Wednesday, 4 July 2012

The Woolly Travellers

Like Certain Dark Things

This piece started as an experiment in layering up line work. I'm still not 100% on it but I do like it and I have learnt a lot from working on this (I've been coming back to it for over a month now!). They fit in nicely with my gutterpunk theme, however as much as I would like to say they are based on the idea that they foraged and knit all their knitwear, my winterwear is very similar to these guys...However it is summer! and tomorrow I leave for America! I'm going to update as much as I can using my camera, I will be keeping my sketchbook  going every step of the way (I'm going to try to be very disciplined!) So I will leave you with these woolly travellers and a quote from Pablo Neruda, see you later!

What I Wore

I'm gunna share a quick couple of posts with you before I head off on my travels tomorrow. So I haven't shared my What I Wore pictures with you in a while because I usually just have them as warm up pieces but I do put them on tumblr and the lovely Gemma Correll picked one for her What I Wore blog. I love that blog so it was a really lovely surprise! I'm glad my little paintings don't put across how sweltering it was that day and indeed how lost I got when trying to find Columbia Road Flower Market. Why do I get lost every time? Anyways I thought I'd share this one and my Jubilee outfit with you. My Jubilee outfit was not seen at all due to awful weather but at least I can share it in painted form haha!

what i wore to the flower market

what i wore for the Jubilee

Sunday, 1 July 2012

The Mentor

  The Tribe project continues! I'm really enjoying compiling inspirations for this project. The initial idea came from my interest in indigenous people's textiles and this amazing documentary I watched called American Nomads, which you can watch here. The documentary centres on lone travellers who gave up commercially driven lives or ran away from their families for a life on the american road. I've always been fascinated by the traditional nomad. The original explorers and people like Bruce Chatwin, who walked across Patagonia in the 1970s and wrote about the cowboys, dinosaur fossils and general bandits he met. In the documentary I was particularly taken with a kind of subculture of kids who hitch hike an hop freight trains called "Gutterpunks". I want the tribe to be a kind of futuristic representation of the gutterpunks. 

the mentor
   Gutterpunks differ from general homeless people often in that they are voluntarily homeless, it seems this is their form of "anarchy" (hence the name "punk" being attached to them). I want the tribe to be a kind of childlike space age set of gutterpunks who have come together and made their own new religion and society. My knowledge is limited in how tribes initially form their societies and belief systems so currently I am just picking apart and choosing bits of what I learn about different tribes (on a mostly aesthetic level) to incorporate into the project. This piece is called The Mentor. When I started it I was thinking of the young gutterpunks who feel compelled to leave and how frightening it must be. It's been a while since I watched American Nomads but I think there's a part where one teenager gets separated from his group and I could only imagine how frightening that must be as jumping freight trains is a very risky business. I'm not sure what happened to this kid here, but he has someone to help him through it.