Monday 21st September 2015
Aim: -Work with your 2 words in group of 3 people
-Each group develop 1 solution from the ideas you share collectively
-Make work and present
To start off my first day of Graphic & Communication Design I did 'Poetic Cardboard'. we were split into small groups of 3-4 people and picked up 2 words from the box; Political and Text.
In order to explore the two we created a mind map and since everyone in my group was female we decided to develop an idea of feminism such as women's rights and gender inequality.
Having decided to explore feminism we looked at Gillian Wearins's 'Signs that say what you want them to say and not Signs that say what someone else wants you to say' (go to research page to find out more about her work) , which have influenced us to carry out primary research on female with different nationalities, skin colours and age
Questions we asked;
What do you do for living
We asked them to write the answers down on a piece of paper and then took photos while they're holding it up. half of the answers we received were intriguing as they work while being a mum of 2-3 children which was unexpected for me. This got me think about feminism because in the present I feel that more female are working than in the past. This influenced us to leave the photos of three mums in colour and make other 3 in black and white.
How did I find working together as a group?
As I've started getting used to with working as a group I found it very enjoyable as we were able to share ideas, but I also found a disadvantage of working as a group when everyone had to agree with one idea and allocating each one's role takes a bit of time when everyone wants to do the same thing. However, after we managed to enrich the development of ideas
What would you do differently?
In order to further improve our work I would carry out more questionnaires on wider variety of female to create our work in a big scale. I hope this would make our work more effective and easier to communicate with the viewer to emphasise the idea of feminism.
Having done 2 years of Fine Art for A-levels today's lesson was an eye-opening to experience fashion communication.
-Video is on tumblr
Tuesday 22nd September 2015
Today's task was to produce a stencil on a piece of paper that suggests a narrative by creating an image around with screen and lino printing. In addition, my aim was to find out what is capable and not capable of achieving with lino and screen printing.
Artists mentioned in today's lesson:
After choosing an incomplete alphabet I came up with several ideas and picked up 1 design that was most simple because from my experience when using lino and screen printing it's be better to keep my work simple as it is difficult to get into details.
We were first introduced how to use illustration and printmaking step by step. It was really helpful as the teachers were prompt to help us was really helpful as it didn't make me hesitate to ask for help and questions.
Step 1: Lino printing
I really like how the use of overprinting technique successfully show the shadow of the figure
Step 2: Screen printing and my final outcome
I'm pleased with the outcome of my final piece especially the shadow!
What have I learnt from today's lesson?
Today's lesson got me think about how letters can be seen differently and become effective by adding simple image around. I've also learnt what is capable and not capable of doing with lino and screen printing.
Advantages of Lino Printing:
-has an ability to create different textures.
-suitable for simple designs
-can be mass produced
-mistakes are irreversible
-difficult to get into details
-limited colour application
What I like about my work the most is the way the shadow is created by applying an over printing technique and I love how printing has purity and honesty in its original work. If I was to do this again I would like to flip the process and also use wider range of colours as we were only enabled to use 2 colours in today's class. Although we had less than 5 hours to finish this project I enjoyed today's class as working with print is something that I enjoy and have a lot of experience in.
Overall, in today's class I've learnt the advantages and disadvantages of using lino and screen printing. In addition, I realised the importance negative space for readability and usability as it makes us easier to read.
Thursday 24th September 2015
Today was my last Graphic & Communication Design class. In today's lesson we were told to :
-Fold A4 paper into a grid of 16 rectangles and cut them out
-Use each rectangle to construct a capital letter of the alphabet letters (A,B,T,W,N,S,R,O,G,J)
-Construct letters using only cutting, tearing, creasing and folding
-Consider the following when creating your letters; consistency of form, 3D, light/ shadow, stress, shape, legibility
-EXPLORE RESTRICTIONS- use only curves, straight lines and diagonals, a mixture of curves and lines
-Document/ record your ideas within your sketchbook
I found Mr. Finn's talk about typography at the beginning of the lesson very intriguing as it reminded me how 26 letters of alphabets are powerful that they can create a dictionary and negative space is as important as the letter itself and helps to balance a composition, resulting a stunning artwork.
To start creating the letters I cut out the paper without sketching out which I feel was effective method as it saved a lot of time and it was more interesting to actually cut it out without considering the shape too much which created my work very unique (accident turned out to be successful )
letters I made in the morning class
Experimenting with light and shadows.
After lunch we were told to identify one process we like and choose one word that is most related to the design. Then choose a location of where you want to take photographs.After choosing one process I came up with a work 'complex' (I also came up with distorted, puzzle etc). This is because the way I twisted and folded the paper almost made the letters unreadable.In considering the location I decided to take photographs in the tunnel near the station where there are colourful flashing displays as this was the place when I thought of complex colour.
My final piece:
What have I learnt from today's lesson?
By reflecting I feel that I spent too much on deciding which process I wanted to expand( because I loved all of them!). This made me realise that my weakness is not being able to make decisions and this is something I would like to improve throughout this course.
After the lesson I went to speak with Mr. Finn to get a feedback about how to further develop my final piece. He then told me that I could add sound to my video. Therefore, I added the sound of vintage camera rolling. Having learnt how important not to overwork on your final piece from yesterday I will stop working on this project at this point.
By refining, I feel that I could have made the letters even bigger and consider the shape even more as it was hard to read the word 'complex' in my video.Although I've already done some of the techniques in my A-levels and GCSEs I still enjoyed this week's lessons as I was able to experiment with a range of techniques and materials. However,spending only 3 days for each pathway would give me an idea of what each pathway is like.