Photograms

Photography project that we started last weeks was one of my favourite projects so far. We were creating a series of our own photograms which are photographic images created by placing objects directly onto the surface of a light-sensitive material for example photographic paper  and then exposing it to light…which means we were creating photographic images without using a camera. because we were using light-sensitive paper we also  had to work in the dark room what made everything even more exciting. Below I included a selection of photograms I created during this (unfortunately only) 2 days project. Enjoy!:)

First week session:

Second week session:

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Drawing Paper

Recently at college we started another 2 day project the aim of which was to make a series of drawings that explore the play of light and shape on an abstracted detail of folded paper using a variety of methods and drawing media. To start with we had to fold three long pieces of paper to create three different letters. Then using chosen scale and plot and measure we had to draw our letters.

With the first letter (I decided to use P) we had to show the contrast between the different parts of the letter using the weight of line so the line would be darker where there is a stronger contrast and almost invisible where there is not much contrast.. The second letter (G) was all about shading and so it was my favourite one. In this case however we were allowed to use only shading and no outlines.While I was working on this letter I realized that  blending tool is one of my best friends.It really helped my to create this drawing. The third letter(G again)..or actually only half of it. that I created that day was made of my initials (GS). The interesting point of this technique was that we were not allowed to change the weight of our initials so we had to keep our pencils nice and sharp all the time. The shading that we created had to be made  solely by letters overlapping eachother..and I think I completed this task pretty well!

London Tube Map-paper cutout

So, this is the very first (except the title page obviously) cutout that I created in my book of cutouts. It’s a London tube map and actually  there is no special reason why I decided it to be my first cutout ..I just though it looked cool! I was going to wait a bit before posting it but I was too impatient so here it is and  I hope you like it!:)                                                                                                                                  Oh, and if anyone was wondering, it’s an A5 sketchbok.

The book of cutouts

The book of cutouts

A while ago I decided to create my own book of cutouts, simply because I really love cutting things out of paper and I though it would be a good idea to have all my cutouts in one place. I also hope that making lots of cutouts for this book will help me to improve the quality of my works and just thinking about it make me feel excited! I already have some ideas for the first few cutouts but they are secret for now and until I will actually make them. I will be posting about them here so look forward to it!:)

Also, if you also like cutouts or just working with paper in general here is a list of artists you might find inspiring just like I did!

Painting

Some time ago I posted about the two day painting project that I was doing at college and promised to post the picture of the blue and yellow paiting that I was working on at the moment, once it’s finished. I finally finished it and so, here it is!
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I also took one a black and white picture of the painting to compare it with the  photocopy I was working from. I wanted to see if my choice of where to use yellow and where blue was rigth or not and I think I did a pretty good job!

Lastly..Massive Thank you to my cat for stealing all my brushes so I can take a stretch break every 4 minutes.

Memory Palace – Exhibition Review


Memory Palace by Hari Kunzru
Over the summer I was asked to write an exhibition review on the exhibition of my choice. I looked up some different exhibitions in London and decided to visit V&A to see ‘Memory Palace’ and The British Museum to see ‘The Art Of Influence: Asian Propaganda’ I found both exhibitions very interesting but I though ‘Memory Palace’ was a way more exciting to write about. If you would like to read the review that I wrote then here it is!  Memory Palace-Exhibition Review Enjoy!

Back in college we were asked to design our reviews in a way that will make them look professional. Then we had to print 13 copies of our reviews so every student and can have one copy of each review. Our next task was to design a book cover for our hand-made books in which we were suppose to put all the reviews that we had.

I though this project was really exciting as at the end of it I had a self designed book where I could find 12 different opinions about different exhibitions, all written by the people I actually know.

This is the book cover and contents page that I created using InDesign. For my design I decided to use word ‘review’ 12 times as this is how many reviews I have in my book. The fact that each word ‘review’ is slightly different reflects the difference between all of the reviews that can be found in the book. I though it was an interesting way of expressing the content of the book through the visually appealing cover.

Some alternative designs that I created:

And the most exciting part! The final outcome:

Public Art

Recently at college we were encouraged to do some research about public art as our college comissioned an artist Tim Ward to create a piece of public art in the campus of our college. We were all asked to come up with some creative ideas which is really exciting because everyone can participate in it.

For my research I decided to visit Oxford and together with my friend Anna I went on a journey to look for the Public Art of Oxford. Surprisingly, despite having a map it was quite difficult to find some of the pieces of artwork. However, I can’t complain because finding ‘Grilles and Railings’ by Jon Mills after searching for it for about an hour, giving up, and searching for it again felt more like finding a hidden treasure rather than just decorative gateway. We spend 4,5 hours and found 6 pieces of the public art…and two or three pieces of art which is also in the public but I guess it doesn’t qualify as public art. Enjoy!