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

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.

 

Reporter : screen printing

In terms of screen printing my layered prints it was a long and difficult process. I had to make sure that the two layers would line up properly. I then had to edit the images in Photoshop to ensure that they were all clean and bitmapped correctly. I then took the images into in design in order to lay them out exactly where I needed them on the page.

I then printed these. After washing and putting emulsion onto my two screen I exposed the images and began printing. The Second layer of the illustrations did not come out as cleanly as I would have liked them to. I also found that the coloured paper looked nice, however too many colours was beginning to feel overcrowded. I wanted my prints to be perfect so I began the process again for my second screen.

I started fresh in order for me to get the most perfect finish.

The second time around on a different day in the print room I re printed the bottom layer images of my buildings again in order to get the perfect finish. I then tested printing my people again and they came out far clearer and the colour blue was really strong.

The screen print room then closed and I had to continue this another day.

Unfortunately, when I went back to the screen printing room on another occasion someone else had used my screen and it was re exposed with completely new images. This was really hard for me as I had already been back in the screen printing room twice to perfect my images and I had to take time to go and focus on something else. As a result I did not have the appropriate amount of time to repeat this process again and had to start planning a new way to complete my prints.

 

 

 

 

 

Reporter: New Title Page

As my project became more specific I decided to change the title of my project in order to have a more suitable opening title page.

My project discusses looking up and tearing ourselves away from our phones. I decided that they term “what’s up” is a direct reference, almost like a factual statement. Without the question mark it implies that I am trying to show people what is up above us. But the common question “what’s up?” is what will come to mind when people read the front title page. It will act as a friendly reminder for us as a society to question “what’s up?” why are we so engrossed in our technology?

 

Once I had decided on a new title I was back in the letterpress room in order to print. As my box is meant to be soulless, modern and ‘perfect’. The idea is that once you open my box you are hit with the colourful prints displaying the culture and beauty of the city around us. Seeing as my screen-prints are using bright pinks and blues I decided that I needed to have a title page just as vibrant’; especially as it’s the first thing viewers are going to see when they open the box. I began using blue ink for the lettering, however I still felt this was not vibrant enough. I have pink as the background colour for my screen-prints I decided to try my hand at mixing two coloured inks to make a vibrant pink. The pink would contrast well against the brightly coloured paper.

In regards to the way I arranged the letter I decided their arrangement needs to reflect the idea up and above. I tested out the phrase placed on its side so that you ready them sideways as they work their way up the page

whats up title page

I began by placing ‘What’s up’ along the left-hand side however I felt the page looked blank as though it was missing something that was meant to be there. I switched the name to the left and placed the text in a more central position which I felt filled the space more.

Reporter: Boxed Set design

I began thinking about neat compact jewellery boxes I have seen before.   The sharp folds give the satisfying sensory experience I was hoping for.

I felt that a shape like this but using a different material would be intriguing. The shape almost reminds me of a spaceship which works well within my idea of ‘what’s up’ and modernity. I looked into making my own version in white card and used a plate and precise folding method to make a prototype.

However, the card was too thick so it was difficult to get a neat fold. However, I was really pleased with the general shape and technique of making this box I went to purchase more card stock and came across a silvery blue card which was the perfect thickness. The slight shimmer to the paper would add emphasis to the folds. The colour and texture of the paper makes me think of technology and the soullessness that I am searching for shows through.

Reporter: After effects animation

Today we had an after affects workshop with Michelle. After effects is something I am almost afraid to use due to my lack of experience. She showed us from start to finish how to create a moving animation. The way it was set up was almost like a layered set on a stage. This was a really interesting and useful way to approach creating videos through a digital medium.

Once all of our layers were set up we began positioning them at different distances from one and other and adding shadows.

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For my animation, I used the prints and illustrations that I had already produced and scanned these in. The idea behind my project is about people being too engaged in their phones, technology and social media and ignoring the world around them. Therefore, I wanted this to be reflected in a clear colourful way through the use of animation. I layered all the buildings into the frame and positioned them in the way I wanted. I then wanted to add my characters. I scanned in some of my illustrations of people using their phones and placed them at the forefront of the shot.

It was then time to add my effects and animate the characters. I animated the characters so that they remained black and white and glided across the screen seamlessly. I then animated the buildings to dramatically over power the people so they were hugely out of proportion. The buildings then begin to grow bigger and bigger as the people pass by and fail to look up and notice.

I thought this video worked well in representing my idea. However I feel that it lacks a certain finish due to my lack of confidence using this particular adobe programme.