February 2010 Archives

After Critique 2:

Recently I've been working on generating a lot of silhouette figures as you can tell by the image below.

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After MUCH trial and error, I have come to a few conclusions about the inkjet transparency transfer method. Although what I have to show are "failures," they were undeniably learning experiences that I am grateful for having.

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Right now the focus has shifted to transferring these silhouettes onto the clothespins and the clothespins functioning as such to suspend handkerchiefs from a clothesline. As the thought-process goes, the handkerchiefs would have embroidered imagery (possibly vintage silhouettes as well?) as well as text. After getting some feedback in critique recently, I like the idea of having the (essentially) two objects contrast one another. The clothespins being highly indicative of the post-World War II era of the homemaker/housewife and the handkerchiefs relating to that, but reflecting more of a "modern feminist" viewpoint. One thought today was "How about you take a Midol and text me later?!" I don't really know where this part is going yet, but I'm at least thinking! No shortage of bad ideas here!
Upcoming I will be posting more in depth about the concept of my project and getting more specific, but that'll come after my digital presentation on March 4th!

Proposition

Project Title: Feminine [Dis]Advantage

Media: Tactile/Digital/Mixed Media

Format Plan: 50(?) clothes-pins with inkjet transferred imagery. Possibly some embellishment using a wood-burning tool.

Theme or Ideas: I would like to address feminist issues and the idealized connotations derived from vintage imagery and aesthetics. Using the silhouette, the figures remain recognizable, yet anonymous.

Plan/Process: 1) Digitally draw silhouettes 2) Print transparencies 3) Transfer imagery 4) Embellish 5) Mount/Display

Artwork/artist(s) influence: Vintage dress pattern envelopes mostly inspire this work and the art unfortunately goes unidentified. Artists from the era include Leon Benigni and Luigi Bompard. Silhouette artists include August Edward, John Miers and Hans Christian Andersen.

How is it shaped by digital media: I'd like to reintroduce the 21st century to the beauty in the simplicity of silhouette art and it seems only natural that in order to relate a digital component be used.

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