Last week I went to Venice to look at the art and get inspiration. I saw lots of amazing art and had a really good time! Venice is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to, with the old buildings, pretty temples and cathedrals and the canal going around and through Venice. We had to travel from place to place in Venice via boat which was nice as you got to see all the pretty buildings.
On the first two days we visited the Bienale art gallery, which had the most amazing art work but also the wierdest art work I have ever seen.
I came across this piece which reminded me of my design idea for my pattern. This is because of the shapes and how abstract it looks. I like the shapes they have used together, the overlapping and the layers. I also liked how symmetrical his pieces were.
I also saw this drawing of some sort of animal but the fact I could not tell what animal this is meant to be interested me. This links to the project I am doing at the moment as we had to make our own beasties up, and this is clearly what this artist has done on his work.
The artist who made this collection of models has also clearly made up his own beasty. This dragon reminded me of a mythical creature; I like the long curly nose which looks like an elephants trunk and the scale body which could be from a fish, and the spikey back. I love the amount of detail he put into his models; he also made several models of insects which is also what I am studying at the moment.
In the whole bienale gallery this collection of paintings had to be my favorite. I love how the bright colours draw your attention and how they contrast together. I also love the interesting shapes and how you have to look closely to find strange creatures painted within the contrast of colours. I cant make out what creature this painting is meant to be but it looks spikey and has lots of legs. It reminds me of the centipedes I am studying at the moment. This collection inspired me to use bright colours in my final design.
On one day I went on a boat which was the coolest boat I have ever seen! The walls and ceilings were all made from crochet and different textiles. There was material draping down and lights everywhere. It was one of the most beautiful and original art works I have ever seen.
We visited Moreno on our last day there to have a look at the glass they are famous for. We watched how they made glass sculptures which was amazing. They used a long stick, a very hot fire and the blowing technique to make the glass at the end of the stick. They used plyers to shape the glass into a horse, and it was amazing how they managed to create such detail and accuracy with just a pair of plyers. It literally took them 5 minutes for them to make! We then visited a glass gallery which had the most beautiful and extravagant glass.
Overall I had an amazing week and it has helped me get a lot of inspiration.