Sunday, 29 December 2013

Busy Busy Busy...

I've been promising myself for weeks and months that I would write again in this blog - I'm quite good at making plans - but not always as good at completing them. I noticed that I hadn't updated since August too (guilty).
I went back to university in September/October time, and have been busy with coursework ever since. Obviously I expected to be busy, but not quite this busy...
Aswell as having lots of university related stuff going on, it was also Christmas! Whether you like Christmas or not, all non holiday related plans/routines seem to go out the window.

Can you spot three cats in this photo? :3 The cats in our house are crazy about Christmas. Our family have always bought the pets a present or two, and the cats have a tradition of finding their presents under the tree!
Anyway, two days after Christmas is my birthday (my 21st birthday to be precise!), complete with lots of eating out, going out and all the rest.

That aside I was ill for an entire week during December, closely followed by everyone I know. I'm pretty sure everyone in England got ill this month. It was pretty crappy; both me and Fraser got ill on the same day - we woke up Sunday morning feeling dizzy and sick, and struggled to eat or drink anything for the next seven days :/ woop. My plans for Christmas to catch up on some to-do lists totally went in the bin following this...

Anyway I have alot to write about including the work I've been making which I intend to post about over the next couple of weeks, so if anyone is still up for reading my blog keep an eye out!

Friday, 16 August 2013

Summer Art Club with Day Job Studio

The other weekend I went up to London with Fraser, and on the way we stopped at Peckham. We were on route to Nandos in Camberwell where we ate our body weight in chicken and spicy rice, but we managed to stop over at Peckham Space!
It was lucky because Day Job illustration (whom I mentioned in my previous blog post) happened to be holding a little event at the Peckham Space.
It was called "Summer Art Club" - a free programme of art related fun designed by Day Job and inspired by the fast food outlets in Peckham. I also got to see the famous giant inflatable Digestive System which I had only read about on the internet prior to this...

I managed to convince Fraser to dress up in some of the food outfits on display! He makes a cute watermelon...

The inflatable digestive system blown up just for us! It was awesome!

Once inside it had lots of different 3D parts to show the digestive system in the human body aswell as some cute teeth lying around :) really awesome example of interactive illustration!

Another look at that watermelon costume...they also had a chicken drumstick one too, however it was too little for us to try on :(

Some giant fast food sculptures!

Aside from the art work, there was also an opportunity for kids to join in and make their own illustration on a table with the Day Job team.

They were given worksheets and made fast food themed hats and plate designs which then went on display in the studio space. It looked like a lot of fun and I wish we had stayed to make a few pieces ourselves but we were so hungry and didn't stay long :3

There was also an opportunity to buy some of Day Job's work - most of which was food themed and set up like a cute little restaurant - wish I'd brought some cash with me!

Charlotte Mei's toast and pizza sculpture pieces - some of my favourites.

It wasn't just Fraser who got to be a watermelon :3 check me out.

And I also was lucky enough to be allowed on the inflatable digestive system!

I felt like such a kid :3 can you tell?
This event is only open til the 18th of August so if you can, get down there asap before it ends.

Friday, 9 August 2013

Friday Night Late at the Victoria & Albert Museum

By chance some weeks ago I was looking for some arts events to go to in London, and I came across Friday Late at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. It just so happened that this particular event was themed as Peckham Takeover, part of a series exploring London's creative communities.
As I am in the middle of writing an industry report for my Summer project at university, I thought it would be really awesome to check up on Peckham's local illustration studio (and Camberwell graduates) Day Job, who were holding a little event of their own at Friday Late.
Their event was called 'Pawnbrokers' - they took over an area of the museum and put on an exhibition inspired by their turf on Rye Lane in Peckham.
Much of the exhibition was based upon the multicultural side of Peckham, and much of the sights of Rye Lane (which is plenty of hair & nail shops and high rise flats!)
This was pretty was a miniature advertisement, that happened to be electronic too and the advertisement kept changing every 20 seconds.

This high rise flat was possibly my favourite sculpture out of the entire series, as I was quite aware of and fond of the illustrator already (and the building itself!).

Love the pattern on this head piece :)

A sculpture piece by Charlotte Mei! One of my favourite ceramic-based illustrators.
This piece is all too familiar if you've ever walked through Rye Lane...chicken and chip shops everywhere...the odd chicken bone and sometimes chicken FOOT lying around on the pavement...

Part of Day Jobs exhibition invited you to draw on a postcard an item which you would consider valuable. Once drawn you would then exchange it at their stall for  limited edition Day Job cash (cute screen printed currency).
So I totally drew Britney Spears' chewing gum...that shit is valuable.
I handed it in to the stall and I don't think the girl found it all that funny actually. The guy she was with however did and happened to agree with me that it was totally valuable ;)
Quite a few other submissions - it was rather popular!
We then moved on to other areas of the V&A, including the 'Peckham Space - Peace Blanket'. It was an interactive peace blanket created by a Camberwell Graduate inviting visitors to stitch a square for peace in Peckham (a response to the London Riots of 2011).
It looked rather impressive as time went on.

Right next door to this Peckham Print Studio had their own set up which had people literally queuing out the door with popularity. People were given the opportunity to pull their own print on the screen print units and got to keep them after.
Lovely bit of screen of the things I can't wait to get back to in the new year at university!

The next workshop we went to was a bit of a surprise - Camberwell were running their own workshop inviting visitors to 'enroll' at the university, learn to illustrate then 'graduate' at the end with your own certificate and a photo of your 'classmates'.

This was actually quite fun, my friend Esi from my class at university was helping to run it so it was nice to see her!

We were given a brief (so like class :D) as well as bunch of art resources including collage and pens, and as a result I made this...miaowww natalie portman!

Seems like quite a few people had a go, there were so many awesome examples hanging up! They were starting to run out of display space...
And mine hanging up!!
Aside from workshops, the museum had a big garden in the center for people to drink and hang out. There was also a lucky dip going on, and another Peckham based drawing activity which got rather a long queue of people behind it.
My god was it crowded.. I swear half of London and its art scene was in this garden all at once.
For an event I had never heard of nor been to, I actually had a pretty good time! Very much considering going to the next Friday Late...we'll see.


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