That week we had to visit 5 exhibitions.


Yup, last week our task was to visit 5 different exhibitions and relate them back to our work. Like we should be doing anyway if we were researching correctly… Anyway I’m just going to get on with writing about the 5 exhibitions I’ve just been to. We were only told to write about 2 but I took pictures of them all so they would be a waste if I didn’t explain everything.

  • Exhibition numero uno,


The Vulgar – Fashion Redefined.

Vulgarity exposes the scandal of good taste.

Adam Phillips

Basically a show about how the vulgar is fashion and fashion is vulgar in every sense and term the word could possibly mean. It was a very large exhibition, one you could easily go back to see and will have missed one thing or another. Unfortunately there was to be no photographs taken, so I drew some of the Vulgar pieces I liked most.


Take this piece by John Gallian for Dior SS2003, the vulgarity is in the oversized coat and ruffles that do nothing to enhance the figure; yet something about the ensemble screams of class, affluence, excess and fun. Plus is was designed by a man in high places for a highly placed brand, therefore it must be in good taste to wear an ensemble such as this.

The outstanding theme was that taste is the very definition of vulgar. Saying whosoever can define “Good taste” has the right to condemn another to vulgarity. However, I believe, Adam Phillips goes further suggesting that The Vulgar can be celebrated within Good taste. Through the exhibit The Vulgar is described as something popular, copied, kitsch, made for general consumption, in short, anything that the lowly public can get their little, grubby, mass-produced hands on. Whilst understanding the only reason we do this is out of admiration, to be more like the upper class. So by the upper class dictating “Good taste” thus creating the vulgar that becomes high fashion. That’s why designers love vulgarity for if it wasn’t for the vulgar you wouldn’t have fashion.

Take Moschino for example; one of Jeremy Scott’s designs was in the exhibition because as a designer he takes inspiration from mass production and places it in his designs in a very kitsch style. However, his designs, though kitsch and mass-produced, are worn by the rich, then copied by super chains like Primark. 100% vulgar. 100% en Vogue. Literally.


Even though I loved the exhibition, what interested me was the gift shop in the Barbican. All the merchandise had pink tones despite there not being many pink garments displayed in the exhibition itself, and the advertisements for the show are red. This really puzzled me. Why have a gift shop that doesn’t reflect the gallery? Then I thought about it, paused, got tired, checked my insta feed, then thought about it some more. ‘Till it occurred to me that perhaps they were making a future statement about the current Vulgar. The current theme that popped up in this years SS2017 shows in LFW last September was PINK. All shades of pink, hints of pink, on their own and mixed together. Have the Barbican been really clever and spotted the micro trends from SS2017 that will soon become macro and vulgar, to prove the point of the exhibition? Or did they simply just think, it’s about fashion, that’s like girls stuff n pink pretty drawings? I hope it’s the former.


I absolutely loved the exhibition and I definitely feel like I learned lots about the fashion cycle and the relationship it has with the class system. A well curated, informative exhibition that beautifully uses the space given. Easy to follow but you will want a good few hours to look around and soak it all up; your ticket lasts the day so it is worth going mid morning and breaking for lunch, to return once your brain has had a rest. Then you can buy some not-so-vulgar, vulgar pencils!


Joe Sacco : On Satire – Response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks.

In our Contextual and Theoretical studies lessons last week we discussed the illustration strip Joe Sacco published in The Guardian newspaper on the 9th of January.


It is a quite long, though very thought-provoking article. Continue reading “Joe Sacco : On Satire – Response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks.”

Get on with it then!

IMG_3222So no more moping around… I’ve had my rest now it’s time to get on with other projects. Definitely feeling more determined to work better, manage my time well and produce some substantial, meaningful work.

My Heightened Awareness Project, where we have to be at all times, noticing the unnoticed, finding the insignificant significant etc…

will be posting more of my philosophical findings soon 🙂

24 Hour Project: Part 2

I finished the project tuesday afternoon at 2 pm! I have been trying to catch up on sleep all week! We were briefed Monday around 2 pm and then released to try and collate ideas where we could express our interpritation as a whole. This took a while… Then we came up with the idea of ‘What happens when technology gets out of hand?’. We then agreed on separate tasks to focus on; mine was exploring the iPhone and we decided to recreate the contense of my phone in real life form, so I made a note pad with a yellow bar on the top for the ‘Notes’ app etc… This was our final display.


 From left to right on the wall, Harry – story board, Ernest – info graphic, Sunny – app poster, Amy – story board. The things on the table where what I did.


On the table are my real life versions of apps…

(from left to right again)

You Tube,  Safari,  iBooks,  Facebook,

Twitter,  Snapchat,  Calculator,  Pinterest,

Clock,  Instagram,  Notes,  Maps,

Message,  Phone,  Camera,  Music

This took FOREVER! (all of the 24 hours)


xox Much love Holly xox

24 hour Project: part 1

Here I am finally on a train to Elephant and Castle! After awaking just an hour and a half before, I’ve managed to collect a sufficient amount of belongings to hopefully see me through the project… The prospect of not retuning home till tomorrow is mildly daunting, though I’m not entirely sure what we’re actually doing. Such a strange aura of suspense that’s only half formed, when you truly have no idea what your letting yourself in for. So for now I’m just glad to be on a train listening to the calming chugging along and the quite sighs and yawns of the morning.


Imperial War Museum 1

Victory is in the Kitchen! A little souvenir from the IWM London. Many I have spoken to find it very dull and monotonous, however, I found it quite attractive. Just something about the whole place, I really love. You walk in through large pillars and a grand doorway, air filled with a sense of nostalgia, heritage, and national belonging. Continuing through to a large room filled with planes, trucks, cannons, the whole shabang of vintage war; you think you’ve seen it all in one but the more you look the more you find extra little hidden beauties, scattered throughout the museum.

Here I have two pages on bravery in ordinary people. I really liked the fact the museum encourages bravery and that you don’t have to be famous to be bold and courageous.

The first page is about a man called William Robinson VC. He achieved his Victoria Cross by exploding a German Airship on the 2nd of September 1916, protecting the citizens of London from a whole 32 tons of bombs. This all took place in the sky whilst the people of London watched on from below. Cheers came from the onlookers as the ship fell from the sky, it is said you could hear the whole of London rejoicing and celebrating this one man’s act of service.


Page two consists of a painting by Gilbert Roberts called ‘Gassed’ (1919) I thought the placement of the painting in the museum gallery was very tactical. The whole room is square and white with a nude carpet and small pictures hanging, but the far wall is black with this massive painting on it. The man shown is painted almost life-size with sharp eyes on his mask. It is the first thing you see when walking into the room. When I walked in I literally took a step back in shock! I thought this picture is so powerful and instantly has an impact, it must be good! I have to draw it!  Even as I was sketching I found it hard not to get upset, even just a little. I recommend you go and see it in the IWM, it really was astounding!!!!!!!


Initial sketch before the oil pastels…

I Remember

This week we looked at the works of Joe Brainard and his ‘I remember’ book.

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We were read a few of his little, erm ‘poems’? [I guess]. Then we used the way he wrote mini memories to write our own about the recent visits to the museums. With our newly formed remembrances, we then (of course) illustrated them in a small paper book. A mini book for our mini memories!

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The first and last page where illustrated with my opposite hand, and we were very time constricted! Though it was good fun making our own little books and discovering you can annotate in more creative ways. Loved it!

* The memories that didn’t make the book*

I remember the beautiful cinema chairs in the Museum of London.

I remember climbing a lot, and I mean A LOT of stairs

I remember spilling my coffee on my drawing – the Dodo one!!!

I remember the amazing architecture of the ancient museum buildings

Museum Trekker

I have been a very busy bee – so far – and have managed to visit 5 museums in a week!

  1. The Museum of London
  2. The Imperial War Museum
  3. The Museum of Natural History
  4. The Victoria and Albert Museum
  5. The Science Museum

I will probably try and visit one or two more though I have a few favourites already!

*Coming soon* … SKETCHES, I will upload my recent drawings of the various items that catch my eye in the museum. Along with a tale or two of my ventures into London and the rain!

What is it?

The title of our first project…

Whilst recently enrolling on the BA (Hons) Illustration and Visual Media course at London College of communication, I was given a booklet containing the details of three projects and was told their will also be a fourth 24 hour assignment in a few weeks. Two are solo and one is a group effort. Each of the briefs are different with different names, the first of which is titled ‘What is it?’.

Involving trips to at least five different museums in London, ‘What is it?’ will lead me to discover various interesting relics from our past, then whittle it down to just one. With this one, I will endeavour to uncover all that I possibly can; the history beneath and the effect surrounding the desired object, presenting it in a 12 page booklet of my studio experiments encompassing my research.

So far I have bought a sketchbook and made a list of the Museums that catch my eye, so now… visiting time!


^Victoria and Albert Museum on a very cloudy day.