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

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