Constructing Movements in Art and Design Week 4 – The Dada Manifesto

Before this lecture I had already looked at the essay questions for this constellation. I really like the look of ‘compare and contrast the aims of the artists associated with Dadaism and Surrealism’, and so I had already started reading up on Dada, which I was find really interesting. I was looking forward to this lecture because, although I already had my own thoughts and views on Dada, I was interested to see what the lecture would uncover to me. I found it really helpful when we looked at the society and times that was surrounding and influencing the ideas and outcomes of the Dada artists, and how they acted to reject nationalism in a socially engaged manner. Another thing I thought that was really interesting was how each different sect of Dada acted different, how some more politically overt than others and how some had a much more negative outlook.

This lecture was really interesting an helpful and I look forward to the one on surrealism and psychoanalysis, to help develop my essay.


Photograph Embroidery Experiment

After working into and embellishing into some of my prints, I started to think about using the actual photography in my work. Printing my original photograph onto photopaper I started to think about how I could incorporate typography into my experiment.


20150224_171900100_iOSAfter drawing out my lettering on the back of the photograph, reversed so that it can be read when looking at the right side of the photo, I threaded up my sewing machine and started to in with free machine embroidery. Here’s where I hit a snag; the thread was knotting and ripping through the paper, my solution? I removed the thread the used just the needle to punch holes into the paper around the lines of my lettering. The result is quite interesting, not very clear but I like the ideas behind it. I don’t know how I would be able to embroider onto paper, and I plan to think further on how I could make this possible.


Group manifesto

Our intention is to collaborate our ideas within the ‘Hidden City’ and ‘Power and Technology’ together produce group research, mood boards and a final collaborative outcome. In our group we plan to explore the different aspects and areas of Cardiff, hopefully find the most interesting places/people that will inspire our work. We will have the opportunity to compare our ideas, bounce them off each other and help each to develop.

The Hidden City Experiments

Here are some of the experiments I have been working on this past week. combing print and stitch together; using new techniques I had just learned as well as those old favourites. I have experimented with drawing using free machine embroidery and I have really liked the results I have gotten.


Constructing Movements in Art and Design Week 3 – Futurism

I was looking forward to this lecture, after last week’s, and it didn’t disappoint. As a continuation of the time we’re looking at, this week we moved away from cubism to look at Futurism. I found this week really interesting because of the radical different between cubism from the week before, and the work, and ideas that were being put forwards by the futurists.

The futurists were an overtly political movement, with a desire look to the future, leaving behind the art of the past. Revelling in anything modern and mechanical, the futurists spread their manifestos through the use of newspapers to put their ideas in wide circulation, even from this early point the futurists were try to hit a wide audience. This group of artists were passionate about their work, so impassionate that they were almost hectic in their approach, ranting because they were so fuelled on their own ideas of art. Again we see the emergence of an Avant-garde movement.

The futurists up held the ideas of modernisation and industrialisation, especially with their sculptures and architecture, taking things back to only their necessary function, stripping away unnecessary decoration.  This impression was radically transforming the way in which people saw the world. Within Futurism we see the definition between what is considered art and what is considered life becoming weaker.

The workings of the futurists got more and more aggressive, they wanted their audience to become participants in their work so they purposely irritated and angered them to cause confrontation that they then wanted to spread out onto the streets of Italy. Futurism strove to literally transform everything, they made art that was centred around the discontinuity of the city, focusing on the energy and movement. The Futurists artists Marinetti inspired two movements which followed, Russian Constructivism and English Vorticism.

I found the thoughts and concepts of futurism quite interesting, how they were radically different and completely impassioned with their opinion of what art should be.

Stitch Speed Dating Workshop – 17th February

With the same principal as last week, this week’s speed dating session showed us even more different sewing techniques that could made on a sewing machine using different feet.

This week I started on the needle punch machine; this machine knits different fibres together creating very expressive pieces of work. I really liked that with this machine, almost any fibres/fabrics and threads can be used to make wonderfully textured and tactile creations.
I then moved on to the 3-way cording foot. Like the cording foot last week’s cording foot, I was able to layer different threads and materials together; this time I could have the choice of using three threads at a time or equally I could use one, again I really loved the results produced by this foot. In also experimented by using the 3-way cording foot on the fibres I had created from the needle punch machine.
The tripe needle was the next foot I experimented with, I really liked the very delicate quality these stitches produced, they’re very decorative and I really liked using this machine, I experimenting with a few different stitches before then using the machine on the layers of fabric I had created onto the cording machine. I liked mixing the different styles of stitches that can be produced with the different feet.
The last two machines that I had to experiment with was the Fringing foot and the Pintuck foot. Both of these machines produced very decorative outcomes; the fringing foot stitches could either be left as they were or cut to produce little tufts of thread on the fabric. The piping foot, creates little paths on top of the fabric, which are again very decorative, I liked the pintuck foot and its outcomes, they’re quite noticeable raised lines on the fabric, without being over bearing or distracting, think they’re a really nice addition.
Having finished experimenting with the machines with enough time I went back to the triple needle foot and started to experiment on one of the prints that I had made during our printing workshops in the previous weeks.
Again I really enjoyed this workshop, I liked all the machine I experimented with and again I wish I had more time to experiment further.

Pecha Kucha Presentation

Looking back on my Pecha Kucha presentation, I feel like it went quite well. Although I was nervous and spoke a little too fast I was able to say everything that I had intended. The direction of my work is quite clear in my presentation and I think I gave a clearsense of how I think and my response to the places I have been seeing and the ideas these have generated.

Having completed my first presentation I think that I will be better suited for the next, hopefully being able to speak calmly and clearly and being able to choosing what needs to go into my presentation and what doesn’t. I found it very interesting to see the presentations from the rest of my group, to see how they have each approached this project and their presentation different.