The last couple of weeks have been crazy busy; full to the brim with side projects, updating my website and consequently filling Etsy orders and commissions, and of course my main degree project! I feel I've been really excelling in my practice recently, both in its visual language as well as me enjoying producing it which is great. However, I've also been super excited to work on some side projects with uni!
Since Christmas time, I've been working on a sort of collective commission with uni. One of our illustration tutors gathered a group of us to work on a print series/project commissioned by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. They asked TheGallery - our exhibiting gallery space within uni - to help create a series of works to showcase the life and work of musician Maurice Ravel. The orchestra will be performing his "Rapsodie Espagnole".
Since working in a similar subject area for my Pre Major and Final Major projects, I decided to adapt some of imagery to work with this. I wanted to keep the warm, bright colours, but created a piece that utilised a current working style. I aimed to envisage Ravel's French heritage with his love for Spain in this music piece. I worked digitally, but these limited edition prints were to be screen printed on beautiful heavy quality Somerset paper.
Artwork by moi! and screen printed by the fabulous Donna @dnnpeters who helped me learn more about the art of screen printing! Check out her work!
The images below are of the first run, which led us to encounter a few process errors; for instance, some ink halos caused through the printing and photocopying the image (in prep to be silk screened), and some areas of colour also stuck out.
I am really pleased with the first print run -- especially how the colours turned out! We even got a metallic in with the warm yellow! -- and am fortunate enough to now have these for my portfolio and to sell on as high quality prints. The final editions (after some artwork edits) are to be shown and sold at the music event in March.
I've also been working on some ceramic plate designs for a project with uni! Our university is twinned with some schools and uni's across Asia, and it's part custom and out of courtesy to bring a small gift for them when our uni visits. Usually our Principal and/or some course tutors visit, and this year they'd like to take over a small selection of painted and decorated ceramic pieces to present. I was honoured and really excited to be asked if some of work could be adapted to be used!
I would love to work in the area of surface design, so this is a great project to learn a small part of that, as well as great commission experience and honour. The tutors and I agreed some of my colourful, figure orientated, recent work would work really well; to showcase our university's collective of work. They are yet to be printed, but I'm really pleased with the current designs - you may recognise some pieces below!
Also, if these are successful pieces and products, it's a great route for my Major Project and possible outcome!