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.

 

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.

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: 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: Forgotton History

There is so much history within the east London area and it is constantly being forgotten. Brick lane and spit fields are now known for being great places for young people to lives with a huge number of exciting events and enjoyment to be had. It is also known for being an area full of modern culture and art. However, people forget what has taken place here. Through looking around and paying more attention to the area I discovered history that I didn’t know about. The area used to be predominantly Jewish and buildings full of history such as the sand’s row synagogue go completely unnoticed. Many politic rallies have also taken place on brick lane.

Buildings that have been stood there for long periods of history such as the Truman brewery and spitlefields market are walked past and ignored on a daily basis. Through my prints, I would like to add some light and colour onto these aspects of the area.

Author : Mono Printing

This is the first time I have attempted mono printing. At first I found it difficult as the method of drawing is not the same as usual. You have to be careful not to lean your hand on the page as this will print through. I also attempted writing backwards

In order for the text to read in reverse.

I was really pleased with the effect the Mono- printing left. The colour of the ink suits the relation my work has to buildings, rubble and industrialism. The cloudy rough texture left behind adds an eerie feeling to these images, which relates well to phrases such as “rising out of the vegetation”. The rough sketches came out in a really positive way.

 

I experimented with shape and the way in which I pressed down on the paper. I did some Negatives of the church on a circular pressed background and I thought that these images printed with a nice ghostly effect representing the history within Southampton.

 

Kickstarter: My Chosen Inspirers

The artists I have chosen I have selected for certain reasons. I have chosen Hannah Hock because her use of collage inspired me to be less of a perfectionist within my work through cut and paste techniques.

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I have also selected the artist Chuck Close. He is a painter and I have huge respect for his work. I also wrote an essay a few years ago on artists who have disabilities and how they adapt the way they work to them. Chuck Close suffers from the neurological disorder prosopagnosia, or face-blindness, which impairs his ability to recognize faces. Being a photorealist painter this was difficult for him. However, he modified his work with this and the result of his new paintings are beautiful.

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Thirdly, I selected ‘the letterpress monster’ Iann Gabb. I find his use of colours and layering hugely attractive and often take a look at his work for inspiration.

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Lastly I chose Anselm Kiefer. On a visit to one of his exhibitions at the Royal Academy I was hugely surprised and impressed by how much I appreciated the scale and intricacy of his work. Not many artists have impressed me this much when seeing their work in person.

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Kickstarter: Idea Generation

As a group, we decided that we needed a new product and new brand identity following on from our market ready prints idea.

We felt that our product needed more of a focus and our last project was too vague. It is also not the Christmas period anymore so we felt the target audience would have changed.

Our team is made up of 5 students studying Illustration .

The shared task of selecting and illustrating the chosen practitioners was exciting for us and meant we all have a balanced workload within the project.

Karl Fitzgerald – Designer

Will Howells – Marketing

Jennifer Garwood – Promotions

Katie Hardcastle – Video Director and writer

Devya Kakkar – Branding

As a group of aspiring illustrators, our plan is to create a card game that educates and uses our own designs. We wanted to continue with our plan to produce our own illustrations, however we decided that we needed to divide this workload more equally in order to promote each and every one of us .

We brainstormed some ideas for interactive printed products and games came to mind. We began thinking about producing just packs of cards illustrated by us but decided that that this was not unique enough.

The game we came up with is similar to the classic top trumps Each card is a different designer/ artist that has inspired us as a students in the field.

The name came from a play on words from the book ‘the art of war’. The war of art is also well suited to this particular card game as the artist’s cards will be competing to win.

We are inspired in our own work  by Artists and practitioners

 

We wish to inspire others.

Each card will have a caption or quote to give a little information about the artist for the players to learn from as they go. Each design in the style of the practitioner or the style of the illustrator (us).

The designs will get our own names and styles out there as well as educating other people with an interest in art and design to learn about practitioners that are less well known.

The scores and categories will teach the players a little about the kind of practitioner they are.

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There will be a variety of different styles due to our illustrations all being different and created by different members of the group. Therefore, we needed to somehow tie all the cards together to make them work as a designed pack and we did this through the use of a colour scheme.

Pastel colours following on from our agreed colour scheme throughout market ready. The logo is simple and clear, in good contrast with the busy colours and design of the illustrations of the card

The logo will be placed on the back of each card perhaps with a subtle coloured background

The way the letters are arranged acts as a symbol for the ‘W’ and the ‘A’ battling against each other.

 

Reporter: Final box 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.

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20170515_165843However, 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.

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