This is the very first window display I have created during the Visual Merchandising course I did in DIT College in Dublin. I wanted to create a window which was a mix of a traditional British style and child-like drawings. I wanted to show this in a grotesque way, as a place where little girls like to dress in their mother’s clothes pretending they are adults. The window proposal is made of an electric tape, chalk and handmade paper bags as a merchandising product.
THE PROCESS OF MAKING
Researched British folk, illustration and patterns to develop the design idea.
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.
Some people do really like traditional shopping, I am not one of them. Unless it is a nice day spoiled with a good coffee. My idea of window shopping is screen shopping … while watching my favourite TV show or recently a lecture on design. I open another window and browse on Etsy. Even just looking at the handmade accessories makes me feel good, appreciating the skills and creativity of the artist. I am transferred to a fantasy world.
The day I found the Tiger and Lion silver, eco earrings made by Them Silver Seas I was looking for something quirky with a personality. Something I have not seen before. The theme is called Nights at the Circus. (I am not sure if animals in the circus are banned in most of the countries, but I would hope that they are. They never looked happy there anyway.)
This is the kind of work I admire the most, the artist Laura Brown does not explain in details what the story is about but leaves it to the viewer interpretation. With the similar effect some good movies have on us or a photograph that is never forgotten … they stay with us forever.
I have no idea where and how the story of The Tiger and The Lion had begun and where is it leading to. What I love the most is now I am the creator of the story too 🙂
Please, visit links provided and dive into the Them Silver Seasworld. The world of imagination, inspired by fairy tales, storytelling and storytellers, myths and folklore.
At the National College of Art and Design, graduates show the space occupied by Eva O’Donovan artwork called Metropolitan Girl was rather small in relation to all the paintings featured. Yet, the room was filled in with the female energy. The very intense energy of a strong very classy woman. The paintings were in a dialogue with the viewer or in that case with me … that’s what it felt like. Each was whispering something else to me and each had a different personality, character and the mood. I had an impression of being on the stage, surrounded by the characters from the paintings that were focusing and paying a lot of attention to me too. I was taking something from them and they were taking something from me. Exchange of an energy. Very theatrical and very clever, if that was an intention of the artist than it worked very well.
The entire mood of the Metropolitan Girl showcase reminded me of the scene in the movie with Geoffrey Rush called Deception (also known as The Best Offer). The character admires the private paintings that are locked in a large room of his house. A massive collection of female portraits possessed by their private collector and the collector possessed by the paintings.
‘An interpretation of portraiture. Oil painting on printed heritage fabrics with references to ideas of beauty appropriated from print media. Paint is applied in a controlled manner with background fabric playing as much of a role as the figure painted on it. A figure emerges out of the background with a sense of cinematic drama.’says Eva O’Donovan www.evaodonovan.com
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
LAUREN HOEY AT WORK
Friday afternoon doodles…I wish the pace of this time lapse was the reality of it all. ✍🏻💭⏳
Apologies for being dormant on Facebook. Here's a little clip of 1 out of 70 paper cut butterflies I've been working on. In total, the 70 butterflies took approx. 12 hours, 7 scalpel wounds, 3 tears and a dash of blood.
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.