Mission Accomplished

To me, it’s not just a title page.

This year I feel I have come a long way with my illustrations. I was never the best at drawing by hand as I used to stick to what I was more interested and comfortable doing,  designing images using adobe programmes. However, I set myself a goal at the beginning of this acedemic year, to step outside my comfort zone & improve my drawing skills. Putting pen to paper has never been the problem, making mistakes has been. I have now realised, mistakes are G O O D. We can come up with an idea in our heads & once we start to design on paper it tends to be completely different, but most of the time, to others, something impressive.


My title page for R O M A N  R O A D.


Presenting 42

Those We Lost.

In our morning studio session, we put together our own 10 minute long presentations. Helping to explain our third projects designs and development. We didn’t have long which pushed us to think clearly, efficiently and work within a quick time frame. We had one hour in total to rack our brains and mention the four steps. What, When, Why, How?

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Above are my slides for my 10 minute presentation, helping to explain the journey I have taken for my Roman Road project. I have chosen the colours black & white for presentation to express the sense of history in my theme. How my final piece is based on a story of before our time.

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Presenting has become an easier thing for me over the past year as I have done many presentations with my peers and alone. I am glad I have had the chance to speak out and learn how to pitch my ideas before moving onto third year.

Prototype Plaque

Something New

The next step for our Roman Road project was to work on our prototype plaque designs using the skills we had learnt from previous Illustrator lessons with Michelle. (This is not my final design as we produced our prototypes half way through the project.) I was in charge of going to collect and making sure our documents were 100% ready to be cut. We all worked in fours to help the technician out and to not waste the big pieces of wood we had purchased. After fitting all four documents onto one page I went to meet Anatol. 

Our Laser Cut Prototypes

There was a small issue with the machine where it hadn’t cut around the outsides of our individual designs correctly, so I decided to save my team & cut the designs edges myself very carefully using a scalpel. Here are the final results. 


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Old Ford Primary

After visiting Roman Road for a second time, I gathered as much information as possible about Old Ford Primary a school located at the top of Roman Road. After my first visit I was fascinated by the way the artwork outside the school had people captured. Many visitors would stop & look at the detailed child like pieces which were placed on the brick wall outside the school gates.

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Once I reached back home I looked over the research I had gathered and continued to research the school and it’s history. Firstly, looking into when Old Ford Primary was first opened being, 1988.

I also found out | it is a multi cultural school | a school of excellence |  strong interests in the arts and performing arts | how the children are involved in helping to designing their school | their creative stepping stone playground | stepping stone teaching scheme | school productions | architecture collaborations and the design ideas behind the schools logo. 

I was interested in the playground and how each year was allocated a part of the playground designed for their age group. The playground was designed by a group of children at the school and one of the teachers along with a well known architecture company called Erect Architecture.

The school had named this project | F O U N D  S O U N D.

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Each part of the playground has a location name

B E A C H  |  R I V E R  E D G E  |  K A S B A H  &  O A S I S  |  U R B A N  P L A Y G R O U N D  |  F O R E S T  P L A Y G R O U N D


A-Z Collaboration

The Three Musketeers.

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Monday afternoon the three musketeers (Clelia, Shalini & I) made a second trip down to Roman Road to complete our homework task. We had to visit Roman Road and create a collection of brass rubbings. We separated completing 4 – 5 sheets full of textured rubbings of man hole covers, textured patterns and letter forms.

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Once reaching home (Clelia’s house) we put all our works of art together.

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We then took individual photographs of each letter form and pattern to make it easier for us to create our Roman Road A-Z.

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Our next step was to edit our letter forms and pattern to the create the perfect A-Z. Using my digital editing skills I neatened up the edges and details. Below are our 4 completed A-Z’s.

A-Z Original Colour

Our first A-Z was in original colours with no edits.

A-Z Inverted

Our second version was using inverted colours, creating a whole new look for our A-Z.

A-Z Black & White

Our third version was using no colours, keeping things organic by trying tones of black and white.

A-Z Textured

Our fourth version was using a textured effect which made each letter form more detailed.

We enjoyed this session, working together as a team to build 4 outcomes all in a days work. The cold weather was disappointing but we put our will power into today’s task and pulled through. We all have our own individual styles so I am very interested and looking forward to developing our letter forms further and seeing the outcomes we come up with.


On Tuesday morning we were asked to put together some titles for our project using the A-Z we had created over the weekend. I don’t have a definite title for my project just yet so I tested out two titles looking back at my first piece of research linked to the Suffragettes.

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Sister Suffragettes

I would love to develop these further, maybe once I have a definite title for my Roman Road project and make my A-Z easier to read in a more graphic style.

Live Tracing

A 15 minute tutorial with Michelle, Live Tracing using Illustrator.

During our morning studio session Michelle showed us the step by step process of creating a Live Tracing document using Illustrator, a must do process for our final piece for our third and final Roman Road brief. Illustrator is not one of my strong points within design so this session was essential for me to learn from.

She took us through a step by step tutorial explaining size, line thickness and simplifying our designs an essential document we will then use for Laser Cutting.

Live Tracing Process

New File – Width + Length – A4 Landscape – Chose CMYK Colour mode

1] Artboard – File – Place – find picture and click to place

Hold the shift key will justify your image to stop it from stretching

Select whole image – Window – Image Trace

The outline of the image needs to be thick and continuous, if any breaks in the lines we the image will not work. On a new layer create an outline, add black lines and remove fill colours. Don’t use complex images for laser cutting.

Find the advanced tab and open in use – Open graphic style box  – Object – rastorise 

Change to black and white, change the threshold, add to path for more detail.

Select tool – expand  | click on parts to delete them

This tutorial was pretty easy to follow and we each got a change to create our own Live Tracing image. Below is my first try at creating one. Using one of my sketches from my previous post The British Museum I created the a live trace of the famous Rosetta Stone.

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Museum of London

Our exciting 30 minute trip. In studio morning hours we visited Barbican’s famous Museum of London where we gathered relevant information based on our third project titled Roman Road.

After speaking to a staff member at the welcome desk, she showed me exactly where I could find objects, images and interesting facts on East London. I met the girls who had arrived at earlier than me. We didn’t find much on Roman Road as staff members had told us that there was nothing based on Roman road at the Museum so we gathered all we could about East London and Spitalfields.

The three musketeers, Clelia, Shalini and I worked together as a team collecting photographs and information which we will soon be discussing during our studio sessions.

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If I can find the time, I would like to visit The Museum of London again as other students within our studio found information on Roman Road. It’s a real shame we got told the wrong information.

Visiting Roman Road

In our morning studio session we were grouped into small groups with second and third year Architecture students to create our own tribes. Each group was given an area in East London to base their tribes and design our tribes visual identity. Our groups location was Mile End, after researching Roman Road and it’s link to Mile End we focused on Feminism, the way the Suffragette back in 1914 set up their own stall in Roman Road voicing votes for women. We worked well as a grouping designing an half man, half woman uniform supporting both male and females who would be interesting in joining our tribe. We felt a unisex uniform would work well. We designed a suitable logo along with our tribes name.

After finishing our designs we took a trip down to the site our second and third year Architecture students have been working to take some interesting photographs of our models in uniform. Our stylish model Kevin Li is posing fiercely in the third row of pictures below.

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Around 4pm Luke dismissed us to have a little look around Roman Road Market, not much was going on as it was closing time however we managed to take some pictures of the surroundings and people closing down their stalls.

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It was a successful day working together with some new creatives and has helped me to explore a little more on the journeys I take daily.

Researching Roman Road

Four Corners
No. 113, Roman Road, Bethnal Green

London’s Centre for Film and Photography. Four Corners was formed in 1973 by four young Film Makers – Joanna Davis, Mary Pat Leece, Roland Peck and Wilfred Thust. The name Four Corners is based on the fact that the creatives came from four different corners of the world. The company develops independent film making and different levels of production.


  • Cinema and production workshops
  • Screening films to local audiences
  • Independent film making

Four Corners had a contract agreement with Channel 4 in the 1980’s. They had produced films such as; Bred And Born, Hang On A Minute, Is That It? and Nighthawks, The First gay feature film directed by, Ron Peck and Paul Hallam, in 1979)

Four Corner studio is still open to the public today, where creatives can learn about film making, access exhibitions and hire studio space.

“My first cutting room was at Four Corners. There I would work, with an intensity I can recall vividly… I cannot know what I would be doing now had I not cemented my process, as I did, at Four Corners” – Tacita Dean, international artist and Turner Prize nominee 1998, Roman Road Market

Introducing Harry Da Costa 

The oldest known trade route in Britain. The road to Colchester. Roman road is in the heart of the East End, It’s a welcoming market place to shop for bargains. The market takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Saturdays. Saturday being their busiest trading day. Special events and festivals are held here in Summer and Winter every year. The most famous route from London to Essex. It is historically known that the route was altered slightly by the Romans who created a paved road from London to Colchester linked to the A12.


“The Roman Road is known all over the world” – Harry Da Costa

Harry Da Costa is a well known Market Trader since the 30’s. Harry started working at Roman Road Market from the age of 7. He is now known as the Chairman. His home is situated in Gants Hill, which makes it pretty easy for Harry to commute to and from work.

East London’s Suffragettes
Roman Road Market

Set up a stall in Roman Road, January 1914, Woman’s social and political union (SWPU). Historian – Sarah Jackson has marked this event with a new book “Voices from History, East London Suffragettes.”

East London’s Suffragettes Festival, In August, 1914 was a week of events with a central day of talks at Toynbee Hall based on women’s history and other hidden stories to do with voting (votes for woman.)


“They were a really creative, courageous group of rebels and we thought their stories would really resonate with a lot of people in East London today, many of who are still involved in different kinds of activism. Different forms of protest, community actions.” – Sarah Jackson