a certain amount each time, they would be products suitable for these type of people, products that were needed as part of sustainable living. We were told to do some research in preparation for Thursday and people would be chosen at random to present their idea to the class. If I was chosen to present I would speak up and be straight to the point so people would find it easy to understand and follow what I'm talking about. People on my table came up with interesting ideas like: making a replica of an earth, making 3D skulls, a dirtroad (for car racing). It was interesting to see the variety of ideas that people came up with. For my research I am going to present it in a presentation.

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Model made out of paper

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Model made out of paper

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Initial Ideas-30 Ideas

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Initial Ideas-30 Ideas

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Initial Ideas-30 Ideas

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Development of Idea

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Development of Idea

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17/09/14

Today I had to be at Archway for 10:30 Fine Art specialists had induction workshops into metal, plaster, wood and plastic. We were shown around and told how to use the machines and given health and safety information. It was really interesting to see the different types of materials were available to us and to see different ways of manipulating them.

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18/09/14

 I went to look at two art exhibitions in the Croydon Library. There were oil paintings in one and Chinese culture art in the next. I saw one painting of which I found very interesting it was a man hanging on a nazi cross held up with rope. It was interesting to view historical events through art.

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Croydon Library Exhibition

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Croydon Library Exhibition

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19/09/14

I felt like I did a good amount of research and work for the Initial Ideas. It made me reflect on how vital research is to help you develop an idea and to present wok to a high standard.

It was interesting to see how people had done different amounts of research and styles. I felt the research I did was the foundation of further developing my idea. It was fun to watch other people showing their presentations there was a wide range of ideas from looking at emotions and creating a mask, having smelly inflatable rubbish, a maze formed of shadows, frozen fruit, jewellery made from ice, wigs with embroidered pictures to a platform that looked like a mirror but you could put your hand in. I found some aspects of the ideas interesting, the most interesting I found was the hair idea, I suggested that you could also do it on real hair and fit it in as some people may not want to wear wigs. Overall none of the ideas really excited me, some I didn't understand, maybe because they weren't explained very well or I didn't like the idea or the final outcome. Some ideas I felt were better than the others like the inflatable rubbish had interesting aspects and I liked the style of the picture that he drew for his presentation. It has been a good experience as I haven't had to come up with a developed idea so soon but have been able to work up to one over a couple of months. From the presentation it reiterated the importance of having visual imagery to enhance the work. I was on the panel for a while and had to give my ideas, on the ones that were presented during this time I didn't like the ideas, as some of them didn't seem to be fully thought out or have a critical approach. For the initial ideas we could have pictures, information and we needed to show that we had really analysed over the idea. Although the ideas were interesting I felt that they should have more of critical analysis and that they should have more of a message behind them, as some people were like: 'this is what I'm doing to do' but without explaining why they were doing it. Some concepts were not fully explained. For example a girl made a necklace out of ice without explaining fully why she was making a necklace out of ice. For me I am interesting in work that has a message behind them. Some concepts say 'this is the concept' without saying what the resolution is or how to overcome it. I like concepts that are well thought over and complex that makes you think about it and be evaluative and question the designers intentions and the intentions of the enviroment and aspects of the world that reoccur around the body. During the day as a group we went to the exhibition that is held in CSM, it was interesting to see what the students of CSM had made and also to read about there concepts as when you go into a gallery you find out a little bit of information but then it doesn't go into detail whereas it did at CSM. The exhibition was called expanded boundaries which states 'design too often tends to circle around itself playing out an internalised set of concerns, often to known audiences. Expanded Boundaries suggests a broader and actively outward engagement in which the methods of design are taken into other areas- not as subservient modes of communication- but as catalysts and vehicles for new collaborative ways of thinking and acting. Once design escapes its self- defined boundaries, it find new potential. The work was interesting to see, but a lot of it I had to ask, was it good or interesting enough to remember, as artists we look at so many different galleries and works of art, were not going to remember it all, I feel people need to find a way to make themselves and theyre style stand out and be different from all the other artists- to be rememerable. The only artists work that really stood out to me was by Gigi Barker who did MA Design: Ceramics, Furniture or Jewellery 2014. Her piece was called 'A body of Skin' - A body of skin explores the intricate subtleties and varieties of the skin surface and the volumes of the flesh. The chair is recognisably a body but it is not a literal boday. The dress unfolds in what seems a swathe of voluminous skin. These volumes speak to an owner but we cannot locate the body parts nor name the elements. In order to sit on a chair, physical contact must be made with it's skin and in so doing a connection is formed. This connection questions the relationship and level of comfort we have in our skins and with another. Silicone is the base material in all pieces, its visceral quality instantly evocative of skin. Impregnated with scent and infused with pheromones the silicone challenges the boundaries of the objects relationship to the user. - materials: silicone, scent, pheromones.  

I really liked her concept as well as the art she made, both were aesthetically pleasing. When you look at someones work you can like what it looks like but not the concept or the otherway around, whereas with her work I liked both the concept and her outcome. I liked the seat as they looked weird and quirky, they stood out from the rest of room, however I didn't like the dress as I felt it made the whole piece look more ordinary, as when you are confronted with these objects at first you have no idea what they are or what they are about, but when you look at the dress, you know it is a dress, it is not so surprising, I felt she shouldn't have had the dress presented with the chairs or right next to them. It made the objects seem less exciting and wacky. I liked the textures of another art piece in the exhibition but then the concept didn't excite me. 

Fine Art specialists have been told to look on study information on Moodle in preparation for next week when we start our first brief. Also to visit atleast 2 art galleries by the end of next week.

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Expanded Boundaries

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Fashion with a message

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20/09/14

I have read through the files on moodle in preparation for the new brief set for next week I have also taken notes on what I thought most important and interesting. I plan to watch The Extra Terrestrial today to help inspire me for this new brief.

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21/09/14

I have watched E.T , it was a moving story. In the film the children come across E.T and teach him words and meanings to objects to try and communicate with him to find out where he came from. The boy makes a connection with E.T and makes a machine to help him get back home. When it is time for E.T to return home the terrestrials come to get him in the spaceship and he is carried away. The other humans did not want E.T to go as they wanted to do experiments to see what the creature was. 

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22/09/14

In class today we had a lecture which explained the brief to us and the general idea. We looked at objects which were man made which were unusual or not always easy to tell what they were, we had to look at the objects from the perspective of an alien and say what we thought the object was I brought in an object from home, which I did an observational drawing from, I said it could be a bone or an armpit cleaner another person said it could be a hair roller. After this exercise and drawing the objects from observation we gave the drawing to someone else who looked at the picture and decided what it was from the drawing, what its purpose was and give it instructions. The one I did for someone else I thought it looked like a chicken, I said it was a chicken, for dog food and to send it back to the factory as it was a chicken that had escaped from the farming factory like the film 'Chicken Run'. For my object someone suggested a juice squeezer to then use for injection people and eye whitening and then I had to use this for inspiration to come up with my own idea it was an injection to make the person not bleed, it was made for sweeny todd so he wouldn't have to waste time cleaning up as men don't enjoy it, he would then sell the heads to the lady with lots of heads from Wizard Of Oz We then looked at all the ideas afterwards and gave feedback on the ones we liked. I found the idea of someones interesting it was called 'The history of the abdominal tracking portal, for government  purposes.

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My idea for someone else's drawing

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The weird objects I chose for human being project

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Someone else's idea for my drawing

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Idea Development for my drawing

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23/09/14

I am going to do the homework set which was to research Ryan Gander and watch 2001 A Space Odyssey.

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24/09/14

I have watched 2001 A space Odyssey and taken notes, I have also started to research Ryan Gander. The film was 2 and a half hours long, I felt that the film didn't need to be made this long, and a lot of what was going on wasn't important, a lot of the time I felt it wasn't clear what was happening but this may have been the intention of the creater of the film, as there isn't a lot of talking or explaining what was going on so you have to watch for yourself and try and figure it out. I also went to the London Graphic Centre and to Angels Fancy dress shop both in Covent Garden. The Graphic centre had images drawn by different people, the styles looked childish and it was interesting to see each persons interpretation. I went to the fancy dress shop to help inspire me for project one. There were costumes there, related to spirits like, the devil, as in project one it mentions the occult. as well as goblins and other mystical animals. For Project 1 I had to come up with more ideas which I had posted in My Information File Page.  I then had to make some basic models of my idea, and then refine and finalise them ready to take in for thursday to review on. For my idea I asked myself, what are humans- we have a body soul and spirit, looking into biblical text which says God breathed into man, which is why humans are different from every other organism, I started to think how breath must be saced, all it took was breathe to make humans how we are. I had an idea to show this by having a seethrough box where I breathe into and leaves the box misty, you are able to see the breath you can see what it is but not its power in the same way, humans have been breathed into we can see the person but not Gods breath or power inside them. To extend my idea it can be a gift of breath to the martians, to make them human or have human characteristics so that they are able to understand humans. For the work at CSM we had to come up with 5 ideas and make 3 of the ideas out of cardboard, paper and similar materials and then develop one of the ideas to show for a martian exhibition on Thursday.

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Inspiration: Evening Standard Article: 'It's Fashionable to be silly': Anya Hindmarch- Practitioner: Paul Rand- Looking at Branding, Inspiration

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Inspiration: Evening Standard Article: 'It's Fashionable to be silly': Anya Hindmarch- Practitioner: Paul Rand- Looking at Branding, Inspiration

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The Miracle Of Life

25/09/14

Today went into Archway for lessons, we were told we have to write an exhibition Review Draft of 500 words for Thursday, we have to talk about the themes, curation, how the audience react to the pieces and move around the gallery, how the space is, what the work looks like how we feel looking at it, how the work hangs and is presented, whether we have to look up at it or down and how this affects our view of the work, how we interact with the piece, what the purpose is.  We spent the day getting our objects ready or doing any research. My book was in my locker at CSM so I went there and worked at a desk in the corridor, I did some sketches to inspire me, I then took my book back with me to archway, and everyone started setting up their work to present to the 'martians'.  We left post it notes by our work for the martians to leave comments and opinion. Everyone then went around looking at the work and leaving comments, I left stupid comments from the point of view of the martians, I tried to get into the mindset of what I thought they would be thinking, and how they would be confused about what they saw as they wouldn't understand. Everyone including the tutors seemed to forget that we couldn't read the words and that we couldn't actually understand what the objects where which confused me.  The comments people left about my work they thought it was about death and the emptiness of life, but my idea was about Creation and how from a religious perspective Christians believe God breathed into man which gave us a soul, otherwise we could be like all the other animals in the world. How we were formed of dust and breath. I was fascinated by the power of breath and without breath we die. Without God's breath we would be spiritually dead. In the bible it says we have a body, soul and spirit. I found the equation Dirt + Breath = Life. and Life - Breath = Dirt.  From dirt we were formed and when we die to dirt we return. This fascinated me as this is stated in the bible, but people are witnesses of this fact, everyone knows this but do not acknowledge it or God. The work was interesting to see there was work of all different shapes and sizes and a variety of objects. We start a new brief next week called 'Altered Spaces' so I will look over the brief and read into the subject, we are going to be painting on monday and we've been told we need to bring in materials and wear rubbish clothes incase we get messy. By Archway going home there was a window which was smashed and a comment was left on paper, it confused me slightly but looked really cool so I took a photo.

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My Developed Idea

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My Developed Idea

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Cracked Window next to Archway

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Cracked Window next to Archway

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Evening Standard Newspaper Article that gives a representation of the type of society we live in today

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Evening Standard Newspaper Article- This section I found most interesting

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26/09/14

Today I plan to do some work in my sketchbook, for this project.

 

I have done work in my sketchbook. I used biro pen, pastel crayons, and magazine cuttings and I did some observational drawings, related to the work I've already done at school. I wrote a few ideas that I had related to the human being project.

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27/09/14

Today I went to the V&A, I looked briefly around the building, but the main reason why I went there was to look at the Disobedient Objects Exhibition. I took lots of pictures which I will upload. The outside of the exhibition looked gloomy and reminded me of something horror like. I didn't have great expectations, I didn't know what the gallery was about before I went but I was surprised to find it was about civil rights movements and history of the world and social change and issues. These are subjects that interest me greatly so I was pleased to find this out. There was also a game I played which had an audio to it which gave you descriptions throughout game. It said something about workers in China committing suicide because the working conditions are unsuitable, it was ironic and humorous and made a joke out of something which in reality sounded quite serious. It was an interesting experience also seeing other people in the exhibition interested by it and taking it seriously. There were groups of people drawing from the sculptures in V&A and taking notes. The Disobedient Objects Exhibition was very different from the style of the rest of the gallery. I then went to the Natural History Museum, as it was only opposite the V&A. I looked at the human exhibition and the dinosaurs and fossils. The human exhibition was interesting, there was a giant replica of an unborn baby, and there were people taking pictures standing next to it. London was very busy and the trains were packed full. There was a woman joking with her friend how, she was getting quite familiar with the man standing infront of her, and how she hadn't been that close to a guy in a while ( adding on the trains, not in a sexualised way)... the woman was going on about this subject, I think the man got fed up and turned away from her, to be as far away as possible.

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Disobedient Objects: Puppets USA 1991 by bread and puppet theatre, painted papier mach and textiles

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Badges against Apartheid.

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Badges against Apartheid.

South Africa and International about 1980-94. These badges were made to support the struggle against apartheid in south africa- a government- enforced system of racial segregation. Badges were created by south africans and liberation groups forced into exile, as well as by international solidarity groups. These intimate objects made the struggle part of the lives of supporters far away, while for people in South Africa, badges demonstrated unity in the face of censorship. The badges at the bottom right mark South Africas transition to free elections. Materials: Tin, printed paper and plastic.

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Gaybashers come and get it

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Gaybashers come and get it

New York, 2011 (remade 2013) By L J Roberts. Based on a poster design by Matt Height. Jacquard-woven cotton and Lurex, hand- dyed fabric crank-knit yarn and thread. "while hunting for images that depicted queer millitancy I came upon a poster on a friend's refrigerator that stopped me in my tracks. I was struck by the humour and beauty of the image and also appreciated its direct, uncompromising message. I scanned the poster and made it into a weaving on an industrial jacquard loom to create a banner that could be held at demonstrations." L J Roberts

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Do women have to be naked to get into the new museum...

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Inflatable cobblestone, action of Eclectic Electric Collective in cooperation with Enmedio collective during the General Strike in Barcelona 2012.

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Exhibition Audience

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The fun game I played in the Disobedient Objects exhibition

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Disobedient Objects

Natural History Museum- Huge unborn baby

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28/09/14

Today I did work in my sketchbook, I am starting to get used to using it, and it is becoming more enjoyable. I looked at art odity wedsite online, there was an artist who wore real chicken skin over their own skin, I thought it was so cool and wacky. I went to Topshop in London Oxford Circus, I saw one of the manicans was a woman with black and white skin which is a skin condition called vitiligo, I found it so interesting to see as I hadn't seen a manican like it in a store before, I was also interested as I had been reading about the condition lately and also reading into people bleaching their skin so I found it fascinating and cool

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http://www.odditycentral.com/art/artist-wears-disgusting-costume-made-of-raw-chicken-skin-to-protest-against-vanity-driven-culture.html

Artist wears disgusting costume made of raw chicken skin to protest against 'vanity-driven culture'

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11/09/14

Today was the first day of CSM.. guess what already....:

Requirements of CSM: have a journal and write in it daily

( Last time I wrote in a journal I was as a kid- but only had one because I wanted to be cool like Anne Frank!) 

What could I possibly think to say that will be extremely fascinating that won't bore the socks off whoever is going to read this?.. Nothing.. prepare to be bored Smile

CSM day: 

Morning time: Full of confused people.

Confused people asking where rooms were then confused laughing people when discovering they were already stood outside the room they were looking for.. Then a talk that lasted forever like the film 'Never Ending Story'. Met some interesting people.. and talked about ART.. what else? Lots of interesting international people bringing some flavour to London.Wink 

Set a very confusingly explained task which took a while to understand... turned out to be very basic. In my Fine Art group we were given a Process, Material, Practitioner 

We had a graphic design artist weirdly... but I hate graphic design and the style just not my cup of tea!!  Material was car and practitioner was flocking. We didn't know what flocking was before but now as a group we all understand the word. Flocking: depositing lots of small particles onto a surface.

As a group we thought of different concepts and came up a favourite idea of the group: with a book for children telling them about the manufaction of the car.. I think we were going with irony. It was a good idea I guess. It was interesting to see different opinions and how sometimes we didn't agree with each other. I suggested the idea of having The Best ways to have a car crash which wasn't popular. The idea was to be in a humorous way so people would be interested but then to raise people's awareness of the importance of SAFETY .. as car crashes happen all the time and I bet the most common ones are like talking on a mobile phone or drink driving which the government always seem to rant on about and everyone gets sick and tired of hearing about it and watching the weird adverts. The idea reminded me a bit of 'dumb ways to die' on the horrible histories on cbbc channel. It's interesting woking in a group and hearing other peoples ideas and how everyone isn't going to agree.. doing crazy fine art myself I thought creating a book was a bit controlled and maybe do something more adventurous would be more fun. We then thought about our ideas we were actually going to do next week in the library.. water and squeeze seemed the popular words and a between a fashion artist and a guy who created aluminium balloons. I thought of a balloonist coat filled with water that when someone hugs you goes everywhere then a factory.. someone suggested something about a homeless guy Laughing.

It was a slow moving day.. fairly interesting we got a tour of the building we were shown and talked to about several rooms, then were told we couldn't use them which was worthwhile and fun to know!!  It was an interesting experience being at CSM today, we haven't started work properly yet which I'm looking forward to doing. I can't wait to get stuck in and start thinking of ideas and researching. I think work officially starts on Monday as thats when our group has the Library introduction which I'm looking forward to! It's interesting to see the approach that CSM take to researching like having all these online website links to help you ( like using Moodle) and expecting us to document work every day. I'm used to documenting everything in a book but using Moodle is much more organised and a fun way of doing it.

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vitiligo model

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29/09/14

Today I did ideas at school all day, I talked to the tutor about what type of artwork I liked. I did sketches in my book, I then went to csm to return a book i borrowed, I took out dvds to watch, looked at book at csm, did more ideas in sketchbook used mix media and collage. I've watched 2 of the dvds so far I watched the second dvd of the dark knight i found it really inspirational for art purposes, I loved the mask which the villain wore, it got me thinking about making alternative jewellery. I saw the 3D group making jewellery and their ideas were really interesting and what they were doing, One girl was using the bottom of water bottles in hers, a few people used money in theres and one girl was drilling a hole into her pound coin.

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30/09/14

I thought I was so bored of doing painting as I'd done so much over my 2 year BTEC course that I would use mixed media materials. I focused a lot on sculpture. In my work and experimental work I used a variety of materials from paint- of course, to charcoal, plaster, metal, wood, magazines and newspapers and found objects. I really enjoyed this week, more than the previous week as I felt I had more freedom and I had got used to the course more and was beginning to get really inspired, and also getting back into working in a school environment. I made some models out of plaster today, which I really enjoyed, I spoke to my tutor as well, he said he liked my ideas and he suggested an artist to me called Amanda Mulquiney who I will research about, her work looks minimalistic but cool at the same time.

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1/10/14

Today I finished some of the pieces for the critique on Thursday, I finished the draft for the exhibition review, and I started working on another piece for the critique. I enjoyed used the plaster and metal, I'm starting to get used the materials more now and knowing what to do, it's been really enjoyable and the technicians are really nice and helpful and gave me good suggestions for ways to present my work and the best ways to make my ideas.

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