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

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Shooting the Moon.

After the fantastic news of my show extension, there was a slight panic, I had every intention of shooting the garments on a live model and furthering the narrative of the work  with a short photo essay, but how to shoot garments currently on display in a exhibition?

I was really not keen on displacing the exhibition half way through even for a day, due to the complex nature of the display, so the only alternative was to shoot the garments toiles.

So for just under the last two weeks Ive been reconstructing the toiles, as most had been unpicked to make the final patterns for the finished garments, I also had to recreate the jewelry and styling (wigs etc) components as most were one offs.

As the toiles were missing much of the finished details of the finals (the screen printed pomegranates for instance), the real challenge here was trying to create the impression of the finished garment with showing too much detail giving the game away as it were.

So on Sunday we took to the moors and woods to bring the Moon to life.

Going for long shots and heavy editing post production, I’m working towards creating the feel of both the exhibition and underling narrative.

Here’s a image in progress, it reminds me of the ‘Rotoscoping’ work of Ralph Bakshi.

My lovely and incredibly patient model for the shoot, is named after the Norse Goddess Freya, who rather uncannily has a correspondence with the full moon….

jx

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The Buried Moon

Well it’s been a while since my last post, a serious health issue and family problems have put rather a hold on my work over the last year or so. I’m still struggling with the fallout from both of these, but the good news is I’m finding more energy (and time) to concentrate on my practice every day.

So here we are in a new year with a new major piece in the offing. As some of you may know I’m currently studying for a post grad in Fashion Design, this is my final piece I’m developing for it. It’s a concept piece based around the folk tale ‘The Buried Moon’ here’s a link if you fancy a read of the full text:http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/eng/meft/meft24.htm

A brief synopsis would be as follows:

‘A curious Moon who, interested in how the people of the fens are using her light to safely find their way through the moss at night, comes down to earth only to be trapped by forces of evil and buried in a deep pool in the fen. As her light is gone from the Earth, the forces of darkness have free rein to torment the fen folk and prevent their night time travel. Frustrated by their predicament, the fen folk make a deal with a wise woman and embark on a mission to free the Moon and ultimately return to their safe night-time preambles.’

Its planned as a multimedia (that sounds so clunky!) installation incorporating; garments, 2d work and a sound piece. There will be quite a range of developmental work on here over the next few weeks.

I’ll start you off with a simple concept sketch of the Moon and her Dog. (I know there’s no dog in the story but I think she needs a bit of company on her night time patrol, and the traditional Tarot depiction of the moon usually always has a dog.)

Volcano Goddesses

I just finished a very short edition of screen prints of my Volcano Goddesses; they are hand pulled by me on beautiful deckle edged Somerset paper. The paper size is 76cmx57cm with the image approximately 51cmx39cm.

Two goddesses play sentinel for the erupting volcano, with themes of death, destruction, renewal, and the 2012 end of the world theory.

Available now from here : http://tokyojo.bigcartel.com/

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