the ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people or society.
PRESTON BUS STATION
"It was while living in Preston that the city’s imposing Brutalist bus station – built by Ove Arup and Partners in 1969 – first caught Hawkesworth’s eye. “About four years ago, I did a project with an ex-tutor of mine, where we spent the weekend at the bus station and produced a little newspaper filled with portraits of the teenagers we saw there," he explains...Two years later, however, Hawkesworth caught wind of plans to knock down the iconic station that had played such a big role in his success. "The demolition was imminent," he expands, "so I thought it was important to move back to Preston for a month and spend every day in the bus station taking photographs." The ensuing pictures read like timeless stills from a mesmerising film, brimming with fascinating characters, unusual angles and delectable colours. Here, as Hawksworth prepares to release the series in a covetable book format, he shares the stories behind his bus station adventures..."To capture the series, I spent every day in the bus station from around 8am until 8pm. The station is one big loop, and I just walked around it all day every day, just waiting for people to pop out at me. I tried not to think about it any more than that, it was just whoever would catch my eye in a particular moment. It was a centre for Megabus so if a bus comes from up North, it goes through Preston to go South, so there was always an influx of really interesting people coming through the station. When I found someone, I’d ask to take their portrait and that was it. To a certain extent, I was trying to be spontaneous about it; whether it was an old man, a kid with a funny haircut or interesting shoes – I just let anything be photographed."
"Her interest in books & libraries prompts her collages and sculpture which are often composed of found photographs spliced to create fresh narratives."
Trafalgar Square 1989 | 1970 2015
Cut and folded book pages 10.75 x 20.25 cm
Im not sure whether I will use this exact style of paper folding in my experimentation, but Abigail Reynolds uses a great technique of paper manipulation to merge multiple images together. This idea of merging several images as one could be extremely effective when thinking of the 'Culture Swap' brief as the culture I am exploring can be merged with my own knowledge of that place, along with some of my own cultural experiences.
I loved the style of these illustrations and took a lot of inspiration from them when responding to my surroundings on site in Notting Hill. The roughly drawn lines convey the shapes and structure in a very basic way, then the colour is layered to add a contrasting element to the image. This use of colour is extremely effective when referring to Notting Hill as there are an abundance of colourful houses and buildings scattered around the neighbourhood that really ad a unique personality to this part of London.
PRINT AND TEXTURE INSPIRATION
PAPER MANIPULATION TECHNIQUES
Cut paper on board
Looking into the repetitive shapes that can be created though folding. The shapes created here are really interesting and remind me of tiling. I could definitely incorporate this technique when responding to architecture in order to add dimension and texture to sketches.
This image of a traditional Chinese building shows an example repetitive shapes and even further repetition when you look closely at the tiles and details on the wood.
I really like that I was paired with someone from China for this Culture Swap project as I love the Chinese culture and the deep history that comes with it. The patterns and designs splayed over everything from architecture to clothing are a great starting point for this project, and I am excited to see how I can take traditional patterns and shapes and adapt them to make a textured piece of work.
Christian Dior at Paris Fashion Week Fall 2003
Christian Dior, Autumn-Winter 1997, Womenswear
Feng Chen Wang Menswear Spring Summer 2018 New York
JOHN GALLIANO - BACKSTAGE Christian Dior, 1997
EXPLORING NOTTING HILL
The way the houses here are all connected, almost reminds me of a fan paper folding technique. I could definitely use paper manipulation to recreate the shapes I have captured on my phone whilst in Notting Hill today.
If I had more time and materials with me on the day, I would have loved to create some paper manipulation responses on site, to pair with the sketches I made, just to add some dimension to my responses.
RESPONDING TO NOTTING HILL RESEARCH
USING MIXED MEDIA
I really enjoyed responding with some different techniques when approaching the start of this project. I layered sketches and tracing paper, along with collaged elements to create mixed media representations of the environment I was exploring in Notting Hill.
CULTURE SWAP CHINA
Lanterns light up the night in Chongqing, China
Key colours for this project are: red, black, gold and white.
Taking inspiration from traditional imperial robes and bringing them into the modern day and mixing them with modern fashion.
christian dior haute couture autumn/winter 1999, backstage
Shalom Harlow and Jodie Kidd backstage at Christian Dior F/W 1997-98