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Exhibition Time - Exciting Weeks Ahead

The following weeks are going to be busy, but good busy.

Whilst waiting for the photographer to finalise touching up the photos from the shoot I have been playing about with a digital lookbook, which I will send to specific fashion / arty magazines and stylists who I hope will feature my garments in their shoots.

When I created my first magazine, Front Cover, it was fun and somewhat easy as it was a creative space for me to explore and have fun whilst learning how to use indesign at the same time.

But this lookbook is on another level, literally. One where I need to consider many aspects. Not only placing images into the template but also the composition, collage, textures and the overall narrative. But moreover, the commercial aspect, making it look professional but also being true to me as an artist designer. So balance is key. 

As a result I have been researching other brands lookbooks to see how they lay out the images, text and if there are any artistic touches. What I have found interesting Is the brands aesthetics and how clear it is. When you see it you know which brand it is, there is a strong visual message being communicated. 

I am always drawn to specific designers for their artistic exploration and individuality like Vivienne Westwood. I like the combination of the locations the models have been shot in along with the post production artistic elements that have been added, such as text, scribbles etc.  Along with Maison Margiela who has a very playful aesthetic that is in keeping with my own. 

Vivienne Westwood lookbook  

Vivienne Westwood lookbook  

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Maison Margiela

Maison Margiela

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So I will draw inspiration from them and play around with mark making, which for me is key as I like to express myself creatively whilst constructing a strong visual image. I generally know when I am happy with something as it just strikes a chord, an instinct of sorts. So here is the start, the cover, it may change a lot, it may have a tweak here or there. Who knows?  But thats the joy for me. All I know at this point is that my logo needs to be on it and the tag line with a strong image. Some elements have been ticked here. 

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So what else this week? Thursday my friends and I are going to the Barbican to see the Basquiat exhibition. Words cannot express how excited I am about this.  It would seem Banksy is too and utilising the opportunity to make a political statement. Very apt. I am looking forward to seeing this in real life. 

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Although this is something exciting especially as I have drawn inspiration from Basquiat since A levels. It is not as exciting as the up and coming exhibition that my painting is going to be in at Stour Space Gallery in Hackney Wick. It is a great event to be a part of due to all proceeds going towards charity - End Violence Against Women, hosted by Nasty Women. I am really looking forward to seeing all of the other art works and meeting the other artists too. 

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The following Friday is the launch of the annual print magazine gal-dem where there will be a party. So again another opportunity to mingle, meet people within the industry, other creatives. Need to get my chat hat ready and decide which t-shirt I am going to wear. Shameless self promotion I know!!!

There are hopefully tickets left, which are £10 and you get a copy of the magazine, drinks and food. You can purchase them at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gal-dem-print-issue-2-launch-home-tickets-37533547852

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And last but not least, Zines of the World, have released the dates for the exhibition at the Truman Brewery. So another date for your diary

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The exhibition is free but you need to RSVP at this link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/zines-of-the-world-tickets-37817063856

So all in all exciting times ahead. It is the start of the journey but I feel very positive about the new platforms that are opening up.  Let's hope they lead to something.  

Big News and Developments

Since the last post I wanted to set many targets to create both a sense of momentum and motivation based on a variety of different outcomes. 

The first great opportunity was a call out placed on instagram by gal-dem, a digital media platform aimed at women of colour, for a magazine advert to be placed in their annual print copy. This is perfect for me as my brand is also trying to appeal to the same demographic encompassing similar issues, namely exposure and diversity. After many digital collages experiments and advice seeking from my very patient friends, I created an advert that I felt was intriguing and represented my brand positively. Hopefully it will have the desired impact and generates exposure and in turn sales. Here is a sneak preview. 

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The second opportunity was a call out by Doomed Gallery for zines and for them to be included in an exhibition at the Truman Brewery, which is a great spot not only due to its location but the footfall of people in the area. You many recall the magazine I created for the artist teacher exhibition some time ago? Anyway, it has been sitting in my studio collecting dust with me wondering how and in what capacity it could get exposure. So here it is. I have posted 'Front Cover' to them and will let you all know about the opening day of the show. It will be exciting to see all of the other zines and the curation of the exhibition overall as they will be hung according to their country of origin. Maybe we, as artists or designers, have a specific aesthetic according to our location? 

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The final one has been an exhibition opportunity by Stour Space, a gallery in Hackney Wick who are doing a collaboration with Nasty Women and a charity who raise money to End Violence Against Women. They have asked for any contributions so I decided to utilise some screen prints of Abstract Asian I have left over and do a similar painting to the one I did before but with more tonal nuances. So after many many experiments, the story of my life, here is the finished piece. 

Untitled, 2017, mixed media - screen print collage, acrylic and oil on canvas board.   Hopefully it sells and raises money for a much needed cause.   I am looking forward to the opening nights of these exhibitions and seeing not only what other work has been created but the potential networking opportunities that may be available. I have come to realise that I need to be more proactive and be more 'out there' in terms of the brand and its ethos.   So overall and upon reflection, I feel very inspired and it has got me thinking about future collaborations and how to utilise different platforms to link my brand to; who to approach, who to try and link up with. Research is key, as always.   I will post when the private views are happening so if any of you are free you can join me on the evening. 

Untitled, 2017, mixed media - screen print collage, acrylic and oil on canvas board. 

Hopefully it sells and raises money for a much needed cause.

I am looking forward to the opening nights of these exhibitions and seeing not only what other work has been created but the potential networking opportunities that may be available. I have come to realise that I need to be more proactive and be more 'out there' in terms of the brand and its ethos. 

So overall and upon reflection, I feel very inspired and it has got me thinking about future collaborations and how to utilise different platforms to link my brand to; who to approach, who to try and link up with. Research is key, as always. 

I will post when the private views are happening so if any of you are free you can join me on the evening.