Byam Shaw Review

Looking forward to restarting the Byam Shaw Review , our college art review blog. We’ve moved it across to WordPress for the new academic year, and I’m hoping we’ll be able to expand it and maybe produce a printed version once in a while, with other features. Exciting! Continue reading

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Must write some reviews

I’ve just realised that it’s been months since I posted a review here – I have copious notes on August’s First Thursday which I really ought to write up, or failing that I will find something exciting to review that’s on now. Last exhibition I saw was the RA Summer show, which of course is too enormous to even contemplate trying to summarise it in a piece of writing here; I shall look about me for something of a more manageable size. Any suggestions?

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Walls

Saw ‘500 Days of Summer’ last night, and I really liked the guy’s black-painted wall, where he draws a huge panorama of the city’s architecture; I’m seriously thinking about painting a wall of my studio with blackboard paint this autumn and using it as a kind of sketchbook and space for notes. I think it could also work a bit like the tape drawings, but with the colours inverted. Quite keen to do it and see how it looks 🙂

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Pictures of the paste-resist design that never was

Here are some photos of the paste resist patterns, before the dye washed them all out!

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Paste-resist dyeing: the results

After a whole day spent carefully painting a waterlily design onto the pattern pieces for the dress I was going to make, I put it into the dye, being careful not to stir and disturb the paste, and … it just dyed the whole thing. Except for a few patches of lighter colour, which render the fabric useless for anything else.

So, the result of all those hours of research, paste-boiling, and painting? Some blotchy blue fabric and stained fingers. EPIC FAIL. At least I have some photos of the pretty design before I ruined it with dye.

Next time I’ll use wax, or get someone who knows what they’re doing to show me how.

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A-board

Meanwhile, I have an A-board in my living room as I’m designing it for Cafe 23 in Crouch End; possibly two days before a holiday isn’t the best time to start a project like this – I’d better get on with it now.

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In print

I’m very happy that Melanie Jackson is including a copy of my review of The Urpflanze when it’s shown at the University of Essex this November.

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