Whist exploring street art for my getting weird project, I’ve also looked back to collage. Collage is one of my favourite mediums and I love mixing vintage images with patterns created from magazine cut outs, painted and textured papers and even found papers and objects. I really like this one, created from a collected image (from an old workshop, I think.) cut paper petals for the flowers in her hair and pen and ink background.
For our Posters brief we were asked to explore print and create a poster. I wanted to use a play on words relating to London. One of the most common phrases used around London is “Mind the gap!” on London Underground. “Mind the gap” is an audible or visual warning phrase issued to rail passengers in the United Kingdom to take caution while crossing the horizontal, and in some cases vertical, spatial gap between the train door and the station platform.
Another comically British issue is bad weather. Its currently grey and raining outside so I decided to focus on the shitty weather and came up with the phrase Mind The Rain.
I want to use a mixture of letter press for the text and lino cut block printing for the rain drops. Ive created a smaller A4 coloured with ink, but need to experiment with letter press and layout much more before I get to a final piece.
Ive started testing some letter press ideas as well.
Last week I decided to make my way into central London and battle the crowds on Oxford Street to get to St Christopher’s Garden. As a Celebration of spring, “Renowned artist Rebecca Louise Law transforms St Christopher’s Place into a spring spectacle with a suspended floral installation including the season’s most-loved flower, the Peony Rose.
I was not disappointed! Over 1200 fresh flowers have been suspended in the air and it looks (and smells) lovely! As an artist, I am fixated with the natural world, flowers are one of my favourite things to draw and with spring finally here its a great time to get inspired in an amazing city.
Recently I went to Brighton for the day, it’s one of my favourite places and also has some amazing antique and vintage shops! Ive always like collecting things and I love combining vintage images and pattern in collages, so I tend to collect A LOT of vintage magazines and journals. So when I spotted these 1950’s Picturegoer magazines I had to get them!
Picturegoer was a fan magazine published in the United Kingdom between January 1921 and 23 April 1960. Its primary focus was contemporary films and the performers who appeared in them.
The first magazine I got was from March 1950, I can’t believe this magazine is 66 years old!! On the cover is Maureen O’Hara, an Irish-American actress and singer. The famously red-headed O’Hara was known for her beauty and playing fiercely passionate but sensible heroines, often in westerns and adventure films. She worked on numerous occasions with director John Ford and longtime friend John Wayne, and was one of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood.
The next magazine is from 1957 and has Janette Scott on the cover (in what is probably the most amazing dress ever!) Born in Morecambe, Lancashire. Janette Scott became a popular leading lady, one of her best-known roles being April Smith in the 1960 film School for Scoundrels, in which Ian Carmichael and Terry-Thomas competed for her attention. also known for one of her greatest roles as the parson’s wife in the 1959 film, The Devils Disciple, that starred Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, and Laurence Olivier.
Love all the adverts of the era, especially the Imperial Leather Soap advert. Cant wait to scan some of these pages!
For my ‘Getting Weird’ brief I want to explore the diverse history of the East End and find something overlooked in our fast paced local universe that relates this history. So I started my research by simply looking around my local area around London Met and reading about the history of this area.
Map of the East End – 1880’s
The East End is often considered to be the heart of London, it is a melting pot of different cultures, foods, music and art. Throughout it’s history it has been a place immigration with each group who settled here adding to its vibrant story.
In the 15th Century, before the borough of Tower Hamlets ever existed a road called Whitechapel Lane ran through open fields, it’s name would later be changed to reflect the brick manufacturing in the area becoming known as Brick Lane. In the 17th Century brewing ale and beer came to Brick Lane; notably, the Black Eagle Brewery, founded by the Truman Family. Brick Lane has always been a hotspot for immigration (as it was a cheaper area of London) the first immigrants to arrive where the French Huguenots escaping persecution in the 17th Century. Over the years it also became home to the Jewish and Irish settlers and then Bangladeshi community, who brought with them new customs and foods. The area now being known for some of the best Indian restaurants in London.
Brick Lane is also known for its street art with pieces by Banksy, Milo Tchais, Bom.K and Liliwen, Otto Schade, Louis Masai as well as many others. There are plenty of amazing street art walking tours in the area and some online maps like this one on Inspiring City.
Part of my love of street art its how temporary it is, it’s fast paced and work is often covered or removed in a matter of months. I also love that there is an element of collaboration within the work. Street art can often reflect the feelings of a community, inspired by current events and can even be a means of changing views in our society.
I like the idea that the street in the area could also be “talking walls” and could be used to tell the stories of those who call it home.
This week I joined the Travelling Drawing Club at The Barbican Conservatory. A little known gem in the heart of the Barbican centre, the conservatory is the second largest in London and contain over 2000 species of plants and trees, a perfect place to spend a Sunday afternoon.
I generally don’t like drawing in a public place, but with a group of people I found it a much more enjoyable experience. The Barbican Conservatory is like stepping into a jungle, with so many plants and flowers surrounding you, its hard to not feel inspired. Im really happy with my drawings in my sketchbook and had fun drawing something unrelated to my university projects. I will definitely be coming back another Sunday! Check out The Barbican Concervitory here!