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On Thursday 11th March I travelled up to London to visit the private view of The Affordable Arts Fair in Battersea Park. Oh my it made me realise just how much I miss London and the exhibitions that are available to you when you are there. Living so far away makes me appreciate the city so much more from when I used to live half an hour away. I love the atmosphere, the constant buzz, the people, the restaurants, everything about the city makes me smile.
The Affordable Arts Fair is all about choice and below are some of the artists/ photographers that truly inspired me as an individual. Enjoy!
This is why I love attending an arts university.
I will be an artist taking part in a visual arts exhibition named Tough on Stains, Good Clean Art. The exhibition will be taking place in a local launderette down here in Bournemouth and in order to take part, I have been given an item of forgotten clothing. The concept of the event is to recycle old found clothing into new pieces of artwork. Below are images of the piece of clothing I have been given (a lovely pair of knickers) and how they were distributed to me. The exhibition will take place from the 30th April until the 2nd May. Check out Tough on Stains blog http://toughonstains.blogspot.com and keep checking here as I will upload the images of how I have transformed a pair of knickers into an amazing piece of artwork!
Inspiration from artists Slinkichu and Lisa Swerling allowed me to produce my art piece for Tough On Stains. I decided to cut up the pair of knickers below and make them into as many tiny pairs of knickers as possible, sewing them all together. Making a miniature washing line out of my nans old knitting needles and some string, I used tiny pegs and hung all the knickers on the washing line. The photos below were taking in my back garden and then auctioned off for a children’s charity when being exhibited in Tough On Stains launderette.
Another project within typographic studies lasting for six weeks. This entitled the design/ layout of a four page magazine spread after choosing one out of three articles provided to us. The brief on this was quite broad, having the research page sizes and all other aspects of typographic studies previously covered in the unit. Again, no imagery was allowed to be used, purely typography. For me, the most important element of this project was to provide the reader with the meaning of the text. I chose the article ‘Read Me, Literacy in Graphic Design’ which discussed and analysed how Graphic Designers convey the meaning of their work through a certain graphic language. For example, we do not see a full stop as a simple full stop, we see it as a circle. I have designed a number of layouts and designs, taking me at least two weeks to refine my final four page layout, opting for a single – double – single page layout shown below. I personally did not want to produce the final result purely using InDesign, therefore have used the typographic from of fridge magnets and incorporated these into my final design. Feel free to click on the images to enlarge.
Assignment one for my new subject of typographic studies gave me three weeks to produce a book jacket design, where i was required to redesign any book of my choice and redesign its front, spine and back cover. Images were forbidden so only type could be used.
I decided to work with James and the Giant Peach, one of my favourite childhood storybooks and work with the three main themes of the book; fantasy, escape and being in a dreamlike environment. The images below are some of my initial idea generations, where i have made the words James and peach out of an actual peach to experiment with type outside of a computer screen and then used white emoltion to print some of these images onto paper, creating a more dreamlike and less constrained image.
Using the colours and textures from my own imagery, i have created the redesigned book cover. I have set the type on the front cover within two circles so that it appears almost as though the viewer is looking into a different world, which is what James enters in the books storyline. The imagery from my photographs has made up the textures of the letter forms for the title, including the word peach made from acrylic paint and stencils. I did not want the title to be readable as i wanted it to appear ‘dreamlike’. Using the typeface of Calibri helped me achieve this being a bold, rounded almost plump shape, which has been used for the remaining of the book jacket design on both the spine and back cover.
The images below show the designs I produced for my final major project during my foundation year where I studied at The University for the Creative Arts, Maidstone. Based upon my own set brief of the Credit Crunch and after three weeks of research, I produced an A1 sized poster, promoting a documentary that BBC2 were to broadcast, as if they wanted the public’s opinions on the Credit Crunch. The idea was that the poster could be displayed anywhere on it’s own, but alongside it I produced four questionnaires, targeted at different audiences. Depending on whether you are a student, pensioner, employee or graduate you would tear off the questionnaire aimed specifically at you, then taking an envelope placed in the bracket below to post your opinions back to the BBC. The BBC would then produce a documentary from these opinions. In order to make the word crunch, i went through the process of vacuum forming the letterforms of the word, setting plaster within the moulds, and then crunching the word up, shown in the images below.