Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Voodoo Queens and Art Unseen

Nina Chakrabarti. Mint.

As a lover of black line illustraion I adore how Chakrabarti plays on modern fashion images from magazines and the media to question the value of public opinion of beauty. I think these images help us to question what beauty is and what other cultures may percieve as beautiful. The juxtaposition of a magazine model or cover girl with a traditional tribal looking print which intirely covers the face would be a strange choice for a magazine photoshoot and is almost humourous through my eyes, which could be seen as a attack on over exaggerated politcal correctness not Chakrabarti's part.

Bodily compromisation. Yesss. I love art that is makes us question modern day ethics and public opinion. Consider, if you will the very controversial french artist Orlan, who expresses her work through her own body in the form of plastic surgery. This is weird, and perhaps too far but her message is clear; her body her a canvas and she intends to use that to it's full potential. Narcissistic, some may say but her art questions society and compromises her body for the sake of art and her love for her work and belief in medical advances and technologies. I wont make any appologies for her.

Pristine Smut

Liria Pristine is a very admirable and influencial designer in my eyes. I love the colour she used in her gradute show for her garments, with hues of brown, red and creams; neutrals that could be associated with autumn and linked into themes such as growth, decay, regeneration, death and pollution. All may seem quite negative in their approach to design but produce an elegant and delicate result that I aspire to create in my own work.

In the video Liria has a print out of one of Gustav Klimt's painting, Three Ages of Woman on her wall infront of her domestic knitting machine. In one of my current projects I am looking at the work produced in Vienna arond the 1900s, and in particular at the work of Kokoschka, Klimt and Schiele. It seems that Liria has been influenced by some of the issues and social context of the paintings which parallels with themes of my own work including tone and colour, emotional repression and violence and destruction.

Graduate fashion peices. Magnificent.

Rodarte RTW Fall 2008

As a designer specialising in knitwear I have developed a love for the work of Rodarte and their open knit structures.
This collection is a perfect example of their use of delicate yarns in knit accompanied by laces and organzas, the combination of which creates an enchanting feminine silhouette. The colour palette used here too is a beautiful combination of neturals and subtle pinks and oranges, romantic colours that always attract my attention and inspire my own colour selection in designs I produce.

In my current project I am developing my own materials file by experimenting with different knit techniques, I was insipred to learn the fur stitch from this collection of Rodarte and I am then going to work into the technique further by appling my own dyes and latex to the loops.

Watch this space...

Monday, 12 October 2009


I am currently in my second year studying for a BA in Textile Design at the University of Leeds. This year I have chosen to specialise in Knit for fashion and interiors, but have started to develop a strong interest in textiles for art and installations.

I have started this blog to track my progress as a textile designer and to record and post my interests in all art and design areas in order to broaden my knowledge and excel me further in my design future.

Peace out.