Part 1

Research

Helen Beard- from the true colours exhibition at the Newport Street Gallery

  • These images are from an exhibition which I went to a while ago, the simplified and graphic depiction of these sexual paintings are striking to me. Helen Beard celebrates sex from a female perspective, she states that we often see sex from a male gaze; therefore she subverts this in her artwork. These link in well from the work i created in the 'Lost Letters' workshop.

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JW Anderson

High Quality leather craft, contrasted with phallic shape creates a clever design, the keyring could be vulgar yet the simplified shape makes it appear more implicit rather than explicit. If turned upside down the shape alters and becomes more ambiguous. I thought this was comparable to my screen printed shape, where I had the letter C and created this humorous and graphic piece resembling a penis after sexual intercourse

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JW Anderson 'penis keyring'

 

Dazed editorial styled by Robbie Spencer

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Robbie Spencer ed in 'DAZED' magazine

I am inspired by this approach to styling here as it creates varied shapes, thus forming an inventive untraditional silhouette. Which very much embodies the way in which we went about the task today. The simplicity of colour, with striking imagery accentuates the nature of the styling and allows clarity for the viewer. The mainly black and white colour palette is also similar to the materials which I worked with today. This reference is particularly helpful when considering how I could refine and develop my work.

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JFFA research

Looking at chastity belts

The harsh and restrictive nature of these fetish accessories could be rather evocative and interesting if applied to jewellery design, the phallic shape of the male chastity belt if put on a female could be a fashion concept for looking at gender, how a penis evokes ideas of power, and just generally how we associate genitalia to gender when in reality thats not the case in todays climate.

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Tracey Emin "My bed" installation

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This famous bed installation has such a lifelike appeal, it looks genuine and not artificially crafted for artistic purposes. Which gives it a relatable charm, Tracey Emin is undeniably herself, unapologetic, she isn't afraid to come across as 'vulgar' or 'crude'. Her work is very symbolic of her own womanhood and personal life experiences. This installation accurately portrays a personal story and is extremely evocative for whoever is viewing it. This was the inspiration behind our 'student accommodation' installation.

Nensi Dojaka

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Nensi Dojaka utilises varied opacities of fabric within her garments, the layering of sheer like pantyhose and other fabrics creates an outfit with varied texture and also seems as if she draws inspiration from undergarments. This pulled and stretched appearance of fabric is a technique i found myself drawn to with styling. The idea of creating clothes which look "undone" or as if they are undergarments creates sex appeal yet in an editorial sense.

Using this in my work?

I found this influenced my work in the styling workshop with the first outfit I created, I kept using the technique of pulling fabrics taught and wrapping them around the body. Subconsciously as-well, whilst doing the sculpture workshop i found myself using the technique of pulling and stretching materials taught, layering them over one another.

 

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Spring Summer Balenciaga 2003

Looking at older collections, I remember this Balenciaga dress which Kylie Minogue wore in a music video during the early 2000's. Nicolas Ghesquiere used a similar layering and stretch technique with both sheer and opaque fabrics taking inspiration from scuba wear and surf style.

Rick Owens SS19

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Rick Owens

One of my favourite designers I had in mind while doing this styling task was Rick Owens, his work has a gothic, dark and post-apocalyptic sense to it; additionally he uses non conventional materials to allow for varied textures, which also alters how garments lay on the body. 

 

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