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After using the Random Generator, I am pursuing the concept of Brides after the chanced association made by Arthur Boyd. This process has been outlined in page 1. In my research, I intend to investigate the various implications and connotations that the notion of "brides" entails.
First of all, I need to brainstorm concepts and ideas ( a very random process).
Then after collecting these random ideas, they will be formulated into a mind-map, the mind map still being a very random practice.
To "warm up"and get in the groove, I commenced my investigation by visiting a number of bridal shops ranging from Oxford St , Paddington, to Clarence St and the Strand Arcade in the city.
When asked about what was a common theme with most girls getting married two common threads emerged:
  1. Fear. FOMO. The fear of missing out. All the bridal shop owners said that their clients were all very concerned that they did not want to disappoint their husbands on their first day/night of their marriage. Stress was a big factor. And
  2. To make sure that their husbands were not to be disappointed, dresses were all made to a certain convention - mainly white, plenty of lace, very flattering to the figure, and graceful - in other words, nothing that would upset the apple-cart or be controversial
Below are some examples:



In all of my findings this far, I could not help but appreciate the amount of intricate workmanship, finery, and the attention to beauty that was to be found in the dresses and accessories. That is what made me so out of place in the last photo! I was good looking once!
I then went home to contemplate the concept of THE BRIDE.
My first step was to pull out our own Wedding Album. As you can see I landed a hotty. My wife's wedding dress was a work of art, and the whole day on reflection was one of the greatest in my life. Too bad all weddings don't turn out to be as good as ours


I particularly like this photo below of my wife.
Up to this point, I had not really analysed the the full significance of and I still need to do a lot more research on the nuances of this institution BRIDES. My viewpoint of brides is much different to that of Arthur Boyd's and many others.
I then went to my sketch book and began to brainstorm ideas on brides (especially brides from other cultures and ethnic backgrounds, and related concepts like family, relationships, spirituality and most of all love.
Initially I went to the heart of marriage-related things - St Mary's Cathedral, and tried to experience myself as to what it would be like as a bride to walk down the aisle.




To add to the full significance of my experiment, I took a number of short video clips to experience what it would feel like to the bride walking don the aisle. Here is one of them.

Whilst investigating Bridal gowns, I chanced upon this image on a card that was given to be by a bridal consultant.
AS you can see, the image depicts a beautiful young bride to be, entering a box with the word "Fragile" emblazoned all over it. Clearly, the girl does appear fragile, very much like a china doll.
But also, and more importantly, this image seemed to depict that she was about to enter a relationship (marriage), that is extremely fragile. The box conjures up many feelings about many concepts of FRAGILITY, especially in marriage that I would like to experiment with in my next exercise.
On observing the name of the Bridal Salon - ETERNAL BRIDAL - it can also be noted that it is ETERNAL Bridal, having connotations that are spiritual and therefore forever. This is a spiritual journey rather than a fleeting, transitory event.
To further investigate the proceedings in the first stages of marriage, I crashed a wedding.

My further experiments I intend to investigate further connotations about the concepts of Fragility in the context of BRIDES and marriage.

thur Boyd The Half Caste Bride
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Jan van Eyck Arnolfini and his Wife

Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo