Inspiration

May 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

These flowers were arranged around a runway for a fashion show inspired by floral prints  and this is also what had inspired me to print onto silk because it would be such a contact from all the photographic floral silk prints that are colour to the more darker and city scape style prints.

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How i will be framing my prints

May 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

After the mess up with the silk printing i have decided to do paper prints and frame them and these is how i will be positioning them on the wall

I have tried to fit in as many pictures as i can because i feel you need to see a few to see the connection between each location and realise there are flowers in every image, i’ve also given my images quiet a big white border from the frame because it encourages the viewer to look closer into the image and this will help the the problem the arised when there was a concerns about not being able to see the flowers because the prints are small.

Mess up of the silk printing

May 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

I had decided to use the fashion department at Coventry to print my images so i sent my images off to be printing along with buying enough silk to print the images on after the transfer and i have clarified that i wanted the images printed A3 in person and via email, when i went back to collect my transfers to get them put onto material they had been printing full size so each image was printed 5m long and it was demanded that i pay for them before the rectified the problem and they would print them to A3 and so i refused to pay because in a normal industry situation i would not expect to be billed for something i didn’t ask for and a mistake that someone else made. so i decided to cut my loss from working with the department because i felt that they just didn’t want to help me and didn’t have time for me.

so instead i have now decided to go with printing my images onto paper and framing- this does mean that because I’m framing etc i won’t be able to show as many images as i had hoped but the way that i can frame my images will help to draw focus into the image so that the flowers can all be seen because all the photos can be looked at together and i can include titles for each image inside the frames because we are not allowed to stick anything to the walls of the gallery.

I’ve found the frames that im going to use from ikea and i have decided to only show six of my images

feedback from tutors review

May 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

So a few issues were brought up with my work including how i would go about titling each image how to tie together the image with each memory because currently when anyone looks at my images they just see flowers in a location and there is nothing there to even hint that this is a memories, i did kind of like that no one else would know it was my personal memories because that’s how it is when you come across flowers on a road side and you don’t know why there are there but at the same time i do understand that there needs to be something so suggest that there is more to these locations. so i will be carefully thinking about how i will title each images and i will date them for the date the memories happened on as well as putting something to do with what happened in that location that doesn’t suggest death because i don’t want people to see all the locations and just thing the flowers are all the for the death of someone.

The other thing that was raised was printing my images onto silk and size A3 , there was some worry that because the prints are quiet small the flowers would not always stand out in all the images and that printing onto silk would not work because of how it would be viewed. so i went away to think about this and will report back!

 

History of flowers

May 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

Nicci Ball – history of flowers and funerals

Remembering the dead is a fundamental part of the ritual associated with death.

The act of collective remembrance when we gather together at a funeral offers the hope that as long as our loved ones are not forgotten their presence continues through the memories they leave behind.

Flowers and their accompanying symbolism provide a living tribute to the dead, something that past cultures have recognised.

For example there is firm evidence that in Roman times, flowers were used to adorn bodies.

Biblical references

According to legend pink carnations first appeared on earth as Jesus carried the cross. The Virgin Mary shed tears of sorrow and carnations sprang from where her tears fell.

Rosemary takes its name from the Virgin Mary, ‘Rose of Mary,’ and is also associated with remembrance of the dead.

It is believed that when The Virgin Mary was fleeing from Herod’s soldiers she hung her cloak on a rosemary bush and in the morning the flowers had changed from white to blue.

Shakespeare acknowledges this Christian association when Ophelia mourns the death of her father in ‘Hamlet’ and brings rosemary to his funeral. “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance. Pray, you love, remember.’”(Hamlet, 1V.5)

Flowers are also a unifying focal point for conversation and remembrance as their significance often prompts the sharing of memories of the departed and offers comfort to the family.

They can offer hope of renewal and an afterlife as we see in the association of certain flowers with the resurrection of Christ.

Flowers symbolise the natural cycle of death and renewal, on the one hand, and also offer an uplifting and lasting visual image on a day of great sadness.

Neolithic evidence

Christian association with flowers and remembrance is well documented but flowers also pre-date the death of Jesus.

Evidence of pollen has been found in Neolithic burial chambers covering the bodies of the deceased leading to speculation that the use of flowers is an indication that pre-historic man also believed in the possibility of an afterlife.

As well as the visual and spiritual comfort flowers can provide, historically they served a more utilitarian purpose.

Rosemary, associated with The Virgin Mary, also had a practical purpose as its strong smell helped mask the pungent aroma of death.

Throughout history, strongly scented flowers and aromatic herbs were used at funerals and at homes where it was customary to lay out the body before burial.

Victorian practices

In Victorian times where the body of the deceased was laid out at home for many days a large array of floral tributes was a necessity.

The Victorians were responsible for some of the customs we associate with funerals and floral tributes today. Many of the shapes of floral tributes originate largely from this period where the size, shape, colour and sometimes grandeur of the flowers was an important part of paying your respects.

On the streets of London and other towns and cities today it is still possible to see horse drawn hearses adorned with large and heartfelt floral tributes in the shape of ‘mum’ or ‘dad,’ or perhaps a guitar or football depending on the interests of the deceased.

Faith and culture

Although some of the funeral traditions we inherited from the Victorians are still popular, Britain today has a more diverse population with a much wider variety of cultures and faiths.

It is important to remember that in different faiths and cultures, flowers have varying meaning and significance:

  • In the Orthodox Jewish faith floral tributes are forbidden as is the laying or planting of flowers on graves;
  • During Hindu funerals women lay flowers at the feet of the body. It is traditional for visitors to the deceased’s relatives to bring gifts of fruit instead of flowers;
  • Sikh funeral customs permits the sending of flowers;
  • In Islamic funeral rites it is not appropriate for flowers to adorn the body or to be sent to grieving relatives;
  • In Chinese custom the white chrysanthemum is a symbol of lamentation, however in the United States it is regarded as a symbol of happiness and cheerfulness;
  • White is the colour most associated with mourning and flowers, particularly within the Christian tradition, as it is a symbol of Christ’s love.

Edward cotterill

May 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

The Interior as Exterior and Back Again, Recurring #1
2010, Cut Flowers, Glass Vase, Cityscape

Eric Tabuchi

May 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

eric tabuchi  photographer based in Paris who’s been exploring the French landscape for over a decadeHe’s work is filled with varied objects filling the roadside environment.This is also how my project started, when i kept coming across roadside flowers left and it would really capture my imagination, i want’s to know what happened or who it was that was killed ect. what really stood out to me is the flowers because they stand out so much from the normal everyday scenery and that change the way we view the area they are left it.

For my work when i left the flowers i take pictures of them but then  i leave them in the area too, i really like the thought of people coming across them in something unusual locations . i also really like the performance of the whole piece, where each photo seems real like i have come across the flowers but then ever single image has be constructed and choosen right down to the weather, flowers, location the whole thing becomes a performance and without doing this i would no of visited some of the place that i hold memories of . the act of laying the flowers is the same as anyone placing flowers by the road sides for a loved one that died but instead my are for memories and memories also die out, we have no real way of storing  memories apart from a photograph maybe but that is only a snap shot.