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Liverpool, United Kingdom
My work has developed a lot over the 3 years I've studied for my degree. It has evolved into a body of work that deals with the human form as an environment. I've mapped and explored my own body inside and out in many ways through print, drawing and various media as a type of research to address self identity

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Militiary monoprints

 It was quite a surreal day...

Firstly I started looking up images of the british army, and monprinting from the print outs. Then I decided to look at my cousins regiment. Just as I was reading, the radio started to play "I Can See Clearly Now"  by Jonny Nash. This was the song Simon picked to be played at his funeral if he was ever killed in battle, and obviously his wishes were honoured and we did. Tears welled up in my eyes...of all the songs to come on while I'm looking at his batalion. It was a wonderful feeling. It was a sign. I don't care if people don't believe.I always have. Things like this happened to me when my nan passed away too and I have no ounce of doubt that they watch over me.

Then on my way home...the first two people I saw as I left the studio were two women wearing poppies, not that unusual at this time of year I know, but then I turned the corner....3 SOLDIERS IN FULL UNIFORM were at the train station. 

This all in the week of rememberance day, and Simons birthday which is saturday. Hes here. I know he is.

Anyway, with me researching my family tree, and the obvious family ties to the military, along with the pain it has brought the subject has been on my mind a lot the past year. It's has also been a regular topic in family conversation. I'm a true believer in making work about what I know best: myself, my family, my friends and the experiences that have effected us.  I wanted to channel this and I'm planning on making a stitched piece, like a tapestry with machine drawings, almost telling a story of my family and our military connection. 




2 comments:

  1. This is so lovely scot. & I realllllyyy believe too. Seriously. Even more so from reading my uncles book.
    I believe that those we've lost look over us too. Sounds silly & people might skit. But i get a really weird feeling whenever i listen to certain David Bowie songs-as he was my cousins idol, who sadly died when i was 7, but he was my best friend in the whole world & i have alot to thank him for now, as he's influenced me in not only my musical tastes, artwise & generally how he looked at life.

    He was an inspiration-despite the hard times he went through toward the end of his life & even more so Your Simon's a hero & even though he's not here today, he's with you all the time subconciously & sometimes you can probably even feel him there.
    I'm like that with family members who have passed away. It's really nice.

    So all in all, this is the most amazing post & such a lovely thing to do. If you're not too ruined on sunday (after work) or you're not doing Family time-with it being simons birthday on sat-if you'd like to come the Soldiers march in town with me, to pay our respects i'll be there.
    Even though i didn't know your Simon, i'm massively proud of him & your Family. & Likewise to my Cousin Will, who is in the Navy.
    Nothing but Joy & for what really????-the worlds so fucked up. But it's still so warming to know that people still have the determination & strength to stand behind the country & stick up for what they Believe in. I'm going to buy a few poppies this year-one for your simon.

    I love you & these prints are beautiful, not to go on & get EVEN more corny-but even more so because for what they stand for. love you ! & immenesly proud! xoxo

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  2. thank you mate. I'm proud of to have been his family. No man I know is half the man he was. He was a hero. I'm so glad I got to spend the time we had together, and I have those memories.

    I remember we all went camping in France and him and our Adam (his bro) kicked shit otu of eachother and broke the tent and the light...amazing. Everyone used to call the the Krays brothers cause they were always fighitng eachother lol

    He also saved me from drowning in Tenerife cause I thought I could swim. I couldnt.

    I miss him so much.

    on Sunday theres a memorial service for him, I'm not even going asleep when I get in from work, So its going to be tiring emotionally and physically. but I wouldnt miss it for the world.

    Thank you for saying you are going to buy a poppy, thats lovely. I hope you still get to see the march let me know what its like

    love you xxxx

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Welcome to my blog! :)

This page is primarily a documentation of my art work I create. I'm a BA Fine Art, Mixed Media Student currently in my final year of my degree.

My work deals with ideas of the fragility of the human condition and often consists of images of my own body. I tend to work with materials that reflect the delicacy of the human form such as stitch and fabrics. My drawing style i like to describe as a "nervous" line, which also ties in with the themes of all my work.