Going back to my ideas for Oh Gee, Pie! I decided to create some quick animations/gifs. The first one I created shows the process of drawing a slice of pie, the second shows a cup of tea spilling onto a table with the name ‘Oh Gee, Pie!’ spelled out in the tea. The final animation shows a pie being drawn and then each slice removed to show the name ‘Oh Gee, Pie!’ in the pie tray. Im pretty happy with these animations as I created them to test my ideas but I would like to now create a longer version, telling more of a story about my brand. Back to the storyboard for now…
Throughout the year I have explored my local universe. My local universe is the area surrounding Commercial Road and the university, it includes Aldgate, Brick Lane, the Spitalfields market, Hackney, Tower Hill and Whitechapel. East London has a vibrant and diverse history, home to many who immigrated to London over hundreds of years.
Many immigrants would have arrived in London at the local city docks. In the 17th century it became the home of many Huguenot refugees who fled from persecution in France. Weavers by trade, they worked in Spitalfields, the home of London’s master weavers.
More recently the area has become home to the Bangladeshi community, Brick lane in particular is known for some of the best Indian restaurants in London. When I first started exploring this area one of the first things I started to notice was the architecture in the area.
The architecture in East London is a combination of 19th Century town houses that survived the Blitz. Brutalist architecture which was popular after the Second World War, and more modern modern designs like the Swiss RE Tower. (which I often spot on my walk to uni 🙂 )
I started exploring the architecture of my local universe by walking through the area and photographing interesting features of buildings and man made spaces in the area.
Inspired by the architecture in the area we then had a workshop in the studio. During the workshop we created images in response to the area by using lots of materials to create marks. This was fun as it required making our own mark making tools and then using inks and paints to construct the image. It was also great to experiment with different materials using found everyday items like coffee cups, cardboard and bubble wrap. My images kinda became collages as well as I incorporated some found items to create different textures.
For my poster project I wanted to play with words and the meaning we associate with them. Ive chosen to focus on “Mind the Rain” playing on London Transports “Mind the Gap” and the wet weather London is known for.
After experimenting with different types of text I’ve chosen to experiment with letter press. I like the texture of letter press as it has a distressed quality to it. When thinking about rain falling on pen or ink, it smudges and takes on a similar distressed look so I feel this could potentially be pretty perfect for my poster.
Ive started looking at using letter letter press with different types of paper to see what different textures I can create. The First paper I’ve tried is 160gsm fine grain cartridge paper, I like the texture here!
The second paper type I’ve tried is 220gsm heavy weight paper. Not too sure of this one, but still have a few more I want to test so only time will tell.
Great HotHouse talk with Alex Donne Johnson of DazzleShip toady! Great to hear about the projects they have worked on and how each project has pushed them to learn new skills! Check out the website here!
Never stop creating!
For our first CCS project we looked at souvenirs and ways we could create an alternative souvenir to tell an alternative story of London. I focussed on the Houses of Parliament and the Elizabeth Clock Tower or Big Ben. After looking through the current souvenir options available, I finally settled on a ‘Build your own’ model.
The houses of parliament have been the seat of British government since 1295. The original Palace of Westminster, built in the middle ages, was destroyed in a fire in 1834. The gothic structure we see today was designed by Sir Charles Barry. “The Elizabeth Tower, which stands at the north end of the Houses of Parliament, was completed in 1859”
I chose to model my souvenir on Big Ben because of its connection to the Houses of Parliament. Both parts of the building were built by people who would never see its profit. This has always intrigued me, and if we analyze the majority of individuals within, we find that, especially the House of Lords, consist mainly of white upper class males. A far cry from the makeup of those who created it. This theme can be seen in many areas of London. The gentrification of previously run-down areas, paving the way for the rise of the middle-upper class and forcing the inhabitants to move elsewhere.
With these ideas in mind, I decided to manipulate the famous landmark of Big Ben and add my own twist. I added printed £50 notes and covered the entire exterior of the model to represent that the government and individuals within parliament, who hold an unequal amount of the wealth of Britain and control the distribution of funding throughout the country. The printed £50 notes I chose to use served a dual purpose.
Not only do they symbolise financial inequality but “Under section 18(1) of the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981 it is a criminal offence for any person, without the prior consent in writing of the Bank of England, to reproduce on any substance whatsoever, and whether or not on the correct scale, any Bank of England banknote or any part of a Bank of England banknote.” By constructing my alternative souvenir my audience would be breaking the law, an act of rebellion in itself.
The Hothouse talks showcase industry professionals from across design and illustration Friday’s HotHouse talk was with Sarah Boris.
Sarah Boris is an award winning graphic designer, art director and artist based in London running her design practise. She was Associate Art Director at Phaidon Press until February 2015.
Sarah Boris spoke about how she got her first jobs after graduating with the Barbican as part if their ‘in-house’ design team as a junior graphic designer. She had originally applied to the Barbican for an internship but heard nothing back and assumed she had lost out. Weeks later a position for the junior graphic designer came available and Sarah created a whole new application and, with a bit of persistence, was given the job! From there Sarah Boris’s career has gone from strength to Strength.
Sarah Boris has worked since 2005 for organisations which include Tate, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Barbican Centre, the Architecture Foundation, Triangle Network, Gasworks, Hotshoe International, Max Wigram Gallery, Visiting Arts, Fedrigoni and the Royal Philharmonic Society amongst others. Sarah Boris talked about how working on projects like these have shaped her career as a graphic designer and she sees herself going in the future. She discussed her process when designing and what interests her as an artist.
It was great to see some of the incredible work Sarah Boris has done and inspiring to hear how she has grown her career through hard work and dedication. Check out Sarah Boris’ website here.
Ping Pong Gone Wrong.
Sometimes things don’t go to plan, and when that happens you have to adapt to a new challenge. This was certainly the case with creating my Ping Pong paddle for CASS Paper to Ping Pong exhibition and auction
I had my heart set on a design inspired by Snakes and Monsters, but after creating my prototype, I could see that the design sadly didn’t work on the paddle as well as I had imagined. So I revisited some of my other ideas and developed another of my favourite designs, a woman with a red flower, and her sugar skull counterpart.
Creating my prototype also gave me a chance to address any problems with painting directly onto a wooden ping pong paddle. Once I removed the rubber sides and sanded the paddle, I discovered that it was still uneven, with dimples in the wood so it wouldn’t be great surface to paint directly onto. Fixing this would be my first challenge.
So I took a trip to B&Q in search of wood fillers and after 20 minutes and a cold, windy walk home I was ready to get started. 3 hours and a lot of sanding later, I finally had a paddle to paint on…
A lot of painting, cups of tea and late nights but this is the finished piece…