CCS- 8th December 2015

It’s the second week of CCS and we’re continuing our discussion of Modernism and post-modernism. This session was narrowing down what the two subjects are, and how they’ve influenced the art that we have now. I found this talk to be very interesting, and that it can then be helpful towards my research used for the essay, or any of the work that I may need to produce in future. It allows me to think in to more depth of what subject or if/how could the object can be either modern or post modern. To add to what I’ve just mentioned, it would be a good idea, if I considered questioning myself about the object while writing the essay in the chosen writing style because not only will the writing style for the essay will reflect on how I will write about the object, but asking questions, such as ‘Would this object be considered modern or post modern?’ could change the conclusion to the result(s) produced in the piece of writing(essay).

If I want a successful essay, I will need to pay attention to specific details given as to why that object is post modern or modern because it will also help support my discussion.

I’ve managed to jot down a few notes, as the presentation was very brief, so it was difficult to follow:

Modernism- Influences principle and legacy.

  • Modernism was not conceived as a style… a range o movements…
  • Support embrace of the ‘new’
  • A reflection of history
  • A utopia desire to create a better world, to retrieval
  • a belief in power and potential of the machines and industry
  • industrialism and the arts and crafts
  • reaction to industrialisation
  • good taste
  • new style
  • changing times of the past

As for the section on post modernism; I was unable to obtain the notes. When I get some time later in the week, I’ll find the powerpoint up on weblearn and make some. However, I think post modernism is quite hard to describe; it’s got so many different things to put to it, but it’s hard to firmly grasp what it is exactly. With most post modern objects, they were more about the look and NOT the function that it was intended to be used for. Though, some post modern objects may seem like they have a function to them, which makes this hard for us to make a decision on whether or not it is modern or post modern.




Upmarket tea packaging– Eastern Delights.

We were asked to take a look at the Japanese Art and Design themes and one other link to help us prepare for the discussion that were to take place later that afternoon. Breaking down the subject I researched first, which was the Japanese art and design themes. I composed these lists:


  • They convey messages in their designs.
  • Specific colours in a home could indicate a person’s beliefs
  • The Buddhist philosophy emphasized that to reach enlightenment and escape from earthly desires, one must lead a simple and frugal life.
  • Colours= Different social classes on particular occasions.


  • Used to make all over decorative pattern and far borders
  • Objects display striking varieties of patterns
  • Straight lines separated by gaps of varying width, vertical, diagonal and height.
  • Thick lines are often combined with thin ones.

Shape and balance

  • Shape is important
  • Forms based on square and rectangular are often used for Chests, screens.
  • Curved and circular shapes are thought to imply intuition and inspiration
  • Shapes convey meaning
  • Curves used on a samurai highlights strength

Pictorial narrative

  • Conceptual; more than realistic
  • Read from right to left
  • one image may illustrate a sequence of many things
  • woodblocks are made in various quantities

Moving on from that task, I was left with my final one. We were left to design packaging for an upmarket tea packaging called ‘Eastern delights’. When I saw the word ‘Eastern’ all I could think about was Japanese culture and other Asian cultures, so taking advantage of the knowledge I have recently obtained, I started to design a vase like object.

I wanted the packaging to be delicate– It could be that, if I were to make it, the packaging could be made out of thin, flexible card? and I used the pot-like shape to depict delicacy because the types of things that’ll go in there will be fragile, small treats, such as short cakes or biscuits used for tea. I also wanted it to be small enough, so it’s light to carry around.

To elaborate on this idea, I sketched it out. The Japanese often used 3 to 5 petalled shapes on their designs with a gathering of curved lines. When I think about curves on lines, they give of this form of elegance and I strongly think that this would go well with the rest of the design. Putting those ideas into consideration, I went on to discuss about the colour scheme, pinks. They have to be light pinks or perhaps, a pale pink to emphasise that whole theme of ‘delicacy’. Pale pinks are developed from the use of bold, strong colours and pigments, which do contradict the final outcome of the colour.


I wasn’t so satisfied with the end product yet; it still looked like a jar. No one will be able to know what it’s use is, if it’s just looking like that. I started to add in some more shapes, accept I started to shade in a couple of them and tried to add in markings to make them appear like biscuits and confectionery.

As for the text, that may appear on the front or wherever I want to place it, I needed to consider the theme and purpose that this item is for.

To repeat for those who’ve forgotten, I’m focusing on delicacy and Japanese design, so if it were delicate and there’s a somewhat elegant style to this object; the text may need to follow that.

Review week – 1

Starting off the day, we all broke off in to our 3 groups. As we decided to keep to the far right hand side of the room, I decided that it would be a good idea for me to start laying out the work, I brought in to discuss for that day. I do admit it was tough having to press the pins in to the wall, just to hang up the work produced, but I figured that it would only last a short while until the pain and pressure in my thumbs would go by the time it was break time, anyway, I tried to think about how I wanted to present the work.

I was left with these four questions in my mind:

  • What was I going to discuss?
  • What was I going to present?
  • How should I lay it out, so the members of the groups would understand what I have done over the last three weeks?
  • And, with the work left over, how will that be presented?

With that, I left my sketchbook open on the desk, so if anyone wanted to look at the process, thoughts, ideas and research I’ve done alongside the projects, they can feel free to do so, and with the drafts I had on A3 and A4 pieces of paper, I placed those underneath the presented work.

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IMG_20151102_105407-minIn a way, this appeared to me as if this was more than simply a discussion about work. It was more like an exhibition; seeing everyone’s work pinned up to the wall, though when it came to discussing the work, I was nervous.

Not only did my selective mute-ism kick in; I had gathered all of the things I wanted to say in my brain, and the words I wanted to say couldn’t leave my lips.

It wasn’t all that bad because in the end, I was able to at least, briefly state what each project was about and what I did for it, how and why I did it.

Everyone in our group worked so well with each other, when it came to making the final decision. However, it was a shame when it came to the end of the task and there were a few stragglers who hadn’t finished or haven’t presented the work yet.

It would’ve been nice, if we were to see what those people had done as well and then made a final decision on whose work we were presenting.

In the end, Monday was a nice learning experience; I did learn some things about presentation of work, how to discuss it and referring back to other people’s work, I found myself amazed at how many different outcomes you could achieve out of the fist poster project and what meanings could/have been portrayed.

When I do another review in future, I need to remember to try and put in some more input because there were on several occasions where I wanted to comment on someone else’s work, or ask a question about it, but I wasn’t quick enough to ask. This was mainly due to time limit again.

Screen Printing rotation

Quite a busy week this week. It was time for our change in the rotations, and this week it’s the screen printing rotation as it states in the title of this post.

We started the Monday off with learning how to properly clean the left over screens from the last group. But, before we do that, we needed to sign up for which numbered board we wanted. I chose 49 at first, however, that one didn’t seem to exist as I entered the drying room. I decided to get number 31 instead. It was extremely grubby and there were still remains of the previous stencil design on it. This definitely made my progress of cleaning the screen slower and more difficult. It to me that even if I were to rewash, rewash and rewash the board using the same method as I was shown, the stains wouldn’t of come out anyway.

The cleaning process follows as this:

  • You must always wear an apron and gloves before entering the chemicals and cleaning room. If you don’t, there’s a chance that you’ll spill chemicals, such as the stencil cleaning fluid all over your clothes, or you may splash water all down yourself.
  • You must wash over the fluid on to your silk screen, to make sure that it soaks in to the stencil to help get rid of it.
  • Once, you’ve let the liquid soak for about 5 minutes, you can move on to get it washed off.
  • Thoroughly wash the screen on both sides; make sure that you’re washing it off carefully on each section.
  • When we’re done with cleaning it, move on to the jet spray wash. Clean your board with detergent and rub the substance in with a sponge. Wash, soap, lather, repeat.
  • If we’re unsure about the stencil or stains coming out, hold the silk screen up in to the light. If there’s no sign of marks, the screen is cleaned.

Moving from that very tiring process; the board needs to be placed in the drying unit with the heater. To keep in mind for future reference– Always keep the draws closed or the board will not dry!

The cleaning task took the whole day and it really wore me out. I was going to consider, that if anyone else were to do this task in future, they should split up in to two small groups. For example, while one group cleans their boards in the wash room, the other group should go do a demonstration on how to screen print or something related to the task.

We had around 15 people, so the task of cleaning boards with all of those people in one room was pretty crazy.



Viscom V&A visit

For this visit, we navigated to the Victoria and Albert Museum to pick up on themes from last week’s lecture and seminar on the importance of history in design. We took a look at several galleries containing many things, such as pottery, paintings, designs, models of buildings.

Doing this task today gave me the opportunity to look over these works, annotate and get a good idea of what I may need to review, discuss and critique in future for the review in week 8.

We broke up in to groups of 2 or 3 for that day and to consider looking at each display with in the gallery. We completed a template, which is a template base for what a review may look like. It was like a mini-review.

Introducing the gallery: We had to think about the key details, feel of the space, impressions, unique features. We have to try and mention something about the gallery/museum and why they are mounting this exhibition and who it’s for.

My notes for this section for gallery 123:

  • The space of each object has been put in to consideration.
  • One item doesn’t distract one from the other.
  • the impressions on some of the work, such as the polished furniture, or even the historical chair set made in dedication to the great exhibition event left me astounded and amazed. Each fine detail made by the artist/designer is incredible.

Describing the theme/story.

What is the topic/theme/issue represented? There may be more than one: make a list. Quote from text panels if you like. How displays explain context is very important. look closely at what information is given.

  • In gallery 123, it was more of a memory and a build up of progress that represented the start of the V&A and its history in how it was made, who was dedicated to it and how it came about.
  • Moving on to the next gallery, it was the beginning of how english culture was influenced by other cultures.

How is the theme addressed?

Features to consider: gallery labels, captions and titles; what objects are introduced and why(Make a list with detailed caption notes to draw from: dates, materials, designer are all important clues for context)?; how are displays?;what perspectives are represented or who is telling the story? what is the agenda. connect objects to the themes listed above.

(I have notes for this section.)

I may have to revisit the museum again next week to get some more photos and notes on the different topics.



Studio culture week

For  this week, we shall be visiting the studios of Itsnicethat; their studios were located all in Haggerston. Unfortunately, I couldn’t attend to the session we had with them as a group, but the task for that day was to find out what their studios were like; how they organise their studio, where they keep their work and how they lay out their desks, tables and equipment.

Returning on the Friday, we had to organise ourselves in to groups. The groups were set out as this:

  • Library
  • Inspiration
  • Tools and equipment
  • Separate area to store work
  • Communal cutting area
  • Desks
  • Working/Testing area
  • Storage
  • Lockers
  • Tutorial area
  • Drawing wall

From the fine selection of groups we all had, I chose to go in the most difficult one. The Desk group. Our task was to plan, discuss and coordinate where the desks will be laid out in the studio. We couldn’t come in to terms with a decision at first, there were some disagreements due to the fact that we had so many people and few desks and chairs. We all decided to work out how many of us there were first; then measure out the length and widths of the space in the room. Each member of the group were working very efficiently and we got this task done quickly.

I was left to take photographs of all of the different changes the group made. From the floor plans to the final desk layouts.