Today was the first print workshop this term, where we completed screen printing. We first picked our images, which I had decided to look at a photograph taken my Marchand and Meffre, of an atrium in an interesting building in Detroit. I outlined this image on illustrator to get the main shapes and decided to use that for my print. We copied the image onto A3 and covered the paper in oil. We the placed the image onto the light box and placed the prepared screen on top. After which we then shut the lid on, and it looked as if it sucked the air out of the space. Not exactly sure how this worked but I went with it. We then washed the screens with the jet washer to release the shapes of our image on the screen. Afterwards we taped up the screen ready to print. we prepared some fabric and printed different colour’s threw the screen. This technique was a lot easier to techniques I had used previously to screen print. I was very pleased with the results.
French photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre are some of my favourite artists because they both have a passion about contemporary ruins, as do i. There website describes the history of the buildings and how they’ve come to be the way they are now. My favourite collection of theirs is the work they’ve done in Detroit, because the history is so real, and the photographs in my eyes are amazing. The idea that these buildings were once used and loved due to the industrialisation so much so, that it became the fourth largest city in the United States. But due to segregation and deindustrialisation, the population decreased rapidly, and buildings became outdated. They put it do perfectly:
‘Detroit, industrial capital of the XXth Century, played a fundamental role shaping the modern world. The logic that created the city also destroyed it. Nowadays, unlike anywhere else, the city’s ruins are not isolated details in the urban environment. They have become a natural component of the landscape. Detroit presents all archetypal buildings of an American city in a state of mummification. Its splendid decaying monuments are, no less than the Pyramids of Egypt, the Coliseum of Rome, or the Acropolis in Athens, remnants of the passing of a great Empire.‘
Today I completed a short introduction into silk painting. I started of using the same image as I had for my screen printing workshop. However I soon realized that this technique was made for prettier things then what I am currently doing. Although I really liked my sample when I had painted it. I then tried something slightly more bright and ‘pretty’ using shapes and flowers and thought this worked nicely. Yet I think this technique isn’t great for things I am interested in, or I want to create.
During the second day, we chose workshops to attend. For my First workshop I chose ‘pop up exhibition’. During which we bought in objects and looked at the idea of the story behind how it came to be with us. My object was a bolt I found in an abandoned warehouse back home in Manningtree. We had to create imagery to represent the story of the object. I paired up with amber and we decided to create a poster in order to show the story of how I became the owner of the bolt.
The second workshop I chose was ‘stick, stone and box’. During which we played three different games/ Challenges, in order to get us thinking of different ways we could complete tasks, instead of the conventional way. My favorite of the tasks was to find a way to drop an egg from the balcony and keep it safe only using tape, string and paper. We decided to wrap our egg up in lots of string, then tape and then paper. Most other groups attempted to make a parachute. Out of four groups, three managed to save their eggs. my group being one of them! HOORAY!!!
Before the Monday, we picked different two different Seminar’s to attend. I chose to attend ‘future currencies’ and ‘into the woods’.
The ‘future currencies’ Seminar was slightly random, however i really did enjoy what the gentleman had to say. It was mostly about why we exist. How our past is not fixed and we reinturprate it each time, from where we are now. He also talked about when someone leaves us, due to death, we don’t get over it, but we grow stronger and take it with us.
We then went on to discuss about Channel, and how her perfume is still the number one seller today, and is it un ethical that the company charges so much for one bottle, considering that Channel fought for women’s equality. We came to the decision as a group of artists that it was fair for her to charge the amount the company does because if we became famous one day, we would expect our art work to become higher in value due to popularity, and its understandable for the price to be the price it is.
The ‘into the woods’ Seminar was slightly confusing. It talked about children developing there idea of play outside and why we had become less ‘at one with nature’. They talked about new architectural children’s play schools, where they incorporated the outside as much as possible, to get children interacting with nature. I didn’t enjoy this Seminar as much, i was not as interested in it, in comparison to the first one. I was unsure where these seminars where heading because they just seemed to random.
Afterwards we attended a Keynotes lecture from David Hieatt, about his brand Hiut Denim. http://hiutdenim.co.uk/ He spoke about his product and how they work. His idea was to not wash his jeans, but to put them in a bag and place them in a freezer every day, and that they would need to be washed every two years using the technique. Because we over wash our clothes. His jeans have a life time guarantee.
David Hieatt is an entrepreneur. He’s well known for his brand called Hiet Denim. David First started his own brand called Howeis by making four t-shirts. At the age of 36 the company won an award being voted in the top 50 brands in the UK. Eventually he sold the brand to Timberland.
At the Age of 47 he started the brand called Hiet Denim. He started a small factory to make jeans, because his town in wales used to have the biggest jeans factory in Britain. Each pair of jeans is meant to last a lifetime.