3D Printed Characters

Back in semester 1, which seems like a lifetime ago, I was stuck for what to make. I had been doing a lot of research but did not have much work to show for it. My tutor had told me just to make and the ideas would come, so I found myself in the DJCAD MakeLab. I had enjoyed 3D printing in the previous year so decided to give it another go seeing as they had just bought new, larger 3D printers. I printed my friend Kate’s head in real-size, placed it on my studio wall and dripped shaving foam down it. This work proved quite popular with passers-by and drew people in as much as the shaving foam covered wall itself did, it is also the logo for this website. The 3D print even helped me to become a finalist in the DJCAD artwork competition for the advertisement of the degree show.

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I could not ignore the popularity of this work, but I could develop it to see if it could be a possible contender for my degree show. As drawing people into my space is a big task for me I felt like these 3D prints might just do the trick. I decided to test out how successful the work would look on a foam covered wall rather than a plain one which proved quite popular as well.

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To develop this I 3D scanned the heads of the 3 girls that are in my fashion film and printed these. I hope these prints bring my film to life in my exhibition by immortalising the nostalgic yet futuristic characters and allowing them to fill my ’empty’ space just as they fill the urban void in my film.

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I plan on displaying these 3D prints in among my framed embossings showing the life that lies between the empty land. They will be displayed at the height of the characters and in the order that they first appear in the film.

A Fashion Photo Album

Fashion is a big part of my life. Fashion is self-expression, it is self-confidence, it is self love. It is also my job and is the field I hope to progress in once I leave University. It was therefore important to me to bring fashion into my current project and my degree show. ‘She Town’ my fashion film about urban voids in Dundee features costumes that I made from Tyvek. This allowed me to combine fashion and my love for unconventional art mediums to highlight the emptiness of the setting, the reason being the material of the costume itself that led to the closure of the jute mills that once stood there.

The photographs from my film are just as valuable to me as the film piece itself. I love the whiteness of the costumes against the empty setting and how the characters appear as voids in the landscape. The photographs are alien, but also relatable due to the recognisable setting. As I hope my film and blind embossing provoke the feeling of nostalgia from what once stood in the urban voids, I decided to create a photo album of the photographs from my shoot. Photo albums often store memories that when looked at, take the viewer back to time or place different from now, I hope this fashion photo album will do the same.

I covered the photo album in jute to relate to the history of the land and to bring back memories of what once stood there from the first touch and site of the album.

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While creating my fashion illustration sketchbook, I took a liking to painting white acrylic on top of my photographs. I found that this brought the photographs to life while acting as a void itself on the image. The texture was also not unlike shaving foam that I have been working with on the walls of my studio and that also features in both my film and my photographs. I used this paint to animate the photographs and react with the characters as if the paint is a character itself.

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I also included the photographs of my costumes hanging on the gate at the setting of the film. This highlights the importance of the costumes in this project and the fact that the work is both art and fashion. I hope that this album provides both a new and nostalgic experience, just like my fashion film, and brings this forgotten land back to the attention of the viewer.

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Film as a Piece of Art

With the degree show looming it was time to think about the best way to display my work. I imagine my degree show to consist of film, prints and wall based work. The wall based work is a little easier to display, however it is the film work that left me with a lot of decisions to make. I was introduced to an artist, Matthew Barney, by my tutor. Barney works primarily in film and displays his work on multiple screens in a unique way. I came across a book titled Matthew Barney : Mitologie Contemporanee that showed me some great examples of the artists work and his exhibitions.

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Left- Cremaster Cycle, 2002. Right- Drawing Restraint,  1987-2007.

The book made me think a lot about the message of my own film and the way that I wish my audience to interact with it. Once my film is finished I will display it on different monitors, both HD and 4×3 to see what works the best with the film. What I love about Barneys exhibitions is that he displays ‘props’ from his film in the gallery space to bring life to the 2 dimensional. This has inspired me to display work in my degree show that relates to my film and my concept of the urban void that led me to my finished work.

‘She Town’, my fashion film based on the urban voids of Dundee, crosses the border between memory and premonition, nostalgic and new- through setting, sound, costume and choreography. The setting is the true protagonist of the film, not the characters. The characters appear as objects to link past, present and future with no leading role. Sound provides a sensorial responsibility to fill the empty gallery space with the history of the bare land. Costumes made from the modern material that triggered the closure of the mills are cavorted in both a glum and fun fashion. A surreal world has been created that the spectator is not detached from due to the recognisable land and the memory’s that come with it. Many thanks to Dundee Heritage Trust for providing audio work.

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I borrowed a display table from the university to play around with and see if it would be successful in my degree show space. I placed Tyvek (the material that my costumes in my film are made from) a 3D print of one of my characters face covered in foam, and a canvas with foam on it inside the table. I laid these objects on top of a roll of jute, relating to the history of the setting of my film. I love how the colour of the jute contrasts with the white objects, which also matches the colour of my frames displaying my blind embossing,(see https://laurendailly12.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/blind-embossing-development-and-framing/).

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I returned to the site of my fashion film and collected the stones from the ground where I had spray painted the shape of the jute mill that once stood there. I placed these half white stones in the cabinet to see how these would look. I may need to spray them entirely white to make them blend in but I do enjoy the ombre effect they have. They also match with the new transfer technique I have been trying out in my fashion illustration sketchbook and on the material of my costumes. Pictured above on the left is Tyvek with an acrylic transfer of one of the photographs from my shoot. I am not yet sure if I will include any of these items in the display or if I will have a cabinet at all but I will wait until I receive my space to see what works best.

 

 

Editing my Fashion Film

Since shooting my film at the beginning of December, I have been busy researching fashion films on Nick Knights Show Studio to understand the aesthetic I want. I am self-taught on Adobe Premiere Pro but I have really enjoyed learning my way around this software thanks to YouTube. A lot of the ideas for the editing of my film have come from the other work I have been creating and my main concept of urban voids. I wanted this film to have a high fashion edge but to also capture the emptiness of the urban void that is the setting. Using both the images and the videos, I have played around with the contradiction of the gloomy faces of my models, their happy, carefree dancing and their fierce poses to represent both the past and the present. The childlike playing with shaving foam relates to 1 in 5 workers in the mills being under 15 years of age and the innocence they missed out on.

After photographing different urban voids in Dundee, (https://laurendailly12.wordpress.com/2017/01/30/dundee-urban-void-collection/) I played about in Photoshop and gave the images a white-washed look. I felt like this made the images tie in with my other white work while creating an empty, eerie and old-fashioned look. This look ties in with the nostalgic feeling that I want to provoke as I hope that my audience will think about the memories they have of what used to stand on the land of the urban voids. In particular, the jute mills that once stood on the land of my fashion film. I decided to use this same technique in my fashion film and white-washed the videos.

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As the setting is the most important aspect of the film, I decided to visit Verdant Works, Dundees’ jute mill museum. I took a camera and an audio recorder and recorded the sounds of the machines and the monologues from women who worked at the mills. I am currently working on adding these sounds into my film. I concentrated on the women’s voices as a I used 3 female models due to women outranking men in the jute mills 3-1. In those days, Dundee was known as She Town as the woman worked hard while the men struggled to find work and stayed home to look after their children. These men were known as kettle boilers. The mill girls had a reputation for being tough, brash and outspoken and were the heads of their families. I hope to capture the struggles the woman faced in the horrible conditions of the mills through the facial expressions of my models and contradict this with fun dancing representing the freedom we have today.

Display is Key

After creating my fashion film it was vital that I thought about how I would display it. Monitor? Projection? Multi-screen? These aspects would be key to the success of my degree show. I have considered each option and changed my mind between these a few times while planning my degree show proposal, but I will display my current findings next week. For now, it was time to decide on what to do with my costumes.

After attending an artists talk at St. Andrews University by DJCAD graduate Lucy McKenzie, I was inspired to combine fashion with fine art. Lucy McKenzie alongside Beca Lipscombe created a fashion line that is displayed as though in a gallery, making the clothes tell a story.

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I decided to hang my costumes on the gate at the land I shot my fashion film to test out how successful this would look. I love how the white costumes create their own void on the gate and create an empty and eerie atmosphere. I enjoy that these costumes represent how the city has moved on and the reason that this land is empty. As a jute mill once stood here, the fall of the jute industry came after the invention of new materials, of which one was the fibres that make up Tyvek. The costumes have come back to show their dominance over the forgotten land and to display their importance and usefulness in the modern world.

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While considering what to do with the display, I thought about creating a replica of the gate for my degree show to hang the costumes on. I spoke with the technician in the metal workshop at my university who informed me that making such a gate would be very costly. I would also have to think about how it would stand or whether I should have it attached to the wall. After lots of research, I decided against both making the gate and displaying the costumes. I feel like my film will say enough without needing the costumes to be in the space. I do not want to overly clutter my installation as the main idea is to represent the emptiness of the land and to make my audience to feel this emptiness. It is very difficult to create work that provokes the feeling of nothingness but this is something I am currently working on. As the proposal is due next week and the allocating of our degree show spaces due at the end of the month, I will keep updating on changes to my display and how I plan to create my urban void.

Fashion Illustration

It’s the final semester and time to tie up all the loose ends. I feel like I’ve been working in between different mediums and on different works without having anything finished. Unfortunately it will probably continue on this way until the deadline. While I am currently working on the editing of my fashion film, I have been thinking a lot about what to do with the photographs from my fashion film shoot. They are very interesting in their own right, I love how much my models really got into their roles and gave me amazing, fierce poses.

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However, I wanted to do something more creative with the images. I decided to create a fashion illustration sketchbook relating to my photographs and inspired by the women who worked in the Camperdown Works jute mills. This theme relates to my film as a jute mill once stood on the land that was the setting for my film.

I used the photographs to create sketches inspired by fashion illustrations from Vogue. I have taken colours from the photographs of the mill workers and the texture of jute and mixed this with the high fashion poses of my models in their Tyvek costumes.

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Inspired by image maker Quentin Jones, I decided to use my favourite colour from my project, white, and paint on top of the photographs. I wanted the paint to interact with the photographs and create a white void on the image, relating to the urban void of the land itself. I experimented between coloured and black and white photographs and found the later to be more successful.

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I also tried applying a mixture of shaving foam and PVA on top, a medium I have been using a lot this semester to create texture on my studio walls. I love that this brings the photographs alive by adding a 3D aspect.

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I recently searched for urban voids in Dundee and used the photographs from this to draw my fashion illustrations on top. I used the continuous line technique to place my models in the different urban voids using both black and white pen. I also tried just drawing the outline of the models to give a ghostly, empty effect.

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I brought the foam back into the sketchbook and used this as my base to draw on top of using both black and white pen. I added colour and also put the foam on top of my urban void photographs and drew on top of that. I also tried the technique used on my canvases of applying dry shaving foam that had been scraped off my wall and old canvases and used this as a surface to draw on. My  fashion illustration sketchbook is turning into a feel book it seems.

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I tried a new transfer technique using white acrylic which i found to be quite interesting. There is still quite a ghostly, forgotten effect with these transfers that almost make them seem like old, damaged photographs.

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I carried on with the concept of the void by cutting out the models from my photographs turning the characters into voids instead of the setting.

My current plan is to continue creating illustrations in my sketchbook and developing my techniques. I hope to create a fashion magazine from the painted photographs of my shoot to coincide with my fashion film. Watch this space for more degree show developments including my fashion film, prints, and shaving foam work.

Degree Show Inspiration

The final semester of my last year of university is here and, with our dissertations finished, all that’s on our minds is the degree show. 11 weeks is all that’s left before I am out in the big world of work. It’s a scary thought but I’m very excited to get stuck into making and to be excited by what I am creating. During the Christmas breaks I visited a couple of exhibitions to give me some inspiration for the presentation of my degree show. I find it very helpful to look at how other exhibitions are curated and the creative way that work is shown. The way I present my work could be vital to my grade and my overall degree.

The GOMA Glasgow is always a great source for contemporary art in its beautiful setting. The bottom floor has been taken over by John Samson with his film pieces set out in a simple, stripped back way. As I will be displaying my own fashion film it was great to see the different ways film can be displayed and how to get the audience to react with it.

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Upstairs sported Max Brand and Joanne Robertsons’ ‘Poppies’. A mixture of paint and fashion created an immersive colourful experience. I will be including the costumes I made for my fashion film in my display so it was great to see how artists display clothing alongside art and the way the two compliment each other.

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The DCA is a brilliant local source for contemporary art exhibitions. The current exhibition entitled ‘DCA Thomson’ displays work by current artists and illustrators alongside DC Thomson’s to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Oor Wullie and The Broons. As my work is related to local interests including the jute mills and the renovation of Lochee, it was great to see successful artists working with cartoons that are so important to Dundee. The illustrations were gorgeous and showed how you can be inspired by artists while also making the work your own.

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I hope to visit a few more exhibitions including the RSA contemporaries in February was showcases the work from the previous years DJCAD graduates. I continue to be inspired by both contemporary and historical work which keeps my work developing and changing into areas I’d never expect to go.

Shooting my Fashion Film

After the long build up and stress of gaining access to land; making the costumes; organising my models, photographer, and assistants; and worrying about the weather, the day finally came. That day was Friday. The skies threatened to pour in the morning which had me worried about the safety of the expensive video camera I had rented from my university but it came to nothing more than a drizzle and the temperature wasn’t too cold for a December morning (although my poor models would disagree). I got started early so as not to take up too much of my helpers day meeting just after sunrise to gain the best light for this time of year.

The night before the shoot myself and my amazing Granddad went to the site of my fashion film, the Stack Leisure Park, to mark out the land. As mentioned in a previous post, my aim was to spray the footprint of the jute mill that once stood there and this would act as a stage/catwalk for my models. We used string and rocks to mark out the shape and then sprayed on the inside of the string with white chalk spray. Thankfully the rain stayed off during the night and the footprint was still in tact for filming the next day.

9am Friday morning finally came so I set off with my video camera, still camera, two tripods, ladders and my amazing crew. Modelling my costumes were fellow fine art students Kate Forbes, Shannon Murray and Rebecca Etchels. My photographer was textiles student Aimee Keatch and also on hand to assist was my Mum, Gran and Granddad. Once the cameras were set up and in position I got the models in their costumes and started filming straight away so they did not need to be out in the cold for too long. Firstly I had the girls walk around the white lines as if they were on a catwalk.

I brought ladders and a towel to get both low and high shots and put myself in the centre of the lined area to pan around the girls. I had the models dance and make big gestures to catch the attention of those walking past.

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The lone standing gate was the backdrop that framed the busy retail environment surrounding the empty land on which my film was being shot. Shoppers in cars, buses and on foot looked on as the models strutted, posed and danced on the land. Some pedestrians even stopped to watch for a few minutes before carrying on with their day. My photographer Aimee took both behind the scenes photographs as well as stop motion images that will be used in my film. The girls posed in a dramatic, high-end fashion style again attracting attention to the themselves and the land.

I also brought a prop for the girls to use, shaving foam. This medium has been used in a lot of my work this semester and even on the costumes that the girls were wearing. I wanted to add a fun aspect to the shoot through the use of this prop. The girls ran around the marked lines spraying each other with foam and seemed to enjoy it a lot which came across in the film.

It was cold and stressful but it was fun. All of the planning for the shoot and it was over in less than 2 hours but I am very happy with the photographs and the videos and believe this to be a successful shoot. The main idea of the shoot was to fill the empty void of this land with my models and to get people who would normally walk past this land without a second glance to take notice of the strange emptiness in this urban environment. The stressful part is over but now the hard part begins, editing the film. I hope to make the film visually exciting while holding onto the theme of the void and highlighting the emptiness of this urban land.

Cruelty-Free Make Up Campaign Shoot

For almost exactly a year now I have been helping out with numerous photo shoots and fashion films for my photographer friend Sapphire Scott. As part of Nick Knights Mastered course, together with a great team of girls we created artistic photographs and films that followed briefs by the renowned fashion photographer. I got involved with Sapphire after answering an ad in the University newsletter and offered my skills as a creative director to gain experience in both fashion and photography. At the time I was not working with either of these disciplines but I still believed that learning these crafts would be useful. And now here I am, one year on and creating my own fashion film that I will be shooting in just over a week! The inspiration and skills that I have gained from these shoots have greatly benefited me in my own art and have allowed me to work with disciplines that I never thought I would.

Yesterday a group of 7 girls traveled to Aberdeen to create a shoot based on the idea of cruelty-free make up. It was a grueling 13 hour day but was filled with fun, inspiration and helped me keep the excitement alive for my own shoot. With us was make up artists Annie Voigt, prosthetic artist Laura Sutherland, models Brogan Bauld and Shelly Forbes, Sapphire as photographer and project manager, Aimee Keatch as body paint artist and assistant and myself as both creative director and assistant body paint artist.

The idea for the shoot came from Sapphires disagreement of cosmetic brands using animals to test their products on. She wanted to highlight the unfair cruelty of this act and celebrate the brands that are against animal testing. The whole team were on board with this idea which helped with the passion and enjoyment of the shoot. Sapphire approached the head of Illamasqua, a cruelty-free make up brand, and explained that she wanted to create a shoot on the cruelty of animal testing and would love to use their products. Illasmasqua were excited about Sapphires idea to promote their company and even sent her free make up to use on the shoot. The aim was to promote the beauty of Illamasque products while reminding the viewer of the animals that suffer for popular high street cosmetic brands.

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Aimee and I painted Brogan with a Tiger print on both arms. Her hands were painted, one with an eye and one with a mouth, allowing us to use her own body as a prop.

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Brogans hands covered the beautiful make up on her face, both silencing her and showing who the real victims are that allow the models to be beautiful.

Similarly we covered Shelly in a snake-print to highlight the countless species of animals that suffer due to the cosmetic industry.

I helped Sapphire with the creative direction of the shoot and offered the idea of multiple hands coming from the background and grabbing the models faces. The plan was to make the hands take control of Shelly and smear the make up to show the ugliness of many make up brands policies. We also used this idea to create a film piece that Sapphire will be editing.

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And so it was a hard days graft but the team worked together very well and the images look stunning. The shoot has left me very exciting for my own film next Friday and with Sapphires experience and help I look forward to the day. Stay tuned for my own BTS images.

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Tackling the Void

Follow my new Instagram account @dailly_fineart to keep up to date with my work ahead of the 2017 DJCAD Degree Show.

Organising a performance piece is not easy. After finding a date that suited my models (my wonderful uni friends who are also very busy with their own work) and giving myself time to make the outfits, I got back in touch with the contractor responsible for the land at Park Place. I was told that by the date I had chosen the construction team would be finished and the land would be a car park, not quite the urban void I had in mind. Luckily I was prepared for this set back and had looked into alternative sites.

All sites had pros and cons but the one that seemed to be near perfect is picture number one, an empty space at the Stack Leisure Park in Dundee. This land is situated amongst busy supermarket shops with many people driving and walking right past it without a second glance. This would be the perfect spot for my urban void fashion film, a performance that will make people notice the emptiness in a busy area.

The only thing that still stands on this land is a blue gate. I think that this lonesome gate adds to the empty feeling of the area and brings life to my urban void concept. It separates the bustling from the empty, the performers from the spectators.

After speaking to the security guards at the leisure park I was given the contact details of the man who owns the land. Unfortunately, I have had no reply from him but I decided to go around the owner and circle back to the security guards to ask their permission. They agreed to let me use this site for my fashion film and were very helpful.

As mentioned in my previous post, I really wanted to draw the footprint of the Park Place School building on the land it once stood on in white chalk. This would suggest what is missing while giving my performers a stage. I’ve taken this idea and tweaked it to match the new site at the Stack. After contacting Martin Allan from the Dundee City Archives I was given the footprint of the old jute mills that once stood here. The link that you can access here-  http://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/#zoom=15&lat=56.4752&lon=-3.0182&layers=168&b=1

– allows you to see both modern day Dundee and historic Dundee and fascinatingly interchange between the two. I will use the shape of the old jute mill to draw in chalk and this will be the area that my models will stand and use as their catwalk. I am excited by the combination of Historic Dundee with contemporary fashion film and the nostalgic feeling it will hopefully induce in passers-by. I want my audience to stop, notice what is not there, and feel the strange emptiness.

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So now the site is confirmed, it was back to the costumes. As mentioned in my previous post, I was looking at the material of Tyvek to create my masterpieces. With the stress of time and money, I decided to purchase a coverall made of Tyvek rater than a roll of the material as this is expensive and I was not sure how much I would need. It was now easier to adjust the coverall to a dress from an already made bodysuit. My main idea was to make the costumes big. I wanted them to really catch the attention of the passers-by and to not only make them notice the models, but the empty land that they are standing on. What i enjoyed about this material is how it relates to the land itself. As previously mentioned, the site I am working on used to play host to a jute mill, a fabric that became outdated when polypropylene was invented. Polypropylene is almost identical to polyethylene, the fibers that make up Tyvek. I love how my outfits will represent the change in Dundee that left this land empty. I will fill this site with the reason it was emptied. Another link to the jute mills was my choice of models. I have chosen females as the majority of workers in jute mills were female. I will have 3 models as the females outranked males by 3-1. I also wanted to bring the void concept into the costume by creating cut-out holes.

Again, I am no textile student or fashion designer so I had to make do with the skills that I have, all while learning new ones. I wasn’t sure the best way to adjust the material so tried a few different techniques. As I wanted the costume to be big and theatrical, I decided to add wire into it to give it structure and shape. However, it was getting the wire to stay in the material that was the problem. I tried different aids from hemming web, mending tape, fabric glue and even double sided tape. Luckily no one will be looking at the inside of the costumes!

The costume had began to take shape thanks to my mother for both modeling and helping. The wire created shape at the hem, arms and waist and around the cut-out holes. To make the costume even bigger I used waste material from the legs and arms and added them back on.

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I then lathered my mixture of shaving foam and PVA glue onto the costume to add more texture and relate it back to the work I have been doing earlier this semester.

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So that is one costume down, two to go with just less than a month until the performance. I will also have an amazing photographer on hand who I have previously worked with on fashion shoots. I believe that being both the director and photographer will be very difficult so it will be great to have a friend there to see things from another perspective and give me professional tips.

I have also been researching fashion films, particularly those on photographer Nick Knights’ SHOWstudio. I have been noting the film techniques such as slow cinema and photography techniques e.g. stop motion. I hope to use a mixture of both film and photography adding in special effects to create a film that is both fashion and fine art. I have also been inspired by the movement of the models in Gucci’s Cruise 2016 campaign and hope to incorporate a fun, free dance vibe to my own film. Stay tuned for further progression in costumes, print and film.