Friday, 26 February 2010

Growing Obsession

I seem to have a growing obsession with vintage cameras and my Diana.  We have a personal project just now so I've spent the last couple of weeks drawings cameras then taking photos of them.  I've been using black and white film then processing it myself but sadly it's been going a bit wonky.  My negatives have been coming out foggy and generally a bit dodgy but I might pop in on Monday and print some anyway and see what I can do with them.

Here are some scanned drawings from my sketchbook.  Wonky lines ahoy.




Tuesday, 16 February 2010


I finally got my last batch of Diana photos back from Jessops on Sunday after 4 weeks of waiting!  I took them over the christmas break when it was snowing and I'm rather happy with the way they turned out.  Unfortunately a few of them havent scanned properly but here are some of the ones that did.










We got given an introduction on how to use the dark room today at uni which was very, very exciting.  I've ordered some black and white film so hopefully the next lot of photos I upload will be ones I've processed and printed myself!

Monday, 15 February 2010

Drawing Project

So this was the outcome of my drawing project.  Although not technically a drawing I'm still quite happy with it.  The flower at the bottom is a hellebore, which is a symbol of new beginings as it flowers through ice and snow.  I wanted it to be a bit subversive so I used embroidery as it's seen as being "nice" yet the message is less than nice.  Thankfully I do feel a bit better now that I've done it, and much better than I felt whilst doing the project.


Thursday, 4 February 2010

Little shadow, to the night will you follow me?

I now have my basic cape!  It's been cut and hemmed and now its time to lobster it up.  A success so far although I did realise after hemming it that I forgot to pre shrink my fabric, oh dear.  Hopefuly it wont be too much of a problem.

We've been doing a drawing project in the studio this week which has turned from being quite enjoyable to rather distressing.  I chose a very personal and difficult subject matter in hope of gaining some sort of benefit from it.  I thought it would be some sort of release and way of venting my emotion but in reality it has just made for a very unhappy week so far.  I'm hoping that once I'm finished it will have the desired effect but at the moment it's definately not.

Monday, 1 February 2010

Hallo Karen O

The aim:

Later on this month the 4th year illustrators are having a rock legends themed fundraiser for their degree show and I've decided to go as the one and only Karen O.  After much pondering over which one of her wonderful costumes to make I've finally settled on the one that she wore on stage at Glastonbury last year.  
Karen O is someone I've always had alot of admiration for - her style, music and general persona.  To sum it up I think she's rather amazing.

I bought some fabric today so I can get started but I've yet to do anything with it.  My costume obviously isn't going to be anywhere near as good as Christian Joy's (the wonderful designer who makes Karen's costumes) but I'm sure it will still be very fun to wear, not to mention dance in.  Maybe the lobster cape will become part of my everyday wear.

Christian Joy: