Collections: Dummy Book

Thinking of an innovative way of how i can create a way of making all the layers visible and show a narrative through this, i decided on a kind of tunnel book but allowing it to become interchangeable. As i am introducing words that are both linked to light and human emotion, so people can change them to their perception of how that word makes them feel, and how the visual communicates that.

I think these give a good indication of light and i like the way you get clear bits of acetate giving off different levels of light. Although in one of my tutorials suggestions were made to make the boarders black which i will take in for the final book as i think it will give further contrast and add to my theme. I was also thinking of bringing in glass paint to and a another effect with its translucency.


Collections: Finalizing Experimentation

With my experimental work i was trying to find how best i could utilize my materials and how light communicate with it and through it. I played around with different forms of paper cut to try and focus on the light source, so i first tried drawing an image then cutting out the light so to allow the light to flow through. But it didn’t really highlight the best of the acetate and i just feel theirs a more successful visual to be made. i used paper cut outs then applied them to the acetate which really showed the contrast of light and dark.

I really liked this effect but i encountered some technical with the acetate warping due to the glue, and didn’t  give the clean cut effect i wanted. although it may be something to carry on in another project

One technique i decided to stick with for my final book is the use of gouache paint as it creates contrast and texture, layered with plain acetate drawings of people. i think they give an interesting acetic and the light source acts as a window to view the other layers.

Collections: Focused Research

Looking at artist to try and focus how i want to structure my book and the message i want to communicate, i found a book artist called Judy Barrass. The way she makes her books really intrigued me as a lot of them are in scrapbook style giving them a very tactile feel, she also uses the subject matter and introduces it in to the structure of her book.

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As this piece is demonstrating the textural acetic of nature therefore it is bound with sticks really enforcing her message. She is also using a kind of layering technique with in each image. In relation to my own book it has made me think how i can really get the most out of my materials and use my theme of light to help inform the structure.

Home Truths: Final Reflection

I have really enjoyed this field as the experience of being able to bring what i do from illustration to ceramics has been a really useful thing to learn. I have realized that as an illustrator is has really broadened my views of my subject and has opened doors of how i may want to further my work, as i have now developed  a real interest in objects and form as the process really appeals to me, and although the they are lengthy the fact that you have a finished product at the end of it gives a sense of accomplishment.

The tactile and physical contact you have working with materials such as clay really give a personal feel to everything you make. That why i loved making my own plates as it something that’s raw but you really put yourself within the work, and it just offers you a lot more ways of communicating your message when your working from scratch and even the impurities in it can sometimes add to your message. As one of my sgraffito plates has quite rough edged which may make uncomfortable to handle it, but with this the image carved it to the plate is also something that might make people feel uneasy. Therefore the form its self is suggesting the topic im challenging, and giving the viewer an indication of how it may make them feel even before they see the image.

The context in which i would like my plates to be placed would perhaps a museum as i think they have a strong historical content and as discussed with tutors the American history museum in bath, as they have no native American memorabilia to my knowledge. which i think would be the best place for them as the idea is to open peoples eyes to how these people were treated in there true homes and it should at least be acknowledge as a part of American history.




Home Truths: Plate Development

As time is short i decided to utilize other forms of surface decoration that Ive learnt such as the mono printing techniques. And as my sgraffito plate may not be glazed in time, i wanted to try and portray the layering affect that i want to achieve with them in another form.

I think the decals and line work contrast quite well with the charcoal black line drawings showing the darker side to the natives history and the watery inks decals showing the typical native American motifs. The narrative with the mono printing work are both situation that occurred in the natives culture, as the children on the right were taken from there  families and place in schools run by the government to learn the ‘American way’ and were punished if they spoke in their native tongue. The one on the right is of famous chief Geronimo who evaded the government many times, escaping from reservations. eventually he was caught and imprisoned by the government and was forced to take part in films as the savage Indian, being highly misrepresented.

Home Truths: V&A and Tate

In London we were given the chance to go to Tate Britain where they held work from the turner prize and further collections from lots of different artists. one artist that always grabs my attention is Henry Moore with his abstract sculptures of the human form that demand you to gaze on them with there oversized solid presence, theirs also a natural flow to his work its almost continuous, and resemble scenes from the country side which im sure is intentional. As Moore believed the best place for his work was outside in open space with nature and i think hes right as it highlight our relationship with our surroundings and echos both us and nature.

Along with his sculptures were some sketch with mixed media which i thought capture a very atmospheric mood, and shows the human form in a similar way to his sculptures showing fluidity.


The V&A also has a huge variety of collections one of my favorites are the resonance painting as the biblical narratives interest me, also the classic style is always something i enjoy to look at in detail.


They also have a huge range of ceramic showing multiple techniques and where they originated. From seeing these really made me think about the finish of my plates and how i would like them to be displayed.

Home Truths: Making Plates

As one of my chosen techniques is slip and sgraffito the clay i use has to be leather hard. due to this a work shop was planned so we could mold our own plates. i chose terracotta as i liked the rustic feel and the burn orange finish it gives its also one of the easier clay’s to work with, we molded our plates using either a plaster cast mold or in my case using one of the plates that were provided.

First the clay is quite wet so it is easy to roll and shape, using a rolling pin i wanted to get the clay an even thickness of about a centimeter then lay it over the mold keeping it quite loose so you allow it fill the mold naturally, you can then cut off excess from the sides and create a smooth finish with a rubber kidney this also helps it to fill the mold. The clay needs to be leather hard before applying slip and sgraffito and so you can remove it from the mold with out it loosing its shape. But as we only had one day to create our plates i decided to decorate my plate while still in the mold so it had time to dry over night before being fired.

I was pleased with the results as the images and texture are what i wanted, each drawing is from real event of what happened in native American culture as many chiefs were arrested so that there tribe could be moved to reservations more easily. And the one on the left is an image from the on slaughter of wounded knee where many natives lost there lives to the cavalry although they had surrender their weapons. Both plates are still unfinished as they need to be glazed, then be applied with decal transfers but i am looking forward to the end result.