DISCOVERING JESSIE-ROSE BROWN AT FOREST HILL
I was coupled up with Jessie-Rose Brown by chance. I've never seen or talked to her before. Jessie is such an adorable human being and I couldn't be happier about spending an entirely day with her.
Jessie randomly picked our location and it was: FOREST HILL. At first, we were quite disappointed by the far distance of our location (compare to the location of other classmates) but I quickly said to her: "let's keep positive because everything happens for a reason".
AT FOREST HILL:
We headed off to Forest Hill on the Tube, where we started talking about our 6 pictures and ourselves. We were wandering around Forest Hill until we found the Main Street, where we did some shopping together in a charity shop. The lady from the store told us what to see at Forest Hill. We also did some shopping in a craft shop, as we wanted to use materials bought on location.
When having lunch together, we showed each other's sketchbook and we really got to know each other quite deeply.
THE HORNIMAN MUSEUM:
Gardens: Our first stop was the gardens, were we did some drawings.
The conservatory: We were amazed by the beauty of the glass conservatory, its ornaments and its tiled floor.
The World Gallery Exhibit: We cound't believe it was a World Gallery, as it was perfect for our Culture Swap project. There wasn't anything about Spain (my passport country) but it was definetely an English section dedicated to "Luck and Charms", as British are pretty much about having an object as a charm.
JESSIE'S PERSONAL CHARM OBJET:
When I asked: "Jessie, do you have a lucky charm?" She answered that a pendant cross from her grandma.
Jessie set her heart in two locations: she was born in London (city) and then moved to Kent (countryside).
Jessie is very charismatic and she's got good vibes around her. Jessie defines herself as oblivious and scatty. For Jessie, being British is in the humour.
JESSIE'S OBJETS AND FAMILY:
Family is her root.
Objets can define Jessie. She is really connected via objects to her grandma Philomena, who passed away. Objets give nostalgic to Jessie and she can remember pattens and textures from her grandma's house.
Her grandma was a god guide and for Jessie Christianism means memories with her nan, even not being sure about strongly believing in God.
There were lots of objets and connections to Religion in her sketchbook: St Thomas of Canterbury Church (where all family celebrations happened), Rosary, picture of her mum's First Holy Communion...
FORMER ST PAUL'S CHURCH
When having lunch, I saw on Jessie's sketchbook a church. When going to The Horniman Museum, I saw this church that reminded me of the one on her sketchbook. We went to have a look and realised that it wasn't a church and it was for sale.
When doing secondary research, I found that the building was the former St Pauls Church on Taymount Rise in Forest Hill, it was built in 1863 and was a Congregational Church which by 1940s had become Saint Luke's Church of the Spiritual Evangel, when the original St Pauls Church on Waldenshaw Road was bombed in 1945 this one was purchased and consecrated in 1965 to become the new St Pauls Church.
In 1991 the benefice and parish of Saint Paul was removed by Order in Council and Christ Church with Saint Paul, Forest Hill was created. The church building was declared redundant and sold for residential use in 1996. It is now luxury apartments
People sell what they don't want anymore or not use. If a church is "for sale", does it mean that Religion is for sale in a way?
LEARNING A NEW PAPER MANIPULATION TECHNIQUE: ECO-PRINTING
I collected plans at Forest Hill, from the Horniman's Museum gardens.
I wanted to print them on paper. I watched several Youtube videos on how to do it. I couldn't find rusty bits to better transfer so I just soak the plans on vinegar, as it was suppose to help transfer the plants. I had red flowers and I thought they would give colour to the paper.
I layered the plants on the paper, then tied them together with cord and boiled them with water. My kitchen and house ended up smelling like a sweaty gym due to the vinegar boiling. My kitchen and house ended up smelling like a sweaty gym because of the vinegar boiling. I cooked the plans and paper for 2 hours. When I saw the paper turning a bit grey, I stopped it.
RESULT: I didn't get what I was expecting; I only managed to slightly transfer few plants.
Flowers collected at Forest Hill
Tied paper with plants inside
IDENTIFYING 3 COLOURS:
The first thing Jessie and I saw at Forest Hill was a graffiti in orange and blue.
Green is my favourite colour and it is also Jessie's. We were surrounded by nature on location, which is very green as well.
COLLAGES AND TEXTILE SAMPLE
I wanted to create my own beads and I made crosses out of clay. I had to bake the clay on the oven to make it hard.
Sample 1 process
Sample 2: abstract mosaic by fabric manipulation
Sample 3: church's windows
It took me longer than my classmates to do my collages, as I'm quite perfectionist.
2) LINO PRINTING
I started printing on tracing paper with black paint, as I wanted to overlap later on the different prints and see if they work.
Then, I bought blue paint. I printed over blue and orange plastic, but it never dried. I had to stick it on my sketchbook the wrong side out to not mess it up.
3) BIG PRINT PATTERN
We did this big print by doing a collage in the centre of a paper, then cutting it in half and one of this parts in half again.
Lino print 1
Lino Print 2
Lino print 3
Lino print 4: adding 3D elements
Collage for big print
Big Print with a 3D element
ILLUSTRATION CLASS WITH PETRA BÖRNER
Petra Börner is a Swedish artist and illustrator, she lives and works in London. She's got this contagious good vibes and created a very relaxed atmosphere in the class. We were listening to music all the day, which also helps to create a good mood.
PETRA'S LIVE DRAWING TECHNIQUES:
1) USING EMOTIONS: We were drawing thinking about emotions and using media according to the mood.
2) COMBINING RIGHT AND LEFT HAND: Petra told us to grab different media in both hands. Petra was randomly telling us to change hands.
3) COPING THE MODEL'S POSE: Before starting to draw, we had to do the pose of the model, to interiorise it.
Analysing my illustrations:
I've realised that the illustrations I prefer are the ones made by using blind contour drawing and continuous line drawing. I'm a "control freak" and just when I am free from my mind is when I get better results.
I've also notice that when live drawing, there are certain "models" that inspire more than others (Tong is my muse).
We got to class and we found cord around chair's legs. They were prepared for us to weave. Katie taught us how to anchor the thread before start to weave, something that I was really missing in my previous weaving samples.
1) WEAVING AS A GROUP:
I really connected as a group with Tong (Chinese), Yoonsoo (Half Korean) and Suksakaow (Japanese). We were weaving then in pairs, using mostly Tong's materials.
2) WEAVING INDIVIDUALLY:
Then we starting working on our own weaving samples. It was really difficult for me to find dark green materials, and I ended up dying fabrics.
THE ALLEGORY OF MY RELIGION
WHEN I STOPPED BEING A "CHRISTIAN KNIGHT"
I went in 2015 to The Holy Land in Jerusalem (Israel)as a Christian-Catholic and came back as an Agnostic as I broke free from the chains of religion.
I visited the sites most famous in the New Testament of the Bible, including the Place of the Ascension, Pater Noster, Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Church of All Nations and the Old City of Jerusalem. What happened is that I am empiric and I couldn't fix the story on location. For me, it looked as a story created to dominate people's minds.
The last straw was that this Land is considered Holy by Christians, Jews and Muslims and I was extremely shocked about who people didn't respect each other due to religion's differences. People fight for their religion, they are knights of their faith, they start crusades for a story they've been told to believe. I believe in the respect of humanity over religion.
Weaving sample 1: using wire, velvet trims, neoprene and green calico died by me
Waving sample 2
Weaving sample 3: twill + household plastic gloves
Weaving sample 4
CONNECTED TO CHRISTIANITY IN DAILY BASICS EVEN IF I TRY NOT TO
My relation now with Christianity is like the one you have with an ex-boyfrind that after the breakup not only has he a good relationship with your family but you also find attractive people who look like him:
At first, I was a strong believer, loving my religion so much, and it suddenly cheated on me when I went to Jerusalem, causing on me a huge disappointment. Then, I became skeptical and abandon it radically. But today, Christianity is still in my live because I have so many religious family traditions and celebrations and when I go to an art museum, I find extremely attractive catholic art.
THROUGH ART AND FOLKLORE
Inevitable, when popping into a classic art museum, I find lots of interesting paintings about Christianity. I grew up with a really strong Christian family tradition (were I dressed up as a medieval warrior). When I was little, I used to do medieval art research (going to different cities) and watch lots of medieval movies with my mum and my god's father (my uncle).
My uncle's business is an armoury, where they create guns for this medieval tradition, as in my region of origin there are lots of villages and cities that celebrate the reconquest of the Spanish Catholic Monarchs over the Muslims in the medieval age.
I remember going every Friday to my uncle's office to borrow books about medieval art and I became obsessed with The Early Middles Ages and The Byzantine Empire (also referred to as the Eastern Roman Empire). Analysing now, it's interesting how I liked the simplicity of the Early Middles Ages but also the lavish display of gold and jewellery of The Byzantine Empire.
We live in 2018, counting from the date of Jesus's birth. According to Webster's Dictionary, the abbreviation A.D. is from the Latin word "anno Domini", meaning "in the year of our Lord."
CHRISTMAS AND EASTER:
We've got breaks and celebrations at these times. Christmas traditions are "sacred" in most of families all around the world no matter what religion they believe in.