Friday, 30 April 2010
Thursday, 29 April 2010
Just been to the 'private viewing' (that sounds so cool) of the new maritime exhibition at the Ferens art gallery where I have a piece on display :D Was a really good night with free orange juice and small-bread-with-cream-cheese-and-strangely-wait-for-it-strawberries-on-top-things!! Of course I just stood next to my own work all night and earwigged to boost my own ridiculous ego :) No, really. For a little bit anyway. Heard some people say "She probably used one of them laser cutters" and I so wanted to scream that I didn't!! Only thing wasn't happy with is that each piece has a caption about its inspirations etc and mine was NOT what I had written AND had a spelling mistake so I look retarded. Tomorrow I'm going to see the person who organised it to get it changed so that it also says it is HAND cut as I had actually specified on the sheet, but nevermind :) After so much sophistication and culture, I went to Godfathers and got a large kebab.
All actually went REALLY smoothly!! First up - Big Joe singing songs about his mums boobs and Osoma Bin Laden... Pigsty next with an impressive set (actually REALLY enjoyed them). Then we did the raffle. What can I say about the raffle. Noone was really listening so we had to call out 39 numbers for each prize but hey it worked out all the prizes went in the end!! Sold all the Tshirts and a bag. Last up were Counting Coins - everyone was up dancing and that made my night really nice and sweaty about 400 degrees in there. Raised a SPLENDID £180 for advertising our final exhibition at the college. Flyers and invitations to be designed, made and distributed now... Thanks to everyone who helped organise, run, get drunk, danced, turned up, had positive thoughts and made it a really good night. Bit different for some people so hope they enjoyed it too, I am at my second happiest at a shithole gig with a glass of lemonade :)
My first happiest is the cinema. I REALLY love going to the cinema.
Tuesday, 27 April 2010
Monday, 26 April 2010
My little display :)
Tomorrow some of the people who wrote these stories are coming to see the work and someone is coming to film me and the other artists about our work which is swell, I love talking about my work and I am very fortunate I have so many people that let me go on and on and on about it :D
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
Tuesday, 20 April 2010
This piece was illustrating 2 of the poems - one explained how we are ALL travellers, no matter what our labels and origins, we are all travelling through time; through life. We are all just trying to find our way, which is why I have incorporated images even of celebrities because people seem to forget they are people too. The other poem was about how we can get sentimental over the strangest of things, in this person's case, over a tree. Would trees be the same in every country? No, you'll never find that tree again. The tree to me is like a symbol of childhood, I remember climbing the trees as a kid to sit in and swing from. This tree, or rather, this emotion would not be the same again. I found very similar looking 'trees' and placed a single spotlight (unfortunately not clear in this photo, but hopefully will be at the exhibition) above one of the trees to single it out. It might look the same as the others to us as the viewers but might hold something special and different. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Or something to that effect.
Friday, 16 April 2010
I started carving into the tree this week with selected passages from the 'Tibetan Book of the Dead' which is really interesting. I selected a prayer for the dying, about holding back fear and accepting death ready to be reborn once again. Instead of trying to cram too many concepts into the tree design, I have removed the inclusion of a phoenix as well as the ravens. The ravens clearly keep to the theme of death (together with the tree being cut down and consequently killed), whereas the phoenix is just confusing. Instead, I will burn the phoenix and film/photograph/draw/paint from this. The show will therefore consist of the postcards representing the meaning of life, the tree representing death, and the film footage of the phoenix representing rebirth. A full cycle. I think these kinds of projects and exhibitions work well because, whereas a graphic novel or cd cover designs will target certain audiences, the subject matter of life and death is something everyone can and will relate to, something we can't avoid even if we wanted to, we all think about it and at some point will have no option but to face it...
Friday, 9 April 2010
Thursday, 8 April 2010
Monday, 5 April 2010
My book came!! Not that happy with them considering it took over the 15 days they promised to deliver within and the cover isn't even red like I wanted. Ok, it is red, but not BRIGHT red like I chose. But nevermind, the man wanting to buy one is still interested so I've added the personal touches to the front, and things such as envelopes and tags inside that were necessary. They each come with a bookmark for where you're up to in the tasks, which of course is one of my business cards!! First one signed and sold so well happy :D Also, I have started my own, as I want to be able to show at the exhibition and assessment how it can be done and how it can be completed as a diary like keepsake. Real excited to get doing all the tasks.