Sketchbooking

A few bits and pieces from my current sketchbook.

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Exciting news! Exhibition open call!

 

I feel very privileged to have been asked to curate an exhibition for Sheffield’s Year of Makers.

It with be running in Sheffield at the City of Makers Gallery in November.

The working title is ‘Woven’ and I’m interested in submissions that explore the medium of the woven material as a conduit for artistic expression and design conclusions.

I will also be showing a new piece of from my own practice as part of it.

Here’s a link to the submission details on the Year of Makers site:

http://www.sheffieldcityofmakers.co.uk/woven-open-call

Fancy more details? please get in touch:

jo@tokyojo.net

woven textile 1

Jx

The Moon Revisted, #2 progression.

Here’s the next stages in the progression of the Moon Revisited piece.

I’ve taken the concept out the sketch book on to A3 smooth cartridge paper, its in HB pencil and I’m inking with Unipin 0.3 and 0.1 pigment fine line pens.

Once inked I rub out any of the very heavy pencil lines and scan into Photoshop.

Its scanned at a very high resolution so when I scale it down to it will retain as much fine detail as possible.

From here I start the clean, copy and readjustment/refinement process.

jx

Poppy Witch

This Piece has been languishing in the digital equivalent of a dusty draw for about year after the client.. ahem..’changed their mind’ I think that’s the polite way of putting it.

So, I’ve dug her out and given her a bit of a re-model and a re-colour with something of a Roger Dean inspired pallet.

I think she deserves to see the light of day after everything she went through.

poppy witch

The Moon Revisited

Adrian Carter Sheffield based audio wizard has done just an amazing remix/revision/total overhaul (part of the Sheffield Year of Making) of my sound piece that accompanied the buried moon film.

He’s taken what was simply a bare bones audio track of me reading the folk tale and turned it into an ambient bit of magic that unfolds beautifully to colour the world around the tale.

Its simply so fantastic that I felt it deserves a visual revisit of the work to match.

Here’s the site https://meetyourmakersite.wordpress.com/

Here’s the bandcamp https://adicarter.bandcamp.com/album/meet-your-makers

Here’s the prep sketch for the work in progress straight from my sketch book:

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The Moon revisited

 

Portfolio Reviewing 2, Salome look 4.

This is a fashion illustration for one of the garments I designed for Oscar Wilde’s 1894 play ‘Salome’.

This piece was designed for the moment Salome receives the baptists head, I conceived it as a symbolic  joining of the two characters; (much of the play concerns Salome trying to seduce the baptist, and threatening him that she will eventuality have him despite his rejection of her). So here the baptists head has actually become part of Salome’s garment, and ultimately part of her.

Although I never got to make the final garment, (I actually made another look for the play) I toiled it extensively and  it would have been a digital print on a lycra or power mesh then hand embellished.

Amusingly despite this being a illustration of a design for a garment, (it shows no nudity and the violence content is questionable) it got me temporary ban and a warning off facebook. I personally think somebody had a problem with the suggestion of menstrual blood.

 

 “An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all” Oscar Wilde

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Portfolio reviewing. Loki’s Children.

Post Masters I’m currently reviewing and editing my portfolio, both the physical one and here online, Its a bit dry so for fun I thought for the next week or so or I’d post one of my older works, with a little explanation. or not as I see fit.

This is Loki’s Children, It features Hel, Ferir and Jörmungandr three of the Norse God Loki’s children.

They were punished and imprisoned (in one way or another) by Odin for what it was foretold they would do; not what they had done, just what they might do. I felt so sorry for the three of them ‘born bad’ as it were.
I thought of them clinging to one-another as they wait for Odins judgement.

jx

lokis children

Last week of Micro Show.

My micro show The Buried Moon, (which I was invited to extend the run of) will finally be drawing to a close this Saturday the 28th, so there’s just this week to catch it if you haven’t already. This week is also the last week to catch the rest of the Sheffield Hallam Degree Shows Including our Fashion Design one, there’s some really fantastic work on show so its really worth a visit, maybe even two 🙂bm central 1

 

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