1st March 2018
It’s been a while since my last diary post. I have been busy, sourcing new lingerie and working on my paintings. The new background that I chose for my new paintings didn’t work. I wanted to use my built-in wardrobe as a back drop. It’s cream with gold beading. Aesthetically it worked but due to the scale I am working at, the details were just too small and fiddly and I wasted two weeks trying to make it work! So I have gone back to my striped wallpaper. I must admit that I have loved this subject matter, not only because I got to buy new lingerie (what woman doesn’t enjoy that right?), but also because of the response I have received towards it!
In this diary I will also include the research that I am embarking on alongside my painting. I, of course, first began my research at the library, but there seems to be precious little on the history of lingerie. In fact, I had to find my own books and ask the library to purchase them. I will go into the history in another post. I have an appointment with Ceredigion Museum next week for a private viewing of their historical lingerie collection. I am incredibly fortunate to have been given access to such a wonderful resource. More on that at a later date.
I am also interested in the manufacturing of bras. I have contacted a couple of British companies who make bras and will update you should I hear back from them. Meanwhile I have found this video on Youtube on how to make your own bra and so I thought it would be fun to add it on here! Please click on How to make your own bra to be able to view the video.
Last week I posted on an art group on Facebook and asked for their first impressions on whether they saw my subject matter as erotic or just another still life subject. The response was amazing, over 70 replies. Most just saw them as objects just like any other still life. Some found the blue bra to be more erotic than the others because it had more of a hidden narrative. Because the context was hidden, they thought perhaps it was discarded on a bed and therefore was more erotic because of that.
One member of the group told me about an artist called Dar Churcher, a sculptor who made sculptures of busts wearing bras. They are really interesting. Please follow the link below to her website.
Well that is all for now. More in a few days.