The Reflective Journal
18 `09 ` 2014
What amazes me is the diverse creativity in other people's minds.
A small open task of creating whatever you want using three mediums (practitioner, material and process) really showed me how creative people can be. A melting necklace made out of heated rubber; a meditation stress pod and melting words are all ideas people come up with in the space if 3 days. Not saying technically it may work but not ruling out the possibility.
I think it's awesome; it makes me want to tap into my creative bag and continue being confidently creative, excessively expressive and bold in my imagination. Learning about visually communicating and idea is a skill that I plan to master and along the way I have the privilege to admire the vast perceptions of art with those around me.
22 ' 09 ' 2014
Being introduced to lettering and typography was at first very interesting because of the simple fact that the tutors made it seem so simple, but i didn't realise being creative could be the biggest obstacle to overcome. When i'm given so much scope and hardly any restrictions, i freeze because theres too much playground. I did freeze at the beginning of this task, but eventually i went with the flow of things. The tutors gave us certain letters and told us to create these letters using 1/16th of an A4 paper without using any glue.
I did feel though, that my work was lacking a wow factor, it almost seemed like i wasn't actually running around in the playground but just stuck hanging on the monkey bars. For future refrence, i think i need to let go and really get into the spirit of things, really tap into my brain and try different cool things even if they do seem stupid at the time.
25 ' 09 ' 2014
Screenprinting has always been a favourite of mine, so when we were told that it would be one of our outcomes, i was excited. I like this outcome of mine because i like the use of shapes and colour although I think i could have made the entrie print a little more if I had coloured the background red and the shapes within the 'e' black. I also enjoyed watching other people interpret thier fonts into 2d prints, there was some interesting soins with shape and colour which inspired me.
29 ' 09 ' 2014
So when i read the brief for the week, i knew this week would be right up my street - photography is my thing and one of my favourite things to do.
We got put into groups of three and had to choose two words from two lists of seven, i landed a pretty good group, no friction or conflict just a good flow of ideas. It seemed like we were all on the same train which made pitching elaborate ideas easier. We decided to go with 'psychological' and 'body' developing the idea of the body portraying the emotion in the psyche - i thought that was cool. We really got stuck into the question at the beginning 'How do you read an image?'. We really planned and organised our ideas collectively. I've never been a big fan of working in a group because you never know what kind of person you're going to unfortunately end up with but today made me like it just a little bit more.
6 ' 10 ' 2014
Today was very confusing. The first task was to identify the grid behind a newspaper double spread but i do think the only reason everyone found it mind-boggling was because we were trying to be more complicated than the task actually required. I didn't realise how much things (posters, photographs, textiles) use grids as a template. I've vaguely had an idea they are used but I've never paid attention to the myself or used them to my advantage or benefit. The idea of using grids to create a publication does seem quite daunting but getting a spur from different artists' work and ideas i think will make it a little easier.
I've learnt how to identify grid lines behind a layout, not at an expert level but a basic one. I've also learnt how to experiment with the ideas of columns and rows and diagonal lines.
We also had to create our own grids using A3 black and white paper, this was really awkward for me because the grid and the layout seemed to be too similar. My design for my grid was at first too thought out and looked a little like the union jack which i really disliked. It left me wondering how exactly my pictures and text would fit around the grid if that was the grid for the publication/page.
I decided to make my grid for my publication a lot simpler, so that its easy to for the public to understand and so that its not confusing for me to actually create itself.
10 ' 10 ' 2014
The 'layout' task was frustrating only because of the inability to print at the end of it. I knew I wanted to go for a simplistic, spacious feel so i stuck to the idea of having my photographs black and white, my text black and white and my background page colour black or white. I wanted to also use minimal text.
Using In-Design wasn't as hard as I anticipated, it just needed some getting used to. The grid lines did help the process of arranging text and pictures amongst each other. Although they were occasionally distracting because of all the different coloured lines and shapes going through the publication, I had to hide the lines to see what my image would look like when printed. The thing I struggled with the most was the sizing of the images because the photographs I took were initially very very large, and sometimes pressing shift and sizing them made it difficult to fit into the picture rectangle I needed.
If I was to improve my publication, I think I would definitely experiment with more colour and how that can affect a publication. I would also use more interesting shapes around the entire outcome although I did like the bare, simple take on the whole product.
13 ' 10 ' 2014
Today was jam packed with several activities and fast thinking. At first we had to trace out the letters we wanted to use. I traced 3 letter and arranged them in different ways that I found interesting. i wanted to keep my design simple enough to read but to arrange the letters to that they interact with each other. I particularly liked the 'o' because of the shape and the circular motion of the letter and the simple fact that you can do a lot within the letter and around it. I think the hardest part was figuring out what I actually wanted to do with the letters and how i could create that with other letters and lino.
The tester lino pieces were fun to start cutting. The yellow lino was the softer lino and easier to cut whereas the grey lino was harder to cut and caused a lot of friction. I experimented with deeper lines and shallower lines. They were just different lino blades and how I can use all of them to create different marks and prints.
I like the effect of the lino print itself because of how it has a grainy texture to it, sometimes the less harsh prints are more interesting. Also using the spoon to rub the ink onto the paper created more of a pattern which was used in one of my practice prints.
14 ' 10 ' 2014
Today was the day to print, and although I thought the hard bit of cutting the lino was done, aligning the letters and extra bits of the lino with the letterprints were. Also, getting the rest of the paper dirty was something that i didn't expect to be a major factor and hindrance in the process. Because the paint is an oil based print and takes very long to dry, it spreads very easily and quickly so with my test prints i found there was so many fingerprints of colour which was distracting from the print.
What really caught me off guard was how precise everything had to be, the tracing of the image, the lino, the paper being place onto the inked blocks of letter and lino. It was all very difficulty technical.
16 ' 10 ' 2014
I was able to see the difference between hand printing and using the letterpress machine to print. There was a vivid difference however i don't have a favourite because the hand print effect can really work with certain prints, especially when using the spoon to press the paper down onto the ink. The letterpress gives more of a flat solid print which is ideal for most people.
However, in regards to my prints the alignment of my lino cut in the letterpressed print was slightly off because the 'A' was placed lower than it show have been because I thought the paper would got down at an angle so the letter should be moved lower. This was not the case.
Having said that, i do like the harshness of the red even though the eyes is not as visible - it still works well, if not even better than the first hand printed print.
I do feel as though my whole idea could have taken a different route but i was inspired heavily by Nick Morley's Pinocchio book which is why i animated the 'A' into an animal and the 'O' almost like a onomatopoeic cry of some sort. I do like the directions of the letters as they really feel like they're moving which is one thing I did want to go for.
If I had to change one thing, I definitely think I would add a background of colour, I usually like to shy away from multiple colours as I think they add distraction but in this case i think a background would have made the print more animated.
03 ' 11 ' 2014
The hardest thing about today was definitely getting a do-able idea down on paper to really explore and use effectively. Our quote 'the madness of tv is the madness of human life' gave us the opportunity to really go deep into a discussions that touched on psychology,art and media. Despite that, we couldn't come up with a physical interactive idea that demonstrated our thoughts.
I felt as though during the brainstorming, we kept on 'collecting data' which i wanted to shy away from because i wanted to really tap into the design aspect, maybe record a reaction of the public, or have them participate but not actually draw data.
We finally decided on an idea, but had to definitely refine the edges and figure out what exactly we wanted to achieve.
04 ' 11 ' 2014
We had a tutor session today which really helped as we refined our ideas to a more professional point. The tv that we were going to create was initially going to be out of cardboard covered in tissue paper with a glass mirror as the screen however because it sounded dangerous and a little rough around the edges, we decided to assemble the box with black card and use an alternative reflective screen.
At first, it seemed like a lot of work but once we got started with the making and assembling process everything fell into place. I was really pleased with how the tv turned out, and i realised that the cardboard box with the tissue paper would have looked ridiculous compared to what we did produce.
We figured out the interactive process, location and the thought we wanted to leave behind with people which was definitely what we wanted to achieve before the day ended and we had to execute the process.
On a whole is was a hectic day because we started off with a clear path but after the tutorial we completely redirected our steps which is good because we progressed from point a to point b effectively.
05 ' 11 ' 2014
Today went really smoothly, people were co-operative, responsive and willing which made the process quicker and easier. Being outside the BBC headquarters, I feel, did make the responses biased because many of the people that we interacted with did work for the BBC building we were in front of. Nonetheless it was interesting to get their ideas about what television meant to them.
We got a lot more attention when I placed the tv on my head and more people were up for taking part rather than when it was on a pole. Interacting with people is something I do enjoy and it does come quite naturally to me so I believe we got a good result out of the task.
In general, I feel like this project was very compact and face paced which I did enjoy and it allowed me to explore the use of my sketchbook and colour a bit more than I had before.
If I was to do this project again, I would definitely have a more metaphoric take on the quote itself and create a bigger design piece, possibly create a photoshoot scenario and really get the public involved.
10 ' 11 ' 2014
Today was a lot of fun because I got to randomly experiment and use the idea of white space to my own extent and interpretation. I began using paint stemmed from the artist and photographer Robert Ryman, i then used more structural shapes layered on top of each other.
I specifically liked the photographs of the silhouettes using the idea of projection, I think that was my favourite experiment out of them all. I enjoyed interacting with the model and the outcome of the tests. The contrast between the black and white/ light and darkness and movement were ideas that i thought were really interesting to take forward. They were successful in the experiments so I definitely wanted to use them in my final outcome.
I decided to take the idea of photography and also push the projection aspect further.
I then reverted back to experimenting with cut outs and shapes, turning them into view finders and taking pictures of them. I then decided to combine the two ideas into one to create a great photograph series.
The hardest bit was definitely the manifesto because I got stuck on mainly how to write it rather than what to write, until I randomly the words onto a page that stemmed from what I wanted to produce. I thought it would be better to write the manifesto before my final shots to have as guideline.
11 ' 11 ' 2014
We had a tutorial today which pointed me in the direction of focusing on the projection and possibly having the words on the sheet projected onto the card, or projected onto a model of some sort. I wanted to definitely use the words in the poem/on the cut out to embody the idea of white space and all its connotations.
I went home to do some test shots, my initial idea was to paint myself white - which I think worked in a spooky, weird way but on the whole - it wasn't necessary for an effective shot. In fact, if anything it could be seen as slightly distracting and it was pointless compared to everything else.
I did however like most of the ideas that developed, such as the cut outs, eyes expression and movement.
12 ' 11 ' 2014
Today was picture day, it was the hardest photoshoot i had ever taken part in because I was the photographer, model and editor. The main reason it was difficult was because I couldn't see exactly how the picture was going to turn out when I was in front of the camera so most of the time was filled with doing test shots and positioning the camera in the correct angle.
Also, projector could not be moved from where it was so I had to make do with the positioning of the projector. I was able to write up a section of the poem to project it onto the wall and use it to create different effects. I really did enjoy today because I got to experiment with poses and edit the pictures I took.
I definitely wanted to keep the black and white contrasty element of things to accentuate the white space, projection and silhouette side of things. Overall, I'm really pleased with the outcomes of the photoshoot.