Crystal palace and the telephone mast

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When I think of Crystal palace the first thing that comes to mind for me is the huge telephone mast which is stood on the main parade and can be seen for miles around. Following on from my previous project ‘reporter’ in which I focused on the obsession we have with technology is backed up by this. I have been encouraging people to look up around them and away from their phones. However, in Crystal palace, when you look up there is a huge symbol of technology . I want children to learn more about the rich history of this area and of the beautiful subway below.

 

Genius Loci. Project 3. Screenprinting

With my plan to create a poster zine for children I decided that it would be a suitable addition if it included a printed poster for parents to keep. This will help them to show an interest in helping educate their children on the history of the local area. The main zine will include illustrations activities and information on the history of the crystal. In addition, the zine will fold out to reveal a carefully designed printed poster that can be framed or displayed. The poster will use the colour scheme of the rest of the children’s zine.

Continuing on from my previous project ‘what’s up’ I decided to in keep with the screen printing theme. The colours will also come out bolder and more appealing to youngsters.

My screen-printed poster is based on the ground level historic palace and an image of the forgotten crystal palace subway below ground. To reflect the above and below I am layering an architectural illustration of the palace on top of detailed photograph of the Victorian subway.

I began by preparing my images in Photoshop in order to bitmap them for printing. For printing on A2 paper I printed both bitmapped images in full a4 size in order them to take up a large part of the page when placed slighting overlapping.

I began printing the architectural drawings of the palace in a bold pink as I was sticking to my bold child friendly theme. The bright colours will add to the vibrancy representing a bright history.

 

I decided that the building was almost too bright to work as the colour of the diagram of the palace as it will not stand out enough when contrasted with another colour. There for I printed the detailed image of the subway in pink as it needs to be lighter and subtler. In contrast with the pink I decided to use ultramarine blue for the palace as it is dark enough to stand out whilst still being bright and colourful. The two colours worked well together and I am pleased with the final outcome. On evaluation, I decided that the poster was missing some text and my next step is to work on adding a title to this page.

 

Personal Brief :Genius loci. Writing my Brief

Writing my own brief proved difficult for me and it is not something i have had to do. I did not realise how much thought goes into writing a project brief. However i appreciated the opportunity to create my own project focus. This allowed me to continue on from my previous project which i felt i was making good stead with.

My previous project focused on our obsession with technology and how we do not appreciate whats around us. I decided children are the people who are most at risk of becoming too absorbed by technology and thought of coming up with a way of re-engaging them with he history within their local area.

 

My Brief  

Project Sub Title: Remembering Our Local Genius Loci

genius loci

ˈləʊsʌɪ,ˈlɒkiː/

noun

  1. the prevailing character or atmosphere of a place.

 

Project brief aims

 

This final project looks at re-engaging children with their local surroundings. Visually reminding them (and their parents) to pay attention to the history and culture of their local areas. Children are in danger of ignoring the beauty and antiquity that surrounds them due to the increasing use of technology that can be very asorbing taking them away from the outdoor well. Through artworks focused on a variety of perspectives from specific locations that have been forgotten I will educate children about culture and history that has gone unnoticed. Locations that will be selected are in close proximity to schools to create a clearer message to the target audience of children.

Outcomes need to be engaging visually and interactively. It is important to share how the atmosphere of a place can change with different knowledge and from different physical angles.

Project brief objectives

 

Make sure to experiment with my research as the final outcome should not merely be a piece of reportage, but allow the audience to feel and understand the space and message fully.

The outcome needs to include an interactive piece of design and a publication such as a zine or brochure as if to advertise these unobserved local pockets of interest.

Text will also need to be included in some means to add more than one aspect to the pieces of work.

 Project process

I will be using the following processes and media:

Photography

Drawing and mark making

Collage

Letterpress

Film

Audio

Lino, mono or screen printing

Field Trips

 

  • I will be visiting local families that I babysit for to gain some first-hand research into opinions towards technology and knowledge of their local areas.

 

  • Museum of childhood to explore change in interests of children

 Skills gained

I will be developing the following skills:

Catering to a target audience

Working with type and image

Independent study skills

 
Final pieces

A professional presentation of your narrative explorations will be designed into multiple final outcomes:

 

Printed

  • Moving Image
  • Pecha Kucha final presentation
  • Printed zine with fold out poster in style of a brochure
  • Interactive designed images

Designing my Cover

Once I had decided what I want my cover to include and after a lot of testing, I scanned in all the components I had produced. This included screen printed plant illustrations and layers of left over materials that I had used in my work over the course of the year that included my chosen colours. The outcome was effective, however very bright and almost garish. It felt a little too busy for a front cover. I did not want to loose any of the components that I had included therefor I began to think about how I could use layering to add an additional aesthetic aspect that still represented me as a practitioner. I removed the title from my first page in in design and copied it into a new blank document. I changed the colour of the title to a dark bottle green as I thought it contrasted well against the bold colours and I printed this on a thick plastic tracing paper. I then placed it over a print out of my front colourful front cover and I was really pleased with the outcome. My book instantly felt more interesting.

 

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The Art of the Cover

I thoroughly enjoyed the art of the cover workshop with Emily today. This is my favourite way of producing work. We were asked to bring in a variety of materials including ink, paint and different paper types in order to mass produce designs and experiment in creating a cover for our book. We began the workshop with a presentation with Emily about covers and the way designs can use the space on a page. Some of the designs we looked at encouraged me to think about the way I could represent myself as a practitioner but also how I could use the space on the page to create an aesthetically pleasing front cover. The use of shape and colour became really apparent in the examples we saw.

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In creating my own I thought about my way of working and what I enjoy. My chosen methods usually include line drawing, screen-printing, layering and colour. Therefore, I wanted this to be reflected. I enjoy using traditional materials such as paint so began by creating shapes and colour loosely on the page. I experimented with the colours that I use most such as pink, yellow and orange. I wanted my work to reflect my love of all things natural and non-digitalized therefore I was creating fairly natural and organic shapes. I carried this through to some illustrations and produced plant form illustration. I looked through some of my existing work and took some of the paper types and leftover screen prints I had available and began layering these up.

G.F Smith Talk

Today we had a talk from G.F smith about paper types and book making. She bought in some really interesting example books and triggered a number of ideas for my own book. I also got advice from her on how I could improve my book binding skills based on a book I had made in the past which I showed her.

The books I saw encouraged not to think about my book in a generic way and I began thinking about how I could be more playful with designs and layout. Paper types is a huge part of the decision-making process. I decided that I wanted to experiment using some transparent paper types and work with layering this up. This technique would be representative of some of the work I produced within my studio projects using materials such as acrylic, acetate and tracing paper. I decided having a sleeve for my book would give a more finished and subtle effect to the way it looks.

 

 

 

 

Collection: Book making workshop

Today We had a bookmaking workshop with Michelle in which we explored a variety of ways in which you can make your own book. This included the generic perfect bound style and various other foldable and experimental methods.  We worked our way through a list of binding techniques. One of my favourites was the one cut book. We have explored this before when making foldable zines and is a really neat and effective way of making a publication. However, this is not the most practical way for us to create our collection book. We explored some 3d fun options and tramlines which I hadn’t thought to use before.

We were also shown a tutorial on creating perfect bound books with signatures. I have attempted this before and would love to continue working in this way in order to improve my skill. I am thinking of using this for my final collection book.

I would like my book to be bound myself as opposed to getting it printed elsewhere. This is because my whole ethos is about hands on craft and the enjoyment of producing work manually. I would like this to be reflected through my book that I want to represent me. I also think this would be more of a learning experience for me.

 

 

Project 3 Genius Loci: Screenprinting

With my plan to create a poster zine for children I decided that it would be a suitable addition if it included a printed poster for parents to keep. This will help them to show an interest in helping educate their children on the history of the local area. The main zine will include illustrations activities and information on the history of the crystal. In addition, the zine will fold out to reveal a carefully designed printed poster that can be framed or displayed. The poster will use the colour scheme of the rest of the children’s zine.

Continuing on from my previous project ‘what’s up’ I decided to in keep with the screen printing theme. The colours will also come out bolder and more appealing to youngsters.

 

My screen-printed poster is based on the ground level historic palace and an image of the forgotten crystal palace subway below ground. To reflect the above and below I am layering an architectural illustration of the palace on top of detailed photograph of the Victorian subway.

 

I began by preparing my images in Photoshop in order to bitmap them for printing. For printing on A2 paper I printed both bitmapped images in full a4 size in order them to take up a large part of the page when placed slighting overlapping.

I began printing the architectural drawings of the palace in a bold pink as I was sticking to my bold child friendly theme. The bright colours will add to the vibrancy representing a bright history.

I decided that the building was almost too bright to work as the colour of the diagram of the palace as it will not stand out enough when contrasted with another colour. There for I printed the detailed image of the subway in pink as it needs to be lighter and subtler. In contrast with the pink I decided to use ultramarine blue for the palace as it is dark enough to stand out whilst still being bright and colourful. The two colours worked well together and I am pleased with the final outcome. On evaluation, I decided that the poster was missing some text and my next step is to work on adding a title to this page.