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

Phase 3: Finalizing work, contextualization and presentation.

These are the 5 graffiti collages I have produced by hand on MDF. I am really pleased with how they turned out. I feel that making the pieces more busier and expressive with the tags worked really well. The layers of paint, collage and graffiti can act as a visual metaphor for the many different cultures we have in society today. After producing both digitally produced collages and hand made collages I have decided to use the hand made collages for the exhibition. I feel these pieces express the celebration of different cultures through fashion really well with a unique and personal twish to them. I am also very glad i worked on MDF as the spray paint and collaging of the photos went on to the surface very smoothly, this was a little bit of a concern for me before i started the pieces. I originally intended to only exhibit three, however after looking back on them i feel exhibition all five will look really powerful and imposing. I believe it’ll convey my project concept really well.

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

Phase 3: Finalizing work, contextualization and presentation.

These are the first two graffiti collages produced by hand. My initial thought on these pieces is they’re not expressive enough like my usual work. Both my graffiti work and my collage work are very loose, however with these pieces I feel they’re very restricted in terms of composition and there isn’t any flow to them. When producing the pieces i over thought a lot of what i was doing and began doubting my work. However, after taking a step back and reflecting back on it i feel i can work back in to it. My next step i aim to work back in to them to try and achieve a higher quality result, one that represents my style and my project.

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

Phase 3: Finalizing work, contextualization and presentation.

I have been in the 3D worksop making wooden canvases and frames so I can produce my graffiti collages by hand. I believe creating them by hand will give a unique approach to the work and will differ distinctively from the digitally produced collage. Firstly i got MDF boards which were then cut in to 5 A1 pieces, i then used bits of timber to assemble a frame on the back. The reason i made this frame on the back of all the pieces is to give it more stability and to also make it easier when hanging in the gallery. I also believe collaging and spray painting on to MDF will give it a good texture and quality.

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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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