Posts tagged Female artists and designers
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.  

Holidays Really are the Elixir of Life

What a difference a holiday makes. I feel relaxed and like my old self having had a change of scenery, soaked in some culture and embraced the amaziness that Catalunya has to offer.

My friend and I spent five days in Barcelona pounding the pavements seeing the sights and enjoying the pace that the city has to offer. El Ravel was our new 'borough', which I highly recommend. Slower pace with great places to eat flanked by beautiful houses and streets to really set the scene. Of course we embraced the sights and all things Gaudi, where his buildings sparkled majestically in the 30 degree heat. Such a contrast to London. I love this city and the ease at which you can get around and of course the siestas. 

They love a sticker in this city. I'm going to follow suit with my own.  

They love a sticker in this city. I'm going to follow suit with my own.  

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Maya outside Sagrada Familia. What a unique vision he had, stunning building.  

However being city girls we needed an even slower pace than what Barcelona had to offer so off we went to a remote village in the mountains where our daily walk consisted of the sounds of cicadas and row upon rows of vineyards, just stunning. 

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We ventured out to the nearest town to relax on the beaches of Sitges and do a bit more 'modelling'. This time Pink Drip got an airing in another town called Villanova. 

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Sadly all good things have to come to an end so we kissed goodbye to Spain and ventured back home to a ten degree difference. Wow what a shock to the system. Although I definitely do not miss the humidity. 

So back to being focused on the business and seeking inspiration to aid motivation.  

Another friend invited me to an event at the Tate Britain Gallery on Friday where a show called 'Stance' was on. The focus was on clothing, identity and how we are defined by what we wear and how this can symbolise  our class. There were workshops and a panel discussion amongst other things, which were really informative. Not to leave out the fact that there were dj's filling up the gallery, which was great. More of this please.  

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Bethany Williams, designer who focusses on recycled materials and sustainability.  

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Jenna Young a designer from Blackpool who utilises the tracksuit, a typical working class 'uniform' but elevates it using various fabrics and embellishment to give it aspirational status. 

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Panel discussion - this section, subculture and appropriation. Dapper Dan v big elite brands. 

This made me feel so inspired, seeing young designers with such a clear vision has helped me re-establish my own, 

To begin with I have contacted a couple of people regarding opportunities. More to be revealed at a later date.  

Today I utilised the sunshine and headed off to two galleries to see Anna Sui exhibition at the fashion and textiles museum. Followed by an all female exhibition at the White Cube Gallery with the theme being Surrealism. It was great to see some old favourites along with some unknown artists from around the world. Which again has helped me realise that with some effort and vision you can create what you wish despite there being a few attempts. 

My new mantra is to give this the best shot I can and try rather than rest on my laurels or my old favourite, giving up before I have really and truly pushed myself. It is hard being solo on this project but I am so sure about the concept. So much more reaching out is to be done over the next three weeks or so. More doing now. As the saying goes, actions speak louder than words. Stop being overwhelmed and just do it.