BA (Hons) Fashion Buying and Merchandising
London South Bank University
This is a range of t-shirts designed and made for my brand ‘Urban Youth’. Urban Youth develops t-shirts for young people who want to be noticed and are very confident, and if not confident now, then confident once they wear my clothes! The style of my clothes is streetwear with a graphic logo. I wanted to capture a sense of “urban culture” in my clothes and display so I created a logo inspired by graffiti. I took some photographs outside of my college and for my display I used old items found on the skip like crates and old stools. I was inspired by the shop displays at Dover Street Market and by brands such as Nike.
My project before lockdown was starting to explore ‘layers of truth’. These sequences are taken from a series of experiments exploring storylines of an imaginary crime scene. When researching, I became interested in ways of displaying crime, something dark and hidden into something simple and laid bare. Exploring the visual elements associated with crime, I created a thumbprint cut out and used it to cast shadows onto some landscape paintings and an image of my sister to create a story like atmosphere that merges the truth.
This year I enjoyed developing work with collage and working with cut-outs and lighting. It was quite different for me to work with as I previously produced work in painting, and it was something I enjoyed doing as it helped develop new ideas for my work.
During lockdown I have kept creative by trying out various experiments and stepped away from working in a book to creating outcomes using new techniques.
In the future I’d like to continue painting and creating in this way. I would also like to work with photography and fashion.
BA (Hons) Fine Art: Painting
UAL Camberwell College of Arts
My face is my safe place
Before lockdown, I was looking at a lot of female artists for my project exploring the female body in society; a few of my favourites have been Juno Birch, Linder Sterling and Ellen Gallagher. My pieces, produced at home, were initially experiments with some recently bought colour pencils and I wanted to test them out. As an artist I am heavily inspired by faces, but I like to contort them and make them very unrealistic; dramatising their facial features to focus on eyes, lips or cheekbones. I also love drawing with pencil then using a dry paintbrush to blend them out. It has such a soft yet realistic look that I love and mimics the way that make-up artists define faces with contouring.
I’ve kept creative during this lockdown by drawing only when inspired. I found that when I try to draw or paint for the sake of it, I just frustrate myself. If I draw when I have something in mind it will have a better outcome for me and the artwork.
BA (Hons) Photography
University of Plymouth
BA / BSc (Hons) Game Art
Since being in quarantine I have tried to draw things that feed my imagination and storytelling ideas since there is not much else to do. What got me into art in the first place, was how explorative it can be; there are no right or wrong answers, there is only your imagination! My favourite resources to create with so far have been ballpoint pen and gouache. As I start university, I hope to become an animator of some sort. I am interested to either focus on character design or the story telling aspect of the game.
Dieleme Gabriel Panda
BA (Hons) Interior Design
Middlesex University / Kingston University
BA (Hons) The Art of Video Games
Pearson College: Escape Studios
Here are four works all exploring the use of prosthetics for a character in an imaginary game or animation setting.
My creative interest is in animation and games design because I want to develop games that everyone can have fun with, especially during this lockdown. The animated gifs I have made include the use of prosthetics as part of a character. A visit to the Wellcome Collection in London was the starting point for this idea. Seeing the false limbs and apparatus used in a medical context, to aid a person’s continued movement after being in a conflict situation, I thought this was an area of games characters that I had not explored myself before, so decided to include it as an aspect to my designs. I have explored making simple pixel art animations and I have tried to make the characters look simple yet effective in this format.
I have found the lockdown time to be a time of growth and change, giving me a lot of time to practice and enjoy some family time that we never usually have time to do. I used my time to play guitar and make a basketball ring so my brothers and I can play basketball in our free time. Next year I am looking forward to studying Games Design at Pearson College Escape Studios so I can learn more about games design and how they make them.
What interests me as an artist is how people can perceive certain imagery. It could remind them of a happy memory, or a tragic event and it might trigger a certain emotion.
My favourite art techniques this year have been digital drawing, watercolour painting and sketching, e.g. figure drawing. Since the lockdown, I have been trying to do a small bit of art every day in A5 sketchbook. Doing these drawings and paintings have helped me cope with the lockdown, since it has been pretty stressful, especially with shielding a relative.
In the future, I want to work on my drawing style and try produce creative work for commissions. I have been inspired by several artists that I follow on different social media. I would also like to make my own small webcomic, possibly horror or a sitcom type of story. I would use the experience and feedback from possible readers to help me develop my work.
Luis Gilabert Angulo
I have made some colour work inspired by Joan Miro and developed them into a pattern. I am planning to study interior design at university, so I reviewed a range of visual starting points to develop patterns for wall coverings, carpets and upholstery.
BA (Hons) Architecture
Kingston University / University of Westminster
BA (Hons) Animation
UAL London College of Communication
“Learning to wait is an opportunity to grow”
I saw this statement on a meme when looking at my phone during the lockdown. Feeling my own anxiety about the lack of freedom and what would happen about my education, about university as well as feeling the anxiety from the people around me, I thought this statement was comforting, turning a difficult situation into a positive one.
My images show some of my changing feelings during this period, like time being all same and there not being much difference between Monday to Sunday, for which I’ve used visual elements like cogs and clocks to represent passing time. Feelings of wanting to go outside are shown by a person looking outside of the window. Papercutting itself calmed and relaxed me and distracted me from worrying.
As it turned out, I enjoyed the lockdown time and generally I never felt bored. It felt very unusual at the beginning, and I did feel a bit lazy during this time, but I managed to do something creative every day and explore different things that I didn’t have time to do before.
This year I have found several artists that are interesting to me. My favorite artist is always Rob Ryan, but I have also explored the work of Chiharu Shiota and illustrator Charles Keeping.
Bachelor Concept Art
Bellecour École, Lyon
For my project that I started before the lockdown, I was exploring the themes of darkness and death. Using the prompt “veil” I started exploring hooded characters and was looking at the physical effects of light and dark to create meaning in the objects (plaster and fabric, cardboard) I was making and the drawing and painting that I developed from these pieces. As for artists and designers, an important one would be Francis Bacon, as his style interested me very much and so influenced my artistic making.
The other work here are some observational drawings that I made in my own free time. I kept creative by doing drawing exercises and small, personal projects. I wanted to exercise my drawing skills, drawing household still life objects such as pears and clementine’s. An art technique that I explored a lot this year was to paint in watercolour a rough picture of an object and add detail with drawing pens. I am looking forward to going to study Concept Art in France next year.
While creating my artworks I was mostly focusing on nature and the vibrant colours it creates. My work is just for decorative purposes only. As an artist/ designer I focus on things that are around me, nature is my main inspiration for this exhibition. My favourite technique was creating pieces of fine art using materials such as acrylic paint and collages. However, I also enjoyed creating 3D work, using clay. To keep me busy during this time I was creating paintings using acrylic and oil paints to represent the pictures that I took while in the park. Lastly, I really want to focus on fine art and learn about different techniques and materials that I can use to make my work more eye-catching.
Through lockdown l have spent most of my time working on a children’s book with an author, creating and developing digital illustrations and I will also be working with her to compile and organise the layout of the book. The book is focused on spreading a positive message to children about the importance of our connection to nature, how to recycle food waste and the helpful effect it has, symbolising this through a friendly compost heap that comes to life.
For my initial planning of this work, I used a lot of techniques and processes that I learnt from previous projects at college, which I found quite helpful when first analysing the content and themes of the book. I experimented with different styles and colour palettes, having to try new things to create visuals that forced me away from my usual ‘unsettling’ style. I tried to convey a warm, family-orientated feeling through each illustration, and I think in the end I did that quite effectively. I still have a long way to go until completing the book, but these are just several of my finished works.
During the past week or so I have been trying to learn to use different software such as Adobe Illustrator and more of Photoshop. I have been watching online tutorials and listened to advice given by other illustrators and animators.
Employment / Training
These images are stencil prints used to explore a concept for an autumnal window display background. The colours were manipulated digitally.
Oluwatobiloba Victoria O Olaofe
BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology
“Architecture never derived its force from stability of culture, but rather from the expression of those moments when that sense of stability slipped.” – Mark Wigley
“In pure architecture the smallest detail should have a meaning or serve a purpose.” – Augustus W. N. Pugin
The quotes above are linked to how my designs are always created with the high attention of detail and hidden meanings. My favourite art techniques that I learnt this year was constructive designing and model making (as well as drawing sketch designs of people and building designs). These were my favourite art techniques, because I have continued to exercise some of the techniques in the quarantine.
My artworks are about creative designs that can be useful as ornaments/decorations or a simple building structure. The things that interest me as a designer are productive objects that are useful in/around the house/office and the various architectural designs of different buildings on social media i.e., Instagram explorer, Twitter etc.
I have kept creative during the lockdown by designing and improving some of my skills which can help me when I have future related projects at a future education (university) or at my future workplace.
The designers I’ve researched this year that was most important to me was Zaha Hadid, because she inspired me to be very ‘open minded’ and not ‘cuboid’ in my designs. She also inspired to always link my designs to either the environment or the purpose of the building.
In the future, I want to continue to focus on making structural designs and hopefully learn about the technical variables that is needed for designing and professionally modelling building structures at higher education.
All my works that I created during lockdown are inspired by scenes from films or nature. I very often find myself inspired by films: the colours, the message behind it and the scenery. I created these pieces to mainly decorate my room, however it is also a great way to stay creative during lockdown.
I created works out of air-dry clay at home. The processes to build structures and make useful and decorative objects is fascinating to me. Another thing I did to stay creative is painting. I really wanted to learn how to paint since it was never something I was good at. The two artists that I am always going back for inspiration are Betty Woodman and Vanessa Hogge. I like how they both explore the relationship between the structure, surface and colour, and also how detailed their works are.
The starting point for these wallpaper designs was the concept of time and aging, inspired by Titian’s ‘Allegory of Prudence’. I have since then become intrigued by how the brain develops during time; in my work I explore the confusion and madness of the mind, which often present at old age. You can see depicted irregular, organic fluid forms that represent the brain’s illusions. The blue and pink colours symbolize childhood and the faint memories that the brain still possesses. It also shows that the person is still there but the confusion (the squiggly shapes) overshadow this.
Sabryna Luiz Rodrigues
BA (Hons) Fashion Design
In the early stages of my design project amongst works from the National Gallery, I looked at a Raphael painting of Christ’s crucifixion and over time the idea of the persecution of someone once considered inspiring came to mind. I have always been interested in Princess Diana and made a connection. The inspiration for this design was taken from her specific time when she was divorcing Prince Charles and the style she developed at that time. When researching her timeline in fashion I found that after her divorce she became a stronger and more independent woman; it seemed like she was a business woman by the way the dressed. In my work I decided to design and explore those ideas and strength through her fashion sense.
The second piece represents a more mysterious and sexy design with folds on the waist. I chose silk because it’s a material that was used by royals in the Roman culture contemporary to the narrative of Raphael’s painting and purple was only worn by those of high social status. The overall dress has an ancient feel to it and I wanted to portray that by using modern shaped dresses and traditional fabrics such as silk.
BA (Hons) Architecture
BA (Hons) Architecture
UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
Richmond upon Thames College
In my work, I am exploring the theme of chaos and order. The reason I have chosen this theme is to expand my thoughts on the city atmosphere and its balance. During my research in London, I encountered ancient buildings of a similar ratio and sequence. The balance of buildings really fits its surroundings, but the massive spacious buildings disturb the atmosphere by blocking the beautiful nature views.
I used the theme to explore abstract 2D painting. In my work I used parallel lines which emphasises the sequence of the buildings, and I used splash painting on top of the lines to show the disturbance to reference the atmosphere of the cityscape.