Textiles Artist & Costume Designer Sian Dorman will be displaying her sustainable arts project ‘Invasion of Space’.
Research began through the production video footage taken during rush hour in a selection of busy London locations. The footage merges street level with aerial view combined with Tube & street view documentation.
From each location Sian drew from life, examining the congregation of people, playing with scale and distortion just as the film does. Observing the way people moved, walking past and through each other to line up. Sian takes a very abstract, mark making approach to suggest a sense of rushing, crowds and being under pressure. Against, the releasing and dispersion of that pressure, intense groupings and scattering, therefore, creating abstract, textural and experimental pieces that no longer resemble people.
The shape of each drawing is important to Sian as they reflect the rushing and scattering after the ‘funnelling’ and ‘release’ motion. The colours of each drawing come from the most predominant colours that had been worn in that particular moment. Most wore dark with accents of colours. The Artist chose not to use paint as the technique needed to be immediate, hence marker was used.
In response to each drawing Sian constructed a collection of upcycled plastic carrier bag sculptures. These were created by ribbons or strips of plastic bags, melting and stitching into them. Each structure or sculptural piece resembled the fragments of captured movement in the drawing it responds to.
There will be student priced drinks and music depending on the day.