MODULE: (2016) MIVC600.1 PRACTICE, RESEARCH AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Phase 3: Finalizing work, contextualization and presentation.

Since looking at Dains work i have begun making my collages a lot more busier and fun, i tried to be as loose and open with them and not worry too much about conveying my message. This has resulted in very visually strong pieces, which i believe show my concept in a new unique and fun way. With these pieces i tried to include more textures, mark making and elements to graffiti. I also aimed to use more  The next step for me is to try producing these by hand on MDF.

Reflecting on these piece, i am much happier with how they turned out, i believe it conveys my graffiti style and the transition from the graffiti to fashion works really well. I am very excited to work with these by hand and believe i am finding the right balance between the two mediums.

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MODULE: (2016) MIVC600.1 PRACTICE, RESEARCH AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Phase 3: Finalizing work, contextualization and presentation.

In my last post i spoke about making my collages more expressive and incorporating more of my graffiti elements in to it. Since then i have been looking at artists who work with graffiti and fashion in a more loose and organic style. Dain, a street artist from New York works frequently with the themes of fashion and graffiti, he often pastes up his images and adds layers of images, papers, tags and other methods of mark making.

After looking at Dains work i feel much more inspired to be loose and free when producing my collages. I will aim to incorporate different elements of graffiti in it and add more layers to my pieces.

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MODULE: (2016) MIVC600.1 PRACTICE, RESEARCH AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Phase two – Development and testing
Last week i visited Jason Woodside’s show and saw how he combined his graffiti with his studio practice. This has influenced me to re visit my graffiti work and begin incorporating it in to my project. Graffiti has gotten me where I am today, graffiti has taught me the majority of my skills and helped me find creativity everywhere. After painting graffiti for approximately 8 years I took a few years break to focus on my studio practice and university. However at this moment I feel it’s time to begin incorporating it back in to my work and going back to my roots. I’ve missed graffiti and combining it with my studio practice is really exciting!
Here are some collages which i’ve combined with my graffiti.

Looking back and reflecting on these pieces i feel they’re too restricted. When producing my graffiti work and my collages i am very expressive and loose within my style, however i feel these collages are not. I aim to be braver when working with them and making them more abstract, expressive and experimental.

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MODULE: (2016) MIVC600.1 PRACTICE, RESEARCH AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Phase two – Development and testing
London fashion and textile museum – 1920s JAZZ AGE Fashion & Photographs

This module one of my aims is to conduct deeper and more meaningful research, this means going out to see exhibitions and museums which i believe will benefit my work. Since i am working  with fashion from different cultures, i went to visit

1920s JAZZ AGE Fashion & Photographs at the London fashion and textile museum.
This exhibition was really interesting and i enjoyed it very much. It gave me an opportunity to see the everyday clothing, to fancy dresses, to bathing suits from places such as Paris, London to New York and Hollywood in the 1920’a. Additionally i saw the influence on these clothes from other cultures, such as Egyptian and Chinese. This was particularity interesting as i am working with fashion from different cultures at the moment. The styles, colors and designs of the clothes are very apparent when ranging from different cultures. I also got to see fashion illustrations by Gordon Conway from the Illustrated London News Archive at Mary Evans. This was also very helpful to see as i am working with fashion illustration mixed with collage and photoshop. Overall the exhibition was really valuable and useful for my project. It has informed and widened my knowledge on fashion and how to convey it through my work and different cultures.
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MODULE: (2016) MIVC600.1 PRACTICE, RESEARCH AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Phase two – Development and testing
Artist research – Jason Revok 

Since my last post where i have been talking about combining my collages with my graffiti work, I’ve been researching some more artists who do this. Jason Revok is a mixed media artist whose style originates from graffiti. He produces collages made from pieces of found wood which he paints on and assembles together. His influence of working on raw material can be seen deriving from his graffiti experience.

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MODULE: (2016) MIVC600.1 PRACTICE, RESEARCH AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Phase two – Development and testing
Gallery visit – Jason Woodside 

I attended the opening night of the Jason Woodside exhibition in Bricklane. This exhibition really appealed to me for two reasons. Firstly, Woodside is a graffiti and mural artist. My background of art and design has come from painting graffiti for nearly 10 years and i was really interested to see the transition he made from graffiti to art. Additionally he works a lot with collage and layers, something i am also currently producing in my studio practice. However Woodside combines the two. Since university i have kept my graffiti work separate from my studio practice, however this exhibition has really inspired me to start combining the two and incorporating my old graffiti pieces in to my collages. I think it would really fit with the theme of fashion, culture and identity as graffiti has become some what of a trend.

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MODULE: (2016) MIVC600.1 PRACTICE, RESEARCH AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Phase two – Development and testing
– ARTIST RESEARCH

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At this point i have been research different artists who come from an african background to see how they work with the theme of traditional and modern fashion in their work. It’s really interesting to see the different methods and techniques they use to portray similar subject matters.

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