Monday, 12 December 2011


Fiona Banner.

I came across the artist Fiona banner, i recognised her name, she was short listed for a turner prize and her piece 'war porn' reminded me of the effect i was aiming for with the writing within my work. Her work varies with experimenting with words,letters,sentences and film transcripts and military aircraft inserted within instillation's. I was instantly drawn to the hand writing, the kind of clumsiness behind the letter and the labour evidence behind the words. It made the piece very personal.

Where as her pieces with stenciled letters are more structured but still affective.
In her piece 'Nude, leaning' she approaches producing a traditional nude painting in a new and original way, by doing it through 'word scape'. Transcribing the vision she recieves, instead of actually drawing the shapes, she describes the nude in attempt to define and describe the scene. She uses the source of words very intelligently and cleaver and produces a succesful piece of work. I really like this idea of describing with words instead of just copying what's in front of you, it also gives the imagination some work to do.

Laura's story.

I finally finished my first version of the recent idea i had of combining the information i received off a person with an image of their feet and that through combining photography and stitching. I was missing a bit of crafty work within my project so going back to the sewing machine was refreshing as well as a challenge as I've never used a sewing machine to sew words before-especially a whole a4 image of words. It was a long process and took allot more of my time than i originally assumed it would, but now at least i'm prepared to the days that goes into producing of of these for feature reference.
I love the way the black and white image contrast with the bright pink. I would like to experiment more with layering different colours of writing next but in a similar manor to this one as i feel it has turned out well and how i wanted it. I'm hoping these could build up to being a sucesful series of work, although very time consuming. Im happy to be producing real life pieces as well as the insole blog as i found being on a computer and collecting images of shoes a bit tedious.And i enjoy making more than photoshop-ing and i find it easyer to enjoy my work more when i have put hours into producing something.... hoping that other people can aprechiate the effort too.!!!

Kay Rosen.

As i came across some artist work that use typography within their art, or even is their art, i started thinking more into why i want to combine words and stories into my work visually and it not just being some information that i collected during the project and not reveling. Kay Rosen is an artist that produces combinations of letters and words and experiments with wordplay and colour as her art work. She explores language interpretation and visual tricks with the way and words she chooses to work with. Her work is something i enjoyed looking at and triggered my mind to think harder about the importance of one letter within a work and not to just place word wherever and however.

I also started thinking about the importance of colour within the work as I've chosen a path of combined black and white images alongside vibrant colour text and layered.I need to think why i do this and if its mainly for a visual impact or decorative reason.
My work isn't meant to be making a statement its meant to be more about discovery and identity so i don't feel as much pressure on the writing as its a collection of people's own words and stories, but i am contemplating producing some pieces in welsh and see if indulging in experiments with different languages- how would viewers react to that.

Sunday, 11 December 2011


I wanted to take my idea further so got a person i know to write me something about themselves, i then wrote this down on a transparent paper so i could put it over different things and see what worked. I previously had taken pictures of her feet and experimented with editing the background, making the picture black and white and all sorts.

Black and white. Laura's feet.
On photoshop , i layered the photo of the feet with the writing and layered about with transparency and see how strong or faint i wanted the words to be and what worked better.
I also thought of doing the same things with hands but i think hands is a bit of an obvious identity source. I also tried out a variety of different things behind the writing, such as faces, in colour and black and white.

Gwyneb Elan.
I like the way this looks. Experimenting with these has opened up a new source of ideas that i might engage in further, as i was beginning to worry that id be stuck in a rut and develop and obsession with insoles... It was a new experience for me producing allot of digital; work and having to depend on luck and photoshop for my ideas to work as i imagined them. But im definitely happy with the progress i am making with this project.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

I decided to experiment with my idea of feet-i.d, so started taking pictures of feet and wanted to neutralize the photos or make they black and white so i could experiment further with the photos. I wanted collect a good amount of them off different people- although finding people who like their feet enough to be willing to let me photography them is proving to be pretty hard.

I made the photograph black and white before trying to change the background and see which one is more affective. I want the people i get to do this to writ or tell me stories or facts about themselves so i can project on their feet.
I think the feel are allot more dramatic in black and white i will also see if it works better with/without a background or a faded one or i was thinking about getting writing involved, that either projected on the feet

Share your sole.

By now my shareyoursole blog, witch was the original idea for this project is up and running and I'm actively collecting and receiving emails with pictures of different people along side a bit about the shoe or themselves. I advertised with posters up in shoemaker's shop as well as spreading the word through email. I'm not depending on this element of my project to feed it all but i hope ill come across some interesting facts through collecting the information.

I started thinking about other paths i can take but sticking to the theme of shoes or feet. I liked the idea that someones identity could be through a different part of their body except their face or personality. The shapes on the bottom of shoes also amuse me and i would like to make something out of them too.

I kept the shareyoursole blog simple. The main logo at the top then the pictures set up as some kind of list. Ive not yet decided what to do with the information i have about the shoes as I've just posted the up images only and thought it looked quite good and minimal.
I kept the background simple and plain so that you're immediately distracted to the images. I hope this blog will continue to develop and ill get some ideas from it for my practical work.