Graphic Arts Festival 2016
I took a trip down to London’s ‘Pick Me Up’ art fair at Somerset House. Exploring current artists design works. A venue full of independent artist’s pop up stalls, exhibiting and selling their independent designs. Also featuring work from many established artists such as Alan Kitching and the life of letterpress works.
I had found many inspiring pieces which have helped me to see typography differently. I have never been the biggest fan of type however I will be looking to create some type faces over the summer.
Below are some graphic design pieces which held my interest, especially the funky designed mugs on the bottom right.
After visiting this years pick me up event I have been inspired by many young artists. This has helped me to see millions of different styled art pieces and broaden my mind for my future projects.
Combining music and art for a good cause.
A exciting exhibition raising money for charity. 700 record sleeves containing 7 different vinyls. The covers are designed by creatives from all around the world. Each vinyl is sold for £50 each. It’s unknown who has designed the artwork and which song you have chosen to buy, all is revealed once the vinyl has been purchased.
Every design unique, there was so many to chose from for those purchasing. Many second and third year students designed for the competition and exhibition, they all did extremely well.
To take a look at Secret 7’s vinyl collection and find out more about them check out the website www.secret-7.com.
The Three Musketeers.
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.
Once reaching home (Clelia’s house) we put all our works of art together.
We then took individual photographs of each letter form and pattern to make it easier for us to create our Roman Road A-Z.
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.
Our first A-Z was in original colours with no edits.
Our second version was using inverted colours, creating a whole new look for our A-Z.
Our third version was using no colours, keeping things organic by trying tones of black and white.
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.
T I T L E S
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.
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.
On a not so sunny afternoon my auntie, cousin and I decided to take a drive down to The William Morris museum in Walthamstow to explore the art and history of the man himself. A London born artist who designed some very famous intricate detailed art pieces.
The exhibition was easy to follow, starting with his youngest years, where he grew up with his mother and father. The first room displayed a timeline with small paragraphs and photographs explaining his life from birth to the age of 6, along with some of his famous patterned wallpaper designs and portraits. My cousin was distracted by the interactive digital map which taught you the area Morris lived in as a child and the places he visited.
The detail in the illustrated wallpaper had my eyes locked. Focusing on the colours which complimented each other perfectly, the intricate illustrations, so delicate. Every single aspect of William Morris’s work is designed individually, he never copied or a traced a single image. Every leaf and flower is drawn one by one.
Following the footsteps of other visitors we moved on to the second room. The colours in Morris’s work filled the room. I was attracted to the pottery which sat inside glass cases. The colours again complimenting each other perfectly and the patterns so beautifully done. When looking closely I realised that some of the details looked 3D (for example, the lime green plate design on the right.)
The third room was more child friendly and interactive, there were a selection of different activities for the family to have a go at creating their own patterns. Drawing a section of Morris’s work using a view finder, weaving and putting puzzle together to get answers.
In the last room I found some interesting historical stain glass windows and plaque designs. Which has helped to push some ideas my way for my Roman Road project. My favourite being the stain glass windows which were based on the story of Adam and Eve, when Adam was naming the animals of the world.
There were more rooms to explore but we didn’t have time to see it all. Following the journey of his life from beginning to end I found some interesting facts and art pieces which will help me to develop my projects further.
9.45am – Arriving at the British Museum, a beautiful sunny morning, the only thing keeping me smiling.
Another early start, my eyes still heavy from lack of sleep I met the rest of my classmates and tutor. Once introduced to todays brief we explored the beautiful historical building. Our first stop was to see the famous Rosetta Stone, aged back to ancient Egyptian times. People crowded around the display making it difficult for us to get a clear view. We stopped at the display for half an hour observing and creating simple sketches.
Our tutor Michelle had told us to use felt tips and to keep the outlines and details minimal.
Moving on from the Rosetta Stone we looked at the Nereid Monument a huge walk way. Standing tall on both sides where god like figures with wings. The intricate details were mesmerising. Up close the details were so tiny which must have taken ages to carve.
Here are some close up sketches of the Nereid Monument.
Next we looked at the Totem Pole, based at the Great Court area. An interesting sculpture, sky high full of characters faces. Totem Poles are used in different areas to scare intruders or visitors from entering a new place. Each face has it own distinguished features similar to animals.
Here are a few of my sketches of my favourite detailed areas of the Totem Poles.
Last we visited the Living and Dying room. I chose three objects that caught my eye.
This visit has helped me to prepare for my third project brief and to use a different way of drawing that I am not particularly comfortable with. It is helping me to work outside my comfort zone and to explore history in a new way.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For CIP we have been set a module to create either posters or window displays for a independent unique store called The Duke of Uke. A small Ukulele shop situated in the heart of the East End, Brick Lane, Shoreditch.
As I had missed the CIP lesson when the rest of my class visited the shop, I took a trip down to Brick Lane with my cousin. She made this trip eventful, asking many questions I wouldn’t think to ask and introducing her love of music to the shop owner.
Visiting the store has helped me to get an idea of their decor, the way they currently advertise the business, what would well and what doesn’t and has helped me to put some ideas together.
Took a little trip down to the famous art gallery, Tate Modern to visit
The Ey Exhibiton, The World Goes Pop.
The World Goes Pop focuses on the world of Pop Art. Colourful produced art and imagery borrowed from popular cultures. It is regularly referred to as a primarily North American and British phenomenon, with a celebratory attitude to modern consumer culture.
Expanding the notion of pop art into a much wider geographical context. Showing us how different cultures and countries contributed to the Pop Art movement during the 1960’s and 70’s, the visual techniques of pop have been applied to issues beyond consumerism, addressing social imbalances, censorship, the role of women, sexual liberation, tradition, war and civil rights.
Our studio met at the crack of dawn, the sun rising at 6.45am down at Docklands. Starting at Billingsgate famous fish market. Our minds waking up to the smell of seafood from a good mile away. Me and a few others wait for the rest of our classmates and tutors to arrive.
As the clock strikes 7, we went inside the fish market to get in insight into the working life of the market sellers. A very welcoming environment, each worker was willing to express to us about the history of Billingsgate market and tell us about their job roles.
x Uniforms – florescent orange
x Coloured labels – products and prices
x Boxed up products – neatly organised
Moving on from Billingsgate market, we took a walk to Canary Wharf, to take a boat trip to the Tate. Here are some photographs I took on the way.
Catching the first boat journey to Tate from Canary Wharf. Such a beautiful trip, was unexpected as I had just got back from Amsterdam the night before. My second boat trip of the week.
Once arriving outside the Tate we crossed the Millennium Bridge, I got some really nice pictures of the surroundings and workers on the bridge hard at work. Their uniforms similar to the workers at Billingsgate Market, florescent yellows and oranges. Once reaching the other side of the bridge we took a walk to Bone Island, a piece of land next to the thames where a lot of historical bones, rocks and stones are found. Our Tutor from Kin Design , Luke introduced us to the history of the island itself.
Here are a couple of my sketches of two interesting Bones I found at Bone Island.