The way that technology has filtered it is really interesting but i don’t know where to/whether i can go forward with this. I also don’t know whether its actually necessary for me to draw the food and whether the photograph is enough. But for me its the process of drawing it which makes me appreciate the food and somehow it gives the food a certain quality that makes it more appealing? Now that we are starting FMP this is a good point at which to develop/change the direction of my work.
Looking through a design blog/website i came across this article.
Originally a native of Japan, Moé Takemura recently graduated from Lund University in Sweden where through her MA in industrial design, she created a new cookbook titled Guide to the Foreign Japanese Kitchen; aptly titled as the book describes how traditional Japanese cooking is possible in Sweden with locally sourced ingredients.
I love the breakdown of ingredients and the composition of Japanese/enlish text and images.
I had my assessment today with Jo on my units 1-4 progress. I am currently predicted a distinction which is great, but what was useful was the feedback she gave me on the bits of things that needed finishing in terms of documentation.
My targets are to:
1. fully label blog work against units
2. record all tutorials and targets set
3. explore the work of Lisa Milroy (collections of things, suggested by Kirsten Glass)
4. Think about scale within my work, what happens, does it change the meaning?
5. Further explore other senses ie sound and smell
Now that we are moving onto FMP these targets will be very useful in directing me towards what i want to do and what direction my work is going in.
The first drawing with pencil alone was really simple, it was soft but I think that gives it impact. It could have been more interesting to add varying weights of pencil to give it more movement.
This has to be one of the more successful ones for me, the simplicity of it and the minimal use of colour makes it appealing. I wish id have spread the movement more so that each limb flows throughout the composition of it.
The striking lines in this one help to make it a sharp composition, and because he was doing martial arts you can understand it was the sword/stick. The use of pencil also adds dimension to it and another layer.
out of these chalk pastel drawings i feel that the second was most successful as you can see the movement, the others just appear static and motionless. Again like the ones previous i wish i’d have mixed the colours more to show the movement of the limbs across the ‘frame’. But overall it was an interesting session and got us working in a faster format than doing 10/20 minute life drawings.
Above are the photos through the iPads ‘inverse colour’ feature, I like the idea of filtering the food through technology, it’s as if technology is manipulating the food and the way the consumer sees it.
Above is the drawing without the filter which looks alien. Its weird, the colour is unnatural and makes me feel uneasy, but I’d like to find another way of filtering the food and making my food superficial.
This is working on a larger scale but in actual negative. It is surprisingly difficult to get the colours accurate but using the iPad’s ‘invert colour’ feature i can alter anything that looks odd through the filter. Thinking about the scale retrospectively I wish I’d have kept it small because I liked that I was developing the coffee mats and gradually changing them but I think I wanted a change. I may try using pencil straight on the coffee mats (as in without acrylic) because they are already black on one side and it would be interesting to see what happens to the text when it’s covered with pencil. Something to experiment with!
'If…' is a film directed by Lindsay Anderson in the late 60's in Denmark starring Malcolm McDowell, David Wood and Richard Warwick. It follows a group of rebellious Public School senior students led by Mick Travis (Malcolm McDowell).
Whilst watching the film I was unsure as to what it’s message was, but coming away and reading about it, it now makes sense. The film showed a rebellion against the old fashioned beliefs and traditions of schools which have been maintained for so long, which is a message that also be extended to English society.
'If' mixes colour and black and white, along with its content which has been broken into sections. At the time of release it quickly became popular with younger, counter- culture audiences who appreciated the shock tactics and strong anti-establishment message.
Overall, it was an interesting experience watching this film as it was something I would never choose personally. Although it may be seen as an ‘old’ film, I think it is incredibly current and would be popular with the youths of today as it was upon release.
I’ve had interview dates for Camberwell and Westminster now so I am beginning to print my photographs at repro-graphics and mount them up. I had some problems with the size and quality but that was sorted eventually.
Over the weekend I went to London for a Gold D of E presentation, but used it as a chance to visit a few galleries/events.
At the National Portrait Gallery was a David Bailey exhibition called ‘Bailey’s Stardust’. It’s a collection of around 500 portraits over the course of Baileys working life up until present. The exhibition was quite incredible, he had travelled all over the world and photographed a huge variety of people. What I liked most was the simplicity of the photos without manipulation and the variety of B&W and colour. The presentation was also something to remember as the walls weren’t white, they were off white which actually made the frames pop off.
We also visited the Cutty Sark, a grounded ship in Greenwich that transported Chinese tea around the world. The restoration was incredible, so much time had gone into maintaining and keeping as much as possible of the original ship. What was really nice was the use of the old tea chests as flooring in the ship.
In the evening we saw Cirque du Soleil: Quidam which was such a great performance, the strength and ability of the cast was amazing! It really inspired me to work hard for what I want.