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. 

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