Editing images

I can edit my primary photos to change the feel of the place- make it feel colder, warmer or more detailed. I can also print these to create colleges using mixed media.

Editing images

Fifth Week 23/04/16

I started this week with simplifying some leaf designs and playing with line, shape, form and colour. I started a colour pallet on A3 that uses yellows, blues and greens. I love how the colours came out, especially the texture on the page created a rough scratchy surface. When I was trying to simplify the leaves I found it difficult- mainly due to not using individual leaves. If I made the designs smaller it may help.

From there I cut up shapes of leaves and stick shapes. These were made from simple leaf designs I previously drew. I found his an easy way to come up with quick page designs which I could go and develop using photoshop/ copier/ textiles.

I also created some spray paint using the spare flowers I had. I love the texture of spray paint. Also, the way it becomes all patchy and makes an uneven effect. I found that if you layer different levels it creates an effect that reminds me of an image where you get colourful light coming from an angle. my least successful was the image on the right yet the details of the stem came through well. From here I can play about with the photo copier then make edits from there. I may even scan through into photoshop and play with different effects on the image.


I still need to revisit my space to get textures in the area. I also wish to get more primary research by going to FirstSite with the Andy Warhol Exhibit. I need to make comparisons of my artists and start seeing how there work would be useful to my ideas.

Fifth Week 23/04/16

Grayson Perry’s A House For Essex

Grayson Perry was born in Chelmsford, Essex in March, 1960.”Having clothes custom-made and building a relationship with a designer is way more satisfying than buying on the high street. It’s great to support young talent too.” I wanted to look at Perry’s work as his project is a part of my space. This shows how he used the space and created a project from this and Essex.

This documentary was about a house Grayson Perry created from his imagination. He felt that he always had a desire to build a church- something that is very spiritual. Also, he wanted to tell a story that a cathedral does without it being traditionally religious while still having the spiritual feel.

Garyson Perry

As he thought about this, his idea developed into designs of a quirky looking house; it would be his only shot at creating a house. He wanted to embody Essex to give it a good image by telling a mythical story of a woman who lived in Essex and how her life developed.

Grayson Perrys Dream House Channel 4 (wk21) handout … Grayson Perry

The deeper reason behind this story was that he wanted to rewrite his mothers life and show the goodness of women and how they can all potentially become the woman they hoped they would. Overall, it became a celebration of what everyone goes through in life.


Peoples views of the house away from Perry have been very much that it’s not to their taste yet it still is a respected building. My personal view of the space was that inside the house it is rather chaotic but I understand the message. Due to being from Essex myself I understand the importance of the message with it being that over time you can change and become the person you like. For me I would like to get out of Essex but Essex is still a part of my life and story.

Grayson Perry’s A House For Essex

Fourth Week 17/04/2016

This week we have been focusing on doing our personal statement which has got me thinking about what I want to do with my project in relation to  specialism. Also, we focused on our mood board.

The challenge with presenting the mood board was ensuring it was structured and had all the information needed in it. Each time I practiced I either missed a small part of information that linked into what I was going to say or I left out something I felt was needed. Yet, the mood board itself made me think about what I really want the project to be about. I found that my inspiration was mainly coming from briefly researched artists and my primary research mentioned in previous posts. After doing this I feel I have a deeper meaning behind the space and how I wish to use it- through mainly using the plants as inspiration and making it into something new for a publication.

My proposal on the other hand has made me consider different approaches to this project my looking into contemporary culture and the social side of the space. The idea that in this culture they react to natural environments in different ways.

Stuarts lesson taught me how I can explore ideas in my chosen area by looking at the environment of my space. It gave me an understanding of what sounds I could record to create the environment of the space. It helped me think about the publication with how I could create page designs.


Over the weekend I collected more primary research through primary pictures and videos. My comparison of artists will be explored on a weekly basis when using methods they work with then make comparisons over the weeks.

Need to

Go back to space to gather textures and make sketches of the space. Make a large colour pallet then work with patterns from this. Also I want to work with leaves I collected and simplify their form. I need to upload videos and images of primary research

Fourth Week 17/04/2016

Third Week 10/04/2016

For this week I have started working on some goals I have set myself. I have began some artist research which I hope to further more with explaining how they are useful and comparing them with the other artists and their quotes and beliefs.

I have started to work on a very basic colour pallet through the use of- brush pens and water colour pencils. I hope to further this pallet through using paints on A3 sheets and cutting up shapes.

As I have started designing through layering it has shown me that I need to narrow down my colour pallet to mainly greens, blacks, yellows and the occasional bright colour like pinks/light blues. I need to start developing through simplifying to have a larger understanding of what I want to express through my work.


Through this simple exploration, I have began looking at form and how I can simply change it. I hope to develop this by using Bruno Munari’s methods of simplifying an object (in this case a leaf or flower) and exploring different ways of designing them. Not only have I looked at form but I have began looking at how I can use texture through the use of bubble wrap and ink. With the ink I have used a method called black washing which is using mainly water and very little ink onto the paper.


The use of the ink and bubble wrap was a simple messy method which reminded me of Juhl Hansen’s work and her constant use of layering and story telling. This method would be an interesting way to interpret what opinions people have on nature and how they would express it.


Also, last week I gave myself the goal of starting some line and wire drawing for flowers. These were rough sketches and I want to do more over the weeks. The wire drawings gave me an idea of creating  block prints of different types of leaves and flowers then playing around with the design. I found doing the wire drawing difficult and challenging but an improvement on my previous work with wire.

The use of wire gave it more of a personal feel to the design. The process is very fiddly yet could be used more effectively. I would like to use Lisa Kokin’s way of working through using book pages sown onto it or even fabrics. Even covering the wire with fabric and making flower bouquets.  Onto the page with the flowers I may add the simple colours of black, green and yellow to start identifying with a colour pallet. Also, I feel I need to be more experimental with my material. This would give me a more varied approach as I love the mixed media style.


Overall I have completed the tasks set from last week and feel that it all just needs to be simplified and developed more. I need to think more about the inspiration I’m taking from the artists researched; when I complete my moodboard it would be easier to relate from and give me more of an idea of how I could express emotion through my work.


I want to simplifying objects in relation to Bruno Munari. I also need to  make comparisons with my artists to show their significance of them. I hope to test wire flowers with book pages/fabrics in relation to Lisa Kokin. I still need to complete my moodboard.

Third Week 10/04/2016

Artist Research 09/04/2016

Fiona Watson

“I have lived in Scotland most of my life, but was born in Newfoundland and later lived  in Rhode Island, USA then London UK.” She currently works in the Glasgow Print Studio.

Fiona works with etching, digital artwork, collage, photography, short films and land art. She thinks “Photography used to be a means to an end for use in painting and printmaking, but is now very important to me.” To get her out of writers block “seeing other artists working will usually spur me into action. If that doesn’t work then it’s trashy magazines, chocolate,  ironing and kittens on youtube”.

Artists she is inspired by are Jenny Saville , Georgia O’Keefe, Julia Cameron, Mary Newcomb, Swoon,. As a child, Andrew Wyeth and Andy Warhol. Things that inspire her work; sea, sky,  graffiti, puddles,  rubbish,  old paint on walls, snippets of conversation, billboards, lines from songs, random newspaper headlines, the superficial, the glib, the flippant,  out of thin air, things misread or misheard.

I could use this by editing my images and blocking parts of this images out using the similar shapes she does; rectangles, circles and forms.

Melissa Zexter

Her process is using hand-sewn embroidery with photography. She tries to represent and explore identity and representations of femininity.  She photographs people, using both traditional black and white techniques and digital processes.

My inspiration include maps, the ocean, antique samplers, 19th century American silhouettes, family snapshots, vintage fabric design. My artistic inspiration comes primarily from photographers work(ed) in black and white photography – mostly portraits, street photography and documentary photography, not so much textile artist – for example Diane Arbus, Weegee, Brassai, Lisette Model, Robert Frank, Man Ray, E.J. Bellocq, Walker Evans. I also like american photographers Alec Soth, William Eggleston, and so many more. I also really love the work of textile artists Sheila Hicks and Lenore Tawney.”

I want to explore the use of embroidery and how it can change the meaning of the image.


Ignacio Canales Aracil

to show the plants and flowers which represent the better the spirit of the garden in a different place where you wouldn’t expect to find it.”


Yayoi Kusama

Surrealism, Minimalism, Pop art, the Zero and Nul movements, Eccentric Abstraction and Feminist art. Explores through painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, performance, film, printmaking, installation and environmental art, literature, fashion and product design. Her inspiration comes from hallucinations which she has suffered since childhood. Uses lots of space to express herself through her art.

Her use of shapes and colours draws people into her sculptural work. Her use of space intrigues me as it helps give off the idea of a hallucination/dream.


Juhl Hansen 

She uses mixed media throughout her work with constant experimentation. Using; Typography, paint, sketches and layering.

“My best projects have a recurring single graphic design and yet a lot of stories hidden around in the many layers” 

I wanted to look at her due to her experimental work with inks, type, nature and imagery which I will be exploring in my work.

Juhl Hansen

Lisa Kokin

I work mainly with found materials such as old books and ephemera, and more recently thread and found textiles. I have used everything from lace to rusty shovels.”

“My most recent body of work incorporates zipper fragments that are stitched to fabric or connected by thread to form book pages in which the zippers are the text.”

“I have been described as a textile artist, a book artist, an installation artist, a Jewish artist, a woman artist, a political artist, a conceptual artist.”

Maria Lai is an artist whose work I discovered recently while researching an assignment for a class I teach in my studio. Maria Lai was an Italian artist who used sewing and asemic text in her work and I find her work simply incredible. I also love the work of Annette Messager, Christian Boltanski, El Anatsui,Leonardo Drew, Louise Bourgeois, Doris Salcedo, Eva Hesse, James Castle, Nick Cave and William Kentridge

I like the use of nature telling a story which I can interpret.

Lisa Kokin.jpg

Eva eun-sil Han

My work has involved the creation of conceptually based psychological objects and I use many geometric lines which helps me express my subconscious mind.”

She collages photographs both her own and others and uses abstract drawing and painting onto the paper. Her work is left untitled leaving us guessing on what she was trying to express. She mainly tries to give off emotion using photos of body parts then collages over top.

Her work inspires me through the use of collage and how it changes the environment in the image used. She uses newspapers, magazines or old books in her work and avoids using computers as she likes the natural feel.

“all I need is my Exacto knife, scissors, glue and papers and my subconscious mind. With the collage the unexpected happens.”


Artist Research 09/04/2016