Monthly Archives: January 2016

Inspiration of the Week – "Tubism"


So this post isn’t going to be an artist but mostly a sort of visual inspiration that I found mostly by accident. This idea of Tubism simply comes from editing or creating your own version on a London underground map.

So I discovered this article on a site while looking at some stuff about the Situationists, and found the idea quite interesting.

The writer of this article (Pierre Nadilon) was actually a designer himself and made the above images and made them “Tubist portraits”

Although this isn’t a particularly new idea I do like how it’s fun and lighthearted, and I could do my own ones relevant to my project, as I am planning on having postcard sized prints available for people to take away with them and these could be added to give the selection a bit of variety, that’s if I’m even able to make anything like these.

NB – all photographs here have been taken from these websites:

I do not own any of the pictures on this post.

So just a short one today

Róisín -x

Inspiration of the Week – Alice Fox


Alice Fox is an artist who works in organic objects found within the landscape.

The project that I am most interested here is her project titled “Gifts from the Pavement” in which she looks at marks that are found in the streets.

In my next project I am looking at the marks we leave behind and I was looking for inspiration in recording marks and think that this is a very expressive way to do so. I also think that this is a very good research and investigation  method.

I like how the artist refers to these marks as “gifts” as these marks are more than just insignificant marks, but these marks tell a story and provide a back story to how those marks came to be.

Her sketchbook also lead to another series called “Pavement Pieces”

I might use this a small research method, but I’m planning on making my own mark so I will need to look at previous marks as a source of inspiration. This project has actually made me think of a playing card that I found when walking home so I think I might further develop on this idea.

NB – all photographs here have been taken from these sites in which her work is featured:

I do not own any of the pictures on this post.

Until next time
Róisín -x

Update :D


So there’s not much to say here cause it feels like I’ve not been to college in ages.

Over reading week I had the plan to finish up my presentation, complete my mini-portfolio stuff for Edinburgh uni and write my PLP, and in  stunning turn of events I actually stuck to my plan. Horray!! Pop open the champagne and unleash the confetti!

I finished up my presentation pretty early and I quite like how it looks and I now have plenty of time for practise so I’m happy with how that’s worked out.

I submitted my mini-portfolio last night, I mean I’m not all that hopeful that I’ll get in but I did put in effort to the images I submitted so maybe there is some small slim chance, who knows.

And with the PLP I’m sort of happy with how it’s going, this isn’t the final one yet so I think it’ll be a little more refined by the time I need to submit it. I’ll be talking to my mentor soon so I think I’ll be a bit happier after that.

So that’s all I really have for now
Hopefully my next post will be a little more interesting 😛
Róisín -x

Inspiration of the Week – The Situationists


So today’s post is going to be slightly different as I am not looking at a specific project or artist but more looking into a theory and a movement.

The Situationists, or the The Situationist International was a European organisation who stood for social revolution, this group included artists, theorists and other intellectuals.

The reason that I am looking into this group is that they created a theory know as dérive or ‘drifting’ which is  part of psychogeography. This theory looks at how we explore our environment without much planning or thinking, you rather go where your mind takes you. I think that this could be an interesting aspect to add to my work as I was thinking of going out into places and leaving my ‘mark’ and I could use this as an inspiration on how to go about it.

In my non-place project I did look into this but didn’t really do much with it as it more or less just opened the door into mapping and how people look at the places (or so-called non-places) around them.

These theories have also influenced apps called Dérive and Drift, with the latter also being available card based.

NB – all photographs here have been taken from these sites

I do not own any of the pictures on this post.

That’s all for now, next post will be an update so stay tuned!
Róisín -x

Inspiration of the Week – Greg Colson


Greg Colson‘s work is usually built up of objects to form a shape, for some of them he almost traces maps using them which are the ones I am going to focus on.

I really like the aesthetic look of these pieces and I find them to be a really interesting way to represent the maps that he has used. 

By looking at this artist I am not really looking for any conceptual ideas, more just more different and interesting way to display my work as I think paying a bit more attention to this might just give my work more of an edge that it has done previously. 

I like the way he has abstracted these maps to create works of his own, I like this idea as, although I may not use objects but I could abstract the shapes to create prints to go alongside my work.

NB – all photographs here have been taken from the artist’s website:

I do not own any of the pictures on this post.

So that’s all I have for you just now
Róisín -x

Just a Quickie


So this is just a quick update on what I’ve been doing the past few days.

I haven’t had much of a chance to do any quote unquote “real” work as this is just the research stage, for a pretty big thing I might add so I am going to be taking my time and thinking it through. As you can see I’ve been posting a lot of my “Inspiration of the Week” and all of these are going to be included in my artist research sketchbook. So as of now I’m just taking what these artists have done on board and I have also been brainstorming a few ideas as well. So this time next week I’ll have a PLP and a (hopefully) formulated idea to talk about.

In other news I’ve finished my presentation for my contextual studies class and I am quite happy with how it’s turned out, now just a few practise runs to see if I can fit all those words in there 😛

Here’s a quick preview:

Another thing that I’ve been working on is my submission of mini portfolio for Edinburgh university, this isn’t so much a hard process, but it is definitely long and tedious at times, but I am getting there.

So that’s all for now,
Until next time,
Róisín -x

Inspiration of the Week – Marc Isaacs


Marc Isaacs is a documentary film maker whose films usually investigate people and their ordinary lives.

I first heard about his film Lift last year in our video skills class and thought that it was a brilliant documentary on the real people that live in the London flats and showed their real reactions to the camera man. 

The film documents the host of characters that all live in the building and shows how they increasingly more comfortable with the camera and the questions the camera man asks. 

The reason that I am looking at this artist is that I am both looking at how I am going to document my next project and also looking into the idea of interviewing real people or looking into real places, rather than how places are shown to be in the media.

Over the course of the documentary Isaacs doesn’t move but just stays in the lift, which is an element of work that I am considering. I might try and go to the one space over a number of days and then move t a different one for another number of days. 

NB – all photographs here have been taken from these sites in which the artist is featured:

I do not own any of the pictures on this post.

So that’s all for now 
Róisín -x

Inspiration of the Week – Sylvia de Swaan


Sylvia de Swaan is a photographer born in Romania in 1941, at age ten she immigrated to the United States. She has also lived and worked in Europe and Mexico. Her work is usually focused around specific projects and follows themes that are common to her work. These themes are: identity, personal history, individualism and collective memory.

The project that I am going to look at is her photography series titled Return.

In these series of photographs she looks back on her Jewish heritage and her Eastern European background. In some of her images she uses a combination of old photographs and images from her journey. Some of these pictures are taken on the train journey between destinations, this shows de Swaan’s physical journey, but could also symbolise her spiritual journey into her heritage and ancestry as she returns to her family’s home.

In my next project I am looking into doing a sort of journey and also how to document some of it. These photographs are very interesting and document a lot more than writing down words could.

I also feel that they aren’t typical documentary photographs but the viewer is still able to follow the narrative of the journey.

I am also still looking for a purpose for my work and I think that Sylvia de Swaan’s purpose here is very personal and poignant as she is going on a journey retracing her family’ journey.

NB – all photographs here have been taken from the artist’s site:
I do not own any of the pictures on this post.

Until next time,
Róisín -x

Inspiration of the Week – Frank To


Frank To is a Scottish artist whose normally works in painting.

However one of his projects in 2011 was looking at the plague doctors and part of his work was him dressed as a plague docotor heading from Glasgow to Edinburgh to his own exhibition.

This work highlighted a very important part in Scottish and worldwide history and also focuses on one of the most visually interesting and almost scary parts of medieval times.

 The reason that I am looking at this work today is that for y next project I am looking for some sort of purpose of going on site with my work, and I think Frank To’s purpose here is very interesting. The plague doctors have almost become a forgotten part of out history even though they played a big part and do have interesting lores surrounding them.

 And so how better to remind the public of them than to go out dressed as a plague doctor.

I think that this is a very innovative way to both increase notoriety for his exhibition, and also highlight the importance of his work and that piece of Scottish history.

NB – all photographs here have been taken from these sites in which the artist is featured: (Press section)

I do not own any of the pictures on this post. Full credit given to the artist.

See you next time 🙂
Róisín -x

Internal Ephemeral

So this is an update on the stuff I did for my latest project over the Christmas break as I didn’t have much time to blog during this time. 
After talking with one of my lecturers what I decided to do for my final piece was to make a set of swatch cards that are found when choosing colours from DIY Stores. These cards would depict my emotions over the course of 15 days through the colour of the card, and also feature a photograph of me with the colour projected onto my face. 
Photography Test 1

How I was going to project the colours onto my face was through using coloured pieces of acetate and an over head projector that was in the shed. 

This projected the colour well enough onto my face however I would need to make the blocks of colour bigger as in these photographs you can see the adjacent colour in the background. 
However what I discovered that was that the lines that the marker left on the sheet of acetate gave the photographs more texture and interest, rather than it just be one full plain block of colour. 
Photography Test 2

These photographs were done using the same process except this time I made the blocks of colour bigger so they took up more space when projected and I also deliberately made the lines of the marker more visible so that there was more texture in them. 
I also decided to wear a white t-shirt in the photos so that the colour would be reflected better below my neck.
I also tried adding some imagery to the photographs as one of the points I was making in this prject is that it is these emotions that make us who we are, and it makes us human. 

One of the things I tried was adding another layer of acetate on the projection screen with images drawn in black. These were sort of obscured but I still think they had a nice effect.
These ones were done by removing some of the pen ink using hand sanitiser and cotton buds to draw the designs. 
I really like the effect these gave as even though you might not necessarily be able to tell what they are, especially if I cropped the photo to fit on a card, the point and the design is still there, and there is more depth to the photo. 
Making prototypes

So my dad’s shed is almost like a cave of wonders where you can can a lot of random and sometimes helpful stuff in there, an example of this is a small glass tank. My idea was to fill this tank with a bit of water and then splash ink in it to create almost the same effect as the acetate, but with a bit more movement.
I think this process worked extremely well as the effect was better than I could have imagined as it also gave the impression of mood more than the acetate did.

Making these prototypes also helped me to iron out any mistakes that I could make in the final steps for instance, I knew what inks would take more and look more intense.
Making the photos in this process also allowed me to colour the card as well to make the colour swatches, which I think adds to the process as it creates a gradient emotion and the exact colours in the photos were used in the card. The more colour I used in the projection, the stronger that emotion and therefore the more colour that would be on the card.

Final photos

So here are a few of the photos that I took to put on the cards.

Although some of them were a bit blurry purely because of how they had to be taken, I still think that they turned out really well, and were what I was hoping them to be. 
Card Examples

So my original plan was to take the photographs and then have the printed onto card almost like they would if they were real colour swatches from  real store, however I decided to go along with the ink idea as I felt that this added more to the project.

The Final 15
I image transferred the photos onto the card that i dyed after I took the photo with the in I used. I do like how these turned out as they are slightly fragile looking and imperfect which I feel also adds to it as they are meant to be a representation of me and to bring home the fact that I am huan and it is these things tat make me human.
So any way that’s all I have for you just now. I am planning on doing a lot more Inspiration of the week posts to help me research for my upcoming brief which I have still to write D: so you can look forward to many of those with some updates on my work scattered in between 😛
Until then
Róisín -x