Information File: Week 1

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Research Task: One

The first task involved roaming the CSM building to find relevant things to the list of words. Here are images from around the building which have the relevant words above them. I then used these pictures to assist with expressive drawings. 

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Repeat

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Repeat: When I was looking for relevant images, one of the first things I saw was the set of lockers outside of our studio space. These lockers instantly reminded me of the word 'repeat' because of the way that each of them is exactly the same. 

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Glass

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Glass: I looked at glass doors and windows, but when I took a picture it was never ovbious that it was glass. This is from the third floor of the building, looking up at the structured glass ceiling. This ceiling gives so much light and I love how it curves.

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Pattern

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Pattern: Finding a pattern somewhere in the building was another one which was not too difficult. Although there were patterns  on walls, in the shop and on the floors, I liked this pattern which Lauren was wearing. I have taken this image to inspire my quick drawing, which created using pencil.

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Metal

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Metal: There was various amounts of metal around the building; but I found these lifts most interesting because of the way they looked as if they have an almost corrugated texture.

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Obscure

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Obscure: This shows a window on the inside of the building which disguises the interior of the room with a netted curtain. This reminded me of the word 'obscure' because it is not completely clear or obvious.

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Pleat

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Pleat: Although it's not an actual pleat, this vent on the wall in our studio space has the same shapes as a pleated fabric would. I liked the idea that this isn't actually pleated but does relate indirectly. 

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Knit

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Knit: It was difficult finding something in the building that was knitted other than something that was on someone! So here I have taken an image of a class mate's jumper. In my expressive drawings, I have altered the colouring of this image. 

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Clay

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Clay: The bricks that make up walls have clay in them. I like the patterns that bricks make and so I have used this for the word from the list 'clay'.

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Rubber

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Rubber: Seeing this tyre, my first thought was of the word 'rubber' on the list. I am interested in the marks on the tyre and the sollid texture of it. 

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Print

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Print: Similarly to metal, there was several objects that related to print around the building, including people's clothing. I used this word to match a piece of fabric which was laid out just outside of the shop that morning. I liked this because it reminded me of foot steps and I liked the simplicity of it.

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Wood

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Wood: We had to find approximately 15 images relating to the list. Wood was a simple one to find as it was panelled on several walls. I definitely wanted to use this because I like to exaggerate the wood grain when drawing it.

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Hair

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Hair: Again using Lauren, she has used the air dryer in the toilets to manipulate her hair. It was difficult to capture; but here you can see the slight knotted areas that the wind is making rather than just straight hair.

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Research Task: Two

Over this weekend, we have been given the task to research words from the list further. There were various blocks on the list and we had to pick one word from each block to research. Here are images that have been used in my research which will help with my work throughout my sketchbook.

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Meadham Kirchhoff

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Meadham Kirchhoff: On the list, Meadham Kirchhoff is one of the practitioners. These are two men, named Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff who met when studying at Central Saint Martins. Edward studied womenswear whilst Benjamin studied menswear. They founded this label in 2006, creating designs which they describe as 'having a handwriting rather than a signature style'. I love their work and how they use different themes to inspire their designs. Above (top) are two shots from their Spring/Summer 2012 collection. This collection is feminine and fun, with balloons on set and fluffy/glittery garments. Below this is an image backstage of the Autumn/Winter 2014 show. I have used this image to create an illustration on my research page in my sketchbook. 

Meadham Kirchhoff may inspire my future work through colour and theme. I may take the excitement of their collections and try to recreate this in my work. Information from www.britishfashioncouncil.co.uk and www.businessoffashion.com, images from Vogue website.

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Stone

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Stone: Whilst researching stone, I was at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Here I was looking at sandstone sculptures. This particular one is from Central India, it's the 'Sanchi Torso'. Stone is a material which has been used for centuries when creating art work. Limestone, marble and soapstone aare types which yeild more readily to the sculptor's chisel; however, granite is more difficult to carve but it is more durable over time. Information from V&A Museum.

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Feather: At the V&A Museum, in the fashion area, there is this orange garment. It is a Voisin evening dress from 1925. Made in Paris, it's silk with beading on the fringing. It's accompanied by an ostrich feather fan. The following dress, is from the 50's by Pierre Balmain. It's made from silk, ostrich feathers, beading and rhinestones. I like how the use of these feathers adds elegance to the garments, I could perhaps include this type of elegance in future work. 

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Andreas Gursky

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Andreas Gursky: a German photographer who is recognised for his images that show coloured landscapes, which are often from a high point of view. He often works with urban environments, e.g. above, this image was taken in Paris 1993. I enjoy the way he captures images from everyday environments (such as this block of flats above), but also looks at amazing natural landscapes. I could somehow involve this in future work by looking at both natural and urban environments. Information and images from www.artnet.com and www.whitecube.com

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Stefan Sagmeister

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Stefan Sagmeister: Among today's most important graphic designers, Austria born, Stefan Sagmeister is now based in New York. Above, are images of posters for AIGA lectures. In the one of his naked body, a friend of his carved details onto his torso using an X-acto knife and then the result was photographed. This poster symbolises Stefan's way of working. He makes humorous pieces that are sometimes unsettling. His work mixes sexuality with wit and a whiff of sinister. The strength of the work comes from his ability to cenceptualise and to come up with original yet appropiate ideas. Information and images are sourced from the Design Museum website.

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Paper

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Paper: Looking into paper art I have found Yulia Brodskaya who is a paper artist and illustrator. She carefully rolls or bends paper to make vibrant 3D pieces. Above, is a piece which obviously shows details on rolled and bent paper to make an amazing image of a face. The details of her work intrigue me as they are so intricate and carefully placed. Paper is a commonly used medium in art and here she uses it so that it is almost unrecognisable. I enjoy working with paper and perhaps will invlove her techniques in my work in the future. Information and image from www.artyulia.com/index.php/art/4

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Bone

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Bone: When researching 'bone', I came across a website which had photographs of the evolution of skulls on it, taken by Andreas Feininger. The purpose was to show what death ultimately leaves behind. 'Design is a funny, marvelous, sometimes unsettling thing — especially when evolution itself is the designer.' - Andreas Feininger. Information from - http://life.time.com/culture/lovely-bones-photos-of-animal-skulls-and-skeletons/#1

Within this category, I also looked at clothing with bones in them, such as corsets, or dresses from the 18th Century. I was looking at a dress in the V&A Museum . This dress (above) has bones in it to shape the garment. 

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Amplify

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Amplify: Walking around the exhibition at the V&A Museum, Disobedient Objects, I saw this showing of the Guerrilla Girls. They are feminist artists who raise awareness about how women are under appreciated through quirky art and walking around in these costumes. This relates to amplify, because they are amplifying the awareness of a problem, which I find very interesting. I like the way that they do it, because they do it in an unusual way which grabs attention. I could take inspiration from their work by conveying an important message.

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Daniel Eatock

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Daniel Eatock: Has knowledge on graphic design; but his recent work employs logical, rational and pragmatic approaches. He has an interest in problem solving and likes to create art which builds a question, as if the work itself is the answer. One of his projects is called 'Photo of the Week'. I find this an original project because he takes images of mundane, every day objects; but makes them seem as if they have more to it, that they are something exciting. For example, the photograph above is week 6 of this project. It's called 'Dying Dead End Sign'. He adds irony to images which you would not normally see irony in. I like the way his mind works in the sense that he looks for something that when highlighted is obvious, but beforehand, you wouldn't have looked twice. I would like to use his work as inspiration by taking something so basic and making it something which is far more exciting. Information and images from www.eatock.com

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Henrik Vibskov

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Henrik Vibskov: Not only associated with fashion design, Henrik Vibskov is also a passionate musician and a stage designer. His designs have now established a signature style that is recognisable in all the disciplines that he works in. He has created 26 mens and later women's collections in fashion design. His work is showcased at Paris Men's Fashion Week. His work often takes a colourful, vibrant approach. When colour is not used, the work is alwayseye catching and original in shapes and form. Information and images from book - Henrik Vibskov/edited by Henrik Vibskov and Alastair Philip Wipe, and Henrik Vibskov official website.

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Ink

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Ink: When researching 'ink', I looked at a book in the CSM library called 'Fresh Ink'. This book shows artists who work with ink in their own style, and it shows the outcomes of each style. One of my favourites was Arnold Chang. He is known for his landscape ink pieces. He uses ink and colour on paper. When I use ink, I think of it as an expressive medium and more often than not would use it to create marks and lines rather than an intricate design. Therefore, I enjoy how Arnold Chang uses ink to create something quite the opposite of expressive as the marks are tight and the overall image is realistic. Information from Fresh Ink book.

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Hang

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Hang: When I read 'hang', I first thought of art hanging on walls or from different things. In the V&A Museum there are several wall hangings. Above, is a wall hanging in the museum which is cotton embroidered with silk thread, from Ashburnham House in Sussex. I  Like the patterns in this wall hanging, and it also relates to the words on the list 'repeat' and 'pattern'. 

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Cover

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Cover: When i read 'cover', I first thought of covering the body with garments. I therefore looked at coats in the V&A Museum. Above is one coat from the museum which is from 1885, made from silk and trimmed velvet. I love this coat because of its old fashioned style and how it looks so sophisticated. 

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