Reflection

Ideas Factory

08/09/16

For me, I prefer to do secondary research before primary. I feel as though it sparks ideas which help me to develop my own primary research. Today we were set the task of exploring and researching our material without the use of secondary data. The Internet is part of our daily lives. It has revolutionised communication. One click on a Smartphone, Tablet or Laptop grants access to global information. Moving forward, this task taught me that the internet is not a vital source. London is a city in inhibited by many different cultures with a number of creative opportunities and experiences to be had. The internet definitely enriches research however, does not have to be relied upon.

Working in a group proved to be a very valuable experience. Discussing our material, “Paper” enabled us to bounce off each other. One suggestion would trigger another, something that is only common through teamwork. I think our group was particularly effective. The introductory warm up activity allowed us to get to know each other creating a sense of rapport. Throughout, we were all focused and our communication was great. Toward the end of the activity, without verbal suggestion, we split into groups. This shows that we were on the same page and by doing so this made our use of time more effective.

12/09/16

Today we had an induction for the library. The day commenced with an informative talk from one of the librarians about how to use the library and what facilities they have. This made researching my practitioner, process and material a much more easy task. Initially it was difficult navigating around and searching for what we needed because the resources are so extensive, i didn't know where to start. 

13/09/16

Collectively, we made a mind map merging our practitioner, process, and material to help us come up with a proposal for a piece of work. Whilst researching Meadham Kirchoff, I succeeded in finding links with between my process and print (as seen in my research), however they did not link with the concept attached to my practitioner. We were then asked to come up with around 30 ideas from my 3 stimuluses. I found this quite challenging become 2 of them go very well together (paper and print) so it was difficult thinking outside of the box  because i did not want a linear final outcome. We then turned our ideas into 2D and 3D pieces which help us visualise our idea and perhaps troubleshoot and illiminate those that we think will not work well as a final piece.

15/09/16

When we arrived this morning, with our final ideas, we were told that we would be pitching our ideas to those on our table. It's still early days so we were all pretty much sat in the same seats because its where we felt most comfortable. Tim created an activity with the aim of re-arranging us. he wanted us to be on a table with people that have different views to us  and those we don't know so that our feedback wouldn't be bias and we would get a range of different opinions. We were looking for a model presentation which consisted of a good title, a clear concept and a clear presentation. When receiving written feedback people predominantly suggested that it would be best to work on my visual presentation so that that written work is not such a dominant part of my final piece. I also think this would be more effective because during my one minute pitch, I was so nervous, I found myself speaking quite quickly, it would be nice to let the artwork speak for itself.

19/09/16

Today, we were set the task of creating 16 A's in different letterforms by cutting creasing and tearing the paper. Initially, I thought that this number would be quite challenging but as soon as I had completed one, it sparked an idea for another. I made ones that stood up, some narrow, wide, round, some incorporating the square paper (by just cutting) and some not. Eventually, I settled on just one and were given about 5 letters to create in the same style as the font we chose. Letters such as 'I' and 'N' and 'W' were easy to create, however I found it challenging when attempting 'S' and 'E'. With the aim of creating the same 3D effect, because of the shape and the curve, I found it most difficult. We then had to name our font, I chose 'Mimeo'. I chose this name because it derives from the word 'Mimeograph', a duplicating machine which produces copies from a stencil. The word is a result of combining the greek word 'mimeomai' meaning 'I imitate' and the english word 'graph'. I chose this word because my typeface is very structured and linear and repetitive. I then create letters in my typeface to make the word 'Mimeo'. We were then asked to photograph our letters in appropriate spaces, I chose places were shapes were repeated and also plain ares to make my font stand out such as shutters and the top of metallic microwaves. I also played with light because my font is 3D so the shadows created where very effective.

20/09/16

The majority of the day was spent on illustrator. This was the first time I have used it. I found difficulty in getting the form itself onto the software. I chose the letter 'O' because it was quite a unique shape .There were numerous circles within each other which faded at the bottom. I wanted the letter to be yellow, so after many failed attempts, I ended up inserting a circles within each other, alternating colours and minimising the size each time. Despite the fact that this was quite time consuming, it resulted in a clean outcome unlike tracing the edges of my scan.

22/09/16

Before today's lesson, I created some stencils for screen printing my letter 'E'. I also drew a few sketches to get an idea of what my outcomes would be like. When it came to screen printing, admittedly, I did try to line up my paper and stencil precisely however the slight shift gives character. On one of my outcomes the black ink didn't reach a corner, however that is the beauty of screen printing. Perfectly imperfect. I feel as though my outcome with the drop shadow was the most successful however the other more minimalist result worked quite nicely too.

Image

26/09/16

Today, we were put into groups of three. My group consisted of Razmat, Betty and I. Together we brainstormed and came up with ideas from the fabric of society and the fabrication of things to physical fabric and religious clothing. We also explored covering up in a religious sense and the clothing that religion requires people to wear. We went to Holloway in search of a woman 'inappropriately dressed' in perhaps short shorts or a mini skirt with her chest showing and someone wearing a burka, fully clothed with only their eyes showing. Initially, we were all reluctant to ask I took initiative with the aim to achieve what we set out to. When approaching  people in the street our targets were either dismissive or we chose not ask them because of the circumstances (they were with children or having conversations).

Unfortunately, it began to rain and the high street became empty. This brought our search to a halt. We then decided to go ahead with my initial idea to play around with fabric, covering the face. Facial expressions allow you to read people. By covering up the face it prevents the reader from doing it hence the name "psychological fabric" link.

When in the shop searching for the most suitable fabric was key. Colour (symbolism) and thickness (pliability) . Earlier in the workshop, I narrowed it down to two. A white sheer fabric enabling you to see (just about) the model's face. I thought that manipulating and layering the fabric could make only some features visible. This fabric reminded me of a wedding veil symbolising purity. The adjective ' veil' means "cover with" synonyms include; mask, cloak and camouflage. Masking the face psychologically could be interpreted as a conflict of emotion, hiding something. Without any written explanation accompanying the image it would be left for the viewer to interpret.

The second fabric was red silk. The colour red symbolises/is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination and anger as well as passion, desire and love. Red is a very emotionally intense colour which gave us a lot of different ideas for shooting with this fabric. I thought of silk because this material would be extremely reflective. Psychologically, this could be symbolic of self reflection to societies idea of what we have to be, being reflected on us. Collectively, we chose the red silk fabric for it holds a vast range of psychological connotations.

When shooting the images we chose our model with the outcome of the images in mind, I ruled myself out due to my curly hair, I felt as though the may confuse the audience by blurring the contours of the face. Also, underneath the sheet a bulge of curly hair may be distracting. We came to the conclusion that Razmat was best suited due to his short hair. This proved to be most effective, for when we manipulated the fabric we worked on the floor at times, used a hair tie  to lift the fabric behind his head. We found a room with the walls painted black and used torches from our phones to play with shadow. 

27/08/16

Creating a storyboard as a team proved to be challenging at times, we all had different ideas for the final outcome. Eventually we came to a final conclusion that we were all on board with. Creating the storyboard itself allowed us to visual express and explain our ideas making the activity really smooth for we are all visual learners. During this task we reflected on our photoshoot. Collectively, we thought that the fabric was a little to thick to manipulate completely in the way we wanted to (showing the shape of the eyes and nose). This was difficult because the fabrics traits had powerful symbolic significance. We decided to experiment a little by taping a mask found in the CSM shop to the fabric. We weren't 100% sure about the outcome ourselves so we decided to bring it along with our storyboard to our personalised tutorial with Claire Skeats. Claire suggested that we shoot without the mask for she thought it would dramatise the outcome she said "it almost reminds me of a Bafta". It was great to get her feedback, seeing what someone else's take on it is. Claire also suggested that we should have a go at filming without communicating with each other.

We were so eager to start, we began and finished filming on the same day. There were some complications. To begin with we were shooting in a public area so it was difficult avoiding people at times. Also at one point it began to rain which was not great for the fabric. Lack of communication proved most challenging. Occasionally, we did slip up however, it made for an interesting afternoon. Working as a team, particularly for this project increased our creativity and productivity. We all thrive in different creative fields. Collectively, we worked very well.

Print Making

03/10/16

Before beginning this project, I visited Portobello Road. I chose to focus my work on this location due to the diverse cultural influences and vibrancy of the area. There’s so much going on at Portobello Market that it’s impossible to list everything. The mile-long street market sells a wide variety of goods, from fresh fruit and veg to vintage clothing and electronics. There is also an antiques section which is located near Notting Hill tube station. This area consists of 100’s of buzzing market stalls, shops and arcades. 

Portobello Road’s distinctiveness does not rely only on its market. A range of communities inhabiting the street and the district contribute to a worldly and energetic atmosphere. The architecture plays a part too! Most of the road meanders and curves unlike the more formally planned layout of most comprable tourist attractions. Portobello road is built up of residential Victorian terraced houses and shops with flats above, squeezed tightly into the available space, adding intimacy and a pleasing scale to the streetscape. Despite being subject to a large amount of gentrification, individuality continues to preserve the street’s history.

On my visit I came across a number of interesting and eccentric characters many of whom were more than happy to talk and have their photograph taken. Mike told me that after a long wait he’d finally got his market stall, and was delighted to trade at such a “unique and quirky” location.

As well as the many talented street performers and eye-catching wares on display, one particular market trader was garnering a lot of attention. He wore full army uniform and with ‘Vera Lynn’ blasting from his analogue radio, he was enjoying a roaring trade as a result. 

In the workshop:

Today began with drawing out some ideas for the foreground and background of our prints. We each drew in 8 boxes. 2 with 2 shapes in them, 2 with 10 shapes, 2  with 5 shapes and another two boxes filled with 15/20 boxes. I am a perfectionist so I found it quite difficult producing such work in a very limited amount of time however, the outcomes left me with a range of ideas and options. We were told we had a choice of 3 colours, black, white and grey. This was disappointing for those images I chose had lots of colour in them, however, this task also enabled me to visualise the final outcome and eliminate those which did not work so well

Layout

10/10/16

Today, we were able to explore the campus and look for grids. This task allowed me to find grids in places I would not expect. 

11/10/16

The day was spent creating an a5 booklet number with Mark. It was my first time using indesign so it took me a while to get my head around it.

I was not pleased with the outcome at all. I made decisions such as making the layout different on each make, sort of symbolising the higgledy piggledy nature of the street however, once it was printed, the outcome was not visually pleasing.

Interact

01/11/16

talk with tim, suggested parking ticket... describe design process. then went out into public and dispersed postcards posters and tickets. parking ticket from bike ripped up. came across traffic warden on bike.

03/11/16

When we presented our final outcome, we received the reaction we set out to. The mention of putting parking tickets on cars made the group feel humoured and hesitant.

The majority of feedback was positive however it was suggested that we present our eye chart differently e.g hung by string.

 

White Space

07/11/16

claire skeats, photographing white space, interesting angles eg upside down table

08/11/16

Today, I experimented with ideas and wrote my manifesto. One of the first things I thought of when experimenting with 'white space' was sight. We use our eyes to see white space. This then made me think about blind people, and how all they see is white space. With this in mind, I began researching optical illusions and looking into things that we do not naturally get to see (without aid) and  is just an 'empty (white) space' to us, such as the backs of our eyes or the veins in our eyes. This idea of exploring 'the unknown' gave me direction for my manifesto

 

White space is a void.

It’s an absence. 

In order to convey an absence, one must work with obscured vision.

The removal of sight heightens other senses.

What does nothing look like?

What does nothing feel like?

10/11/16

As a designer, formulating a manifesto gave me direction.This project the brief was very vague which left me with a number of ideas. Without a set of rules/restrictions, I feel as though I would have found myself in the middle of creating an piece which would then have sparked an idea for another. It allowed me to stay on the same track and my time was used efficiently. 

I had hoped to have an engaging, visually pleasing piece.

My work engaged with the audience and in fact, required them to complete the piece. I would like my piece to be blown up and featured in a white room in a gallery. If it were to be blown up and not handheld then the audience would need room to physically move themselves back and forth to find the right distance from the artwork. Therefore, size and the length of the room would have to be taken into consideration in order for the optical illusion to work. If it was in fact painted on the wall I think it would be most effective for it would blend into the surrounding walls and the piece would almost become never ending. In my opinion the fact that the audience would then have to manoeuvre themselves further or closer to the piece, with their left eye closed could then become quite a humorous task for all ages.

 

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