Monday, 29 October 2012

Dia de los Muertos Costume

I LOVE halloween.  Mainly because I love fancy dress.  I've been thinking about my costume this year and have decided on a Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) theme.  I was originally gonna go for Lady Gaga's suited skeleton from the Born This Way video but after doing some skull make up research the Day of the Dead theme came to me.  Should be easier on a budget too as I already own loads of colourful clothes :)

Original idea:

Dia de los Muertos:

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Urban Ramblers... Continued?

Wow some crazy things have happened to me this week.  An opportunity came up last Thursday to do what I see as an extension of the Urban Ramblers project, which was about fear and delving into hidden worlds and playing with outsiders' perceptions (Links here to the first ramble, second ramble and third ramble, and my final piece)

It's a terrifying and somewhat emotionally exhausting business but it's too interesting to say no.  If you don't explore you'll never know and not only is there so much to learn about the city, but so much to learn about myself and about people.  And it's people that make the city isn't it?

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Patterns in Trafford Park

Map of Trafford Park

The two routes we walked (crossing over in the middle)

Patchwork of individually observed patterns from our 2 site visits

Close up of patterns

(This would make one funky patchwork quilt.)

Monday, 8 October 2012

KT McNally's Gaga Paintings

Being a massive Little Monster and a huge art fan, I LOVE this girl's painting videos.  She finally posted a new one today after being away for ages.  I always find it fascinating to watch how other people paint and KT McNally is especially interesting because she's ambidextrous (is both right-handed and left-handed).  This one I've posted below isn't the latest but it's definitely one of her best.  Even if you're not Gaga mad (like me) it's still amazing to watch...

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Information Is Beautiful

Inspirational ways of representing data, mostly from the Information Is Beautiful competition...

These last two are from this blog, The Republic Of Less, which has some interesting maps on it...

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Shrooms in Trafford Park

I spent most of today walking around Trafford Park in Manchester with two of my course mates.  Why? We  were looking at patterns in the landscape for our latest project (together we are the Pattern Squad).  

Trafford Park is a pretty, if not very, boring monotonous area (being the worlds first industrial park) full of massive roads, massive warehouses and massive factories.  In the middle of all this is a massive roundabout which we have now recklessly crossed twice.  But today on our second crossing we found on the roundabout a whole bunch of mushrooms.  Now I know that mushrooms aren't normally that exciting but when you've been trekking round an industrial park for two hours they are simply FASCINATING just because they break the endless fence, road, fence, fence, bollard, car, car, lorry, fence....

So just now I've been playing with my photos of them on photoshop:

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Trafford Park: Analogue Analysis

So our first brand new project this year is all about Trafford Park, an industrial park in Manchester.  Our first task has been to do two visual analyses: one completely digital/virtual and one completely analogue/physical. Although I've been facing my fears I'm still not much of a digital person but here is part of my analogue analysis split in to six parts: line, texture, pattern, movement, enclosure and colour...

I've done my best to try and use mediums that best communicate each feature e.g. charcoal for dramatic lines (good for smudging), fine pen for detailed features, soft pencils for rubbings and collage for strong patterns.  Looking forward to the feedback tomorrow :)

Monday, 1 October 2012

Angel Fields Sketches

Looking at the pattern, line, movement, enclosure and texture of the planting plan at Angel Fields, Liverpool Hope University (designed by BCA Landscape).

Colourful Pub

I came across this colourful little pub today.  It certainly lifted my spirits after walking round in the pouring rain all morning.  Love that they got a bright red picnic table to match!


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