Essay

It’s that time in the year when I have to write another essay, so I won’t be blogging that much or doing a lot of art work.

I’m going to try and balance everything out evenly so I have enough time to do other things . (I hope) 😀

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Doll’s house bathroom

I’ve decided that I’m going to make the bathroom for the family photograph project. I was going to make the kitchen but that might take too long time to do. Maybe even longer then it took me to do the living room.

I hope this blog doesn’t get too confusing because I’m going to be jumping backwards and forwards to new projects and old ones because I’m working on both. Ahh stressful!

Barbara Kruger

I absolutely love these images by Barbara Kruger. There is so much meaning behind them, I can’t help but think about the conditions of women throughout art and in everyday life.

Women’s periods…whats the problem?

(This is a response to some of the images in my previous post, of women being limited to certain places when on their period.)

The images got me thinking about women’s periods in general and how it’s considered taboo to talk about it. There are a lot of women out there that were told when they first started their period that it should be kept a secret and not paraded around town. It’s something embarrassing and should not be spoken about, especially to men.

So I ask you why is it forbidden to speak about periods when it is natural and happens to every woman?

Slogan’s and signs for women

I can’t believe the image and slogan “Woman! Know your place”. I’m in shock.

I am not a burden. I am just a child.

Powerful and strong slogans

No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs!

I think the subject matter might be a bit more obvious now.

I’m not sure if many people realise this but these signs, especially the “No Irish, No Blacks, No dogs” signs happened in the UK too. I was speaking about it to some friends and they agreed that it’s only mentioned happening in the US and in South Africa with “white only”. People like Rosa parks, Martin Luther King and Malcom X are among other who are spoken about in schools. (Sometimes only shamefully spoken about in October when it is Black History month. Personally I think this history is way too important to only be spoken about a month of each year).

There are  lots of films out there that document and portray these events and the people. But what about Britain? Talking from my own experience, not once was it mentioned when I was at primary or secondary school, not even when it was Black History month. Can I say that it has become taboo to talk about? Well my nan must have felt that way because she never once mentioned her struggles to us (refering to the grandchildren). It’s like it has been swept under the carpet forgotten. The only thing I must mention is that they were not segregated in the UK.

Back to the point, when a large amount of west indians came to Britain in 1948 on the famous”Wind rush” boat (and many after), they were greeted with signs of “Room to let, No Irish, No Blacks”. The experience my nan had when she arrived in the early 60s was that the place of accommodation was miraculously full whenever she inquired.

T-shirt slogans

I’m not sure where I’m going with this project, so I’m not going to reveal my reasons until later.

This is going to be apart of other small projects that I’m going to be doing alongside the family photographs with the miniature furniture.

I’ve been searching the web looking for T-shirt slogans, some of them are quite eye startling. It’s strange what some people wear on their T-shirts.

The family photograph moving images

This is not finished, I am still working on it.

Let me know what you think of the video so far.

Enjoy 😀

The convenor

These are some shots that I took while I was preparing for my convenor.

My convenor went o.k, although I feel that when I presented just my photographs last term it went more smoothly. (Click here to see the photographs).

The main points they focused on was:

  • Why recreate a model, why did I not just use old photographs.
  • The issue with all my lost photographs.
  • The cut out and the background looked fake. e.g. the difference in the depth of field. (some liked it that way) however I did stress that it was not finished.
  • I have gone back to basics, which makes it more real because making models is what people use to do. It has now advanced  to CGI.

Thats all I can remember right now. My brain is still tired from having less then four hours sleep everyday before the convenor.

The editing begins

I’m not going to be showing anymore photographs until I’ve finish editing them. I just hope I’ll be able to complete this all before Thursday night. I’m going to have to work extra hard to get them all done in time. So for this whole week, I’m editing.

Doll house living room test image

A test image of how I’m hoping the finished image will look like.

I’m not focused that much on how authentic the room looks anymore. I think if it looked too real then there wouldn’t be anything special about the photographs.

What do you think? 😀

Doll’s house/room box

Nearly finished now. I’m just working on the arm and chair covers. In a previous post I mentioned that I was making some sort of arm cover for my chair, but I did not know the name of it. I have recently discovered that the name is antimacassar and arm caps. 😀 (the material over the chairs).

Enjoy 😀

Doll house/Room box curtains and netting

I made the doll house netting and curtains. I brought the fabric from a local shop that specialises in material, and brought the closest design of what the curtains looked like to me.

I didn’t have to worry about a curtain poll because my nan never had one, she resorted instead to tying up the curtains with string instead. (She made her curtains herself)

So for the doll curtain’s I made little pegs to tie the curtain string around to hold it up. This same peg is to hold the netting up with also.

I was so proud of myself when I was making it, however once it was all completed my feelings quickly change because to my horror I realised I had made the curtains TOO SMALL!

What do you think? Does it really look that bad?

More photograph previews

Some more previews of what will become moving images. They all need editing.

I won’t be using these images, but its just a taste of what I’m doing.

Enjoy 😀

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