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Tracing Materiality exhibition

we went along to the Tracing Materiality exhibition on Sunday. the artists had been doing some continuous drawings on large rolls of paper, as well as wall drawings, and working with wax. I'm going to try make it to the talk on the 20th march too. I loved all the work! and there was a stack of drawing books for me to chase up also :)

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first drapery study

after the still life, I worked on a drapery study - I keep typing this as drawpery! I had my "aha" moment towards the end of the second week's class, so will start a new one next week. I had been trying to draw more expressively and scribble and smudge with my finger, but my teacher said to draw individual lines as they convey more information. individual lines is my natural way of drawing, so I'll go back to this next week. it was hard to erase some of the original marks I'd made. I was getting the hang of it by the end of week 2's class, so will practice more next week

week2 - March 5 2016:
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finished VAR100 - starting VSW13 intro to sculpture

I handed in my last/third assessment for VAR100 yesterday. this is the last week of class. and also it's O-week for my next subject VSW13 Fine Art Studio Materials (intro to sculpture). I don't know much about sculpture apart from what I've learned in VSW100 & VAR100, so I'm looking forward to learning more and finding out where/if I might fit into the sculpture making mode. I think I'm tending towards etextiles / installation work / technology but also "slow" work, but perhaps I'll be surprised with something new as I have been in previous classes. they've all been eye opening, especially the artist research (even if I write it up too slowly - am working on writing it up straight away for this class, this helped in previous class)

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Material Futures - Provocating Futures presentations

currently watching Material Futures "Provocating Futures" presentations - some interesting bio-textiles and future materials presentations. http://mamaterialfutures.tumblr.com/tagged/Provocating%20Futures

live stream @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ban7HHUWYpg&feature=youtu.be

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future memories and 360 degree videos

my videoblogging friend Rupert Howe recorded some 360 degree video http://twittervlog.tv/2016/02/14/360-vlog-singing-under-a-railway-arch I haven't seen/used 360 cam before. it was weird to watch too-to be able to change the view and the video kept going. hard to tell what was me choosing or orig view. but it's actually both. original view is just the starting reference point I guess? am wondering how this changes 'image as a point in time' idea. when you *can* see whole scene. different way of process memories?

yes, will think more on this: how does the 360 degree camera footage change future memories - when you *can* see the whole scene

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Do Ho Suh's memory rooms

have been discovering and reading about Do Ho Suh's frottage and fabric rooms - like "memory rooms". Lois Weinthal's article in "Textile Technology and Design: From Interior Space to Outer Space" relates them to Anni Albers' "The Pliable Plane: textiles in Architecture" essay, as "third skins" after Suh described his relation of wallpaper as "clothing the house". enjoying these explorations this weekend

am starting to appreciate the sculpture side of class too and see it might be more useful/related to textiles work (than painting - could do painting via short courses/weekends if not traveling). this textile technology stuff is pretty cool, would like to delve more into it. most of the research seems to be in UK though. am looking for some in Aus

Grayson Perry's "My Pretty Little Art Career"

wow. I went to Grayson Perry's "My Pretty Little Art Career" exhibition at the MCA today. he's so prolific! and varied. there were pots/ceramics, paintings, tapestries, a digital room with interactive displays and screens plus his books and many others on ceramics etc., films, interviews, sculptures. I hadn't seen his pots up close before - only images on occasion. I was thinking how great an example of collage they are - he has text, paintings, photographs, tradition patterning, modern styles mixed with the older styles. so layered! I was getting dizzy just walking around each one to see everything, and I think I missed looking at everything in detail and will need to go back again once I read through the catalog. loved the tapestries - the large ones were there - taking up long walls, and filling the room. such bright colours. I saw the ones from his tv series on social classes. my favourite was marked as a hand-embroidered piece, "Britain is Best", which is quite substantial. so many French knots! and so neatly stitched. perfect rows. I also loved seeing some of the pages of his sketchbooks which were on display. I wish I could have seen more of these. he really seems to think in pictures, and add text notes, rather than making text notes with added images. it was great to see the preliminary sketches / ideas dump for one of the tapestries (from the tv series).

tonal still life #2

12/12/2015:

last day of painting class / term today. it wasn't my best day painting. when I tried to add shadows and to make the objects more 3D, I wrecked the tone so spent most of the day trying to get this back - lots of squinting and standing back to look at it from across the room. eventually I had to wipe the paint off and start again. I'm not happy with the shapes either (especially the teapot) - I lost them on the first day when painting the flat tones with the large brush, and couldn't get them back in time. oh well. my teacher said he was happy with the tones. so I need to practice drawing objects (and drawing in general). it's still drying in the shelves at art school so I need to go collect it this week once it's dried.

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string making with India Flint

at the "Second Skin" workshop with India Flint (held at Beautiful Silks in November), we learned how to make string from strips of fabric. then we used these as measuring tape measures for our body measurements. it was so relaxing to twist and turn the fabric into string, even though part of mine did unravel a bit when I lost concentration and must have twisted or flipped in the wrong direction - serves me right for trying to speed up.

these are the strings from everyone in the workshop - mine's at the bottom left - I put it down too quickly at the end, so it's not in a perfect circle like some of the others, though I like the colours, and since the photo I've fixed the unraveling and added red stitching to keep that section in place.

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artist research

first up, I need to research artists from a set list for my first assignment, which is a project involving a Cardboard Box. the artists I have chosen are Zimoun, Tara Donovan and El Anatsui. they all either work with cardboard, or other found materials to create interesting and thought provoking work. I only need to research 2 of these artists. so far I've spent most of the time on Zimoun.

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Neri Oxman - Wanderers

Zuhal — living matter embedded in 3D structures to create grown wearables (wearabels) by Professor Neri Oxman

Prof. Neri Oxman from the MIT Media Lab and the Mediated Matter Group collaborated to create four grown and 3d printed wearables (wearabels).

 

Wearabels
From this process four wearables were grown. All off the grown wearables in this collection designed by Prof. Neri Oxman aim to embed living matter within 3D structures.

Qamar ~ Inspired by one of the most luminous objects in the sky, this piece embodies the surface of the Moon. Akin to a wearable biodome, the exterior contains spatial spherical moon-shaped pods for algae-based air-purification and biofuel collection to produce and store oxygen.

Zuhal ~ This piece was created to adapt to the vortex storms on Saturn. It has a hairy and fiberous large surface area designed to contain bacteria that convert the planet’s hydrocarbons into edible matter for humans.

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