THE NATIONAL COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN IN DUBLIN – CERAMICS

National College of Art and Design - Ceramics, Graduates Show 2017

CERAMICS, GRADUATES EXHIBITION 2017

The exhibition is taking place each year at the end of June and usually, it lasts for ten days. Among Dublin art colleges it is the most creative graduate’s shows.

The origins of the College date from 1746 and by 1924 the National College of Art and Design was fully established. The campus is located on Thomas Street in around the area of Guinness Storehouse. The College has four Schools; Design, Education, Fine Art and Visual Culture.

The School of Design is the largest in the College and comprises ceramics, glass, metals, fashion design, industrial and product design, textile design and visual communication. In design, the emphasis is on solving specific problems set by the project. While students are expected to master the relevant technologies, the aesthetic design factor is stressed equally. There are many links with industry and students often work on competitions sponsored by commercial firms. The College aims to promote a broad education in design which can be the basis for a variety of careers either as part of a team in industry or by working individually in a studio or small business. (source http://www.ncad.ie/about)

I had taken a large number of photographs on that day and unfortunately was unable to take the names, titles and the contact details of the artists. If any of the artists will come across this article, please contact me and I will provide a relevant link to your work.

 

CIRCUS OF LIFE

BY IRENE DUFFY

National College of Art and Design - Ceramics, Graduates Show 2017
National College of Art and Design – Ceramics, Graduates Show 2017
National College of Art and Design - Ceramics, Graduates Show 2017
National College of Art and Design – Ceramics, Graduates Show 2017

PSYCHOPOMP

BY REBECCA JANE DOLAN

National College of Art and Design - Ceramics, Graduates Show 2017
National College of Art and Design – Ceramics, Graduates Show 2017
National College of Art and Design - Ceramics, Graduates Show 2017
National College of Art and Design – Ceramics, Graduates Show 2017

 

POCKET PARKS

BY ALICE MARY BRENNAN

National College of Art and Design - Ceramics, Graduates Show 2017
National College of Art and Design – Ceramics, Graduates Show 2017
National College of Art and Design - Ceramics, Graduates Show 2017
National College of Art and Design – Ceramics, Graduates Show 2017
National College of Art and Design - Ceramics, Graduates Show 2017
National College of Art and Design – Ceramics, Graduates Show 2017

 

CYMATICS

BY FRANCES TREANOR

National College of Art and Design - Ceramics, Graduates Show 2017
National College of Art and Design – Ceramics, Graduates Show 2017
National College of Art and Design - Ceramics, Graduates Show 2017
National College of Art and Design – Ceramics, Graduates Show 2017
National College of Art and Design - Ceramics, Graduates Show 2017
National College of Art and Design – Ceramics, Graduates Show 2017

 

 

National College of Art and Design - Ceramics, Graduates Show 2017
National College of Art and Design – Ceramics, Graduates Show 2017

 

DISPLACEMENT

BY ADELE WALSH

National College of Art and Design - Ceramics, Graduates Show 2017
National College of Art and Design – Ceramics, Graduates Show 2017
National College of Art and Design - Ceramics, Graduates Show 2017
National College of Art and Design – Ceramics, Graduates Show 2017

 

BONDING

BY MANDY JACKSON

National College of Art and Design - Ceramics, Graduates Show 2017
National College of Art and Design – Ceramics, Graduates Show 2017
National College of Art and Design - Ceramics, Graduates Show 2017
National College of Art and Design – Ceramics, Graduates Show 2017
National College of Art and Design - Ceramics, Graduates Show 2017
National College of Art and Design – Ceramics, Graduates Show 2017
National College of Art and Design - Ceramics, Graduates Show 2017
National College of Art and Design – Ceramics, Graduates Show 2017
National College of Art and Design - Ceramics, Graduates Show 2017
National College of Art and Design – Ceramics, Graduates Show 2017
National College of Art and Design - Ceramics, Graduates Show 2017
National College of Art and Design – Ceramics, Graduates Show 2017

 

 

National College of Art and Design - Ceramics, Graduates Show 2017
National College of Art and Design – Ceramics, Graduates Show 2017

 

NCAD 2017 SHOW CATALOGUE

 

Author: Walkowska Aleksandra

 

         

 

SHAKESPEAREAN CHARACTERS

Merchant of Venice mask

HAMLET, KING LEAR AND THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

I have chosen three male characters from Shakespeare’s plays: Hamlet, King Lear and The Merchant of Venice. In styling the denim products, I wanted to create a display for male customers of M&S, creating a contemporary look mixed with the presence of Shakespeare’s characters and the versatility and long tradition of denim as a fashion material.

The year 2016 was the year of the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, this event became an inspiration for my project. Among other things, I also wanted to work with men’s fashion. It seems to me it is less restrictive than women’s fashion and also it is difficult to dress a man badly. The styling is very informal, and each of the models wears a denim fabric.

The most consuming of all was making the props: skull, mask, crown and wreath. Props have been preserved to this day, decorated with Swarovski crystals, they look very good on the white wall of my apartment.

 

Shakespearean characters fashion display
Shakespearean characters fashion display
Hamlet fashion display
Hamlet male fashion display
Merchant of Venice fashion display
The Merchant of Venice male fashion display
King Lear fashion display
King Lear fashion display
Hamlet and Merchant of Venice display
Hamlet and Merchant of Venice display
Contemporary Yorick skull
Contemporary Yorick skull
Merchant of Venice mask
The Merchant of Venice mask

TRADITION OF DENIM FABRIC

Through my research, I found out some interesting facts about denim fabric. It has a long tradition goes back to as far as seventeen century. There is a dispute where did it originate from Italy or France?

The colour of denim wasn’t blue at the start and the Italian sailors in the city of Genoa where making trousers out of it for work in the harbours. The material was strong and sturdy. The French pronounce the word Genoa – Gênes, it may be the origin of the word jeans.

In France, in the city of Nîmes the French were trying to reproduce the jean but instead, they created similar fabric later on known as denim. From Nîmes as the French say de Nîmes – denim.

 

Display inspiration, denim and past modern trend
Display inspiration, denim, and past modern trend

 

King Lear inspiration
King Lear and Hamlet inspiration 

ADDITIONAL PROPS

 

Theatrical information about the characters
Theatrical information about the characters

 

Shakespeare 400 poster
Information poster

 

Author: Walkowska Aleksandra

 

 

HAMLET WINDOW DISPLAY INSPIRATION

Hamlet window display

SHAKESPEARE 400

The 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death is the inspiration for this display. I have chosen Hamlet as the character for my window display proposal.

Denim was once again the trending fabric of Spring/Summer 2016 and as a sustainable 100%, a cotton material has a long history and tradition which dates back to the 17th century. In styling the denim products, I wanted to design a display for male customers creating a contemporary look mixed with the presence of Shakespeare’s character and the versatility and long tradition of denim (black jeans) as a fashion material.

Hamlet window display
Hamlet with Yorick’s skull

INSPIRATION

Shakespeare’s Hamlet

The display shows the character on a stylised stage, and we, the audience, watch the ‘dramatic’ moment when Hamlet contemplates death and suicide in his conversation with the excavated skull of Yorick. The style of the scene is contemporary, set in a monochromatic environment of the theatre stage, creating a Gothic and mysterious feel.

David Tennant as Hamlet in The Novello Theatre
Hamlet window display
Hamlet on the stage contemplating his own existence
Hamlet window display
Hamlet dark and mysterious
czaszka Jorika w sztuce 'Hamlet' W.Szekspira
The skull was made of balsa wood and sprayed with silver spray then decorated with some Swarovski crystals

THE MAKING OF

Initially, I had a different idea for the window but some of the props were rejected during the process. The SketchUp software helped me to visualise the design in the Gallery Space.

Hamlet window display
Hamlet window display,  initial concept
Hamlet window display
Display in The Gallery Space

 

Author: Walkowska Aleksandra

 

 

 

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GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER

"Guess who's coming to dinner" window display inspiration

MOVIE AS AN INSPIRATION FOR A WINDOW DISPLAY

The aim of this window display was to create a contemporary version of 1960’s style. My inspiration was a movie called Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner by Stanley Kramer.  It was originally written as a play what is quite noticeable while watching the movie, through the narrative, dialogs, and the set up feels like a stage too.

The main actors played in the movie were Spencer TracySidney PoitierKatharine Hepburn

At the time American white middle class was not ready for the mixed race relationships or marriages. Black Afro-Americans only started the struggle to become equal with the white Americans.

 

It was really an influential film for me growing up. There were so few representations of black people living as fully dimensional in a white culture. — Dawn Porter, African American filmmaker

 

I concentrated on Christina character played by Katharine Hepburn and chosen her as the main character for my window display. I found her the most important figure in the drama, the peacemaker, she is the one who built the bridge of peace inside the moral conflict.

Intensive blue was the most trendy colour of A/W 2014/15 season. I was working with blue, white and black colours on the mannequin accessories, walls, and props. I tried to recreate Christina’s style with the hat, long coat, and the striped shirt.

The gel filter used on the light was warm blue, I wanted to create the winter atmosphere. Later on, the gel was taken off … the light was warmer and it worked well during my photo shooting.

"Guess who's coming to dinner" window inspiration
‘Guess who’s coming to dinner’ window inspiration

INSPIRATION

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)

directed by Stanley Kramer

In this story, the invitation of a black man to a white family’s dinner table is challenging the family. In my window display, the suspended upside down wine glasses reflects the change of values and chaos caused in the family in this 60s movie.

"Guess who's coming to dinner" window inspiration

"Guess who's coming to dinner" window display inspiration

"Guess who's coming to dinner" window display inspiration

"Guess who's coming to dinner" window display inspiration

"Guess who's coming to dinner" window display inspiration
‘Guess who’s coming to dinner’ window inspiration

 

Author: Walkowska Aleksandra

 

 

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PAPER SKIRT MADE OF A YELLOW PAGES

Found Object Fashion Accessories

YELLOW PAGES TURNED INTO A PAPER SKIRT

The objective of this project was to create a window display with a found object, a material that could be up-cycled and revived. As we were not given much time in advance to keep our eyes open for an object that we could call a found object, most of us including me, went for an object that I would describe more as looked for rather than found.

So, I found 😛 few phone books in the cabinet in the hall where I live and I went to look for it 🙂 I always wanted to make a paper dress and there was a chance to do so!

COLOURS

I try to work with three colours. The phone book pages provided me with a ready solution and a colour scheme: yellow, black and white. I styled the mannequin in those colours and went for a deep grey for the back wall. Pure black I was told once is a flat colour and will make everything look flat too.

Found Object Fashion Accessories

INSPIRATION

Old phone books (called Yellow Pages in Ireland) were the inspiration for this model’s accessories. I wanted to show a thrifty creative young woman, who used her imagination to make this outfit for herself, out of what was basically rubbish. A modern Cinderella with a pro-active attitude.

FOUND OBJECT WINDOW DISPLAY PROPOSAL WITH A PAPER SKIRT

Found Object Fashion Accessories

Found Object Fashion Accessories

Found Object Fashion Accessories

Found Object Fashion Accessories

Found Object Fashion Accessories

Found Object Fashion Accessories

Found Object Fashion Accessories

Found Object Fashion Accessories

THE MAKING PROCESS

On the first image, you can see a quite long skirt, I did not feel it was working and it was getting really heavy too. Despite the work I put into it I cut it off. It can be a hard decision to make but the creative process has a lot to do with walking back and forth, testing and checking what is and isn’t working.

For the ballerina skirt, I was working once again with the rule of three. Prepared three different shapes made out of the pages. The back of the skirt is the most interesting as it is quite high up and looks like a bird tail.

It was my best display I got the highest mark for it and none criticism. I must admit till the day I was working on it I did not know how to finish it … the paper falling off the skirt and the crushed paper on the floor with the clips … that was something very spontaneous. At the time it felt good and it worked.

Always trust your instinct!

Found Object Fashion Accessories

Found Object Fashion Accessories

Found Object Fashion Accessories

 

Author: Walkowska Aleksandra

 

 

THE SLEEPING GYPSY, HENRI ROUSSEAU

Sleeping Gypsy by Henri Rousseau inspiration for a window display, college project for Visual Merchandising course in DIT, Dublin.

PAINTING AS A MERCHANDISING INSPIRATION

The objective of the summer window display was to reproduce a large painting and display it with a suitable merchandising product. I have chosen The Sleeping Gypsy by Henri Rousseau a French post-impressionist.

The Sleeping Gypsy (French: La Bohémienne endormie) is an 1897 oil painting by French Naïve artist Henri Rousseau (1844–1910).
The Sleeping Gypsy (French: La Bohémienne endormie) is an 1897 oil painting by French Naïve artist Henri Rousseau (1844–1910).

 

For 26 years the painting was lying in somebody’s attic unappreciated. Today it is considered to be one of the XX century masterpieces displayed in Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Henri Rousseau described his painting:

A wandering Negress, a mandolin player, lies with her jar beside her, overcome by fatigue in a deep sleep. A lion chances to pass by, picks up her scent yet does not devour her. There is a moonlight effect, very poetic.

Rousseau mixed different cultures, the gypsy is wearing an oriental costume, bedside her there is a mandolin, an Italian instrument. The lion hair is growing in an opposite direction, the face is more of a sheep face than a lion. It looks like a desert, yet there’s water behind them. No foot print of the gypsy. The mysterious painting arises a lot question to the viewer.

To me the painting of the Sleeping Gypsy is about dreaming, about the peaceful moments during our sleep when we feel very safe and cosy … in between the two worlds of wakefulness and sleep. I chose the bed linen as the product to emphasise the idea of shelter and protection. A place where nothing wrong will happen to us.


YIN&YANG ELEMENTS

The composition of the painting is horizontal (triangle shape, the rule of 1/3 applied), what makes it very peaceful with the horizontal lines of the mountains and the water in the background. The stripes on the gipsy go horizontally, yet on the pillow, the same pattern is used vertically. There is a contrast between the danger (lion) and the peace (sleeping gipsy). 


THE MAKING OFF

To reproduce the painting I had to follow a technique called grid drawing, which allows anyone to come up with a good scale drawing. The painting was created on the mdf board, which had to be covered with layers of PVA glue, otherwise, the board would absorb too much paint. The whole process of recreating the painting took me ten long days. I also made the mandolin out of a hardboard and the bed linen from the scratch, using college sawing machine. I recreated H.Rousseau signature on the red vase. More on the making off.

 


THE WINDOW DISPLAY WITH BED LINEN

The painting is suspended on the nylon thread. I used a blue filter on the lights to create the moonlight effect. I tried to recreate the layout and the composition of the painting using my merchandising products and props. The painting should be a little bit lower in order to create a unity with the rest of the display. Unfortunately, I was told to put it higher up …

It was one of the most time-consuming projects but very enjoyable to work on 🙂

Sleeping Gypsy by Henri Rousseau inspiration for a window display, college project for Visual Merchandising course in DIT, Dublin.
The Sleeping Gypsy by Henri Rousseau inspiration for a window display, college project for Visual Merchandising course in DIT, Dublin.

Sleeping Gypsy by Henri Rousseau inspiration for a window display, college project for Visual Merchandising course in DIT, Dublin.

 

 

Author: Walkowska Aleksandra

 

 

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