Collect, re-assemble and analyse: NEW UPDATE

Another new update for a recently finished project, but I didn;t quite address the changes in what was suggested to me. As a reminder, there were a few, I wouldn’t say issues, but key things that I weren’t particularly fond of for the end object. The first thing was the cover of the book, which held my pencil collection in. The card used was very soft, flimsy and it pretty much fell apart when it came to putting it along with the pages and giving it a butterfly bind. The title on front of it wore out, and it didn’t really help it out in terms of presentation.

To fix this, I found two sheets of hard card, measured them out to the correct size and using the guillotine, I carefully cut it down. From looking at that on it’s own, I knew right away that this was going to help secure the product properly.  While I did find this task to go a head smoothly without any worry, there were a few worries that did come to mind.

  • What if the measurements were wrong?
  • Will it really secure the book and intended bind?

So, before moving on to working out the title and preparing it for the words to be cut out, I tested the bind again. I stood the book up in many positions, and even tested the fold as I opened the book up– Luckily, it was a lot stronger and as one of the tutors suggested in the crit, it did, indeed work.

The title for the book, I did start to think about this a bit, but as the first concept idea for it, by having the words cut out and have the image behind the cover show through was a success in the crit, I decided to keep to cutting the words out AND this time, I reminded myself about being patient and taking my time with it. There were a few problems at first with this method, due to how there was a lack of lighting and space on my desk at the time, but I proceeded with this gradually.

Also, with the use of the butterfly band, it allows the person (reader) to take the book apart and rearange the 4 sets of folded books inside in any way they want to organise it.  Although, next time, I may seperate the pages and make each page seperate so they can re-arrange or change it to their liking.





Collect, analyse & re-assemble: Exhibition (2/?)

While there’s a lot of tension in the room, when it comes to presenting the idea or final piece of work for this project, I felt that I should’ve been less nervous as this isn’t the first time that we have to present our ideas to the group. The feedback given was helpful, but admitingly, once I got home I figured that I may of explained my project differently compared to how Ihad explained it on my blog and in my sketchbook notes. I’ve got to be very specific with how I say things, or explain them to others, as they won’t be able to clearly understand what I’m trying to put forward. As of the feedback, I’ve started to re-make the front cover, as this is one of the aspects that let the book down, but looking at the positive side of this book, at least I was able to show to everyone what I had put together, analysed and reassembled as a collection.

Although, the collection may of been prejected in a different way, which could lead to some confusion of whether or not my book was about the pencil collection, which would have the marks, prints of the markings it makes, the structures (basically, everything you could do and work with from the 200 and something pencils I had), or it’s a collection of marks created by pencils? By looking over the layout of the pages with in the book, I think what may help would be to re-arrange the pages again, so they follow along and link in with one another to show what the collection is about and how it’s been used as a starting point; which was my original intention.  So, it could start of with the lines and patterns created as a starting point by the grey tones pencils; moving in to the coloured ones, then moving on to the marks and shapes of the pencils and following on from there.

As for the photos of the pencils, I’m going to keep the collection of the pencils at the front, then put the photos of the pencil structures at the back to show that they can be handled as models or for sculpturing purposes. It might be a bit of a downfall, but it’s a risk I’m going to try and take, until I figure out how I can work around with this collection. I plan to make another seperate book just with the photos of the pencils as well, as a ‘just in case’ this plan doesn’t work.

Please stay tuned for the next update, as it’s another update to show the making and thought process behind the setting out of the images for the content of the book. Thanks for reading~.

Collect, analyse and re-assemble: Exhibition and critique. (1/?)

Working together as a team, we hosted our very own exhibition in the cafeteria area. Exhibitions aren’t always my cup of tea, when it comes to getting it together, I must admit. While I also did state ‘working together’, I felt that I lacked in that part when figuring out how I could help others, I did however start to consider how my book (and case) for this project could be displayed.

There’s not an awful a lot of space for everyones work to go, if you were to put in to mind that the canteen’s pretty small and there’s a lot of work. We made do with what we had though; baring this in mind, when displaying my book, I found that the book was far too thick and had trouble staying up right on the shelve, that I originally intended to display it on, this led me to believe that I could probably find another place to set it up.

So, there were this pile of boxes in the corner, luckily enough I was able to use one of those and position the book upright. From looking at it, it looked kind of floppy, this may have been due to the think, scrappy piece of card used for the book cover. I may need to keep in mind, that I need to change that because in my opinion, that was one of the only downfalls about my book– The cover. If it was harder card, it may be able to be presented a bit more neatly.  Speaking of the presentation on the box, Sara later suggested moving it to near the window, as its current position was hidden and could easily be missed; I felt this was a good idea. I did try this method first, but I didn’t want the book to be merged with the others on display, although the fact that it’s placed on the orangey-red box makes it stand out.

Looking back at the exhibition presentation so far and seeing how everyone organised their stuff, it shows that some thought and effort had been put in to it.

I had a few notes for myself in future that I may need to think back to in future:

  • How is the display of the object going to be laid out?
  • Where will the object go?
  • Is there any context to the display or object?
  • Will the display help the object?
  • Lighting? shadows?

Collect, analyse & (re)assemble- Artists and designers looked at.

Trying to find artists and/or designers who work with pencils in a more creative, or conceptual way is tough. Even from typing up the words ‘artists who work in pencil’, it brings up pages of life drawings. Not that, that’s such an awful thing. Narrowing my search to ‘mark making artists’, I came across some unusual outcomes, which I didn’t think about before. That just goes to show that there’s always someone who thinks of this object in a different way, or uses them.


Abbey Withington was one of my first finds, while looking for different mark makers. She creates these interesting, colourful patterns made via screenprint. They almost look as if they could of been hand drawn, just from looking at the textured markings. While these appear to be refreshing to look at; how each shape is spaced out appear to have been put in to consideration. Each colour, pattern and shape do not seem to be too repetitive and they seem to work together well. As an illustrator, I may need to bare in mind of this method; making careful decisions on what pattern, mark or how something will look on the pages of the book.

Other than that, observing closer at the marks, the patterns and textured strokes seem to stand out among all of the white space.

Reedy’s Legend of Zelda wood-block prints are what caught my eye. They’re captivating, bold and very detailed. They’re able to capture character among the characters in such a simple way.

I adore the use of thick lines he uses, and the amount of detail that goes in to each print’s astonishing. In terms of this method of production, I plan to use some printing in my tests for the collection as a form of presenting the object. What I mean to state is, the teeth and name etchings and the patterns on the pencils for instance could be printed multiples amounts of times, or could be used to create another piece of imagery with in the book to make it look appealing to those who look at it.

Honestly,  I didn’t ever think you could obtain something like this from just colouring pencils.  Though, this one is most likely not all in pencil, but it’s another nice example of an illustration that uses pencils. This piece was created by Rebecca Green; an American Illustrator, who works with gouache, acrylic, colored pencil, and ink. What I liked about this was how simple and traditional it was.

 By using groups of objects, Federico Uribe gathers them all together and creates sculptures from them; to me, it looks complicated. It may be, if I were to try something similar to this, I might try building the sculpture out on its side instead.

Collect, analyse and (re)collect.

You never ever seem to notice the small collection of books gathering up on your shelf, or even the bundle of pencils, pens ad other stationary that clutters up in your drawers. There’s always a system and a way of how things are organised, and this is the new task that I’ve been set to work on, discuss, analyse, experiment, collect and start to develop.

When I start to think about this subject, I thought at first that this was going to be a pretty, damn hard subject to figure out, but as I returned home and arrived to my room… it hit me.  I have several collections of my own, but I had never considered them as a collection at all and I did have a strategy of how I line them up, organise the objects or even spacing them out in my room a certain way and it’s extraordinary.

As much as I like boasting about my little gathering of figures, or manga; I don’t like talking about it to the whole class. It makes me nervous.

The loom band jar.

My manga collection (which seems to grow every time I go into Waterstones.)

I have far too many keychains/keycharms now, but here’s the collection I have pinned to the wall.

Things to take in to consideration during the project:

What makes them a collection?

what defines them? how do they change when they are a mass? what are their qualities? what do they do? what shape are they? what are their functions? do their qualities change when reassembled? how do you reassemble them/organise them? Are they any different when they are resorted?

Now, the final outcome is going to be a book that’ll document or that will discuss our collection. I’m having a little trouble processing my thoughts/ideas in to how I’ll present my findings into this book, but I do have some ideas of what I want to do for the collection.

Collection ideas:

  1. Things about my cats: This could be a collection of images, sketches of them, I could also have records of events, for example their vet slips, food packaging.
  2. Letter packaging: Collecting a series of different packaging that’s to do with postage.
  3. Cosplay materials: Recording things to do with this subject.
  4. Pencils: I have so many of them, that I can’t even count them all. Pencils are a pillar to anything. You can make many different marks and record in different ways with them; you’ll also get many different results. There’s also so many varieties of pencil types.

A definite collection choice so far for me has been the pencils, I also thought about doing pens, though, a pencil can be recorded in numerous ways. I’m looking forward to playing around with the ideas that I’ve got so far.

The soundtrack of our lives- Part 2/? –Looking visually.

To help get a firmer grasp of what techniques and of ways we can express our feelings and associations, I started looking in to the suggested artists/designers given. There were a lot of them, and trying to cram all of this information about them in to my brain was a struggle.

Saul Bass, though he was the first name given on the list, I decided to go and look him up to start off. Reasearching about him brings me back memories of when I looked in to his title sequences for a project at the last University that I went to; his work has always interested me. It’s bold, figurative and can easily be recognised. Then again, not many people can link his name with the title sequences used in films, or can confidently state that a film’s opening has been inspired by his designs.

The way that he’s able to pull the audience in with his use of visuals is incredible, he’s also inspired sequences for films, such as Catch me if you can.

I would like to write about each artist in detail and what I’ve njoyed about their work, nonetheless I’ve got more notes and my input about them in my sketchbook.

However, I would like to say that I’ve very much enjoyed looking deeper in to how an artist has produced a specific piece of work, or why they’ve done it. It allows me to try and do something similar, or at least try to produce something that will show what I’ve learnt from the study.