FMP – Electric Jungle Collection

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For my Final Major Project, I chose to design products for the Spring Summer 18 trend ‘Electric Jungle’. I wanted my project to be full of bright colours, textures and patterns to really represent the theme. After a long 10 weeks of hard work and problem solving, I finally have a collection made up of 6 greetings cards, 6 sheets of gift wrap and 6 gift bags. I am extremely happy with how they have turned out and I plan on trying to sell some cards at the exhibition.

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Humour in Art

Satire: the use of humour, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticise people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.

“Humour has been a key component in art over the past 100 years. This subversive element can be traced from the early twentieth-century avant gardes, like Dada and Surrealism, through Fluxus and Pop, to the work of contemporary artists today. Yet relatively little has been written about how jokes, satire, wordplay and humour have had an impact on the cultural politics of art. Which is interesting if you consider that the most influential work of art of the past century is Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain 1917, an upturned urinal.” – Jessica Lack.

Glasgow Toile fabric

In 2004, textile design company, Timorous Beasties, unveiled their critically acclaimed Glasgow Toile. By reversing the pastoral context of toiles de Jouy, they transformed the traditional toile device to create an exclusively modern urban genre. The Hotch Blotch fabric series challenges a 1000-year old aesthetic mode by placing disorder within the structure of damask pattern to reveal the inherent beauty of splatters, drips and blotches.

Art as Protest

What is art for? Art keeps us hopeful, it balances us, art highlights what is genuinely worth appreciating and it’s propaganda for what really matters.

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‘The Walled Off Hotel’ created by Banksy was made to reflect of what happens when the UK makes a big political decision without fully taking the consequences into account. It has been one hundred years since Britain took control over Palestine and started ‘re-arranging the furniture’ which caused chaotic results.

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Inside the hotel, a variety of artists and designers were asked to decorate the rooms. One of the designers was Dominique Petrin and she creates a wallpaper made up of Xanax pills. ­­

Pattern Experiments

In the past few weeks I have started to experiment with my lino prints by putting them into repeat patterns. I have played around with different layouts and colour schemes (which I shared in a previous blog post) and finding out which of the characters work best together.

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Whenever I design a pattern I like my motifs to have their own space. However, as I was just experimenting, I thought I would have a go at overlapping the motifs to make the pattern look quite busy. Although I really like the colours and the layout of this pattern, it doesn’t fit in with the look I am trying to achieve as it looks like there’s too much going on.

After making a load of experimental patterns, I have finally decided on a colour scheme and which layout will be my main pattern. My next job will be to design a range of simplified patterns which complement the original one.

Memory

A memory can be in the form of sensations, images and emotions therefore memory lends itself perfectly as a subject in Art & Design. With the idea of memory in mind, some artists try to document things exactly as they are to create a record for future generations. However, some people deliberately choose to express the past in different or unexpected ways to change the way we think about history.

A Change of Heart

When I first started planning my designs for Textiles, I loved the idea of creating something that was super modern and looked very sleek, putting my own spin on a woodland theme. Although I loved the way that my designs were looking, I got to a point where I didn’t know what else to do with them. Originally, I wanted to make textiles designs catered for babies, but I found that the layout I was drawn to wouldn’t really be suitable as there was quite a lot going on.

After doing more research into children’s bedroom interiors, I decided I wanted to change my audience from babies to young children as it would allow me to make more complex patterns. I also wanted to my work to have a more naïve feel to it, so I chose some of my favourite drawings and made them into lino prints as this technique gives a less precise shape, therefore adding to the naïve look.

Once I had scanned and edited the images, I looked at 2018 colour trends for children’s interiors and then I used the Pantone website to look for colours that I liked but also fit in with the trends. I then gathered a range of colours and grouped them into schemes which I thought looked good. I decided to use a mix of muted colours as well as really dark shades of blues and greys so I wouldn’t have to use black, therefore resulting in a much softer appearance.

The Gothic

Gothic is a literary genre, and a characteristically modern one. The Gothic genre is a strange family of texts which themselves are full of strange characters, scenes involving rape and incest, and many other topics which are usually held back in other genres. However, there is no essence or a single element that belongs to all Gothic’s, but they do all have some things in common. These things include: place and time, a powerful character and a vulnerable character, sexual power, the uncanny, the sublime and the supernatural and the real.

The Gothic theme is also regularly applied to popular culture, Fashion in particular. Thierry Mugler’s Spring Couture Collection from 1997 includes many of the Gothic motifs in both the clothing and the show itself. The designs used for the clothing give the illusion that the models look like they are some sort of supernatural character.

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The opening outfit and the way that the model moved reminded me of the film Alien which links to the uncanny. The concept of models looking like aliens is very unfamiliar, but when you see it visually is becomes strangely familiar. The lighting also cast shadows onto the wall behind the models which added to the Gothic theme, as people associate shadows with horror films because of the fear of the unknown.

Colour Palettes and Patterns

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In the past two weeks, I have produced a wide range of illustrations for my ‘Wild Gatherer’ Textiles project. I chose to focus on five different categories: animals, insects, flowers, leaves and mushrooms/fungi. I then scanned these images into the computer so that I could add colour digitally. During this time, I also started to develop a colour palette which will run throughout my work and be suitable for my target audience, which is babies.

Typically, you would associate woodlands with colours such as brown and green, however I wanted to create something that was very sleek and modern looking, which is why I chose a monochrome colour palette with hints of colour. After doing some more research for my brief, I came across a company called ‘Carousel Designs’ who produce all things interior for baby bedrooms. Their ‘Mint and Grey Baby Woodland Crib Bedding’ design really appealed to me as the colour palette they used was unusual for a woodland theme.

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I loved the way that colours worked together so I decided to use something similar for my own work. However, I felt as if the palette was lacking something, so I decided to add a red in a similar tone to what is used in Matthew Ponting’s ‘Woodland Watercolour’ which I spoke about in my previous Textiles post.

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After developing my colour palette, I started to add colour to my illustrations. I also incorporated a similar technique to what I saw in Matthew Ponting’s work, where the outlines were slightly offset, giving the modern look a more juvenile element.

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At this point I also started to put the illustrations into repeat patterns and experimented with grouping certain coloured elements together to make a focal point in the pattern and then using the outlines to fill out the spaces.