16/01/18 / CORDUROY / Rosenfeld Porcini Gallery / Combining Materials
Throughout the course of my corduroy project I still felt like there was something missing. I decided to visit the Rosenfeld Porcini Gallery for both an exhibition and to look through some books at their library. The combining materials exhibition provided a strong development for my work as I had been looking at the shape and structure of a shisha pipe and how the technique of wrapping was applied to the hoses. I found these sculptures that were similar to that of the shisha pipe structure, made out of recycled car parts and traditional origami techniques surrounding it. Other elements of the exhibition included manipulated glass, wood, and found materials and fabrics which also provided a development in my work to use more found objects in my sample making, but ultimately I was fascinated by the intricacy yet sturdiness of the car part sculptures. I did some observational sketches while I was at the gallery and had a series of successful drawings that I wanted to translate into print designs. I focused a lot on restrictions such as changing media after a minute of drawing, continuous line, and focusing on simple shapes rather than technical drawing to create a more abstracted outcome. I also looked through an a book by Roberto Almagno entitled "The perfection of form" within which I saw a quote by the author which read "My sculptures are suspended somewhere between a search for perfection and an awareness of its fragility and its precariousness" which I decided I wanted to develop as a concept for my own work and it would help consolidate my ideas between looking the detailed, feminine and perfect looking decorative fragile tassels from the Victorian Era and the sharper aesthetic of the origami, utilising found objects in my work.
01/01/18 / CORDUROY / Mindmap and Initial Research
Mindmapping was something that I had not done for my previous projects and I felt like this was partly the reason I spent so long researching and trying to consolidate ideas rather than doing it all in the initial stages to avoid becoming confused, so I tried mind mapping this project to stick to a coherent idea. I did my mind map as a group, and we brainstormed what Corduroy meant in different languages as we had 3 members of the group who could speak a second language; arabic, hindi and Spanish. We had Corduroy written in Hindi and Arabic and found out that when translated, Corduroy literally means 'short pants' in arabic and in Spanish can be translated as simply 'cord'. We then progressed onto its structure and its functions ect until there was a solid body of ideas. I found this very helpful and it was easy to refer back to when thinking of developments and linking ideas rather than trying to remember them all and becoming confused later. I continued my corduroy research alone and found an architect called Paul Rudolph who designed "Corduroy concrete" which was concrete that mimicked the structure of corduroy in its ridged form. I found a series of his architectural drawings in which consisted of a linear technical drawing, although his drawings where not only to mark out the architecture but he also drew the way sound would move within the building and these were communicated in a variety of different mark making styles which I found really interesting. I used the technique of half drop printing using a mix and match of some of his architectural drawings to create a basis for a print design and layered these with shapes that I had scaled up from his drawings. Though the half drop printing technique was successful i decided that the next step was to do more extensive research into Paul Rudolph work and perhaps to include a 3D aspect so that my work didn't look so flat.
Colour Theory / Sourcing clothing and Shoot Plan
To continue my Colour Theory project I decided not to continue with the idea of insomnia as I wanted the project to be focused around my environment and I was eager to do styling for a shoot for this project. Using the images that had taken in different places in southall I decided that Quality foods was the best location to do a shoot as each isle of the store is co ordinated a different colour and due to the vast amount of spices, rice sacks, incense boxes and items that are bought in bulk in large coloured crates, I felt like this was the perfect place to do my shoot. I wanted to combine the theme of luxury from the image of the jewellery store, with traditional asian garments, but also convey a modern and friendly mood through the shoot to communicate the atmosphere of my environment through styling. I sourced some traditional Pakistani clothing and spent a long time co ordinating outfits with the colours from the photos that I had taken from southall. The only criticism I would give myself for this project is that there was a lack of physical works a lot of my time and energy went in to sourcing the clothing, styling, shooting, taking photographs of the area and a lot of my ideas were very conceptual. So I feel like I need go back in my sketchbook and work on some more physical collage work/ sampling or drawing.
Colour Theory / Styling and Shooting
Today I took my model and the outfits that I had planned to Southall Quality Foods where I had taken my original primary source images for the initial research of this project and carried out my shoot as planned. I used my childhood best friend for my shoot as I wanted the vibe of the shoot to have a certain personal sense to it and communicate a homely feel, which I felt would not be achieved with a model with whom I wasn't familiar. I was so happy with the photos from my shoot and the way the colours worked with the background of the store, and the fact that the shoot wasn't too serious really helped to convey the message that I wanted. In retrospect I wish I had planned more outfits as when I was there I could visualise so many more possibilities and it was a shame that I wasn't able to carry these out. I utilised accessories such as glasses and scarves to tie the outfits together and I loved the delicate, feminine beadwork of the Pakistani garments as it related directly to the jewellery store image I had taken along south all broadway. The main aim for this shoot was to communicate something about me and about the area that I live, I wanted it to be youthful, colourful and fun which I really felt like I achieved. On the project as a whole I feel like the sketchbook needed a lot more tactile samples or drawings as it does not reflect the amount of work I actually put into the project, purely because I kept changing my ideas.
Colour Theory in Film and Theatre
To begin my colour theory project I began looking at the human emotion attached to colour and how it can be used to evoke human emotion. This technique is widely used in cinema and theatre ranging from coloured light, set design, costume design ect. One of the most famous films for its colour co-ordinated and stylised nature is Grand Budapest Hotel, so I looked into finding other films which offer the same qualities to find out more about how colour theory is put into practice. I came across The Darjeeling Limited and took film stills from some of the best scenes in which colour theory was the most evident for me; the thing I loved the most about these stills is that the layers of colour in the stills are amazing, from ranging tones, some with patterns, variety of materials so the surface texture had an effect on the overall colour. I wanted to translate this idea of laying colours in a variety of forms in a set of stylised images to invoke emotion in the viewer. The area that I live is a vastly multicultural area and although not very glamorous, is full of colourful markets and shops. I went around Southall high street taking some photos of places and things that stood out for me and I was really happy with the set of photographs that I took and co ordinated outfits accordingly to both contrast and compliment the colours in my photographs.
27/11/17 - FRUIT MACHINE Research - Lunar Module / Paul Gauguin "Art is either plagiarism or revolution"
I dedicated today to extending my research of the lunar module image and my quote to generate more ideas for a textile piece. I tried to make this project more personal and found a viewpoint that was interesting to me, rather than taking the image for what it is. I began my research by looking at the lunar module itself; focusing on the interiors and how the the control panels could be made into interesting textiles samples due to the variation in texture/ colour and the details would look really interesting as a fabric or paper manipulation. I also looked into the blueprints as the image I was given was an outline/ diagram of the lunar module so I thought that the blueprints could offer a more linear print design idea. To work more into this idea of a print design I did some quick responses to the lunar module image focusing on shape and line to create a basis for a print design and I did a continuous line drawing on the initial page of my sketchbook that I was really happy with as it was an abstract drawing that still held the essence of the lunar module. However I felt like the ideas that I had in the initial stages were very face value and did not offer anything that was personal to me and the ideas could be developed further. I then went of to start researching conspiracy theories behind Apollo 11 and the space race, and the fact that Kennedy couldn't live up to his promises in taking a man safely to and from the moon by 1960 as the first prototype failed, so they faked the moon landing in order to be ahead of Russia. I found the documentary really helpful as it gave some focus points from the Apollo 11 images that were somewhat evidence of the fact that NASA faked the moon landing which gave me details to research further into or take inspiration from. I became increasingly interested in the idea of researching into conspiracy theories to represent this idea of what is real and what isn't, fuelled by the deception of the media. I took film stills from "The Truth Behind the Moon Landings" documentary with subtitles as some of the elements of the documentary had an element of humour in them which I wanted to convey in my work as I didn't want it to be so heavily conceptual. From this I started researching JFK himself and the conspiracy theories attached to his assassination, from which I took stills from the actual Abraham Zapruder film and did some colour watching to begin creating a solid colour palette that I could continue throughout my work. I plan to start combining my ideas into some initial print designs or collages to create an initial body of work in my sketchbook.
17/11/17 /CULTURE SWAP / Singapore x Palestine / Ruffled Garment Piece
Looking at my research images I found areas of interest in my images from Singapore which was the shape of the roofing which was curved, like the curvature of ruffles. I decided to use this element as collage material in my illustrations which was very successful and I loved the colour combinations, and the way that it complimented my design. I translated the shape of the roof into fabric manipulation by testing out a pleather type material and ruffling. The pleats material was very hard to manipulate because when I tried to create the ruffles the thread kept snapping because the fabric was too stiff, however after multiple attempts and changing the tension and width of the stitch on the sewing machine I was able to ruffle the fabric and the outcome was very successful, I was really happy with the way the fabric held the shape of the ruffle and how this would add to the garment as a whole. I constructed the body of the garment which was a stiff and straight in order to contrast the curvature of the ruffles.
I wanted to keep to the colour scheme of my research images and implement the layeringof ruffles with different fabrics into this piece to give the silhouette more volume and also create a colour contrast. Using a rosewood coloured polyester fabric I repeated the process of creating ruffles from strips of the fabric and layered it on top of the existing pleater. I continued it around the neckline and down the middle of the garment according to my design to create this contrast between the smooth surface and delicate border. This was what I loved most about the singaporean architecture, it had a delicate aesthetic contrasted with the sharp, and smooth body of the building that I wanted to translate into this garment.
16/11/17 & 17/11/17 / CULTURE SWAP / Forest Hill Visit
The initial stages of my culture swap project consisted of a visit to a chosen location with a partner to combine the primary research collected at the destination, with research collected from the culture of my partner. The chosen location was Forest Hill and I got to know my partner who was born and raised in Singapore, but had close connections with Malaysia on her mothers side. I was born in the UK and have lived in West London my whole life, though my father is English, my mother is Palestinian. I was really happy with the photographs I had taken in Forest Hill as the colours all flowed nicely in the images, with a pale blue, orange and grey combination in almost all of the images. I focused dominantly on walls with advertisements, corner shops and residential area's in my images as these were the main areas of interest in the area, and we looked for areas of bold colour which were of particular interest. I completed a set of observational responses in my sketchbook while we were there but only included the most successful ones in my sketchbook. I then collated a series of research images from various books from the library on Palestine and Christian Palestinians who wore more western clothing, though some still wore a headscarf. The initial plan for the project was to swap research with my partner but on the following day my partner wasn't in on that day so I decided to carry out my own research on Singapore and Palestine, and combine them both with my Forest Hill research. I began this with making a series of collages, introducing paper manipulation as they developed and they were very successful. I loved the colour palette they created and the contrast between the intricacy of the Singaporean roofing tiles with the pastel colours and the earthy tones of the images fro Palestine with the wooden boxes and raw aesthetic. I began layering acetate to create contrasting bold white outlines but they did not have the effect that I had hoped, and after the developments I was still mostly fond of my original collages. The next step in my research would be to implicate more drawing skills and develop more tactile textile samples.
18/01/18 / CORDUROY / Print Design and Sample Making
Following my visit to the Rosenfeld Porcini Gallery I was more confident in the direction I wanted my work to progress in. After studying some of the found materials in the artworks at the gallery there was elements of crotchet work that I wanted to replicate on a larger scale so I taught myself to crotchet and began doing some small samples in order to practice this to also correspond withy research on Cecile Dachery and the large knitwear totem sculptures that she created. However I wanted to keep this sharp aspect of the origami without copying the process so I opted for using paint brushes as my 'found objects". I began experimenting with ways to use the hairs of the paint brush and how to implement them into my samples, so I began cutting the synthetic bristles from the brush and hot glue gunning them as a solid object and working them into my crotchet samples to create the same sharp effect as the origami, contrasted with the softer crotchet work found in both Rosenfeld Porcini's work and in Cecile Dachery's approach. These samples worked alongside my drawings and the next step for these would be to combine them into some illustration work and imagine these on the body.
02/01/18 / CORDUROY / Paul Rudolph / Architectural Drawing Research
To look further into Paul Rudolph as an architect I went to CSM library to find out more about his works, when I found a book on the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2003 by Oscar Niemeyer in which there were a series of simplistic drawings of famous buildings such as United Nations Headquarters in New York. Although I liked the abstract and simplistic aesthetic it was not aiding the need for a 3d aspect in my work so I did not follow that up as a lead. I found some images of a church in Boston designed by Paul Rudolph within which his corduroy concrete was displayed, there was a Burgundy hexagonal center piece within the design of the floor of the church which reminded me of the Kufi headwear that muslim men wear during prayer, also these are frequently made from Corduroy and I had previously seen them at a Hassan Hajjaj exhibition at Somerset House; though they were not made out of Corduroy I opted to using the Internet to find one that was. This helped me create a good mood board of images and I put all my research images together to create a set of collages. I wanted to begin sample making and having a broad range of materials to work with, so I focused dominantly on the corduroy concrete, using a kitche scouring pad I cut and re-attatched elements to recreate the ridged surface of the Corduroy concrete and applied small irregular shaped Burgundy beads to replicate the small pieces seen within the concrete and also wanted to keep to the colour scheme. My other samples included extracting techniques from my research images such as wrapping, twisting, braiding so create a basis set of samples. The samples were successful and I was pleased that I had used a range of materials in my samples as in previous projects I felt like I was using too many traditional materials like. yarns and it was making my work look boring. I then wanted to see these samples placed on the body so the next stage of development would be to create a set of illustrations.
Colour Theory / Fibre Optics
Looking further into this idea of chromotherapy as a lead for my colour theory projects, I did some research into fibre optic lights and how these are used in a range of things including childrens toys. I felt like including these fibre optic childrens toys in some sample making could make some really interesting and interactive samples. I went to the CSM art shop to look for some suitable supplies in which I found these clear tubes of varying lengths which reminded me of the children toy, in which I could fill the tubes with coloured beads/ coloured lights or dye a material such as sand to create interesting samples. I also noticed that the inside of light bulbs had a particularly interesting quality when sen up close, and when sewn into a fabric sample could make for an interesting textural piece. Despite the fact I had all these ideas for sample pieces for this project I felt like the colour in my environment element was lacking and it was not following the brief within which it stated I must study the place within which I am staying over the Christmas period, so I decided to leave this idea for a later project which it might be more suited too. This meant however that my project was progressing very slowly as I changed my idea completely half way through my research and had to start from scratch. I decided the best way to collect research from my environment was to go out and take primary source photographs to work from and see how these inspire me to develop the project.
6/12/17 - FRUIT MACHINE / Collage Making
Looking at the drawing responses that I did from the video of the 1970 ITV Broadcast, I took sections of interest from my drawing and enlarged them to create a more simplified print designn as I felt the drawing as a whole was too complex and the colours clashed too much so I wanted to ensure all my work corresponded to the colours seen in the JFK assassination video as I loved the dreamlike/reminiscent/eiry feel of the 1970s photographs. This idea of an airy feel reflects the subject of my work, delving into the unknown in terms of the Apollo 11 space mission, but also this contrast between what is real and what is fake. I created tactile textile samples based on these developments to try and create a set of final samples that I was happy with. After completing these samples I decided to work more with an artist that I had discovered that related to my study of JFK called Robert Rauschenberg because I was still unhappy with the way that this set of textile samples had turned out and I felt as though they were still undeveloped in comparison to the amount of research that I had done and the different leads I had discovered for my work. Earlier in my project when I first started looking at the idea of conspiracy theories, media censoring / fake news I came across an artist who had created a collage called “deception” which was very minimalistic and greyscale, though I was not interested in this I was interested in the shape that he had created with his collage materials and the abstract aesthetic of his work. I combined the ideas of both Robert Rauschenberg and the research images that I had collected both primary and secondary to create print designs that include both my personal experience, my research into JFK and the idea of media censoring / deception. I played around with scale and composition though I was conscious to stick to my colour palette. I was really happy with the first 4 collages that I created as they were inclusive of all the themes that I had looked at, and I liked the compositions I had created as they were simple composition with complex matter and I was happy with the balance. I plan to make a second set of more developed collages, trying to bring in some of my drawing responses, lino prints, and experiment with a mixed media collage. I also want to see how the print designs would work on the body as well as in a space as the tactile samples I was creating weren’t reflecting the aesthetic that I envisioned. I feel like I spent too long on my research and had too many leads that I was interested in that this stunted my practical work and somewhat confused it. In my development throughout this 2 week project I am working on trying to narrow down my ideas and create a coherent body of work.
28/11/17 FRUIT MACHINE / TATE MODERN / Materials and Objects
To further my progress into the Fruit Machine project we visited the Tate Modern, Materials and Objects display in which I found a piece by Nam June Paik (1932-2006). of two video monitors, one in black and white, one in colour with sound and magnetic coils which were distorting the images. The video installation was of Richard Nixon's presidency with a range of videos from his inaugural address to his resignation with the magnetic coils causing the videos to jump and warp. This boosted my project significantly as it was everything that I was trying to communicate within my work, I took several images and videos of this piece and tried to do some responses as the video was playing to create some physical pieces of work although I was not happy with the outcome of these drawings. The idea of the distortion and the magnetic coils meant that. I had some ideas in mind for some textile sample pieces including copper wire with coloured acetate to communicate this idea of the distortion on the black and white image. There was a second Nam June Paik piece entitled "Three eggs" that was helpful in consolidating the theme of my work as he confounds our ideas of reality by having an egg alone, a televised image of the egg and a third egg enclosed within a small television set. This idea of distorted reality, in my work due to the media and the conspiracy theorists mean that our perception of reality is torn between what we believe, what the media tell us and what the conspiracy theorists lead us to believe. I had a lot clearer idea for my theme after this visit and also had a wide range of ideas in terms of materials such as the copper wire that could be included in my sample making in my sketchbook.
4/12/17 - FRUIT MACHINE / ITV Alien Interruption Broadcast / Nam June Paik
The next step in my project was creating a simpler, more effective print design idea to go alongside my research as the previous set looked to complicated and did not have the effect that I wanted them too. I used the process that I had used at the Tate Modern when studying the Nam June Pack piece of the two television sets broadcasting distorted videos of Nixon. I was continuing to do extensive research all through this project to do with conspiracy theories as it was something enjoyed very much, and I came across a video of an ITV broadcast that conspiracy theorists believed was interrupted by aliens. The broadcast jumped between children programmes and distorted images with a muffled sound of a voice repeating "if you know whats good for you" over the entirety of the video before the broadcast was brought to. a close. I repeated the proces of doing quick recording drawings in my sketchbook as I had done for the Nam June Pack pieces and I was so happy with the set of drawings that I came out with. I did 3 sketchbook pages of line/colour/text and shape as I perceived them as the video was playing by expressing the noises as lines as well as text, and taking the colours as they showed on the screen. I also did a small weaving sample of an element of my drawing, using the colours of the initial TV broadcast scene. This was the first set of work that I had done for this project that I was 100% happy with and was a huge turning point in terms of my print design ideas. I enlarged two specific areas of my drawings that I felt were successful and reprinted these as enlarged print design ideas. Following this I created a set of 4 samples of areas of my drawings to communicate my recordings in a variety of forms. Taking inspiration from the Nam June Paik piece included wire and metal circles in my samples as this was the main cause of the distortion, though I did not use copper wire I used silver wire as in the ITV broadcast the distortions were a silver colour and I felt like it was a lot more fitting. Although my drawings were very colourful and I had not conformed with my original colour palette, the two elements that I had enlarged from my drawings both consisted of pink, blue, black and white; which I kept consistent in my samples along with the metallic elements and decided to make this the final colour palette for my work. As this was a major turning point in my work I wanted to keep these print designs consistent, so the next step was to find a use for these either on the body or as a spacial piece.
Deconstructed x Calico Garment / Culture Swap
Looking back into my research that I had done for the culture swap project I wanted to translate my ideas onto the body. For my starting point I wanted to focus on shape and sillhoutte; I used the skills learnt from the part 1 Jacket Project and I used a pair of mens full length cargo trousers to deconstruct and create a womenswear piece to reflect my research from Palestine and Singapore. I began looking solely at the construction of the trousers, where the stitches created shapes, the pockets, zip, and the bucks attachments along the waistband and how I could utilise and recycle these shapes into a completely new form. I deconstructed the trousers into parts, following the lines of the stitching and I was left with irregularly shaped pieces. I wanted this piece to be instinctive so I only used my research images and sketchbook work drawings as reference and restricted myself to the trousers and calico only. Looking at the architecture in Singapore I was drawn to the intricate shapes created along the roof of some of the buildings in my research image from ------. The curvature of the design made me instantly think of the curvature of ruffles and thus I began creating large strips of ruffles with the calico, I opted for large scale ruffles as I didn't want the garment to become to intricate as the focus was on the silhouette only so I could develop designs from this. I experimented on the mannequin with the placement of the pieces
20/11/17 / CULTURE SWAP / Palestine Research and Print Development
The collage work that I did of my research images was successful but I felt like the project needed more drawing/ printing elements as I felt there was not enough work done freehand in my sketchbook. I wanted my work to have a certain sense of authenticity so I went through a box of things that used to belong to my grandmother and found a book of stamps that she used to collect from Palestine, some of which included images of the Dome of the Rock, among others with arabic text ect. I was able to have an authentic one to put into my sketchbook although I preferred the stamps with the dome of the rock imagery on them a lot more. I collected some images of the Dome of the Rock as a basis for an initial print design. I initially began this process creating a raised cardboard layout for a print, when I put this into practice the layer of cardboard came off slightly in the print, though this was unintentional I really loved the textures that it created, when I photocopied this print to use it as collage material I had left the small Palestinian stamp in the photocopier which was also a happy accident so I put these together as a series of prints, although I still felt that alone, they were not strong enough to be final print designs. I replicated my initial designs and made an a5 and a4 Lino print, and printed on both paper and the fabric I had used in the construction of the jacket earlier in the project. I loved the way these prints turned out but they were too complicated as a final print design so the next stage of development would be drawing, continuous line or focusing of positive and negative space.
Dhikr Pictural / Anissa Berkane / P21 Gallery
To enhance my culture swap project I wanted to look for an artist who was particularly abstract in their work to contrast the complicated print designs and collages that I had been working on for the most part of this project.
20/01/18 / Illustration Work
Using a collaboration of my samples and observational recordings from the Porcini gallery i created an initial set of digital illustrations using elements of both. The structural element was key for me as i wanted to exhibit the elaborate shapes of the shisha pipe structure that i had studied before, combined with the print designs. I was really pleased with the way that these illustrations came out, although i felt like the print design could have been used in moderation to have elements of contrast as it would have a stronger effect on the garment as a whole. The next step in my project is to develop these illustrations following this advice. I had a group crit today in which it was pointed out to me that the earlier research i had done for the corduroy project could be brought back into my project and could aid me in creating a final set of illustrations. I received a lot of positive feedback regarding my research on Cecile Dachery and was told to place more focus on this artist and her techniques and create some more tactile samples so that my work had more diversity and was not all digital/ printmaking work. This advice was really helpful for me as after the illustrations i became stuck on how to progress with the project and i was happy with the print designs and the form and shape of the illustrations i just felt like there was a lack of development in my book.
04/01/18 / CORDUROY / Samples and Illustration Work
Following the crit I created a second set of samples incorporating my previous drawings and prints that I had done when researching the shisha pipe structure. Even though this broke up the print the designs still looked overcrowded so i felt like block colour was the best way to break this us. I made a third set of illustrations that were a lot more successful; now that the print had space it was a lot more powerful when used on the body. I also opted to collage these illustrations because even though the digital illustration worked well, i felt like i was able to communicate my ideas better by using collage and drawing from illustration work. Although i had finalised the idea on the body i still felt like doing some out of sketchbook 3d work could really aid the development of my work. Referring back to the idea of totems and sculptural pieces i looked further into Lisa Lapointe as an artist and how she made the 3d form of the totems and drew these to create very successful prints; although i followed this process when going to the Porcini gallery i wanted to experiment with creating my own towered totem structures and using restrictions in my drawings to create a set of drawings from which i can remove the shapes and either use these as pattern pieces or use them in a new set of original print designs.
Chromotherapy for Insomnia / Colour Theory
After looking at how colour is used in film and how this can affect us as an audience I began looking at other ways that colour can affect the human mind. I began looking into Chromotherapy for insomnia as a more personal approach to this project. I suffered from very bad insomnia after taking on a night shift job with my commitments to my full days at sixth form, my a levels and part time retail work on a Sunday in order to contribute to the household income after my house was burgled in early 2017 and my family were struggling financially. In attempts to regulate my sleeping pattern I would not sleep at all for one or two nights in the week so that I was tired enough the following night to be able to sleep at a normal time, but even during the night I would wake up several times and this was a huge strain on my commitments the following day and quality of life. I looked in to chromotherapy at the time but dismissed it as I thought prescribed medication was a more efficient way to solve the problem (I was very wrong). I began looking at colour meanings in India after studying ....... which was based in India. Then when looking into chromotherapy I learnt that in India, practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine believed that specific colors corresponded with each of the seven chakras, vortices of energy in the body that represent organs, emotions, and aspects of the soul or life force. When suffering from Insomnia, all your days feel as though they are merged and for me, my perception of time was completely distorted it was hard for me to distinguish between something that happened yesterday and something that happened 3 days ago. This idea of distortion, confusion and interruption was something I decided I wanted to bring into my project.
8/12/17 & 9/12/17 / FRUIT MACHINE / Final Outcome
As fruit machine was drawing to a close I had a large variety of research and I had really enjoyed this project because the research element was ongoing the entire time purely because I enjoyed it and was partially counting the research just out of curiosity more so than needing to enrich my work and I kept coming across new leads that worked with my project. I feel like if I had more time I could have taken this project a lot further as I would have liked to have seen my print designs on a constructed garment. I worked through the night with no sleep so I decided to make these two days into one piece of reflection. I wanted to start working with a wider variety of materials and I saw my designs fitting more on the body than anything else so I began working on this to create a final idea for this project. I chose two items fo=rom a charity shop that I wanted to work with on the body; the first was a 7-8 years childs puffer jacket in white, with a hood, pockets, lining, insulation ect which I thought would be perfect when deconstructed and used for draping. I also chose a full length night dress that also came with a hood and drawstrings with balls of fur on the end. Both of these items had an alien/astronaut feel to them thats why I felt they would be perfect to work with for the purposes of this project. I had begun looking partially at retro games relating to this idea of extra-terrestrial life and retro gaming in general but I did not want to go too far into this ad my project would begin to completely change, I just liked the idea as a lead from the research I had already collated. I deconstructed the garments and took progressional photographs as I worked with draping, revealing a star patterned lining from the childrens jacket which I loved as a contrast to the white. I also draped a retro games console of Pacman that I owned, as the wires and the metallic elements related to the Nam June Pack idea of the metallic coils, and it also kept I with the blue element of the colour scheme, the retro gaming research. had touched upon and the gaming stick on the console had a particularly alien feel to it so I felt like it was the perfect addition to the draping. I followed up these images with some illustrations that I was really happy with as a final idea for my work. I would have liked to have seen my print designs on the garment but I unfortunately did not get time to do this. For the final bit of research I was able to access the FBI website in which there were drawings of UFO'S that witnesses had submitted when reporting their extra terrestrial encounters which I included in my sketchbook along with my own drawings. I wanted to consolidate all my ideas from my book and bring back the element of humour from the initial conspiracy theory videos that I watched to ensure that the theme of my work wasn't too heavy and did not become boring. I found two newspaper headlines while watching my final documentary "Are we Alone?" in which it had an edited image of Hillary Clinton being accused of adopting an alien child, and an image of two alien looking skeletons entitled "gay aliens found in UFO wreck". I continued the restriction on my drawing by using continuous line and created some drawings based off these headlines and layered these with acetate on top of the two print designs I had developed previously to create a final, print design. Though I would have liked to have seen this implemented on the body I was happy with the way this project progressed and how my ideas came together.
7/12/17 - FRUIT MACHINE Research Development on Conspiracy Theories involving NASA and the US Government
Looking into conspiracy theories as a lead from the Lunar Module I was given at the beginning of the project was the most vital turn that I took in my research for this project, and it was an area that I was genuinely interested in so this meant I could branch out into several different ideas and my project stemmed from here, so I was left with a lot of research to work with that I collected from a variety of sources such as Museum Artiacts, Documentaries, online research into NASA and US Government documents, Photographs from historical US events, Books, Newspaper articles ect. Looking into conspiracy theories involving JFK'S assassination and the alien broadcast interruption, I began researching into other relating conspiracy theories such as Area 51 and governments secrets involving the discovery of extraterrestrial life. I found an image of a protester holding two large signs with "UFO'S are real and the government knows it!" and "Tell the truth about Roswell". I love this the aesthetic of this image and the bold text is something I would love to incorporate into a print as a small summary of my research into conspiracy theories involving moon landings / extraterrestrial life and government conspiracies (JFK assassination). I also love the design on the shirt of the man holding the images and the simplicity of the block image with the text and the whole 80's vibe of the image is something I think really fits in with the retrospective path I've taken with my work like looking at old photographs of myself in an astronaut costume, the grainy quality of the images gives a retrospective feel to the work which I would like to express, its a contrast between looking at the unknown and possible future discovery of extra terrestrial life with the conspiracies of the past. Also my previous research into vinatage 80's Apollo inspired toys and Science-Fi costume. From these images I also found images of protesters about the JFK assassination with signs such as the "The CIA killed JFK" Which I think alone are so effective and could be a great development in terms of a print design. To look more into the retro theme I found this image of these two children with strainers on their head with futuristic looking glasses which was the perfect balance of future and past that I wanted to achieve, and also reminds me a lot of my own childhood which makes the image a lot more effective for me and would therefore go well alongside the image of myself in costume as a child that I used in several collages.
Sample making and Illustration work / Moon Landing Extra Terrestrial life conspiracy theories / Fruit Machine
For this project my research was very in depth and I found so many different leads that it was difficult to edit down which ones I wanted to include in my project and on my workflow because I had so many ideas for each of the leads but I didn't want my project to become too confused because I had spent so much time on the research already and was continuing to do so even during the making process so my book was jumping between Ideas a lot and I wanted to make sure it stayed consistent. I found this image of a woman in 80's Science-fi dress that was perfect for the aesthetic of my work, with an extravagant headdress and the grainy quality of old style images; though this would not influence the development of my ideas and progression I decided to use it as a basis for my illustrations to keep the aesthetic and mood flowing through my book and I wanted the illustrations to have a quirky 80's quality too them so I worked on top of this image with some garment design developments across my sketchbook. Although
30/11/17 - FRUIT MACHINE - JFK assassination Zapruder Film
Researching into the JFK assassination took longer than I had hoped and I feel like I spent a lot of tie doing research that I didn't end up including and I had hoped I would be further along in my practical work by this point so I decided to stick with the JFK research I had done. I came across a real scan of a speech that JFK had read on the Apollo mission in which it had elements of his real handwriting on the page which I thought was really interesting because as my research for this project had progressed I began to feel this kind of disassociation from the government and the media and how little we are told about the events that happen among us, and this was the first personal element that I had found regarding JFK and seeing his real handwriting was something I felt brought this gap between us and the government a little closer. I edited the speech using a software called Glitche to create these overlapping shapes where I had dragged the text back and forth to create these shapes. I then trimmed this and adjusted the colours accordingly to those that I had decided on based off the Zapruder film that I had studied and began to use these as a basis for a print design. Looking back at my Paul Gauguin quote I was happy with the way my work was coming together, I was looking at a "revolutionary" moment in US history that was the success of the Apollo mission and how this was distorted in terms of the conspiracy theories, I wanted to distort the speech that JFK had written. I cut and weaved the speech at different widths and used acetate to scale elements up and overlay them to create a set of print designs but I was still unhappy with the results as I felt the colours and the design was overcomplicated and too bold, there was not enough contrast and the colours I had initially started with were more pastel shades and my designs were bolder. Not only this but I felt like the JFK research was too conceptual and this meant I was struggling to communicate my ideas physically in my sketchbook. I need to work on drawing responses, placing restrictions on myself such as continuous line or using one medium to create a simpler print design.