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 🙂 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.

“Puri Kura Dreaming” Vending Machine“Medititation”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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“Lightweight?” Exhibition, Dunedin.

For the past week I have been in Dunedin, New Zealand, helping set up an exhibition in association with the Dunedin Otago Polytechnic and the Australian National University School of Art. The Exhibition was named “Lightweight?”, which made reference to the weight and size limitations of the art pieces do to travel. Recent graduates, current 3rd year students and lecturers all participated in the exhibition, creating a total of 50 textile artists and pieces! I travelled over with two other students and two lecturers, we were billeted out (so very high school!) into a family of one of the students at the Otago Polytechnic. I believe that staying with such a wonderful family really made the trip, however we did learn a lot about setting up an exhibition and the nuts and bolts behind the organising process. Visiting another art school was also a valuable, I believe Art Schools have the same pros and cons everywhere and it’s refreshing to see that all Art institutions have the same problems.
We had an interesting talk from the owner of the Salisbury Gallery, a private and commercial gallery, which was interesting to compare to how a public Art Gallery is run. Much more profit driven, which I suppose is to be expected.

I had a quick look at this website before I left and it gave me a better idea of what to expect. It also had some very useful links to main attractions and Art and Craft Galleries.

Dunedin, New Zealand was cold (top of 13 degrees), scenic (so much green, hills and ocean), had a brillaint art life (especially sculpture and installations), great local beer (Speight’s) and a hilarious rivarly (oh, Australia, you mean that little island to the west?)

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. It’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 think…..

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Screen print

screen print

This is a sample of some of the work i make, pop back later to view some more 🙂

Old website.

Check out a website i made a few years ago at the Australian National University School of Art. When my new site is onle line, i would like to know if you think i have improved 🙂

What is my work about?

naked cloth corset

What is my work about?

The roles, attitudes and even the sexualities of men and women in society are slowly blurring into the same ideals, even aspects of our dress are becoming more androgynous. Males and females are equal bread winners, equal and active roles are being taken in raising children, the boundaries and distinctions between male and female roles no longer apply in our culture. There isn’t a separation of male and female, but of masculine and feminine; expressions rather than classifications. The two distinctions are not bound by the two sexualities they represent, they are free to be worn and expressed by both sexes.
Deconstructing clothes takes away the form and meaning of the garment, leaving just the fabric and the masculine and feminine qualities they represent. Fragments of the fabric still reference its past; buttons, seams and pockets hint at what the garment once was and what it meant.
The images I choose to work with are a contrast to the conservative material/fabric that I use. I see the images as what’s hidden on the inside of the clothes. Even as it is becoming more acceptable express our sexual feelings and behaviour they are still hidden just as is our naked bodies by the clothes we wear and the fabrics we choose to cover them with. These images express the hidden, our fantasies and secrets that are covered by the everyday fabrics of our society.

Frames.

The frames use second-hand fabric which has been a part of society; used by members of public and had a role in representing meaning to others. The fabrics are conservative and by contrast the images are of a pornographic/erotic nature. Here I am trying to represent that despite what is visible on the outside, a concealed, hidden inside part of your personality is beneath. I have been trying to combine female images with masculine fabrics and vice versa, because I feel it portrays an interesting contrast. The containment of the frame, makes me think of a small part of the bigger picture. Like a snapshot of a society coming to terms with expression of sexuality.

Collages.

The collages are a selection of writings, drawings, fabrics, and found objects. This bundled confusion of objects represents my concept by grouping together scraps of different roles, attitudes and ideals of sexuality in society. It is made up of fabrics representing masculine and feminine, garments with sexual appeal, advertising images, my own drawings and samples I have made in attempt to represent my concept.

Ties.

Even as clothing becomes more androgynous, the Tie is still a symbol of status, male dominance and power. While trying not to change the shape of this phallic symbol, I am trying to change its meaning. Using embroidery and screen printing, I am redesigning the Ties with pornographic/erotic images. To make the meaning of the less powerful, more humorous, more accessible and able to be worn by anyone and to comment on society’s confusion regarding sexual behaviour and symbols.

Lining.

I want to combine masculine and feminine elements with the inside and outside of garments. On the outside is what is seen and how we are represented and on the inside is our private lives; free to fantasise and act truly ourselves. I will change the lining and inside of garments to represent a different quality to what the outside fabric shows, I am doing this through using prints and embroidery of words and images that tell a different story to the overtly masculine or feminine fabric on the outside.