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Lewisham Art House Gallery, Conceptual & Material Analysis.

In the late 90's there were a slew of art exhibitions specifically exploring art done by young Korean artists. I wanted to explore this given that my partner, Yoonsoo, is a young artist herself and is also from Korea. I feel that this would be a subtle and original way to link my partner's Culture Swap research to my project in a way that is succinct. I like the unorthodox usage of material in the picture with the bags, combing plexiglass and string to make this small handbag I find to be novel and peculiar. I would like to use a material in the design of my pocket in order to subvert rather than to create something that is literally a pocket. I would like to use Chris' feedback of being 'too abstract' to my advantage, perhaps I can still be abstract through my material choices but use the structure of the design processes we are learning in the workshops to strike a balance.

Aitken, Joan, 'Cut To The Quick', Lewisham Art House Gallery (1998).

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Aitken, Joan, 'Cut To The Quick', Lewisham Art House Gallery (1998).

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Grahame, Alice; Wilkhu, Taran. 'Walters Way & Segal Close the architect Walter Segal and London's self-build communities : A Look at Two of London's Most Unusual Streets (2017)

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Grahame, Alice; Wilkhu, Taran. 'Walters Way & Segal Close the architect Walter Segal and London's self-build communities : A Look at Two of London's Most Unusual Streets (2017)

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Primary Research; Photography, Lewisham.

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Primary Research; Photography, Lewisham.

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Primary Research; Photography, Lewisham.

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Primary Research; Photography, Lewisham.

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Butler, Emily; Seungmin Kim, Stephanie. 'Entry Forms', British Council; Korean Cultural Centre (2008).

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Butler, Emily; Seungmin Kim, Stephanie. 'Entry Forms', British Council; Korean Cultural Centre (2008).

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Park, Wonjoo. 'Oscillating', Arthouse Gallery (1999)

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Grahame, Alice; Wilkhu, Taran. 'Walters Way & Segal Close the architect Walter Segal and London's self-build communities : A Look at Two of London's Most Unusual Streets (2017)

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Grahame, Alice; Wilkhu, Taran. 'Walters Way & Segal Close the architect Walter Segal and London's self-build communities : A Look at Two of London's Most Unusual Streets (2017)

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Walter Segal and London's self-build communities : A Look at Two of London's Most Unusual Streets, Conceptual Analysis

I was drawn to this book on Walters Way & Segal Close, two streets in Lewisham which are peculiar in that they have been entirely built by the community which inhabits it. A conscious move toward self-built, grass-roots ideology in order to open up freedom of choice with regards to the construction of people's homes.

 

I was drawn to the interior structures, the living space, evoking a sense of the 'home'. This meaning something entirely different to each family. I was inspired by the colloquial nature of the conversations recorded in the book, friends meeting in pubs to discuss building and planning, I find this process to be unique in the context of London especially with a heavily commercialised and also politicised approach to housing and building. This lends itself to the overall mood I would like to portray in this project, though I am unsure yet how to evoke this mood so that it is visually evident which is edxtremely important.

Goto, J. 'Lovers Rock' (2013)

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Goto, J. 'Lovers Rock' (2013)

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Primary Research; Photography, Lewisham.

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Primary Research; Photography, Lewisham.

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Benches, Primary Research, Aesthetic Analysis

I was drawn to the benches on visiting Lewisham, I like the hard structural features, the bent metal, the harsh wear on the bench due to weather. The woman I saw seated at the bench made me think about how the hard, wide edges distorted her body. I was imagining what it would look like if the bench formed a part of her silhouette. This lead me to think about this through draping on the body. A very wide a sharp edge was created through using sticks that were connected using electrical tape. this created the silhouette I was imagining in my head with protruding edges.

Visit to Lewisham; Visual Analysis

While in the Borough, I noticed that Lewisham as it is today for me felt void of many visual aspects that had inspired me on previous projects; instead I was drawn to the presence of ubiquitous design for example the park benches, new-build flats (extremely common in 'gentrified areas' in London), also the Lewisham specific infrastructure i.e waste collection bins. This lead me to later become interested in the design of the benches, their shape and form. A common theme in the features I was drawn to was everyday life, things that we all encounter on a daily basis; this informed my decision to look for the 'every day' in secondary research sources such as these portraits by John Goto.

Benches, Primary Research; Photography, Lewisham.

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Aitken, Joan, 'Cut To The Quick', Lewisham Art House Gallery (1998).

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Aitken, Joan, 'Cut To The Quick', Lewisham Art House Gallery (1998).

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Grahame, Alice; Wilkhu, Taran. 'Walters Way & Segal Close the architect Walter Segal and London's self-build communities : A Look at Two of London's Most Unusual Streets (2017)

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Grahame, Alice; Wilkhu, Taran. 'Walters Way & Segal Close the architect Walter Segal and London's self-build communities : A Look at Two of London's Most Unusual Streets (2017)

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Primary Research; Photography, Lewisham.

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Primary Research; Photography, Lewisham.

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Primary Research; Photography, Lewisham.

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Primary Research; Photography, Lewisham.

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Primary Research; Photography, Lewisham.

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Primary Research; Photography, Lewisham.

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Lovers Rock; Mood Analysis

I notice here captured an ordinary, casual mood that leads me to think about 'everyday life'; Goto translates this mood through through local youth in the 70's; (UPDATE: as it turns out this is one of Goto's very early works by Goto, these are likely people from his daily life, friends, classmates).

 I was drawn to the subtle quality of the images, the tone is very soft. The young men and women are posing very casually as if these could be in a family photo album in somebody's home. A sense of innocence is palpable. I want to use this research in order to translate the 'everyday' through studying ubiquitous design elements I observed in Lewisham more deeply, especially the benches which I was drawn to on visiting the Borough.

 

With regards to these portraits I would like to study the garments that these young men and women have chosen, it seems to me that the woman who wears the mandarin collared shirt and tartan dress has an aesthetic that I could use to develop design ideas especially when deciding on fabrication. Perhaps I could use tartan, this also evokes this time period (late 70's, early 80's) in London where a lot of people were expressing themselves by subverting traditional dress codes such as the tartan skirt. I would like to do this without going in too deeply in to the 'Punk' phenomena, seeing as this is not particularly relevant to my project which is based on Lewisham, also Punk I feel would be an unoriginal approach to exploring subculture in London given that it has been done many times before. I feel that the influx of Reggae in South London would not only be more relevant but also it would be new to me and give me an avenue to explore that I have not done previously.

The context of these images mires them in a layer of contrast that I had not considered on first viewing.

 

Primary Research; Photography, Lewisham.

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