VISUAL MERCHANDISING, GRADUATE EXHIBITION, 2017

Savida, Visual Merchandising, Graduate Exhibition, DIT, Dublin

VISUAL MERCHANDISING, DIT

I was meant to write about The Graduate Exhibition Show of Visual Merchandising course in DIT, Dublin … probably two months ago, shortly after it happened … nevertheless, it is here now.  My apology for such a delay.

I must say there are probably only two maximum three displays I found interesting or well finished. There is no story behind most of them, there is no link between the hand made accessories and the merchandising products.

I hate to say it but there is not much intelligence behind them, those are just displays, basic marketing, not much creativity behind them. It seems the students had to rush to put the show together.

My favourite one is the one with the bathroom and the sea weeds splashed all around. There is a bit of a story in it but I am not sure where does it lead to …

I wish the student were allowed to think more like Brian Lambert the Visual Communication student further down in my post.

 

 

CLOSE-KNIT BY BRIAN LAMBERT

Well observed everyday life by Brian Lambert turned into a humorous documentary with a story to follow.

This concept could easily make an interesting window display as there are few intriging characters in it. The viewers could easly build up the rest of the story in their heads … if they wanted to. It is engaging and that is why it works so well.

I have the feeling Brian Lambert may have been one of those students that interpreted the brief his own way. By keeping detached from it he allowed himself to keep an open mind, therefore, the inspiration found him in the Starbucks Coffee and not the other way around.

I wish that students of Visual Merchandising had a chance to come up with a similar concept.

 

Brian Lambert, Visual Communication, DIT, Dublin
Brian Lambert, Visual Communication, DIT, Dublin

 

 


VISUAL COMMUNICATION, PHOTOGRAPHY & FINE ART

 

Visual Communication, DIT, Dublin
Visual Communication, DIT, Dublin
Fine art, Graduate Exhibition, DIT, Dublin
Photography, Graduate Exhibition, DIT, Dublin
Fine art, Graduate Exhibition, DIT, Dublin
Photography, Graduate Exhibition, DIT, Dublin
Fine art, Graduate Exhibition, DIT, Dublin
Fine art, Graduate Exhibition, DIT, Dublin

 

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BLOOM FESTIVAL 2017, PART 3

Bloom Festival 2017, Dublin

Bloom Festival 2017 & my last photographs

This is a mix of different gardens, unfortunately, I did not have a chance to catch their names and the designers. Just to let you know; plants will not look that good if they are planted so close to each other. By nature, they will fight for the territory and access to light, so the stronger, taller plant will take over the little one.

The way there are designed (except the Wall Garden) is just for the show and for the visual aspect of the garden. It is a bit like the IKEA rooms with a perfect colour synchronisation, styling and arrangement of the objects. All clean and tidy but no one lives there, it is just a set to let you be inspired!

Paper flower are designed and created by Queens of Neon.

Enjoy the colours and the ideas!

BLOOM FESTIVAL VLOG

THE WALL GARDEN

Bloom Festival 2017, Dublin
The Wall Garden

Bloom Festival 2017, Dublin

Bloom Festival 2017, Dublin

Bloom Festival 2017, Dublin

WHITE, RED & PURPLE

PAPER, COLOURS & WOOD

 

 

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BLOOM FESTIVAL 2017, PART 2

Bloom Festival 2017, Living Oasis by Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’

So, I have taken so many photos the day I went to see the Bloom Festival that I will have to spread them in more than two or maybe even three posts.

Taking photographs among such a crowd of people was not ideal, but hey maybe that’s the skill to be quick but good at it. In this post, I would like to feature few gardens with a story and a message behind them that somehow stood out among others.

Living La Vida 120 by Kevin Dennis

Celebrating the ‘oasis moment’ that we search in our lives the garden has an exotic look with a primitive feel and clean lines of contemporary design. I could picture the garden somewhere behind the main house, an area that was used for something else but with time and human activity became a place of retreat. Sort of a playground for grown-ups who love a bit of adventure.

Bloom Festival 2017, Living Oasis by Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’
Bloom Festival 2017, Living Oasis by Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’

Bloom Festival 2017, Living Oasis by Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’

Bloom Festival 2017, Living Oasis by Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’

Bloom Festival 2017, Living Oasis by Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’

Bloom Festival 2017, Living Oasis by Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’

Bloom Festival 2017, Living Oasis by Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’

Bloom Festival 2017, Living Oasis by Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’

Bloom Festival 2017, Living Oasis by Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’
Bloom Festival 2017, Living Oasis by Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’

 

A World Beyond Walls, Oxfam Ireland, by Niall Maxwell

In the last number of years there are now 63 walls and fences being built mostly in Europe between communities and between countries, says Jim Clarken CEO, Oxfam Ireland.

The World Beyond Walls designed by Niall Maxwell is a communal park with a big wall at the back that has been taken apart. The empty space in the concrete wall has been replaced with a mirror. I did not realise it at first when I was looking at the garden, I thought I was looking at a crowd of people on the other side of the wall.

When we are looking at that wall we see our reflection, so anyone on the other side of the wall is exactly the same as us. Human emotions are the same, no matter where we come from. Who would have thought Donald Trump would inspire such a cool, urban garden! 😀

Bloom Festival 2017, A World Beyond Walls
Bloom Festival 2017, A World Beyond Walls

Bloom Festival 2017, A World Beyond Walls

Bloom Festival 2017, A World Beyond Walls

Bloom Festival 2017, A World Beyond Walls

Bloom Festival 2017, A World Beyond Walls

Trócaire at Bloom 2017

The garden is designed to demonstrate the ongoing struggle that many indigenous people are faced with when defending their land. Being an environmental defender in Central America is very dangerous with two people killed every week defending their land, forests and waterways from big international corporations. In 2015, there were 185 murders of people defending their lands, forests and rivers in 16 countries across the world; the deadliest year on record. (click on source)

Trócaire volunteer at the show gave me the background story of the garden; it starts with a very poor soil on which only very resistant plants can grow – this part represents people who have been forced from their land for political and commercial reasons while suffering persecution and human rights abuses.

The inner area contrasts this with a lush oasis, symbolising the sustainable rejuvenation and empowerment made possible through Trócaire support.

The plastic purple panels represent people coming together, the colour is changing depending on the light.

Bloom Festival 2017, Trócaire
Bloom Festival 2017, Trócaire

Bloom Festival 2017, Trócaire

Bloom Festival 2017, Trócaire

Bloom Festival 2017, Trócaire

Bloom Festival 2017, Trócaire

Hope you feel inspired! 😀

 

 

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TRANSITION GARDEN, BLOOM FESTIVAL 2017

Bloom best garden award

Bloom Festival is a garden&food festival taking place every year in Phoenix Park (the biggest park in Europe) in Dublin, Ireland. The show is dedicated to the Irish garden designers and the local food producers, it is supported by Bord Bia – Irish Food Board. It’s a very popular festival bringing people from all around Ireland to enjoy the garden design and food from the local food producers.

If you intend to visit it you have to be well prepared, what I mean by that is to have your clothes prepared for all kinds of weather as it changes frequently at this time, comfortable shoes as there is a lot of walking to do. Basically, preper yourself the same way as if you were going hiking 😉

Many years ago I had the privilege to work for this year winners (and the winners of previous years) Oliver & Liath Schurmann. I spent a couple of years working with them in their Mount Venus Nursery and ever since became very enthusiastic about plants and gardening, but that’s the effect they had on me 🙂 Before that, I’ve never paid much attention to plants and flowers … gardening was something my mother did.

TRANSITION GARDEN

Is inspired by the couple’s fisherman cottage in Connemara  (the district in western Ireland, facing the Atlantic). Transition garden captures the atmosphere of the district that has influenced so many Irish painters over the years.  Oliver says:  (…) you have the feeling that when the person isn’t living there, well  the storm is just gonna blow it away and the landscape is going to live on.

We created an atmosphere, an atmosphere where the eye travels slowly, wanders through the garden, doesn’t really know where to stop looking. Once we achieve that we feel at home in the garden

And it is true, you just wanted to stay around the garden and meditate without realising it. The relaxing sound of the running stream and the sound of soft wind blowing … it was hypnotising and so peaceful 🙂 I would like to remember how the garden made me feel when I was looking at it, so I can go back to that moment when I need to.

Click for a full interview with Oliver Schurmann and his gardening tips on lighting, perspective and water in the garden in The Independent.

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017
Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

CONGRATULATIONS FROM THE PRESIDENT AND THE FIRST LADY

 

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017
Congratulations from the President of Ireland
Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017
Congratulations from the President of Ireland
Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017
Congratulations from the President of Ireland
Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017
Liat & Oliver with the First Lady
Liat & Oliver with the First Lady
Liat & Oliver with the First Lady
Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017
Liat & Oliver with the First Lady

THE IRISH TIMES

Transition Garden at Bloom Festival, Dublin, 2017

 

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THE BOTANICAL GARDEN OF THE COSTA BRAVA

Marimurtra Botanical Garden

THE MARIMURTRA BOTANICAL GARDEN

The Marimurtra Botanical Garden is located on the coast of the Mediterranean, perched on top of rocky cliffs in Blanes, in Catalonia, Spain. It is a creation of a German botanist Carl Faust who founded the garden in 1920’s.

It is a four hectares land dominated by a Mediterranean forest which is divided into three zones; subtropical, temperate and Mediterranean. There is also a pond with good few koi fishes 😀

A friend of mine visited the garden last winter, some of those images are from that visit. You can probably notice the different light, the plants or some of them look different too as they were in a state of vegetation. We went to visit the garden again at the end of April this year. To get the proper feeling of the place, it is probably the best to see the garden during different seasons of the year. There is a lot to take in during the first visit with 3,000 exotic species and plenty of other visitors around who are trying to find their own privacy within the place.

Poems wall in Marimurtra Botanical Garden

Marimurtra Botanic Garden
Poems wall

Mignon’s Longing
By J.W. Goethe

You know that land where lemon orchards bloom,
Its golden oranges aglow in gloom,
That land of soft wind blowing from blue sky,
Where myrtle hushes and the laurel’s high?
You know that land?
That way! That way
I’d go with you, my love, and go today. (…)

The Original: Mignons Sehnsucht, translated by A.Z. Foreman

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Personally, I found the garden very mythological … inspired by Greek gods and goddesses. Venus, Poseidon, Aphrodite or Zeus they all live there 😉 in a peaceful, calm atmosphere. Marimurtra garden is one of those places where you can travel back in time spiritually … as the time does not exist while you there 🙂

 

ZOOM

 

Curious koi fishes are not used to the camera!

 

Post created in collaboration with Sparky Magazine, all images&videos were produced by Sparky Magazine.

 

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CHEN MAN CHINESE PHOTOGRAPHER

Three origami rabbits

CHEN MAN WAS BORN IN 1980 BEIJING, CHINA

She grew up after Cultural Revolution as a part of the one-child policy. Today she produces covers and advertising campaigns for fashion magazines including Marie Claire, i-D, Elle, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and collaborates with major brands worldwide. She started studying painting when she was only two years old. Later on in life moved to various kinds of paintings including Western, Chinese also studied architecture and graphic design. The need for change made her want to try photography. Today she mainly photographs people.

 

‘We should utilise the way people view fashion to repackage issues such as animal protection, classic philosophies and traditional things because people’s eyes are spoiled by materialism.’

 

Chen Man fashion covers
Victoria Beckham photographed by Chen Man

Chen Man fashion covers

Chen Man fashion covers

Long live the Motherland by Chen Man

Dior “Miss Lady” by Chen Man

CAREER STAGES

For a long time, she was not recognised among other Chinese photographers as an artist. Her career has gone through three stages; the first stage was the Vision series for Vision Magazine. Then entered a fashion scene, that’s when her second stage began. Chen Man started doing a lot of fashion and commercial shoots. Her third stage is fusing Chinese artistic roots with a Western approach. She combines photographic techniques and posts work technologies.

Chen Man is the first to photograph China’s contemporary fashion scene, capturing the traditional culture and philosophies in visual settings. Her work expresses the relation between East and West, present and the future, earth and humans and the universe and humans.

 

‘To change the world you need more than one person’s strength. It’s not like before with the hero doctrine. To change the world you need the strength of the collective. So I photograph groups of people.’

 

Photographed by Chen Man

Photographed by Chen Man

Photographed by Chen Man

CHEN MAN THE VISUAL ARTIST

 

 

All images are linked to the original sources, click to find out more.

 

P.S

Featured image Origami Rabbits my own creation. I decided to put origami images for those posts where I feature Chinese artists.

 

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