Welcome to my 'Muses' page where I document all the influences and inspirations I have every now and then. They inspire me for my current projects. Enjoy!


Lucia Pica - An Inspiration for Colours

Appointed as the global creative make-up and colour director for Chanel at the start of 2015, Pica is the first director since the departure of Peter Phillips to Dior two years ago. Known for her use of bold, jewel-like colours and statement lipsticks, Pica is part of a new generation of artists disrupting the make-up industry.


     

To find inspiration for the Chanel autumn/winter collection of make-up this year, the Chanel global creative make-up and colour designer, Lucia Pica, took a road trip through California. Pica’s purpose was to experience afresh the light and colours of the world outside, and find a completely new starting point for her creative process. From misty dawns in the hills to high noon on the sun-dappled coast to the city lights piercing the gritty noir of downtown Los Angeles, Pica’s journey through Californian time and space stirred her creative imagination at every stage.

“I wanted to make my own mood board,” Pica says, ”to be inspired by what is happening in the moment.” She captured images of fleeting, photogenic moments to record fresh nuances of colour and visual texture that could inform the collection. In that way, the collection is about memories, emotions and connections that colour can evoke, broadening horizons in every sense. “We always respect the fact that Chanel is a brand that tells its own, very important story of the woman that went out there to search for things,” says Pica. “And she spent her time with artists and with a collection of people who were inspiring to her.” Pica went on the road with friends, who included photographer Max Farago. The idea was to create something by putting themselves in unfamiliar situations.

                  
                      









Richard Serra's List of Verbs




“Drawing is a verb,” the artist Richard Serra once said. An important new acquisition for MoMA’s Department of Drawings, Serra’s Verb List (1967–68) serves as a kind of manifesto for this pronouncement. In pencil on two sheets of paper, the artist lists the infinitives of 84 verbs—to roll, to crease, to fold, to store, etc.—and 24 possible contexts—of gravity, of entropy, of nature, etc.—in four columns of script. Serra described the list as a series of “actions to relate to oneself, material, place, and process,” and employed it as a kind of guide for his subsequent practice in multiple mediums.

Richard Serra's List of Verbs has been my inspiration to generate work and boost creativity recently. It has helped me develop work whenever I hit a 'creative block'







Borderline, Frontiers of Peace ( A photography series by Valerio Vincenzo )



Borderline, the Frontiers of Peace strives to show the results of a historical change that has taken place over the last decades in Europe.
Since the signature of the Schengen Agreements in 1985, the borders of most of the European continent have been erased little by little from the landscapes and people’s imaginations. These Agreements are a giant leap in the progressive unification of Europe and the emergence of a European conscience.

Today, with 26 countries belonging to the Schengen Area, 16,500 km of borders can be freely crossed. The attribution of the Nobel Peace Prize to Europe in 2012 has confirmed the historical importance of this slow, almost imperceptible, but radical change.





Mr Porter 's Italian Hand Gestures



It’s said that approximately 93 per cent of all communication is nonverbal. In Italy, that’s a low estimate. That’s because the Italian language is made up of far more than just words. It’s enriched with a series of facial expressions and hand gestures, many of which are just as expressive, if not more so, than the words themselves.

And there are hundreds. It seems as if every aspect of the vast theatre of human emotion – from hunger to satisfaction, from anger to exasperation – comes with its very own gesture. There are gestures used to gossip, to insult and to reject; there are gestures used to praise, to thank and to plead; there’s even one specifically used to order a Punt e Mes (not an illicit act but a type of vermouth). Suffice it to say that you’ll never speak like a true Italian until you learn to gesture like one.






Online Distribution of Good News



The Church of London, an independent creative agency and publishing company with offices in East London.They created a one-off newspaper called The Good Times, which they freely distributed around London on Monday January 16, supposedly the most depressing day of the year. They sourced globally through social media channels, sought out the people and organisations who are giving them reasons to be cheerful about the troubled times we live in.

http://goodtimes.thechurchoflondon.com/the-newspaper/







A beautiful example of electronic print material online


The 2012 Tunnel Creek Avalanche occurred on February 19, 2012, at about noon in the Tunnel Creek section of Stevens Pass, a mountain pass through the Cascade Mountains located at the border of King County and Chelan County in Washington, U.S.There were three fatalities and one injured.The avalanche attracted a high level of media attention because of the high level of experience and notoriety of all sixteen skiers and snowboarders on the trip. Participants included professional competitive skiers and members of the freeskiing media, including reporters and a photographer from Powder Magazine.In December 2012, the New York Times published an interactive multimedia feature piece called "Snow Fall"that was critically acclaimed, including winning the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing.



http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2012/snow-fall/#/?part=tunnel-creek






Tal Rosner's moving image

WITHOUT YOU BY TAL ROSNER from Tal Rosner on Vimeo.








Sophie Clement's sonic works


Kitchen Test (2005) from Sophie Clements on Vimeo.




Colour = Sound (2003) from Sophie Clements on Vimeo.







 Stefan Sagmeister's TED Talk









Nature by Hiromi Tango

During the holidays, I have visited the world renowned Art Basel exhibition in Hong Kong. For the past few years I have always been waiting to be able to attend because there are a lot of hype around the exhibition and for the most part, it is one of the only art event that Hong Kong actually supports. Spanned over three spacious concert halls, the exhibition took at least 5 hours to be carefully looked at but I surely haven’t seen any art exhibition this big in scale. There are a few particular artists that caught my eye. One particular is Hiromi Tango. Born in Japan, living and working in Australia, Tango creates sculptural and neon works that are made from mainly donated material and fabrics weaved together by hand one by one. What she is good at is creating environment that gives not just a colourful visual texture but also an all around sensory experience. I particularly loved that her choice of colour is always so vibrant and emotional.Her work exhibited this time at the Art Basel is called ‘Nature’ with a neon centred tear drop wrapped around with weavings.



I haven’t thought about it much but it lead me to think about the choice of materials I could be using for my next projects - Could i be using forms of weaving ? Using donated materials? Textile? Or making something intricated and delicate? I also thought I could do something similar for my sonic landscape project.

Being out there to different exhibitions really enable me to open my eyes to other art practitioners, their devotion, their inspiration and motive really inspired me to push myself out of my boundaries.









 Drawing Machine designed by Eske Rex

Drawingmachine by Eske Rex from Core77 on Vimeo.





Amazing Installation Concepts ny Gerda Steiner and Jorg Lenzlinger





Brainforest
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (Japan), 2004

The large white room (16 m x 16 m x 12 m) is a tiny section of the huge brain of Kanazawa. In the newly-born museum the nerve cells have to make decisive connections. People from Kanazawa pull on the threads with us. Gardeners help in the search for various roots, lianas and branches in the luscious forests.


http://www.steinerlenzlinger.ch/eye_brainforest.html







 Tracy Emin - Everyone I have ever slept with







 "Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style" from Seat Assignment by Nina Katchadourian



Improvising with materials close at hand, Seat Assignment consists of photographs, video, and digital images all made while in flight using only a camera phone. The project began spontaneously on a flight in March 2010 and is ongoing. At present, over 2500 photographs and video, made on more than 149 different flights to date, constitute the raw material of the project.

http://www.ninakatchadourian.com/photography/sa-flemish.php








22/10/2014

Why Art School was not for me, and may not be for you
by Liv Saddle



“There is little to no relation between the grading system and how much success you will create for yourself later in life. The people who received firsts are tricked into a false security that they’ll be more employable than those who didn’t.”

I truly agree with what Francesca Jane Allen has said here that art is too subjective to be marked as good or bad work and that you can have a good mark from art school, yet when you graduate and work outside, you might not get the same degree of success. It is always good to stay true to your own work anyways.

''talent is non-existent and making good work comes down to hard work and good taste.’’

you can have talent but really, if you don’t work hard and believe in your own taste, it won’t get you very far.''


“My advice? Do things, make things, work yourself to the bone, and good things will come.”

Action speaks louder than words. You can have the greatest ideas but if you don’t set out and actually do things, trial and error you won’t make great things.

''Despite what education and your parents and society has told you for your whole life, you don’t need this to succeed. Educate yourself; learn a language, learn a skill, watch YouTube tutorials and ask your friends.’'

Some of the greatest artists didn’t actually graduate or go to art school. The best thing you can do for yourself is to keep learning, teach yourself, trail and error and don’t stop working. Society tells us that grading and schooling affects our success later on in life. Yes, that is true but the most important key to success is probably the enjoyment we get from doing them.

Link to original article :-

http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/francesca-jane-allen