On my recent trip to the V&A: I spent the day looking at fabric textures and patterns documenting through photography and quick pencil drawings which I have developed further into my Lithography module work. It wasn’t until I was there and walking around drawing and photographing, not allowing myself to get caught up with the ‘perfect’ drawing and just get something onto paper. It became a process that I feel I need to do more allowing myself the freedom to make a mark on paper and not over think every aspect of what it should or could be became a really nice way of documenting and gathering a lot of content in such a short space of time.
Most of what I was looking at was fabric and patterns, which in my work are two big areas I like to explore as much as I can taking elements and inspiration to then develop into my own work.
Looking more closely at the patterns that are contained rather than the overall garment it is. Looking more closely at the line of pattern and how they are compositionally placed within the fabric.
Drawings I have developed from this the reason I have used red and black they are potentially are going to go from drawing to lithographic prints. Depending on If I go straight with these drawings using certain colours will block out the UV light also if I go the other way and Half tone them I am hoping to be able to get more of a balance of tonal values using two different contrasting colours
I am thinking the top drawing’s are complete but still woking through this one below. Depending on how much I look at them pinned up will determine how much I will keep adding to them. I have found recently that. Having work pinned up in my house even if I have no intention of developing it further or am unsure. subconsciously I am looking at it more than I realise at times helps the missing link click or just gives me enough clarification its ok to stop were I am at.
On my visit to the science museum, I never let a random object pass by. Even though these are photos are objects within there own right, and do not serve a purpose to me at this moment in time. I feel creating a documentation I guess a library of objects no matter how unrelated to me they may feel you never know when or in what context they can be of use when it comes to experimentation and developing ideas for a project.
My exploration within the Victoria and Albert museum, Leading me to vast rooms of collections of objects and Jewellery (what is always one of my Favourite things to draw from observation) Photographing various things. With the thinking I can can explore and build on my drawing skills using these as a reference point, using as part of my visual drawing diary trying to draw everyday.
The amount of diamonds and jewels within the collection was crazy. I know that photography never used to be aloud within this part. Just a few of my favourites that I feel are different to what i have looked at in previously work exploring jewellery collections.
I found this an interesting point as in my experience of looking a jewellery from different periods of time, it has always been focused on the object not potential process or even plate to create the item. I was nice to see drawing to plate giving a small understanding how the process potentially is worked.
Looking at very everyday objects from some of the collections. It makes me think again though earlier periods of time compered to the modern day there was a lot more workmanship or was this based on status and wealth? Even down to cutlery it seems more to them than just going to Argos or online, doesn’t compere to the detail some of these collections hold. Is this due to your modern day consumerist society? and consumption everything and anything isn’t used to last. My underling thought about this is corporate capitalist gain within the company’s we buy from.
Some of my jewellery from my massive collection, even though I don’t overly wear much these days still hold onto it even if its broken. Layering elements onto the photocopier, gives and instant illusion of depth of the real object and how they work together, making it easier when it comes to placement and composition.
Within this work I was exploring collections of objects that only have value to the person who owns them! why do we hold on to these things? How do we store or what method of keeping the memory’s alive that are contained with objects, that have value to us. Through drawing/photography and print I was documenting this process. Which in itself created my own collection of objects, By laying my work through a process over light, the process gave the project an archaeological feel, not quite knowing what was there but having the illusion of depth, wanting to reveal more of what it is beneath each layer.