Collection: Part Three

Unit 7 Reflection

Under the microscope- first page

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Decay - second page

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Natural forms - first page

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Natural forms - second page

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Social Identity - first page

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Social Identity - second page

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24th July

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.

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My Framework

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Library book research

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25th July

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.

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26th July

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.

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27th July

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.

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Sustainability - Venn Diagram

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Audience - Venn diagram

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28th July

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.

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Georgia Steele Tutorial sheet

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31th July

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.

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1st August

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.

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Sectioning my project

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Speed dating for research

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Speed dating for research

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Speed dating for research

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2nd August

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.

 

Research Reflection

 

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.

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Lino print

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3rd August

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.

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Week Calendar

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7th August

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.

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8th August

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.

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9th August

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.

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Draping experiment

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Draping experiment

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Draping experiment

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Analysing materials and their meanings

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Analysing materials and their meanings

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10th August

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.

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One day workshop

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11th August

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.

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Tutorial sheet

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14th August

I had a progress tutorial to check on the development of my work. I was very nervous for the tutorial because my tutor hasn’t seen my work. Overall, the tutorial was okay and I found all her suggestions very helpful and beneficial to my project.

 

She stated that my workflow was good which I was very happy to hear. However, she said that I need to go back and develop my primary research more. She felt that I needed to create some observational drawings that show how the Museum visits influenced my project. As a response to this, I will go back and create some drawings using different medias that showcase the patterns and textures within natural forms.

 

Majority of the work and experiments I have been producing has been flat and to take my work to the next level I need to start thinking about how it will work on the body. So, I need to do some draping on a mannequin and do the ‘drawing with scissors’ technique that I did in a previous workshop with Francis.

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tutorial sheet

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drawing with scissors

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drawing with scissors

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drawing with scissors

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15th August

Throughout this project I have been creating and conjuring up ideas for a print design. I knew that I wanted my print to represent microscopic images and look abstract and mysterious. I have created a few experiments in the print workshop, which have been very successful. But I need to see how the prints will look on a piece of fabric.

 

Today we had the print induction in the print studio with Jess. She showed us the base principals of how to print and then she moved to the more advanced techniques. A sufficient and beneficial technique she showed us was the UV light. This is when you draw (physically or digitally) your print onto tracing paper and then fill the bits you want printed black, which you then expose onto the screen. This technique saves me the time of having to cut out a lot of stencils because I can expose one and use it multiple times.

 

Once shown this technique I went back into my book to see which print I would like to expose and use repeatedly. Also, we were only allowed to expose one print and I had two that I really wanted to screen print. So, I cut out (by hand) eight stencils that I can use in the print workshop on Thursday.

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Analysing text and scamper workshop

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Scamper

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16th August

In the morning I carried on developing my work. I started to create some fashion illustrations of how I would want the print (that I do on Thursday) to look like on the body. I want the prints to be flexible so that I can cut them out and place them around the body as if it is a piece of sculpture. However, before this I need to think about which shapes I want to use. I realised that my work resembled Henri Matisse so as inspiration for my final outcome idea I looked at Henri Matisse.

 

In the afternoon, I had a contextual practise workshop where we had to bring in a piece of text relating to our project. I had to analyse and write notes about it on the sheet of paper before I present it to my fellow peers.

The extract I choose was “How do we really know that things are really made of atoms? - From mountains to stars and human beings, everything we see around us is made of tiny atoms. This is how we know they are there- By Chris Baraniuk - 20 November 2015”. I found this extract very eye-catching because it tricks the viewer. From reading the title to the first paragraph I think that they are going to talk about why we the viewers should not trust everything we here from scientists. However, as I keep reading they give me more scientific information about why “everything is made up of atoms” therefore reinforcing the title.

 

The extract is themed on scientific theories and information so I assumed it was going to be hard to understand but it was written in a way that little children could understand. I showed my peers and they were also surprised with the way it was written. One of my peers said they didn’t like it because they wanted to read big words like the normal scientific books or extracts.

 

This made me think about how before we already have a specific expectation when all we read was the title.

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screen printing process

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Screen print

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Screen print

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17th August

Today we had the print workshop and this was my opportunity to screen print onto fabric using my stencils that I had created prior. I started off by placing my eight stencils that I had cut prior onto a huge piece of large white cotton material and then I exposed my print onto the screen. After creating my colour scheme prior, I already knew what colours I was going to use and how I will combine them to create the prints.

 

I had two screens, which meant that I could screen print onto two fabrics at the same time. So, I pinned another piece of white cotton fabric onto another table. The first print was very structured with each print positioned accurately and proportionally next to each other. The second print has the print positioned structurally but they overlapped. Creating these two prints gave me an idea of how long it takes to print on a large piece of fabric. It took the whole day to make them because after printing I had to wash and wait for them to dry.

 

However, although it took me a full day to print onto the fabric I did enjoy it because it gave me an insight into my future discipline. I was able to experience how to screen print and the time and preparation it requires.

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Screen print

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18th August

The print workshop was over two days so today I decided to create another print. I started off by pinning the fabric down and then using masking tape I marked where I would put the screens when I print onto the fabric. Although using the white cotton fabric was a test I really liked the contrast between the print and the fabric so I decided to keep this fabric as the base material. I created another print but this print was structured ad overlapped. The print took me a whole day to do because I had to keep waiting for the prints to dry especially when they overlapped.

 

After creating the prints I knew that I didn’t want to cut into them and build shaped because it wouldn’t be impactful. This made me think of what scientists wear? They wear lab coats that are very structured and plain. So, this conjured up the idea of me making a lap coat out of my material. This will mean that I don’t need to cut into them.

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experimenting with knit

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21st August

I went through my sketchbook and I really liked my knitting samples. I liked the way it interacted with prints because it resembled a microscopic image. I knew that I wanted to include it in my final outcome so I dedicated this whole day to creating knitting samples. I created a lot of knits with various colours from my colour scheme. Also, I mixed and combined them to give different layers and interesting patterns. I used a technique where you skip some of the needles so that it widens the knit and makes it easier to see through it.

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Garment without knit

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Knit placed on the garment

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knit placed on the garment

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22nd August

I needed to follow my proposal schedule so I had to start making my final outcome. I started off by pattern cutting the base of my lab coat so that it would have a structured look. I placed the pattern cuts onto my screen-printed fabric and then I cut them out and started sewing it together.

 

Once constructed, I started placing my knit on top of the coat in specific places. I wanted the knit samples to look like parasites that are usually seen in microscopic images. Although they covered parts of the coat I spread them out so that the viewer could see through it.

 

Overall, I am very happy with the construction so far because it is clean and is a good reflection of my theme.

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Garment on the body

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Garment on the body

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Garment on the body

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Contextual practice

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White Hat workshop

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Self-assessment sheet

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23rd August

In contextual practice we did a white hat workshop. This workshop is when I write down all the different aspects I feel about my project so far. The happy, the sad, things I would like to change, if I had more time etc. So far, I am very happy with how this project is going but I know what I need to do develop things further. This exercise gave me the opportunity to write down my thoughts and colour code the good and the things that require improvement.

 

After this we were shown the marking criteria that the people marking our work will use. I found this very beneficial because I was able to mark my work against some of the bullet points and see which aspects are lacking in my project.

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Placement of transparent material on garment

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placement of transparent material on garment

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Front of trousers

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Back of the trousers

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24th August

Due to the workshops being closed on Wednesday, I had to continue the making of my final outcome today. I was mainly hand stitching the knit samples on to the garment. I used see-through thread and I only stitched in certain areas so that the thread was invisible. When the viewer looks on the inside of the jacket they can’t see the thread because I stitched in the same spot.

 

During the day, Ignasia, came to me for a quick tutorial. She quickly looked at my sketchbook and liked the translucent prints. She thought that I could maybe add it to my coat to give my coat a new dimension. I thought this was an interesting idea so I will hand cut my print onto translucent fabric and see how it will look against my garment.

 

I felt like the lab coat on its own was quite empty so I decided that I was going to make trousers to go with it. I still had one more piece of fabric that I screen printed on so I decided that I would use them for my trousers. Due to time and me trying to make sure that they were the right fit, I was only able to pattern cut the trousers. Tomorrow I will start constructing them.

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Close up of garment and trousers

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Close up of trousers and sleeve of the garment

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Garment and trousers

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25th August

Today was the last day of the workshops, so I had to make sure that I am very productive because I won’t have access to the workshops next week. Yesterday night, I carved out my print onto translucent fabric and then today I placed on it on to my garment. I am not entirely sure if I want it on my fabric. So I will need to develop some drawings and think about the placement.

 

After cutting out my trousers I started constructing them. The trousers have an elastic waist because I wanted the viewer to focus on the prints and not its tailored construction.

 

After creating them I decided to get my model to wear the whole look to see how the garment and trousers look on the body. I was very impressed with the outcome and I felt that it really suit the model. The garment was very carefully crafted so that when put on it looks sophisticated. Overall, I am very pleased with the outcome.

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Poster

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29th August

Our assignment was to present our project as a poster using InDesign. Previously, we had a workshop with Daniel where he showed us how to use InDesign and structure our work onto a page. I wanted to make my poster very expressive and colourful however we had to stick to the layout that Daniel showed us. I decided to keep my poster quite simple and let the images and text speak for itself. It was my first time using InDesign so I was very limited in the things I could do because I only knew how to edit it on Photoshop.

 

Overall, I think that this poster design is a good first attempt but I feel it’s quite boring. The images are very vibrant and colourful which is unsuitable for this type of layout. If I were to do it again I would probably put a background colour because the white background is very unexciting. However, I think that the type of text I used is very suitable for this project. I used the font Gill Sans for the title because I wanted to mimic the abstract shapes from my screen prints. This made the poster look quite friendly as apposed to the strong font Helvetica that I used in the words. I used this font to remind the viewer that this project is about science so there needs to be an element of sophistication too.

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Photoshoot studio

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Final images edited

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Final images edited

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Final images edited

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30th August

Photoshoot

Today was my photo-shoot day and I was very excited to finally photograph my garment. I photographed a coat, trousers and a transparent material that went over the coat. I wanted my model to look very sophisticated because she is supposed to be a scientist. My model posed like someone who has authority but is friendly and approachable.

 

I made sure that my model’s hair was tied up because anyone working in a science-based job has to have their hair tied back for safety precautions. I made my model wear a simple crop top to give a young high fashion look. I wanted the photo-shoot to look like something from a high-end fashion catalogue or magazine. I made sure that the crop top was white and plain so that it didn’t contrast negatively with the garment. I used red high heel shoes to remind the viewer that she is a strong independent woman who loves what she does. This makes the photo-shoot appeal to women around the age 16-40.

 

Overall, I am very happy with the photoshoot because it shows off the garment very well. I like the different poses that the model did because it shows off the detail on the garment.

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First draft

As someone with a limited knowledge of science I unaware of what happens on my body because instead of worrying about the deadly cells in the microscopic image I am more focused on the mysterious abstract patterns.

 

I gathered information from many different sources for an overview of the shapes and forms produced by living organisms. Through library research and a visit to the Natural History museum I was able to conjure up ideas for patterns and surface design. I created observational drawings and ink studies that focused on living organisms and its natural forms. For more inspiration, I looked at Rob Kesseler, a professor who creates sculptures of close-ups of plants that have unusual forms and vibrant colours. His work focused on the beauty of the unknown and how our brains are wired to perceive an object in a specific way due to its characteristics.

 

After developing these drawings I realised that I wanted to incorporate techniques related to my specialist subject. I created lino and screen print because I felt that these techniques were an impactful way of showcasing patterns and shapes. I found a textile designer called Pauline Verrinder who creates three-dimensional sculptures out of stitches sewn on dissolvable fabric. This conjured up the idea to create knit samples with holes resembling the microscopic images and combine them with my screen print. Due to the success of these two experiments I knew that I was going to create garment that was constructed like a lab coat but looked like a microscopic image.

 

Evaluation of first draft 

In the afternoon I had a tutorial with Georgia where we discussed my editorial text. I had to re-write my editorial text in third person because it was too personal and sounded like a student project review rather than sounding like a catalogue. This time I talked about my project as if I was a magazine talking about my work.

 

Final Editorial text

In an age where scientific imagery is easily accessible to us all – do we understand it beyond a purely visual appreciation? We are programmed to believe everything we hear from a person of authority but do we actually retain and understand scientific information? This project explores close up microscopic imagery of living organisms and how oblivious and disconnected we are from scientific theories and how in reality they are a mystery.

 

This project took microscopic images from a range of sources, the normal healthy living organisms seen in plants and animal cells as well as the potentially fatal cells like cancer and used them as inspiration for surface designs. It is informed by Professor Rob Kesseler’s work, ceramic sculptures of close-ups of plants that have unusual forms and vibrant colours. His work focused on the beauty of the unknown and how our brains are wired to perceive an object in a specific way due to its characteristics.

 

This project uses the Natural History Museum’s natural forms as inspiration for surface designs. The museum artefacts were explored through observational drawings and ink studies of the pattern and shapes. The ink studies resembled the natural abstract shapes seen in microscopic images and these led to lino prints and screen prints. The outcome references Pauline Verrinder’s creations, three-dimensional sculptures made out of stitches sewn on dissolvable fabric. The final knitted samples with exaggerated holes resemble the microscopic images and combine them with screen print for the final outcome.

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31st August

Today I was trying to finish my publication. Before my tutorial, I presented my images on the page in a structure where it tells a mini story about the development of my project. My prints were very successful so I decided to enlarge them and put some of them across two pages. I think the way I structured the publication was well thought out and understandable.

 

I was told by Clare to add in little text that summarises the composition of the page. The text acts like guidelines and helps the viewer to understand what is on the page and I don’t want the viewer to misinterpret my project. After receiving this feedback I went and added little text next to the images of what the page presented. I used the three columns to help me with placing the text correctly on the page. However, on some of the pages it was hard to see the text because the section was filled with a dark colour. So, I would simply move it to a more convenient place that didn’t distract or hinder the composition.

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Front cover of publication

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First double page in my publication

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1st September

Today, was my own personal deadline to finish my publication because I wanted to get it professionally printed. I reviewed my publication and checked for any technical complications such as the crop and bleed marks. I showed Daniel one last time before exporting it as a PDF. I printed my publication on glossy and quite thick paper so that the pictures are clear and bold.

 

Overall, I am very happy with my publication because of how clear it is. At first I was unsure of what to put in my publication but after looking at the publications from previous students I understood that the publication needed to look like a high quality magazine. I structured it so that it tells a story about the development of my work from drawing to the final outcome.

 

The pictures I choose were very strong and it impacted my publication because it made it visually eye-catching. If I were to do the publication again I would probably change the font in the book to something else because I used the typical font Helvetica.

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Poster text

In an age where scientific imagery is easily accessible to us all – do we understand it beyond a purely visual appreciation? This project explores close up microscopic imagery of living organisms and how oblivious and disconnected we are from scientific theories - in reality they are a mystery. Inspired by the natural abstract shapes seen in microscopic images and the artefacts in the Natural History Museum the final knitted samples, with exaggerated holes resemble microscopic images and are combined with screen print for the final outcome.

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Unit 7 Final Evaluation

This project explores close up microscopic imagery of living organisms and how disconnected we are from scientific theories. I was nervous about writing the proposal because I was new to the structure and had to make sure everything was organized well so that the viewer could understand my project.

 

I gathered information from many different sources for an overview of the forms produced by living organisms. The most inspiring research was the work of Rob Kesseler, who creates sculptures of close-ups of plants that have unusual forms and vibrant colours. His work gave me a scientific perspective on how our brains are wired to perceive an object in a specific way due to its characteristics. After library research and a visit to the Natural History Museum, I created observational drawings and ink studies focusing on living organisms and their natural forms. The aim was to recreate the textures and structures of the cells, which would help me with design ideas.

 

I conducted two experiments lino and screen-printing because I felt that these techniques were an impactful way of showcasing patterns found in living organisms. I created knit samples with holes resembling the microscopic images and combined them with my screen print. Due to the success of these two experiments, I knew that I was going to create a garment and that was constructed like a lab coat but looked like a microscopic image, and trousers made out of my screen print. I am very happy with my final outcome because it reflects my project title. However if I were to continue this project I would like to use the laser cutter rather than cutting by hand because it is quicker and neater.

 

At first I was unsure of what to put in my publication but after reviewing publications from previous students I understood that the publication needed to look like a high quality magazine. I structured it so that it tells a story about the development of my work from drawing to the final outcome. I had to re-write my editorial text in third person because it was too personal and was like a student project review rather than a catalogue. I used Workflow to help me reflect on the development of my work to help me see if my day was productive. The screen-printing process was time consuming because I had to wait for the prints to dry before I could create a repeat pattern. I think that my screen prints were very successful because of how clear my design transferred onto the fabric.

 

I found it difficult to start this project so I researched practitioners around my theme to help me understand the direction my project was going. In my proposal I stated that I wanted to improve my drawing skills and I feel that they have developed. During this course I have been introduced to various types of drawing techniques that I will continue and develop in my BA.

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