Little Personal Project

Hmm, I am not sure if this could be called a project. It’s one drawing on which I am now working in between research and my work for the Polish school, where I volunteer.

I became interested in a show called Pushing Daisies, created by Bryan Fuller (the creator of Wonderfalls and Dead Like Me).

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This quirky series follows Ned (Lee Pace, Wonderfalls), a young man with a very special gift. As a boy, Ned discovered that he could return the dead briefly back to life with just one touch.
But now as a pie maker, Ned puts his ability to good use, not only touching dead fruit and making it ripe with everlasting flavour, but working with a private investigator to crack murder cases by raising the dead and getting them to name their killers. (I got into this because of Fuller’s Hannibal).
It gets complicated, when Ned brings his childhood sweetheart (Anna Friel, Goal), Chuck, back from the dead and unfortunately keeps her alive. Chuck becomes the third partner in Ned and Emerson’s private-investigation enterprise, encouraging them to use Ned’s skills for good, not just for profit. Life would be perfect for Ned and Chuck, except for one cruel twist: if he ever touches her again, she’ll go back to being dead, this time for good. (Description )

That led me to being interested in the main character’s actor, Lee Grinner Pace.
Anyway, it ended up with me drawing that actor.
Here’s my drawing process so far:

I will try to add some more quality photos later on, however I am currently working at night, due to my cold, my day routine got turned around, so my time of working is 2am-6am.

Hopefully, the drawing will turn out pretty good.

Working on Parkinson’s Disease

 

Couple of weeks ago, we were asked to choose one of two projects:

-a mural in a care home for residents suffering from dementia;

-a set of tools or a tool for children to inform them about Parkinson’s Disease.


We could choose either and choose whether we want to work individually or in pairs.

I have decided to join my friend S., who has a similar style of work and way of working, to me. We have chosen the Parkinson’s Disease and the creation of a tool for children.


What is Parkinson’s Disease?


Parkinson’s disease is caused by a loss of nerve cells in part of the brain. This leads to a reduction in a chemical, called dopamine, in the brain.

 Dopamine plays a vital role in regulating the movement of the body. A reduction in dopamine is responsible for many of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

 Exactly what causes the loss of nerve cells is unclear. Most experts think that a combination of genetic and environmental factors is responsible.


Who is affected by PD?
It is estimated that around 1 in 500 people are affected by Parkinson’s disease, there are an estimated 127,000 people in the UK with the condition.

 Most people with Parkinson’s develop symptoms when they’re over 50, although around 1 in 20 people with the condition first experience symptoms when they’re under 40.

 Men are also slightly more likely to get Parkinson’s disease than women.


How to treat PD?
There’s no cure for Parkinson’s disease, however some treatments are available to help reduce the main symptoms and maintain quality of life for as long as possible.
These treatments include:

  • medication
  • brain surgery

You may not need any treatment during the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, as symptoms are usually mild. However, you may need regular appointments with your specialist so your condition can be monitored.

To start the project we were visited by two representants of the Parkinson’s  Equip foundation, Ray Wegrzyn, a founder of Parkinson’s Equip, who actually suffers from Parkinson’s Disease, and Ghislaine Howards, a patron of the foundation who is the patron of Parkinson’s Equip, her mother suffered from PD.

 After a talk and interview with Ray and Ghislaine, S. and I have had a brain storm on what we could do with all the information that we had. We chose to produce a short story book based on the life of Ray and inspired by the style of work of Olivier Kugler, after I showed S. his art, as I have attended his talk on reportage art at the Manchester Metropolitan University few days before this meeting.
Here are some examples of Kugler’s work:

Initial ideas:
Our initial ideas were formed around practical style of tools, however we both had the image of a book in our minds, as one of the main ”products”.

The several ideas included:

-cupholders;

-animation;

-GIF;

-activity sheets;

-posters;

-movie;

-toys (puzzle; felt pieces; games).


Ethical issues:
Our initial ideas included certain considerations we had to take on, as we created the process and bounced ideas off of each other.
We had to remember and consider the age of the children for which the book would be made, as well as what kind of information we could actually pass on to them without causing any distress and upset to them.

 Another point was to ensure that Ray is comfortable with what were are doing and saying in regards to his story, so we had to check if what we say is what Ray agreed to disclose.

 It was hard to come closer to what we wanted, because we had to ensure that Ray had privacy and the right to stop us from writing about his story.


Next point:
Off we went, to venture for some more ideas and to finally limit them to just one in order for it to be more detailed and effective.

 Due to limited time schedule before a planned Berlin residential trip with the university, that I have signed up to and S.didn’t, we had to come around and divided roles between each other.

  A week before my flight to Berlin, S. and I met in the studio to discuss some work we did. We both have written poem about Parkinson’s Disease and Ray, but because my was more broad in the area of PD and S.’s poem was focused on Ray, we chose to use both. S.’s poem was used as the story line of the whole book, while my poem was placed at the end of the book as an extra.
(I will add both poems when I will get around to writing them up on the laptop. 😛 )
Our book was limited by the number of pages, as we didn’t want to make it too short or too long, since the children that it was created for are of Year 6.
The next point we have discussed was how to lay out the illustrations and the text. We were looking into the separate spreading of text and image as well as the combination of it on one page.
Here are some examples of our images:




 I will include spread of the actual book in two weeks after it is finalized and after it has been viewed by the kids.

Also, here is something that the Parkinson’s Equip has organised this year.
Parkinson’s EQUIP is holding its second art auction, running over the next few weeks until early December. 

The auction reflects the connection between Parkinson’s and creativity and between Parkinson’s and dance in particular. The auction itself, selling pictures to raise funds to help people with Parkinson’s help themselves is underlined by the new connection Parkinson’s EQUIP has made with the Dance for Parkinson’s network. This is a group of dance teachers spread across England and Wales who undertake a specific programme of training to enable them to provide the best possible direction to people with Parkinson’s. Feedback from those who have attended both the teaching instruction at the People Dance summer school in Leicestershire and have also satisfactorily completed an online assessment, and from people with Parkinson’s who have attended groups run by teachers who have been through the program are invariably positive not only in terms of the group activity itself but lasting beyond that and helping lift spirits and improve movement to some degree.

The auction runs online. At this time (17th of October 2016) we are inviting semi professional and – artists to create and donate one or two postcard size pictures using whatever medium they choose.  We have asked that the pictures reflect either dance or Parkinson’s (or of course both). The pictures will be available to be viewed on our website in early November. Then at the end of November or into early December we will run an online auction via eBay lasting a week or 10 days. Full guidance about how to get to the auction and how to proceed for those unfamiliar with eBay will be provided on the website.

We hope to receive between 30 and 50 postcard size pictures. There will be a minimum starting bid for each picture of £10 and where the artist kind enough to donate has a national reputation there may be a higher start point to help maintain the integrity of their overall body of work.

To see the pictures so far donated, click here.

 

FICTION AND REALITY

Intro: Okay, I believe that his post is way long overdue. As an apology I will publish three posts that I should have written during the past month.

FICTION AND REALITY

The first brief of my second year Illustration course was focusing on collaboration.

Working with second year graphic design students, we were divided into groups of three and four.

My group, called the ”Badman Crew” (not my idea, I just went along with it), consisted of me, J and R. R was the graphics guy in our group.

The topic of the project was Fiction and Reality. The aim was to make something that would border on the thin line between being fiction and reality. It was to engage and provide a deeper meaning, interest and create a sense of mystery and suspension.

The ”Badman Crew” decided to work on the sense of fiction that the media sells us and the reality of what the media shows the public through their rosy colored glasses.

We went through a view complicated brain storms to separate 3 main ideas of technology, student life and terrorism, but during our feedback time and by discussing it further, we chose to focus on the broader idea of world issues regarding racism, terrorism, violence etc.

 

 We planned and experimented until we chose to produce a globe like object that would have an iPad attached to it on the inside, to play our animation or a GIF in relation to the dealing subject.

By doing this we wanted to show that people are attracted by something that appears nice and attractive (fiction) but on the inside it is disgusting, uncomfortable, repelling (reality).

 

 We developed our idea and created a big version of the globe out of paper mâché over a giant inflatable football.

 

Above – Prototype

Below – Final Work

The slot in the middle was cut open, as during our development process we realised that we won’t be able to securely attach the iPad or even a phone to the inside surface of our globe. Therefore the slot was open in order to accommodate a Mac screen, where we could display our GIF animation.

J and I were responsible for images that will be mashed up into the GIF. Unfortunately our communication and attendance of one of us was an issue and in the end not all of the images planned were created. We went with what we had.

R took care of producing the GIF using Photoshop.

And here is the final animation/GIF. (Unfortunately you can watch it only if you follw up the link and get to the bottom of the post.) 😦

 

R. took care of designing posters as well.

In the end we also had to create and display a presentation to the two classes, in which we talked about the process, troubles and benefits associated with collaborating and how did that affect our work, as well as what our project was about.

Okay, so that’s it for the first post.

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Illustration Friday

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 This week, the prompt is ICE. 

Due to my love of the winter, I have decided to take part in this challenge.

 The prompt was good, because it could be interpreted in various ways, from snowflakes to ice cream vans or Ice Cube. 

 In the end, I’ve decided onto a more abstract-ish idea of icebergs. I used different shades of blue and white to create the shade, although I am note sure if it work completely, as I am still getting used to the Daler Rowney watercolour set, that I am using.

 Here is the final work. I quite enjoy the way, the shapes of the ice bergs curve and disappear.

 

Next time, I will need to think a bit more on how to layer the colours.

Discovering others’ illustrations. Interview with Adam Pękalski

Throughout the last week, I have sent numerous emails with questions to various illustrators, who’s works I admire and find interesting. As a student of Illustration I realize that a professional artist can be quite taken with his work and he/she may have very limited time scale of responding to such emails.

Well, today was a good day, because I have received a response from one of the illustrators that I have contacted.

Adam Pękalski, a Polish illustrator, born in Gdansk in 1975, who currently lives and works in Ankara, Turkey, where he teaches graphic design and illustration.
Pękalski works as a freelance illustrator, book and poster designer and cartoonist.
(You can view his full bio on his website http://www.adampekalski.com/bio.htm )

What I find interesting in Pękalski’s  works is the way he invites the viewer into the image, through the use of movement, lively colours and compositions. Moreover, I have enjoyed the link between the works and the specific audience, that the images reach.

One of the media that he uses are the watercolors. Easy to use, but also quite demanding of the artist, as one wrong move can destroy the whole piece of work.
Pękalski once said that ”Sometimes, one sentence can be enough, whether read or heard, or a single clip of a movie, a fleeting memory of a painting in the museum, to create a very concrete vision that demands instantaneous manifestation on paper. Rarely does a concept arises from a laborious process, drudgery starts later, when a brush is picked up.” –http://art.webesteem.pl/14/pekalski.php
A high number of this Polish illustrator’s works is commissioned for editorial purposes, for magazines, where the main themes are history and geography.
However, the images that I liked the most, where created as book illustrations, aimed at children.

It is interesting to note, that the artist himself admitted to preferring to work on these, rather than the editorial commissions.


Editorial illustrations for magazines include:  
– Miś
– Sukces
– Charaktery
– Media & Marketing Polska
– PANI
– Świat Ciszy
– Nasze Morze
– Przekrój
– National Geographic Traveler

Recently published illustrated books:

– Sanatorium, Dorota Gellner, Wydawnictwo Bajka, Warszawa 2015
Kot, który zgubił dom, Ewa Nowak, Egmont Polska, Warszawa 2016
Nie płacz, koziołku, Sergey Mikhalkov, Nasza Księgarnia, Warszawa 2016
Praktyczny pan, Roksana Jędrzejewska-Wróbel, Wydawnictwo Bajka, Warszawa 2016


 

Here is a ‘short’ interview with the artist. (Mr. Pękalski, if you are reading this- Thank you once again for answering these questions.)

Corvus Could you describe your process of work when responding to a project/brief? Are there any steps that you always take in order to generate ideas?

  Adam Pękalski– I usually start with a insightful visual research. Lots of the commissions I get are for educational books and articles related to history or geography, and in such cases this step is absolutely de rigeur – you can’t just make the things up as you go, even if your illustrations are supposed to have a light-hearted or even humorous approach. The gathering of visual materials takes quite a long time – the trick is to know more or less what you are looking for (which requires also some extra reading about the subject of your project) and to be able to select things that are useful from the piles of rubbish which Google search often provides.
The next step is finding a concept – this is when the drawing starts; initially in the form of thumbnail sketches and doodles, up to more advanced images. In the meantime the vision of a finished illustration clarifies in my mind, and I know more or less where to go to from there.
Sometimes the clients require the rough sketches of the ordered piece for the acceptance, then of course I have to prepare more than just one version, but usually no more than three. It also happens quite often that they just trust me with my judgement, so we can omit this step.
Finally there’s the execution of the illustration itself. I like using diverse styles and techniques to match the subject, so the technical details may vary. These days I use mostly computer to make my illustrations, but nonetheless they always start as hand-drawn pictures that are scanned and processed with Photoshop.
All the above applies mostly to editorial illustrations, while with a bigger projects, like illustrated books, the process is much more complicated. The visual research step remains more or less the same, but the doodling and sketching step takes way more time, as you must deal with a bigger number of illustrations that will create some kind of a sequence. There’s also a character design, layout design, choice of the font, and last but not least figuring out what the mood will be like, i.e. what the book is supposed to look like. Once this is done, I send a sample double-page spread to the editor to see whether my idea gets accepted. And then the labour begins…

CLooking through your portfolio and blog, it is clear that you have your very own style. How did you discover it and do you sometimes experiment with other media?

AP- I believe that the style is something that develops with time, so it’s not like a once-and-for-all decision that an artist spontaneously makes (“From now on, all my characters are going to have red noses and bulgy eyes!”), but more like a never-ending process. It is the sum of your experiences, inspirations and personal inclinations, and it constantly evolves, just like yourself.
I’ve noticed that many young artists (I’m thinking about some of my illustration students) tend to treat their style as some kind of a fetish, to such extent that they are reluctant to try something new, because it might affect their precious little style which they have just came up with. I think it’s silly; in my opinion sticking with just one type of illustrations makes you get bored and burnt-out very fast. Also, the illustrator has better chances of surviving in the market if he (or she) is more flexible and embraces the variety of techniques and visual styles. I suppose that if your artistic personality is strong enough, your personal “handwriting style ” will still be visible, even if you  radically change the mood or technique.

C- Do you think you prefer working with editorial briefs or are you trying to keep your work balanced between magazines and books?

AP- In last four years the majority of my work is related to children’s books illustration. It might not be the best way of making a living as an illustrator (one spends a lot of time and energy, while the fees paid by Polish publishers are often ridiculously low), but I find it more satisfying and enjoyable than editorial illustration, and this is what I want to focus on in the future. Also, I think that book illustration has a longer “expiry date”. The point is: the editorial illustration usually has a life span of a magazine’s issue in which it appears, while a book is something that lingers for years, and sometimes it’s being passed to the next generations of readers. I still have some wonderfully illustrated books that my parents owned when they were kids, and I’m going to eventually pass them to my daughter.

C- What advice would you give to a recent graduate, who is trying to find his way in the industry?

AP- Oh, God. Advices. There’s only one that really matters: Do what you love, and love what you do. And stay honest and true to yourself. Oh wait, that’s two.
No, but really: I don’t feel like I’m qualified to give any professional advices, because I don’t think they would apply to everyone. It’s a very individual thing, how you want your career to grow and what kind of illustrator you want to become. But if you have the passion for that job, and ambition, and you fell like no other profession is suitable for you, surely you will find a way to succeed in some way. Maybe you won’t get awfully rich, but at least they will pay you for your hobby…

C- Lastly, are you happy with where you are now in regards to your art? Do you enjoy what you do?

AP- Yes 🙂

All the images used belong to Adam Pękalski.
They can be found on his website- http://www.adampekalski.com/portfolio.htm
As well as on his various profiles and magazine’s websites:
Webesteem- http://art.webesteem.pl/14/pekalski.php
Facebook-  https://www.facebook.com/adamuspekalski/

The Manchester Museum

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Manchester Museum (website) is owned by the University of Manchester. The museum displays works of archaeology, anthropology and natural history. It holds one of the largest Egyptology exhibitions.

It is the UK’s largest university museum, serving as a major visitor attraction and as a resource for academic teaching and research. From the beginning of September, schools around Greater Manchester are able to hire an Inflatable Manchester Museum to help children experience history closer to their schools. It has around 360,000 visitors each year.

The museum’s first collections were assembled by the Manchester Society of Natural History formed in 1821 with the purchase of the collection of John Leigh Philips. The Manchester Geological Society’s collections were added in 1850. By the 1860’s both societies encountered financial difficulties and, advice from an evolutionary biologist Thomas Huxley, the University of Manchester (then called the Owens College) accepted responsibility for the collections in 1867. The museum in Peter Street was sold in 1875 after Owens College moved to new buildings in Oxford Street.

Alfred Waterhouse, architect of London’s Natural History Museum, was commissioned to design a museum, in order to house the collections for the benefit of students and the public on a site in Oxford Road (then Oxford Street). The Manchester Museum was opened to the public in 1888. At the time, the scientific departments of the college were immediately adjacent, and students entered the galleries from their teaching rooms in the Beyer Building. The 1927 extension was built to house the ethnographic collections.

Here are some photographs from the Museum.

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I enjoyed the skeletons collection, because these show how someone or something was built. They are also quite interesting to sketch.

 

Here is a small part of the monetary collection displayed permanently in the Museum.

Another section, were the various fossils and collections from different parts of the world.

In few of the jars, there were spiders, butterflies, worms and other insects.

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The other section that I always get back to is just around the balcony where the ‘Jars’ collection is.

These always remind me of prints and the experimentation processes, as well as sketchbook work that we do in art.

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Okay, so that’s it. 😀

 

 

Manchester Town Hall

I won’t bother with apologies today, because I think we all should get used to the long breaks in between my posts. No matter how hard I try to write regularly, it just doesn’t seem to work.

Anyway, a few weeks ago I was in Manchester with my sister and her friends from Poland, who were visiting us for a week.

During the trip to Manchester we went to see the Manchester Museum (you can read about it here) and to the Manchester Town Hall.

While I did write before about the Manchester Town Hall, the images from my gallery where wiped out, so I will be posting the images that I have taken on the most recent visit.

Manchester Town Hall was designed by Alfred Waterhouse and completed in 1877.

It is one of the examples of Noe-Gothic architecture in United Kingdom.

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The shield located on the ceiling in the entrance to the Hall.

 

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One of the ceremonial rooms, the Great Hall is decorated with murals by Ford Maddox Brown, illustrating the city’s history.

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The Great Hall depicts the town’s history on it’s murals. (Source: wikipedia)

The mosaic floor (the use of mosaics was brought over from the Romans, it is believed that British culture was born from the Romans influence), throughout the Town Hall is showing bees. Manchester is full of ‘bees’, at least it’s representation. They are on the bins, side walks, buildings, lamp posts etc., because this city was the focus of the industry in Great Britain.It was called Cottonpolis, as cotton was the main means of the income.

A little bit more about that can be read on Manchester Storm’s website (right here). Their 2016/17 season’s jerseys have a little Manchester bee on the front neck insert, in order to reference back to the city’s working bees nature and it’s relation to the Storm’s hockey players who are just like those bees. Manchester was thriving, getting more wealthy and therefore needed a bigger town hall. Thus, a competition was announced for a project. Waterhouse won and it’s his design that we can now admire.

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A cross section of the Town Hall’s plan by Waterhouse
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The floor in the Sculpture Hall is covered with mosaic patterns, showing the rose of Lancashire.

 

Here are some photographs that I took that day:

 

The fountain located in the Albert Square, where the main entrance to the Town Hall is.

 

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The Link bridge
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At the steps of the Prince Albert Statue, overlooking the main entrance.
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Loving the architecture of the Town Hall.

 

So here it is. Hope that this post gets me back into your good graces. (hehe, right?)

I also hope that this post will help you in making a decision about visiting Manchester. Even if just to visit this building.

A word of advice though, check the Manchester City Council’s website. There are some refurbishing going on around, since nearly 40% of the building is in a state of despair. You never know, when they will close it, so check it for the availability of touring the inside.

Little something

Is there such a thing as a criminal offense for not updating a blog? o.O Just curious…

 

Here is a little something that I have been up to.

During the last days of July, I have been able to help my university colleagues in painting a mural at a local junior (primary) school. The team and the school’s teachers have decided that they will be using spray paints, as the limited budget would allow for more spray paint to be bought. The design was partially created by the children from the school. It is a mixture between cosmos, space and under the sea shapes and forms. The photographs below show some of the work that was done on two days. The more recent photographs wont be done until September, however the mural is nearly complete.

 

On the other hand, here is a little lino print work that I have done for the summer project. This design pattern was inspired by the Japanese kimono from early 18th century in relation the the work I am doing for the Gulliver’s Travels.

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And at the end:

Here is something different.

From left to right:

  1. A tattoo design that I have been working on for my sister. I need to do a photograph of the final design. Please do not use this design without my permission.
  2. A big frog toy trial that I have done, based on a Pinterest pin that I wanted to try.
  3. . A smaller version of the frog toy for my little nephew.

 

Okay, that’s it for today.

What’s up?

The last few weeks have been rather hectic and busy. I was working on the summer project and for the past two weeks I have been spending time with my cousin, who was visiting from Poland.

Summer Project first.

I carried out a little bit more research and got interested in the fashion of Lilliputs and the Giants from Gulliver’s first two voyages, as well as the perspective of Lilliputs towards Gulliver and how did that  affected him when he landed in Brobdingnag, where he was the Lilliput.

One of the points to research were the miniature villages located in Britain.

 

Each building in those villages has to be renovated and re-painted once a year, something more often, due to weathering out and being exposed to thousands of people trampling around. When you add the snow and the rain to that, you can start imagining how expensive in finance, time and effort such a village is.

This article on BBC has helped quite a bit in locating them. 🙂

Okay, so let’s move towards fashion.

In the book, Gulliver described Lilliput’s fashion as that between the British and East Asia. We need to remember that the action in the book takes place in 1700’s. Therefore, I have researched the clothes and symbolism for patterns around that time in Britain, France, Japan, South Korea and most important China, as during the 16th-19th century it was the Chinese culture and society that greatly impacted the western world, though Japan also had it’s shine in this period.

Britain:

Women:

The main part of a woman’s clothing was the hoop- known as pannier, this whalebone (or metallic) ring was worn to create the illusion of dilated hips, which resulted in a dome-shaped structure to the skirt worn over the hoop.  Most women wore a corset to slim the waist. Then the petticoat, which covered the hoop and corset, but also was used as a under layer to the proper dress.

The hairstyle around the time of action-1700’s, was the high comb. Usually over a padded roll or worn over a frame.

All clothing and accessories have been embroidered to a high level. Clothes were produced from silk and linen.

 

Men:

Men wore a linen shirt with frills at the wrists, covering the under drawers (something like under shirt). Next came on a vest or a long waistcoat, then they put on knee breeches to show off the legs, covered in stockings (white) and their leather shoes with stacked heels. The most visible layer was the full-skirted, knee-length coat. British men o this time wore shoulder-length, full-bottomed wig (we can see remains of this fashion sense in some Supreme Courts) and a tricorne (three cornered) hat with an upturned brim.

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As the century progressed, dresses, coats and breeches lost a few inches in their length. Shoes became low heeled, while the wigs were used for formal occasions only.

 

China:

Elite:

The Chinese elite (royalty, high and middle class) wore robes wrapped around the body, tied close to the waist sash. Depending on the length, they were worn without the undergarments (coming down to the ankles) or over trousers/skirt (thigh length).

Both sexes wore skirts, as well as they bound their hair up in a topknot and covered it with either a head cloth or a hat.

While women favored highly colorful silk cloth, men proffered somber and plain cloths, however both were intricate in their pattern embroidery.

Commoners:

The Chinese commoners (working class) wore short robes or jackets over trousers or leggins.

Women wore skirts, whereas men wore loincloth as a lower garment. A change came with the cavalry, which introduced short wrapped jackets and short robes worn over trousers for common men.

Japanese men on the other hand wore long robes or shorter baggy trousers. Women, though wore multiple layers of wrapped robes, cut to reveal each layer beneath the last.The introduction of kimonos, widened the gap between the wealthy, aristocracy and samurais, and the commoners of Japan. Kimonos were often embroidered at the nape of the neck with the family’s crest.

The Chinese leaned towards colours of red, green and light blue, whereas Japanese people took to indigo dye.

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 I also looked at the symbols and patterns within both cultures.

The Chines clothes were often embroidered with sakura (charry) trees and dragons, on the other hand Japanese patterns included cranes and turtles as the symbols of long life and good luck, as well as the sea bream fish, symbolising happiness.

One flower that is a recurring pattern in 1700’s Japan is a chrysanthemum, of which there are over 150 patterns.

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Okay, so here are some of the works that I have created based on my research.

 

 

Moving on to personal life. As I mentioned my cousin came visiting from Poland. She flied home yesterday evening.

I like spending time with her, because we both like Harry Potter and have a similar taste for books, although I think there is a big gap between us, due to me being 4 years older and being more stuck up than her.

We got to talk a little over the past two weeks, watched quite a number of horror movies together (still got bruises from Friday evening, watching Conjuring and Annabelle). My sister took us and her friend to Weatherspoons pub for a few drinks. (I stuck to apple juice). They went a little wild with it, but none of them had a massive hangover. 🙂 I also got to spend few days with her by myself, since her dad worked the past week.

On Monday we went ice skating at the Altrincham Silver Blades rink. It was a first time for me and I was just glad not to fall over even once, although we didn’t escape unscathed, as when I tried stopping once skated right into her, sliding one of the skates into her leg, but thankfully she wasn’t injured, only a little pained at the hit. The other time, she tumbled into me and I smashed my forearm into the rink wall, which wasn’t nice, but nothing much more than that didn’t happen.

On Tuesday, we have decided to go swimming at the local pool and we both ended up with the first stage of a cold, which got worse on Thursday when we were meant to go to Liverpool. I had to cancel those plans.

On Wednesday, my cousin joined my sister and our parents at the Graduation Ceremony in Preston, where my sister has received her degree. (SO PROUD OF HER! :D)

While they were in Preston, I was decorating the house with banners and balloons, her face when she walked through the door was priceless. Afterwards, we went for a family dinner to Weatherspoons.

The last two days we have spent just talking, playing and cooking.

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I will miss her, but hopefully I will get to see her in November.

So, that’s it. Hope you guys have a good summer! 😀

Summer Homework (Ideal Project)-Devoirs d’été (Ideal Project)

Welcome all, welcome one! (Thanks Graham Norton, this greeting got stuck in my head. 😛 )

Yup, it does say Summer Homework. 😀

So, after coming in to university center, to collect our grades for the first year, we were given our summer assignment, however it is not graded, so we don’t have to do it.

On the other hand, the project will help those who did it:

  1. Staying fit. By that I mean still exercising our hands and minds within the field. This way we won’t get rusty during our time off, which in turns allows us to start right away in September.
  2. Research skills. As with every project we do, we have to go through the research process, on which everything else balances. (At least for me. I can’t do a project without research.)

Therefore, I have decided to do my summer project. 😀

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Guess, which book I have decided to read and create work for. 😛 Yup, The Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift.

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The book is formed of 4 books and while I am still on the 1st book, it captures my interest and imagination. The descriptions within are what I needed to make my mind and ideas go wild.

 

Will see how the reading goes, it has been a long time since I have read an actual book instead of short stories on the Internet.

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Here are some illustrations to the book, that I have found:

 

Thanks for reading. 😀

Here’s the FRENCH version

 

Bienvenue à tous, bienvenue un! (Merci Graham Norton, cette salutation est coincé dans ma tête:. P)

Yup, il ne dit devoirs d’été. 😀

Ainsi, après son entrée dans le centre universitaire, pour recueillir nos grades pour la première année, on nous a donné notre mission d’été, mais il n’a pas été classé, donc nous ne devons pas le faire.

D’autre part, le projet aidera ceux qui l’ont fait:

Rester en forme. Par cela, je veux dire encore l’exercice de nos mains et les esprits dans le domaine. De cette façon, nous ne serons pas se rouiller pendant notre temps libre, qui à son tour nous permet de commencer tout de suite en Septembre.
Les compétences en recherche. Comme avec tous les projets que nous faisons, nous devons passer par le processus de recherche, sur lequel soldes else tout. (Au moins pour moi. Je ne peux pas faire un projet sans recherche.)

Par conséquent, j’ai décidé de faire mon projet d’été. 😀

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Devinez, quel livre je l’ai décidé de lire et de créer des emplois pour. : P Yup, Les Voyages de Gulliver de Jonathan Swift.

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Le livre est formé de 4 livres et alors que je suis encore sur le 1er livre, il saisit mon intérêt et de l’imagination. Les descriptions sont au sein de ce que je devais faire mon esprit et des idées aller sauvage.

Nous verrons comment la lecture va, il a été un long temps depuis que j’ai lu un livre réel au lieu d’histoires courtes sur Internet.

 

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Voici quelques illustrations au livre, que j’ai trouvé:

 

Merci d’avoir lu.  😀