Crystal palace and the telephone mast



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.


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.





Reporter: Sandy’s row Synagogue

On a visit to Sandy’s row synagogue I felt like we had been introduced to a hidden gem. It is London’s oldest Ashkenazi Synagogue and the last fully functioning Jewish community in what was once the very heart of the Jewish East End.

The synagogue us full of history and is beautiful inside. We were shown around by an expert on the building who gave us a talk about all the things the synagogue had been used for. The synagogue is still regularly used today.

The building is discrete. Just a small door in the side of a ordinary looking building on a small street. The colour that is painted on the outside I find really beautiful but it still does not look like anything impressive would be inside. On the visit, I discovered that it was.

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.

Reporter: Image Collection

I went out and took photographs of as many interesting looking building or historical monuments as I could in the area of brick lane and Liverpool street. Not only did I notice historic buildings but also found some interesting shapes and images around us.

I managed to capture some strong images just using shape.


I also noticed the strange and unusual, for example the broccoli that you can find placed on the walls in and around brick lane. There is a lot of ignored architecture such as the Truman brewery tower that I walk past every day and know nothing about. Outside the mosque there is also a beautiful metal tower with intricate patterning. I decided I must look into the important behind these.

Reporter: People on Their Phones

I went back out into brick lane to collate more drawings of people using their phones in order to take this idea further. I collated a few drawings in the same style as my first selection. I also realised that not looking down at my drawings works as a strong comparison on people not looking up from their phones. The scribbly loose illustrations are a technique that I have grown to love and the illustrations contrast really well with the photographs of the local buildings and pockets of culture.

I found an article that discusses the importance of looking up, although the article talks about looking up at the stars it discussed some strong parallels and the sub title reads§ “stop looking at your smartphone and look up”

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Reporter: Drawing on location

We began this project by going out and drawing on location. This is not something that I would normally be comfortable with as I am not a fan of drawing on the spot and I usually take a long time planning beforehand. However, I really enjoyed the day and I could feel myself loosening up to the idea. To begin with we were asked to draw each other without looking at the page and I really liked the appearance of the outcomes. This helped me to feel prepared about going out and creating illustrations in this way.



I produced a variety of drawings in different styles.


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The idea of not looking up made me think about all the people I saw who were looking down at their phones. I began to think this might be an interesting focus for my project.


Fig Taylor

As the AOI’s resident Portfolio Consultant, Fig Taylor has been advising illustrators on how to make the best of their portfolio since the 1980’s. Author of How to Create a Portfolio and Get Hired: A Guide for Graphic Designers and Illustrators, Fig has run her own illustration agency, and subsequently worked for several others, giving her a wide overview of the industry and a wealth of valuable experience.

On meeting her she shared with us her best advice. She advised that university portfolios and professional portfolios are very different; a professional portfolio needs to be selective. The work you show needs to be relevant, therefor  , she encourages that people should do their research beforehand to make sure the employer is only seeing what they are interested in.  Fig Taylor was humorous and gave a very educational talk.

Pastiche 1560; way-finding workshop

In this workshop, we were asked to make a video in order to prepare us for our pastiche 1560 video outcome. The workshop asked of us to use pictures in a video format to direct someone from one area of the university to another. Seeing as we had recently moved into a new building, this was also a good way for us to also work our own way around our new environment. We were divided into groups and given different locations to direct our viewers to.  Through this workshop, we learnt the use of premier pro, we captured our journey as portrait photographs. We decided to focus on taking images of key turnings and signage. After capturing the images, we made them black and white to add to the eerie effect of the empty hallways. This encouraged us to think about how you can play around with premier pro and apply affects to a relevant theme or idea.Screen Shot 2017-05-11 at 7.58.59 PM

Pastiche 1560

Initially I was unsure as to what the term ‘pastiche’ meant and found the definition:




an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.

Through the use of video, we are expected to create a primary level of understanding about social media content delivery that highlights a professional skill level of negotiation, project management, recording, communication and presentation.

The brief asks of us to create a 15-60 second video clip that demonstrates your critical thinking about someone of influence and creative importance. The video needs to somehow comment on the influencer whether it be about their style, personality or career.

The next step was to begin thinking about a practitioner that I find influential and how I could portray my view of them through a video format.