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: 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: 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.