Get to know our new Art and Photography Editor Hanabi Blackmoor through an exclusive tour of her art Instagram account.
Hello! I’m Hanabi, the new Art and Photography Editor of The Tribe. I’m half Japanese and British, and grew up in Tokyo since I was 1.5 years old. I’ve just moved to St Andrews for my First Year in Modern History, International Relations, and Philosophy. When I’m not studying, I love creating art and sharing the best pieces on my art Instagram account. In this brief introduction I would like to show you some of the artwork I have produced over the last year, and share with you the thoughts behind them to give an idea of where my interests lie!
I find Instagram a really useful tool to connect with inspirations and fellow amateur artists. I’ve had correspondence through Instagram with some of my biggest artistic inspirations such as Elly Smallwood (@ellysmallwood), and this close-knit community of fine artists really helps me push myself to turn out more material and to venture out. The comment section always reassures me when I had felt like a painting was going haywire, or sometimes reminds me to step out of my comfort zone. Although I’m going to try to use Instagram as a stepping stone to be able to sell my artwork on Depop, I would thoroughly recommend this visual social media tool for all budding fine artists and photographers!
The latest big piece I’ve documented on my Instagram is a piece for my A2 Levels, which consists of 4 pieces of fabric with acrylic paintings on them with embroidery on top, and a big wooden painting with a toy car on it in the middle (with a little black permanent marker attached). As you can see, the purpose was for the viewer to go through the fabric into the little enclosure inside, and play with the car (as I am doing in the last video).
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C2 Final piece for A2 ft me playing around with it. Thank you to everyone who went out of their way to see the art exhbition and spare their time, and especially those who left nice words. It really helps me get through this anxiety inducing subject that induces SEVERE self criticisms. A little sprinkle of kindness mellows those waves by a lot. Thank you! #art #alevel #alevelart #gcse #gcseart #igcse #oilpaint #acrylicpaint #paint #painting #oilpainting #acrylicpainting #portrait #cloth #fabric #sewing #embroideryart #embroidery #artist #youngartist #yellow #collage #teenartist #car #toycar #play #freedomandrestraint #freedom #childhood #stringart
I was especially interested in the symbolism of the net, hence the ‘net’ like image of the markings of the pen on the wooden canvas, and the ‘net’ embroidered onto the pieces of fabric. I previously investigated this with a ballpoint pen drawing I did that I then drew on a net image with marking fluid (which would leave the paper white when I covered the entire paper with red ink).
Not going to lie, with A Level Art I was always describing and attributing my artwork to some ‘greater’ meaning when in actual reality most of the time (although I admit not all of the time) I was just really engaged with one visual symbol/concept and ran with the idea, stretching my exploration of it across different materials, through both abstract and figurative means.
For example, my main wooden board for my A2 Level Final Piece was mostly just an excuse so I could draw loads of portraits with acrylic paints. You’ll be able to notice that I have a recurrent theme with portraiture and specifically choosing my models.
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Okok last A2 Final piece post lmao #art #artist #youngart #youngartist #painting #paint #acrylicpaint #alevelart #aslevel #alevel #gcse #gcseart #sketchbook #igcse #igcseart #oilpainting #oilpaint #pen #penart #drawing #draw #colour #rainbow #red #wood #woodart #portrait #portraitphotography #portraiture #portraitpainting
The main reference image used is one I took on film in the bathroom of my friend’s house. I put on makeup on her in the style of a Lucas David illustration:
This meant a lot of lipstick on the eyelids and used as contour, a lot of eyeliner, a lot of Burgundy eyeshadow and a surprising amount of vaseline for the gloss (I made sure to use the flash on the camera to get that texture to come out!). It was one of the most fun shoots I’ve had, just because of the whole experience of putting on someone’s makeup but in the loose way as I would if I were painting.
I hope you enjoyed this brief glimpse of my working processes! If you have an art Instagram, or are on Insta and have taken a liking to my artwork feel free to contact me – I am always searching for new sources of inspiration and feedback. As always, The Tribe is open to contributions, submissions and collaborations, so if you’re interested don’t hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!