By looking at others collections and the materials im using and what ascetic they give i decided to do my collection around light and doing this by using the transparency of the acetate for a conductor of light itself.
Using line i stated experimenting with thick gouache paint as a back ground and layering the drawings on top of one another. i also applied the paint directly on to the acetate which gave a bold colours and also created some texture when held up to the light which i quite liked so i plan to continue playing around this. i want to integrate the human form in some way as i think light is an import factor of life and is usually overlooked on a daily basis but it is really essential and can influence our moods and emotions and i want to try and communicate this.
Our first mile stones was to make a zine as a way to to communicate our ideas for what our collections might be.
I use this to demonstrate the technique i was going to use, i then furthered it by introducing people and also random sentences from books to see how this effected the feel of the image. And weather it reinforced or contradicted the mood of the picture.
Looking in to the native Americans was really interesting as they see home as living at one with nature and have many traditions and rituals that are carried down from generation to generation and this is mainly through story telling. There is also the fact that they were forced out of there rightful homes by the Europeans and put in to reservation most of which were in poor condition.
The more i researched the more i found that the native Americans were very often misrepresented, and there true history was often brushed over so with my plates i wanted to represent the true story and illustrate just some of the things that they had to suffer. But i also wanted to layer it with the more romanticized vision of native Americans to show the contrast.
Our first brief of the year was to create a book to a high professional standard based on collections for the whole term. This brief was very open to interpretation as it could be based upon a personal collection or a response to someone elses or could even challenge what a collection is. So it gave a lot to play around with but it was also quite difficult to try and focus on one thing as its so broad. I started by doing some research into the artist suggested and also ones that came up in my previous book project Erik Satie biography. We were also told to maybe limit the materials we use so that theirs an obvious acetic to the images.
As i really enjoyed working with acetate i decided to continue this and see what effect i could create. One artist that really stood out was Roderick Mills as he uses linear lines which create great detail but layers this on to block colour. Which i think gives an interesting composition to the image.
This technique of layering, simple line and colour is something i want to integrate into my work.
In this field i chose to do hoe truths as i wanted to expand on the materials i work with. the out come for this field is six ceramic plates that form a narrative and is mainly focusing on surface design.when thinking about what kind of narrative we wanted to produced we were asked to think of a plate that was special to us whether its was a special plate we ate off when we were young or a plate on display in our family. one that popped into my head was a plate at me nans house with a red Indian chief on it as she has always collected native American memorabilia i wanted to look in to this further.
To get inspiration i went to research ceramic artists one work that i really admired was Graycen Perry’s recent creations where from a far looked like pretty decorative vase but when seen in detail told a much more hard hitting story but this was Perry’s intentions as he describes how he doesn’t want to sacrifice the ascetics of a piece to betray concept and this is something that i may want to think about when designing my plates.
I started playing around with different materials i was particularly interested in the opaque silk and i liked the way the images could mold together when in the light. I wanted to take this further so i stated experimenting with acetate as i really wanted to focus on Saties eccentric personality but in an unusual, abstract way as he was known for breaking the rules and going against the norms. So i started to overlap images i had made of Saties experiences through out his life and i think through this they started to tell a story and the more images that overlapped the more that information got lost but i quite liked that as i felt that Erik Satie told so many stories that the truth in them got lost and diluted.
But i also wanted to introduce colour and this was a bit of a challenge working with acetate, and also i didn’t want to block out any detail from my linear drawings as the idea is for them to all work together in chaos to demonstrate Saties erratic behavior. But with 24 pages i decided to split my book into chapters so that you can still appreciate each drawing and gain a different perspective each time you turn the page. I played around with coloured sharpy but the effect wasn’t very strong and created texture which i think drew away from the images.
For this brief we were specifically given a certain person from history i was given Erik Satie an eccentric, french composer from the 18th century. I have never really been into classical music but as i researched more about him and listened to his music i was glad to find out that he wasn’t one for playing by the rules and prided himself on being different and going against the norm. His most well known piece Gymnopedie .
It is both moving and sad giving me the impression of living a life pretending to be happy yet underneath there is sadness. In a way i feel like this sums up Erik Satie as there were many stories about him but he would never say what parts were true, and in his bed sit that he lived in from his twenties until he died he allowed no visitors accept a few stray dogs. With this i want to do a lot of experiments some in a classical sense as i did with the book i made using charcoal to show some of his experiences in life.
To highlight his ambiguity i also experimented with silk paintings which i think gave a really interesting effect, as i like the opaque capacity of them with the bold colours i used and i think i would like to take this idea further with the overlapping of drawings.
After another individual tutorial it was discussed how i could make the message clearer and how it could be portrayed visually. I thought by making another book of the future not to far from now would be a good way of really showing the gradual deterioration of our sea life, that is very possible if we don’t start respecting the sea. also i think by adding some text with the 3d pieces in a form of a poem would also give more context to the story behind it.
with all three books i think i have put in small details that add to the character and message of the books such as basing them all around the same place of the Glamorgan coast and using species of fish that are local to the area such as poor cod, whiting, silver eels and thresher sharks that are now classed as vulnerable. I also rose the sea level in each one to show the other environmental issues such as global warming. Each boat is larger than the next just to highlight how we are damaging the ocean with our technologies which also links to my previous project in field within subject.
But i also experimented with the ink that i used as i wanted to see what different effects i could get. As i quickly decided what style i wanted to use for my book i thought it would be interesting to try out letting the ink drip and blow it in certain directions. The turn out was very good, as its very free and allows the colours to seep into each other, and creates a really nice natural effect with the ink and goes well with the subject matter. Which i would like to continue to develop further, perhaps in to another tunnel books.