A project followIng on from Document of the day working as a group.

This project was to create something which incorporated. Photos, ideas, and images collected since the beginning of the course. This could be in terms of collage, fashion design, photography, film or montage. It was for each group to decide.

The group I was with consisted of 8 people who really did not know each other, so in a way it was a way to get to know each other better. At first we were all rather reluctant at putting our ideas forward, but we gradually got used to each other.

As a group, after exchanging ideas and changing our minds, we decided to create a dress.

As the morning wore on we began to feel more comfortable with each other, and as the day wore on I must say we worked extremely well as a group, listening and acting on good suggestions and ideas, which each and every member of the group contributed to.

The group as a whole decided to create a dress using the paper images of objects, buildings etc, in and around  Blackburn. These images of course reflected the Blackburn of today.

Intially the idea was to produce a T shirt and skirt to match, but on thinking about it we decided it would not work. So two of out group (Amy and Joe) obtained some material, and working on a mannequin, created a top in blue material, then made a wire frame on which to make the skirt of the garment.

Our first thought was ta attach the photos to material and drape it around the frame. However Sally made us think twice about that idea, and said to try to think of some other way of attaching the photos to the frame. Once again (as throughout the project) an idea by one of the group was taken on board, which was to attach the photos directly on to the frame with wire.

Everyone worked very well together, and without exception we were really pleased with the dress we had made.

To me it has shades of Vivienne Westwood in it but not as flamboyant.

In a frivolous mood and at Kim’s suggestion, we photographed it in various locations including the lift and outside under a tree, all good fun.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of the projects was how well we worked together as a team.


The Scratch Film

img_0391Scratch film, also known as direct animation

The scratch film was inspired by artists such as, Len Lye, Thad Povey and Stephenie Maxwell.

It involves scratching images or designs on to 16mm film and using permanent colour pens if desired to achieve the the result you want.

For our scratch film we used Sharpiecolouring pens only to make ou film.

The film was layer out over numerous tables, and each member of our group was allocated approxImately 24 frames (which accounted for 1 second of film) on which to create an image. The frames were extremely small, so therefore the images had to be done in a size to fit the frame

I made my design with smiley faces. Without realising I made them too large. Instead of fitting into one frame I seemed to draw them over three frames. It was only by looking  at other people’s work that I realised my mistake. However I will know next time, and as this was my first attempt, I can only improve.

On completion of the film Brian transferred it on to a reel and we went over to the film studio where it was placed on a prejecter so that we could see the results of our efforts.

It was very Interestin and all sorts of images appeared on screen.

Unfortunately my design did not stand out sufficiently for me to recognise it, and I did not think to take a photo when the film was running.

The image that did stand out very clearly was that of an angel, it was excellent.

If I did it again I would make sure that I drew the pictures to fit a single frame and I would think more about the subject matter.


Document the Day 1.

Mitchell and Kenyan recorded scenes and people of a particular era. Each era has it’s own unquieness and time in eternity

When I was a young girl I thought that things would stay the same for ever. It was only as I got older that I realised that constant change is an integral part of life, the only constant in our lives is change.

So as  Mitchell and Kenyon recorded things and people in Blackburn all those years ago, being of their day, so I am doing the same thing on a smaller scale that they did. I am sure they would not recognise society and Blackburn as it is today.

They would see that it has changed in some ways beyond recognition, but in some ways parts of it are still the same in terms of architecture.

Litter is a social commentary of our times.

Taking as my subject to focus on I have chosen litter, a fact of life that would be in evidence in Mitchell and Kenyon’s time in the form we see today.

The attached photos show a reflection of how changes in society and attitudes can also change the landscape of the place we live in eg.

1. Cigarette butts, tin cans, discarded cartons of half eaten food and toffee wrappers.

From being a totally  accepted social thing half a century ago, it is now the complete opposite. To such an extent that it is now against the law to smoke in a public place. This has given rise to an unprecedented increase of discarded cigarette butts on not only the streets of Blackburn, but throughout the country.

Where as liquid refreshment was sold in glass bottles and ( most importantly) there was money back for returning the bottles to the shop. Liquids for the most part nos sold in either tin cans or plastic bottles, (neither of which has a refundable value). Hence, in all parts ofBlackburn discarded bottles and cans can be seen in the gutters  and pavements, (even though there may be a litter bin close by.

On the way to college one morning I saw on the pavement, a discarded polystyrene carton containing a half eaten meal. The meal in question consisted mainly of chips. I saw this every morning and saw how it gradually decomposed and disintegrated until, after a few mornings the food had completely disappeared. Wether vermin or animals had helped it on it’s way I do not know. The polystyrene however wa still totally intact, and will be for hundreds if not for thousands of years.

Toffee wrappers and crisp packets are in evidence  where ever you look on the streets of the town.

All the above reflect changes within the town over the past 50years.

One of the main reasons of so much litter on the streets is the change in the eating habits of people. People now for a lot of the time, eat on the go, and so discard cans, cartons etc, willy billy wherever they are walking.

Another is the mental attitude of people. Some people, (not all) seem to have a total disregard for the environment they live in. They think nothing of throwing their rubbish away where ever they are, expecting others to pick it up for them.

I don’t know if what I have written is relevant to the course but I just wanted to explain the changes regarding litter

Just to say that litter will be my theme for document the day.

In my sketch book I am going to do a collage of litter surrounding a photo of Queen Victoria, a relic of Mitchell and  Kenyon’s time.

The photos I will use are the ones I took as part of document the day.

Included within the photos are images of fallen leaves, the litter of nature, which has set my mind off on a different  tangent. Part of my work could include natures litter, which is so much more eco friendly.

As I said, I feel so much more positive than I did last week.


Perspective in Drawing.

This morning was spent in learning perspective in drawing. It is all about lines.

In all perspective drawing you start with an horizon line which is horizontal.

Firstly we did a one point perspective drawing, which is the most basic drawing and consists of vertical and horizontal lines. I have shown this in my sketch book.

Two point perspective drawings have no horizontal lines and all the vertical lines run parallel to each other. Vanishing points are used, these should be as far away from each other as possible, even going off the page if necessary.

The lines leading to the vanishing points are drawn in dashes

On understanding the principles of two point perspective, using the same principles, I added other boxes to my picture and shading to give it more detail. It was all very clever.

The tutorial then went on to putting a cylinder in the box, this I found more complicated. I have forgotten a lot of the measuring needed to draw the cylinder, so I will have to look it up.

I am going to buy a book on perspective then I can refer back to it whenever I need to.

Apparently there is 3, 4, 5, etc points drawing, which are more complicated as the number goes up.

Monotone Print

Monday 26th September.
Today has been yet again another first and as usual challenging yet rewarding day.
I learnt the art of monotone printing. For this you use water based paint as apposed to oil based paint which was used for the Lino cut prints we did.

This method of printing is achieved by rolling paint over a plain piece of Lino with a roller, then placing a piece of paper on top. You then put your print, design, picture, whatever on top of the paper face up.

As careful as possible, trace over the picture using whatever tool you think will give the best result. This could be a pen,pencil, the end of a ruler, nail, the choice is extensive.

The whole thing is then put through a press to transfer the design onto the paper. Because the print room was very busy with people doing Lino prints, we just pressed very hard on the paper with our hand in order to transfer the image onto the paper.

One of the things you had to be careful of was not to let your hands touch the picture whilest tracing around it, as the pressure would transfer ink onto the finished print. I found this very difficult and I must say my hand did touch the paper. Result, ink on the finished print where I did not want it.

I did not realise that the print would be a mirror image, when I saw that it was, it did not look right to me.

Monotone printing is much easier and quicker than Lino cuts, but I think Lino cut printing gives a much clearer outline. Also, although it takes longer to make a Lino cut pattern it can be used again and again.

There was only time for me to do one print, and I did one of Charlie as I call my man on the bin. I can incorporate it into my project of document the day.

Not one of my favourite projects, I seem so lacking in inspiration, but I can only do what comes to mind, hopefully the ideas will begin to flow more easily as time goes on.

Scratch Film.

The scratch film, also known as direct animation was inspired by, Len Lay, Brad Povey and Stephenie Maxwell.
It involves scratching images or designs on to 16mm film.

For our scratch film we used permenant coloure pens only to create our film.

The film was laye out over numerous tables, and each member of the course was allocated approx 24 frames,( which accounted fo 1 second of the film) on which to make an image. The frames were extremely small so, therefore the images had to be done in a size to fit the frame.

I made my design with smiley faces. Without realising I made them too large, instead of fitting into one frame, they covered three. It was only on looking at other people’s efforts that I realised my mistake. However, I will know next time, and as this was my first attempt, I can only improve.

Once we had completed the film Brian transferred it to a reel and we went over to the film studio. He put it on the projector and played it back to use so that we could see the results of our efforts.

It was very interesting and all sorts of images appeared on screen.

Unfortunately my design did not stand out sufficiently to recognise it, and I did not think take pictures whilest the film was running. The image that did stand out very well was that of an angel, it was excellent.