Dare to be different- My GCSE Art short film

Art

Art is definitely my favourite subject in GCSE, As part of our topic of Past,Present and/or future I decided to experiment with art in the style of Alexa Meade; Painting directly onto people to transform them into a painting.

Thank you so much to my friends for being my models and letting me cover you in acrylic paint ! If you give this a go please make sure to only use PA approved paint otherwise it will have harsh chemicals in it! i found it a lot more effective with just 2 contrasting colours but i did gradually add dome colour to one of them to show change through time (also demonstrated through the changing of seasons).

The main message I wanted to get across was that women need to empower each other, there is so much media out there that causes conflict between friends and jealousy is often the root cause. I named this ‘dare to be different’ to show that its ok to be different, its good to step out of your comfort zone, its amazing that we areal so unique. The other message was to show stepping into reality, when they step out of the painting and into the  ‘real world’ it demonstrates the unknowingness of will there be a brighter future? to show curiosity and exploration.

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TO see the whole video click here…. tell me what you think 🙂

(my video editing skills definitely need working on though haha)

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The art of coziness

Interiors, Style

Its getting a little colder so time to bring out the thicker blankets and get cozy! Just picture a little fire in the corner sending scents of bonfires and a couple of candles burning, A few fluffy throws on the sofa… mmm this is what autumn is about.

unknown-7images-1images-2images-3Hygge has been a bit go a trend recently, i am not sure on the pronounciation but i do know that it isabout danish coziness so here are a few tips to get that cozy look in your home. Please note that i am definitely no interior designer but these are just a few of the ways I like to make a room reach its fullest cozy potential.

  1. lighting a few candles- for me cinnamon and clove scents are preferred particularly the White company ‘winter’ candle and the bath and body works ‘leaves’ candle. Others could be aromatherapy candles to create a really lovely atmosphere and lift your mood.
  2. Make the most of natural light, let as much light a you can into the room. making sure you open curtains or maybe go far blinds or put mirrors at points around the room to reflect the light.
  3. Go crazy with soft furnishings like throws, blankets and cushions. If making a cozy bedroom the more duvets you can get the better (take inspiration from the Laura Ashley displays) and get colours that create warmth like soft greys, warm pinks, taupes and yellows.
  4. DIY your own cushion covers or make your own soft furnishings.
  5. Have indoor plants as it adds a little bit of the outdoors inside.

I hope these tips have helped and feel free to add your own in the comments!

 

The Industrial Look

Interiors, Style

The industrial style for interiors has recently become a love of mine; all the exposed materials really give you an insight into how things are made and gives a slightly more edgy feel. I feel it is a look that is best left minimal which can be hard if your a lover of texture and prints. It is also a look which is hard to make cozy and homely. I am by no means an interior expert but I have put together a few of my favourite ways people have styled an industrial themed room and some of my favourite pieces.

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Firstly, the materials you use makes a massive difference. If going industrial the best materials will be metals and woods, really basic materials that may have gone rusty or look slightly older are best. I love the materials in this picture; the what looks like glass tiles are each unique and interesting, they all look different even though they are made of the same thing.

Bedrooms:

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A lot of industrial themed rooms are in warehouses or old converted factories which adds to the industrial feel but you can still get a similar look no matter where you live, you could try having concrete floors or ceilings, exposed brick, white walls or bare floor boards. To style a bedroom try metal lighting instead of fabric or fancy chandeliers, to me this can make the look look too fussy but it can be effective in some rooms. To make it cozy-er, pile on woollen blankets and minimalistic style cushions with white or grey duvet and pillow sheets.

For bedside tables you could try some DIY! My favourite is stacking up old vintage suitcases together, not only have you got a lot more storage but it really adds to the industrial or even vintage style depending on how you refurbish them. For my bedroom I have used 3 different sized leather and wooden suitcases, I brought them at a vintage warehouse. The largest is at the bottom, in a sage green colour which is made of plywood, I brought this for £5. The second is a little smaller in navy and is leather, it already had luggage labels on it which added so much character (£15). Then the smallest is in tan leather which I brought for £25. I couldn’t believe that the biggest suitcase was cheapest! but I  much prefer the style of the smaller one to any others of a similar style. I then refurbished them, cleaned them all up and fixed any damages and added some ‘exotic destination’ luggage tags.

Larger paintings, photos and quotes look amazing in industrial themed bedrooms, you will find that most designers will do this because it adds so much character and some colour to the room which you wouldn’t find in a traditional industrial space. The photo below is my favourite take on the look, the massive metal windows, the crisp white walls and the cultural touches really finish it off. It looks personal, interesting, cozy and industrial. They have used very earthy tones which can be seen in many industrial schemes and a wooden stool as a bedside table makes it look very minimal. Not sure where I would keep all the I-probably-dont-need-stuff though!

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Living rooms:

Tips:

  • Keep it neutral with earthy tones.
  • A brick fireplace will make it  look cozy yet industrial.
  • Also to add to the coziness, scatter around neutral blankets made of wool or similar to the picture above.

I haven’t found many good photos for living rooms or other areas of the house which is strange, I imagine kitchens to look amazing with an industrial theme, a restaurant, called the cozy club, has an amazing industrial interior, I particularly loved the tables and the lighting!

What are your thoughts on the industrial theme? aAre you thinking of recreating this style? if so please send me pictures on twitter, i would love to see your takes on the look!

For interior inspiration check out Pinterest for lots of ideas,

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