Collection: Book making workshop

Today We had a bookmaking workshop with Michelle in which we explored a variety of ways in which you can make your own book. This included the generic perfect bound style and various other foldable and experimental methods.  We worked our way through a list of binding techniques. One of my favourites was the one cut book. We have explored this before when making foldable zines and is a really neat and effective way of making a publication. However, this is not the most practical way for us to create our collection book. We explored some 3d fun options and tramlines which I hadn’t thought to use before.

We were also shown a tutorial on creating perfect bound books with signatures. I have attempted this before and would love to continue working in this way in order to improve my skill. I am thinking of using this for my final collection book.

I would like my book to be bound myself as opposed to getting it printed elsewhere. This is because my whole ethos is about hands on craft and the enjoyment of producing work manually. I would like this to be reflected through my book that I want to represent me. I also think this would be more of a learning experience for me.



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

Dialogue: Using mixed media


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.

Kinetic typography workshop


In this workshop we looked at various examples of kinetic typography to help us with our idea development and open our eyes to the possibilities of letter form creation and transitioning. Michelle spoke to us about how to transition between  each shot and how to get creative with it. I also was inspired by the number of ways we could create out text and how they could change through the shot. As an example we were shown letters that had been cut out of potatoes that were being fried. As a test we created text from card and scrunched them into little balls, throughout the video they would look as though they were opening up by them self and i found the letters really appeared to come alive.

This workshop inspired me with plenty of ideas for my own stop motion video. I learnt the importance of lighting and staging. Whilst i also started generating ideas about how i could create my letters. As my video is about global warming i thought that creating my letters out of ice and recording them as they melt could work really well. I have a good camera and i tripod so i invested in some good lamps and alphabet ice molds in preparation for the creation of my video. 20160502_131118

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.

Bookbinding: The perfect square-bound book.


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.