Dialogue: Using mixed media

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It was really interesting approaching a variety of different techniques in one day. After the process of collecting images we continued on to look at some practitioners and collage artists to get some inspiration. We looked at the work of

George Douglas,

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George Douglas. Collage and illustration

I particularly took inspiration from his use of ripped paper and confident approach. The us of block color against black and white works beautifully and is incredibly easy on the eye.

We also looked at the work of Hannah Hock:

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Hannah Hock. Collage Portraiture

I have in fact been interested of Hannah Hock’s collage work in the past within other projects as her style automatically appeals to me. The use of surrealism works really well in her pieces.

Ladislav sutnar:

Ladislav’s work is far more minimalist, however this works really well. His use of white space adds so much to the mixed media pieces. This is a new dimension of collage that i had not thought about before.

I did feel motivated and inspired by their techniques, especially from those mentioned above.Their  use of colour and their confident approach towards a page is what captured my attention the most. I took from this that i shouldn’t hesitate and need to change my attitude towards collage and creating large quantities of tests to see what works best.

Sara’s talk

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Today we had a talk from Sara including background context about herself and influences on her work.
It is really interesting  to see the work of someone who we try to impress using our own work.
I discovered more about the processes one goes through before becoming successful. It is important to do more than what is expected from you in order to grow and become recognised as a designer.
She also gave us advice on planning ahead and to begin thinking about what kind of designer we would like to become.
I have a lot of respect for Sara in that she chose happiness over wealth and turned down work for begin company’s such as cigarette company’s as they do not promote happiness.

Typology with Heather

 

In this photography based workshop we were required to go away and photograph a series of images. The brief stated that they had to ‘tell a story’ meaning there needed to be a ongoing theme throughout all of the photographs. I began thinking about all the traits of London that people don’t expect when imagining a trip to one of the biggest and furthest developed cities in the world. Such as furniture left out in the streets, piled up rubbish, beer cans and litter and more. Whilst at the same time these are all the things that make me feel at home. Last year I spent two months living in Paris and through this I discovered that I didn’t warm to how pristine the streets were. Every street there is very beautiful however they are look almost identical and as a result lack the diversity and character that London holds. Through this project i also began to look at gentrification and the way in which Londoners  don’t want constant changed and improvement and like their home the way it is; more affordable withholding character.

Mark making city scapes

 

I personally love a city landscape which is why I particularly enjoyed this workshop. We were asked to select a section of the landscape that we would like to create artworks from. We were also told to consider the different colours that were within our view. It was a particularly foggy day which slightly changes a landscape and how bold the buildings are the further away they get. I chose a particularly busy area of the view as I thought it would create more interesting shapes in a reductive piece of artwork. We learnt the difference between reductive and additive mark making techniques. Reductive means removing materials in order to create an image as opposed to adding outlines to a page. Admittedly I had never worked properly in this way and was looking forward to trying it out.
I created a lot of my pieces using masking tape. I found the efftext that is left is really striking and you can create a number of different textures and patterns within the remaining shape. On a couple of my favourite pieces as I was tearing away the tape the paper was ripping. This was due to me not being careful enough in my attempt to get many different examples completed. However once I applied granite powder to this it created different shades over the textured paper where it had torn. I learnt that my favourite results came from those attempts where the paper was torn. It created a dark shadowed effect which was a perfect reflection of the wether and the mood that was felt in the sky that day. I completed two of these graphite powder reductive images and placed them against each other creating a mirrored effect. One was much dark and one more transparent. I thought these contrasted each other well. I also photocopied theses and played around with the intensity of the colours creating one much bolder, darker and more animated final image.

The Clenched Fist Archetype

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It is difficult to create a poster using an archetype with a background that is so well recognized. I decided not to look at the archetype in its original representation and began thinking more about the act of clenching a fist. After researching body language and what a clenched fist fundamentally indicates about a person, I discovered that all though it is quite a powerful, and often aggressive symbol, it is essentially a form of relaxation. I took this idea of stress relief and decided I could make a poster using shape and color to represent the progression from frustrations towards relaxation.

The background is made up of idealistic calming colours such as lilac and blue. I used circular shape to reflect calm by avoiding harsh lines. I found and image of a limp open hand and placed this strategically as part of the background to create a contrast with the clenched fist symbolism. Layering images of the typical clenched teeth and fists in the foreground presents a clear disparity between the two emotions reflected. The bolder lines and colours of these images force them to stand out.

I placed the symbolic crown from the iconic “keep calm and carry on” posters. Using this single component of the archetype suggests the Idea of calm without copying the entire design of that particular poster.

Bookbinding: The perfect square-bound book.

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creating a non-thread book out of recycled materials is easier than you may think. However there is more making a square-bound book than the physical building of it. There are many things to be considered. Such as, Who is the target audience for your book ? ow does this affect your consideration of appearance and size?

I loved witnessing the making of a french fold recycled book. French fold means using scrap paper ( all of the same scale) and folding them perfectly in half to reveal only the plain side from the back of the previously used paper. These are then bound at the open end resulting in closed end pages that reveal old type and colour when looking inside each page.

After looking at many examples showing the various way in which our books could look and work i am looking forward to creating some of my own books , or even sketchbooks.

 

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Sara’s Talk

‘design is both a noun and a verb’ – Sara Carneholm

It is important to remember this. There is a systematic design process behind all objects. Wether an object is a known designer or not it has been designed for a purpose. Following sara’s talk it became clear to me that as a young designer, my day to day life should influence all that i create. Therefore it is important to document through any means possible ; photographing, film, drawing, writing and even dancing if possible. As a result it is important to be accumulating (keeping everything) and reflecting on that. Not only is the the practical work a creative process, but the actual research and initiation.

Kieron’s Talk

Zines are a form of mini magazine. They are a striking and cheap item to create. Kieron gave an example of a zine that he created in order to sum up himself as a character. I found his collection of images a really interesting and appealing way of present oneself. He placed all the item he had on his person on multiple days in a photocopier and gradually built up a body of work from doing so. He created some simple imagery that reflected his interests such as drawing male heads and repeatedly printed this collection of images over each other all on one same piece of paper. Ultimately he was left with one large poster-like image.