Posts Tagged ‘Art’

Pick me Up

May 7, 2010

 On Friday the 31st of April I went along to see the exhibition Pick Me Up at Somerset House. I had been looking forward to seeing this exhibition due to the range of work that was being shown and also that there were going to be live studios in the exhibition, with the designers creating new pieces of work.

The exhibition was showing work from a number of studios and designers that really inspire me and with whom I enjoy seeing their range of work, such as Rob Ryan and Peepshow. There were so many beautiful pieces of work in the exhibition and a range of sources, from posters to pillows, to books and tea mugs. Ryan Studio was definitely my favourite section to view, as I just love the intricate detail and the variety of different things that he prints onto and uses his selective style for.

As well as seeing work by designers that I recognised, I also really enjoyed finding new work that I liked by different artists and designers that I didn’t know already. This opens up new areas of inspiration and research when it comes to finding inspiration and ideas for different projects. I am glad that there were a range of processes, materials and techniques being used to create the different work therefore helping and inspiring me with my materials research and ideas generation.

I haven’t put all the pics up as their are way too many but you can visit my Flickr site to view more of the images and most of the names of the different designers and artists of the work that I took images of: (more to come on Flickr)

Here are some links relating to the Pick Me Up exhibition:


V&A artists book collection

May 5, 2010

Below are a few artists books that I picked from the V&A artists book collection. Click on the images below to go to the website link, to see a description and further images of that particular book. There are so many unusual features used to create the book, many different materials and a range of styles and shapes.

I like ‘the missing piece’  as the book turns into a game or puzzle, so becomes something the viewer has to work out and interact with, which is the element that I am hoping to incorporate into my book.

Okido Pop up shop :)

March 10, 2010

Visit to the Okido shop on Saturday the 6th of March. There was fun, music, many people and much to look at. Here are just some of the pictures that I took…

Workshop for this Saturday:

So much kool stuff in the pop up shop

Puppets that were being made

Chie and Soju’s work. The travelling exhibition

I love all the different little bits, especially the badges and finger puppets, so fun.

Our class mini books from LCC:

Munch and twigs in Okido yayyy:

Two of my buys 🙂

Published blog post on ECCA London

February 25, 2010

Tuesday 23 February 2010     Posted at 17:00 by: Emma Wilson

Making Money from your Creativity: what Xiang did next

To get a valuable insight into how to use your creativity for enterprise, who better to ask than a previous competition winner for Making Money from your Creativity?

Xiang Zeng has recently graduated from Central Saint Martins and was commissioned to create images for the ECCA website.

One of her main pieces of advice is to start your own website or blog. “My freelancing is currently mostly conducted through my website,” says Xiang. “There people can find my blog with photos and news of my products as well as a shop where these products may be bought.” Creating a website is an unofficial way of publishing your work and getting your ideas noticed, and it can also produce revenue from sales.

Winning the ECCA London competition was no doubt an important contribution to her website becoming the first hit on Google search.

Using her creativity for enterprise, she explores many different design endeavours. These mainly include wallpaper design and illustration, as well as reinforced paper jewellery and brooches.

Her work was noticed at the degree show by The Hungarian Cultural Centre. “Together with four other students, was offered an opportunity to exhibit there,” Xiang explains. “The financing was provided by the centre, but the planning for the exhibition was entirely up to us. We had a 4 page long article in the Hungarian Elle Decoration in the October issue, which talked about the upcoming exhibition and about our work.”

This was obviously a great source of publicity for the exhibition. They also sent out invites, as well as creating advertisements on both Facebook and Twitter, all valuable methods of promotion.

It is clear that by becoming involved in different events, networking and competitions, it allows your work to get noticed and provides a platform for future work and experiences. Since being involved in Making Money from your Creativity, Xiang has completed many different types of creative work, such as: being involved in a fashion winter shoot with Rita Parniczky and designing a window pattern for a high end fusion restaurant in Shanghai.

Xiang gave some other advice for students on how to earn money from their creativity: “Business link is definitely a good place to start. You can get one on one free advice from them for a year and they provide telephone support as well. ECCA also has up to three free advice sessions for students and graduates.”

Networking is also a key aspect in getting started, as you meet new people who you may want to collaborate with in the future or who could possibly be your future customers. Xiang says: “It is most helpful to meet people who you may be able to collaborate with later or who may become your future customers. Good networking places are: Metropolitan works, Hidden art, Shell livewire. Constantly pitch for commissions.”

To find out more about Xiang, go to

ECCA will be launching a new competition next month, so keep checking back on Making Money from your Creativity.

Emma Wilson was a runner-up for a Making Money from your Creativity competition.

You can visit to see more peoples work for the blog posts.

Pop Life: Tate Modern

October 9, 2009

Firstly, £11 (concession price) for an exhibition, quite a bit of money but willing to pay if theres a good varitey of work and alot to see and there was alot to see but I felt that some parts of the exhibition didn’t stand up to my previous expectations. Don’t get me wrong there was definitely some great work to see. The exhibition is all about the various ways the different artist’s that they show, have engaged with the mass media since the 1980’s and how they have created there own signature brand. 

Good points:

A mix of work from a number of leading and different designers/artists. I liked how they showed different aspects about the designers, for me this included Andy Warhol’s mix with celebrity’s, obsession with social interaction and the real extent of his involvement in being the actual face of many different advertisements and even his one-time guest appearance in the TV show Love Boat. Previously, involvement in mainstream popular culture was felt unfit for a serious artist. I hadn’t really known about this part of Andy Warhol’s career previously.

Some of the rooms gave a great atmosphere and had a great look to them. Like the re-make of the Pop shop. I loved the black and white patterning around the room and the music that was playing. The Pop Shop was created by New York artist Keith Haring and opened in 1986. He collaborated and became friends with Andy Warhol. Pop Shop was a fun boutique, where Haring’s work became accessible to everyone; clothing and gift items.



Personally I think that the Pop Shop in the tate exhibition, which was actually selling stuff, could have been a bit more interactive, with more products on offer.

There was alot of sexual content but the positive thing to this was that there were good explanations behind it all, which didn’t make it out of place, just interesting to read about. This included Jeff Koon’s work; Made in Heaven, where he actually photographed himself with a hungarian pornstar. The purpose of this work, I guess, was to gain wide recognition, which it successfully did and it swept him into tabloid fame. However, apart from this, the unusual part to this was that this sexual fantasy actually developed into a relationship and then into a marriage. I guess if you were just walking around looking at the images and a video (shock horror) that you would all think it was a bit strange but there is so much reasoning and interest lying behind the purpose of the work.

The identical twins for Damien Hirst’s work were there, which was exciting as I had never known that they were actually going to be there. They sit infront of two sets of his iconic spot paintings. I have watched the You tube video of the appeal for identical twins, which has helped me to understand more. Damien Hirst believes that twins are a crazy aboration, they are connected and make you look again. Sitting behind the twins are the two sets of spot images; random arrangements but the same dots, where from far away they look the same. I guess that both the twins and the art from a distant looks identical, from up close you start to see a few, maybe minor, differences.

The exhibition room for the rising stars in the New York art world in the 1990’s; Rob Pruitt and Jack Early, was another greatly designed room. It was covered in gold foil with some paint splashed onto it and with big wooden shapes showing different work. Again with music playing.

Below is a picture to show the shaping and style of part of the work in this particular room. The paint on the wood was much brighter however:


Plus there was definitely alot going on in the room displaying the work of Takashi Murakami. Something your never be ready for, a Japanese styled music film with Kirsten Dunst playing the lead role. This will definitely keep you entertained for a while. Murakami has worked with celebrities like Pharell Williams and Kayne West, designing jewellery and accessories.

Another artisit who some of his type work I really loved was the German artist Martin Kippenberger. I couldn’t find a picture of my favourite piece of his that I saw in the exhibition but it has definitely influenced me in his style of work and it is something that I still have in mind as inspiration for a part of my next Uni project. Below is another piece of work that I found on Google that I liked. The illustrative style of type, the different sizes and the different fills are all what appealed to me in this piece.


Bad points:

I thought there was going to alot more of Andy Warhol’s work, which I was previously excited about seeing.

There was a great mix of work but it all moved quite quickly, from artist to artist. It is hard to explain but I think it is best to say I didn’t feel that much of a flow through the exhibition.

I would have liked to have seen more of and a wider range of some of the artists work.

I loved the Pop Shop but I think that it could have been brought to life even more, with an even more enjoyable atmosphere and a bit more happening. I would have loved to have seen this shop when it was open.

There was only one piece of work by the artist Maurizo Cattelan, which didn’t really appeal to me. It was a stuffed, dead horse with a sign coming out from the middle of it. After finding out that the horse was actually real and going for a closer look you could still smell that animal type aroma coming from it, nice. I appreciate that Cattelan is part of a long tradition of artists who have made names for themselves by courting controversy but I would have liked to have known more about this actual piece; the ideas behind it and the reasoning. Maybe it is just confronting the theme of death and causing controversary but it isn’t really exciting and new. Maybe I would appreciate more the work if seeing it in a wider context and looking on the Internet I can see some more examples of work. Still not appealing to me that much but I will give it a chance by finding out more.

I think a good way to describe Maurizo Cattelan’s work, is where Damien Hirst said that theres alot of theatre in art,  you can clearly see this in Cattelan’s work. It is a personal theatre of the absurd. He provokes and challenges the limits of contemporary value systems through his use of both irony and humour. 

After the exhibition I read an awful review on the way home in the Metro. They gave it a sum up of 2 stars out of 5. They say how; “There are plenty of contenders for most depressing piece, but perhaps the prize should go to Murakami’s Hiropon, a wide-eyed girl in blue ponytails bursting out of her bikini top. Her huge nipples are spurting jets of curdling milk, which functions as a skipping rope.”

Personally I did think it was a bit weird but I mainly found it quite amusing and very unique.


The review then goes on to say;

“All these pieces make up an unweidly show- it’s too big, diffusing the focus of what is undoubtedly an interesting conceit.”

So as you can see not everyone loved the exhibition but atleast liked parts of it. I would say there was something about it that felt a bit disjointed but there is some good work to see, some unusual work to see and some great tales behind the work. I felt that I definitely learnt a think or to from the exhibition. It would be interesting to see what others thought..

Mariscal Drawing Life

September 30, 2009

During the Summer I visited this exhibition at the Design Museum. I had read about him and seen some pictures on the Internet and thought it would be good to check him out. I admit that before I was stupidly unaware of Javier Mariscal himself but when visiting his exhibition I recognised some of the work, the characters mainly.

The exhibition was such a good one to visit as there was so much to see, it was jam packed with inspiration. I love it when you walk into an exhibition room and the impact, colour, amount and style of the work just hits you. There was so much to take in and it just makes it so interesting having a large amount of work to look at. There were boards covered head to toe with t-shirts, characters, posters, teddys, books, cups, tins, toys and much more.

Mariscal started a diverse career when he moved to Barcelona in the 70’s. He paints, he is a film maker, a ceramic artist, a performer, designs; furniture, jewellery, bars, hotels clothing….

Is there really much more he could do?

You can see this from the exhibition where there are so many different types of work. So it is interesting for all to see, even those not that interested in art and design, and I feel appeals to children to. It is all about how Mariscal sees the world.





Above are pictures from Mariscals website:

There are also some great moving animations that play behind 3D characters. An image from one below:


 Also there were these great little buildings, I think they stood out lot as I just wasn’t expecting them and they are just so unique. The one below was featured on Creative Reviews Blog. In the exhibition there was also an animation playing inside of it.


The exhibition runs until the 1st of November and I definitely recomment going to see it. While here I also got to see the Super Contemporary exhibition which is also great. You can be there for ages reading all of the text and looking at the images along the walls. You can really get some great information and I really learnt a thing or too. There are lots of great structures and creations in the room to see. You can see past, present and future works in the room, where the creativeness of London is celebrated.