Coming into the room full of butterflies within a second I was under an impression that I was covered in them! Even though they were not flying it felt that they were. There was so much to look at, I felt excited as a child who is chasing butterflies on a hot summer day.
Like if I was dreaming one of my abstract dreams where I am feeling happy and hyper. Stimulated by images appearing in front of my eyes, knowing I would wake up in a good mood because of the mad, colourful dream. Even if it was hard to find a story and a connection between one artwork and another, all together it made a perfect sense. Freakshow is like a dream wrapped in a warm blanket of all shades of brown colour.
‘Surrounded by ideals of perfection, my interest lies in the feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt; resulting in fantasies of escape and evolution to compensate. Using a variety of mixed media and textile techniques, I explore and imagined a narrative that borrows from a dark but humorous aesthetic informed by a freak show of hybrid creatures. A celebration of the imperfect has resulted in an installation that takes a classroom as the stage for an eerie metamorphosis.’ says Lauren Hoey
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.
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 in 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Dinnerby Stanley Kramer. It was originally written as a play what is quite noticeable while watching the movie, through the narrative, dialogues, and the set up feels like a stage too.
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 (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.
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!
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.
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
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.