Saturday, 30 October 2010

SATURDAY


Full of illustrations and nonsense
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Friday, 29 October 2010

FRIDAY


Amelia Pemberton is a pretty fantastic lady, entrepreneur and photographer.
And last Thursday she had a private view at No-one on the Kingsland Rd. With lots of yummy brownies, lollipops and fizzy pop. 
It was a collection of her awesome "Doobydolls" which are all handmade, each one unique and no too are the same. She's been making them since she was twelve years old!



Plus Amelia takes the most terrific photographs ....




Yeah, she is pretty damn cool ...


xxxxxx

Thursday, 28 October 2010

THURSDAY


Animation set up in my room. 
Really badly want to make a drawn animation.
Will probably happen this weekend, if halloween schinanigans aren't too intense.
Plus the clocks going back are a bonus.
This post is a bit of rubbish. 
Anyway, I've got loads of posts lined up for the each day. 
Sooo keep checking back

Over and out
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THURSDAY


Jazmine Miles Long @ Ryantown, Columbia Rd

Awesome installation/exhibition that was in the shop for a few weeks.
Also if you like taxidermy, I one hundred percent recommend going to the Museum of Everything (3) in Primrose Hill which has been curated by Sir Peter Blake (and also check out his daughter Rose, who is a sick illustrator). One room has his collection of taxidermy which is mind blowing plus lots of other treats. Also you can get a copy of Circus magazine from the shop there, which is a wicked read!


xxxxxxx

Monday, 25 October 2010

MONDAY


inside da fridge?
are you hungry?
xxxxxx

Sunday, 24 October 2010

SUNDAY

Paul and I may have started a new fanzine ...
It may be called "Never Shut Up" ....
It may be x1 million more kickass than BFRmag ....
It may be in your hands very soon, if your quick enough ...
There may be more info on it next week ....

I would reveal all in due course, but clearly I am appalling at keeping secrets!

xxxxxx

Saturday, 23 October 2010

SATURDAY



Illustration project from a few weeks back. 
"When I grow up I want to be ..."


Peace out
xxxxxx

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

WEDNESDAY

This post is going to be very unusual compared to what is normally put on this blog. But I think it would be really cool to tell you about the course I'm doing at the moment because it is the time of year when people are applying and enough time has passed for me to make fair comments and judgements about where I am studying. Because last year, when I was applying, my school was so hopeless at giving advice about going to art, all they cared about were people who wanted to be doctors, vets or lawyers ... so here is some alternative advice!

I am currently studying art foundation, which is a one year course designed to prepare you to degree-level art and design programmes. It gives you a chance to experiment in areas you haven't tried yet, would like to try and also provide a strong portfolio of work for degree interviews (compared to one made solely from art a level work) as well as helping you choose which course/area of interest you wish to take further. Essentially it allows you to totally loosen up and experiment as much as you want before you enter a three year degree.

Kingston University is where I am undertaking this course. In all honesty I didn't think I would get onto this course as 1 in 16 people get in (compared to Chelsea where it is about 1 in 3, where I got rejected from). There are three reasons I think the art foundation at Kingston really stands out

1.  SIZE - my course currently only has 116 people on it, which is minute for an art school - considering Central St Martins has 600 on foundation and Camberwell has about 400. For me, the size of this course is great because you can really get a grasp of how other people work and you don't feel particularly anonymous. Also this means that the tutors and course directors know personally who everyone is and I think this is fantastic because it is so important to have good relationships with people who work with you.
2. STUDIO SPACE - unlike other foundation courses, Kingston provides each student with their own individual studio space, which is awesome. This means that there is no pressure to leave early, so the next stream of people can enter the workspace. Also it allows you to feel totally comfortable and prepare you for the environment that you will find on degree, rather than being overwhelmed.
3. CONTACT TIME - during the diagnostic period we are required to be in the studios from 9.30 - 5pm five days a week at least (this drops to four, after the diagnostic stage). Personally, I think this is great as I can't imagine anything worse than being on a course where the staff want you off the premise or if you start at 11am or something ridiculous. Time is so precious and so much can be achieved in a day.

Portfolios/ Interviews
This time last year when I was thinking about applying I remember being super stressed because I didn't do art a-level or even art gcse. So my portfolio was purely made up of work that I had made in my free time or on courses. I suppose this gave me a lot to talk about in interviews, rather than saying that a certain piece came out how it did because an art teacher told me to do it like that. Self-motivated work is fantastic, you can show what interests you, how you work independently and that you are the kind of person who doesn't sit around complaining about not knowing what to do. All course want people who are k-e-e-n! Also look over your portfolio a million times and show it to lots of people and ask their opinions. Because Chelsea and Central St Martins do not do interviews, you drop your portfolio off, pick it up three hours later and they decide whether to let you in without even seeing your pretty little face! So make sure things make sense, you won't be there to explain anything to them, so clarity in choices and presentation is important.

Choosing which colleges to apply for is a ruddy nightmare. In terms of art foundations there are no restrictions to the number of course which you can apply to , but in UAL (London College of Fashion, Central St Martins, Byam Shaw, Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon and London College of Communication) you can only apply to one of their colleges.  Several of my mates are at LCC, but on their foundation course you do not get a diagnostic stage, you choose your specialism prior to starting and dedicate the whole year to that area whether it is photography or graphic design. On the other hand one of my friends goes to Byam Shaw which has a purely fine art foundation, which I would hate - but he absolutely loves it - spending time in different aspects of fine art. Totally go to as many open days as possible, the more you see of a place, the more you get to understand it.


So far on my course, I am at the diagnostic stage. Basically you get to try out six subject areas in five day blocks and at the end you choose one to specialise in.

- Fine art
- Fashion
- 3D design
- Graphics
- Illustration
- Animation

But these vary from course to course. For example, at Kingston "textilles" isn't an area you can specialise in, but if you choose fine art you can work in such mediums.

Anyway, this post has been longer than I intended it to be and I don't think I've covered everything.
I hope that it has been useful for at least some people - sorry if you read this for no reason!
And if you have any questions please feel free to ask and I'll get back to them.

xxxxxxx


ps. Apologies for the lack of visuals!

Monday, 18 October 2010

MONDAY

Happy Monday.
Busybusybusy excitingexciting week.
This will probably be the only post this week.
Have a good 'un!
Keep contributions/suggestions for issue//17 coming to barbarafr@hotmail.co.uk
Love to hear them!


 Vaseline at Liverpool St is the best eva.


New tripod and fluorescent, salmon blouses make me super happy, despite miserable facial expressions and dirty mirrors!

take it easy
xxxxxx


Saturday, 16 October 2010

SATURDAY

All the paintings below are by Harry Hill. 
Effing amazing
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The Chris Tarrant one is a bit of a mind fuck though!

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

TUESDAY

stuff that I like at the moment
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end of. 

MONDAY

Today I started studying moving image/animation, with my class. By next Wednesday I have to produce an animation (minimum of 20 seconds with at least 12 frames/second!), which I think is sooo exciting.

They showed us this one guy PES who is an utter ledge, some of his animations are below ...




Such an exciting project
xxxx

Sunday, 10 October 2010

SUNDAY


JEZZA SCOTT ....
... er can we be friends please?
I'll share my fruit pastilles with you!


Been lusting over these teddy bear trainers. I think a trip to Selfridges is in order, to try them on but leave carrying no yellow bags! 



Yet I would happily settle for a pair of any of the below .... 




Also thought it would be cool to post some outfits which are in shitty quality (apologies)

 top: found in my drawers
shorts: vintage warehouse, nottingham
shoes: topshop

 top: vintage
dress: h+m
clutch: secondhand
watch: timex

coat: vintage warehouse, nottingham
scarf: parents
tee: marc jacobs
shorts: primark
yoga bag: american apparel
shoulder bag: marc by marc jacobs

END OF!

ps. Is there anything in particular people would like me to post on this blog? drawings? outfits? photos? designers? places to visit? suggestions would be great