Love From Japan….

September last year i went on a trip connected with the Australian National University School of Art to Japan. We stayed at the Kyoto Seika University in Kyoto for two and a half weeks during the University’s mid semester break and spent a few days in Tokyo, visiting museums, galleries, temples, shrines, markets, local artists and did lots of shopping šŸ™‚ The 20 students had an amazing time and decided to create and exhibition based on our experiences from the trip. The exhibition was called “Love from Japan…” we had a large range of mediums, as the students were from all different workshops within the School of Art. I put in 3 pieces in the exhibition, “Meditation” a three paneled tapestry made from raw Japanese silk, wool and cotton, the images were derived from drawings i had done after meditating. “Vending Machine” is a installation made from electrical tape and photographs of vending machine. I used electrical tape to make a vending machine on the wall with the photos of vending machines as the product inside the machine. The final piece was called “Puri Kura Dreaming”. Puri Kura is the name of the the sticker photos machines you find everywhere in Japan, Holly Gordon and I had a collection of Puri Kura photos so we made a collage. I loved the exhibition, it was fun and a great collaboration, which is how exhibitions should be.

ā€œPuri Kura Dreamingā€ Vending Machineā€œMedititationā€Invitation

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Tie Photos 2

I took some more photos of my ties on two differnet models, this time a created an enviroment and a context for the tie. I think in these photos, the tie adds to the personality to the scene and creates a distinct dialog.

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Photo’s and Men’s Ties

Photos for Major.
Over the weekend I used one of my male friends as a model for some photographs. I wanted to have some photos of my ties in a social setting and see what they would look like on the body. I found that the ties look much better on; they have a new life to them and seem to represent more when they have a purpose. Some of the photos were taken in a cafe with a shirt and props like a coffee cup to really set the scene; others were taken on the bare body. Itā€™s amazing that exposing flesh with the ties made them more feminine. The more exposed flesh the more feminine images appear. It depends how well the photos turn out if I will use them as part of my major, instead of developing the concept of the lining in my suit jackets etc.
I also wanted to take photos of sections of the body, both male and female to compare masculine and feminine qualities of both. Enlarge the images and play with the filters and settings in photoshop and use them as background in my collages. Let me know what you thinkā€¦..

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