Thread Studies

This is some experimentation during a Portaiture project where I discovered different ways to portray contours on the face using a variety of methods. I used both threads and fineliner pens to create these effects and positions them in a way which complimented the face.
Through the duration of the project, I used colour and tone to define the contours of the face and tried to represent this here also.
I enjoyed creating these peices as it was a new way of working and allowed me to mix media I usually wouldnt; this discovery has lead me to a decision that I would like to take it further into another art piece on a larger scale. I would want to experiment with the mixed media one which incorperates both the fineliner and threads as I feel this is the strongest, most interesting of the 4.
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berry trolley

This is a spread of 2 A3 pieces created with the technique of etching and incorperates real fruit juices and ink.
The reason for my art was contributing to the idea of the waste of food from us as a culture and how it’s an ongoing problem which needs to be fixed, worldwide.
This is created by using inks to etching into the A3 cartridge paper and calico fabric whilst then adding  real fruit juices and bits as an explosion to represent the destruction of food of which we buy and how this is a pointless routine.
These pieces (being a part of my project) have a background meaning and inspiratioon behind them, also.
I watched a BBC1 documentry called: Hugh’s War on Waste. This is the stepping stone of which I used to influence my art. The documentry puts into persepective about how much we waste, why we are doing it and how we need to stop it; I wanted to explore ways in which I could present this inforamtion in art form- this meant both in stats, imagery and literal sense.
I really enjoy both these pieces I created but I would like to expand these, to create a multitude of them as I think they would work nicely as a collection.
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Lady’s Back

I had learnt a lot whilst taking my Life Drawing class and wanted to extend my learning in my spare time. After class I would experiment with papers and textures of which I wouldn’t whilst I was there and to also try and help develop my discovery for my own style.

This is done on plastic sheets with a coloured tint and a black, thin marker pen.

These 2 sheets are layered on top of one and other the incorporate the outline and shadows from the mark making. I enjoy these pieces both apart and together as it shows simplicity but also detail; I also found that I very much enjoyed working with marker and felt tips as a result of this piece.img_1914

bags

These are a couple of a few bags I have designed and made for my current project of waste and food.
One is inspired by the artist John Chirstie, who is a clear influence on style, and presents the natural colours and beauty of characteristics in grown, untampered food.
The other of an original idea of how we ruin and tear apart what is perfectly good; the bags I create have a meaning whether it be through typography or imagery.
These are both done with ‘Inktense’ Ink pencils which are activiated by water and stain the fabric to ensure the safety of what I paint and draw with them.
I enjoy coming up with these ideas and creating them on canvas bags which can be used and I could potentially use a target market to create a little profit for my art whilst also raising awareness.
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Biro Studies

These are some organised studies where I used brio pen to create shadows and highlights across peices of home grown fruit and veg and store bought, also. I assembled the food this way to create a different aproach to observational drawings; this made it interesting to both draw and look at.

I really like these pieces and feel this is building my skills and current project up with detailed drawings and practise on skill before experiments.

Printing

For these experiments, I used actual fruit, cut in half, to press onto a page. This transferred the ink I put on there onto the paper; this created some varied effects especially when I layered the colours and used a multitude of colours.

I then wanted to use actual fruit juices onto a different piece of fruit. I called this confused fruits to convey the meaning of fruits being manufactured to taste and look different to what they would naturally be. I like the way all these prints turned out.

Organic Studies

I started my project with exploring and developing studies of organic and real produce and nature. I was fascinated to find out the multiple ingredients that were composed into one meal or snack. As an audience, we only discover what is advertised to us rather than seeing for ourselves what really goes into making what we eat.

I used natural resources as a focus point for experimenting with a range or media; this is because It was simple enough to replicate to show a contrast between these medias but detailed enough to discover what works best for the different textures.

These are some of my studies which I completed using biro and coloured pencils then transferred those drawings into etching plates to print with.

 

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Organic Studies with Biro and coloured pencil and pepper with felt pen

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Using felt pen and markers on top of transparent sheets of coloured plastic

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Biro studies transferred into etchings

 

Young Film Academy

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I enrolled in The Young Film Academy summer school, where I learned how to handle full film equipment and use Final Cut Pro software to achieve multiple effects. I began to understand practicalities and challenges of making a film; different roles, and the value of a strong storyline with creative flare. The course culminated in the creation of a professional short, a team effort I’m proud of.

We learnt skills over a couple days and the rest of the week was used to create a storyline, setting, script, use the cameras to record the piece and edit it ready for the film showing on the Sunday.

I thouroughly enojyed myself in this learning experience, creating a film and also interacting with new people I met during my stay. Looking back, I can notice and evaluate many points and elements I would develop or altur but having only a few days to create this along with multiple opinons from the team, I believe this project is something we can all be very proud of.

Link to the final movie:

 

This is the making and behind the scenes of this film. This was also created by us within the time limit that we had:

Consume

The keyword ‘consume’ led me to think about the physical action of consuming food, as humans, along with the effects and problems which come alongside it.

As a country and world we never truly look into how we consume and waste our food that’s being grown, produced and sold to us. The food produced for our consumption is grown locally on farms and gardens but also on huge mass production scales which are shipped and transported to our doorsteps. This massive market gives us an opportunity to gain a varied diet in which we may not have without this business but we fail to realise we are wasting much more of this than we should be.

Many people and things are involved in this never ending chain of events; from the farmers growing our crops and only a fraction being consumed by the public, the thousands of animals being slaughtered just to be wasted and our materialistic minds having no realisation on how our waste is affecting the world around us and what good our waste could do to someone else.

In this project, I want to focus on the food waste in which we fail to consume, the food made for us but we reject and the overall review of what needs to be done about this overbearing, dominating problem we are all responsible for.

I beganpicture1 my research with a basic search engine which led me to websites and articles on where we gain our produce from, which countries and what food is being transported. As a country, we receive our food produce from all over the world including countries like Spain, Italy, China, India, Caribbean, USA, New Zealand and much more.

I found these stats to explain the massive reliance we have on the world to feed us: 27 countries accounted for 90% of supply of all food, 24 accounted for 90% of fruit and vegetable supply, 4 accounted for 90% of meat and meat preparation supply, 4 accounted for 90% of dairy product and bird’s egg supply and 11 accounted for 90% of supply of cereals and cereal preparations (including rice).

This means there is a 50% chance that what you’re eating isn’t grown in the UK; 165 countries make up a significant portion of our food imports and the fact we are wasting a huge section of this produce makes it so much worse.

We are all at blame for the extensive amount of waste that’s generated every year; whether that’s the supermarkets and their strict cosmetic standards or the public in their household. It’s estimated that we throw away over 50% of our food in our household- that’s 7 million tonnes of food and drink every year. We have gotten so used to having everything put on a plate for us and anything that we need there for us that we have failed to realise that throwing away the food that’s simply ‘in the way’ is not economically viable.

My future work, for this project, will lead me in the direction of refelcting this problem in my art and experimenting with different styles to convey it in the best possible way.