Friday, 19 December 2014

Chanel Metiers d'Art 2014/15 SALZBURG

A bit late but here are my favourites from the Chanel Metiers d'Art 2014/15 collection in Salzburg. There's also a short film Lagerfeld put together involving Cara Delevigne and Pharrell Williams but I didn't think much of it. You can see it here (x) It tells the story of how Coco Chanel visits Salzburg and meets a lift boy in the hotel, she likes his jacket and takes this as inspiration for the iconic Chanel jacket. However I LOVED the collection, all the detailing is so stunning and you can really appreciate how much time has been put into the making of it especially with all of the embellishment. 
The little scene on the left is my favourite. Great colours and lovely light fabrics contrasting with strong textures.
A lot of texture and detailing. Everything has been thought about and it's all so carefully placed. I also think the creases left in the fabric gives it a really nice touch (right.)

You can watch the full show here (x)

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Design for Digital

Recent uni work
Flowers and birds
My uni work has been annoying me so much recently because it's not been going how I want it to, thankfully I created something pretty good today (refer to top image) after many failed attempts. Painting the flowers helped because it brought in so much more texture and I decided to use photographs instead of my drawings so I think it's getting better! I just need to do lots more experimenting. And I really need to switch up my choices in colour because I feel like I stick to the same colour scheme time and time again. This whole Photoshop module is becoming a bit of strain rather than an enjoyment and to be honest, part of me can't wait till it ends. The second piece isn't related to uni however it sort of goes very well with the 18th century turned modern theme. It's something I made for a competition although I haven't submitted it yet because I'm a bit nervous about the whole thing. I'm a bad loser; I cried because I didn't get the grade I wanted on Art Foundation and I take things very personally especially when it comes to my own work. I'M SENSITIVE OK. (and I need to work on that.) 
(found on tumblr)
I can always rely on my friend to give me music recommendations and this is the latest band I've grown fond of. They're really gloomy but it's rather nice to listen to especially when I've been sat on Photoshop for hours on end. Dreamy and weird. 6 days till Christmas.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Feeling Christmassy

This drawing I did pretty much sums up how I'm feeling because it's only 11 days till Christmas!!!! Holy shit I hope I'm ready, I've spent so much money Christmas shopping and over thinking all the presents, a part of me thinks I've forgotten something important. 
Geoffrey Preston
Jo Taylor
Today I visited the Harley Gallery (x) and saw the work by sculptor Geoffrey Preston (x). He specialises in decorative plaster work which is curved and graceful, like the decorative styles of the 18th century (great for my project). They have been purposely made to fit that sort of style however which isn't as exciting, although in the little shop I found ceramist Jo Taylor (x) whose work (to me) almost looks likes she's taken these forms, broken them up and pieced them back together again to create something new- the sort of thing I'm looking for!
Dean Lucker (Woodlucker - Source)
Ann Wood (Woodlucker - Source)
Some beautiful pieces I found on Instagram this week by a team called 'Woodlucker' (x) Ann and Dean run this collaborative partnership together and they're stuff is SO lovely. Admittedly, the first thing which caught my eye were the mechanical pieces and you can see them move on their website or their Instagram, which is @woodlucker. I advise that you do because they are amazing pieces of work! The textiles pieces are just as gorgeous and still have the same story telling wonder behind them, which makes them such a fabulous pair and the best artists I've recently found on Instagram. Seriously, go check them out!!
Journal page
Only when I read back do I realise how short my posts are, but those are the best kind! I quite enjoy sharing arty things I've found, I feel like that's the direction this blog is taking, as well as posting my own stuff of course. I can't believe I've nearly reached 200 followers on Bloglovin which is craaaazy and something I definitely don't deserve which how little I update! I'm trying to keep this regular though so thankyou lots!

Friday, 5 December 2014

Christmas in Edinburgh and Amsterdam

Well that went by surprisingly fast. Now I'm back to worrying about uni work and thinking about what food I'm going to have to buy every night on my walk home. On the plus side I finish next Friday and go home on Saturday and that's when Christmas will really begin for me!
Edinburgh Christmas market
Journal page. Left is from the Stedelijk Museum, right is me in my room.
I should probably start with Edinburgh first which was amazing, especially since it was full of Christmas vibes and I got to see my sister for the first time in three months which made me really happy. We went ice skating at Princes Street Gardens and saw Scotch and Soda (a sort of grungy/gypsy inspired show of jazz music and acrobats) at the Spiegeltent which was really really good. To be honest, Edinburgh know how to do Christmas. There's so much going on it's hard not to get into the spirit and I'm quite disappointed that every city doesn't have the same enthusiasm. (Leeds just has a really shitty market.)
The Spiegeltent
Sketchbook. drawings from the Rijksmuseum
Then there's Amsterdam! Beautiful place but extremely cold. It's very artsy as well which was awesome, so many museums and cool shops to look around. Since we had museum cards we tried to visit as many places as possible which included the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk Museum, Van Gogh museum, The Rembrandt House Museum, The Anne Frank House and the Foam photography gallery. SO MUCH ART. My favourite was Stedlijk because right now they had an exhibition from Marlene Dumas, (I hadn't heard of her before this trip but now I love her work,) although Rijksmuseum and the Foam Gallery are great for my current project. I found the Van Gogh museum a little boring but that's due to personal taste, and same with The Rembrandt House. 
Journal. postcard from The Anne Frank House
The Anne Frank House definitely pulled on the heart strings and I did cry a little. Just standing in the secret annex where she told her story, and thinking about the Holocaust in general made me feel so sad, I can't believe something so cruel and evil ever happened. I picked up this postcard from the gift shop, it's a picture of her bedroom wall where she stuck pictures from magazines to make it more homely. That made me cry even more. I haven't read her diary but it's definitely on my list now, I feel like it's a must after visiting the house.
Canal in Amsterdam
I didn't actually visit the red light district but the idea of it never really interested me and I heard that it wasn't as good as the hype anyway. Living in Amsterdam must be great because everyone seems to ride bikes everywhere and there are so many cafes serving hot chocolate with huge pieces of apple pie and it all has a very relaxed atmosphere. I'd definitely go back but only in the summer when the weather's a little kinder. 

Friday, 28 November 2014

Film Swap Results

I had the film developed from the film swap Nora organised a while back in the summer (x), although they didn't seem to work at all which was a bit disappointing. I still got some lovely shots but I was excited to see the double exposure although I guess that's the thing with film- you don't really know what you're going to get. After seeing Nora's results (x) I immediately felt the urge to pick up my film camera and try it for myself again because they're so lovely. I'm a little bit annoyed for not bringing it with me to university, because now I'm actually going places and it would have been really handy to have. 
London with friends ~
(Possibly my favourite shot because of the colours and how the Tower Bridge is just centered in between them all. It makes me miss London a little bit.)
Journaling stuff calms me down zz
From when I went to Edinburgh last year
I'm getting the train to Edinburgh tonight to see my sister and the thing I'm most nervous about is the travelling. I just know how busy and stressful it will be and that's what's bothering me, especially since it'll be near enough a three hour journey. I should stop complaining to be honest and be more excited because I finally get to see my sis after a couple of months and it's going to be so Christmassy there and I can't wait to go ice skating and just see Edinburgh in all it's Christmas glory.
This will be my last post until I get back from Amsterdam next Thursday. Now I should probably do some actual work.

Cold War Kids – Hang Me Up to Dry

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Inspiration: Alexander McQueen, Marie Antoinette...

What if I started blogging everyday? That would be ridiculous and probably impossible. Maybe when I start real life I can do that. I've been sat on Photoshop all day trying to create something 'nice' but it all looks bad and I keep trying to put things off but I can't really do that when I have lots of deadlines. I'm having a little art block I think. The other day I took everything down from my board in my little studio space just so I could start fresh because nothing was inspiring me.
Studio space right now
I actually did research into things I genuinely like (duh, which is what I should have being doing anyway) I think before I was trying to make my work fit something it didn't. I always overthink everything anyway.
Dolce & Gabbana A/W 2012  | Alexander McQueen S/S 2007
Damien Hirst X Alexander McQueen scarf collection, 2013
Nikki Strange (Website)
Marie Antoinette (2006)
So many pretty things. As said in before posts I'm looking more into Rococo so to me that's lots of pastels, detail and exaggeration. The flower dress by McQueen kills me because of the fullness and organic feel. (And it's beautiful.) I also watched Marie Antoinette (2006) for this project and I love the way Sofia Coppola made it her own thing and not some historically accurate representation because it's more of a personal story (I love the characters) rather than fact after fact. She actually got permission to film in the Palace of Versailles (x) which is really really amazing, I can't stop awing over it!

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Inspiration: Movies, McQueen, abstract painting...

The last couple of weeks have been really strange and hard to handle, i'm not sure what it was but I think I'm out of it (for now) which is good. Anyway, hello! My blog has been shoved to the side since I've moved to Leeds which isn't a suprise since I have so much uni work to do. Even when writing this I can't help but think about all the shit I should be doing instead of updating my blog. Like updating my uni blog for instance, which is more important but takes more motivation to actually start because my head is all muddled and everything I've done seems to merge together which is really unhelpful. 
Trainspotting (1996 )
Alexander McQueen, Joan of Arc A/W 1998
Movie watching has multiplied as films always make me feel good and really inspired. I really love the story telling and how it's all combined with sound and music and colour and these characters you can love, hate or empathise with. How can people not like film? HOW??? I watched Filth (2013) the other day starring James McAvoy and wow that hit me hard in the heart and gave me so many goosebumps. (Everything about it is scary but his acting was on point.) -- I just like concepts. Alexander McQueen is one of my favourite artists/designers and when I would say that at interviews they would ask me what pieces I liked, and I agree that his clothes are gorgeous, but the ideas he puts into them, the story he tells and the way he puts on a show is the thing I really really love. Hard to explain when some people don't get it. This has been on my mind a lot recently and I don't know why.
I'm really loving textured abstract stuff at the minute and artists from the 18th century. Trying to paint more (like actually paint, not just for marks) but it's still not for me because I don't have the patience. ((trying not to give up.))
A recent page from my journal
The christmas market in Leeds | I bought a christmas jumper... too early?
Before I got to uni I thought I knew myself but now I'm here there's so much more. What I do know is that I am a good person no matter how many times I think I'm not. And I love living by myself, cooking new things and putting my clothes in the wash without the powder. (I actually did that last week which is really embarrassing.) I can't wait to go home though, but first I have a trip to Edinburgh and then a trip to Amsterdam to get through... I am going to be so tired from all of the travelling but it will be worth it!

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Design for Digital

We've started our digital module at uni with the theme of  the 18th century. I decided to look into the Rococo style, and I admired the over top interiors and artists who enjoyed painting the 'every day life' (which gave me the idea to draw and focus on people.) I also love working on Photoshop- I self taught myself and I've used it for about 5 years now, which makes the workshops a drag to be in. I have my crit tomorrow and I can't help feel like I'm doing something wrong but I'm also stuck with what to do next.  The two above are designs I've put together in the last couple of days and I'm proud of them but I just need to see what my tutor thinks. I need some sort of criticism, or maybe just a hint that I'm going in the right direction. 

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Update, Temple Newsam Visit

  •  My iphone has become a savior for me because carrying around my huge camera requires too much effort. 
  • First project deadline is this Tuesday and I feel happy about it. 
  • I managed to mount five of my best design ideas and I'm not in a panic to finish anything which is great. 
  • Halloween was a blur but I loved the dressing up part. I want to dress up like a weird bloody dead chick every day. 
  • We went to Temple Newsam to see the Grayson Perry exhibition and both the tapestries and the house were perfect. (Also perfect for my next project on the 18th century.)
  • It's getting Christmasy in Leeds and that makes me very excited!!!
  • I just need a tv to watch christmas films...
  • (edit) ALSO I made a new online portfolio thing: Amy Hodkin

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Fifties project

I'm afraid it's been a while because my life is so busy all of sudden and I've had to put the personal blog on hold. I decided to work back into those prints I did before with a few marks and brush strokes, and the other images are design ideas I'm sort of working on right now. Also HAPPY HALLOWEEN! I wanted to have a really good costume this year but it went wrong and now I only have fake blood and contacts which is lame although there will still probably be pictures on my instagram. At the beginning of December I'm going on a trip to Amsterdam with uni so I'll finally have a reason to use my camera again! Blogging as a student is difficult when you can't afford to do anything. (I've learned that now.)

Thursday, 16 October 2014

My first try at screen printing (properly)

When I was at college they rushed through screen printing and mine was hideous so I thought I really didn't like it but now I love it. It's really great when you can just get on with it and you can do everything yourself and decide whats going where. It ended up coming out exactly how I wanted which is always a good thing and it was great to be able to mix my own colour. Maybe next time I can try something with two colours or even add a little more detail. 

Tuesday, 14 October 2014


I actually hated the thought of mixing colours but my tutors are really lovely and they're always saying "just play around!" and it makes everything so much more positive. I made some coloured papers, added a few marks and textures and created this collage with them. Really love the colour scheme and if I can I want to use either the pink, green or yellow for my first screen printing workshop.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Gallery visits, observational drawing, colour mixing...

I've never been this busy, It's really nice even if it is tiring. Gallery visits, observational drawing and colour mixing. 

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