Collection: Part two

Research

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regent's canal

I have started my research from looking around the King's cross area, I wanted to find something else except for beautiful old and modern buildings and I decided to go all way down along the Regent's canal: from granary square to Camden. This place has surprised me by its atmosphere created with the help of a lot of vintage ships with enormous amount of different bags, bicycles and other things on top of their roofs. I got inspired by these ships, by their colour pallets and tents that are randomly draped, which I will try to apply to my designs and add volume as it was there. Also I have noted forms of ships, which engaged me with the contrast between rectangles and triangles, between geometric shapes inside of the sensitive forms and smooth lines.

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Algae chokes Regent's Canal

Inspired by the algae, I decided to continue my research and I found information that in 2011,the green algae chokes the regents canal. I found some amazing pictures of how birds trying to move on the surface of the water that look like green pudding. In this image, I have noticed interesting twirl lines behind the birds. These lines are very sensitive, they created by the contrast between dark green water and light green algae. Also I really like texture, it seems to be very soft and tender, it is similar to the foam. It makes the water look like the opaque, solid surface. I use these lines in my designs, however the biggest influence of this picture to my project is in colour palette. Because I am excited by thus warm, vibrant light green colour with shades of dirty yellow and dark blue.

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algae

During my walk along the canal, I was gazing at water and trying to highlight something particular on its surface, as well as under it.

I saw beautiful algae of different types: the first one are more similar to the normal seaweed or even some kind of flowers. I like its natural lines, conveying by twirl forms of each part of this plant. I tried to create these shapes, using different fabrics and materials. I think that the knit and tape samples work better than others, so I will create some more to use them on my final piece. An another type of algae looks very weird, as if someone forgot threads in a water and they got musty. I have noticed two thing from the research of this plan. Firstly, I definitely like how it looks, tiny and confused lines, very similar to the spider's web or someone's long hair, I have tried to re-create this composition using latex and it works good, I got a bit thicker lines than I wished too but still I will use it as a base for my top. Also, I created some samples on the knitting machine, experimenting with the number of loops and the tension, I have achieved the wanted design, so that my pieces have a lot of threads at ends, as well as somewhere between loops. I will use them as textiles for my final piece, on top of the garment, as if it were the real algae on my garment. The second thing that I highlighted abut this type of algae is the deep meaning that I can show by the plant. Algae grasps the whole surface of the water, it swallow up everything on the surface and under water, it is some kind of water parasite, making everything dirty and sometimes even disgusting. I have found something similar to people. We also swallow up the whole world and in the each place, where we have ever been, we destroyed.
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Lorenzo Nanni. Silk Botany- seaweed

Inspired by the algae, I decided to continue my research and I found information that in 2011,the green algae chokes the regents canal. I found some amazing pictures of how birds trying to move on the surface of the water that look like green pudding. In this image, I have noticed interesting twirl lines behind the birds. These lines are very sensitive, they created by the contrast between dark green water and light green algae. Also I really like texture, it seems to be very soft and tender, it is similar to the foam. It makes the water look like the opaque, solid surface. I use these lines in my designs, however the biggest influence of this picture to my project is in colour palette. Because I am excited by thus warm, vibrant light green colour with shades of dirty yellow and dark blue.

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Lorenzo Nanni. Silk Botany- seaweed

Inspired by the algae, I decided to continue my research and I found information that in 2011,the green algae chokes the regents canal. I found some amazing pictures of how birds trying to move on the surface of the water that look like green pudding. In this image, I have noticed interesting twirl lines behind the birds. These lines are very sensitive, they created by the contrast between dark green water and light green algae. Also I really like texture, it seems to be very soft and tender, it is similar to the foam. It makes the water look like the opaque, solid surface. I use these lines in my designs, however the biggest influence of this picture to my project is in colour palette. Because I am excited by thus warm, vibrant light green colour with shades of dirty yellow and dark blue.

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Marina Sawa. Algaerium

This incredible artwork explains the colour creation through the chain that's based on the biology and organic faculty of the algae and light to come up with the chain reaction.

Through the photosynthesis this machine got different shades of green, yellow, red and purple. It shows how colours can be mixed, which shade made of another. The composition of the whole machine is very unique, it's very clear. It has a big glass Val on top with small, straight tubes coming out, then we can see the interlacement of cables with green(or other colours in a process) water inside that will end up in glass circle. I really like how this cables connected and that together they create very natural twisted form. This work allows me to add a bit of purple and pink in my work because that colours are produced by the algae. As well I am excited of the collaboration of art and science and one day, I would be very happy to create this collaboration by myself.
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Hanne Friis. Burden, 2014-16

This artwork shows us a texture made of hand dyed wool. So, the texture is probably the most important elements of this work. It seems to be a bit sharply and roughly because it looks as a stone or a part of a mountain. Artist used white, cream, light brown and ochre colours. I like small pieces of silk in this artworks, they add more realistic look. Also I like the forms of this work that look very natural, as real waves, they are very curvy and a bit twisted, the artwork has a lot of wrinkles and fold, which add more volume to the artwork.

I chose this sculpture because it reminds me a dry seaweed or draped fabrics. It inspired me to work with draping more and using opposite materials in a way that shows their harmony either than contrast.
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Hanne Friis. The Juice from the trees, 2015-16

Another work by this artist made of silk velvet.
I love draping, wrinkles and folds that create an enormous volume of this artwork. I chose this sculpture because each small fold reminds me how seaweed or other parasite plant are growing in the surface of something else. I like the calmness of colour change: from warm dark brown to the light cold creamy colour. I think that very small wrinkles create interesting texture and make me to think how differently this work looks like in close up and from the distance. And of course, I couldn't miss the silk velvet, I am just in love with its texture and how it works when draping. I think that I have added much more draping elements to my work inspired by this installation.
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algae

I found a page of drawing in a very old encyclopedia. I have noted the calm green colour that truly conveys the underwater lighting. I want to highlight that on the page we can see only green colours but how different they are. I like the quality and technique of drawings, which are created in a very academic way. Also it helps me to understand the structure of the real algae and seaweed.

In addition I have researched the real algae types to understand, which one will suite my project more. They all are quite similar, I like their wavy shapes, which remind me of an Italian pasta. Also they have a bit different texture in a dry way, it's uneven and seems to be very fragile, while in the wet condition they are just similar to hair. 

 

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Ronnan Bouroullec Algue

This artwork shows algae in the most accurate and tiny way. It is the first work that escaping from the messy representation of this plan thus it is less realistic but still work well because it conveys the little shapes and silhouettes of algae. Also this work has a practical pint of view as a decoration at home and selling for that use. I love tiny lines and small balls at their ends. I think that it creates very unique pattern in air and sometimes we cannot understand if this image is flat or not.

This work inspired me to create tiny embroidery for my final piece, I small wire and fantasy films, so it looks clean and fresh.
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Rebeca Horn

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Matthew Barney

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Regent's Canal. observation

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algae. observation

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regent's canal algae

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Lorenzo Nanni. Silk Botany

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Lorenzo Nanni. Silk Botany- seaweed

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Marina Sawa. Algaerium

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Hanne Friis. Burden, 2014-16

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Hanne Friis. The Juice from the trees, 2015-16

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algae drawings in an English encyclopedia

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seaweed

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Ronnan Bouroullec

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regents canal

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