Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Working in Indesign - Magazine page

Monday, August 30, 2010

CUVVSP11B - Apply Techniques to Produce Digital Images


When It Rains It Pours

Extra When It Rains It Pours

Me, Myself & I

Brush With Celebrity

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Year 12, Art Major "Memories From the Land"

Memories From the Land


This body of work explores the history of a family, by experimenting with nature and memories. I used ephemeral objects that would represent the intense feelings and emotions that come with living on the land. I used everyday objects such as ice and food dye, which came up with surprising results. By exploring the different aspects of the land I chose the common damn to experiment with, using the coloured ice as the focus. The family photo's linking to the concept of the impact that each generation has had on the land. Showing repetition througho
ut each image; the footprints on the ground symbolising each generation's genetic footprint and the continuous use of the coloured ice represents unity within the family. Each image being further connected to each other through a letter from each individual from the family of their memories being involved in the land. My inspiration came from my mentor Andy
Goldsworthy, through his pieces of works that demonstrate ideas of postmodernism and ephemeral throughout his artworks. I believe whilst my images contai
n these elements my body of work
also maintains a strong cultural aspect.

Below is the finished product that i took photo's of to show the sequence and what to do to find the letters.

Monday, August 23, 2010

My Detail Art

I no its not the best, so its a work in progress when i have the time i'll come back to it.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

BSBDES304A - Source and apply information on the history and thoery of Design

Arts and Crafts Movement

The idea behind the Arts and Crafts Movement was to connect back to nature and natural objects that were designed and crafted by the people for the people. The vision of this movement was to see that the everyday worker not be brutalised by the conditions in working in a factory but rather a craftsman take pride in his skill, thus giving the worker the benefit of exhibiting his fine craftsmanship.

The goal in this design movement was to enhance individual lives by providing employment amongst society. Unfortunately the labour that went into the creation of a handcrafted object was overwhelming and was reflected in the prices, making it only available and affordable for the wealthy. Throughout this era the designers manufactured many forms of decorative art such as furniture, metalwork, glass, ceramics, wallpapers and textiles. 1(Parry, 1989, pg8)

For the Arts and Crafts Movement what influenced the designers was their connection with nature and their natural surroundings, finding inspiration from this was the driving force behind the idea of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Combining the British floral forms, the designers of this era showed an undying love for the countryside, demonstrated through their work with patterns showing originality and an illustration of their passion for nature. The British passion for flowers and floral arrangements was to be coincided with ideas of the designers from the Arts and Crafts era. Taking inspiration from the seasons the designers focused on the natural colours of the countryside and the growth patterns from each individual flora. Further focusing on maintaining the natural form of each plant was the basis in every design. Designers used the natural colouring of the surrounding flora for their designs maintaining a successful harmonious design or pattern.

Common characteristics seen in the Arts and Crafts Movements designs are sensuous and natural motifs. The common use of Willow boughs and Acanthus leaves provided the backbone and structure of designs see through this era. As a common theme designers used their natural surroundings to create inspiration and theme throughout their work, as seen in commonly throughout the work the use of vines and flora to create such designs but also the use of fauna was integrated into designs as well, for example ‘Purple Bird’ By William Morris and manufactured by Alexander Morton & Co.

The most prominent and influential designer in the Arts and Crafts Movement was William Morris. Morris’ individual patterns and designs created the foundations of the Arts and Crafts Movement and proved to be the most influential throughout history. Morris spent his life devoted to the movement and the creation of designs that surrounded him. This fascination with nature and the natural world consumed Morris’s life, as his early explorations began with embroideries and hand drawn wallpapers. His early printed textiles, for example, ‘Marigold’ and ‘Vine’ show repeats influenced from designing wallpapers, tiles, whereas his embroideries from patterns of repeating vertical and horizontal bands to single mirror-imaged compositions. 2(Parry, 1989, pg6)
As Morris’s designs became more and more well known throughout Britain and Europe it triggered an interest in the fashion industry, with the use of foreign plants such as palms and brightly coloured flowers such as fuchsias and hydrangeas. As this interest progressed the designs were being used in mass commercial manufacturing, as a revolt against this Morris chose plants such as Marigolds and Jasmine.

“William Morris’s versatility and originality as a designer of patterns have provided to be his most enduring monument, but it was through his views on society and manufacture that his influence on the Arts and Crafts Movement was felt the most. He believed that the importance placed on new technology in industry since the later eighteenth century had resulted in the gradual erosion of the role of the craftsman and the subsequent loss of traditional skills.” 3(Perry, 1989, pg10)

The second greatest influence on William Morris’s designs as a pattern maker was his fascination with historical art, which is proved to have a substantial influence in his designs for carpets, woven textiles and embroideries. In 1861 Morris became his own manufacturer creating his own business for production, Morris and Company. All of the good produce from his company were all hand woven from tapestries to carpets.
As an influential leader in the Arts and Crafts Movement, William Morris was a co founder of the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society, which provided a union in the decorative arts world not seen since the Middle Ages. Many influential designers, craftsman and manufacturers of the era as an initial revolt against the Royal Academy and its inhibitive display policy set up the Exhibition Society in 1887. The many members of this society adopted many of Morris’s ideas and designs to further the development of an original and new artistic movement.

Along side William Morris another great influence in the Arts and Crafts Movement was John Ruskin. Ruskin was one of the most influential and greatest social revolutionaries and conservationists the decorative art world had seen. Ruskin’s writing and poems provided the art world, in particular William Morris with inspirations for artworks. Ruskin dedicated his life to the theory about the relationship between life and morality. Ruskin studied, religious, moral and political views throughout art history and as a rebellion against the aesthetically displeasing industrial revolution, John Ruskin put forth many theories that inturn became very controversial amongst a conservative society.

"We are always in these days endeavoring to separate the two; we want one man to be always thinking, and another to be always working, as we call one a gentleman, and the other an operative; whereas the workman ought often to be thinking, and the thinker often to be working, and both should be gentlemen, in the best sense." – John Ruskin 4(

Together Morris and Ruskin campaigned against modern art and the poor quality of working life due to the Industrial Revolution for better living standards amongst society. Between Morris’s inhibition and passion for art and Ruskin’s characteristics of being a paternalistic conservative was the driving force behind promoting the Arts and Crafts ideas such as promoting the beauty of individual craftsmanship and seeing their work in a wider context of social reform. 5(

If not for the Arts and Crafts Movement and all the great artistic influences during that period today’s graphic designers would not have the basic foundations and understanding for the natural world and it’s surroundings and the understanding of the use of colour and how it can create simplicity and inturn complexity. The generation of simple motifs have been used for many centuries and come from an Arts and Crafts origin and are seen in modern day 21st Century designs. If not for the Arts and Crafts Movement revolution and protest against the Industrial revolution, and the use of natural elements in the designs the Art Nouveau movement wouldn’t not have been recognised internationally as a decorative art. Therefore the Arts and Crafts Movement has effected artists and their work all around the world for centuries and without this, the greater understanding and appreciation for hand made materials and objects would not exist and society would be consumed with industrial manufacturing.

Referencing List

Sourced: 1.08.2010, Wagga Wagga City Library
Parry, L. (1989). William Morris, And the Arts and Crafts Movement, A Source Book. Published, Studio Editions

Sourced: 1.08.2010, Wagga Wagga City Library
Rawson, P. (1987). Design. Prentice-Hall Inc. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

Sourced: 5.08.2010, Arts And Crafts Movement, Grey Cells Technologies

Sourced: 6.08.10 Museum, Arts and Crafts Movement

Sunday, August 15, 2010

im flying!!!

just the start of my assignment.. :) its a work in progress!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Own Design For Magazine

We had to come up with our own design for a magazine and have our own ideas for the front cover. We also had to come up with the logo and name for the

magazine as well.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Harmony Graphic Magazine Cover

In class we were ask to use a digital arts magazine cover and copy it exaclty and make it work on our harmony graphic, i was hard to make all the elements of a magazine cover work harmoniously with a illustration in the background. I think i did a pretty good job at it.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Harmony Graphic Redone

well this has been bugging me for a long time and i finally did something that i was pleased with.. the pain of being a perfectionist!.. it was painful and very stressful not getting wat i wanted im not fully happy but its good enough for now.. maybe one day when i have time i'll come back to it and make it perfect...

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Harmony Graphic Take 2!

well i wasnt so happy with the first one i did so i started again with the same basic idea and drew it out first in my visual arts diary and then drew it all up from scratch in Ilustrator!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Harmony Graphic

We were asked to recreate our own version if this castles in the sky image. I decided to do something a bit different then just castles and houses and retake my own version of it on the city and factories, going away from a more organic style to a very smoggy dark style. This is what I came up with. Also we were asked to include our own colour pallette..

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Report – Cultural Relationships with Design

1. 1. The Celtic culture has to this day remained a very influential and accomplished society in history. The Celtic culture has provided history with the most well known designs and patterns that have filtered throughout history to be part of modern society today. The intricate patterns and interlacing knot work designs are still used in today’s society, for example the Celtic tattoo designs are used in modern day society in Australia and all around the world. They are modern versions of the interlacing knot work and the Celtic cross that were designed and used in the Celtic culture. The Celtic cross is used today as it is seen as a powerful symbol even though there are many versions and variations of the meaning in the Celtic culture. For many in the Celtic culture the tattoo designs were used as a way to show family heritage, pride and religious beliefs. Today in modern society these reasons still exist for most people but may be slightly altered for some people as they do not fully understand the meaning of what they are having tattooed. The Celtic designs are being uncovered and understood more throughout history and in the present as more modern resources and technology allow for a better understanding and insight into the meanings behind the designs. Some designs today have been influenced by the original Celtic designs as motifs used in modern society for logo designs, patterns for quilts and other materials have traces of the Celtic Culture.

2. 2. Aboriginal art has many visual aspects; to the indigenous people the meaning is much more than dots and random symbols, they have spiritual meaning relating to the Dreamtime (creation). Aboriginal art consists of guidelines for rituals, tribal rules, sacred lands and Dreamtime stories. Each symbol in Aboriginal artwork has a meaning, for example the symbol for an animal is not just a representation of that animal but a story behind its creation relating to the Dreamtime. To non-indigenous Australians the meaning and cultural link behind these symbols can not being fully understood but are thoroughly appreciated for the connection that is created between the Dreamtime, religion and the land. The Aboriginal art is the aborigine’s link to their ancestry, past, present and for future generations to follow on and teach the stories and rituals to their families and tribe. Although some of the Aboriginal culture and art has been lost due to the creation of civilisation by non indigenous Australians, the Aboriginal people still fight to reclaim their rights to their sacred land, that has some of their earliest art and Dreamtime stories that reconnect them with their ancestry. A cultures art is a representation of their whole existence they are able to record important happenings through the expression of art. Without the expression of art in a culture like the Aboriginal culture their Dreamtime would be lost the understanding and appreciation of this intricate and detailed art form would no longer exist. The Aboriginal culture has mostly affected socially the non-indigenous Australians (white people) socially this cultural group has been exposed to a different form of art that would not normally be excepted in the non-indigenous culture.

3. 3.Designers and lay people are impressed by M.C. Escher’s highly detailed work and dedication to his art, as he was able to manipulate and push the boundaries and the norm in pattern work. His peers and others respect M.C. Escher because of his fascination with pushing to improve the idea of Division of the Plane. Not only do designers find this theory to revolutionise the designing world but also mathematicians around the world found it brought a new perspective to the idea and theory of Division of the Plane. The respect that designers have for his dedication to pursuing his passion for theme, variation, repetition and tessellation is immense as M.C. Escher dedicated his lifetime to his exploration of architecture, perspective and impossible spaces. M.C. Escher managed to take reality and show the world the fascinating wonders that are around us.

4. 4.Art and culture of the past even to the present has remained to amaze and interest people all over the world. Looking back to the very beginning where cave man were able to leave their imprint in history has kept the human race interested in the mysteries of what the past was like. Through these messages people and cultures of the past were able to leave their mark behind whether it be stories or records of natural occurrences in the environment. Much like this the aboriginal people were able to leave messages through symbols and stories about the first settlers and stories about creation enabling its decedents to reconnect with their culture and past ancestors. Art has been an intricate part letting its people reconnect with their tribe or ancestry, regaining an interest and spiritual connection with their heritage.

5. 5. Looking back into history is beneficial to a designer because they find what has worked in trying to engage an audience, from that they are able to manipulate previous art into something that suits the modern society. In modern society designers are always exploring new and different ways to represent their work by looking back into history to find inspiration. By looking back in history it has inspired designers and artists to create art movements and revolutions in the art world. For example the Renaissance was the beginning of art movements, which by looking back into history future designers were able to create from inspiration from that era their own revolution and movement in art.

6. 6.I have always been fascinated with the ancient religions and their art. It has affected me by broadening my perspective on what art is to different people. I find it interesting to see what it considered beautiful in different cultures. I have always loved art and exploring the ancient arts has always been a hobby of mine. Buddhism and Hinduism has been my main focus on religions, being exposed to these studies in schools it has always interested me. The depiction of their Gods has been a major influence in my life as during my schooling years I explored the gods and the symbols used in representing them.

7. 7.Once again the only real cultural influence I can think of is the various ancient religions. I have always loved the different aspects of each religion, and been able to respect the different views on life, creation and Gods. I have been influenced by these beliefs as I am a Catholic but I don’t believe in the catholic views and rules. I am more of a spiritual person, I believe in meditation and karma. I have taken different aspects of the Buddhism and Hindu religions and created my own views and beliefs, structuring them around these aspects of different religions.

Detail Artwork

In class last semester Luke showed us some of his own detailed artworks and asked us to come up with our own version of detail art. I must say it was very complex and it was a struggle to make things work. I attempted three times before I finally finished one that I liked.