ECA Degree Show 2015

On Thursday we popped along to the 2015 Edinburgh Degree Show.

It wasn’t quite as good as the DJCAD show (…but maybe I’m a little biased!), but there were definitely a few wonderful works that captured my imagination…

… here are a few of my favourites:

Karolina Baines

Alexandra Von Trapp

Erin Quinn

Kristina Karnilaviciute

Tao Shen

Sophia West

Michelle Alcock

Chloe out.

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Introductions to the Past: Untitled (Out of Nature)

Untitled (Out of Nature) was put in motion on the first day of art class in my final year of school. Our task: create an installation. I had never made an installation in my life, i had barely done anything in three dimensions. But that didn’t stop me from being excited.

My inspiration for this project was drawn from a photograph i had taken on my summer holiday that year, a simple photo of a quirky way a shop owner in Corfu had decided to make his sign stand out:

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Our topic for this year was “Openings” and from there is where i took all my flowers, flowers are a perfect representation of openings. But for this installation i kind of wanted to turn that on it’s head. Instead of having my flowers living in the bagged water like on the sign, i wanted to truly remove them from their natural setting and preserve them. Remove their life, remove their openings.

I sealed the flowers up by firstly dipping them into molten wax and coating them over and over and then i strung them up fully inside the plastic water filled bags. I brought the idea of preservation out further by attaching labels with the flowers scientific names written on them.

That was when this piece was given it’s title.

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After having my plastic bags hanging above me for a few weeks, i came across this piece by Christine Borland “Spirit Collection: Hippocrates”

And i wanted to alter my piece.

I kept the waxed flowers but took them out of their bags and placed them in hanging jars instead.

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It was an interesting experimentation but i still think i prefer the bags.

 

I’d like to bring this project into the light and do something with it in the future. It was a great first installation, it was what led me to really get into the world of installations and it helped me realize how much i loved making things with my hands. One day, i’ll do more with it, for now i just thought i’d dust it off and share it with you.

What do you think of the work?

Chloe out.

Faery Wings Photoshoot

At night, behind my fluttering eyelids, I see myself flying through forests shadowed in sparkling mist, from my back protrudes great wings. Wings that are different every time. The dream always ends the same: suddenly I fall from my Faerie Queen throne, and I am myself again, wingless.
I have preserved the wings in the land of the living.
Watch as the twirl and spin before your eyes; that’s them dreaming of flight behind closed eyes.
For now, they are solid and stuck into their fine silver forms, stretched with glittering threads and magnificent rainbow glistening opals.
One day they will land back within the braids of their Queen, upon her wrist and wrapped around her ears; then they will fly again.

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Do i look like a Faerie Queen?

 

Chloe out.

Faery Wings Final Pieces

The Faery Wings pieces are finished… well… for now!

I’ve loved making this collection and now that i’ve finished it up for The Degree Show i keep coming up with other ideas for it in my head… stay tuned… i think there will be lots more to come from this collection!!

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What do you think of my little creatures?

 

Stay tuned for the photoshoot post to see how all these winged things are worn :)

 

Chloe out.

Coin-Operated Boy back from the electroplaters.

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Sterling silver electroplated vibrator container!

Shiny!

Thanks BJS, it looks amazing!

 

Now i just need to finish it up and add a little gold leaf!

I painted the insides with a little gold paint first. Gold leaf takes on the textures and qualities of what it is applied to, so painting it first i was ensuring that it had fairly even coverage (the inside was where the wires were attached for electroplating and therefore a little jagged and uneven).

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When the paint was dry, the glue was applied and left to dry for 10minutes (gold leafing glue takes hours to dry fully, and to apply you need to leave it for a while until it is tacky for the leaf to stick properly).

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As i wanted a rough finished i used my gold leaf scraps rather than full sheets.

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Application process!

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I wanted a rough texture on the inside because i wanted the hole to literally look like it had been drilled into, so the gold leaf will look rough and flakey like the inside of a gold mine!

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Photos of the box and pillow making coming soon.

Chloe out.