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First impressions of an Art student in London

December 8th, 2016 | Lena Yokoyama

 

Deciding that I want to pursue a career within the arts wasn’t very hard to do as I have honestly never considered doing anything else. Alongside many different interests throughout my life, drawing and creating visual art has always been my biggest passion and probably the thing I would consider myself to be most talented in. "It's the only thing that while doing I completely lose track of time and never get tired of. I’m sure many of you can relate to that. 

 

I’ve been studying Art and Design since September 2016 at the University of the Arts London. And even though it’s only my first year, I can say that since I’ve started, I’ve completely changed my approach to art and the way I work. I’ve been exploring a lot of different mediums and techniques that were partially new to me. I’ve learned to become more confident using paint, collages, and even self-made drawing tools like tooth brushes, sticks, sponges, etc. and make use of more space like the walls and the floor. Some may say it’s not important to go to Uni as you can do all these things at home. I agree. But if I’m honest, never in hell would I get myself to draw 100 images of someone’s face using a tree branch and ink if I didn’t get assigned to do so. By doing these things, I’m stepping out of my comfort zone and even though throughout the process I’m thinking what the f is this, in the end I’ve learned a new approach towards realizing and developing my ideas and expanded my creativity a little more. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The way we start new projects is by doing big researches, which includ going to galleries, libraries, internet researches, discussions with friends and tutors, or taking inspirations from other artists. In the process we document all of it in our sketch books which we like to carry with us at all times. The work in my sketch book ranges from experimentations in form of doodles and notes to detailed drawings and whole pieces. Before I came to Uni I never really used a sketch book. I did all my drawings on loose sheets of paper which ended up at the bottom of some drawer eventually. So the fact that Uni makes me stay organized by documenting my work in one single book ispushing me a lot more towards becoming a professional artistsome day. 

 

Even though I’m not quite sure where exactly I’m headed yet with my art, I already know that I like working to a brief and having a purpose behind the work that I’m doing. I like the idea of being able to tell stories, convey messages, or express an opinion in an image based way, which I think can be seen in my work. I like to make art inspired by personal interests, current events or even political affaires like in one of my recent works „Remember“ which focuses on the nuclear accident in Fukushima in 2011. (you can see it on my instagram, @lenabelle_)

 

If you want to learn to become a great artist some day, I couldn’t think of a better city to study in than London. Just by living here and experiencing daily life, you can get inspired by so many things. From the street art in Shoreditch, over street musicians in the tube station, to the thousands of galleries and exhibitions happening each week.
Not to mention London being a melting pot of so many different nationalities. In these couple months I’ve been here I have not felt like an outsider a single time, since the majority of people that live here aren’t originally from England anyways. Including my school, about 50% are international students coming from countries like China, Japan, USA, France, Russia,…. And Austria of course! Making me a minority in this school unfortunately being the only Austrian so far.
But anyways the point is, London is a city that never sleeps in which it is almost impossible to get bored. Especially as a young and open minded artist. Whether it is fashion, film, fine art, or graphic design you’re interested in, there’s something for everybody and all I can say is, check it out for yourself!

 

My biggest goal for my studies here is to expand my illustrating and graphic skills as well as my creative awareness which I know will come naturally just by being in a creative study environment and surrounded by other talented students. I look forward to develop my visual communication skills since I’ve always preferred expressing myself using visual art over written texts as I do believe that an image can say more than a 1000 words.

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Would you like to know your future? 
If your answer is yes, think again.

May 30, 2016 | Laura Yvonne

 

Enjoy, endure, survive each moment as it comes to you in its proper sequence - a surprise. Sometimes you don’t realize until you find yourself in another state, country or continent. 

That’s at least what happened to me. My journey led me to the states and I had a wonderful time in the city where Starbucks sold its first cup of freshness. Seattle has my heart and it’s fascinating how fast a place you’ve never been before can be your home so easily. After exciting 10 months I had to say “see ya” to this city. The move was not planned, but you kind of just have to go with the flow.
I found myself in the city of Angels, which honestly seems kind of surreal.  Great beaches. Great hikes. Great weather. Not so great city. LA is simply a fake and mostly dirty city. Sure it has its vibe and people are very open minded and creative and it makes it way more easy to be here. But it is what it is – simply a show city. Literally. People give everything up to live here and follow their dreams, but personally I would rather stay somewhere more relaxed and comprehensible.

 

I have good times though, strolling around Venice beach, chill the day in Malibu or visiting a late night show is not everyone’s dream, but I’m sure there are many people who would love to change places with me. Collecting moments, vibes and acquaintances is important in life and not doing it should embrace an inner fire to do so.
I recently went to a city which I really start to consider living there. I went to San Diego. Again.
Met great people from all around the world, stayed in a shitty hostel but had the time of my life. Normally people are always complaining about something. Their job, their hometown or other people. In San Diego everyone seems so happy and blessed to live there and they cannot imagine living somewhere else. Even when they lived in the most beautiful places. You feel like you are in another country and it’s only a 3 hour bus drive from LA (where, by the way I met the sweetest girl from South Korea – we spent the weekend exploring and chilling in San Diego).

 

 

You are either surfer, event manager, DJ, work in a surf shop or Uber driver. It’s a cool city with cool people. (But not the ones who try to be cool, but are just not).
Where else can you be at four weddings within 10 minutes? I guess j
ust San Diego, when you walk around Sunset cliffs. It was very powerful being there with this amazing scenery, enjoying the moment with someone you met 12 hours ago. I would be blessed to going  there next, but I also think about all those beautiful places I’ve never been before. Sweden, New Zealand, Africa, Greenland. So much to see. 

 

 

Anyway you should always keep your head up and enjoy the positive things in your daily being. I don’t know yet where life takes me next, but I know that I live my life here in America to its fullest and I’m looking forward to call a new city my home.
Peace out my friends and remember to enjoy the unexpected.

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Feliç Sant Jordi

March 31, 2016 | Magdalena Wimmer

 

Some say love, it is a river
Some say love, it is a razor
Some say love, it is a hunger
I say love, it is a flower
And you, its only seed...

  

Another great tradition the Catalans use to celebrate is 
"La Diada de Sant Jordi", which means Saint George's Day. It's like the catalan Valentine's Day and you can either give your loved ones a rose or a book. In former times it was usual to buy a rose for the women and a book for the men, but there's no strict rule. The reason to exchange gifts like these is, that on the 23rd of April, we also celebrate "El Dia de la Rosa" (The Day of the Rose) and "El Dia del Llibre" (The Day of the Book).

Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is going to look like a sea of roses. You will be able to buy them everywhere in the city, but especially at the well-known street "Las Ramblas". You can find a lot of stands selling roses in all colours or makeshift bookstalls.

On this day it's all about love, the magic of words to inspire us everyday by reading a book and, of course, to honour St. George, who was a soldier in the Roman army who later became venerated as a Christian martyr and Patron Saint. A special honour is given by the historical place "Paulau de la Generalitat" (Barcelona's Principal Government Building; Barrio - Ciutat Vella). It's only open three times a year and the 23rd of April is one of these days. 

For those of you who are visiting Barcelona at this time and are into books, there's a big offer of readings of author's in cafés or bookstores, a 24 hours-reading-marathon or you just enjoy the beauty of the city with all the roses, music, artists and streetperformers.

Get inspired by a special day in a special city, celebrating one of the most amazing things: LOVE.

 

And if you think that love is only for the lucky and the strong...
...just remember in the winter, far beneath the bitter snows,
lies the seed that with the sun's love - in the spring becomes the rose.

(Bette Midler - "The Rose")

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Where do you want to go?

February 7, 2016 | Laura Yvonne

 

When I told everyone about my plans to go to the United states on my own, I got all kinds of reactions, from amazement to disapproval. 

Some usually think that it’s great, as it ignites an open-mindedness within oneself, while others say it is too dangerous to go on your own. But when I graduated back in 2015 it was clear to me: I want to leave Austria, just leave. Just away. Alone. A month later my new life started on another continent. 

 Now I'm here in Seattle, having a complete different way to see things- just having a complete new life, which couldn't be more different than my daily life back home. I'm at a point in my life right now, where I have the opportunity to travel. Just travel where ever I want.

And that is what my life just be filled with - trips! 

Traveling is not about how far away it is, how long or with whom you're going. It is important, to learn from the things you see and experience. Go with open eyes through the world, get to know new things, try! Try foreign food, go skinny dipping, see the most beautiful starry skies in the world and grow older with all these special memories. It's a wonderful drug and no, I don’t want to take the road to recovery, I want to take the road to the airport! Leave the comfort zone, embrace different cultures, get lost and you'll never come home the way you left! What could be more fascinating? 

So I always say: If new years eve was not the best - the new year will be even more awesome! Well I spent the last minutes of 2k15 in a hotel room. A hotel room in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina. I had to take care of my little hostkiddo- which was totally fine, 'cause I had time to just think about all the things happened in the year of  big changes - 2015. Then I started thinking about all the amazing things that will happen - 2016. Year of new starts, new challenges, new experiences, new people and definitely a new (changed) me. Miles away from the place I used to call my home, I kept planning the trips I want to do and adventures I want to be part of. 

And now 6 months in the country of unlimited possibilities I honestly can't really tell how I really was back home, which now seems to me like I was living in a bubble. Of course a bubble with my family, friends and my social life. But the bubble just can't stand new experiences and people anymore! So let's see what it brings, cheers to 2016!

 

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