Happy Mental Health Awareness Week. A couple of months ago, I was asked by my cousin, Leanne Lindsey, a freelance writer, to give an interview for her Self-Care Sunday segment. I touch on patriarchy, purging toxicity and the importance of being selfish. Click the link below to read it in full.
For 2016, a renewed priority of mine is to create more typographic illustrations. I recently went through the arduous process of transferring all of my work and personal files from an old computer to a new one. Inevitably, I stumbled upon lots of old work that I almost forgot about. Amongst these archived files were many typographic illustrations; ranging from personal pieces to student pieces to client pieces. Even though several of them were unrealised or unrefined, they all reminded me of how much I love creating a varied array of abstract illustrations that were focused around words, sentences and messages. Here I wanted to share a small selection of the pieces that I came across so you can have a little taste of where I began and how I have developed as an illustrator. Seeing these old drawings has definitely reignited my aim to realise the ideas I currently have for my future typographic works.
If you follow me on Instagram, you may be aware that I am currently working on a new and very personal project at the moment. A project where for the first time, I am the subject. Mixed Media Manifestations of Me is a personal response to having a long-existing urge to create a mixed-media series from scratch. My previous mixed-media artworks are almost always inspired by the initial photography that I am to work with. However, most of these images are given to me by the photographer or the client. This time, I give myself the opportunity to be in control of the entire process from the very beginning and what better way than to use my own body as my inspiration?
Here are a few WIP images from my Instagram account where I am primarily documenting the steadied development of this self-portrait project. You can follow my IG account to stay up-to-date with the progress of Mixed Media Manifestations of Me.
Although my illustrations can be random, free and expressive, I do like to compartmentalise almost everything I do. With Tumblr being extremely easy and versatile to use, it's a great site to organise my work into simple-to-view blogs. My newest blog is called 'Nikki Farquharson Films', where I shall now upload time-lapse videos that I've started to make of my work. I'm still very much a novice in this area but I hope these little videos will be another interesting insight into how I create my work. And if you fancy seeing me draw in real time, you can follow me on the live stream app, Periscope. Check out my other blogs to see my mixed-media illustrations, my personal photographs and 'Love + Inspiration', the blog where I collate beautiful works by other creatives.
Just over a week ago, my cousin and I had planned to attend the Southbank Centre's WOW Festival but were unable to get tickets on time. It was a lovely (and rare) sunny Saturday and we still wanted to take the opportunity to use that day productively. After searching online for a little while, we decided to visit two exhibitions; 'Human Rights Human Wrongs' at The Photographers' Gallery and 'Staying Power' at the V&A. As usual, I relied on capturing the day with my little iPhone.
Approximately 10 minutes after entering the 'Human Rights Human Wrongs' exhibition, which was already surprisingly crowded, a curator from the gallery entered with many more people to give a detailed tour on what was on display. Initially, my cousin and I found this to be quite inconvenient, until we realised that her group was not exclusive and we were also able to join. Our arrival was actually very well timed because we got the unexpected chance to learn far more information about the images on display, the concept of the exhibition and why it was curated in such a way.
The exhibition focuses on several different inhumane acts that had occurred between 1945 and the early 1990s; including wars, jail breaks, conflicts, racism and colonisation. It forces the viewer to face how cruel humankind has been and also continues to be. We ended up being there for several hours and decided to visit both floors of the exhibition again once the tour was over, as we didn't get to see all the remarkable (albeit occasionally upsetting) photographs in detail, due to the tour group being so large. While doing so, we discussed the many privileges we take for granted today and the many aspects of life we still lack freedom. Unfortunately, we ran out of time to visit the V&A but now we have another exciting and potentially inspiring exhibition to look forward to.