Printmaking Again!

So I really wanted to have another go at printmaking already and after looking at the work of Alexander McQueen I had plenty of ideas bouncing around my head that I had to get out. I used similar imagery from my first design, for this one because I was happy with the quality of them…

Alexander McQueen

One of the artists suggested to me was Alexander McQueen, a British fashion designer that won several awards for his work. It was suggested that I look to his work for inspiration on the transition of languages. The main thing that struck me first was his work with Damien Hirst, I already appreciate patterns greatly and this…

Printmaking. 3

I went into the printmaking workshop with next to no experience in the practice, I didn’t know what to expect but I found that the process was actually really relaxing and although you could just print out something on paper with a printer, I began to see how the process allows you to experiment more…

Printmaking. 2

In the following stage I needed to manipulate my vector images, for this I used Illustrator firstly to generate a layout. Morris’ prints tend to be continuous if not symmetrical and so to capture this effect I simply designed just one half which I could then mirror on the other side. In this design (I…

Printmaking. 1

I haven’t posted in a short while as I’ve been busy with preparing to print my own William Morris inspired pieces. I’ve got a lot of photos and buildup work to show for this so I’m going to split it into several blog posts to break it up a bit and illustrate my creative process. So…

William Morris

Within the brief I have been presented with for the certificate stage of my MA, I have been asked to look at the work of William Morris. Morris was many things in the 18th century, he was mainly a textiles designer associated with the British Arts and Crafts Movement, he contributed to the revival of…

Your Prison – Alexander Brodsky

Whilst researching Russian prisons and artwork, I came across this piece by a Russian architect known as Alexander Brodsky. He’s famous for his narrative works on the brink between different disciplines. His production is usually about questioning and challenging ways of living through interpretations of the space or taking critical viewpoints on Russian cities throughout time….

Interior Surfaces – Field Trip

Yesterday we travelled to the lovely city of Sheffield, I love the city and its architecture especially in the main city centre. Even the office buildings are decent to gaze at as the train comes in! But back on topic, we went to see the main man there and he showed us around the factory…

Russian Vases

As another large part of my research is based on Russian Prisons and more specifically, the secret system of tattoos within (which I will write a post on soon), I have begun to look at traditional Russian pottery. I think it’ll be useful to know this so when I am possibly creating my own ceramics,…

Droog – Family Vase

I was introduced to a conceptual design company known as Droog whose mantra reads as: We focus on matters that affect society and its people. The process is key. Our work is anti-disciplinary. And the outcome can be anything that contributes to society. Anyway the main point of this blog post is to highlight one…

Barnaby Barford

The porcelain work of Barnaby Barford has also been a part of my research into ceramics, his porcelain work takes objects with a long history of social propriety which have been juggled to become jarring or inappropriate. The brilliance of this is that he has managed to capture well known characters and personas in an…

Grayson Perry

I have highlighted the artist Grayson Perry as part of my research due to his fantastic pottery work. The work I am observing is his pottery work due to the designs he applies to them. From a distance they could pass for a casual decorative piece however on closer inspection you may see more than…