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 a 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.
Since I wrote the post the artist has changed the name and the website of her brand. From now on you can find her pieces on Elby Brown Jewellery.
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
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.
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 and it is quite noticeable as the movie goes by. It is in the narrative, the dialogues, and the scenography feels like a theatre stage.
At the time of the 1950s, the American white middle class was not ready, yet 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 the Christina character played by Katharine Hepburn and chosen her as the main character for my window display. I found her the most significant figure in the whole drama. Her character built bridges of peace inside the moral conflict in the turned apart middle-class white family.
The deep intensive blue colour was the colour of A/W 2014/15 season. I chose to work with three colours; blue, white and black. I tried to recreate Christina’s style with the hat, long coat, and the striped shirt which I found in Primark.
The gel filter used on the light was warm blue, I wanted to create the late winter evening atmosphere. Later on, the gel was taken off by my supervisor … 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.