As I keep going on my final major project it keeps changing even just a little. At the moment I’m getting into the research of adoption and the ways it’s portrayed in children’s books and how it’s addressed in other ways and places like in art and writing. I was having a conversation with my mum about it as she is over in Sydney and bringing over a lot of photos she can of me when I was small and she was saying that she found it interesting the lack of stuff out there from the parents perspective of adopting a kid and what it will be like and all that. It is really interesting and it is something I hadn’t thought about. What is it like for a parent adopting a child and bringing it up as your own?
Cecile was teaching a book binding workshop this week and because I am on work experience with her I was to go and assist and take part in the workshop. I have done a few book binding work shops on different kinds of binding but this workshop was on sectioned, hollow spined hard bound binding. I didn’t have any of the materials that are needed but luckily Cecile came well prepared and I managed to scavenge enough materials to make a small book. We were also even given a drawn and written out manual of what we were doing so we can recreate it. Cecile would give a small demonstration and then us student would be sent off to complete the next step of the workshop.
I was lucky enough to spend two weeks at the Gille & Cecilie studio in Shoreditch for work experience. The first week was really insightful in ways of working and the process of working through a project and I found it really interesting how focused I was while in the studio and the amount of work that can be produced from a small task.
We had a great talk from Alex from Dazzleship come talk to us in one of our Hot House sessions. Dazzleship are a creative studio based in London that work in many different fields such as script writing, art direction, motion graphics, video production, 3D animation and CGI, commericals, UI design, photography, graphic design and illustration (among others!). They call themselves a creative team of thinkers, makers and doers and they have worked with many big brands.
Tara and I went along to the Apple store in Covent Garden to a talk called Creativity in the Digital Age. My expectation for the event was a big room filled with people and a big stage and for the talk to be about mainly digital art. I was pleasantly surprised when we turned up and it was a very intimate setting. There were four square tables on the mezzanine of the Apple Store and a small stage with some director style fold up chairs. There wasn’t too may people there, around about 20-30 people. The talk was also being filmed and recorded.
For my reflective diary for Design Comp I’ve been looking at layouts, mainly publication layouts as I will be creating a form of publication, book, magazine etc. I took to pinterest as I find they have a huge arrange of layouts on there and some really amazing design. It’s been very inspiring and having a pinterest board is a good way of compiling a lot of things like a mood board digitally and easy to go through later. Here is a pinterest board I made on layouts.
As part of my research for the last chapter of my dissertation which is on mermaids as a subculture, I looked at mermaiding which is the practice of wearing and often swimming in a costume mermaid tail. It is also known as artistic mermaiding, mermaidry or artistic mermaid performance. Mermaiding began in the 20th century and was sometimes referred to as water ballet, it is not modern synchronised swimming but there can be confusion if a mermaid performance troupe is performing a routine that is synchronised. Mermaiding also goes includes cosplay and crafting in terms of the making of tails and other prosthetics used. There are several tail making companies that provide the ‘mer’ community with things such as fabric tails and full SFX prostheeses costing thousands of dollars.
I have totally forgotten to write on here about my dissertation status. It is definitely underway and I have written and researched a good deal of it so I think I’m making progress. I have to confess that I have found it difficult to keep up with it along side the practical assignments I have but I have made up for that time lost.
My latest idea for my FMP is to create a children’s/ young adult picture book using the characters of myself and Joanne and illustrate the two paths we have taken but still ending up being the same person, illustrating that you can be what you want to be, no matter what path you choose, you are still you. I like the idea and I think it will work better having that message or storyline under my story, it makes my project more relatable to others.
I went along to Foyles bookstore to look at children’s books, mainly to look at the illustrations and the different styles and ways of illustrating stories. Here are some that caught my eye:
This week I screen printed my posters, wanting to get in the workshop before the rush of everyone else wanting to get their posters done. Thinking I was very organised and I was actually but my first day of printing was a little bit of a nightmare. It was y first time screen printing after just having done an induction and I was nervous about using the equipment but very excited to give it ago and see how my work would come out.