Fibre-Based Composites: Artist Research

Nava Lubelski

Nava’s work is extremely interesting because she combines destruction and rebirth by using different techniques to reassemble her work. I like the techniques and colours she uses in her work, because initially you think its just a painting or stains on her materials. But then you look closer and you see that its all done with a purpose. I will possibly use this technique as experimentation when creating my own work.

Fibre-Based Composites


Fibre: A filament or thread-like cell of animal, vegetable or mineral origin, natural or synthetic.

Composite: Something made up of distinct parts or diverse elements.

Composites consist of two or more distinct elements – Organics, Metals, Polymers or Ceramics or ‘Composites’.

Our brief is to look at how paper works, how it tears, how it folds, how different weights make paper transparent, have ‘scrunchability’, or not or how the translucent and the see through affects your work. We are also looking at developing a focused portfolio of work that explores through text, illustrations, experimentation, maquette’s and samples that can relate to my own personal practice.


Day of the Dead Shoot

For this shoot we decided that because it was October we would focus on a festival around this time, so we chose the Day of the Dead festival.

I began by looking at how different countries represented it. The countries I looked at were India, Africa, Portugal and Egypt. Then when it came to choosing the models I picked people who were relevant to my research. Below are the best images from the shoot with the different nationalities.




These are the African inspired shots. Make up done by Louise Jones.








These are the Portuguese inspired shot.

Make up done by Louise Jones.







Here are the Indian inspired shots. Make up done by Louise Jones.







Here are the Egyptian inspired shots. Make up done by Louise Jones.

Golden Hour Shoot

This shoot was really successful because it turned out exactly how I wanted it too. I decided to focus on the lighting which was the main concept for this shoot – “Golden Hour”. I wanted to go for a slightly different style to the usual field photo shoots by using some agricultural styling but add a bit of fashion to it.

Below are a few of the best shots.

Sunday Blues Test Shoot

This shoot was all about seeing where to do our final one, what models to use and what clothes to wear. However it didn’t really work out as expected. The natural light was all gone by the time the models were ready to shoot and the clothes didn’t have the right colour palette we were looking for.  

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