Reflection on creating my blog and group work.

A blog is a ‘natural part of creative process’.

I have to admit that I didn’t struggle with creating a blog, nor did I have any problems while setting it up on my own. I’ve had experience with WordPress before, as well as I’ve had experience with blogging and managing other blogs on other domains, such as Blogspot and Tumblr. I didn’t struggle with this task. Although, I did find it difficult to think up of tags and different categories I may need to create for it.

There was a constant browser lag on my computer, which did cause some havoc when trying to save any changes or when refreshing; that may be something I need to look in to fixing later at another time.

I chose to use my double barrel name, instead of my shortened down nickname. It made a nice change for once to be using ‘Marie’ in things such as this.

The theme “Edin” is slim, smooth and a pretty attractive overall. Personally, I’m very picky when it comes to themes, but this one is great.

Group tasks

The group were quick to make decisions, but I strongly believe that sometimes it was a little unfair. I like listening to the person’s first, before I need to respond; yet, I couldn’t fit in a single word. It didn’t seem fair at all. We also did decide to write up and share notes on the Tuesday at 1pm in the Library and still, a few of the members of the group turned up ten, twenty and then 35 minutes later. I felt disappointed. I understand that I may have not said a lot on the day before in our decision making in what we all were going to do, or meet etc. But, I couldn’t. It’s hard to hear what they’re saying to me, while there’s other groups making noise. As much as I concentrate or focus my attention on them, the others are distracting.

Wednesday 30th September: I wasn’t in for the final set ups of blog posts because of transportation issues, however, I did offer to email my notes to the group or give them access in ways to contact me, if they were stuck or needed my input.

Overall, I feel I’ve let down this team a little, but I also felt let down in return. I wanted to put in more, but it was hard because of the reasons above. When someone turns up 35minutes late to something that’s been arranged, then verified at least twice, I see that as disrespectful. I did apologise for not being there on the final day, but tried to compensate for it by offering my email, as I have stated.

 

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Keiron’s work shop

Moving on to Kieron’s work shop, he showed us how to make a small 8 paged *’Zine’.

*Zine is an abbreviation for Magazine.

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Keiron had explain previously, that he had created a cover by scanning the things that he used on a daily basis. He laid them out neatly and arranged them to the  way he wanted it; they were placed in a pretty neat presentation on the machine. Once those were scanned in to the computer, he edited the design further by including something of interest to him, or something he likes doing.

On the right, you can see that he has taken his final magazine print for the cover and he’s used a metal ruler to help carefully fold the paper in half.

IMG_20150928_145133I attempted to zoom the camera in, just to avoid the shoulders of those in front. This is the second fold. In the end, he did another fold and continued until he reached the set amount of folds for eight pages.

In my opinion, I felt eight was a too many folds for an A4 piece of paper because the outcome was pretty small, and even trying to get the folds in accurately would’ve had some trouble in doing.

 

IMG_20150928_145611Adding a few final touches to the book.

Adrian’s talk

We got in to groups of 8 and co-cooperatively came up with our very mighty team name: ‘No name’!

The reason for forming teams was for a hands-on challenge, where we given a ball to throw in to one of two upside down plastic cones which were lying on the floor in front of us. We had to make a decision of either throwing them in to a far cone, or a cone that’s closer to us. The cone that’s closer would score us 5 points, but the far away one would give us 10. As a team, we all aimed for the one that is further away. We all had a turn each, but in the end we didn’t score any points.

Afterwards, that task was used as a way to test what action was safe for us to do. The close cone that was used as a way of depicting a form of a ‘Safe zone’ to us or the other cone, that was a bit of a risky move.

I have learnt from this, that I can’t always take a risk and expect it to work all of the time. I need to think about my options and test out what works. Although, I can’t always stick with the safer option, too. I need to try out both and see what works out for myself.

We also we spoke to about learning outcomes and what was expected from us for the year. Then, the talk was finished off by having all of us line up against the wall from one side all along to the other side of the room. On one side were the ‘Introverts’ and the other side were the ‘Extroverts’.

 

Sara’s Talk: Visual Research

The first talk of the day: Visual research. This talk was used in order to discuss the importance of how we should display, research, analyse, plot, aim and discuss our work.  However, this is often addressed in the form of asking ourselves questions, such as ‘How we will do this?’; ‘What did we do?’, ‘Why did we do it?’.  By using the big ‘How?’, ‘What? and ‘Why?’, it helps us to grasp what we are doing, why we are doing it and how we can progress further.

Here are some examples from the notes taken during the talk:

What?

  • Process of what I’m doing.
  • Visual maps, illustrates and shows process.
  • Research is systematic.

Why?

  • To show everyone your thought process.
  • By having your work in front of you, it helps you to keep a track on what you are doing.

How?
Document:
Photograph, film, draw and write.
Reflect:
Annotate, draw and record.
Accumulate:
Keep everything, but learn how to edit your work.

Other than those few pointers, we learnt about ‘Do’s and don’t s’  of what we can show,  do  or cannot show or do in our blogs and sketch books. I specifically  wrote down these, so it would be a helpful thing for me to keep in mind of the things I can and can’t do in future.

Things we do:
• Draw stick men, make coloured charts, take photographs and then annotate it all.
Things to consider:
• Don’t print things on Wikipedia—pages and then stick in book
• An essay on a subject—just write quick facts.

Finally, our blogs are there to show process and progress. Research is a form of creative process, and we can us it to show others our progress, we can follow our own and even show people in other industries what we are doing.

Work can be documented in many forms. From posters, to photographs or even to tiny, little drawings of men rapping with cowboy hats on pieces of lined paper.

Other considerations for work can be considering how the light is on a painting, or what the background is like, texture of the material that a medium has been used on; I also need to mention their functions and details.