Under the microscope- first page
Decay - second page
Natural forms - first page
Natural forms - second page
Social Identity - first page
Social Identity - second page
Today we were introduced to our new independent project called Unit 7. I am quite nervous for this project because we are more independent and we need to plan our project and development ourselves. However, after receiving my feedback from my assessment I am feeling quite confident and I am aware of what I need to do to achieve a high mark.
In todays lesson we focused on our three themes for the next project. My first theme is decay and I will be exploring the different textures and patterns that are created due to living organisms expiring. My second chosen theme is natural forms in plants. If I were to create a final outcome I would probably create a garment that is made out of the shapes on plants. My final theme is identity through social media and how an individual creates a persona online that is completely different to their character in person. I wanted to explore the different ways us humans communicate and how it impacts the way we perceive the world. After choosing my themes I created collages that presented the themes visually with references to artists, artworks and drawings.
Library book research
We were shown a powerpoint presentation on how artists are influenced by the politics. We were shown examples of artworks that are politically motivated in order to convey a story or message. It was very intriguing to see the impact the world around us has and how it can influence our thoughts and actions.
After this I began to think about examples that my three themes could be related to political, cultural or current affairs.
For my first theme ‘Beauty from Decay’ I thought about an example of the First World War. I remembered how after the First World War erupted the land and ground was destroyed but amongst all the destruction were bright red poppies growing. This led me to think about one of my research references is the ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’, which is 888,246 ceramic poppies decorated around the Tower of London to commemorate the soldiers who died in the First World War.
For the next theme of ‘Natural Forms’ flowers. I began to think about flowers and their meanings to the Japanese culture. I researched into the Japanese language of flowers called “Hanakotoba” which focuses on the physical features of a flower. Then finally for my last theme “Social Identity” I looked at Antoine Geiger, photographers who takes pictures of people looking at their phones and digitally edits themselves so that it looks like the person’s face is morphing into the phone.
This task was very useful because I was able to see the connection between art and world current affairs and how they influence artists. Also, I had a tutorial where I presented my themes. During the tutorial I received feedback on which artists to research that was very helpful when it came to researching my themes.
To gain more research I visited the Science Museum, Natural History Museum and the Tate Modern. This was very useful because I was able to see current exhibitions and what artists are creating.
Firstly I went to the Science Museum, which was more focused on the technology aspect to science. Honestly, I didn’t find it very interesting because all the artefacts didn’t really relate to my theme. However, I did find some examples of textures and materials that could be useful for my themes.
The second museum I visited was the Natural History Museum. This was very helpful because I saw different types of decomposition through rocks, crystals shells and more. I was able to see different textures that can help me develop ideas for surface designs.
The last museum I went to was Tate Modern to see the Giacometti exhibition. I found this exhibition very simple and boring. This was due to the fact that most of the artworks looked exactly the same and I wasn’t interested in the type of materials the artist used.
Methods and materials
My specialist subject is Fashion Textiles Print, so for my final outcome I will like to create something that is created using a printing technique such as; lino print, screen printing, heat transfer or stencil printing etc. In this project I would like to focus on different textures through patterns and shapes so I would be using the workshops to create various textile print samples. To expand my options for final outcomes I want to create prints digitally and physically using a range of techniques. If we had access, I would like to digitally print a pattern (that I created) using a machine that would print it onto 2/3 metres of fabric. Due to the limited resources I am unable to use this machine so I will have to do it by hand. Another technique I would like to use is the laser print. However, I would have to cut out the print by hand which would be time consuming.
My first theme is decay and I will be exploring the different textures and patterns that are created due to living organisms expiring. If I were to choose this theme I would probably create a Textile print that I will put onto the body as if it is a sculpture. In order to create this outcome I would print using my chosen technique onto a huge piece of fabric and then construct it into a garment. In order to create this I would need to use the stitch workshop to construct the garment and use the screen-printing workshop to create the prints.
My second chosen theme is natural forms in plants. If I were to create a final outcome I would probably create a garment that is made out of the shapes on plants. In a previous workshop with Francis we had to draw using scissors. The aim was to help us conjure up ideas for silhouettes and pattern designs. In order to create this outcome I would cut out existing shapes from my sketchbook onto large paper and multiply and manipulate it into different sculptures.
My final theme is identity through social media and how an individual creates a persona online that is completely different to their character in person. I wanted to explore the different ways us humans communicate and how it impacts the way we perceive the world. If I were to make an outcome I would probably create my own glitch print based on observational drawings and pictures of people interacting with each other. The print could be coded with numbers or with coloured boxes. I would probably present it as an installation where people would walk into the room and be immersed by the different colours and codes. The viewer would be unaware that this surrounds us everyday in the form of Wi-Fi.
For this project I will definitely be doing the screen-printing workshop because it relates to my future discipline and it is a good method for transferring a design onto a surface. I will also use the stitch workshop to help me create the final outcome if it is a garment. Also, to help me with design development I will also use the drawing workshop because it will help me to communicate my ideas visually. As a designer I need the viewer to understand my thought process. Due to the limited amount of materials, I will have to do some of the techniques at home because it’s the only place I can do it. An example would be the heat transfer print technique that requires an iron and heat transfer paper.
One of my research references is the ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’, which is 888,246 ceramic poppies decorated around the Tower of London to commemorate the soldiers who died in the First World War. Unfortunately I will not be able to create ceramics in the 3D workshop but it would be an interesting approach to take for my project. If I were to create the ceramics I would have to create them by hand because each ceramic flower would be covered in my own print in a special way.
I found a textile designer called Brigitte Picavet, she is a textiles artist who recycles trash and combines it with mixed media in order to create textured and detailed paintings. Her prints are hand made and you can see this by how she applies the paint onto the canvas. It looks like it had been splashed on which indicates that her prints are one of a kind. During this course I want to explore all possible outcomes and step outside my comfort zone by using some unfamiliar materials.
Sustainability - Venn Diagram
Audience - Venn diagram
Today, I had to create two Venn diagrams of my chosen theme. One had to be the sustainability issues that are relevant to my project and the audience for my project and this had to be split into three categories: Social, Economic and Environmental. In this task I was thinking about my project as if I am a professional who is going to be potentially selling the outcome I produce. I had to think about the different political issues that will help my brand be successful. At first I thought this was quite challenging because I don’t know what my outcome will be yet. However, as I kept writing down things my head became more flooded with thoughts.
Georgia Steele Tutorial sheet
Today was the day I present the first draft of my proposal to a tutor. I showed my proposal to Georgia and she was not sure of my theme and title. She felt that my theme of “Decay” and title “Beauty from decomposition” was too familiar. We came to the agreement to change it and that I should focus on close up images of living organisms. I am very fascinated by the patterns and textures on living organisms especially when it is enlarged because it looks abstract and mysterious. So, I decided to change my theme to “Under the Microscope” and title to “Close up”.
Georgia recommended me to research Rob Kesseler, a professor who creates sculptures of close-ups of plants that have unusual forms and vibrant colours. As a viewer we just look at the images but we don’t completely understand what we are looking at. We just see patterns and cells but its hard to believe that these images are close ups. So, in order to delve in deeper to my project I need to research scientific images and buy a microscopic camera so I can see first hand the shapes and patterns.
Today, I was focussing on applying the actions that Georgia gave me into my proposal. After changing my theme and title I found more relevant artists and scientific images. This helped me to build my proposal because due to the amount of research I have done I now fully understand my project and find it easy to communicate and present.
Today we were shown a framework map that consisted of different ways to research. It breaks down a project into smaller sections so that the viewer can visually see and understand what research tasks are needed for the project. I found this technique quite useful because it made me think about what I have done and what I need to do in this project.
Sectioning my project
Today, we broke down our projects into sections so that we could visually see all the components we need to include in our research. I found this exercise very helpful because it helped me to see if my proposal is well written and structured. At first I found it easy to fill in because I already stated some of them in my proposal. However, I realised that I didn’t know any historical context that related to my theme.
I realised that I needed to research an historical event that related to my theme so I looked at Ignaz Semmelweis. In the 1840s, he believed that the increase in women dying after giving birth was due to doctors not washing their hands. This led me to think about how much technology has evolved. During this era, there were no special materials that helped to identify illnesses like the ones we use today. As a generation we should be grateful that we are able to know and physically see what the problem is through microscopic cameras.
Also, we did a workshop called ‘Speed Dating for Research’. We had to explain our themes to three different partners and ask them for ideas and research references. Overall, I am very happy with this outcome because each partner interpreted my theme differently. This meant that I was able to get a range of feedback that I can incorporate into my project.
I found developing my own proposal fine because in my previous education I had to write proposals before I started a project. However, I found structuring the proposal a little bit challenging because I had to make sure that it was clear and structured just like the proposals we receive. I found it quite difficult to shorten the writing sections to fit the word count because I tend to overwrite. I always go in depth when writing so for the proposal I had to combine sentences into one which was quite difficult.
During this project I am only concerned about the experiments I am going to produce. I am hoping that they are all successful because it will be very beneficial to the development to my final outcome. Researching helped me to look at my project from multiple perspectives. I was able to understand my project and see its relevance to the world. I feel that my theme is very suitable because it is a project that I personally haven’t seen before.
In the spider diagram the only section which majority of my partners struggled with was the shops and suppliers. My project is more internal than external so it is very hard to find objects that are relatable and relevant.
Throughout my research I have been looking at different patterns and shapes presented in a close up or microscopic image of a living organism. So, today I wanted to extract these shapes and create a print that reflects the majestic forms in a living organism.
I decided to create two small A5 lino cuts because I wasn’t sure about the designs I wanted to use. Looking back at my initial mood board and research images on workflow, I created two prints using the contours and characteristics of the cells. We didn’t have access to a lot of colours so I used quite simple colours to create the stencils. I started off with solid colours and then when I was comfortable I started to mix them. I even created layers of the same print, which makes it look like it was transforming which gave off an interesting dynamic.
Overall, I am very happy with the experiments because they reflect the research images I have been looking at prior. This is not the end because I will develop these prints further and possibly create an even larger print. I want to experiment with them digitally using photoshop to see the impact of the composition with a different colour.
Today, I had access to the print workshop so I decided to create screen prints of the shapes present in my sketchbook. A liquid floor tile that is located in the library inspired the print that I cut out. The liquid trapped in-between the two surfaces reminded me of close up of cells so I cut out similar shapes to the liquid.
I started off using blue because I wanted to get the basics of how to screen print. But after many attempts I knew that I wanted to mix and incorporate other colours. I decided to create screen prints with blue and orange and then shortly I moved on to calico fabric. I enjoyed this workshop because it helped me to become more confident in screen-printing. After the successful prints I know that I want to develop them and hopefully include them in my final piece.
Today was a more relaxing session because I was able to sit down and look at my progress so far. I was thinking about which aspects of my work I needed to develop or explore further. I started structuring my sketchbook to see if there is a clear journey from the start to the point I am at now. I didn’t stick anything down because I usually add or take away things in my sketchbook. So far I am feeling good about my sketchbook development but I need more drawings.
Today we had contextual studies and we were mainly focused on materials that we all will like to be using in our projects. We had to bring in two materials so I brought in a piece of white cotton material and blue leatherette material.
They wanted us to look deeply into our objects analyse the physical aspects of our materials. Firstly we had to think about the physical properties of the material. I held it in my hands and picked out the features that I could see. I had to think about how it was made and constructed. Also, I had to think about its value and what use I can get out of the object. Is it cheap? Can I use it for a long time? Will it deteriorate? This method was a new aspect of looking at my materials because usually when I want to analyse a material I research about it instead of using this method.
After this we had to look at the cultural interpretation. To help me with this exercise I had to think about the cultural stereotypes that are usually associated with these objects. I wrote down what the objects mean to me and how they are used in a particular culture. For example, one of the materials was leatherette, so I talked about how leather is stereotypically associated with cowboys.
After doing this exercise I realised that I need to keep exploring the materials I want to use because I am not entirely sure if these ones will be my final choice.
Analysing materials and their meanings
Analysing materials and their meanings
Today, my main focus was on the mannequin and thinking of my prints in a three-dimensional way. I had to think of ways I can manipulate and transform my prints so that it would look like a piece of sculpture on the body.
In the Time Warp project, we did a workshop where we were drawing with scissors. This technique is when you look at existing shapes from your drawings and cut them out of a big piece of paper in order to put onto the body. My theme is looking under the microscope so I cut out shapes from existing drawings and pictures. Firstly, I started off cutting the shapes out and then I started placing them onto a mannequin to see if it would conjure up design ideas. I would place the shapes on a mannequin, take a picture and then move it into another design.
After this I wanted to see what the materials would look like with a piece of material so I started to place it on top of draped calico. The idea was to see the shapes three-dimensional and see if this idea would work. Honestly, I am not entirely sure if this technique was successful so I will have to create some fashion illustration drawings.
One day workshop
I had a print induction of how to screen print onto material using the paint and equipment in the print room. I was shown a new method of screen-printing that included exposing the print onto the silk screen. I was fascinated by this technique because it was an easier and more efficient way of transferring a sequence of prints onto material without having to keep cutting out the print. I knew that I was going to definitely use this technique because for this project I wanted to cover a large piece of material with my print design.
After the induction, I covered a third of white cotton material with my print that I cut out. I thought that I could do continuous prints with two stencils but I was informed that I can’t because the paper will rip so I wanted to see how many prints I could get out of one stencil and the answer was three, however by the second stencil the paint mixed which was not what I wanted to happen. But, at least I could physically witness this and now I know for next time.