Slavery slavery! My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My LOVE The ﬁrst ar/st that I have looked at is Kara Walker, She is a contemporary ar/st who does cut paper art silhoue>es in black . I think that it is important for her to create her work large scale because of the space she uses up for the diﬀerent silhoue>es, also her work slavery slavery is done on a circular space and “insists that the viewer par/cipate in the story by walking across the periphery of the landscape as if spying on the events taking place.’ Kara Walker’s art is crowded with ﬁgures that evoke history, employ stereotypes and caricatures from the past, and invite viewers to imagine stories and scenarios. Scenes are presented frozen and disconnected, with fragments that oGen invite viewers to ﬁll in the missing elements’. Addi/onally, the circular structure of the work eliminates a clear beginning or end to the story”. The materials and techniques used to make this work is mainly black paper cut into ﬁgures and shapes and then put onto a white background this makes the work stand out more to the viewers because of the contrast between the two colours. The subject ma>ers in the art work are mainly ﬁgures and shapes which makes it more interes/ng to look at and makes the audience think about what that object is . The concepts that this work explores are race, gender, sexuality, violence, iden/ty and mainly slavery; how life was for the slaves during that period also how the slave masters treated their slaves. The ques/ons and issues that Walkers work would raise are ‘What do you think the ar/st wants viewers to learn or understand from this work? ‘ the answer would be the ar/st wants the viewer to see the diﬀerent things that went on during slaver in depth. Also What do you imagine is mo/va/ng the slaver masters to do this? The answer would be that they feel superior to the slaves and they own the slaves so therefore they feel that they have the right to do what ever they want with them.
The vanity of small diﬀerences Grayson Perry is a contemporary ar/st that does tapestry work. Tapestry is a form of tex/le art, tradi/onally woven on a ver/cal loom, Perry creates a story through his work. Both Pieces have major subject ma>ers in them, his work can be interpreted in various ways, in my interpreta/on, the ﬁrst one has a male and female leaving their parents and home, their parents begging them not to leave which looks dark and rainy to go to a new family where it looks sunny, rich and they look accepted. While in the other tapestry, their has been an accident and a woman injured badly, some of the people in his work are exaggerated for instance the tapestry on the leG, the woman laying on the ground, her torso is very long compared to the people around her, in my interpreta/on, this is to make her stand out as the main subject. The tapestries also tell stories which makes can draw the audience in to the work by making them interpret the work in their own way. the concepts and ideas that this ar/st explores is mainly class and narra/ves “The tapestries tell the story of class mobility, for I think nothing has as strong an inﬂuence on our aesthe/c taste as the social class in which we grow up”. The ques/ons that his work would raise are ‘where does he get his inspira/on for the characters?’ the answer would be “goes on a safari amongst the taste tribes of Britain, to gather inspira/on for his artworks, literally weaving the characters he meets into a narra/ve”
How to blow two heads at once
A key material in Shonibare’s work since 1994 are the brightly coloured ‘African’ fabrics (Dutch wax-‐printed co>on) that he buys himself from Brixton market in London. This ar/sts is a contemporary ar/st, his work is very unique and diﬀerent, because of the way it is structured and the message behind the installa/ons. Shonibare, uses African clothing in his work, but what I like about his work especially is the way that he makes the structure of the clothing Victorian, this makes his work more intriguing. He has various subject ma>ers in his installa/on, and those subject ma>ers always leaves the audience to imagine the actual scene, also, Shonibare, managed to capture the moment eﬀec/vely. The concepts that this ar/st explores is mainly iden/ty and class.
Statement of intent
I intend on working on my iden/ty, by researching more into my culture and ﬁnding things that a>ract my a>en/on, although the ar/sts that i have researched so far have had illustra/ve ideas in common, this inspires me to make my work about myself and my iden/ty. I plan on using various media in order to show progression and crea/vity in my work and also plan on reﬁning work that needs reﬁning.
This shows the diﬀerent stages that the African tradi/onal clothing has gone through and evolved with the western fashion. Although the pa>erns stays he same, the style changes, however the tradi/onal African aares will s/ll be there for various tradi/onal occasions.
African Ankara Pa>erns I started to research African Ankara prints, these prints are from Nigeria, and what a>racted me to them are their boldness and colourfulness.
I moved on to crea/ng my own prints on Illustrator aGer researching on diﬀerent prints. This print looks like a hand reﬂected upside down, making it look very unique and somehow tradi/onal, I also made one in colour in order to give it some vibrancy.
Evalua/on I went on to project the print I made onto my skin, to symbolize a second skin as a Nigerian, I believe that I achieved this aim. The technical and visual quali/es of these photographs to me are good because the focus of the camera, and the ligh/ng are On point, this is because when I edited them on Photoshop, I controlled the ligh/ng so that mainly the prints on my skin are visible. I selected two pictures from the non coloured print and two pictures from the coloured print to project on my skin This is because I wanted to see if it would create a diﬀerent eﬀect on the viewer, and in my opinion, the coloured print a>racts more a>en/on visually to the viewers Compared to the colorless print . I think I achieved symbolism in my work to an extent, this is because some viewers ,may understand why the prints are projected On my skin and some viewers may not understand, although the print is very unique, it can give some viewers a hint because of The uniqueness of the actual print.
TAYE TAYLOR Taiwo Okunuga
Taye Taylor is a luxury clothing brand catering to the needs of individuals with love for the African culture in an “Africa meets West” deﬁni/ve style. The creator is , Taiwo Okunuga, a Nigerian. I like these oueits because of their simplicity’. By ‘simplicity, I mean the way that pa>ers are used on the clothing; the pa>erns are bold, and colourful although they are not used throughout the en/re clothing. This makes them more elegant in my opinion.
Evalua/on The photographs on the right hand sides are photographs of Taye Taylor, I put my photographs and Taylors photographs together for visual comparisons. What I did with this dress was sew a piece of an Ankara strip onto it, in order to show the contrast between my Nigerian Side and my Bri/sh side. I think I achieved this aim because the dress was bought from a shop in this country and the Ankara was shipped to this country from Nigeria, the contrast is clear. The technical and visual quali/es of my photographs are good, however in some of the photographs, the ligh/ng is too exposed on my skin, and the colours, and lines on the Ankara itself stands out form the black dress which makes the Nigerian fabric eye-‐catching to the viewer. I believe that I achieved the idea that I was trying to convey through the dress, because of the contrast between the Ankara and the dress, I think this idea might be clear to the viewer.
John Baldessari John Baldessari is a conceptual ar/st who works with various media such as printmaking, ﬁlm, video, installa/on, sculpture and photography. What a>racted me to this par/cular type of work is the painted dots on the faces of the main subjects in the picture, this stripes the images of their singularity and replaces them with symbolic meaning. The dots are done in primary colours, this a>racts the viewer more, and causes them to interpret the work in their own way. My interpreta/on to this work, is by blocking out the faces of the people in the photographs, it blocks out their iden//es, this then gave me an idea for my work, which is to take photographs of my face and replace them with African prints, in order to show my iden/ty without seeing my face.
I made these prints on illustrator by researching various Ankara prints and interpre/ng my own African print, i then used Photoshop to cut out an oval shape around my face then replaced it with the prints. I think the prints worked well because they are all brightly coloured and very unconven/onal prints with make them look unique, however what dislike about these prints are the way they look very unrealis/c and almost cartoon like in my opinion, although this could be a good thing for the actual work altogether it could add to its uniqueness. My aim was to replace my iden/ty which is my face, with an Ankara print, and i want this to be symbolic of my background and where i was born. I think the aim of this work would be clear to the viewers because the print is clear and also it encourages the viewer to piece together the image and interpret it in their own way.
Remi Lagos I found this fashion designer Remi Lagos on the African fashion week website and I liked the was that the dresses are made in diﬀerent forms, by this I mean that this designer, has clearly tapered with the clothing and simple structured it in diﬀerent unique forms. This gives me an idea for my Ankara, which is to use my Ankara in various forms.
I went on a website called ‘con/nuum fashion’ and designed these various garments, i designed them in 3D form, this gives the garments some shape and shades. I like the form of the dresses because they can be played with and shaped diﬀerently in my control.
The aim of these photographs were to portray the diﬀerent forms that the Ankara fabric can take. I believe that I achieved this aim because the diﬀerent photographs show the diﬀerent forms that the Ankara would take. I think that the technical and visual quali/es of my photographs are good because i believe that the ligh/ng is good and also the background makes the main subject stand out to the viewers , i also like the diﬀerent shades if grey in the background, the colour of the background enhances the main subject due to the fact that the Ankara is brightly coloured, while the background is grey. I believed that i achieved this aim because of the diﬀerent ways that the Ankara is wrapped around me, this would give the viewers a clear idea and understanding of the photographs.
I personally looked at this design by Issey Miyake, who is a designer known for his technology driven clothing designs and i really like the design of the dress because of the various shapes on the dress that is simply visibly because of the creases used and the folding technique. I plan on crea/ng an Ankara dress and tampering with it to see the diﬀerent outcomes.
I made the Ankara dress and this is what it looks like unﬁnished. I decided to add the two materials together in order to form a clash, I believe that this clash is excellent because it gives me the opportunity to show oﬀ both materials and how colorful they look together. It is something diﬀerent, which I really wasn’t expec/ng, because I didn’t know how both materials would look together. Overall I think this dress works well, however it s/ll needs to be ﬁnished.
This is an uncompleted version of the Ankara dress on a person. I plan on ﬁxing up the hem in order to make the length equal, the neck line of the dress needs to be cut down for it to be more comfortable and the back of the dress needs to be adjusted so that it is easy to get in and out of the dress. AGer this, I plan on adding more layers to the shoulders and the waist of the dress /ghtened, my aim is to tamper with the dress and see my outcome.
Before the exhibi/on I ﬁnished the dress by sewing up the hem, ﬁxing the neckline and the back. I think this dress works to a certain extent because the hem of the dress is well done and level, however, I wanted to add a bu>on on the back of the dress to hold it in place, but I didn't’t have much /me to do it. Also I mounted up both photographs because they were my best ones, with a white and black border in order for them to stand out and look professional. Overall I think the whole process that I went through with my cultural idea, several Ar/st inspira/ons and researches, have worked well and have linked with chronologically with each other in order to produce this outcome. The overview of the exhibi/on was wonderful because there were a lot of parents and other members of families that a>ended. What people said about my work was that it was very “colourful”, “diﬀerent” and “very cultural”. This is a good feed back because it was the idea that I was aiming for and I am happy with it.
My original inten/on for my ﬁnal piece was to build a dress like ‘Issey miyake’. I wanted my dress to be built to look three dimensional , rather than just sewn together. I did not achieve this idea because my dress was not built three dimensionally. Visually the dress looks good because of the diﬀerent colour mixtures, and also the various pa>erns in the dress are very appealing and eye-‐catching. I believe that I have achieved the level of symbolism I wanted to in my dress because the pa>erns, mixed with the bright colours in the dress are not very conven/onal for a dress worn in this country. This gives the viewer an idea hat maybe the material is cultural. I did not have enough /me to ﬁnish my ﬁnal idea, which was originally to make things from ‘scratch’. By this I mean, to buy a plain white material, create an appealing pa>ern on illustrator, put it onto acetate, cure it onto a mesh board in the light box for some seconds and then print it onto the material. AGer this, I then want to build a dress with the material with the inspira/on of ‘Issey miyake’s dress. Overall so far I achieved to make the dress but I can take my ideas further.