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

 

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.

MKFN 48 Hour Film Challenge 2016

This challenge was introduced into Milton Keynes by the Milton Keynes Film Network MKFN) and held 15th-17th July with this year’s theme as Superheros. It’s designed to get young and amateur filmmakers to create a short film in a tight time frame. Each group was assigned a line and an object of which had to be introduced in the film.

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I worked with Cinebites, the group, with Carl Mason as the Producer. There were many others on this team including: Jack Shelbourn (Cinematographer), Paul Fairey (Sound Recordist), Isabella Larter (Makeup Artist), Sian Harding (Costume Designer), Alex Sutton (Screenwriter), Lewis Thompson (Camera Operator / 1st A.C) and me, Nicole Farmer (2nd Assistant Camera).

It was my job. in this role as 2nd A.C, to be the clapper; this was to ensure I kept track of every slate and take we were doing when in action. I then had to write on the clapperboard this information, stand in front of the camera, call out was written and clap the board. Doing this made it a lot easier to edit at the end as there are many clips that are shot.

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The idea is that it’s set in the ‘interior of a dark and dusky garage. There is a chair in the centre of the room. A man occupies the chair. He’s chained up and unable to escape. The man is renowned superhero, BLACK BULLET.‘ This is all focused on an interrogation scene between two characters; one being Black Bullet (played by Chris Hughes) and the other being Detective Glover (Rudy Barrow). It takes the idea that in classic superhero movies, the hero does all it takes to save one person- even if that means knocking down buildings and destroying everything around them to do so. We wanted to show a scene where the police’s voices were heard and what they would say about the superhero; Black Bullet is captive for about 4 days and this scene shows the final result.

Here’s the film that was created:

I had a lot of fun getting involved in this film, even with its challenges (as it was my first time being in a film set environment) and would love to work with all these people again in the future. I want to thank Carl Mason for the opportunity for me to get involved in this project and do hope they’ll be more projects coming up.

Coming soon….

Some behind the scenes, that was captured by Joe Thompson, from the making of this film

GCSE Food Project

Recently, I re-discovered my piece I created for one of my GCSE projects labelled Food. I got an A in this specific module.

I experimented with the movement and explosion of food and it’s colour. This was my final piece experiments. I used a mallet and hammer to smash the fruit and used a slow motion cam to catch the moments on film.

I then presented the watermelon on the ground in specific positions to take a few photographs in a still motion. I then used these primary photographs to create a final piece completed with a multitude of media. Oil paints, acrylic, watercolour and melted crayon were all combined to create this final piece.

I loved this project as it allowed my imagination to go crazy and made me go outside of my comfort zone in making a mess, to create a whole new idea that I’ve never done before. I would love to explore the experimentation of destruction to create art in the future.

 

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My Final Piece

 

Comparing VOGUE Covers from 1920’s to 20th Century

This was a piece that was incorporated in my recent A Level ‘Spirit of Art Deco’ Exam project. This was to compare the differences and similarities of Vogue covers over time.

I started with the date my project is based on (1920) and found it was very illustrating based in its style. I then looked at 1940 where it was still heavily illustrative inspired but the side text on the front covers started to appear and there was a more realistic approach to the style. The next was the 60s where it had taken a massive jump to photographs and its recognisable font and appearance that we see today.

This whole piece was done with watercolour and ink using a range of sizes of paintbrushes to create techniques from realistic skin textures to fine lines for the fonts.

My favourite is the 1940s one because I feel this shows off my skill the best and enjoy how the layout out is presented on the page.

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1920, 1940, 1960, 2016

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My favourite

Art Deco Patterns

I decided to play around with Art Deco patterns more and see how they can be incorporated into an illustration piece.

The first two patterns are from secondary sources, printed from the internet but the last is painted by myself. They all are created using watercolours; the thin black lines are made using highly pigmented watercolour and a size 0 brush to get small, smooth, controlled lines.

I like these pieces a lot and would like to work more in this style as I think it’s similar to my own map idea (earlier post) so is quite original and it’s also fun to work with.

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Printed pattern, done with watercolours

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Printed pattern, done with watercolours

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Self-created pattern, done with watercolours

 

Developed Art Deco Illustration

This was a development I made to my last art deco style with illustration. I focused more on the face due to inspiration from the artist: Katie Rodgers.

I still ran with the idea of making it Art Deco using patterns instead of the fashion during the 1920s. I really like how these turned out and want to work more in this style and with these different medias like watercolour and ink and also fabric.

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Primary image inspiration, using watercolour and ink

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Done on Fabric with watercolour and felt pen

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Secondary image from fashion magazines, using watercolour

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Secondary image from fashion magazines, using watercolour