NCAD FASHION, DUBLIN

FASHION&TEXTILE SHOW IN NCAD, DUBLIN

The aim of the School is to create a design culture engaged in an ongoing debate on all aspects of design, visual communication, fashion and craft; a culture that thrives on new ideas, new ways of doing things and new areas of exploration. We encourage our students to experiment and take risks in order to carve new aesthetic paths and make technical innovations within, and beyond, their design discipline. (source: click here)

JENNIFER REID

Poison Ivy

Research is driven by childhood memories and themes around civilisation versus nature. Contrasting structured silhouettes and playful tulle, my womenswear collection portrays what we usually view as a weakness becoming a strength.

ELLIE CONNOLLY

Passion in the Kitchen

A romantic ephemeral collection based on my parent’s relationship in their restaurant. Creative fabric manipulation techniques combined with an organic approach to garment construction are the main drives in my work.

insta: ellieconnolly9

NIAMH McTIERNAN

Shimmering Crowntails

My aim is to reflect the beauty of nature in the clothes that we wear. Shimmering Crowntails is an exploration of the reflective and refractive metallic surface qualities of fish. The challenge is to turn something old into something new, to create beautiful handcrafted unique, vintage garments with a contemporary look.

niamhmctiernan.wordpress.com

ANJA MAYE

Luv Club

Luv Club brings together two contrasting identities: traditional Croatian dress and the creativity instigated in a clubbing environment. I pay homage to the Licitar, a gift of love and use my personal documentation of clubs and parties to create a new identity. A celebration of love and party culture.

Instagram: anjamaye

LAUREN GIBSON

Raithneach

In ancient Ireland, mythology and folklore were a fundamental part of the knowledge encompassing each tree. They were talismans, each with their own meanings, uses and stories. My work explores native Irish woodlands through the juxtaposition of each species recreated in cloth, with excerpts from the National Folklore Collection.

Insta: laursgibson

OTHER FASHION&TEXTILE ARTISTS

I could not find a link or a name to all the artists featured in this post. If you recognise your artwork here please, contact me and I will provide the relevant links.

Author: Walkowska Aleksandra

FABRIC PAINTING, NCAD, DUBLIN

Eva O'Donovan, NCAD, Graduate Exhibition, Dublin 2017

GIRLS PAINTED ON PRINTED FABRICS

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.

Deception / The Best Offer movie trailer
Deception / The Best Offer 

METROPOLITAN GIRL

BY EVA O’DONOVAN

‘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

Eva O'Donovan, NCAD, Graduate Exhibition, Dublin 2017
Eva O’Donovan, NCAD, Graduate Exhibition, Dublin 2017
Eva O'Donovan, NCAD, Graduate Exhibition, Dublin 2017
Eva O’DonovanNCAD, Graduate Exhibition, Dublin 2017
Eva O'Donovan, NCAD, Graduate Exhibition, Dublin 2017
Eva O’DonovanNCAD, Graduate Exhibition, Dublin 2017
Eva O'Donovan, NCAD, Graduate Exhibition, Dublin 2017
Eva O’DonovanNCAD, Graduate Exhibition, Dublin 2017
Eva O'Donovan, NCAD, Graduate Exhibition, Dublin 2017
Eva O’DonovanNCAD, Graduate Exhibition, Dublin 2017
Eva O'Donovan, NCAD, Graduate Exhibition, Dublin 2017
Eva O’DonovanNCAD, Graduate Exhibition, Dublin 2017
Eva O'Donovan, NCAD, Graduate Exhibition, Dublin 2017
Eva O’DonovanNCAD, Graduate Exhibition, Dublin 2017
Eva O'Donovan, NCAD, Graduate Exhibition, Dublin 2017
Eva O’DonovanNCAD, Graduate Exhibition, Dublin 2017
Eva O'Donovan, NCAD, Graduate Exhibition, Dublin 2017
Eva O’DonovanNCAD, Graduate Exhibition, Dublin 2017
Eva O'Donovan, NCAD, Graduate Exhibition, Dublin 2017
Eva O’DonovanNCAD, Graduate Exhibition, Dublin 2017
Eva O'Donovan, NCAD, Graduate Exhibition, Dublin 2017
Eva O’DonovanNCAD, Graduate Exhibition, Dublin 2017
Eva O'Donovan, NCAD, Graduate Exhibition, Dublin 2017
Eva O’DonovanNCAD, Graduate Exhibition, Dublin 2017
Eva O'Donovan, NCAD, Graduate Exhibition, Dublin 2017
Eva O’DonovanNCAD, Graduate Exhibition, Dublin 2017

LOVINDUBLIN MAGAZINE

Eva O'Donovan, NCAD
Eva O’Donovan, NCAD

Author: Walkowska Aleksandra

THE 9&50 FREAKSHOW – NCAD GRADUATES SHOW 2017

TEXTILE ART & ARTEFACT

National College of Art and Design, Graduate Exhibition, Dublin 2017

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.

   

THE 9&50 FREAKSHOW

BY LAUREN HOEY

‘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 9&50 Freakshow, NCAD Graduates Exhibition, Dublin 2017
The 9&50 Freakshow, NCAD Graduates Exhibition, Dublin 2017
The 9&50 Freakshow, NCAD Graduates Exhibition, Dublin 2017
The 9&50 Freakshow, NCAD Graduates Exhibition, Dublin 2017
The 9&50 Freakshow, NCAD Graduates Exhibition, Dublin 2017
The 9&50 Freakshow, NCAD Graduates Exhibition, Dublin 2017

 

LAUREN HOEY AT WORK

source Lauren Hoey Art

NCAD 2017 SHOW CATALOGUE

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 chance to pass by picks up her scent yet does not devour her. There is a moonlight effect, very poetic.

Rousseau mixed different cultures, the gipsy 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 footprint of the gipsy. The mysterious painting arises a lot of 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 of.

 


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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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 handmade 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 seaweeds 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 was 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 a few intriguing characters in it. The viewers could easily 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

Author: Walkowska Aleksandra

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CHEN MAN CHINESE PHOTOGRAPHER

Three origami rabbits

CHEN MAN WAS BORN IN 1980 BEIJING, CHINA

She grew up after the 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 by 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

      

Author: Walkowska Aleksandra

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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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