Library visit.

The landscape of a city polluted by factories is not a unique element of Cracow. I want to keep the topic related to my home city, because it is a good example of a seriously polluted town. However, it is a global issue and I was looking for this references from around the world too. The piece that I will make has to be relevant to a broader audience, because it has to evoke discussions. I believe that this is the way to really change anything.

The book by Edward Burtynski “Manufactured Landscapes” was a direct connection to the documentary I was watching yesterday. It shows man made landscapes, unnatural constructions in a natural environment. I focused only on the pressed cubes of metal – elements that reminded me of my grandfather’s resale shop. A lot of industrial mess. This is an inspiring texture to experiment with, because it looks like steel knitting or even fringing because of the cables. Also it has a lot of colours in it so doesn't limit my colour scheme this quickly. It is impossible to tell here does this mess comes from or where exactly does it lye unless the caption. This problem of pollution and piling objects that we do not longer need is huge and common everywhere. In the movie the impossibly huge factories of shoes that are in China work just as bad for the environment as the steel mill in my home city. We are consuming not because we really need and this generates a huge income but a huge pollution too.

Similar images are in the book “Landscape A” by Nicholas Faure. He was one of the first photographers to portray the new way of seeing nature that was formed in late 20th century. The nature that is transformed by human being. That is new natural environment and that is an inevitable effect of industrialization and growing consumption over the last century. It is followed by pollution, especially air pollution in relation to industry.

Just as with “WasteLand” with photographs by David T.Hanson. Looking from a bigger distance on these objects and buildings makes me realize the scale of it and the huge amount of waste it generates.

“Human design has made nature more natural than natural: it is now hypernatural. It is a simulation of nature that never existed. It is better than the real thing; hypernatural nature is always just a little bit prettier, slicker and safer than the old kind. Let’s be honest: it is actually culture. The more we learn to control trees, animals, atom and climate, the more they lose their natural character and enter into the realms of culture.”

“Our natural environment is replaced by a world of design.”


van Mensvoort, K., Grievink, H.-J., Sterling, B., Kevin, K., Lunenfeld, P. and Mensvoort, van (2011) Next nature: Nature changes along with us. Spain: ACTAR COAC ASSN OF CATALAN ARC.

The second quotation sums up what the images I mentioned before and from the book “A New Order” by Lucas Foglia show. Cars instead of Oxes. We modify nature, create hypernature, but it is not always as neat as in the quotation above. It also means factories, pollution and chemicals that we breath in. I think we lost control over that, and the hypernature is something different – it is not only new species of flowers or gmo food but also the pollution and damage that is unstoppable.

I still think that the topic is too broad now and it needs to be more focused on a certain point. I am surprised that this time it is so hard to find a right topic for me, because normally it goes really smoothly and the research goes much quicker. This is frustrating at one point but on the other it makes me research further to find a good proposal topic and idea how to interpret it. I think sketchbook work will help to figure out a way of going but firstly I need to keep up with research and find a way to apply all of that to the body and write the project proposal.

The way to overcome the difficulty with this point of research is simply to do more research. Key ideas now:  The connection of human and nature, the hypernature created by machines and impossibility to control the way we change the landscape of our environment. The connection of air pollution and industry.

I do not know yet what exactly do I want to do yet I know that I want to grab viewer’s attention. I still need to find a right way of doing it – in knit textures are a great way of expressing and evoking emotions, so this would probably a good way.

Tomorrow there is a talk at CSM as a part of the Green Week campaign that I would like to see. It is about greenpeace and art actions they do. Hopefully this will give me more inspiration and idea about how to approach my subject. This would be also one of the charities to my research – as a part of accomplishment of task 1.

Continuation of work on Unit 7 Project Proposal:

It also provides an opportunity for you to explain your reasons for choosing a particular pathway and to outline your longer-term aspirations.

Exploring and experimenting with the relationships between shapes on the body and the textures of textiles particularly interest me, therefore I decided to choose Fashion Design with Knit. The unexpected and experimental design process gives me an opportunity to effectively move forward in my creative development. To become a designer ready to face the challenges of the industry with competence and fresh creative energy. To be educated to analyse and criticise various factors forming the professional realm. All alongside obtaining knowledge about technical aspects of production and making processes.

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