Aww Foundation was a great experience, I didn’t realise how good I had it until the end (funny that ey). So we were all different in our art styles and the one thing that unified our artwork was just that, OUR ART WORK. It was unique in it’s own right but it was all one thing ART! Recently, I have been trying to understand why that was, and it’s because we had a tutor who believed this with all his heart. If there’s one thing we knew in the foundation year is that Ian truly cared about each individual, problem is (like kids) we all wanted he’s attention and he was only one guy :P, but the genius of Ian is that he obviously knew this and surrounded himself with artists that got the ‘Art is Art’ message and allowed them to influence us.
I will be talking more about the others in other blog posts, but this one is just for Ian. So looking back at my photos I found a picture that flooded back all these memories; now Ian can get easily distracted whenever you spoke to him so all you had to do was say IAN! and he would give you this look that assured you that you had his attention, but we all giggled because it was the same look each TIME! My one regret is that I never got to see the rest of Ian’s artwork, he told me that he had a photo realist side, but I never asked to see that work, however he has a great and unique style now involving intricately painted sculptors, you can check them out on http://ianbottle.com
It was a nice and clear today, so I had to go out. A good friend of mine, Josh, suggested Folkestone so I thought why not. We went as far as the Harbour and made our way to the art studios. We met Kate Knight an artist and I must say the future of the visual arts looks GREAT! Check out her website: www.kateknight.org. and I need to be more prepared! For some reason I left my camera at home but thank God I had my phone camera handy. It’s amazing what phone cameras can achieve!
I’ve always been a fan of Yinka Shonibare, Looking back at my Foundation journal I noticed that I read an article on his artwork, I cannot remember where but I remember catching a glimpse of his costumes made up entirely of African textiles and was amazed at the sheer volume and and detail of his work. A part of me always wanted a Chitenge jacket, but I still don’t know where to get one (mostly due to my picky attitude towards clothing). I’ve only ever made tiny garments and that was only during my fashion pathway week during my foundation year. SO I’M DETERMINED TO MAKE MYSELF ONE. Of course I’m lazy; so short cuts have to be made. So I raided my wardrobe and found two suit jackets I used to wear back in A-level (3 years ago O_O oh time) coupled with my boredom I thought why not practice first? So for some reason I want to hand stitch it all on….. to say the least I did the collar and gave up -_- I’m going to have to find some form of motivation to kick start the next project as the collar alone took me 3 hours! Somehow I’m liking the collar on it’s own so I’m thinking of leaving the Jacket as it is 😀