After deciding to create Matariki kites we sat down to decide on what they would look like and what we needed to do.
We were told it would be good if they could fly, however we decided to just make them first to get the first step done and then we could consider it.
We created a few brainstorms which I have attached below where we figured out the shape of each kite and what would be on them, we then assigned a kite to each person to make. We created each kite to resemble each star and its properties in the Matariki cluster.
We then arranged to have some days where we would all come in to work on the kites together. Deb sourced the bamboo to use for the frames and then we went from there making the frames and the kites.
After looking at the concepts that I had already made I did some further research. I ended up gravitating toward topography drawings and maps. For me these drawings were a perfect representation of what I had been thinking of as they showed how the land was structured and all the layers involved. I took a look at my concepts, These three in particular:
After looking at these I started thinking of how I could develop those similar ideas into a few final concepts. I was also starting to think about the practicality and how to construct these drawings. I decided I wanted to reference the topography maps as well as the layers and structure of the land in a terraced way but I didn’t want to create something that typically looked like a drawing of land layers or a structure. Looking at the layers I had drawn and the topography images I decided to draw the layers upright and separate, so that when I stood each layer up on the floor it would nearly be like looking at hills that receded into the distance or as if you were looking down at the terraces from the top. This was the concept I came up with after having that idea.
I decided that this best illustrated the thoughts I was having and decided to create this as my paper sculpture.
I started my ideas by looking at different images of paper sculptures and Images that resembled the quote and image in an attempt to saturate myself with ideas and visually coherent images of my subject. I was also trying to put together how I would visually translate how I felt about the quote and image put together.
What was the most challenging part of the process for you?
For me the most challenging part was attempting to understand the other persons emotions so quickly and develop a concept from that in such a short amount of time. However I do feel that this forced me to learn and process a lot faster than usual and helped me learn in a different way. I think it is a great process to get into the habit of for fleshing out ideas and making a prototype quickly. I also found that I enjoy the concept of app design.
Continuing with my research I also looked at Ingrid Calame’s work to draw some inspiration from her art.
Ingrid Calame uses a method of tracing multiple different surfaces and layering the tracings together to create layered artwork of different surfaces. Calame’s work often looks like abstract maps and patterns. She uses a really interesting method called pouncing where she takes a tracing with holes where the lines are and pins it to a wall. They then take little bags of pigment and gently bounce them against the wall over the lines. They then remove the original paper and the wall is left with the colored pattern of the drawing. Calame usually creates these on a large scale, such as her work of the Indianapolis Speedway.
I found this method and process really interesting, it is something I would love to try with one of my more detailed pieces on a large scale.
Her work has given me inspiration as how to interpret what I would like to do with my line work and how I want to abstract my ideas. I found it interesting how combining different layers and stories of places can create complicated and detailed artworks with multiple narratives. Calame has given me inspiration for ways I can develop my process and has helped open me to think more outside the box with how I am creating my work.
This is the beginning of my Pinterest inspiration board. I will be adding and updating this board throughout my process. These are the images/artists that appeal to me and the types of art I find inspiring.
These were the images I chose to enlarge to A3 as two of my best ‘drawings’ that I wanted to focus on. I saw these images to both be successful compositionally, with the image on the left having a simple central composition and the image on the right containing a triangle composition with a foreground and background. I found the illustrative style of the work very compelling and felt drawn in by this feature. In my opinion both images have material that can be expanded and drawn on, or combined to create new meaning.
In this lesson we were guided through the basics of Photoshop to give us some knowledge of the tools we needed to know.
I found the exercises a little bit challenging as the most I have done so far in Photoshop is some basic image editing.
For these exercises we were taught how to use transparency and make shapes. ( The image on the far left.) Next we were shown how to clear cut and place images behind a section of wall. I chose to create the inside of an industrial style home or establishment. I found this exercise easier as I was a little bit more familiar with the selection tools and the way layers are arranged. For the third image we were taught how to use blend modes to create multiple exposure images. I found this task easy as I have created multiple exposure on Photoshop previously. I chose a Darkened Blend mode to make the chess pieces appear as if they were the forest.
Overall I found these tools very useful and I feel as though I am more confident using the program.
Auckland, New Zealand is where I’ve lived my entire life. West Auckland has been my home since I was five, with its rolling hills and wild beaches. The forests and the country have breathed life and energy into me, always bringing me back no matter where I go. The CBD, with its endless glass facades towering in the air and chattering streets has always been sitting at the edge of my doorstep.
However, my true home has always been the people I’m closest too. For me home is one of the most important things in my life. I relish having a space that feels serene, somewhere that the people I care about are close to me. Home is coffee with my dad. Exploring beaches with my dogs. Wild nights with my friends.
Auckland has given me so many experiences. It has been the reason I find myself in a crowd with my friends by my side lost in music that consumes you. Road trips, where the only thing ahead of you is the open road and the beams of light that are your guide. Beaches that fade into the water in the darkest parts of the night and the chill of the air weaving through my hair. When the only thing that matters is that moment and those moments that will continue. These are the experiences that have and will continue to shape me.
Throughout my life the most important thing to me has been living. To live healthily and to live well. As a sick child for many years my health has become one of my most treasured possessions. Knowing how valuable your health is means you never forget that it is worth your life. My childhood shaped who I am and without losing and gaining my health I would not be who I am today.
These attributes and more make up my identity. Art and music are huge influences to me. I’m a hugely identity based person, constantly thinking of who I am and what makes me, me. I am my home, the people I’m with, the experiences I’ve had and how I’ve lived.
Key Words: Identity, Home, Living/ health, Auckland, Experience.
Shutter speed & Aperture:
For this exercise as our first in photography, we were tasked with creating four images. Our shutter speed images show fast and slow shutter. One was shot at 500th of a sec and the other around 4′. One aperture image was shot wide open to blur the background and the other at a smaller aperture like f.22 to blur the foreground. We could have improved our blurred foreground image, however we all learned from the exercise and took away the basics.