Tate Liverpool

I went to Liverpool for a long weekend, though this was a trip for leisure, I decided to do visit some museums. I went to the Museum of Liverpool, The Merseyside Maritime Museum and The Tate Liverpool.

Though I did not find much which really inspired me for my current project, I feel it is always good to keep up to date with current artists and exhibitions. In the Tate Liverpool there were three exhibitions running; Keywords: Art, Culture & Society in 1980s Britain, Richard Hawkins: Hijikata Twist and DLA Piper Series Constellations. There were two artists which really caught my eye in the DLA Piper Series Constellations exhibition..


Jackson Pollock – Summertime Number 9a : 1948

- The colours and style of this piece reminded me of graffiti, which is a current theme in my individual field project of The City


Nigel Henderson - Untitled Number 8 Shattered Glass – 1959

I liked DLA Piper Series Constellation exhibition as it had a range of different specialisms in it, from fine art and abstract conceptual pieces to film art. I didn’t really enjoy the Keywords exhibition, however, I did like the idea of an exhibition based on a book.


Here are a few books I’m using for research for my essay on the subculture of skinheads..


Surfers, Soulies & Skaters – Subcultural Style from the Forties to the Nineties : Amy De La Haye and Cathie Dingwall. Published by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1996.

Skinheads Shaved for Battle – A Cultural History of American Skinheads : Jack B. Moore. 1993 by Bowling Green State University Popular Press.

Subculture – The Meaning of Style : Dick Hebdidge. Published in 1979 by Methuen & Co. Ltd.

Gender : Harriet Bradley. Published in 2007 by Polity. 

Session 6 : Goth

Today we had our last constellation session with Cath before the Easter Break.

We covered the Goth subculture briefly. We discussed how the subculture originated and what it’s stereotypical style and themes. The Gothic subculture owes its origins to British Gothic and Horror literature e.g. Frankenstein and Dracula. It is also influenced by the Victorian style. Themes such as death, hauntings, decay and monstrosity are evident in the subculture – this lends itself to the Gothic style, which consists mainly of dark or black clothing made of lace, velvet etc. The Goth style incorporates both faux-period elements with fetish styles, for example the combination of corsetry with PVC fabrics. This was the final case study we would be looking at with Cath.


Field Presentation

Today we had to show our group presentation about all our field work we have completed together. The group collaboration overall has been good. I would say there were a few hiccups when it came to organisation and work ethic for some of the members of our group, however, we all came to a fast conclusion about what we wanted to do within the field module and how we were going to do it. It was a great experience to work with people in other art specialisms. I learnt new skills which other members taught me and also made some new friends. Here is a link to our presentation which shows the progression of all our ideas into one final outcome..

Final Field Presentation

Final Outcome

Today we finished creating our final outcome for field. We experimented with the positioning of each of the Perspex sheets and also played around with the idea of light and shadows.





If we had had more time, we would’ve created the piece out of a more sturdy material, perhaps wood or plastic. We would’ve also experimented with the size of the piece. I believe if it were bigger, it would of made more of an impact.

Just a little experiment..

Inspired by a technique I learnt in the stitch workshops using a winged needle, I created a small experiment today. On my trip to St.Fagans I saw a geometric pattern in a metal wall. I decided to machine stitch on paper without any thread to punch holes in paper which I had brushed with a light green paint. I planned the design out on the back of the paper first.



I would like to try the winged needle technique on fabric again using this design.

Mothers of Africa

Mothers of Africa is a charity which focusses on providing care for pregnant women in sub Saharan Africa and also training for nurses. Maggie Cullinane is a technical demonstrator at Cardiff Metropolitan and is involved with the charity.

I was introduced to the Mothers of Africa charity on an open day at Cardiff Metropolitan and instantly wanted to get involved. My mum is a midwife and I have always been inspired by her line of work. In this technological era I do not feel it is right that women are dying during child birth. I read some shocking statistics from a CNN article from 2012: “Ninety-nine percent of maternal deaths happen in the developing world, where millions of women are still denied even the most basic levels of care during pregnancy. Thirty-six of the 40 countries with the highest maternal death rates are in sub-Saharan Africa. In that region, the lifetime risk of maternal death is 1 in 39.”

Maggie asks for donations of square patches to create quilts which she uses to raise money for this charity. Each square given requires a £2 donation.

I created a square for a quilt that Maggie is creating, inspired by the idea of basic human needs, I took inspiration from water. I used a sample from my previous subject module as the colours worked well with my idea. I added more details into the square. Here is a picture of the sample I used for my square..


And here is a picture of the quilt in working progress..


If you are interested in finding out more information about the Mothers of Africa charity, please look at the wordpress blog where it tells you all about the charity and also how you could get involved.



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