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Magnum Ireland / edited by Brigitte Lardinois and Val Williams ; with essays by Anthony Cronin ... [and others] ; introduction by John Banville.

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Nation and Identity - pg18

I somewhat related to this piece of text, although I have visited Ireland many times, in terms of the culture and traditions within Ireland I consider myself substantially ignorant. I find that we are able to relate to one another on the basis of a similar heritage or nationality. I would like to familiarise myself with various traditions within Irish culture as one of my starting points of research alongside theoretical texts such as ‘Nation and Identity’. The idea of one’s nationality is a fairly equal concept, the overall population are of one nationality and therefore equal in that respect, however this sense of equality and unity does not extend to social classes. In some cases, the responsibilities and affairs of a nation fall to the middle and lower classes, whereas the privileged few may have a disconnected view and position in society.   

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Nation and Identity - pg18

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Poole, R. (1999). Nation and Identity. 1st ed. London: Routledge, pp.18-82.

Nation and Identity - pg66

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Poole, R. (1999). Nation and Identity. 1st ed. London: Routledge, pp.18-82.

Nation and Identity - pg67

The relationship between society and the individual is a tale of two opposites, you generally cannot choose the initial society in which you live, it is chosen by your family, your parents. This has a direct impact on the fibres of one’s identity, your surroundings influence you constantly throughout your life, however it is also a case of how you interpret and respond to your cultural circumstances, two people raised in the same area will have completely different outlooks on life which I think is essentially what individuality is all about, we are all given a base of social norms and influences but it is how we develop and turn these base ideas into something entirely individual to us.

The text reinforces the notion that through all the details of one’s character, at the end of the day, the sense of nationality instilled from birth remains constant and a substantial factor in our lives to the extent where in some cases the sense of nationality prioritises over personal interest. It could be interesting to focus on the contrast between one’s pre-determined cultural circumstances and the progression of one’s character and social understanding??

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Nation and Identity - pg68

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Poole, R. (1999). Nation and Identity. 1st ed. London: Routledge, pp.18-82.

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Poole, R. (1999). Nation and Identity. 1st ed. London: Routledge, pp.18-82.

Nation and Identity - pg82

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Poole, R. (1999). Nation and Identity. 1st ed. London: Routledge, pp.18-82.

Development piece based off Strawboy costume

 Rather than attempting to construct a like for like straw costume using the same traditional methods I want to instead make a faster development piece inspired by the costume and the process in which it is made. I don’t have access to loads of straw so instead I want to use basic, cheap materials to construct a piece that looks effective. Furthermore, the piece which I want to produce as an experiment I do not intend for it to be wearable but rather suspended by wire or string?

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Peoples of all Nations

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Kelly, M., Gwynn, S. and Hammerton, J. (1923). People of all Nations: Their Life Today and Story of Their Past (Photojournalist Account and Commentary Early Twentieth Century Anthropology - origins circa 1920). 4th ed. London: Amalgamated Press, pp.2949-2967.

Peoples of all Nations

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Kelly, M., Gwynn, S. and Hammerton, J. (1923). People of all Nations: Their Life Today and Story of Their Past (Photojournalist Account and Commentary Early Twentieth Century Anthropology - origins circa 1920). 4th ed. London: Amalgamated Press, pp.2949-2967.

Irish wedding tradition

Rev John Graham, 1816;

Union of Kilrush, Killard, Kilfierard, Moyferta & Kilbarrryhone:

‘Shrove Tuesday is the greatest day in the year for weddings; and Roman Catholic priests are generally occupied in celebration of matrimony from sunrise to midnight. The general fee on this occasion is two guineas and a half, and many thoughtless couples, under the age of sixteen, pay it with cheerfulness, when they have not another penny in their possession. They who do not marry on this day must wait until Easter Monday, on account of the intervening Lent.

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https://thefadingyear.wordpress.com/tag/irish-customs/

 

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Basketmaking in Ireland

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Hogan, J. (2001). Basketmaking in Ireland. 1st ed. Wordwell

Rauschenberg at the Tate

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Rauschenberg at the Tate

I’m not usually a huge fan of Rauschenberg’s work I like his collages of American society and wider issues but for the most part I don’t find his work too appealing, however this piece I actually found really nice, the tension between the fluid marks and the rigid, somewhat industrial objects on the painting I felt worked very well, a good balance between the two. It made me question what I really wanted my outcome for unit 7 to be, I know I don’t want to do a painting, but maybe sculpture, or a garment??

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These are masks worn on Wren day (English boxing day) in  Ireland, the one on the right hand side caught my attention I want explore the possiblilty of making a mask of my own alongside the strawboy piece. Maybe produce a combination of the two somehow for an outcome?

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Dublin Wrenboys 1933

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Paul Kree Hand Puppets

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Mask development

I’m not so interested in trying to make puppets, however, when making my mask I really want to try and recreate the texture that Paul Klee was able to get on the faces of his puppets. It looks like he used Modroc sheets to sculpt the faces and then painted on them, I want to use something that will give me the same rough finish however allowing me to sculpting capability, almost like a clay.

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Corpus III

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Tillmans at the Tate

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Magnum Ireland / edited by Brigitte Lardinois and Val Williams ; with essays by Anthony Cronin ... [and others] ; introduction by John Banville.

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Nation and Identity - pg63

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Poole, R. (1999). Nation and Identity. 1st ed. London: Routledge, pp.18-82.

Nation and Identity - pg63

I found this extract particularly interesting, it really relates to the theme of my project, how we are seen in an overall society and how we project ourselves onto that society through individual social experiences, influenced by our upbringing and the expectations and opinions of those around us. I want to take this forward and produce experiments which will allow me to encompass aspects of my Irish heritage and my view of it from what I have been told from family members and seen in everyday life. I think that by using my family as a starting point it provides me with a really solid link between nationality and individuality.

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Nation and Identity - pg67

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Poole, R. (1999). Nation and Identity. 1st ed. London: Routledge, pp.18-82.

Strawboys

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Strawboys

I really want to progress with the idea of the ‘Strawboys’ as my initial experiment for unit 7, It relates to the idea of wanting to use my family as a starting point to progress into ideas relating to Irish culture and traditions in the sense that the wedding of my parents was essentially what gave me my English/Irish heritage, however being raised in England for my whole life I find myself naturally inquisitive in the unknown Irish side of my heritage. The Strawboys would perform at various events, not only weddings but it is said that the appearance of the Strawboys at a wedding give the bride and groom good luck. I want to discover the process taken to construct the straw costumes and possibly use this method as a means to create a piece of developmental work.

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Peoples of all Nations

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Kelly, M., Gwynn, S. and Hammerton, J. (1923). People of all Nations: Their Life Today and Story of Their Past (Photojournalist Account and Commentary Early Twentieth Century Anthropology - origins circa 1920). 4th ed. London: Amalgamated Press, pp.2949-2967.

Merrie England - Tim Walker UK Vogue July 2011

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Act of Union

'In addition to the general hardships of day to day life in Ireland, the Act of Union in 1801 had abolished all Irish legislation and merged the Kingdom of Ireland and the Kingdom of Great Britain into the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. This essentially made Ireland no better than and English colony'

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https://nathmolyneux.wordpress.com/tag/1800s/

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Rauschenberg at the Tate

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Tate Modern

Strawboy costume

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Costume Construction

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development idea

 I want to use this image of a strawboy costume being made to produce my intial piece of developmental work by using a piece of string tied horizontally I can drape or attach materials along it creating a mass of hanging strands from the string resembling the straw from the costumes. Not too sure where I would take the project once I have made this but maybe the making process will reveal new ideas to me.

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Development piece based off Strawboy costume

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Development piece based off Strawboy costume

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Development piece based off Strawboy costume

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Mummers/Wrenboys

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'The tradition is very much on the wane now but in some few localities Wrenboys still go out in Ireland on St. Stephens Day (English Boxing Day). The central theme of the wrenboy visit is the wren, an effigy of which is carried about in a holly branch or in a box or cage. Previously it was hunted and killed prior to St. Stepen's Day and a matter of honour for groups to have a real bird. '

http://www.sligoheritage.com/archwrenboys.htm

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Paul Kree Hand Puppets

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Anna Van Bohemen - Klein Fragment 2

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Paper Mache Clay

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f84FvxLHCnk

I found this recipe for a paper mache clay, not only does it give me the rough texture I wanted but its also really simple to make and dries rock hard. I could even use it for my final piece to get same texure, however I might be able to sculpt it more finely by using a wet pallete knife

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Tillmans at the Tate

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Final piece colour scheme

I want to use these pieces as a source of inspiration for the colour of my final piece, I really like the deep orangey brown and I could also use that earthy natural colour to echo my families history as a farming family

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