Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Topophilia






My final project of my foundation course is called Topophilia, which means "love of place". I'm exploring my connection with the landscape, particularly my local area, and making my studio space into a kind of nest made up of pieces of the places where I spend most of my time.




I started off by experimenting with making my own natural dyes. Mostly I've been dyeing using rust, tea and coffee.


I've been doing a lot of sewing. This is part of a big patchwork piece that I've been working on, it has fabrics that I've dyed and also found materials.



I major part of my project has been going for walks. I take photos, collect objects, and write in a little journal which I take with me. I am making a video which is a kind of montage document of all the walks and what I found on each one.







Most recently I've been working on these images, trying to bring more pen/pencil drawing into my project. I really like the circle and line designs, they feel like scientific diagrams and can be interpreted in lots of different ways. I think of them kind of like maps of location which also document found materials.




While researching Dadaism, I came across Dadaist poetry and started making my own poems using the cut-up technique on my entries from the journal I take on walks. I like that that they don't make sense to anyone. It's a good way of sharing your own writing without feeling shy that it's too personal.






One of the first things I did in my project was get six pieces of fabric and leave them out in different environments to see what happened with them. After 46 days I am now gradually retrieving them again which is exciting. I'm recording the whole process and making a video of it. Both this video and my walk one will be on my Youtube channel when I've finished them.





I hope you liked seeing just a snippet of what I've been up to. This year has gone so fast, I can't believe this is my last project on the course!

6 comments:

  1. I find posts like this so interesting to read, your art is so unique and cool Bethany! x
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  2. wow, as I always say, your art project is really interesting, I love watching the pictures, your room is so amazing, I would really like to see that videos and knowing more and more about the project! Next year I'm doing the final project at my arts school and I'm so nervous, so I'm taking you as example, eventhought I do something very different!

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    1. Thank you! I don't have long on my project now so I'm sure I'll be posting the videos and final outcomes soon :)

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  3. Okay, this is AMAZING. You artwork is so textural and beautiful, and you've created such a magical space! I have many questions though... Are you in university / pursuing a career in art? And is this space your designated studio? I wonder, because this is such high calibre work! If you don't mind me asking, of course.
    Best wishes on your wonderful project! I'll definitely be checking back in to see your future work. Really like your blog.

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    1. Thank you! I am doing an art foundation course at the moment, but I'm going to university in september to study Fine Art, so yes you could say I'm pursuing a career in art! Yes, this is my designated studio space :) thank you again

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