IDEAS FACTORY 10/09/18
Today we were introduced to how to work and create new skills that would help us adapt to this course...
- record all your work even if it's awful and love your mistakes like your children
- have economy in your drawing and have in mind 'hierarchy of information' using blank space wisely
- learn to edit out the unnecessary factors and think about composition
- have more quick sketches rather than working detailed on something irrelevant
- learn to troubleshoot, experiment more and get over fear of making mistakes
Afterwards we worked in a group of three using the words SUSPEND, INK and MASOCHISM.
This was the first time I have discussed project ideas and worked with a group and was surprised to see how well it worked. We would spring ideas off each other and adding ideas onto another idea. This made it easy to come up with quite a few suggestions in the space of 10 minutes. Again something so overwhelming was done with ease due to our group being able to communicate well with one another. I also liked the fact that rather than them just simply saying they don't like a particular idea they would propose a different and better idea instead.
I really enjoyed working like this because usually when starting on a project I really take my time to make things like mind maps and sketches look aesthetically pleasing, however I find now that that is quite distracting to the focus of the project itself. It was good to create so many ideas and sketches in such a small space of time and I hope to develop this skill further.
Response: Our response to the project brief was quite complex however again as a three we managed to communicate this idea quite successfully as a three and resulted in good feedback and further suggestions.
Taking the word of INK and SUSPENDED we decided that by placing the INK and OIL together which caused it to separate created a good combination for a visual definition of these two words. The word MASOCHISM was something that worked as a catalyst to this. I also liked the fact that non of us really knew the true definition of MASOCHISM therefore it lead us to create more possibilities.
Brief explanation of our response:
This would be something for the person to experience therefore we wanted to create a glass corridor behind which there would be the SUSPENDED INK flowing around leaving bearly any space for light to come through creating silent and lonely space. This is something that would link to the MASOCHISM as it works the opposite of human nature which is to be interactive and to be in community.
After reaching the end of this corridor the person would come to a fabric laid on the floor for them to create their hand prints with ink. In the process of this they would speak about some of their fears and experiences with MASOCHISM as well as hearing other people's experiences with this being played back to them on audio. We thought the hand prints would be significant as the hands are what people work with and interact with others. These INK prints would be SUSPENDED by segments of fabric to create a unique pattern.When the person leaves this INK corridor they give away their pattern to be made into a section that would be stitched or created as part of their clothing having the emotions that were evoked in the corridor and fears put onto their garment.
12/09/18 self directed study
Today I worked on creating more of a story board for my idea which also helped me decide which aspects to focus on more and what this experience would really be more about - fashion, emotion or instillation itself? The more I worked in my book this time and focused on the sequence of the events it took the focus more away from fashion. This was really something that would explore the mental state of a MASOCHIST and the exploration of enjoyment of the uncomfortable.
I found it difficult to give the project a lot of depth, perhaps it would be interesting to interview people and play they answers as people walk through this instillation however I thought silence was more uncomfortable. It was interesting to delve into what it would be like to experience the mental state of a MASOCHIST and therefore I also wanted to evoke feeling of humiliation and research into how differently people behave when they are put under the camera.
I thought using the camera would be something that adds to the idea of ink suspended as well as idea of humiliation being captured in a masochistic nature. The flash of the camera would also be something that lights the way for the subject to find their escape. So actually in a way they need that! They need the attention they find so uncomfortable to find escape.
I made two pages that were quiet chaotic which depicted some of the parts of this interactive instillation using different textures to engage the imagination of the viewer. However I felt this didn't give enough clarity and decided that the proposal page required a lot clearer direction therefore I decided to create a story board which showed the different stages of the experience and also helped to visualise my ideas better.
13/09/18 Presentation of the 2 day project.
Discussing our projects in a small group was good because it was in a way a warm up for speaking in front of the whole class later. People seemed to like the idea which gave me some encouragement as what I made hadn't met the eye since I begun. I really liked hearing people's interpretations of their words and it was interesting to see how their thinking works. It helped me to analyse and think about how I approach an idea as well as there being such a big verity in 3D, fashion and 2D responses.
Presenting to the Class
I made quick bullet point notes on what I wanted to say and then it was quiet overwhelming due to nerves however I learned that having my sketchbook with me too was like letting it do some of the talking too so we did it together. The first two pages were quite confusing and it overwhelmed me just at the thought how I cold articulate all these ideas however having me 3D design with me too made it a lot easier too as I could show different angles and nature of the process.
Teacher's response to my work (Cons)
Suggestion evoked from seeing the story board that it could be made into something like a film/ video of the experience to enhance this./ What the subject experiences when running towards the exit could also be altered to fit their personal fears/ experiences. /When speaking, point to the work more to describe what is going on on the pages too.
The chaos of the experience was reflected in the sketchbook and even though there were a lot of ideas they were used well./Well interpreted idea and use of the three words./ Many new ideas coming and potential projects out of this work / could focus on the fears of the subject themselves.
Thoughts on the Project
Overall I have really enjoyed doing this because you aren’t restricted by a pathway to create ideas that could fall into any category. This has really opened another sphere in my mind of the depth and width that you could go into with creating ideas and their possibilities. I liked that we were given some guidance also on what is expected of us in each day such as drawing day and then research, then crit. Everything was well organised so it helped me to produce something I was happy with at the end.
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17/09/18 3D and Jewellery DAY1
Today we looked at the aspects of jewellery and 3D design and it’s purpose, ranging from cultural influences, status, empowerment to practical purposes, statement and simply branding.
After this we were given 3 words again (SUSPEND SUPPORT ....) We were given 10 minutes to look at each word and come up with 10 ideas each. This was quite challenging as I struggled to come up with 30 things that were unique, realistic to make with given materials and have purpose at the same time.
After this we got into groups of 5 and discussed two of our favourite ideas with the criticism and feedback of others it gave us a better idea or enforced the one idea we wanted to made the most. I made some quick sketches to visualise the outcome as well to see how realistic it would be to make. It seemed okay so I started to create the outcome taking an imagine of the process and finally the outcome and how it is used.
There were certain aspects that I needed to improve such as using staple to make it more stable and folding the paper more gradually for it to spread on the wiring. I wanted the person to be able to disguise themselves therefore I didn’t want to place too many human properties such as shoulders or any curves to the accessory. I also wanted this space to be a place of tranquility and a space to feel at home in a busy environment.
Use of the Hiding Place
Ideas made during the day
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20/09/18 3D & Architecture
Today we looked into different aspects and uses, questioning what architecture is and what makes something a piece of architecture. This broadened my understanding of this subject area as well as breaking some of the constraints I had in my mind about architecture, especially after seeing other artists work and the work of our tutors that ranged all the way from creating a space for people to using ATM as a way of communication. Previously I thought that architecture is something very mathematical and can be achieved in different ways.
I find it interesting to see how other people approach a problem and how many people can work together developing one idea because it's not the way I have worked in the past. The way we progressed is by all suggesting our ideas and then agreeing on the most affective one. First we struggled with creating a good starting point that would make the structure stable however we weren't afraid of taking it apart rebuilding it and positioning it in alternative ways to juggle other ideas.
If we had more time we would've planned our structure in advance because most of our process was making whilst thinking, however without this I think we wouldn't have come up with something as complex.
Inside of the structure
Placing other materials over the structure helped it to be more balanced and the shape began to be more defined as we used materials to help the viewer to centre their attention on the outer shape in particular. The inside of it looked quite chaotic therefore putting materials over it made it look more put-together.
On the other hand considering the work of Selgas Cano, if we were able to use other fabric I would use something more transparent and play around with placing lights around the bamboo inside structure to imitate this image of a kerosene lamp.
Beginning to think more about the purpose of this I thought it would be interesting to use this as something that illuminates a place. Coming back to Cano's work being placed outside, by alternating the scale of it this gave me an idea to use this as something that used during camping or any events outside. This would illuminate the spot where people have located their camp or picnic making a cosy atmosphere for leisure.
Here I used images from late 50's as it had a certain commercial feel to it in which it visualised the purpose of the product. The structure would be covered in waterproof fabric which would protect from rain as well.
At the end I wasn't really happy with the outcome because I felt that I had come away from the idea of architecture too far. If I had more time I wish I had used my imagination more to create a proposal that is more interactive with the structure similarly to Cano's Pavillion.
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Fashion & Textiles POSESSIONS 25/09/18
The process taught today has influenced my work and opened my mind to a new way of working. I often like to create really accurate representations of the final outcome and make samples for those making it a more and more accurate representation of what I want the outcome to look like. This has again given me ideas for alternative ways of gathering ideas. Blind drawing, continuous line drawing and using the projector. These are all techniques I have used before however I have never spent so much time really focusing on a project with these techniques being the foundation of my research and process. If I had more time I would be more accurate with my drawing and not so worried about making mistakes as I would think about each action a bit more carefully before delving into it. For example creating the final A4 print I felt quite rushed and didn't complete the 6 10x10 samples to the best of my ability.
On the other hand this was my most enjoyable task because I generally enjoy drawing and it was fun to adapt the work that has been done by everybody into your own style. In our other projects we were quite restricted with colour due to having the materials given for us to use. Here were able to experiment with texture, colour, shape and scale all at the same time.
I also enjoyed doing portraiture through blind drawing because it was such an unusual way of communicating information onto the page as well as always being able to look at what you're drawing which is something you can't do when you see what you're doing.
Working from our objects
Working this way has inspired me to work more with photoshop and edit the things I work from because just like objects move around when we're working from them onto our sketchbooks in the same way I am able to delve into this another 2D way through collage making It's interesting to see how far an object can be stretched to look like something completely different. This is what I like about the process that most times you identify what the object was before then the idea is finalised. This project has also made me conscious of the importance of composition and colour.
Thinking about my work tomorrow I want to try and use more textures to give the colours more character as well as experimenting with some of the tradition ways of printmaking through Lino cutting techniques.
Final A4 Outcome
Fashion and Textiles 27/09/18
Today we used the clothes that we brought in and styled the model. I noticed that people mainly focused on the pattern of the clothing to find the best place for its location on the body rather than its traditional use which was quite experimental and made it more interesting when working on drawing.
We created two quick prints using the patterns we saw on the clothing to the collage on to our drawing task. I found that when I was being less precious with the patterns that I make I created a more successful outcome in the short space of time.
Again all the drawing tasks today were quick however this was one of my favourite parts. I loved using collage with continuous line drawing and focusing on different shapes that clothes created when creased and placed on the body. In the past whenever drawing designs for clothes I always have a lot of detail however it was encouraging to see how little can do more and give more space for more ideas.
After we created two videos through using clothing to create a narrative. I liked this idea and I think there can be a lot of impact that can be made through using clothes and telling a story. I think if our group had more time we would've worked more on planning the way it was filmed and the actions that the person acting would have to take. We were able to convey our idea in the videos however it still felt quite unfinished. If we had more time I think we would've edited the videos better as well as made more cuts to pick out the best one rather than sticking to the first ones made. Furthermore music and more cuts could be edited into the video to create the right atmosphere to convey the statement more successfully.
Styling and Filming
I enjoyed collaborating with people when making the film because people brought in different ideas to different aspects of the video. I found it more difficult when we had to work on the pattern as there were quite a few of us and I didn't have control over composition and colour like I did making my own, I felt sometimes different people's styles clashed and it was completely different to how I work before because in my head I would have an idea however when there are many people working at something they all have a different image in their mind. However we ended up with a nice pattern and working on the body brought this together even more.
The new skills that I learned at this week was not to be too detailed and precious with some things. Enlarge your ideas and play with scale more as that also helps the composition. Also I learned to take more inspiration from the things around me in terms of style and technique rather than just artists.
My perception of fashion and textiles has changed because I didn't realise it would be so much collaboration rather than individual sketchbook work. I also learned that it is more about creating something that is alternative to the traditional fashion as we know it and being able to express an idea without having the restriction of this.
1/10/18 Fine Art DAY 1
Today we spoke about how different artists approach the idea of a collection in a different way. This was something that also helped me to understand fine art more. I learned that this wasn't something that is based on design and creating something for people (it can be sometimes) but more to focus the viewer's attention on something they haven't had thought about before.
After this we took time to find an idea for our collection and start collecting data. I really liked the work of Martin Parr and his photography, however I didn't really have the camera to imitate his style. I think If I had come up with my idea in advance I would've bought a disposable camera. On the other hand I think this also required accuracy from the photograph to capture that object well, using an iPhone gave the freedom to edit images too.
I really enjoyed talking to people and hearing some of their stories. I enjoyed finding that relationship between object and narrative. Photos that look quite throw-away start to come alive when the story is told behind them. I spoke to 30 people about some of the things: make up, clothes, accessories, tattoos that they thought expressed who they are the most. I thought this was quite challenging to for somebody to answer. How can an object hold so much of somebodies identity?
However I found the process went quite successfully. The answers ranged from people liking bright colour to objects that have been passed on from their grand parents bringing a long their love story with the object.
I find it interesting to see people eager to share their personal stories and their relationship with these objects. I found that rings really had a lot of symbolism in people's lives and accessory spoke a lot for what people had gone through, the people they love and memories.
Furthermore, I also found that sometimes the objects would sway more towards the things that meant the most to them, it wasn't always what expresses who they are the most, however the relationship between these two things is so personal and close that it didn't make much difference. The narrative is key.
02/10/18 FINE ART DAY 2
I didn’t like the idea of text and image to be so obvious. Words often communicate better than images also so I wanted the viewer to also be able to appreciate the image as much. At the same time I wanted the narrative to complement the image. We are quite used to being given information through letters or words and I was thinking about how I could create something unique to this.
Overall today went a bit all over the place because I didn’t really follow the words that were on the board correctly and interpreted the task in the wrong way. First I standardised my images with the names of the people of who they represented. This helped me to visualise a bit more what I was working with by placing the images in a museum-like setting. Fine art pathway really made me realise what a huge part the process really is. Every time I had begun something I kept trying to think of the final outcome and that made me focus less on the process. At the end I found myself almost without either.
I had to collect more things that was advised by my tutor. Objects that often repeated were rings and jewellery so I tried to grow collection of that and how this represented people. I also had thoughts on changing the question to be more specific on what that says about them as a person as well as what the story behind the objects is. On the first day of collecting these answers in a typed format I replied that it would be better to have had recorded people’s voices as that would make it more personal and in a way given a voice and another characteristic to the object. To solve this I asked people from my class to read out the words they had said and I recorded that instead. The person that was reading it didn’t have the same relationship to the object of course so it wasn’t the same.
However I added some more information to the jewellery aspect of collection and was able to ask the owners of this object for their own voice.
Another thing that I worked on was focusing simply on the object by drawing it on its own without the person, the background or the colour. Instead I placed the persons name over this drawn object that represented them with a piece of textiles which went into the category of fabrication.
I felt that what I was often falling into is focusing too much on the aesthetics. I wanted things to look nice rather than doing more research perhaps. In hindsight I just needed to slow down and gather more information on this subject. After thinking more about the concept of my work I thought to look at work of Gillian Wearing. Her work was very simple but spoke a lot at the same time due to the way she presented the relationship between text and photograph.
Today we worked on the presentation of our final outcomes. I liked how our tutor described the way we treat our outcome and how crucial it is the way we present it to the audience. It was like throwing a rose at your love or getting down on one knee and presenting it. The rose as a product itself is the same in each situation however it is perceived by the audience in a completely different way.
In the time before our actual presentation I had a couple more ideas about how to set out the work. Speaking to others previous to this task a phrase that was a repeated a lot was that 'objects have a voice' after looking at this comic strip. Because I wanted this to originally be an animation with the owners voice voicing the object I decided to also present the recording of people's voices overlapping a long with the comic strip. This way people also heard some more stories if they listened carefully. I also added a movable piece of red acetate that made the words of the objects invisible when moved. This way it made this more interactive as well as symbolising our control over what we hear from the object. When we remove their words we can write our own story no matter what the object has gone through before. If I had more time I would absolutely love to create an animation
I liked how the crit was set out in fine art. We had 10 minutes for each person out of our group - 5 minutes to discuss without artists input, having also a critic and fan. This was the time for the artist to make any notes and suggestions. The rest of the 5 minutes was the discussion with the artist and their input. Most of the things people had suggested to me such as making an animation or highlighting the objects I luckily had considered in some way. For example, create an animation, highlight the objects by making them stand out. Also I was suggested to look at the work of @laimelendres on instagram and combine all the objects together that talk as he does this similarly. I was also told that the work of Joan Cornella was similar.
I think after this discussion I will do some more drawing focused on the objects themselves having conversations.
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Fashion/Graphic Communication 08/10
How did you approach working as a team and what were the benefits and difficulties?
Working on styling together went well I think, we looked at some of the colours and themes that were reoccurring in our photography and tried to put that into a juxtaposition. I found it was straight forward working on stying individually however when we worked together it required a bit more thought to make different ideas work. We found it easy coming up with themes that could be mentioned in this and things that came out the strongest in our individual work, however for collaborating on our final look we spent a lot of time making photographs and finding the right background, position and angles to compliment this look and overall experimenting with the theme as well as placing fabrics in different places.
How were you able able to use your interests and skill set to undertake todays task?
I think today I wish I was able to spend more time on drawing and making edits and a narrative to go with our photographs rather than just making lots of photos.I liked the styling however wish I had moved on from that earlier to invest my time more into developing a quality outcome. I'm interested in composition so I think that helped me to create a balance between the subject and the background in my photographs. I found it quite hard to make a good decision whether I liked what I had styled, it was only after speaking to the tutors I had gained more confidence which gave me more ideas on a potential outcome.Wha
How did my approach to photography effectively communicate my concept and what might be a way to improve the execution of my work?
I think so far we have made it clear that the concept is about hidden identity. We had a lot of ideas about which themes we could cover however I wish we had done this in more depth before making more photographs because perhaps that would have helped us to work towards a target and what we wanted our photographs to communicate exactly. I think personally I also need to learn to communicate my ideas in a better way and learn how to introduce them to a person I collaborate with more clearly. I think now I need to focus more on the concept and how I can execute these ideas better through editing the image and attaching a narrative to the image.
What is the line between fashion and costume?
From today's projects I felt that fashion styling overall challenges the traditional ways of costume and also I learnt that less is more. I think the similarity between the two is the importance of narrative however Fashion styling can express this narrative through a more abstract way giving space for the viewer to make the narrative more personal. I think both have strength in expressing a narrative.
What successful strategies did I observe in others and how might I apply them to my own work?
I think the main thing I learnt today from seeing people collaborating is the successful way they were able to combine their ideas together and balance
I think the thing that I struggled with the most after taking the data that I had collected home and thinking about it was incorporating typography because I didn't really know how to create a successful concept. Only after a while did I decide to make the concept based on the idea of having questions myself and doubting what you make to reflect the feeling of this project. I also feel like I lack in knowledge of technology in this area. I would love to experiment digitally with this concept however working with photoshop was quite challenging therefore I often used apps like VSCO and worked on removing, cutting backgrounds.
one of the outcomes after editing
Thoughts on the Outcomes
Overall I feel disappointed with the outcomes because there was little time and instead of using it for research to come up with a clever concept I just made content that didn't have anything behind it which also made it a little bit all over the place - it had no theme. There were certain aspects of the edits that I had done that would make me think of one idea and others would contrast that and my mistake was in that I didn't.
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DEATH it's a part of LIFE, CELEBRATE it
Today we worked on the visualisation of our ideas and how to effectively communicate our ideas through drawing. We started with drawing excersize that helped us to loosen up and to prevent us being overwhelmed by a blank page. This was really out of my comfort zone because whenever I work on my sketchbook I plan every little factor from the colour scheme to composition to the font of the letters when starting a new page. It was nice to for the first time not to worry so much about these things this time on purely focus on the subject itself creating drawing quickly and sufficiently.
I also never work on such a big scale in terms of sketchbook as my work is usually very intricate therefore it was freeing to be able to use two pages, for example, just for continuous line drawing. It was quite overwhelming to start to already visualise some of our ideas because I began to feel unsure about the ideas that I had due to there being so many incorporated in one. I tried to visualise everything and found it gave me a better idea of what I am working with. I also started looking more Into the symbolism of some of the factors included in the project and this was when I began to question whether I want to stay with the idea that me and my group originally had.
Overall, I wasn’t completely happy with what I had created in the given time as again I felt like it wasn’t well planned. I enjoyed working more expressively however I felt like this made things look a but chaotic having no recurring or rooted theme. At this point I tried to work more 3D and create a visualisation of the corridor which I felt put all of these ideas together a little more. I enjoyed working with 3D because I liked how different materials represented different ideas which made it more interactive.
After looking at other peoples work I felt that I needed to show more experimentation in my drawing and use of materials rather than just using a fine liner. I liked how some used tracing paper to layer their drawing which created more movement and texture in the piece as well as more planned use of colours, furthermore I liked how some manipulated paper and covered it in ink in a controlled way again creating a more 3 dimensional approach. I think working further on this proposal I will try and use more tracing paper as it also created a blurred affect perhaps presenting something from a distance rather than up-close as well as alternative materials to paper and cardboard.
To further my ideas in the sketchbook I will do more research into each aspect of the proposal as I felt that that was something that restricted me and gave me less confidence to evolve, develop and combine my ideas.
Planning The Proposal
Ideas - GLASS, OPTIMISM, WEAVE
OPTIMISM, GLASS, WEAVE.
This was more personal as the teacher asked us to think of what makes us feel optimistic too. I found that my ideas once again were a lot more interactive where people moved and talked to one another.
4.Class springboard of ideas
OPTIMISM GLASS WEAVE
I loved this part because it made me realise that there truly is no limit to the way ideas can be expanded and interpreted. We spoke about purpose, love, community for optimist and how glass can be honest as well as decieving always having a reflection even though it's see through, weave again incorporated as community, working together, disintegrating etc. There isn't a thought that's too deep and you can incorporate your experience, faith and mental state into your work to help you understand that of others.
PDC 1 Day Project 18/09/18
After going out for our primary research we were given 10-30 minutes to create 6 outcomes. This would be something that supports, displays, protects, transports and helps to eat more comfortably.
- 1 cherry tomatoe
- 5 cherry tomatoes
- 10 cherry tomatoes
- 1 lemon
- 2 lemons
- 1 watermelon
10 minutes ... 7 tomatoes :s
First photo on the left is a good example of how most of these little projects went. Most of my ideas were too complicated therefore I always felt like I was running out of time. The example above was originally meant to hold 5 tomatoes however time ran out for that and I tried to create it for 10 tomatoes where I ran out of time again.
Working with so many constrains I felt like I wasn't able to present my work at the best of my ability, perhaps with more time I would be able to create more creative ideas however with the worry of time running out I always thought how this ideas could be realistic to make. However if I liked an idea I started to worry about time less however then found myself running out of it. I felt like materials weren't such a big constrains as things like wire and thread were able to take on weight and were flexible to work with.
PDC wasn't what I expected because I didn't realise it is so much based on the people around us and our every day lives. That's what I found the most interesting as well as that it is trying to tackle real issues in the world in terms or waste and economy.
Overall, I am still getting used to this way of working and not taking presentation too close to heart as this is something I like to spend the most time on. I have worked with clay and sculpture before however never worked on a PDC project with such restricted materials which was interesting to see. I liked seeing how others people's brains worked and how they found resolutions to their ideas and how they all differ. This is also something that inspires me. I think this has been one of the most interesting pathways so far due to it's experimental nature and at the same time value of resources and looking at people's needs at an individual and personal level.
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Fashion & Textiles 24/09/18
First we made observational drawings zooming in and out of shapes we saw surrounding us. Then we picked out 6 shapes out of all the drawings we did through block colour, outlining, filling with pattern, collage over, cut it out and colour in. We picked out 3 shapes we liked the most out of all of them and created a quick repeated pattern, we got into groups of 6, opened our sketchbooks to a blank page, put the sketchbooks together and drew over them with our shapes.
After this we used a page out of our sketchbooks to make cut outs of our three chosen shapes with which we then created small 3D paper sculptures just using the seams rather than overlapping. After this we used the materials we brought in to make large scale paper cut outs to be placed on the body.
selected shapes from observational drawing and group pattern making (large square)
I enjoyed this way of breaking down and developing information that I had gathered. I also liked this unique approach to fashion that actually challenges you to look outside of it first.
During our drawing I found it hard to depict shapes other than squares when looking at buildings so it was hard not to take things from nature and people this time.
So far I am enjoying seeing how much I am able to produce in a small amount of time. I liked today also because we were asked to draw on a big scale and expand small detail. I always work quite small so it was nice to free up a little bit as well as working with other people during this.
If I had more time I would look at joining the seems of the shapes more on the body as I think so far they are quite singular and don't cooperate with one another. Overall I enjoyed working on this project because drawing was the foundation of this project as well as final outcome having to use the human figure and it was almost like seeing these drawings come to life.
Research based on architectural Fashion
Fashion & Textiles 26/09/18
Today I worked on developing the 6 prints I had into an A3 and 2x A4 prints. On the A3 print I felt like some of my ideas again were too convoluted to produce in the time. I started stitching into the fabric however that took away time from doing the detail which is the main part of the print as well as leaving little time for the rest of the prints. The print below took me the quickest however I felt like this was the most unique idea. For the first A4 print I didn't have proper Lino ink however I still liked the outcome and I think it was a more interesting way to fill the page rather than just blocked colour.
A3 (3x) and final A4 (1x) pattern
For the last print I used old tights and cut them up which was something that I thought resembled the drawing done of negative space. This made the paper curve when I attached them to it creating a more interactive pattern the could be altered when flat.
For the A3 print I used muslin and calico because I felt like I resembled the sort of transparency seen when using the projectors and acetate, flowing shapes creating a pattern. I wanted this to be a bit more subtle, highlighting the patterns that weren't the first ones you saw when looking at them from group work or individual work.
27/09/18 Group Pattern-making Outcome
What helped in the group work is we decided to use a plain piece of paper to draw one pattern each - the one we wanted to place on the large print. This gave us an idea of what others would place on the print and how we can make them work well together. Everybody had different ideas so it gave variety for the composition altogether.
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28/09/18 Tate Modern
After visiting this exhibition I felt that collection overall were something that made you appreciate something that you didn't take much notice of before as well as encourage to try and see patterns in every day life and what would it be like without them. I loved the work of Martin Parr, it was almost comedic how he captured these moments in our every day life. It reminded me of a photographer I came across when volunteering at a gallery in Sheffield - Geoffrey Klempner. When he takes images he doesn't even look at the camera so there again he uses an element of surprise of not knowing the final outcome. He places it in front of his chest and the outcome is always different.
B & W photography
Images from Tate
03/10/18 Self Study day
Audio of people's stories.
I had collected voices of the people that I spoke to and overlapped them. I thought if I was going to play it on front of the class I wouldn't want them to be spoken individually but be more part of the crowd as some of the stories were quite personal. I thought it would also be interesting to work with highlighting the object through increasing the volume every time the person said the name of their object. Originally I wanted to use the audio as something that goes together with a slide show of the images of the objects too but my knowledge of technology is simply impaired so that had to be left for the space of the viewers imagination.
I had all this data however I wasn't really sure what to do with it. I played more with different methodologies however it didn't really have much character and the ideas were quite dull. After looking more into the work of Michael Landy and Annette Massager I started to think about the objects separately from the individual and the fact that what makes the object is the person who is wearing it. The individual speaks for the object and has total control over it. I started thinking more about the relationship between the object and its owner and it made me think of any genuine existing relationships between the object and an individual. This something that we see often in cartoons. I thought it would be interesting rather than us associating the recorded voices of the people speaking about their objects, reversing the interview onto the object. If I had more time I would ask the owner of the object to speak for the object as is its talking about its own life and what it has gone through. Examples of this in cartoons is BMO. A gaming console that belongs to Finn and Jake which is a big part of their life and who they are. Pencilvester from Rick and Morty is belongs to Morty and is an object that is a huge part of their family... almost like family. With the data that I had I would have loved to do a stop motion animation of the objects telling the story that their owner had originally told me. I would use the recording of the owners voice to be said by the object. Instead I created a sort of story board to present what would happen in this animation.
objects that have a relationship with their owner.
How did the restrictions affect your image and idea?
I think the restrictions and the specific shape made it more challenging to create an idea that would adapt well with the number (I got number 3). However after I got my first initial ides down on paper I felt that the more I looked at the shape the more it made me think of alternative ways it could be adapted. I really liked this part of creating ideas because I learned that when I thought I reached the point go having no more ideas, whenever I would return to observing the number from alternative ways the more ideas started to evolve.
How did you adapt your idea for the screen print process?
The shape of number three that I got wasn't equal on both sides so I felt that resembled a head and a body in a foetus-like way. The space around it also allowed area for creating a setting and the tutor also liked this idea the most. In the end I adapted my idea to a pregnant woman supporting her stomach where you were able to see the foetus inside.
Screen Print red to red and black
How did you find working under strict time restrictions?
Having done printmaking before I think it was interesting to start printing without thinking about it too much. Before choosing what I would print I hadn't really thought about what kind of animation could come out of it either. I also didn't think about how realistic it would be to create a particular print as well when looking at different ideas due to time it actually made me less careful and precious with what I chose to do and how I cut my shapes for the print. I wish I had spent a bit more time on detail however and planning the lay out of my print better.
Overall I have really enjoyed the illustration pathway. I liked how creating an animation also created the need for a narrative and a way of making the print more alive.
What went well and not so
I made a bad mistake at the beginning where I left the areas where I wanted the paint to be, thinking that the screen print works in a negative light, however I was very wrong and had to quickly unfold the parts where the areas where cut out as those where the parts where the ink would sit directly unto the paper. If I had known the process a bit better I would've made the cut out more intricate and overall just spent more time on it. I think I actually like the print where the black hasn't been applied yet because of the balance of colour.
Also I think that to make the outcome better I should'n't have covered the number three completely because it's something that was at the core of the whole design and without seeing it there isn't anything particular clever about it. As well as being a project about LOST LETTERS here you can't see the lost character which kind of defeats the object.
I found this quite a lengthy process so I found myself thinking through doing rather than creating a story board before hand. In the animation I focused on the delivery of the baby and transition between different positions.
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10/10 Self study day
After attending my 3D workshop induction today I worked on developing my animation further as well as thinking about and planning ahead for what to do to prepare for the progress tutorial. I felt quite restricted on time again and found myself thinking by doing rather than through planning specifically for this animation. I think there were certain aspects of the animation that should've been developed more such as baby being in the womb as that was also where the number originated. I was advised by my tutor to try animate the babies birth so I tried to represent that through also having the second parent see their child for the first time. I tried to make the theme of 3 tie together and used three hearts and to represents the new life and a new family that has begun in the scene. When running the animation backwards I liked the effect it gave also because I think it made it made the focus more on the child rather than what will happen next. I think if I had more knowledge in technology I would loop the animation to go forwards and reverse. This is also one of the reasons I had the THE END changed to THE START. I also did it to suggest that even though it's the ending of the animation it's THE START of a new life at the same time and that was just one segment of it.
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Graphic Design 11/10
Today we worked on the topic of fear. I really liked the personal approach that was the beginning of this project. We were given an anonymous number from people in the rom and discussed what fear is and what makes us scared. I liked how it was also something everybody could relate to and that what created the narrative was persons own story. What I found interesting in the conversation was that the culture where the person came from death was actually celebrated. I asked whether that took fear away from the idea of death and the answer was 100% it's a part of life. This is what made me think about how to make these two words intwine and at the same time represent celebration. I struggled a little bit with coming up with a phrase that would be eye catching and required attention at the same time. I decided to work on the theme of death being celebrated in a culture which took fear away from the idea of death for this individual.
I think because there was little time my outcome turned out quite literal and I wish I had brain stormed the concept a bit more rather than what the outcome could be as that would also improve the result of the outcome. At the same time I tried to think through doing and take myself from the sketchbook and start making.
I think in the stage of actually thinking about the outcome for this part, I found myself over complicating certain aspects on how to present the outcome whereas I wish I worked on the concept of it more and how to display it with care and attention. Again I thought my outcome was quite obvious and I think if I had more time I would work more big scale and use a location that has more shape where the confetti could spread to.Overall I think this was a contrast from having done illustration where there were two tasks and brain storming on one idea then creating it from that sketch, where here it was based on text and how it fits in a location.
On the other hand I liked what the tutors said about creating work that can create an impact on society. To change thinking and how bold it is. Just a single text or a single image can make you think, rethink, reimagine. I think that is really important in an artwork.
This part was more focused on moving image and photography. Again because we had little time I started thinking about the most practical solutions, considering what I have already. I thought about how I used acetate to make life and death interweave because one of the phrases was 'it's part of life'. Again very literal.
To portray this I asked people to imagine it was their birthday (a celebration), as if they are given they're favourite present but instead of saying YAY! they have to say DEATH! This way I was able to capture the word in the most celebratory sound. When I got enough of these recordings I asked people to say LIFE as they know it. After this I made lots of copies of this audio to portray audio panning where people saying DEATH would be heard in the left ear and saying LIFE in the right. The sound would gradually travel across so DEATH and LIFE is heard vice versa. I wanted for it to almost sound like a celebration which would contradict the idea of death. I think the idea of celebrating death is quite unique and contradictory in itself so I thought this would create a tangible version of this idea.
LIFE and DEATH audio
I think the mistake that I made in this outcome is again overcomplicating ideas by taking them quite literally. I think with the idea of celebration I wanted to portray that excessively through use of colour to imitate confetti however this doesn't necereally make it better. Just like Saul Bass work is very selective to communicate exactly the idea that is needed not too less and not too much. In hindsight I start to thin perhaps it's easier to buy lots of fancy fabrics and make something eye-catching if you haven't got a good idea of how to display your concept rather than for example just using black and white bold letters and playing with scale to represent these words (DEATH, LIFE, CELBRATION) for people to be able to relate to it without getting lost in all the overthinking.