Posts in Art
New Designs, New Women of Colour, New Creative Expressions

Waiting for the inspiration to kick in can be a real test of patience. 

Simple t-shirt visualisation of my initial sketches. On the fence about this. 

Simple t-shirt visualisation of my initial sketches. On the fence about this. 

But when it does there is so much productivity. It feels energising and motivational. I have a new sense of focus for the brand. 

Visually this is very impactful but is it too decisive? 

Visually this is very impactful but is it too decisive? 

 

 

Conducting some market research in a few of my favourite shops definitely helped. Coupled with the customers in there really cemented who I want to wear my garments - the young and fashionably edgy. So I best make edgy designs that are commercially viable. 

Another quick visualisation of one of my sketches - too plain? Too much white space? 

Another quick visualisation of one of my sketches - too plain? Too much white space? 

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So to improve on the designs, to experiment, to remember who has inspired me from the art world and who continues to do so. I will take inspiration from them, my favourites ~ Warhol & Basquiat. 

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So, embracing the vitamin D today I just sat in my garden and added to the drawings I had already sketched of women of colour.

I knew I wanted to be more expressive but in my own style. To just add paint, ink and pen in anyway that felt right. I wanted the images of the women to be strong, to be visually impactful. 

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It was very liberating and enjoyable process because I just went with the flow. I just wanted to make marks, add texture and experiment. 

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These are not the finished designs as I want to incorporate more layers, more text and maybe some colour. I am not sure yet but I want to push the visual aesthetic whilst keeping to the ethos of the brand - being inclusive and celebrating women of colour. 

I have also been thinking of a new statement to coincide with the collection, which again is about drawing attention to women, women who identify as being of colour and highlighting the need for more visibility not just tokenistic gestures that are supposed to appease people.

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The statement has been rolling around in my head for a few days. So I quickly inked it on to a page with some eyes, to symbolise the need to be looking, paying attention and questioning. it needs some work but I am happy with the message overall. 

 Let me know what you think - all feedback is good feedback.

 

Art Procesess ~ No 1
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As someone who is creative dare I say an artist, it is hard to know when you have made something that is worthy of being defined as ‘art’.  

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Duchamp is famous for saying that we as artists define the art work no one else. But maybe he could at his time coupled with his reputation?  

For me the collages were lacking something. They seemed too obvious. I wanted there to be more intrigue and maybe more of a process.

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Thinking back to even my art foundation days, there had always been a variety of processes that incorporated different techniques with a lot of trial and error. Experimenting was always fun and intriguing as I like the element of surprise. 

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Which brought me to one of my favourite print making techniques - mono printing. There being a lack of control was equally exciting and frustrating in equal measure. But sometimes happy accidents occur and thats what inspired the next stages. 

These prints slightly differ in terms of their techniques. The first one used the traditional approach of rolling out the ink on to a plate. Whereas the second one used carbon paper, which was much less messier but lacked some of the aesthetic that comes from previous method. 

However there is never any guarantee, as you can see from the third print. But that’s the artistic journey or trial and error. 

From Vogue to Collage
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I cannot recall the time when Vogue became the source of inspiration but every year the September issue from America takes presidence on my dressing table. 

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Flicking through the pages, it became apparent that the representation of women of colour is minimal. And that the fashion industry is still perpetuating their version of the beauty ideal. The western ideal.

This inspired a series of collages where I took all the pages from Vogue featuring women of colour on them in various compositions, experimenting with different layers and sizes to see what would happen in terms of being a springboard for something else. 

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It was freeing because there were no rules to follow. I did not create any. I wanted to see what would happen and if any ideas would be ignited though this  experiment. Coupling this with text to add to the narrative element.   

However, when I had finished them I felt that there was something missing...