Reflection 13th of June
Today, we have started the first project: self-portrait. After we got a briefing, I started to think about how I'm feeling myself today, how I present myself? What I would probably show in my picture? But all of my thoughts were confused, I didn't know why I could not think logically and clearly. Thus I decided to write some keywords in my sketchbook that could help me to identify the way of work I should go. I understood that my main emotions were- tiredness, although I was happy and I got worried about everything that is going in my life.
I would say, that the visualisation of thoughts in my mind into sketches and words helped me a lot, when you are stark, it is always better to draw your thoughts and then translate to sentences. I created an initial concept of my self-portrait and was ready to go and shoot. One of the challenges I have met - was an explanation of how you want the picture be taken to another person. And I think it was also difficult to understand what other people want me to do with their pictures, maybe not so difficult but it's some kind of your responsibility to take a good photos of someone's conceptual idea.
For me, I felt like I don't know what I'm doing. I couldn't concentrate and it was very hard to generate ideas, I was like a broken TV that works very slowly and needs to be shout down every five minutes. I think I felt very uncomfortable because my ideas couldn't be created in the environment, where I was. However, at one moment I understood that I have to forget about everything and just do work, and it gave me an opportunity to experiment with new locations, new possible pictures. And in real, I got some good samples but they still were not as satisfied as I could do.
After we sent our works for a small critic, I got a feedback, saying that there is a good composition but no emotions. Probably it is true but for me this picture was the perfect reflection of my mood, the problem was that I didn't know what my mood is about.
As an conclusion of the first day, I realised that it was complicated to begin the process and through the work I started to do it better and better. I was enjoying experimentations with new locations, even if some of some doesn't work at all. For me it was a good practice that pushed me to wake up from the anti-emotional state.
The main idea of my self portrait was to illustrate my psychological or emotional state. In another words, I wanted to show my current mood, how I begin my project. My work includes two pictures: the first one depicts me, hiding beyond the mannequin in my arms, with two roses in my hand, which caused shadows on my body part. The second picture depicts me, sitting on knees, bended my body in a way, that my back creates a round shape. One of my hands is on the back, while another is working with the old sewing machine. And we can also see the part of the mannequin on the background.
I used calm lighting and colours. My background is made in burgundy colour, that represents my passion about what I’m doing, why? Since that it is my favourite colour, I fell my self very comfortable in this atmosphere. Mannequin and old sewing machine represents my work as a fashion student, which is very important for me.
First picture: two roses, in my country, people always bring them when someone died, it is a symbol of horror, of lose. The old singer is very heavy, moreover it stitching badly, in comparison with the new ones, so, in this picture it shows the hardness of work, for me, which I need to do. The mannequin in my arms showing that I don’t work, I am just hiding behind it. So, the meaning of the first picture is that I have to do my work, which I am passionated about, although it is illogical hard for me to do, thus I am hiding beyond the mannequin to understand whats going on in my mind, I’m holding two roses, as I said before, as a symbol that my inspiration, work or whatever is dying and the singer on the bottom illustrates the heaviness of task that I have to do, and it’s illogical because I can use a modern machine that would mean that the task is not hard but because I can’t solve the problem with my own mind and emotions it is ridiculous difficulty for me.
The second picture, the mannequin is on the background that means I stopped hiding. I am sitting in a quite uncomfortable pose, my hand is on my back, it looks like there is a pain and I hold it. Another hand working with the sewing machine that means I started to work, although it is still hard for me, near the sewing machine, illustrating the hardness, there is only one rose, so it is not a lose anymore. The meaning of this picture is that I solved some problems with myself but there is a lot to do because I am still using the singer machine, it is still difficult for me, however I start my work, and it seems to be satisfied in a future, since that there is only one rose, so, I found my inspiration, I am in a work, and fighting with some thoughts, disturbing my creative process.
For my shame, no one, in a critic, understand even the concept of my work, mainly, people called it “too theatrical” and “opera”. Of course, I can say that projector makes my pictures much more darker than it has to be, so it was impossible to see anything excepct for my light back and white roses. But it is not the main reason. I think that my work may be too private. I made an environment where I put everything that makes a big, personal sense only for me, from roses that my parents gave to me when they were in London, to story of the old singer, and colours that I love. Since that it is a SELF PORTRAIT, I thought to present myself as I’m feeling it but I guess that I did not show the whole story properly. I think that if people did not understand the meaning, which you put in your work, you did it wrong. Thus this experience will help me to avoid too symbolical and personal meanings in my future works.
Reflection 15th of June
I have titled my work, as "burgundy sensations". I don't think that it will help to understand my concept but I think that this title is relevant to the artwork because there is burgundy colours and it conveys my emotions.
Also, I have to generate an idea to allocate my work somewhere. The same as usual, I just started to walk around the university and searching for different locations and props, where I could put my work. The first thing that I have found was a shovel, so I began to work with it and think about how I could fix my picture. I tried different sizes printing, I also used diff sides of the shovel. In addition, I decided to take pictures of a person engaging with the shovel that depicts my portrait.
Then I have put my work on the tv screen, in the small student cabin locker, on the top of the rubbish bin. I can't say that I really like those experiments but this work with surfaces helped me to create the next installation. I have allocated my pictures in the water surface, in a fountain. I think that it works well both: in terms of the composition and concept conveying, because water showing us, as something is going away, some kind of feelings of calmness and freedom, so it is quite contrasting to the content of my work.
At the next stage we had to deconstruct our picture. I did some experiments with cutting and collage pictures together but it was very boring and I got a good idea in my mind. I bought a big glass bootle, then I put my image in the bottle, around the inside surfaces, then I filled it with water and added some water ink colours. As an result I got beautifully volume image in the bottle, it was always a bit deconstruct by the water and sometimes it was moving around. I really like how it works, I think that it is the best possible presentation of my pictures. However, I didn't have time to create a specific location for me bootle, although I think that the amazing fact about this work is that I can put it anywhere but I like it to see in hands of someone, including me. Probably, I need to take picture of me with this bottle.
Reflection 16th of June
19th of June
Today we have started This Place project, which obviously, in our case considering to be about King's Cross area. During the presentation I found out a lot of new inspirational information, such as "red light" district at King's Cross, water reserve in front of the CSM and many other things that showed this area from another angles and, probably, it helped me to identify my future concept much quicker than it could be.
Monday: research around the university, trying to create a theme of my project,
Tuesday: start putting my research into the sketchbook(with sketches and a bit of annotations), refinement of pictures
Wednesday: finish my research, make 2d and 3d responses to pictures, reference some artists, start place 3d responses on a mannequin, start to translate 2d responses into the garments elements. continue to develop research through drawings and new ideas
Thursday:experiments on the mannequin, fabrics or other materials sampling, design development, continue to put context through out.
friday: development of the final line up, start to produce some elements if the final garment/outfit
weekends: create garment, finish sketchbook work, checking of the all stages and pages, final sketches reflections.
Workshops 22-23th of June
On the wood workshop we were introduced to different machines and techniques. The most exciting part of the workshop, for me, was working with plastic. I like melting methods because you can get very sensitive lines and smooth textures. And you don't need to use very sharp materials. Logically, I wasn't so exciting by wood works, since that it is more about sharp and geometric forms although it is possible to create natural forms, using wood and saws, if you have enough of practice, but, personally, I prefer to melt something, rather then cut. I wish, it would possible to melt wood because I like it as a material but work with saws pushed me out of all comfortable and uncomfortable zones and made feel very concentrated and sometimes nervous. However, I am happy to get this kind of experience that develops my professional knowledges and explains the way of making real products.
Another workshop was a part of my chosen discipline, thus I checked my knowledges of stitching and did some samples for my project, using sewing machine. However, I have never used the knitting machine before, so I was very excited to make some samples. For my astonishment, using of this machines is much more easier than I thought, it needs a lot of attention in the beginning of the process and then it's going very quickly and simply. I have created some samples on the first day, as a responses to algae. To make it look similar to these plants, I experimented with tensions and missing if some loops. So, at the end I got something very similar to the algae from the Regent's Canal and I decided to make bigger pieces for my final outcome.
Final outcome - critique
students feedbacks 26.06
Time Warp 26.06
draping experimentation 27/06
Based on the combined object, consists of one element from 20th century and another from 21st century, which we were manipulating with yesterday, we had to create different shapes, using paper and scissors, by extracting some kind of abstract silhouettes from our objects. Since that my object came from the beginning of the 20th century it has a lot of twisted lines and scrolls, I was trying to cut it out of paper. One issue that I have met today was the ability of paper to roll and disturb my process of cutting. I think that combinations of different cut out shapes together gave me some initial ideas for my project. I will develop them by placing on a body, drawing and then analysing, re-creating of particular details, using of different ideas and a lot of others ways of development. I think that I learnt how to drape on the wall, I have never done it before, so it was an exciting experience, in terms of problem solving and over challenging yourself.
These two days I was working on the research and design development for my project. Firstly, I started with the research about justice lady. I found some incredible sculpture, as s Bern justice lady, for example. I did some responses to the sculptures mainly trying to re think some particular element and some of them make in 3D, using relevant materials and experiments with them. Also, I have found a lot of paintings depicting lady of justice but what is more important, I open a great new artist for my self, whose work became one of my favourite. Lucas Cranach's painting- Gerechtogkeit that illustrates naked justice lady with the most powerful and beautiful gaze I have ever seen. There are not so much details but it influenced my project in the contextual, meaningful way rather than design format. She is very elegant, strong and beauty, it is something that I would probably be happy to show through my work. As a response to this painting, I did tiny embroidery and jewellery pieces that I'm planning to use in my final piece. After that I started to research the court dresses and what the judges wear to the court. There are many Indigirka and traditions robes. Mainly I was inspired by the wig that I was trying to re-create as response, and also I was very excited by some mantles and dresses that have unusual sleeves and structures. I was doing responses in sketches and 3D to all of my research references, trying to collect as many thing as I can to connect everything together during the design development and come up with the final idea.
drawing workshop 06/07
on a body workshop 6/07
This workshop introduces to us an opposite to traditional way of making patterns, working directly on a body. I have already worked in this way before to create patterns for garments, where is impossible to use any blocks. I was enjoying the process of creation although it was a bit complicated because I have created quite big form. I can't say that I really like this methods of pattern making but sometimes there is no choice. However I think that it is much more logical to work both on a body and surface together because it will give more exact result, rather than working on a body, or in surface only. In conclusion, I want to say that I came up with very interesting shape that I place on different body parts and get very interesting silhouettes.
digital patterns 7/07
stitch drawing 7/07
The stitch drawing workshop introduced for me some new techniques what I was very happy about. The forts one is stitching on the sewing machine with a special sewing foot and a cover that allow to rotate fabrics in any possible ways, while sewing. It is quite complicated if you want to follow the particular design or line but it allows to get any lunges of lines and designs. Another new technique is a fabrics that will disappear in a cold water thus it is possible to stitch some tinny as a lace. I was enjoying this workshop because it gives me new knowledge and a good practice in a field I am working.
the library text
the museum object
The two positive aspects of our collaboration was the we were listening each other that help us to come up with clear ideas without scandals and screaming, another good point is that we both knew what we are doing and was trying to work as professionals, everyone met his deadlines and was trying to help each other. The bed thing is that probably our subjects are not the best way of collaboration because we admire different elements, however it still can work well, as I can see. But I did not fell my self comfortable because I don't like typography, or more likely to hate it, so it was some kind of a challenge for me. And another sad pony is that our object was the most boring objects in a universe, consisting only of typography.
Final outcome preparation
knitted sample 2
about my project, crit sheet 25.06
Final outcome - back
The Time Wrap Project
For the new time wrap project we supposed to combine together two objects, one from this century and another one from 20th century. I decided to buy an object from the beginning of the 20th century, from around 1910s. I bought a scale balance, made of some kind of metal and coloured in bronze, with two plates and chains that connect them. The object probably were used in everyday life and then became something as a decoration. My objects from 21st century is a plastic plate and different materials like tape. So my idea is to combine scale balance with contemporary plate, showing the contrast between past and a current times.
The end of the project
During this project i have done a lot of exciting and new things, i was enjoying the draping workshop because it gave me a good start for design development and helps to explore all hidden shapes and forms of my object. I am always very happy to work in a way of deconstruction thus the combination workshop of two objects with different history has interested me a lot. I was trying ti convoy the difference between current time and 20th century by working with balance scales.
The idea of my project is to create current lady of justice with reflections to the "contemporary justice" at the government level, as well as, to response to the judgment in our society, when any of your movements get to be analysed, discuss and judged.
I think that one of the most important research references for this project were study of judges uniforms, since that i have noticed big sleeves and short mantles, it inspired me to combine it together and got some new shapes that i explore during the project. Also, observational and secondary research of the justice lady statues was incredibly useful, i highlight the lightness and strength of this symbolical works, both in sculpture and painting, i want partiuclarly highlight the Lucas Cranach's work- Gerechtigkeit, which incited me in terms of atmosphere, mood and emotions.
I was trying to explore my idea through the project by using diverse materials, translating them into designs and experience by creating small samples.In terms of my final piece, I am very excited by particular parts, some of them are very good, while others don't work exact as I thought. However, in overall, I am proud of my final piece because it explains my idea of the contemporary justice lady and has a strong design. One thing,nwhich I would develop for sure is final pictures because they are not so strong as I wish.
In comparison to the previous project, I have use more artist references in my work rather than only observational. But if to be honest I think that It just depends on the theme because sometimes it is impossible to find good artworks about particular theme.
drawing workshop 06/07
The drawing workshop was very exciting, since that we did not just draw but also created small scenes by being directors and actors and the same time. For me it was very enjoyable to draw in a free way, mixing materials particular scenes with people with the aim to convey the mood and atmosphere of their roles. I was trying to draw in different ways to develop my interpretation of the reality into paper. Some of my drawings work very good, while some that made with markers are not so cool since that I didn't convey the right thickness of lines for shadows and lights, so it looked looks quite boring. Also I was really enjoying the moment when you got the scenario and you need to create this in 5 minutes using any materials found around. I think it helps to think more creative when you have limits on everything. And overall, I love to create stories in real life, I think it's wonderful to tell a stories in a picture with people without words.
on a body workshop 6/07
digital patterns 7/07
This workshop was mainly based on photoshop that was pretty easy to me because I know how to work with photoshop, since that I completed a-level in graphics communications. The idea was to create a repeated patterns, using our previous drawings. I chose some of paint textures and drawings that I did before. Than I just started to experiment with scales, different blend mods and combinations of images. I am exciting by the process of images manipulations. I found it very breathtaking to make collages and change images in a better way. As a final result Igor a series of images and collages that I will use in my projects for design development.
stitch drawing 7/07
Today is a firs day of the collaboration project, my partner is Kyne, who is doing graphics and media design. At the beginning we got a text, telling as some information about material culture. Well, to be fair, it probably was interesting but for it was a bit obvious that material culture touch not only materials itself but it can tell us a lot of contextual information, from the time period to traditions and mental abilities of society. May be it is not obvious but it is logical.
The final idea
Through long discussions and experiments we have finally made a discussion about our final piece, we create a way of how we can combine graphics and fashion. Our idea is to build an installation, with the lottery concept behind it, we would like to show the real lottery, how it works. The first part is to create a garment, each side of which should present poverty wealth separately. So there are two fronts and no back. After I create a garment we need to buy a mirror and transparent plastic screen. Kyne is going to work with screen in a graphics way, add typography and etc, whereas we hang up the screens an garment in a order that reflection of the garment and a person will create an illusion of person being wearing this garment. The main character of this installation is a visitor, who's asked to rotate the garment, representing wealth and poverty on its sides. The person looks at his reflection in the mirror to find out which side of the garment he wears, if he wins the lottery and get the wealth although with the poverty behind it. Two sides of the one coin. Is it still considered as a victory?
Since the beginning of the course I have learnt some new techniques and method of working. For example, I have never used the wood&plastic workshop before, and now it allows me to use a bigger range of materials, and I would be happy to present my work as an installation, melting plastic to get the right shapes. As something more important to my discipline, I have learnt how to use a knitting machine. It is even much easier than I thought although it is very helpful, since that I can do pieces of fabric by myself and create textiles that would be suitable for my projects. In addition, it was my first practice in very short time projects and I think that now I completely understand how to work in this boundaries of time. M