Wednesday, 29 February 2012

I've got the muchies!

Last night I ordered the mr to come home with some chocolate chips and brown sugar so I could make these. He came, I did, we ate- they were delicious!!

So easy too and only take 4 main steps! You will need;
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 3 and 3/4 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 bag of chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 190
2. Mix together the butter, vanilla, eggs and sugar.
3. Add in the remaining dry ingredients, followed by the chocolate chips
4. Smooth into a baking pan (greased or foiled)
5. Cook for 15 or so minutes (best judged by your oven, but until nice and brown ontop)
6. EAT! especially best when eaten straight out of oven, all warm and gooey :)

Plus you can re-heat them in the microwave to add some extra gooeyness a few days later! Trust me though, these won't last a few days...

Enjoy and let me know how it goes if you try them!

Abiento x

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Photography Inspiration

This isn't my usual kind of photography inspiration, but it's fun and interesting none the less! I found it here whilst I was busy trying to get over the shakes from my inhaler. Now that's street cred.

Good one Google!

Also other funny things on Google maps street view:

My new house is the derelict one on the right according to street view

Abiento x

Friday, 24 February 2012

Friday Fun


Abiento x

Journal Day 103

All done! Everything was ready, handed in and waiting for assessment as of 1pm today! YAY! can't wait for next week to spend some time relaxing, recuperating and drawing! Plus this project has gone so much better than the last one, and I can't wait to get cracking on the next one and see just what I can do!

Abiento x

Thursday, 23 February 2012

My Week in Photos (365) Project

This is the last full week of this project and I have to say that I secretly can't wait for it to be over! I'll share the remaining few, with the full collection from the past year on Tuesday.


sexy outfit eh!?







Abiento x

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Journal Day 101

Into the triple figures now! And with only 58 days to go we are nearly half way through! Looking forward to this and to the next project! After a tutorial and a project proposal this morning, I have added a subject matter onto my project and have great plans for moving forward. Jane highlighted the fact that my portfolio has very little drawing in it (something that tutors have been brining to my attention since secondary school....) and so I am to spend the rest of this week and next week drawing! I am going to start by drawing almost anything, focusing on the shapes and colours in my surroundings, where ever I am; so sat in bed, or at the coffee shop etc. Then I will get out and explore a bit, and might go over to Paradise Park to look at the birds. I will be taking photos and observational drawings of them and their colours, and will have to do some research into the ways of drawing birds and the human figure (which I am also interested in incorporating based on my previous illustrations taken from photos) I think that I will end up drawing in quite a scrawly way, and sadly my favorite artist who I have in mind, was one that I found in an art house in Berlin. I have no idea of how to find her or her work though as she is a really unknown artist and was showing in the art house (read slum house) that we visited. Anyway, I'm excited to have a new focus and to be able to continue with the ideas and discoveries I have made in part 2! I seem to be coming back to old ideas a lot here and hearing Jane repeating herself over the year about taking risks and working with colour and paint.  I don't know whether it's me being slow, or whether I've just struggled to come up with the right ideas and setting to implement mediums that I don't enjoy, but I'm finally gonna play around with paint and collage in a way that I know will be successful. I think it's much harder than people think to sit and experiment, as it has to be much more focused and specific than people imagine. Sometimes it's hard to be creative! Anyway, I'm really excited, and am so so glad that I get to continue with the work, giving me momentum, lots of ideas and generally quite a streamlined feeling to myself and my work! Big smiles all round today. (except when I'm busy coughing!!)

Abiento x

Art Inspiration

Found via A Cup of Jo, this clever look at ancient art created by Anna Utopia Giordano for her Venus project, highlights our current societies expectancy for a slim and perfectly proportioned female figure.

The incredible different between the paintings highlights the proportional differences and stupidly idealistic shapes. The Ancient Greeks are known for having created art that idealized humans and the human form, and yet even they did not expect size 8 women; they portrayed curvaceous women with realistically sized and shaped breasts and thighs. 

I think that making a statement with art, like this, is such a creative way of expressing a point and puts it dramatically into contrast with the reality. What do you think? Thanks for sharing Jo! (she has such a great knack for finding these things!)

Abiento x

Monday, 20 February 2012

It's Monday!

Today I woke up and felt awful. I've taken the whole weekend off to try and recover from my lovely and so fun viral infection, and it's not budging. So I'm taking today off too to prepare myself for the busy couple of weeks ahead! I have another whole project to complete this week at uni (hoping to do it in three days!) plus my mum arrives from Canada tomorrow night!

So today I am all thoughts about this project and my upcoming assessment. I'm spending 3 days focusing on colours and shapes, and when I saw this it seemed perfect. I just have no idea how to incorporate the idea into my project. We will see!

Thanks miss James for the inspiration! I just love the melting of colours together, so like watercolour, and yet bolder, brighter and more fantastic!

Abiento x

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Journal Day 98

Today I spent yet another day ensconced in the print room, this time creating the final outcome for this project; a series of prints each with the same style and illustration but each with different colours. After playing around in the print room earlier in the week, I had discovered that my original sign post drawing did not translate particularly well into print. I messed around with a few things on paper but frankly wasn't best pleased.

After that I used the colours from my worksheets with the city-scape that I had randomly thrown in and while I liked it, my tutor thought it was plain and that I could achieve more. So, using the same city-scape I thought it would work to try different colour rectangles behind each building. I messed around with this a bit, and made this sample.

I I liked it! And so I used this as the basis for my series, re-creating the same print with different colour rectangles and backgrounds.

What do you think? I'm pretty happy with it's 50's style and think it could work perfectly for some bedding or wallpaper. Jane (tutor) is urging me to pick a product to give the project more focus but I think it would work for either and can't decide! However I do think that it would be best suited, on a white background for wallpaper in an office and that as bedding it would be best for kids, teens and young adults in all colours. I like them all! In terms of taking it further though, if it were to be say, bedding, I can see that it could be a style sold by Ikea, H&M or another similar company; young, affordable and vibrant with lots of patterns on offer. Ikea often does this style of bright textile as bedding, and tends to run it in a range so you could buy a one off cushion, a bed set, a curtain or just the fabric. Perhaps they could hire me and add wallpaper into their catalogue ;)!?

Next week I will be beginning another short project based on the mood board I shared earlier this week, and am intrigued to see how it goes! In order to move onto this project, and the next one, I need to think about what I think was and wasn't successful and what I will take with me into future work.

And so I made a list! (I love lists!)

What I liked:

  • using thin pen illustrations as the pattern
  • bright colours!
  • shapes and stripes!
  • rough scrawly style of my drawing
  • bedding and wallpaper :)
  • having a range of ideas suitable for all sorts of products
  • flat style of pen and ink work on paper (rather than using textures or fabric)
  • working with thin fabric to translate the flat style of work. (silk or thin organza)
What I didn't like:

  • dragging out worksheet and development process
  • jumping from one colour scheme to another without a smooth transition
  • how most of my patterns aren't well repeated or tessellated. 
  • not being able to create individual prints, and feeling pressured to create a pattern. (I like one off prints and designs and often see lovely ones in shops. I feel that my taste is possibly too commercial for an art course?)

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Mood Board for Small Project 3

In preparation for starting a small project next week I am going to create a mood board of ideas, I thought I would share the images with you here;

The focus here; if you haven't already noticed, is colours and shapes- focusing on ones that draw my attention instantly and that I love. These tend to be bright and slightly abstract with their shapes. I will be adding in some 50's print inspiration and some abstract painters such as Patrick Heron also. 

Abiento x

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Journal Day 95

I spent a large amount of today in the print room and around the studio faffing and prepping. Then with all my fabric laid out and ready to go, my screens all prepped and ready to go, I set to it. A short while later and I had produced samples! All with variations, and all with a list of pro's and con's.

Haphazard and random

Blocked out colours. Simple.

Random colours and shapes. 


Caos in the streets.

Smudgy colourful mix

Bold and simple

London's burning, London's burning ;)

Strange horizon dreams


mixed, random rectangles

multi-coloured, almost tie dye

olympiad shapes

my favourite of the random shapes. Simple, colourful. Squares, rectangles and triangles all in one.