Monday, 24 September 2012

Obsession with Au Naturel

my latest woodland find..

Firstly, I’m not talking about makeup I would never dis' that stuff, concealer is probably one of the greatest creations known to man; instead I’m talking about the natural materials out there; the wood, leaves and natural structures in their purest forms. Hence my possibly unhealthy tendency to collect and hoard bits of bark and rocks, (maybe I should’ve done geology?) but there is so much scope to make work from materials like that, take the Land Artists Richard Long and Andy Goldsworthy who create work within the landscape, or the sculptor Guiseppe Penone; who takes the materials out of the landscape into the gallery space. I saw that piece in the Tate a while back and it really is that fucking cool. I don’t know what it is about ‘The Hidden Life Within’ perhaps it is the scale, parallel to a totem pole with the design on the outside; it really beautifully reveals the inner forms within.  

Richard Long

Anthony Goldsworthy

 'The Hidden Life Within'
 “My artwork shows, with the language of sculpture, the essence of matter and tries to reveal with the work, the hidden life within.” –Giuseppe Penone
I like the way you can put the work into an entirely new context and create something totally exciting, just by changing the surroundings.

I made a dress out of natural materials (back when I was determined to do fashion, oh how that’s changed) I wanted to create something that was both sustainable and wearable. Designed from a recycled dress pattern I had made a few years earlier, made in re-used calico, and adorned with bark and straw and pressed flowers encased in recycled plastic. It achieved the effect of being pretty much sustainable however it’s not that durable and has er started to decompose, which I don’t suppose anyone really wants from a dress, although based on price per wear, excluding making time, it’s a cheapy!

Whenever I’m in need of some inspiration I’ll go to the forest, collect some interesting foliage and go make something pointless but most importantly ECO FRIENDLY & SUSTAINABLE!!

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