Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Architectural Inspiration

Final year architecture student, John Pilsbury, looked into the relationship between The Grapes pub and the river Thames, and experimented with the idea of layering existing wallpaper styles present in the pub to create another structure.

As well as using interesting laser cutting techniques, Pilsbury also looked into the potential use of the off-cuts which I think is an excellent use of material 


Sunday, 14 November 2010

Accidental Illusion

Playing around on photoshop with dots I created this trippy image:

Which gives the dots a 3D look, and is a little bit blinding

Austere Luxury

Emerging trend 'Austere Luxury' for Spring/Summer 2011 and Autumn Winter 2011-12, sees a stripped-back construction material look. 

Designers are "Re-writing aesthetic codes as we look for pared-down, hidden luxury with 'quiet' branding."

Evident of this is Demakersvan's 'lace' fences, using basic materials yet still creating an intricate design. Retaining its function as a fence, not just becoming an art piece.

Demakersvan's designs are beautiful, and have a quality I would like to portray through my work - with the use of hard/soft metallic/transparent materials

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Alternative Surfaces

In order for my materials to reflect the underwater theme, and for me not just to use normal wallpaper, I want them to be either reflective, transparent or a mixture of the two (possibly achieved through layering/laser cutting)

Some potential materials from company BBrown:

I need to source some more materials with the transparency I am after, and possibly some other alternative reflective surfaces. Taking inspiration from wallpaper designers I have researched, possibly varnished wood veneer, and different kind of vinyl

Inspirational Traditional Movement & Repeat

 In the form of William Morris:

In order to understand repeat in traditional print I am studying William Morris' designs. He got to a point in his career where he was able to complete a successful design in under an hour.
I have decided to fully understand the principles of wallpaper I must put all my final designs into repeat, if only I could complete a working design in an hour!
Photographs taken at the Central Saint Martins Museum & Contemporary Collection Archive

Monday, 8 November 2010

Face au mur. Papiers peints contemporains

A contemporary wallpaper exhibition which needed so much surface area it took over two museums, which I wish is in London but is actually in Switzerland.

Showcasing wallpapers, but with one museum design based and one art based, both had different angles of wallpaper they wished to display. The exhibition as a whole showing how art and design come together and how artists and designers work together but give different angles on the same projects.

Innovative wallcovering ideas on display include 'movie wallpapers' by Brigitte Zieger, a contemporary take on a traditional toile and can be seen:


The full article:


Thursday, 4 November 2010

Tokujin Yoshioka

Artist Tokujin Yoshioka creates beautiful 'Invisble' structures using transparent materials, inspired by senses such as wind and light.

The innovative 'Invisible Chair' is aimed to make you feel like you're sitting on air.
I particularly like Yoshiokas material choices, reflective and transparent, which I would like to use within my work.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Almost Invisible Installations

Katie Barton uses the cobweb to signify the "glassy, silent and delicate contrasted with the frantic yet structured" day in London life.

The beautiful, yet almost invisible structures of the cobweb offer the idea of natural layering and growth, which combined with Katies mixed media and material techniques created very interesting installation artworks for the Craft London exhibition

"A space is defined as a three-dimensional expanse, which through the analysis of its defining characteristics; architecture, history and use, can be transformed into a visually stimulating environment."


Monday, 1 November 2010

Art Illusion and Wallpaper

Emma Hack uses a mixture of body art and Florence Broadhurst wallpaper designs to create incredible illusions.

She uses the body as a means to extend the walls canvas with amazing results

With the effect so good sometimes the body is hard to spot!

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Eyes, Lies and Illusion

Ann Veronica Janssens installations depict spatial abstractions - working with how light and space coexist, illuminating spaces by projecting light to work with visitor's perception.

'Aquarium' - a perfect floating sphere reflecting both the viewer and the surrounding space.

Ann Veronica Janssens work was shown at the Hayward gallery in Eyes, Lies and Illusion exhibition, 2005.

Photographs by Pascual Mercé and Frank Nilson

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Reflective Feedback

Following group feedback on a previous project based on laser cutting wood, I have decided to use a combination of hard and soft materials for the current project, in order to enhance the idea of different perspectives/views.

  • Different Scale
  • Layering
  • Many possible perspectives
  • Function and Print
  • Interesting qualities
  • Two perspectives

Monday, 11 October 2010

Unpredictable Abstracts

Keith Tyson - 'Nature Paintings' - mixed media on aluminium.

Turner Prize winner mixes chemicals with paint, pours onto aluminium, freezes, and this is the result: an exploration of chance, beauty and wonderful colour combinations.

Zoomed/Cropped/Blown Up/Sculpted by AnOther Magazine - using point of view to give a different feel to the original paintings.

AnOther Magazine - Issue 17 Autumn/Winter 2009

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Flashes of colour and Flying Fish

An accidental photograph in which the sun and the fish tank helped the fish to fly.

Friday, 8 October 2010

Your 'Walls Are Talking'

and they were louder than ever - an inspirational exhibition about wallpaper, art and culture, a collaboration between the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, and the V&A Museum, London. 6th February - 30th August 2010.

Wallpaper was transformed into contemporary art pieces and was no longer a "quiet background for your home". Perspective was collective, enabling what appeared to be traditional patterns to reveal themselves as something quite different upon closer inspection.

With artists such as Andy Warhol, Sarah Lucas and Damien Hirst involved, the exhibition provided "a timely exploration of the possibilities and power of print."


Thursday, 7 October 2010

5 words

  • Fluidity
  • Diluted
  • Aquatic
  • Soaked
  • Reflective
and an experimental film - Astray Films, directed by Mickey Smith


DARK SIDE OF THE LENS from Astray Films on Vimeo.

The Beginning

It is the beginning of my third year in Print, Textile Design at Central Saint Martins and the beginning of a new project.
Initial ideas are those of aquatic illusions, William Morris/ Art Nouveau aesthetic and patterned perceptions.
Perspective and distortion are key elements, with traditional influences deviating attention away from the oceanic theme.