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 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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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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THE UNDERGROWTH STUDIO HANDMADE JEWELLERY

Undergrowth Studio earrings

I AM A BIG FAN OF THE UNDERGROWTH STUDIO UNIQUE JEWELLERY DESIGN

The artist says she often finds an inspiration for her design during her walks in nature. She collects plants, sticks and any other unusual organic pieces that could, later on, turn into a jewellery.

It reminds me of prehistoric jewellery, found during archaeological excavations on an old settlement somewhere in the world … The combination of ancient tradition combined with today’s trends concerning anything that’s organic just works wonderfully! The Undergrowth Studio jewellery pieces also make me think of mythological societies, old and new civilisations. In the future, I believe we will understand how precious and inspiring nature is.

So far I have purchased two pairs of earrings that I am very happy with, to touch and to look at every so often, I return to the Undergrowth Studio for more another time!

 

 

Undergrowth Studio sells their jewellery on Etsy, click on the link to find out more.