Sally Mann at the National Gallery of Art

In late March, I had the opportunity to see the Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings exhibition at the National Gallery of Art. I've been following Mann's work for several years off and on, but I find it incredibly beautiful and moving. It's been interesting to read about the different responses to the changing themes of her… Continue reading Sally Mann at the National Gallery of Art

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Peter Hujar at Morgan Library

I went to the Peter Hujar: Speed of Life exposition at the same time as I was working on the photography section of CAT 1. This was a post-humous retrospective of the artist's work; Hujar died young of AIDS-related complications. The following video was included on the Morgan Library & Museum's website, offering context for… Continue reading Peter Hujar at Morgan Library

Assignment Four: Reflection on feedback

The feedback I received for Assignment Four seemed fair to me; I felt I did a good job of thinking about a piece of art that seemed important and powerful to me. She offered two main areas for improvement. As usual, I struggled a lot with the constraints of writing only 1,000 words, and was… Continue reading Assignment Four: Reflection on feedback

Project 4 – Enveloping the body

Exercise 1 Here, we were asked to select a fashion image and analyse the garment shown in terms of the qualities identified earlier in Project Four. We were further asked to consider a series of questions. I knew right away that I wanted to use this exercise as a pretext for re-examining the work of… Continue reading Project 4 – Enveloping the body

Project 4 – Enveloping the body

Notes and research Texture When we're thinking about fashion, texture offers a visual and tactile surface quality to garments Examples of textured fabrics include: tweed, velvet, corduroy, seersucker, velvet, different knits, etc. Texture can be determined by several factors: the kinds of fibres used, the design of the yarns in the fabric, the production techniques,… Continue reading Project 4 – Enveloping the body

Project 4 – Enveloping the body

Notes and research How textiles relate to the body Two primary concerns when developing textiles into wearable garments: what are their aesthetic and functional qualities? Cost, production possibilities, and ethical and sustainability concerns also need to be accounted for. Aesthetic considerations = "look and feel" within a specific intended context (for example, evening wear (function… Continue reading Project 4 – Enveloping the body

Project 3 – Clouds and Pillars

Research point palimpsest: 1. A manuscript or piece of writing material on which later writing has been superimposed on effaced earlier writing. 1.1 Something reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form. Source: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/palimpsest [2 May 2018] Also: a parchment or tablet, reused after earlier writing has been erased (Oxford Dictionary).… Continue reading Project 3 – Clouds and Pillars

Project 3 – Clouds and Pillars

Textiles in context - Some examples Zaha Hadid - Serpentine Sackler Gallery extension Art or design Temporary or permanent Large-scale or small-scale Transforming and/or defining and/or forming Immersive and/or distant Pattern and/or colour and/or repetition and/or shape The notion of textiles being used as material for a permanent architectural structure is new to me: if… Continue reading Project 3 – Clouds and Pillars

Project 3 – Clouds and Pillars

Assigned reading: "Room Six: Territories" (pages 146-7; Place, Dean and Millar) Following this short reading on Mette Tronvoll's Project Mongolia-- exploring the lives of nomads who live in mobile textile homes called gers-- we were asked to investigate "gers" and other such textile-based shelters/homes including wigwams, tipis and tents. Gers Source (for facts and images… Continue reading Project 3 – Clouds and Pillars

Project 3 – Clouds and Pillars

Notes: -Project 3 explores the context of different textiles, pointing out that textiles are unique in that they "are rarely the end-product and usually go on to become part of a further making process." -Possible uses/contexts include: fashion, interior, installation, furniture, sculpture, architexture, product, automotive, etc., etc. -Textile uses may be large- or small-scale; may… Continue reading Project 3 – Clouds and Pillars