Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Age UK Update!

I've been working on my Age UK and i've come up with a really good idea! I've decided to have Douglas playing the piano, and have a floral background with photo frames on it, So the floral is like the wall, and the photo frames hung up on it, but without any photos in them, they're empty so it's as if he's alone because he's forgotten some people. I could have on the piano a music book, but with no musical notes inside it, only him playing from his heart, so i'll have the quote there.


My final components, I'm not showing my hideous prints to anyone, i've decided!


At first I was going to use a picture of Damask I took in an art gallery, but it's a very deep harsh red and I don't think it would work very well, sooo I tried out something else I found online on tumblr, it was a floral pattern but i did change it, i changed the colours so that they are a musky kind of colour, yellowy and faded, and also i re arranged the flowers so that the background would be able to be repeated. 

Photos of Initial idea:


As you can see, mine is a lot larger, the flowers are rearranged so that the image could be repeated, I've also changed the brightness and contrast here, i think i might tweek that a little more though. It looks too bright.

Monday, 28 November 2011

A small gift

Whilst in poland, i saw a lot of wooden carvings, and eventually after being intrigued I bought a small whittling kit and thought i'd give it a go. It was fairly hard and took me a while, but with persistence (and a few cuts) I managed to carve out a basic shape of a horse. I gave it away as a gift for mothers day but I was really proud of it! I also did some decorative floral painting on it. I had to follow some tutorials online and although the shape isn't perfect, i think that it has a ton of character and it's dead cute! 

Sunday, 20 November 2011


During my stay at Poland I visited Auschwitz, I can't really describe how I felt there, it was horrible, but not something I'd regret doing. I can only say that we were all lost for words at how horrific it was, something, even though we all knew we'd experience yet you can never be prepared for. We them moved on to Birkenau, again - lost for words. It's impossible to hold back your tears when you see something as shocking as this. I've seen plenty of movies and read plenty of books but honestly - nothing becomes more real when you're there. Eye opening but terrible at the same time. It really makes you appreciate what you have now.



I would have taken more photos but I was very overwhelmed by the whole place to think about much else.

It was a very eerie place, strangely, there were no birds, it was a very silent place. It's as if they know what happened and an essence of it still remains.


I went to Poland with university, and I have to say, it's such an amazing country, I'd love to go again. We went to the city of Krakow, it was very historical and full of beautiful sights. I'd like to have stayed longer, 5 days wasn't enough! During our stay at Poland we visited various places, Art galleries, museums, Churches, and Auschwitz. I'll make another post on Auschwitz, since theres a lot to explain. Here are some pictures I took during my stay in poland!


Monday, 14 November 2011

Bryony Lloyd & Sisters Scrapbook

I've been looking at retro collage artists for this project, i'm aiming for my work to reflect an essence of the past, showing that Douglas is the same person, with the same heart, I want it to feel so vintage, you can smell the musk just by looking at my image. I've looked through various artists but i really like Bryony, I love her use of composition, faded colours and the pictures she collages with. It's like retro fashion art, I like a lot!


I have also been looking around on Etsy, and I stumbled across a shop there which has some really nice small pieces of card with designs on them, inspiration!

Pictures Above from:

Some really nice things here, Those picture frames look really good, i'd like to have a go at making my own.

I want my image to be like looking into Douglas's room, and life at the same time.