8/9/16- First day!
Today was the first day of Starting CSM and initially It felt very daunting especially in a new atmosphere and working dynamic. However after the icebreaker and getting to talk and know people i became more comfortable in the once "alien" environment. we were given pieces of paper with the words "Gerd Arntz, Plastic, Ice and embroidery" and were told to create mind maps.
Before doing research I didn't like or have any interest into Arntz work. The style was very different from mine, and aesthetically I didn't like it. However after some more research i realised the significance of his pieces that are still prominent in everyday life now. His pictograms- though simple- carried out a purpose and were designed to represent complex ideas with a simple picture. When i found this out the genius of his work hit me. The designs that he made perfectly fit their purpose so much so that his pictograms are still known and used to this day. It struck me that the importance of the function of art as well as the connotations, meaning etc are just as important as the aesthetic and style. He also could be argued as a pioneer of graphic design- considering that I may want to venture on into this field of design, his work has taught me the important of design and planning. I also through research learnt a lot about basic symbols that could be considered within my own designs.
When I researched about plastics I didn't like how most of the link that appeared related the use of plastics to being an "eco artist" or being "green". Personally I think that by associating the material of the artwork (plastic) to the topic of saving the environment, retracts the artwork from its potential of being appreciated as art. What I mean by this is that it now becomes immediately related to the cause-"global warming" or being "eco friendly" thus people being distracted and not appreciating the art for its aesthetic (but this is a personal opinion). Which is why after research i was glad to stumble upon Stuart Haygarth that used petri dishes and pipettes amongst other scientific equipment to create his artwork and transform these single units into a single mass structure. Combining this with the neon lights evolved the cheap plastic materials into something breathtaking with a sense of sophistication- together, the objects demanded attention, and got it. This shows how using and constructing objects in the right way is able to transform the object entirely. Even the way the objects were organised, placed and the affect of lighting were important factors. I also really liked the way this focused on the plastic objects aesthetic and shape and form, he did not make his artwork so I didn't associate it with any other concept besides its aesthetic (unlike a lot of the artists I found that worked with plastic, were associated with saving the environment).
Having never looked or researched embroidery, the process was very foreign to me. Having never worked with textiles, this research was very insightful. Not only did i find out there are different styles and ways to stitch like knitting but also i found a lot of new artists that I really like. The artists that I picked to mention ( on my research page) involved the traditional practice but also moulding it with illustration and graphics to create a hybrid. This taught and reminded me that art doesn't have always fit strictly within the category of a practice but can take in inspiration and styles, and skills. Meghan Willis, Lisa Smirnova and Maricor/Maricar (refer to research page) combine different practices and types of art. What i really liked was Maricor/Maricar combining embroidery with typography and graphic design. With my growing interest in graphics this taught we a lot of being able to think out of the box, finding new ways to use new material or unorthodox materials within the type pf art to create new interesting designs. The research i found out today as well as the artists not only have opened my eyes to the ignorance i had, but is bound to affect my future works.
19/9/16- Tate Modern Reflection
After visiting the Tate modern i realised the variety of ways you can document and collect subjects/items and images. I wasn't sure initially if photography would be considered as collecting and the limitation of objects that could be collected but i learned artists such as Bernd and Hilla Becher whom collected buildings by taking photos of the progress of the buildings being made. What I liked about these pieces was it was not limited by the sheer scale of the large buildings objects. The pieces also were taken identically the same way over a period of time that effectively accentuated the development of the building in their photos. They also seem to consider a "collection" needing to have at least nine images or objects. This raises the question of what is the definitive number of a collection, and what justifies a certain amount to become a collection. I think they needed to overcome issues of taking the photos exactly as they did previous ones as well as the composition of the grid structure and on deciding how many photos they wanted. They also had to decide when in time they would document the progress of the construction. With care and precision the photographs are taken well and identically so we just focus on the subject in the photographs. i like the simplicity of the grid structure to present the collection.
My favourite piece was the "Civil Tapestry" piece by Theaster Gates. I loved it because of its simplicity as well as the beige white colour schemes accentuated with the occasional red fire hoses made it an absolutely beautiful minimalist piece. I like how the firehoses he collected were displayed as a sewn together large textiles piece that almost looked like a canvas from far away. I think the sheer size and scale was effective within this piece.This piece shows that sometimes simplicity is best for presentation as well as the affect of size and scale. I also love the meaning behind the firehouses that are not initially known to the viewer, this allows the viewer to first appreciate the aesthetics before appreciating the contextual significance of the firehoses. I think he had to overcome difficult physical properties of the rough firehouse material to be able to sew it all together and drape it over the canvas. He also had to chose colours for different sections as well as maintain the integrity of the fabric. Theres also a political difficulty with the piece concerning black lives and he had to be able to bold and brave enough to make this piece carry the message that may have been risky in his time.I think the main difficulty of this piece would be the viewers appreciating the deep meaningful context of the piece but by having a block of text to help people understand the meaning- the message was able to be successfully delivered. I like how he didn't put the hoses separately, by having them as a collective it emphasise the force of the firehouses that were used against the peaceful protest for black lives. By having it so large emphasise the brutal force that was used.
20/09/16 - Reflecting on collected pieces after Group Discussion
After sharing with my group I was able to organised more easily my thoughts and the concept of my piece. After talking about my work to other people i realised that my collection was images of text, images, phrases that interesting me, however some of these images I will take out of their context thus subverting the meaning or changing people's impressions of these photos. By taking them out of context it gives the image new meaning which may make it comedic, ironic, satirical or even just simply making a new phrase/word/image. I think my piece will explore the importance of context and the significance it can cause. I may also want to change the background of some of my images, rather than just cropping the photos and seeing if that edits the meaning or importance of the phrase/image/text. It also got me thinking on if i combined photos to create new hybrids that contradict, or accentuate each other to make more impactful imagery or if it would change the meaning of the initial purpose of the text/phrase/image.By exploring this it may also explore the importance of the function of these signs and images that were designed specifically for a specific function and how easily it can be damaged by simple things such as basic context. I also want to explore the graphic design of these images as well and simply their aesthetic. I think by created a big collage with all these photos arranged so that it creates a confusion of misdirection, incorrect context and manipulation will explore the importance of it and exposes how easy designed functions can be messed around with to create a whole new impression. The piece will also explore how people create connection between the simple text and images and because of this the viewer becomes involved in the piece as well. For example simple words such as "available" may spark different emotions or ideas and interpretations to the individual. I think making my images very simple and basic gives the viewer very little to work with thus forcing the viewer to dig into themselves personally (perhaps even without them knowing it) in order to create connections with the piece.
How important is context?
Collection Reflection 22/9/16
I created this mix media piece inspired by text/graphics/posters /images that i found around London. I not only loved the colours and text but I also loved the ripped poster design and texture as will as the "pop art" kind of feel that merged with street art. I loved the style and aesthetics of the text and the different types of text as well as the design of the posters. I also noticed how if i simply cropped these images the meaning change due to the added/subtracted context and information i received. Because of this I wanted to create piece that looked like a rough collage of street posters that had been taken out of their context thus changing their meaning and purpose. This resulted in a lot of innuendos and double meanings that i liked because sometimes they were comedic as well. During class today we were put into smaller groups of 4 to interpret each others works and give constructive feedback. During this i got really insightful feedback from my peers. first they gave me their opinion without any information of my concept. Izzy liked the overlapping and ripping of the images and liked that it was overwhelming and bombarding, and liked that there wasn't really a correlation. She liked the energy and kinetic energy stored within the piece. She liked the humour that was created by being out of context - "funny and sexual and a bit political". However she said to improve it she would have made it much larger scale (which i agree with i would have done this the size of a wall). Another girl called Hope said that she liked the comedic signs and liked how it reflected street life and had a moodboard feel to the piece. Selly initially thought that it was a piece about the overwhelming quality of advertisements in modern life. He liked the overwhelming quality as well as it being very well done and made with the ripped quality. "Its like an overflow". After talking with my peers recommendations were to have another piece with a contrast, to have un-edited pictures of the text i use to show the viewer the different and thus emphasising how misinterpretation happens when you aren't aware of the context. Izzy also gave the idea of having a catalog book with all the original text and photos, with the context clearly shows. I completely loved this idea where people could look at my chaotic and edited piece and search through the catalog to fid the original context and meaning. By having a catalog on side it it may actually aid the piece and add to the humour as well.
Details of my piece
A piece of Work that i liked 22/9/16
I think out of everybody's work in the class this was one of my absolute favourites despite its simplicity. I just loved how the pastel colours looked on the black and white photographs. The black and white photographs,- by themselves had an atmosphere of seriousness (black and white tends to have that affect), however simply by adding lighter colours and editing the photos in a childish, fun almost careless and playful way, the photos have been transformed into something a but more fun and exciting.
Political Environment 26/9/16
Reflection on communication skills
We had to present our work to the whole class and I think as I naturally became the "art director" of this piece I was the one who talked the most throughout the presentation. I did think i clearly described our process and how we approached the brief and how we made the final product, why things were done the way they were and why we made the choices we did. I think i had a very strong vision for this piece and because of that i told "hold of the reins" for this project. I thought very deeply about the connotation of each location, what would be shown in each photo and the overall concept and I made sure to explain this all in the presentation and through the work itself so i think it was very successful. However I think that during the presentation i should have let my peers speak more and let that give their own explanations so they did not feel i was taking over. I think for this group project i was a leader but listened to everyones ideas but made the right decisions that would aid the message and concept of this piece the best.
"A" Illustration -Watch tower
"A" Watchtower Illustration and Animation
Today we were given a letter in class and had to create a narrative or story from the letter by adding and designing an illustration around it. It could be decorative or the letter could be manipulated to become something it wasn't etc. I developed numerous ideas from my letter "A". This including ideas such as turning it into a snake, vampire teeth, a suit, a cigarette etc. However the first idea i actually thought of was right when i first saw it was changing it into a prison watchtower. I thought of this because i thought the A was very slim and would be perfect to turn into a tower by simply adding on extra detail and lights on the top of the A. The actual print and texture of the "A" itself had a dingy, grungy feel as the it wasn't a bold block of black print- it was slightly grey and grainy which is probably why i thought of a slightly dodgy situation of a prisoner escaping from a watchtower when I saw my printed "A". What i wanted to keep in mind when choosing my final design i wanted to access its ability to be able to turn into a moving image or an animation as that is very important in contemporary design business but also important that i know how to work with both still and moving design. My favourite was the watch tower and another design of the A becoming a smoking cigarette in a woman's lips. If i were to animate the cigarette i would make smoke continually swirl out of the cigarette. But I then thought of if when i animated it how i could get the last frame and the first frame of the animation to sync up, so that when the animation is played on loop the last frame wouldn't just abruptly jump to the first frame and reply again. I wanted my illustration and my animation to be smooth. A lot the designs i had could do this easily, however i really liked the idea of a prisoner escaping from the triangular "hole" from the letter A and running over a fence of frame and then again appearing through the hole (the animation repeats), because now it seem like multiple men are escaping from the watchtower which adds to the narrative by a very simple animation. I also considered the colours that were available to us and how I could use those colours to my advantage. I thought the red would fit perfectly for the lights of the watch tower- this paired with a sound of an alarm would definitely communicate the idea of an alarming and dangerous escape of the prisoners. Choosing the designs as well i had to take into account the ability fo it to be transfered to a screen print and whether or not it was to complicated or intricate to create the affect i wanted it to as a screen print. I think the choice of the watch tower could easily be transferred to the screen print but still be affective but i did also like the cigarette idea as a print as well.
I have never properly done screen printing before and after today i now have knowledge and skills on the process for screen printing. I learnt about having to think about the different layers and how to organise my design and how to visualise how the print would look. I also learnt the importance and not underestimating who simplicity can still create an affective print and design. This is also what i love about graphics- that it is able to communicate complex ideas through simplicity and still look aesthetically pleasing. I thoroughly enjoyed the screen print process as well as look at other students work. I think by looking at everyone's different approaches gave me insight into the type of different designs that are possible with screen printing. Initially my design that i drew out was quite complicated for a screen print and had small detailed lines and shapes that wouldn't be so successful or clear on a screen print. So i had to simplify the detail of the fence in my initial idea to simple rectangular blocks that still looked like a fence, but the lights of the watchtower remained the same in my original design. I think during the whole process i encountered problems such as making sure the paper and print was aligned and that i cut it out properly. But I think technically it was quite successful and was very close to its original design. I think through the technical process I gained more confidence and now know i can achieve far more complex designs and I know understand how to use layers better within my designs for the future.
I think I translated this still image pretty well onto a storyboard and thus animation. I think it was innovative the treat the hole in the A as the escapee's door or hole that it jumps out of. I think i played and used the shapes of the A well to create it into the tower. When I designed the storyboard i wanted the lights to move like a prison outbreak that was searching for the criminals but i also wanted to bring in the character and turn it into more of a narrative.. I think i was successful in manipulating the shapes of the A to work to my advantage and to clearly aid the narrative of my animation which was a criminal escaping from a prison. I think i was able to keep the animation and illustration fairly simple but still communicate my idea through. I do however think that my design is more successful as an animation rather than a print because the visualisation and moving image communicate the "escape" far more clearly than a still print. I also think that with my print the man isn't clearly defined and so the narrative may be a bit unclear.
I really enjoyed today and i loved the ethos of graphic design on being able to communicate to maximum capacity with simple design. I illustration and being innovative with simple things such as letters and it has opened up a new way of innovative thinking- being able to create more when given seemingly little things to work with. i also understand now the proffession of screen printing and keeping in mind how processes can affect the final piece and teh design and how important it is to take that into account.
What I liked
These were pieces that i liked in my class. I liked the one on the left because it looks as if the student has a very good understanding of the screen printing process as well as how to design a print for screen printing. I think the student has thought of the layers very clearly and created a very successful print. I liked how she thought of the V as a suit for a weightlifter and created a beautiful but simple design. I also liked the clean-cut precise quality of the print as well. I liked the piece on the right because of its clever use of space and filling almost the whole page with the red ink. I also liked the actual design itself as i never thought of the A becoming an eye. I didn't experiment much with the A being turned horizontally but she created a really innovative design- almost so that you cant tell where the letter "A" is. I also loved the sharp style of the print as well as the simplicity of the facial features such as the nose.
29/9/16 - Typography- Pandora cubed
In todays lesson we were told to create a new original typeface by folding/creasing/cutting a piece of paper to create a letter A, but were not allowed to use a pencil to make any marks. During this process it forced us to think of new ways besides 2D to design a typeface, Because of this i was forced to think of new ways to create letters that are still eligible but also carry an interesting style and communication my style within the font. First I tried to make 3D fonts which was new to me, but i liked how shading also became apart of the type face. The font above I created is called "Pandora Cubed", although folding and creasing gave me interesting patterns I wanted to create a font that had the form of the cube but also was eligible and could be read. I was inspired by the minimalist and reductionist aspects and i wanted to have the form of the cube through all of the letters. I liked the idea of having the letters trapped in the from of the cube but also complimenting the cubes structure. This I cut out certain sections but still had the integrity of the cube remain. I think my typeface was successful, even though some letters are hard to differentiate such as O and D. I think why it was successful is the simplicity of the concept of the type face as well as choosing the background to be black to compliment the clean cut precision and simplicity of the font itself. The black and white highlights the form of the cube and also helps eligibility of the font. What I found rewarding about today was understanding different ways to make a typeface not just by cutting, but also thinking about three dimensional aspects and how lighting can affect and change an art or design (in this case fonts). Im really proud of my type face in its design and minimalistic aesthetic which is what I wanted to achieve. When I showed the class my typeface I organised the letters in a zigzag pattern trying to play with space and the proxemics of the font.
I also like the idea and concept of the name i gave my type face. I like the reference to Pandora box's because the viewer makes the connection to "box" without the font name having to explicitly say anything that relates to a cube.
I think what I could have I have done better is the precision of the font. I think if I were able to digitalise the font i could play around with using different colours to create a 3D effect with the font, or just play around with colour and see how that affects the font and it's style. i think i would also try and find a way to make it more eligible which may just mean changing the thickness of some lines.
A step Further!- "Papercut" Typeface
Point of view
This typeface interests me in its concept. the type face is created by cutting out shapes from paper and putting them at different angles and different distances from the camera to create different point of views to create a letter and thus the whole typeface. I love the thinking that went behind this typeface. I didn't consider a 3D typeface but i think this font successfully explores the importance of dimension, angles and point of views to create imagery that makes sense. She has created different letters with different foldings and cut out but taken at different angles and organised them in different depths in relation to the camera to create the letters. Personally i don;t particularly like the style of the cut outs/ or the aesthetic of the typeface itself but I love the idea of playing with 3D depth and form to create the letters and the innovative thinking behind the typeface. I also appreciate the simplicity and minimalistic style of this font but personally the aesthetics for example of the "i" i don't particularly like but I love the way she approached the project.
I think GCD is for me - Relfection on further studies
I thoroughly enjoyed this week as i was exposed to so many new things that i all found interesting. For the first time ever i made an animation and i enjoyed making font types. I also loved taking an art director role in the "poetic cardboard project" and loved developing the deep conceptual idea into photography. I love how GCD is about simplifying complex designs so that the public can understand with little difficulty- it is transforming ideas/concepts imagery into a language that is understandable by the public, and I also like how the pieces need to perform a function- unlike fine art. I think this week has almost completely finalised my decision to pursue graphic design. after doing more research on contemporary illustrators i am really excited to transform all my personal illustration ideas to a reality and would love to pursue this after my foundation year in a BA course and/or perhaps after getting use to new programs I have never used like illustrator, photoshop and indesign to be able to perhaps work as a intern in a illustration company.
Architecture and Spatial Design
I think out of the 3 days today was the most fun of 3DDA. Today's task was to create to shapes using short pieces of bamboo and to connect them using longer pieces to create structure that could be anything in the real world. We also then had to consider the materials used as well as the structure of the piece and had to cover some section in thin paper. I think throughout this day i realised the importance of experimentation and being able to try out different ideas. throughout the day we reassembled different bamboo structure and weren't afraid if the structures didn't work. I also liked the large scale fo this piece and being able to make the structure hands on. I also really enjoyed the collaborative aspect of creating this as everyone had different ideas and we were all able to merge the ideas together to create an interesting structure. I also like the spontaneous quality of this project, as as the piece was being created its form and purpose became apparent. I also learnt the importance of knowing the context of the structure and how it needs to be fit for the environment that it is placed in. I think the most difficult part of this project was figuring out what the structure would actually be and what is is best suited to being.
11/10/16 (Final outcome can be seen on a video on moving Image)
Today we were asked to bring in items that we found interesting or had sentimental value. We were then asked put them in different arrangements to create interesting outlines and shapes that would in turn inspire and create our textile print. At first we just dumped the objects on the table and drew the outline. However this shape was very condensed and the outline just looked like a large clumps with not many dynamic lines and shapes. We then decided to give the objects some direction and when playing around like the idea of a "textural landscape" as a lot of the objects and a unique texture that contrasted with one another so we organised the objects to look like a semi-urban landscape. After we gave the piece some direction the outlines, details and shapes became fore more interesting and expressive and how far more detail and simply aesthetically looked better. We then made sketches and played around with scale and repetition as will as using different colours. We were then told to create a new organisation of the objects but to incorporate string to create a new design. We created a crazy, large installation that resembled a spiders web embedded with interesting objects. I then sketched details of this piece into my book and created an interesting sharp geometric pattern that could become a textile print. I think played around with threading, pen, markers and etching to translate this design onto the acetate that was then projected onto a outfit created my my paper cut outs and my peers. I think playing around with scale of designs as well as colour and medium can inspire and influence prints. It also has a spontaneous aspect were interesting designs pop up and can really aid a textile.
I think collaboration was very important in this piece as without it the piece wouldn't exist at all. Everyone had an input in placing and organising the object and everyone's ideas moulded together to create new ones that eventually created a very interesting print. I think everybody's object had interesting texture and material and together created very interesting forms and shapes that created my final print. I think the conceptual ideas themselves would not have been created without the group working together- constantly building on top of each others ideas. I think as team we worked really efficiently and very fast to create an interesting installation with beautiful negative spaces and outlines to create an interesting final print.
I think everyone had a part equally within this piece. I think i was one of the individuals who had a slight leadership role. occasionally i would give some direction or state on overall theme and that would start the collaboration process. I think if i didn't speak up when i did ideas would remain silent or would never build up. in terms of actually making the pieces, we all worked equally together as a group on almost every aspect. We would recommend where to put objects and where we thought things looked most interesting and best placed.
I really enjoyed today as i thought it was very experimental with the drawing and the collaborations. I think the best part of today was working with a group of individuals with similarly but slightly different artistic ideas and designs and being able to mould it into a new design that incorporated everything. It was really exciting to feed off other peoples creative energy and to be excited together as a group and experiment with different ideas. Me and another student worked together with our paper cutouts to create the paper hoodie you can see to the above. i loved being introduced to how print projected interacted to a 3D form.
An example of my Fashion Illustration Rough Ideas
31/10/2016 First day of INTERACT
Today was the first day of the interact project, prior to this we had to do some research on how graphic communication in interactive design was used in London. For the first half of the lesson we had to share our findings with our group on the table. Personally I focused on how graphic design was used in promotional and advertising poster and how people interact with text on signs. I also focused on actual interaction that I saw on the streets such as music performances and was intrigued into how I could turn these experiences into an interactive design. As a group we discussed our ideas and focused on the importance on the essentials of graphic design which includes text. in the second half of class we were paired up and given a quote. Together we had to break down the quote with literary techniques used, denotations, connotations etc. Me and my partner were given- "Tell me what you eat and I'll tell you what you are". In initial interpretation, we interpreted it very literally and related it to the well known quote "you are what you eat", however after asking opinions of more of the group we established that there was more to the quote. eat doesn't just have to mean physically consumption but also mental consumption. We then related this to what we consume everyday such as the experiences we have, the impact of people we meet ect- make us who we are. This is how me and my partner interpreted it. So after this we decided to come up with multiple ideas that could be able to make this idea into an interactive piece. Today I learned the importance of working in a team and getting multiple viewpoints on a brief or an idea. This is because everyone will have different new innovative ideas that you probably would have never knew existed if you didn't ask. I think today taught me the importance of collaborating and being able to build ideas that work together to create a new exciting idea.
1/11/2016 2nd day of INTERACT
Today was the day of tutorials were me and my partner decided to consult a teacher on our design and the purpose of our design. we came forward with a proposal for a graphic poster that ideally would be fairly large with flaps that could be torn of to reveal an area that people could write on to answer the question presented on the graphic poster. The tab would be credit card size with reflective material to act as a mirror so people can visually reflect on themselves as well as think of a response. During the tutorial we gained valuable insight and feed back. The teacher made us think deeply about what was the purpose of the poster and what would the audience gain, she also highlighted key aspects such as making sure the design suited the tone we wanted as well as having a clear question for the title of the poster that encapsulates our interpretation fo the quote. She said we also needed to think of how we could make the design guide the viewers in a way that would lead them to generate and think of the slightly deep, personal and meaningful responses that we wanted to achieve. After this I went back to the drawing board to come up with numerous ideas and designs for the tabs themselves as well as the graphic poster and the possible text to be displayed on both. At the end of the evening i came up with the overall question "what makes us human?" and the question "what makes you, you?" to be on the tabs. I created a lot of designs and styles for the graphic poster as well as different layouts of text and how aesthetically we wanted the piece to look like. Today brought an important emphasis on calculated design and how effective, colour, shapes and text need to vitally work together to create the precise response we wanted. It made me realise and appreciate the effort and time designers take to create and to successfully achieve the response they wanted.
Reflection on communication skills
I think these weeks presentation was fairly formal to prior presentation and forced me to be much more formal and make sure that the whole class clearly understands me and my partners process. I had to make sure that my voice was loud enough and clear for everyone to understand. I think I did well in clearly addressing most points though i think i need to work on making sure i don't repeat myself and that i don't leave out important bits of information -as if i do I may convey the wrong message of my piece. The communication on the piece itself could be improved on as it didn't receive the detailed responses we wanted and i think this comes down to the error in the posters design. I think as designers we could have broken down our question of "what makes us humans?" and "what makes you, you?" down even further to generate specific in depth responses. These could be a very specific range of different questions that when the answers are all written down on the poster- could together create a very powerful, personal detailed response to the overall question. So this week I learnt a very important lesson in the impact of good and bad design.
My own personal projects inspired by my quote
Developing my own personal work
In my sketchbook I have developed some ideas for illustration based on the quote that i was given. I have given myself personal projects such as developing at least 2 graphic illustration of this piece. I also will give myself personal tasks to explore illustrator and photoshop for different briefs. I am hoping to finish these within the next week. Above is an image from my current piece i am working on that is not yet finished (hopefully my wacom intuos graphic pad will arrive soon). I am really excited to see the outcome of these small "personal projects" I give myself! the progress has been slow so far as i don't have a personal graphics tablet yet but also am unfamiliar with photoshop and illustrator but am really glad progress is being made in trial and error.
7/11/2016 WHITE SPACE
7/11/2016 WHITE SPACE
The next 1 week project was White space. The first task of the lesson was very interesting an unorthodox but i think highly affective and really highlighted the importance of personal interpretation before seeking out in the world for ideas and concepts. I was one of the leaders who were given 7 blindfolds and had to blindfold class mates and seat them on a table. We were then asked to guide a discussion between the individuals who remained blindfolded on what White Space meant to them and the research they did and their interpretation. The blindfold acted as a barrier to external opinions and so the individual has to interpret it personally before being bombarded by information from things like internet. This was a really interesting task as i had to find a way of making the individuals communicate successfully - this was solved by my idea to pass around my phone. If you had the phone it was your turn to speak. This successfully created a discussion of interesting interpretation by individuals that helped me gain a more ideas for this conceptually complex project. With me giving occasional prompts and questions we discussed various personal experiences that related to white space, feelings associated with it as well as just initial impressions on the project. We were then asked to go around the area and take photos of white spaces or things with white space connotations and make a collection. we were to then look through this collection pick out interesting shapes we liked- cut it out of white material and place it back in the world and take more photos. The purpose of this was to see how this these "white spaces" could be transformed into a more interpretable language that could be understood by the public. I decided to focus on the shadows signs made and how they're was a contrast in white space(negative space and the shadows) and decided to cut out the shadow from yellow paper (to represent sunlight) and stick it back onto the actual shadow coming from the sign. In-turn this idea transformed into a more poetic one than simply highlighting the white spaces in-between shadows- it also focused on time and the transient quality of it as the cut out card didn't match the new shadow that was present when i went back to take second photographs. However i do admit that when i looked back at the photos in class after lunch i was in a really confused state- because I didn't fully grasp the idea of white space and its relation to what i was doing- I also didn't like the look of the cut out paper in the photo I took. But after talking to Tim, I slowly started to understand how these tasks tackle the issue of "white space" and translating it into a more understandable language. My exploration started to be about how the white spaces in shadows and how they change depending on the position of the sun was a reflection on the passing of time- i have know translated the "white spaces" into something understandable. The second half of the day was creating a manifesto on the task i just did and creating a set of rules for me to follow. Today I learned a lot of new skills and information on manifestos- I found it a very difficult task to create rules that were really stern as i was afraid of how it would affect my outcome. Today I gained an understanding of how different artist an designers create limitation in order to force their creativity to come up with new innovative ideas to tackle their problems. Today was a really challenging day in just grasping the complex task of trying to turn white space into a design. I think it really challenged my way of thinking and I'll admit i felt lost at times as i simply didn't know what to do. I think today highlighted on the challenge and learning experience of allowing yourself to get lost within a concept and task and to slowly find something out of it and build a innovative and new idea.
This work was done by Charlie a student highly interested in fashion communication. I love the photographs personally i know one of Charlie's friends Tom who also does similar work and I absolutely love their work. I love the styling of the model and using un-orthodox materials as clothing and textile and combining a range of different domestic product and material. I also love the background which creates wonderful contrast of the vibrant blue and the clean and sterile white-ness. I also love the poses of the model which exudes a laid back, " i don't give a f***" attitude as well as being a bit rough and careless. Overall I think the photographs are powerful and the vibrant colours work really well together creating successful images.
My little White space illustration
15/9/16 - Intro project criticism
Today in class we had to stick our A2 proposals around the class room to display our work. Everyone then had to walk around the classroom and place 4 sticky notes with critical comments on other people's pieces with valuable feedback on how to improve their work. I learned as i walked around the room the vastness of ways to think and how different people reacted and interpreted the project. By doing this it also opened up new ideas for me for future projects for example new medias I have not tried such as stop motion animation. As i looked around my classmates work i was inspired by the originality genius such as one student who pitched the idea of a "ice clock". It also brought significant attention to my presentation skills and how i can improve on it. As i Looked around i noticed styles within presentation and which ones were able to convey their idea clearly and one's who weren't as successful. Students who had some sort of structure to their proposal with legible writing and clear drawings to illustrate their ideas was very successful in terms of feedback- the reader was able to clearly interpret and understand the concept and the proposal thus leading to perfect communication which I learned is extremely important as a artist and a designer. I think what I need to improve on in terms of my presentation is to make sure my writing is eligible and to constantly show how ideas are created and explain why i did certain things a certain way as well as always include clear drawings. I also think that having an aesthetic and style depending on what you are pitching in your proposal does make a difference and helps deliver the ideas you want to project.
My feedback thankfully was positive but also had a few questions, they are shown below:
1. "Have you thought at all about maybe making a seat with the patchwork which represents things which shouldn't be touched eg the leaves to show not to harm the environment?"
2. "I love the drawing and style and the simplicity which you displayed your work. If you should sum up in one sentence the concept, what would it be?"
3. "I really like how you displayed your ideas in the sketchbook- even though they are small, they are clear, colourful and detailed
4."The colours in the piece is beautiful, the colours mix so nicely with each other"
I'm glad that people liked the way i displayed my work. They way i did was very simplistic and minimalistic, which has grown to be my style. I think it is a easy way to make an attractive presentation and allows people to easily understand what you are trying to say as well as focus on the paintings I had. I am also glad they appreciated the colours and the "homey" and "comfortable" feel I wanted to create with my furniture. I think i used watercolours and fine liner well to convey my ideas, people seemed to understand through these colourful paintings the ideas i was proposing and how my furniture would have looked. I think the colours and designs i created was successful as the warm, playful, calm designs gave the chair a comfortable, inviting design. Along with the typographic, the chair now had a fun and quirky character which is what i was trying to express.Though in hindsight to improve this visualisation it would have been good to used a 3D software to be able to show my design as well as the functional details of it such as the assembly. I think what i needed to convey more clearly was the concept behind the furniture as someone asked what the concept was in one sentence. I think for this piece of furniture it was turning the cheap plastic that i absolutely hated into a furniture item that had a "homey", "comfortable" almost "natural" and organic quality that is not usually associated with plastic. By combining plastic with embroidery and a wooden from- immediately the cheap plastic is elevated to a whole new form that embodies a different style that is warm and welcoming and quirky and fun. I also perhaps should have more clearly mentioned the purpose of the text" Don't sit on me!" as trying to give the chair a fun quirky character, to try and lessen the usual boring quality of plastic furniture. The concept was turning such a bland, cheap material such as plastic into something with a fun character but also maintaining its function well- and perhaps i should have conveyed this more clearly in my writing.
I think to show my underlying concept more clearly i should have taken examples from why i hated the material plastic nd my initial ideas of it being a really dull ugly material and wanting to elevate it with help of other materials to a whole new aesthetic. I think i could have perhaps had examples of plastic chairs that i absolutely despised and found design-wise ugly and show the difference between my new design on the ugly plastic chairs. I think this perhaps would have given better clarity into my concept and help the viewers understand why I chose the materials and designed the way I did. Even better i could have made a model sample of the whole chair not just the pillow but of course there were time limitations as well as resources on knowledge of how to make furniture as well as design flaws.
I think the conception of my design was because of Tehila Guy who made the inflatable chair that combined convenience , function and attractive modern aesthetic to her furniture that inspired me to want to transform the stereotypical ugly cheap plastic chair design into something beautiful, fun, detailed and homely. In future i shoudl look at a wider variety of designers to gain wider in depth knowledge.
Reflection on further study
Before my foundation course i was dead set on painting in fine art and even applied to BA fine art courses in Nottingham, Leeds and UCA and was going to commit to fine art. However I'm glad that i didn't as throughout summer i was starting to get really interested in illustration and graphic design and I think i can definitely say now i am not a fine art student or practitioner, I will continue to use my fine art skills. I think this week has taught me that i would prefer to make work that carry a specific purpose like graphic design rather than fine art. I found that during my primary research I loved focusing on typefaces a lot and the designs of graphic posters that I saw. I think this week confirmed that i no longer want to pursue fine art but potentially use my fine art skills in graphic communication design such as illustration and creating graphic posters. I may want to pursue after foundation a BA in graphic design.
Details of my piece
Reflection on communication skills
Todays crit was quite informal as we just gave feedback in small groups of four. I think I did explain my work in detail and even though it was fairly informal i didn't use colloquial language and i still maintained a form os structure in my presentation and went through all my thought process to how i reached the final piece. I think I need to communicate better in terms of giving feedback to other's people work and try to be more specific in what I liked about it and what i thought could be improved on. I need to be more open about constructive feedback (giving and taking). I think during class i need to interact and get more involved in whole class discussions and not just keep my ideas to myself and just talk about my ideas openly as I'll get more out of the class and teachers will understand my perspective far more. I think it is just thinking that peers or tutors will judge my perspective (which i know is not the case) so i think something I need to improve on is getting far more involved in class discussions.
Reflection on other peoples work 22/9/16
Below is Selly's work. This was my favourite out of the three peers. This collection was done by Selly. Initially i thought he was trying to photography uninteresting places and moments, that also held interesting colour and shapes. Considering the camera he used was a polaroid i also thought it was about photography and the affect polaroids can bring. I thought he was focusing on shoes and composition and how colours work together. As well as playing around with focusing and trying to transform the boring places into something interesting. However i though to elevate these personally ere to edit them. To be able to put text that was inspired by my piece and create an interesting poster playing with typography adding lines and shape to emphasise details and use the colours and shapes more effectively. Things like putting white illustration onto the dark images would give it a new focus. By using the brilliant colours in some fo the photos, a combination of photography and illustration could have elevated the piece to create a whole new hybrid collection. I later fund out after he explained that by accident he didn't know that his thumb was in front of the camera lense, but he liked how the photos looked with the accident and from then on he took imperfect photos regardless of whether his thumb was blocking the view. He was influenced heavily by Martin Parr, and loved mundane images. I think to improve this piece he could have had more photos with a similar colour scheme so the more dull photos could accentuate the brighter coloured ones (when organised and presented correctly.
GDC Political Environment 26/9/16
Today I was given two words that were totally random and we had to explore the the idea and concept we created through photography or film (or even a gif). I chose the words political Environment for my group by random. Through the process of brainstorming we created associations with the individual words. I thought of concepts such as censorship that is related with politics that linked to sexuality and people being ashamed of they're biological make up as well as feminism and challenging radical feminists as well as the idea of the environment being a home and habitat. When i was thinking of Politics, recent current events such as the refugee crisis and the controversy associated with it. I thought it was really ironic how we associated environment with home and safety but also had to pair it with the word politics- which we linked to refugees. I fell in love with the irony and contradictory connotations of the two words we found interesting. I decided to pitch to my group the idea of exploring this further. My concept began from the irony of these combined words and the refugee crisis. Refugees are constantly being displaced, "sent back" to areas of terror and never finding "home" or safety. There are always in a temporary home. The way they are being moved in my mind is like cargo , thus i came with the concept of a cardboard box acting as the refugee or the home of the refugee. Even the material is temporary and easy to be destroyed thus i thought it had perfect symbolic value to the entrapment of the refugee but also the inevitable disintegration of a refugee when going through such dangerous and tiring journeys. In the end the cardboard box we made feel apart and i thought that was a perfect representation of the disintegration fo refugees in real life. The box also had travel stamps on it with locations that refugees would have been sent to. We also placed the cardboard box in different locations and took photos of it because it would reflect how they are always placed in different locations. To emphasise the extent to which they are moved around we decided to use a grid of 3x3 photos to reiterate this concept. I also pitched that we edited the photos so that they would be in black and white as this gives a quality of seriousness which is perfect for the issue. I also Chose specific areas and composition of the box so that it would have symbolic meaning or compositionally make the box look like the victim ie making it small, making it trapped, the "meat" sign in the background hinting the de-humanisation of the refugees, box on a swing relating to children etc.
After showing the class the work i think we affectively sent the concept and message across to the class. Naturally i think i took the role of the art director within this piece as i came up with the original concept but was aided and had input from my team members. My classmates were quite and shy and i felt the need to speak and encourage them to say there ideas, as well as to aid mine. However this experience taught me that sometimes working in a team can be difficult if they don't share the same vision as you or have different reasoning to what you personally have. For example i wanted the locations to be carefully picked so it could have meaning or aid the composition of the photo. Sometimes it was difficult to not offend people or to communicate this to members. A team peer wanted the box to sit on the grass steps, however to me this didn't aid the message or concept entirely, it didn't give the right "feel " that is related to the refugee issue and didn't conceptual aid the piece. I found it difficult to explain this to them without being rude or big headed.
I to have improved this piece we should have had a lot more photos so the grid could have been massive (though still a square). This would mean that it would have been emphasised and exaggerated so people would clearly get the message that refugees are moved to hundreds of different places. I think having a sheer amount of this images, also in emotionally stimulating and symbolic places could have created a deep emotional response from the viewer. I also think that we should photograph the box being put in different places over time (like a month) so the photos would also document to deterioration of the box as well which reflects the lives of the refugees as well which would aid the concept. If we were to do this again we could leave the box in a public space and record people's interactions with the box and see how they react towards it, especially as it is a controversial political issue with many different viewpoint. This could then be made into a film.
Watch Tower Animation
Animation story board
The Escape - My Animation
To really communicate my idea clearly i did think it would be better as an animation to capture the movement of the character running out of the prison so i decided to go a step further and create an animation. Since i have never done animation before this was my first time creating on on Flash. I learnt so much from just trial and error with the software as well as creating the piece. I had three layers :The man, the lights and the watchtower and had 50 frames for the 2 second animation, In total I made 150 frames for the 2 second animation. I learnt a lot about simple things such as creating markers along the frames as to where I want my man to be, this prevents me from going over 50 frames and making sure the man is in the right place in the last frame so when the animation repeats he seamlessly and smoothly repeats the cycle. Never properly using flash before i had to become accustomed to the software and how to simply draw the frames as well as getting use to a graphics pad. I learnt a lot about how to use tools on flash to create my designs and about animating the man. One thing i found difficult was making the man look like he was running into the distance as i had to consider dimensions and be spatially aware of how to draw him. I also realised I was running out of frames towards the end which is why the man very quickly towards the end runs out of frame- thus i learned a lot about organising the frames and making sure i follow the markers i created. Overall though i really enjoyed this experimental piece and learning about new skills and flash. I'm proud of my first animation and now am much more confident in using flash and being able to create more adventurous illustrations and animations.
Pandora cubed - My Typeface
Another typeface I created- "Papercut"
I enjoyed this project so much I also wanted to create more ideas and commit to another typeface which I liked of mine. I was inspired by origami and decided to create this typeface and call it "Papercut". I liked the geometry and how origami makes shapes that fit perfectly together to create a whole structure. They idea of shapes fitting perfectly together was inspired of this typeface as well as geometry and linear lines which is why no curves can be seen in any of the letters. I also used a piece of paper and folded it as well as trying out some origami to see what designs and patterns would be created realistically. I know i could have made these shapes actually 3D for the typeface but i wanted it to be a 2D representation of origami patterns and forms rather than being actual origami shapes. When i do this digitally i wont make the lines so clean cut as i will do them with a pen and graphics pad as i like the slightly wobbly lines within the letters- this gives the style of the typeface a more organic, warm homey vibe as it isn't completely perfect which contrasts to my pandora typeface which is very clean cut and linear. I also put in subtle hints of depth and dimension but keeping it relatively 2D, this can be seen by the small details to make the letters look like 3D folded paper (for example if you look at the J,E and S). I didn't want to have too many lines overlapping cause I didn't want to overcomplicate the letters with too many shapes and i wanted to keep the typeface fairly minimalistic.
What i loved about this typeface was not only the design itself by the composition and placement of the letters. I love the use of diagonal lines in this typeface- combined with the sharp, diagonal and clear-cut linear aesthetic of this design really highlights this futuristic sharp and edgy font. I love the repeated use of triangles within this piece and using the simple form of the triangle to create beautiful clean cut designs. I also appreciate the background being the cutting board and love the contrast of the white and green grid pattern in the background with the sharp white font. i love the composition of this typeface as well as the cleverness of using the triangle within it. I also appreciate how easy it is to read and the uniqueness of each letter but still looking like a cohesive typeface.
This typeface cleverly plays with symmetry to create twins of the letter. Firstly i love the play on words fo the name of the typeface-"Gemini" which means twins, ad how the typeface involves "twins" of the letter. I love the aesthetics of the typeface., it looks modern and slightly edgy and futuristic. I love the folds, creases and cutting out that have created very sharp and precise lines that add to the edginess of the typeface. Also they contrast of the red and white with the dark shadows give the font almost a clean-cut grunge quality. I also like the simplistic way he organised the letters keeping them in a clean organised rectangle. I think to improve the composition of the folder i would have organised it into a square or take the photos better so that we don't know that these are toilet doors- it would have made the photo look more professional and the focus would have been on the font and would have made more of an impact (especially if the font was aligned perfectly)- the contrast of the white with the brilliant red worked really well and accentuates the, precision and linear quality of the font. I also love how some of the letters have folds to create the diagonal edges which just gives the font small details that make it very aesthetically pleasing.
Today was my first day in the 3DDA pathway and today we did fashion accessories. Towards the end of the day i decided this definitely would not be something i would go into as I think my thinking isn't accustomed to the way accessory designer would think. I found several things difficult throughout this project. First I don't think that i was able to adapt a design to a part of the body successfully and with innovation. I was having trouble to create a piece that looked aesthetically pleasing but also fitted the body well. Initially my piece above was meant to be a headpiece/ hat but When i finished making my piece I decided it didn't look quite right on the head and i thought it looked better as a shoulder piece perhaps for a costume rather than a hat. It took me a while towards the end of the day to understand the form of the body and how to adapt structural pieces to the body without it looking out of place. Initially i wanted to create a type of amour/warrior head piece that covered some of teh face in blinds however i had to adapt this design due to the material that was available. The piece ending up instead of being made in metal into a wire frame and string and thread. Now instead it looked frail and skeletal. When I put this upon my models face it just looked messy and intertwined with the nose and didn't work entirely. I decided there was no way it could be a headpiece and just by playing around i placed it over myself searching for a place it felt the best fit- i decided for it to become a shoulder pad. I struggled a lot with the design itself of this piece as i had to take into account the materials we had but also wanting to create an innovative idea. I think if i could have done this project again i would have considered the material more and understand them more so i know how to adapt the material the curves and shapes of the body. I think if i understood how to manipulate the material better i could have created a better designed and planned piece. I also think i should have gathered more inspiration for my designs as they were very flat and unimaginative.
Chair- Product design
Today we were given the task to design and make a model of chair that was inspired by our observation of students sitting on chairs around campus. We had to adapt the design of the basic chair into something that we thought could be useful or carry out a function based on how we saw students use the chairs around school. I noticed that a lot of the students was sitting on their feet on the chair, or sitting so that there feet was also on the chair with their knees bent to their chest. I created two designs that i liked: 1) the chair simply hand a dent on the seat where you could easily lock your feet into position (knees bent, and knees close to the chest), so that you feet wouldn't slip off the edge of the chair 2) my second design (the one to the left) was a chair that had a folded head and foot rest. I was disappointed that these designs weren't very imaginative but i liked how they were made to carry out a specific function. I think that the model i created demonstrated well how the chair would look but didn't fully illustrate the type of materials it would be made out of. I think in reality this chair wouldn't look very nice thus not being able to sell much. What i dislike about my design is that it is a alternate version of a armchair that have the retractable leg rest. I don't think today i was able to develop ideas that would sell as a product or I didn't think of incredibly unique ideas as well. I think I struggle with 3D product design in terms of being able to visualise the maximum potential of objects and forms, I feel that i fit better within Graphics than 3DDA. Despite that being said i still do appreciate the planning and the skills that go into 3D product design as well as understanding the importance of function and creating design that carefully and cleverly carries out its desired function. I also like how product design is used be actual people and how it has to be marketed and adapted to fit a group of consumers.
Maybe not 3DDA
prior to foundation in addition to a GCD career i was considering doing interior design such as designing chairs. This curiosity can be seen with my ideas project where i designed a chair. However after this week i really did not like the pathway at all. I found it boring and lost interest easily. I think they most confusing and day was the fashion accessory day where i just didn't understand how to adapt the material onto the body and it was frustrating not getting the product I wanted- I do like how i changed the function from a headpiece to a shoulder piece resulting in the overall aesthetic to look much better and actually kind of liking the final outcome. However I just don't think I could commit or enjoy this pathway at all - now i know that GCD is definitely the career I want to pursue.
During this project I gained a more in depth understand on research and primary observation feeding into the final product and design. I think immersing yourself in different environments and people is very important from innovative design and i thought that drawing and sketching many different structures were extremely important and impacted the piece successfully and is one of the most important process for any art and design piece. I think by fully immersing yourself in research you are able to divulge indifferent shapes, textures, imagery and design that is able to inspire and create new unique hybrid ideas that can affect the success and impact of your final piece. Within this project i understand how useful it was to observe different interesting shapes that could be used. i also understand how shapes don't have to be complex to create beautiful structures and designs.
I think the difficulties of translating 2D images into 3D form is trying to visualise and create the third dimension. It was difficult at the start to make a 2D piece of paper into something aesthetically pleasing in 3D form. It is also difficult to predict how the 2D shape will act as a 3D form as it has different aspects to consider. Changing it into 3D is a very unpredictable process and the outcomes vary immensely. It also depends on the properties of the material and fabric and how easily it is to mould into a 3D form. With 3D forms you have to consider aspects such as shadow and light and how it interacts with the piece.
Another challenge was trying to get the small 3D maquettes and translating them to a full-scale body. There are so many aspects that you have to consider such as the form and curves of the body and having the piece fit well to the body parts of the model. You have to consider scale and how it looks on the body. You also need to take into account the material and how easily to can be adapted onto the body as well. i think the material is significantly important because you don't want the material to be forced into a certain form as it may look awkward or simple fall apart. You rally have to understand the material you're working with and experiment ways that can allow you to transfer it onto the body.
Today our class focused a lot on illustration and drawing skills. I consisted mainly of getting classmates to be models and styling them with random piece of clothing to make interesting shapes and silhouettes. Over the whole day we styled and drew using different drawing techniques to create interesting visual illustrations of fashion. We were told to use a variety of colour pens, pencils, drawing with the other hand, to not look at the drawing itself etc. I truly gained the understanding of observation, primarily focusing purely on the details and textures of the line I saw and how to make interesting silhouettes by manipulating fabrics. We even used collaging to create interesting patterns and shapes, as well as a combination of colours. I really enjoyed today in terms of experimenting with different fashion illustration styles and process. I love the style of using three pens at once creating interesting interactions between lines, not being able to look at the book resulting in slightly disorientated sketches and focus solely of colour and pattern- all of these focus on important aspects of textile which i enjoyed and liked the illustration that i made, that i think would look very nice in graphics and then edited with text to create interesting graphic fashion posters and magazine spreads. I think over the whole week i have gained a deep understanding of the fashion and textile process. I gained a small insight onto the long process of observation and primary researching that leads to exciting ideas. I now truly respect the research process and will always go into depth within research -as it is this that really is the crux of design ideas. I also know am able to manipulate objects and fabrics to create interesting shapes and aesthetics and designs and know that there are many ways to re-arrange objects to create new prints and patterns. I understand how testing in 3D on body form is important as materials, shapes and lines work differently in 2D and 3D and you really need to understand the form of the body and the material and need to skilfully manipulate it, to make it look effortlessly designed to fit the body} i think all of these processes can actually be applied to all pathway areas and are all crucial.
The technique of drawing i liked the most was first drawing the initially drawing the outline of the model and then filling in sections of detail of pattern in colour. I think my design that i did in my book would really good as a graphics poster with some more editing and text. i looked the crisp silhouette with the bold bright and exciting sections of colour. I also really enjoyed using the 3 pens when drawing as it created a 3D effect within the piece. When we were asked to collage i found it a bit difficult to create interesting patterned shapes that worked well with each other. i didn't really like the outcome of these illustrations as I don't think i used the patterns well to create harmony as well as not arranging them in a way that looked aesthetically pleasing.
The final thing that we did was wear we had 7 sketchbooks aligned that we had to draw,sketch,paint,collage on to draw the model in front us. The result was a hybrid of pencil, sketch, collaging etc to create a explosion of colour, lines and shapes. This fed into my final piece in my sketchbook that was a collage combined with sketching, collaging, pen and all the types of illustration in fashion in learned to create an interesting print.
I also learned a lot by just looking at my peers. Everyone focused on interesting aspects of shape and line that i didn't initially explore or notice. My peers were able in collaging to understand shape better than I , and were able to make patterns work together without overcomplicating their illustrations. I also liked seeing how everyone used different medias to create interesting collages as well and collaborating everyone to make interesting illustration with different styles of drawing.
"Tell me what you eat and ill tell you what you are"
I think the quote was interpreted fairly well- it wasn't too far away from the original intent and meaning but was interpreted to a deeper meaning and level of understanding. We interpreted eating as not just physically consuming but also mentally- taking in our experiences, people we meet, feeling, environments and how it makes us the person we are today. Essentially we have given the quote and moulded it to "we are all human". When we initially read the quote we read the tone as fairly blunt, in a way judgmental and passive aggressive. we didn't want to give off this negative feel and tone towards our audience , instead we wanted to unify the audience with one simple similarity- we are all human we all have flaws but equally we all have things that make us great and thats what is important. I think what people gained when interacting with our piece is discovering a fact from a stranger that they don't know of, as well as looking at the similarities and differences that make people who they are. I think they gain an appreciation that everyone is different and has had they're own experiences that has made them who they are and we should embrace it. In a way they also gain a small moment of deep self reflection and appreciation that is just a moment of them allowing themselves to feel good about were they are, what they have become and who they have been. Not only mentally do they gain something but physically they also take a credit card size piece of reflective material with a piece from the poster design on the back of this card. They can put it in their wallet or wherever they please and it'll act as a reminder of good feelings and appreciation of themselves.
I think working in a pair has some advantages such as sharing ideas and being able to have multiple viewpoints on the concept and idea, without having another person to work with as well as talking about the quote with my table we would have never thought of "eat" as not just a physical action but also a mental one- which was very important for our final piece. I think i gained in working with other people for really innovating ideas that i didn't think of and would love to explore. It also means that you have a mixed and wider skill set as my partner was more skilled in illustrator than I at the time and together we were able to collaborate to make the overall design for the graphics poster. Obviously working in a pair sometimes means disagreements for example i wanted the reflective material on the back of the tabs as it had a function for the piece but my partner was reluctant. This means you have to put in more effort and reasons and validate you design ideas to your partner in order to get your idea across.
I think they benefits of having our pieces in a public space is being able to see interesting interactions among different individuals and how each person reacted to it. As well as looking how different age groups or people with different backgrounds interacted with it. It also was able to give us interesting responses with a variety of strangers to create an interesting final product. However when put in a public space it may be difficult to have interaction with the piece due to things like location as well as the personality of the public. In this case we need to re-evaluate our design and see how we could persuade the public to interact with the piece more. I think people reacted to our piece on different levels some took time to think deeply about their reply and some people wrote things like "my socks". we had a lot of replies that stated family members but we wanted a little more in depth responses that were personal. A lot of people were taken back by the really deep question "what makes you, you?". And i think it was too much to digest too quickly. So what i think we need to do to make it better is too have smaller specific question like "the name of your brother and your favourite memory of him" to break down the larger question and get better specific responses. Each tab should have a different specific question so overall we get a collection of detailed memories that answer the overarching question "what makes us human".
Other students had really successful strategies for example having maltesers as a gain for the audience to participate. This was very clever and was a huge persuasive technique for the audience to interact with their piece. A large number of people interacted for long period of time to try and retrieve the maltesers. It also started a conversation between strangers during the interaction which was one of the aims of our pieces and the brief so it was hugely successful. Another successful aspect of another group was one that also had free tea to [persuade the audience to interact and take part in the piece. This was "Pic TEA gram" that showed what moods students felt the most. I think it was very innovative and well filmed but also combined physical objects and the pictogram itself tat both together created the design- which i thought was very innovative.
8/11/2016 WHITE SPACE
Today we shared our manifestos with the class and the tutors went over some of their favourites. Today also highlighted in the importance of design and the complexity of typefaces and how it can affect how we read and interpret manifestos. I think it was interesting to see a range of different approaches towards white space. we were then told based on our manifestos and the tasks we did on Monday to create a proposal for our final piece to be shown on Thursday. I decided to extend the focus of time and how to present it through shadows that I saw do to the "white spaces" i saw between shadows. I decided initially to create a graphic poster perhaps or a magazine cover that focused on the theme of time- however after speaking to Tim about my idea- he said to keep it simple and not to overcomplicate it and to stick to physically mapping out and recording time with perhaps other material like chalk. it occurred to my that maybe i am overdoing this project and thinking far too much bout the final piece and how it look and need to focus more on letting the photography speak for themselves and highlight the importance of the shadows and how i reflects time.
10/11/16 WHITE SPACE
Today was the day of crit. In the second half of the lesson we were split into smaller groups to show our work in turns. Prior to my crit I thought very carefully of how to explain my piece as it is not a straight forward interpretation of white space and needs to some explaining. I think that my presenting skills have definitely improved over the past few weeks as well as gaining confidence in my piece itself and understanding there is never a wrong way to interpret a brief and to have confidence in my work as this week in particular was quite challenging. I think the systematic approach to this project in the long run gave the best outcome and taught me a lot about the brief in particular and how to tackle future briefs in away that may seem daunting and a little bit scary (especially when you get lost with a brief and its complexity). I think the first two days I didn't fully understand but i did follow the steps that i was told to follow. I think occasionally i felt a little bit disorientated by the brief and unsure if i was doing the "right" thing. In doing so i learnt a lot about finding a way out of being lost within a brief and slowly organising my thoughts and concepts and understanding the brief in careful steps. I think i slowly builded a strong conceptual piece and transformed my white space into something meaningful and easier to understand for the public. I transformed the white space i found in-between shadows into a piece about time. I also used different materials from when i was experimenting eg cutting out shadows from massive piece of paper took ages, was impractical and didn't look nice so i used chalk to trace shadows instead. in the end i ended up understanding the concept behind the brief and i think this week I learnt a lot, especially with having confidence in my ideas and trying not to feel discouraged when feeling a little confused and lost.
I think when i got such positive feedback i was overwhelmed a little as I didn't expect it. I was given really positive feedback with the clarity of how i communicated my ideas from day 1 process such as talking the photos of white space and shadows and how i gave my white space more depth and meaning and transformed it into a poetic piece about time. Everyone fully understood how i got to my final piece- expect during the presentation i failed to explain why I chose a chair to photograph- so there was some slight confusion- I chose the chair as it symbolised immobility and a state of non-movement which contrasted with time (always moving) and the shadows- this was an important aspect of the piece an i need to remember to justify the decisions i make and to communicate it thoroughly. I was told in the final piece it was easy to understand the concept just by the photo and that i followed my manifesto well and still was able to create a piece that stuck to its concept. They liked how I physically traced the shadows and made a physical imprint on time and how it aided the poetic aspect of my concept. Improvement included choosing a better location that could aid the message or aesthetics of the photographs. In hindsight i should have picked a location that maybe had better flooring or less going on in the background so it doesn't divert the attention away from the chair and the chalk shadows.
I think another skill I learned today was learning how to create a manifesto and how to think about rules and aims and how to follow one successfully to create a final piece. I think by creating this manifesto and creating limitations, it forced my mind to think creatively within these limits to come up with new solutions and I'm glad i was forced through this method of creating work.
Reflection on communication and presentation skills and a much needed confidence boost!
I think this week in particular has made me improve my presenting and communication skills very well, not just with me speaking but also with my piece itself in a medium that I'm not familiar with (photography). I think this week was really challenging in terms of understanding what the brief was trying to get us to do- however when presenting I still spoke with confidence and clarity about my piece. This was because the day before I collected my thoughts, process and concepts and went through with them step by step and gave myself time to understand how i explored the brief. I think i overcame something this week as at the start I was worried and a bit unsure if my final piece would be the "right" thing the brief wanted - though on the day of crit itself i was boosted with confidence as i think i finally understood the brief and became confident with my work. I think i improved on clearly going through my process to the final product as well as being very detailed and highlighting important processes. considering how unsure i was in the early stages of this project, Im proud of the outcome and glad of the positive feedback that came with it. One of my tutors even asked for my photos which gave my a real confidence boost that was needed as i did feel a bit lost on previous days. It was also in a medium that I'm not familiar with and my first time editing on photoshop so I'm very happy that it was effective and the photos ended up looking nice. I think I also am getting better at communicated fairly complex concepts through imagery and finding the best medium to convey my ideas and using alternative materials such as changing from cut out paper to chalk. I think progressively my work is starting to slowly get more effective in communicating these ideas.
This work attracted me because i love the simplicity of the patterns and embroidery but also the immense detail and precision of the execution of the piece. I adore the white on white thread that makes the viewer want to look up close at the detailed stitching. I also love the variances in stitched and how the lined work together to create different focus points. As a collection i think it worked really well and I like how even though it is all white there still is detail and texture. I also love the different use of media.
I really liked this short film because of its aesthetics and its concept. Although i didn't understand what the symbols at the end of the piece meant i did like the film as a whole. I loved the idea of being lost within the chaos of words and how the first few frames contained a who screen of text that were distorted. It then had a slight glitch affect resulting in more words being placed on top of one another. Slowly white space bled/ seeped onto the words and was left with some symbols on the screen. I think the style such as the font of the words, the transitions and effects created an effective impact of distortion and chaos and confusion. And i think this successfully contrasted with the bleeding on of the pure white colour to reveal this minimalistic images.