Dissertation: Week 1

While being introduced to one another, and given our very own introduction in to Studio 16, I would like to admit now, AND again that I was looking very forward to going in to this particular subject studio. I absolutely adore narratives of many forms, from screen to paper…!

And as my adoration for this subject of storytelling seems to be growing even more lately, I got a bit of feedback on the subject idea for my dissertation already. While the thought of approaching Japanese anime again, but looking at either the culture or gender stereotypes with in it was quite broad, I did some rethinking on how I could narrow the subject.

As someone who has been watching it for nearly twenty years, I felt like there’s been such a huge cultural impact or influence on the whole world because of this type of narrative.  Continue reading

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FMP: Ideas and research

(Yes, I’m thinking ahead and leaving this here)

After experiencing my previous final major project, which was done in Year 2/Level 5, I found myself thinking that I should of done it on a subject that would allow me to not be so restrictive or limited on the subject or the experimentation/development. While it was fun to give it a shot in this round, I had to consider what I may want to do in future, so I was skimming through the list of things, such as interests, subjects or design projects that I’ve always wanted to try for myself, but didn’t have a chance to do previously or presently.

So,  I made a list:

Interests:

  • Drawing, Writing
  • Reading manga, graphic novels and comics
  • Watching Japanese and American anime
  • Textile based costume creating
  • Cosplaying / modelling for shootouts
  • Music
  • Animals, wild life and life style
  • Culture

I do have a lot more interests, but I had to consider the subject of them and while I was doing that, I originally had the idea of basing my whole FMP to be character based, due to the fact that I do a lot of character design at home and in my own time, but I had to give it some context, when thinking about it.

I also thought about my subject strengths also among this list.

I originally was going to base this whole project on Horoscopes; Chinese zodiac or the Seven deadly sins (yes).

Buuuuuttt, as I had to do a step back and think about it, I don’t think this subject could be able to be extended over the time period of now and when it needs to be submitted. I don’t think I can go to great depth and explore the theme.

 

After that, I was doing some research on my current disability/struggle with being able to communicate or the nerves problem. I really wanted to find some tips on how to deal with it, and as I was coming across this issue, I found an article which speculates why Mental anxiety and selective mutism is always overlooked or is not quite often acknowledged as much as it should be. It’s quite often pushed away or it’s been known for ‘specialists’ to describe it as if its ‘nothing’.

While, I wasn’t exactly born with this disability and it was one that was developed over time, I was pretty disgusted by the fact that there are those who would classify it as just that—‘Nothing’.

It goes to some extent.

So, as this is quite a personal thing to me, I would like to consider this as a subject/option for my FMP. For my project to be raising an awareness on how those who have this disability have been affected by it and show how it affects them.

Articles:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC161642/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC161642/

 

CIP: Portfolio presentation talk

Fig Taylor, who consults with illustrators and designers about how they need to prepare and construct their portfolio came in to give us a talk about what we should be doing or should consider doing for our very own portfolio, in terms of presentation.

Her advice was very straight forward, clear and concise. I’ve learnt a lot from the presentation, but I also found myself feeling very positive in where I should take my design ideas further from here, to help build up some more plans in how I need to lay my work out with in the diagrams for the book pages.

When it comes to a portfolio, there needs to be consistency and what you need/want to show needs to be direct and clear to the person you want to show it to.

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A:R: Second Brick Lane visit- Friday 27th Jan.

It wasn’t at all  good day. It was freezing and there was a strong draft of wind runng all the way through out the city. I wanted to capture more experience and note down any of the changes made to the city in comparrison to the last trip.

The song I was listening to was ‘My way’ sung by Seth McFarlane, but the song was sun in the film, which I absolutely adored called ‘Sing’. This helped to brighten the mood, as I was passing through.

 

I did over hear some conversations, even with my headphones in, but they were faint. As if the people were trying their best to keep it more private, and with that, I noticed that a few of the shops were completely shut down. Even for early morning at that time, it wasn’t very busy. It was kind of odd, but I could smell this strong stench of curry from the resturants as I moved on.

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A:R: Rosie James

Observing facial features; human behaviour, patterns, movements, postures and the changes with in all of those things are things I seek out every day as an inspiration, as a guidance towards understanding figures, people, humans. If I’m simply observing the patterns and changes with in London, including its people with in this project; I need to make notes of this. If those people or a person with in the community in a reaction were showing emotion, I wondered if there is a way to represent that? through colour? change in paper or medium? facial features? How will I be able to express that? 

Rosie James’ a textile artist whose known for stitching out these figures from thread.

While she’s observing certain individuals, she re-creates them through the use of stitching. Another approach that differs from just drawing with chalk, charcoals and pen. Through using different uses of thread in stitching, you can layer up individual visuals and they can be presented by not only thread, but with other physical materials, such as silk, cotton, linen, plastic etc.

Source: http://www.mrxstitch.com/knitting-stitching-show-2012/artist-profile-rosie-james/

A:R:Reporter: Pinterest finds and inspiration for the box outcome

One of our final outcomes for the project is a box, that will have all of the visuals, objects that are linked to our experience of our location within London. I started off on Pinterest, as it’s a huge source of inspiration, full of different and various ideas about a variety of many sibjects.

Since it’s a box, I wanted to try and look at as many different ideas that have already been created, in spite of that, I thought I would try and look specifically for boxes/containers that are in the shape of buildings, frames and so on.

If anyone wants to check it out, feel free to check out the board.

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