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.

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Exhibition Work

For the second time, I had the opportunity to display my paintings in Scout Halls, Broughty Ferry with the rest of the Broughty Ferry Art Society, including my Gran. I was tight on time between working and going on holiday but I managed to create two acrylic paintings on canvas with frames. The photographs aren’t the best quality and the light in the hall wasn’t great so the colours look a lot more muted than in real life.

After the passing of my dog Murphy last year I decided to create a painting in his memory. I chose a photograph I took of him having fun at his favourite place, Broughty Ferry Beach. This is also the location that we scattered his ashes so I decided to use sand from this very beach in my painting. This painting is quite personal as I feel a part of him is on the canvas. I chose bright colours to reflect his personality and white splashes to show his wildness. I used a mixture of acrylic and oil along with sand to create “Murphy”.

It was my Mums idea to paint the Bandstand at Magdalen Green, Dundee as shes always loved this park. I did create this painting in a rush so am not completely pleased with it but I was just happy to have it at gallery standard. In uni I do not normally paint even though that was all I did at school. It has been great getting back into it but I would much rather paint for a hobby. Sculpture and print has become my passion in uni and I don’t think I could ever go back to painting for my studies. This painting “The Green” was created with acrylic paint.

My Gran displayed 3 water colour paintings which are beautiful. She usually paints flowers so it was great to see her branching out with the subject. I love her use of pastel colours and the abstract quality of them.

This painting (unfortunately I didn’t get the chance to find the name of the artist) was my favourite of the exhibition. It is truly Scottish, colourful and a bit different. The size and shape of the painting has been cleverly thought through and it also feels a little bit cheeky. It was a happy painting in among many gloomy subjects.

3D Printing

So I decided to venture into DJCAD’s MakeLab and try out something completely new to me, 3D printing. As my theme is kinetic art I wanted to capture the illusion of movement in a still sculpture. To do this I made a 3D scan of my friends head.

  
The 3D scanner didn’t read my friends hair as it isn’t a solid mass so I had to remove the back of her head to be able to manipulate her face. I duplicated her face and stretched it to give the illusion of a shaking head.

  
I then had to use a different back of head from a previous file the MakeLab guys had. I had to then try to join my friends face with this back of head which wasn’t easy and the joins were visible.

  
I decided to print the image anyway and I could work with it once I had it . These machines are amazing and print layer by layer, mines took 4 hours to print.

   
 
Once printed I removed the excess “scaffolding” and then sanded down the joins to reveal my first ever 3D print.

   
   
This print is quite small so I hope to print it bigger and maybe have a series of them at some point.