Monday, 27 June 2016

WHAT I'VE BEEN WORKING ON • WOVEN WALL HANGINGS


Hi lovelies,
I hope you've all had a wonderful weekend despite it being bloody freezing!!
Now that it's the uni holidays, I've been able to do some of my own personal projects. One project I was keen to try out was making a woven wall hanging. You've probably seen these types of things on Pinterest, and maybe in a few stores, (they are getting really popular!)


I can't remember when I first saw one, but I just really like them and wanted to learn how to make one for myself. I came across a couple of tutorials online which covered how to do basic stitches as well as fringing. The weaving on the right is my first attempt and the one on the left is the one I made most recently. As you can tell, both are very simple in design, but hopefully, once I've learnt how to do more complex stitches, I will have more variety in my weaving. Also, while they are supposed to be hung on the wall, I haven't yet gotten around to buying dowel to thread through the top loops, so at the moment they are just laying about.

Once I've made a couple of this sort of size, I would really like to make a giant wall hanging with extra thick wool and roving. Adding beads is also something I think would look really cool.

If you would like to learn how to make one of these weavings for yourself, check out this great series by Annabel Wrigley,  where she teaches you how to make your own loom and some basic weaving techniques. 
I plan to make more of these to sell on my Etsy page, so If you'd be interested in buying one, please let me know in the comments below or flick me an email/tweet.





Speaking of selling, I've recently joined Society6 and Redbubble, which are sites that allow me to sell my artwork as prints as well as bags, teeshirts, notebooks and phone cases etc. If you have a spare moment, it would mean a lot if you could check out my stores and follow me! Click here and here to be taken to my profiles.

I hope you all have a lovely week ahead!





Wednesday, 22 June 2016

SECOND YEAR PHOTOGRAPHY WORK & PRINTS TO PURCHASE


Hello again! As I mentioned in my last post, I will be using this blog to not only talk about my love for skincare and make up, but also my other passions and hobbies. So today, I thought I would show you a collection of works I made as a part of my most recent photography project at uni. My lovely friend Sarah, who goes to the same uni as me, kindly agreed to be my model for this series.
The general idea surrounding my work, was that of formalism in figure photography. I've always had an interest in the human body as well as the formalist photography style, so I decided to incorporate these two elements into my work. The particular series I am going to share with you, looks at the idea of isolation and abstraction of the human form. I was particularly inspired by Mishka Henner's Les Amércains, in which he made copies of another photographer, Robert Frank's work, and then erased certain parts of the images.

For my own work, I took my own photos of Sarah in various poses, and then later went through the images and began to pick out parts of the image that I wanted to isolate. This resulted in a group of images which I think took on a very different feel to them compared to what they were to begin with. The more I isolated the forms, the more obscure the images became. What began as figure photography, turned into these unusual 'landscapes' of forms.




I really enjoyed this process and I definitely think it's something I will continue to experiment with in the future. I feel it's something that, the more you do of it, the better and more interesting the results.

Over the past few days, I've been refining these works a bit and adding them to my Society6 store. If you would like to help me out and buy a print, please head on over to my store and grab yourself one! It would make my day.

I hope you are all having a lovely week so far, I'll talk to you soon.




Saturday, 18 June 2016

BLOG CONTENT & AESTHETICS


I don't usually put up a post on a Saturday, but I've been meaning to write this for a while and I think I should just go ahead and write it. This might be quite disjointed and awkwardly written, but it's difficult for me to articulate properly how I feel, so I hope you find it relatively easy to read.

I've written a post similar to this in the past, but I felt as though I needed to write another post, talking about the future of this blog. I started this blog when I was around 14 or 15 and I am now 19 and in my second year at uni studying fine arts. As to be expected, I have changed quite a bit in those past 5 or so years, so it comes as no surprise that my content will reflect this change.

While I love make up and beauty and still enjoy writing about these topics, I sometimes find myself having this slight existential crisis, where I begin to think "What is the point of talking about these things?!" And a small voice in my head says, "Nobody cares Albertine.." I realise that this blog also doesn't have the biggest audience compared to others, so I don't get a lot of comments from readers about what they would like to see in regards to posts.

I guess another factor in this conflict I often find myself amongst is the fact that I am now studying towards having a career in fine art and I sometimes feel that the 'artist' side of me doesn't quite work alongside the 'blogger' side of me. I enjoy doing a lot of different things, but I don't feel they all fit into one person, which, yes, sounds very bizarre.

This next bit might sound a bit weird, but please bear with me. When I say that I don't feel like these different 'sides' of me fit into one person, I think of it more as different 'aesthetics'. I don't mean aesthetics as in just the look or style of something, but rather I mean aesthetic in the sense of how I display myself in this role ie. the role of 'Artist Albertine' or the role of 'Blogger Albertine' and the general 'vibe' it gives off. I'm sorry if this is confusing, I didn't realise how difficult this would be to try and write out!!
Anyway, what I'm trying to say is that all these different aesthetics of mine seem to clash and I have to kind of hop between each one. When I write a post, I sometimes (but not all the time) find myself trying to fit into what I think a beauty blogger should be and write as I think one should write. While I do enjoy this aesthetic of a beauty blogger, I sometimes feel like I am pretending or putting on an act. I don't always feel like 'Artist Albertine' is good at being 'Blogger Albertine'.
Because I study fine arts as a university degree, I find myself most often in 'Artist Albertine' mode, and because of this, It can be hard to try and switch back into 'Blogger Albertine' mode to write my blogposts. This is why I don't always post as regularly as I would like to. I guess this is a similar way of saying that I don't always feel inspired to post.

I think the only way to really solve this bizarre identity dilemma is to acknowledge the different aspects of myself and what I enjoy, and incorporate this into my blog posts. Instead of just writing about beauty products post after post, I want to start writing about the other things, such as art - both mine and others, things and people that inspire me etc. I want my blog to be a place where I can explore all of these different aesthetics and create some sort of unity amongst them. I realise that with posting about things other than just beauty, I will have a lot of people unfollow me, but I think I just have to realise that this is okay, and other people will follow me for the content I am currently putting out. A lot of beauty bloggers have unfollowed me on instagram, which did make me feel a little shitty, but instead of focusing on them, I need to focus on the people who have stuck around for me, not just my content.
Also, if you are reading this, I would love for you to comment on my blog posts, and give me feedback. What would you like to hear my opinion on? Is there something you'd like me to look into and maybe write a post about? I don't want to feel like I'm just talking to no one. I know you guys are there and I'd love to chat with you all. So please, say hi! I'm nice, I will reply! haha!

In regards to my art, I was also thinking of making another blog/website, dedicated just to that. This year, I've been fortunate enough to have been involved in some pretty awesome art events and shows and I feel like I need to have a separate site for my work. That way, when people google my name in the search for my art, they can go to a site that is just for that, and they don't have to sift through my posts on here.  

Anyway, there will probably be more I want to add to this post, but this is it for now. Thank you if you have made it to the end of this very odd post, I really appreciate you listening to the slightly more refined version of the jumble that is my mind. If you have any comments about this topic, please leave them down below or feel free to email me (check the side bar) and I will get back to you as soon as I can. 



Monday, 13 June 2016

A BEDSIDE BALM


I'm back after an almost month long break from the blog! I've finished up all my assignments for the semester and I am now on holiday, so I will hopefully be posting here a lot more than I have been.
For todays post, I want to share with you a product I have been loving recently and one that is actually sitting right next to me as I write this. 
The product I'm going to talk about is called Homeoplasmine, and it is essentially the French equivalent of Vaseline.
Like Vaseline or Paw Paw ointment, this balm is a multipurpose product that can be used on the lips, hands, face, cuts, scrapes...the list goes on. I mostly use it on my lips and sometimes on any flareups of dermatitis that I get around my nose or chin.
I got my tube of Homeoplasmine off Ebay, and in the picture, the box said 'Homeoplasmine,' but for some unknown reason, mine arrived with the writing in what I think might be Russian, hence the different packaging. Just thought I should clear that up.

The product itself is a thick balm texture and doesn't have a colour. Despite being quite thick, it spreads onto the skin with ease and leaves a semi matte finish, (there is a slight sheen, but it doesn't look greasy or oily.) Like most balms, it has a slight smell to it, but it is very mild and unnoticeable.

The reason why I prefer this balm to others, is because I've noticed that when I apply this on my lips, it really sinks in and hydrates rather than just sitting on the surface. When I was looking at the ingredients, I was interested to see that it contained Calendula ointment, which is commonly used in baby nappy rash creams. Calendula is also great for soothing dermatitis and eczema.

I remember reading on a blog somewhere, that this product is also used amongst make up artists as a primer for photoshoots and runways. While I was skeptical, I decided to give it a go. I expected it to feel horribly sticky and thick on the skin, and what do ya know? It totally felt that way. Okay, so it may be great on the lips and areas of dry skin, but I am not a fan of using it as a primer. Maybe if you have very dry skin, it might work for you, but me and my combo/oily skin are quite happy giving it a miss.

I purchased this 40g tube of Homeoplasmine over 7 or 8 weeks ago, and have used it every days since and I've barely used any of it! I would say I am definitely going to repurchase this, but considering how much product I have left in the tube, it looks like I'm going to be able to pass this onto my great grandchildren, after I apply it one last time to my lips before death takes me. Morbid I know, but let's be honest, it's probably true.

After the success of this, I'm really interested in looking into other French Pharmaceutical products to try, so if you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comments below!

I'd love to know if any of you have tried Homeoplasmine before. If so, what do you use it for and what's your opinion on it?



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