As introduced in our previous blog post, Eye Like believes that creativity emerges in every individual – so there’s no better time like the summer holidays to prove this with an inventiveness competition!
Eye Like’s ‘Design our Logo’ competition is as simple as could be! We want you (adults and kids alike) to take the template of our logo and create something new from it – be imaginative! Whether this be drawing on it, painting on it, creating a collage from it, or even tearing it apart and rearranging it; the world is your oyster…
We want you to demonstrate that there are many types of artists out there and that creativity does not hold only one stereotype! Like all our pieces that are showcased in the gallery, there is something special about each and every one – we do realise however that they are not to everyone’s liking (we believe we have good taste but some people dare to differ…) Despite the conflicting opinions, it cannot be argued that ingenuity is the key in creating an amazing piece of artwork; therefore the main objective in this competition is to be original.
The competition starts from Monday 28th July and will be running weekly, with the winners being announced, by email and on our website, on Monday 4th August, Monday 11th August, Monday 18th August and Monday 25th August.
The entries will be judged anonymously and one winner will be chosen each week - the prize that will be up for grabs is a £50 Eye Like voucher, with one of our handmade taxidermy insect magnets and an amazing doodle colouring book! The winning logo designs will also be displayed in the gallery until 1st September for everyone to admire.
To submit your entry, email firstname.lastname@example.org attached with a pdf of your logo design and the entry form provided. Alternatively, pop in to the gallery and hand them in to us, whichever is easier!
To kick start your creativity, here is an example of a logo design that the Eye Like team created. We are sure that you can do much better than us though…
So ‘Eye’ challenge you to show us what we are missing – we look forward to seeing and ‘Like’ing your amazing entries soon!
Whilst schools are just starting to break up for the summer holidays, I thought that as Gallery Manager I would take myself on a virtual holiday, and revert back to my school days (not so long ago but feels like a distant memory)!
During my school career the thought of summer holidays used to fill me with so much excitement, not as much as Eye Like's resident dog Brody however who regularly used to wet himself in joyous situations... Despite this, the elation of breaking up for holidays only used to last for a couple of weeks, and was only reignited by the thought of going abroad and getting some much needed sun!
Due to this, I was thinking of ways in which the creative side in every child, or indeed adult, can make the most of their holidays this summer. Here at Eye Like many of our artists start the process of creating their works by sourcing prints, or items, already in existence and rejuvenating them through their own techniques. This concept then got my creative juices flowing and hence began my quest to create my own piece of art, and which hopefully will inspire you too to search for your creative side.
I started by digging deep under my bed to find my old black and white photographic prints that I took in Paris, taken on a film camera whilst studying for my photography A-Level. Rather than using the images that would, eventually, be framed or put into an album, I decided that the best images to reconstruct would be my tester prints, used as an experiment for exposure in the dark room. I picked this print of the Eiffel Tower to use, one that visibly shows the previous experimentation taken on, and thus would carry on the experimental nature of the piece.
To get myself truly in the creative mood I switched on the music here in the gallery, and let my pens take over. I started with an orange marker pen and traced the outline of the objects within the print, subsequently moving to pink and purple markers. With these pens I drew lines as well as creating random shapes of block colour, until most of the white space in the image disappeared.
The Eye Like team headed to the Algarve in June for artistic inspiration (a.k.a. a much needed break), therefore it is no surprise at all that we ventured to a venue showcasing a very different type of art. Fiesa - the International Sand Sculpture Festival - has been running in Pêra, Portugal since 2003 and is held by Prosandart; the festival exhibits sand sculptures that have been created by sculptors from all across the globe and is renowned for being the biggest sand sculpture festival in the world!
Each year the festival has a different theme, and this year was no exception, with ‘Music’ presented as the motif. Having been to FIESA several times in the past, our expectations were high, and we were looking forward to seeing the delights of sand sculpturing. However, even with Nik’s pure excitement preceding the festival, there was no doubt in my mind that he would also look on in dismay, wishing his sculpturing skills were up to scratch!
Entering the grounds, we were presented with a flurry of familiar – and not so familiar – faces, all in larger dimensions and wonderfully carved out of sand. As usual we were astounded by the amount of detail in these works, all differing from one another and giving their own take on ‘music’. Wandering around the arena we were presented with sculptures surrounding the usual suspects of music; the ‘King of Rock 'n' Roll’, Madonna, and much to my own dismay, Justin Bieber. However there were also sculptures surrounding ‘music’ that to my opinion were a bit tenuous; for instance a sculpture of Willy Wonka from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was exhibited, along with a scene from Alice and Wonderland. Nonetheless, this in fact happened to be my favourite sculpture of the entirety, and despite the somewhat tenuous links, there was no uncertainty to the originality and creativity of any of the pieces that were presented. Even after seeing what seemed like hundreds of pieces I was still in disbelief at the pure skill involved from each sculptor.
The only visible flaw in the artworks at FIESA this year was that unfortunately due to harsh weather conditions, many of the sculptures had begun to wear away and erode. Springing to mind is the vision of a couple of pigs, one with a snout intact and the other with only half of the snout existing, visibly crumbling away.
This ephemeral nature to sand art only highlights the overall fascination, and value, of the sculptures however. Each sculptor embarking on a new project is not only aware, but also accepts, the knowledge that at the end of the project their work of art will be destroyed. For this reason, the vision of the crumbling pig snout, although not intentional, serves to show as a reminder of how art inevitably is transient, with only the lucky ones being able to perceive the most short-lived art works.
With this in mind, FIESA can never disappoint – if only the Eye Like Gallery could transport these enthralling sculptures to Beaconsfield!
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