a post about inspiration

14 Dec

Inspiration is a beautiful and horrid feeling, it can give us the push to create master pieces OR in my case more often than actually wanted…leave you towards a brick wall of “knitters block”. When asked whom or what inspires me? I have to say on a personal level without a doubt it is Helena Bonham Carter [she is even married to my favourite director Tim Burton] what’s not to love about her? She is never afraid to wear something that society would deem to be completely bonkers.

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image from here

Her style is always different and yet completely suits her, my favourite image if of her and her daughter Nell shopping around Notting Hill.

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image from here

Tim Burton has as well actually inspired films, books, probably even the music I listen too as well; ever since my parents bought me his Nightmare before Christmas video; I have always loved the dark side of ‘art’. My love for Batman comes from this too as Tim Burton Directed Batman 1989 and Batman returns 1992 – such classics and let’s not forget Beetlejuice[ remember to say it three times or was it to not say it…]

Before getting too side tracked into the awesomeness of Burton!!!! Inspiration for my work comes from anything really [anything dark and quirky]. I always tend to obsess over a certain idea until I get bored of it. When thinking about who inspires me from the art side it has to be without a doubt H.R Giger. He has created amazing pieces such as Alien and now Prometheus.

“When he was quite young his father received a human skull as a professional promotion from a Pharmaceutical firm, and the young Hansruedi was taken spellbound. He fast developed a fascination with all things dark and strange, and later found inspiration from postcards and magazines photos featuring the works of Salvador Dali and Jean Cocteau.”

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image from here

Giger has become a leading airbrush artist; his work does have a very direct alienistic aesthetic; which over time has become his trade mark. I find that his creations are timeless. They have a very now and then appeal, which makes the viewer consider if it is a classic art piece of the postmodern or a new concept.

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image from here

I just love the way he always hones on the female body, and the female sexuality juxtaposed against the machine; you can also make a clear connection to very early ideas such as the silent movie metropolis [which also has an anime version now]. If you have never seen this film WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? Both 1920’s and the anime version story line is about a female cyborg created in the image of [depending which one you watch] a young girl which is a computerised weapon or a young women being used in a political power struggle. These early concept of the human condition are also shown through the theories and concepts of Mamoru Oshii that are portrayed in his films Ghost in the shell and anime of the same name[ the main protagonist is a female cyborg called the major]; again these ideas and theories are trickled down into The Matrix. Obviously The Matrix is focused on the male, the part I find mirrors and well actually screams GIGER is the part where Neo wakes up within the human farm. I am in fact a little bit obsessed with these ideals and theories on reality and the merging of human and machine; which in turn leads me to my obsession with anything different, sci-fi, morose, disturbed, dark, gothic, dead…anything like that you name it I will most likely love it.


[my own work]

Here for example is what I am currently doing for my 3rd / final year collection called ‘Biomechaniod paradox’. These two pages show how I have taken inspiration from the idea of conjoined twins and the process of cyborgs from Ghost in the shell 2: innocence opening sequence – and yes a uterus to the dismay of my brother who finds this all disgusting…*sigh* everyone’s a critic. My own work is rather chaotic and always messy and miss judged by an annoying teen. I cannot stand working clean or tidy (my teachers hate this), I think an artist can never work in a sterile room. My room is pretty messy as well to be honest as we need to let our arty juices flow and be free.

About the writer: Kera-anne is currently in her final year at London College of Fashion studying Surface Textiles specialising in Knitwear who loves nothing more than baking, writing and playing the occasional Nintendo game. She wants to give something new to future artists who are yet to taste the confusing fruit that is the fashion industry! When working on a project she tends to go for the darker viewpoints as the work always leans toward the obscurer side of art.


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