Artist Research-informing my practical ideas and developing my artworks/designs

The food for thought unit was based on artist research, learning about the different art movements across history, gallery visits, retrieving primary and secondary information and creating transcription pieces… All are which written about in previous blog posts, here are some photos from this unit

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My last practical task done for this unit, I set a mini project for myself which was to do a mini response to one of Elleri Mills is pieces. Which my eyes were instantly drawn to. With Elleri Mills is work it was based on landscapes in India, so for my piece I decided to base it off a photograph of a landscape I took back in September when i was on holiday in Cyprus. Which is shown below

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For my piece I decided to focus on colour and the use of different kind of stitching instead of getting an accurate landscape. I hand dyed the fabric which I really enjoyed doing and I really let myself go in this mini project I did. Here is the finished result

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And to close up this unit we had to write a comparison of two artworks of are choice: I decided to choose the Woman at the Window do to the extensive research I had previously done and the Weeping Woman also by Picasso. I decided to go for both pieces by Pablo Picasso because I knew there was plenty of information about Picasso and the pieces online. Weeping Woman 1937 by Pablo Picasso 1881-1973After researching the weeping woman I was amazed at how one pieces of art had so much background and story to it and has made me look at the piece of art in a completely different way . The piece was Pablo Picasso’s response to the bombing of Guernica. When writing are comparison we had to consider each element of both pieces the colours,expression,meaning, shapes, shadow. We also had to consider the differences between both pieces…

Drawing a conclusion to the food for thought unit- artist research 🙂

 

 

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Pablo Picasso- Woman at the window 1952

After researching art movement we liked as part of Mike’s research skills unit, we had to look into an artist that was part of the art movement which was Cubism and I decided on the artist Pablo Picasso. After focusing on the artist we had chosen we had to choose a pieces from the artist that we liked and I went with Woman at the window 1952. I was drawn to this print straight i liked the abstracted element to it and the fact it isn’t perfect, with the slanted eye.

I found it very interesting researching into the background of this artwork, I found out that the woman in this Gilot was Pablo Picasso’s partner and was used as the subject of his piece which Picasso was known for using his countless partners as his subjects for his paintings/prints. As part of this task we had to analysis the piece of artwork we had chosen

History, summary of piece and methods in making of the woman at the window

Woman at the window piece analysis

I did struggle a little with analysing the pieces because I found it hard to find where to start but eventually did start. Some of my comments are in Welsh.

After completing the artwork pieces breakdown we had to pic out key elements we liked in the picture and then we had to recreate that piece we focused on

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I decided to close up on the face  because that was the first part of the artwork that i was drawn to, due to the dark use of lines on the face with a little spots on the face with white  from where the light hits. I enjoyed this tasks i found it a little difficult to get started on but after i overcame i really enjoyed the task. I then created a full size piece of Picasso pieces both a sketch and a mono print.

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I’m very pleased with how they both turned out, the sketch is unfinished but it is coming along it is quiet difficult to do the hands . I’m supper pleased with how the print has turned out I usually struggle to create prints due to the fact it can be a messy process and if you make a mistake it isn’t easy to remove. For the print i did a dry-point.

The last practical task for the research skills unit was a transcription piece I decided to use my dad as my subject and I drew him from three different profiles. I tried to keep to the use of dark lines and placing the eye centre to mimic Picasso’s style.

Small transcription of Pablo Picasso-Woman at the window 1952

Here is a photography of my sketchbook page of a first draft of my transcription piece, I’m really happy with how it’s turned out I enjoyed this task i found it very freeing where i was able to do mistakes, and go crazy with the end result. Which i don’t normally do i always strive for perfection, that not always achieve able. I’m still yet to finish my Final transcription piece, I will update the blog with the finished piece

A trip down to Ruthin Craft Centre

On Monday we travelled down to Ruthin Craft Centre, to gather photographs and to do some observational drawing of the incredible art pieces. At the Craft Centre there were three galleries that were open to view. In the first gallery: Indian threads textile inspiration pieces were displayed, Second gallery displayed Ingrid Murphy-The Language of Clay pieces and lastly gallery number three had about 30+ pieces of David Frith and Margaret Frith’s ceramics work which was also available to buy.

Gallery number one: India Threads-textile inspiration…

As we walked into the  gallery my eyes were automatically drawn to Eleri Mills artwork. Eleri Mills is a welsh artitist.  Her artwork is based of beautiful landscapes in India, Eleri Mills travelled to India her time in India was spent at the Sanskriti Foundation in New Delhi and in Uttarakhan, near the Himalayan foothills. She didn’t take any material with all the pieces were created with materials readily to hand in India, this helped her developed new processes and techniques in making her work. Applying layers onto khadi paper and calico, and using Indian inks, gesso and silken threads, I find each of Eleri’s piece meaningful and also full of vibrancy.

‘I went to India with an open mind. I deliberately left my usual tools and material behind and embraced the raw materials available to me there…’

‘Nothing could have prepared me for sucb a significant artistic and personal journey…’

-Eleri Mills

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Here is a slideshow of some of my favourite pieces of Eleri Mills is artwork.

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I find each of thees pieces of artwork incredibly beautiful, I love the use of different type of stitches and the mixture of different colour of thread which draws your eye to different parts of the piece…

Julia Griffiths Jones artwork was also displayed in the first gallery. Through out her days in India she drew, sketched they captured moments, places. Whilst in India she visited the legendary Calico Museum in Ahmedabad this lead her to create more sketches each almost jumping of the page.  She turned her drawings to create intriguing pieces of wire work. Also she turned section of her drawings onto swathes of cloth, She dipped papers into dye when in India than she printed her drawings onto tones of indigo, madder red and turmeric yellow. Through out Julia Griffiths Jones work are usually vibrant colours and cultural motifs .

‘I dipped my papers in the indigo dye vat and never looked back’

-Julia Griffiths Jones 

जूलिया ग्रिफिथ्स जोन्स

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Here are some of Julia metal pieces

each pieces was inspired by the culture of India with how the women would keep their sentimental item/items they have been given over the year in a tiffin box…

Here are photographs of a couple other art pieces i enjoyed in gallery number one:

Laura Thomas-After Kachchh. Made with Nylon monofilament and hand-spun kachchh wool
Louise Tucker-Hammered Vessel. Ebonised oak with nails
Rajiben M Vankar- Old songs. Handwoven recycled plastic bags and audio tape with nylon wrap
Champa Siju- Shifting horizon (series of titles.) Handwoven camel wool, sheep wool and Kalak cotton

Rajiben M. Vankar-Life in colour 3. hand-woven recycled plastic bags and biscuit wrappers, salvaged acrylic fibres with nylon wrap

Gallery number two…

In the second gallery the language of clay. It displayed Ingrid Murphy’s work the seen and unseen. the Seen and Unseen is an exhibition that is meant to leaving the audience asking questions, uncovering stories and making connections. Justine Allison and Kate Haywood work was also displayed. For each of the artists primarily use clay. Ingrid combines her ceramics with myriad component parts, many hidden in plain sight , whilst Kate’s ceramics is often partnered with the rich textiles. Justine’s practice bring precious porcelain vessels that captures the light beautifully

I found the second gallery very strange but still extremely interesting, The first think that caught my eye was the Ceramaphone I found it very interesting and i had never seen anything like it before… here a link video of Ceramaphone playing

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I was amazed with how the Ceramaphone worked – with the clay pieces.

Here are some of the pieces i found i liked the best.

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Lastly in Gallery number 3 displayed David Frith & Margaret Frith. I found each of the Ceramic pieces absolutely stunning each pieces with their own unique touch to them. The couple have been doing pottery for 55 years. They have exhibited their work all over the world  in countless galleries, Not only do they create stunning ceramic work they also teach courses from their studio in Denbigh to ceramic students . The exhibition at the Ruthin Craft Centre showcases their work in the year that celebrates their 75th birthday. I find it absolutely inspiring with their dedication to the art.

Here are some of the pieces from the gallery…

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I was drawn to the big plate and the vase the most , I fell in love with the beautiful red pattern on the middle of the plate and the spot effect on the edge of the plate. With each pieces were are able to stay they are made with love and care.  I also sketched the plate and vase as seen below:

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Introduction

Hello my name is Rebecca and welcome to my new art blog. I’m currently studying art and design level 3 at Park Menai , Bangor, Wales in the United Kingdom. I have a keen interest in textile and illustration and also photography.

 

I am excited to display all the mixture of media piece, techniques and styles that i have learnt/learning over the next couple of years