Chapelizod is one of many places described by James Joyce in his book Ulysses. After reading chosen fragments referring to the place I designed a series of images following the same creative style and technique. Each image carries a vibrant colour against the monochromatic background. I wanted to create an abstract, dream-like feel to the series.
I do not know much about the village other than it is a rather old place located just beside The Phoenix Park in Dublin. You get the feeling once it was a pleasant place to live in where all the neighbours knew each other. Today, it is a place with no personality, no life or character. Used only as a passing place to other destinations.
Picking up on that mood I have chosen the most significant landmarks. Places that once had something to offer. At present they seem outdated, forgotten and isolated.
Ireland sober is Ireland stiff – James Joyce
Eircom phone box, once upon a time offered the use of modern technology and communication. At present covered in a spider web, contrasting with an old building wrapped in ivy.
A nation is the same people living in the same place – James Joyce
Will this boat be ever used again? … Probably not. Because what would it be used for? Fishing? Recreation? The owner may have left the village and has forgotten all about it. You can sens the physical presence of a person. The no more existing owner of the boat.
No pen, no ink, no table, no room, no time, no quiet, no inclination – James Joyce
Not a living soul. The town is empty. Walls of those buildings are as fragile as an eggshell. Unrealistic birds flying through the town. On their way to a warmer more hopeful places.
The third time I went with my camera for the milonga evening I was feeling well experienced and prepared.
Milonga dance incorporates the same basic elements as Tango but permits a greater relaxation of legs and body. Movement is normally faster, and pauses are less common. It is usually a kind of rhythmic walking without complicated figures, with a more humorous and rustic style in contrast with the serious and dramatic Tango. (source: here)
I had to check myself what a milonga is …
Tango evenings in Dublin were always more of social events for me. Great way to network. The Third Place as they call it in marketing. The kind of a place where one meets people who are not connected to the work, family or personal past. Conversations are universal, thought to require good social skills and some general knowledge to share with others while conversing. Unless one wants to talk about tango … but there is no point of bringing wood into the forest.
There happened a good few marriages in the group, few children were born and some painful break-ups too. Some left Ireland for good, some stayed loyal to the dance for years and years. People come and go. The endorphins keep bringing people together.
I am very happy with this shoot. A couple of tango dancers are standing still, concentrating. Silence before the storm. It is so relaxing. Every time I look at it, I am Zen.
After the film broke apart in my Zenit camera, bravely I tried again a week later. This time with a different equipment but the same film Ilford Delta 400. One of the tango dancers, who was more experience than me with manual cameras, was very kind and helped me to change the film. That evening I must have used two rolls of film.
When I was reducing the size of images in Photoshop for this post I started getting very sentimental … in general. It must be the effect of the black and white photographs with all the noise in them, like a vinyl record with slightly huskily sound. The passing of time. Special moments appreciated more as they are gone. Life.
“All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.
Time to die.”
Tears in rain, Blade Runner
MUSIC IN THE SOUL
Girls dancing with the girls! Boys dancing with the boys! Laughters, whispers, spontaneity. Joy!
FACES, PEOPLE, COUPLES, FRIENDS
Love affairs, broken hearts, bonding, flirtation, jealousy. Passion.
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
Step by step. Patience, perseverance, hard work. Relax.
Research is driven by childhood memories and themes around civilisation versus nature. Contrasting structured silhouettes and playful tulle, my womenswear collection portrays what we usually view as a weakness becoming a strength.
Passion in the Kitchen
A romantic ephemeral collection based on my parent’s relationship in their restaurant. Creative fabric manipulation techniques combined with an organic approach to garment construction are the main drives in my work.
My aim is to reflect the beauty of nature in the clothes that we wear. Shimmering Crowntails is an exploration of the reflective and refractive metallic surface qualities of fish. The challenge is to turn something old into something new, to create beautiful handcrafted unique, vintage garments with a contemporary look.
Luv Club brings together two contrasting identities: traditional Croatian dress and the creativity instigated in a clubbing environment. I pay homage to the Licitar, a gift of love and use my personal documentation of clubs and parties to create a new identity. A celebration of love and party culture.
In ancient Ireland, mythology and folklore were a fundamental part of the knowledge encompassing each tree. They were talismans, each with their own meanings, uses and stories. My work explores native Irish woodlands through the juxtaposition of each species recreated in cloth, with excerpts from the National Folklore Collection.
OTHER FASHION&TEXTILE ARTISTS
I could not find a link or a name to all the artists featured in this post. If you recognise your artwork here please, contact me and I will provide the relevant links.
A few weeks ago I was passing by The Instituto de Cervantes in Dublin and was attracted by the poster in the window. I decided to walk in a check the exhibition called Collection of Wonders. At first thought, it was an exhibition of few different artists as the artwork, in my opinion, was quite versatile.
The exhibition Collection of Wonders gathers a selection of the most significant works by Isidro Ferrer, one of the most remarkable designers and illustrators from Spain known for his originality and genius. The show has a great number of his poster design work and book illustration and has been curated by Tina García, specialised in cultural management and illustration from Asturias, Spain.
Isidro Ferrer(Madrid, 1963) is currently one of the most representative artists in Spain in the fields of design and illustration. He has worked for international firms as a commercial artist, graphic designer and in animation and storyboarding for TV. In Spain, he has received the National Design Award in 2002, the National Illustration Award in 2006. He has also been granted a European Design Award in the Posters category in 2008 and gained the Silver in the Golden Label Awards in 2013. His work has been exhibited in numerous solo shows in Spain, France, Chile, Mexico or Portugal, among other countries. (text source Collection of Wonders)
I was studying graphic design here in Dublin for two years and I wish in the course I was doing they would encourage students more to use different media. Like in Isidro Ferrer artwork. Handmade props in combination with photography and software for layout design. The posters are unique and very expressive while transferring the visual message.
The Science Gallery in Dublin is located on the ground of Trinity College. It is an independent non-profit gallery and the world’s first university-linked network dedicated to public engagement with science and art. The gallery occupies two floors with a coffee shop, gift shop and an auditorium for lectures. I try to visit the gallery few times a year, the exhibitions are always very educational at the same time the viewer is asked a lot of questions. You can always get a full explanation from dedicated students involved in the show at the time. The gallery also offers lectures on various scientific topics.
In Case of Emergency is the most recent exhibition which is nearly coming to an end. I like the innovative and interactive way the facts are presented. Made a short recording of it, the display unit is a book with a projected images.
Wall covered with clocks showing specific times around the world as an expression of political and historical events such as nuclear weapon tests, revolutions, massive changes. Took a photo of the one that felt the most personal.
Year: 1990 Minutes to midnight: 10 Difference from the previous setting: -4
European countries like Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Romania free themselves from Soviet control with no resistance or retaliation by Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev. In late 1989, the Berlin Walls falls, symbolically ending the Cold War.
Words coming out from those visuals projects will give you chills. Summary of the world we live in today. It helps to understand our confusion. The macroeconomic, social and financial emergency – can we do anything to stop the decline?