Studio:Week 5

 

Today we received part C of the  Unit 1 project :what is it?
For this task I have to explore a new  or existing  relationship between the two objects I had chosen.

Ima explained to us  about narrative and the types of the narratives. They could be linear or non-linear or even both. She also explained that we have to analyse our research ,isolate areas for further exploration and development. I also have to identify possibilities for developing and extending my ideas by using range of methods and processes to augment experimentation. And for sure after that I have to produce a series of not final outcomes, which would extend my gathered information in to visual forms.

Later we started with an amazing studio exercise.

Visual Bingo:

Every one of us got a 35 blank sheets of paper and we had to fold each of them in half and then the fun started. Firstly we drew a cover for our little book “Visual Bingo”.  Then Lee gave us  the word references and numbers and we had to draw the first think that comes to our head. For each of them we got 1-2min to draw. It was a perfect exercise for me because it was first time that I draw something that I could not imagine that I would ever draw. For example “Never kiss 16″,”Gordon’s breakfast”, “Do not fart” and so on. Another interesting feature: we could not use any writings in our drawings. So I had to think about different ways to express that word or sentence in understandable (or not) language. In one hour we did a lot and it was fun, I do really enjoy Lee lessons because after them everything becomes clear to me. When we finished with our Visual Bingo drawings we had to chose a 10 best sketches number them and write a narrative story. We have to follow our numbers in order .With this I had some problems, I was bit tired and confused on what to write . But later on I came up with some ideas which ones I start to write on my paper and it become in to little story from 10 different drawings.

Studio:Week 4

Week 4

We had a great studio session with  Ima today. For this manifesto project I have not used a lot of sketching as a project is based on written information. However in this session Ima asked us to explain these words in our own understanding.

Typography -Arrangement of text.

Typeface – it is a font family. For example Helvetica and other families.

Sans Serif and Serif

Sans-Serif- letterform is one that does not have the small projecting features called “serifs” at the end of strokes.

Serif- you can recognize it from the small line attached to the end of a stroke in a letter or symbol.

Then she explained to us about styles. That there is 2 different styles.

Regular                                  Regular

Italic                                       Oblique

Serif                                       Serif

Outline

Also now I know what Kerning and Leading is. It is simple: kerning is space between the letters and leading is space between the lines.

 

After this little warm up she gave to us a3 size sheets with allot of questions. This questionnaire  was full of simple and deep questions. About my age ,my birth place ,religion, what I do like what not and opinions. It was kind of research about myself. I understood that while doing this and I think it can be really helpful in the future researching. The more questions I have the more I can try and answer then within my research. Ima gave to us 30min to answer as much as possible. Later  we had to cut out human size piece of paper and by using brushes and black ink we had to transfer answers from before on this sheet of paper. The catch was that the answer had to fit in one line. That  is why I had to change the kerning in 1 word or few symbols answers. Firstly I write my name and age in massive size writing later on I figure out that if I will continue with this size it will be not enough space. Then I started decrease my writing size and placing. In the end of my poster I had to rotate my paper to change lines  with the reason to fit them all in this piece of paper. In the end I was not really happy with my poster  but this is not the final outcome. It is a sketch about our own manifesto. All of these personal questions was research about myself  which we depicted on that piece of paper. And it is sketch who could be developed in to  amazing manifesto poster. After this session I did understand that sketches can be not only drawings with pencils or other chosen media. It can be writing as well , which could be successfully used in development of the projects.

Studio:Week 3

Week 3

This week was really productive. I had few inductions which I found really helpful. One of them are screen printing part A and part B. Last week Tony showed some tricks how to set up table for screen printing, how to measure and make the prints accurate. This step is essential because I decided to make 4-5 colour layers. We were working on prepared screens. Later on we were shown how  to expose our screens on a huge exposing machine. Part B was all about how to prepare your screen for printing from A to Z. It was a different look in to screen printing from a technical side.

Teacher  underlined that the all process begins from screen reclaiming. First what we have to do is remove old tape from the screens and then we have to wet our screens from the both sides with  the hose. Then he explained us what kind of chemicals  we  were going to use and that they are low risk chemicals. After moisten the screen we need to apply Stencil Remover and scrub with the brush in both sides.

After that he demonstrated to us how to properly blast our screens by using the water pressure gun. And the proper way to do that is 2cm away from the mesh. We have to always start from the bottom of the screen horizontally until mid screen then flip the screen to finish blasting the remaining stencil.

After that we had to wet our screens from both sides again by using hose. Next step of preparation was to use degreaser and scrub with the brush both sides, clean it and dry it.

When our screens were dried we had to clamp our screens stencil side out under the bracket , the coating emulsion was already prepared so we don’t have to do that  so we could start with coating process. We filled up our coating trough till half  . It is important to bring the trough to the mesh about 2cm above the edge of the frame, continuing with that  we need to tilt the Trough until the emulsion reaches the mesh. We needed to do that with applying some pressure all the way to the top otherwise our screen will be not properly coat. After this we needed to put this screen to dry again and screen is ready for expose process!

Studio:Week 2

This week in studio Tony learned us how to do screen printing. He gave us a little project  “direct printing “and the “floating stencil”. The  theme of this project was “Alter Ego”(The Other I)”.

This project introduced me to a creative and experimental approach to screen printing. I been shown how to utilize torn and/or cut paper stencilling techniques, to generate layers when screen printing. These methods was applied when the screen was setup onto the printing press. This technique are called “direct imaging”. Teacher also introduced us to an new method, which is “floating stencil” technique.

An alter – ego refers to a second self, a second personality or a persona within a person, who is often oblivious  to the persona’s action.

For this task we had to explore the possibilities of this theme in context with the challenge of making an image of my own Alter -Ego. I can use many layers as the image needs using experimental methods demonstrated to me. I can also only photographic positive to achieve this.

For this theme I draw me  with a strange crystal crown on my head and my body is in the open space. The idea of this crown and background of the simplified universe is that me receiving  new ideas from the universe while I am living in my own little world. Which are depicted as a similar to  earth planet on my belly. The rays form my eyes means never ending search for the new techniques which I could use it in my outcomes. And all these rays  out of my little world is the outcomes going back to the universe. I could interpret that the universe is a public.

CTS:Week 5

Review

Victoria and Albert Museum: Glastonbury Land and Legend,

London,

10 September 2016 -26 February 2017

Glastonbury Land and Legend is a showcasing footage captured at the Glastonbury Festival in 2014 and curated by Kate Bailey.  Glastonbury is the largest and one of the most popular Greenfield festivals in the world. The attendance of this festival reaches around 175`000 people and its growing every year.  “The festival is inspired by the ethos of the hippie, counterculture, and free festival movements the rise of the hippie and other alternative styles came out from the modern incarnation of bohemianism” (Glastonbury Festival,2016). They denied the traditional culture and lifestyle, creating separate communities where punk rock raised and people stood at the forefront of the sexual revolution, used drugs (mainly cannabis and LSD) as a means of raising their research. Hippies also expanded and developed many other concerning issues as a women rights, global warming etc.

Concept of the exhibition is constructed as a huge tent with incorporated film and sound installations which makes this tent look like an incredible sound and video dance. By the first glance at this exhibition I was not hooked but by getting comfortable on one of the big pillows  I really got a chance to experience Glastonbury Festival vibes. I really enjoyed the idea of depicting festival spirit trough the layout of the exhibition. The tent itself reminded me of an Egyptian pyramid and after researching about the festival more I find out that this is a reference to Pyramid shape tent used back in 1971 festival.

This exhibition led me wanting to research and to find out more about bohemianism, subcultures, hippies, why people were using drugs, depression-era and other. It made me to consider problems I would never think of or I never considered before. Could I solve them using visual medias as a tool?

I gain a lot of experience and this spectacular exhibition gave me some inspiration for the future works.

 

 

V&A Available at: https://www.vam.ac.uk/shop/whatson/index/view/id/3171/event/Glastonbury–Land-and-Legend/dt/2016-10-25/free/1), (2016)

Wikipedia(2001): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glastonbury_Festival, (2016)

Wikipedia(2001): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counterculture_of_the_1960s, (2016)

Barnet, S. (2005) ‘Writing a Review of an Exhibition’ in A short guide to Writing about Art, 8th ed. pp.143-155.

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CTS:Week 3

 

Contextual and Theoretical Studies: The image and the manifesto

Today we had an informative session of CTS. As we all were struggling about the Unit 2 project of manifesto this lesson was more than helpful. Firstly, we looked at few examples of different manifests, afterwards we had a discussion about them. Teacher then helped to look to all these references from a different angle. We did find a lot of hidden details which made more sense in some manifestos. I do understand them way better than before even if they are written in German language.

Later on when we warmed up our brains, we were divided in few small groups of 3 people. We them were given different manifestos as a reference. We got First things First manifesto, our main task was to represent this manifesto via drawing rather than writing. “We propose a reversal of priorities in favour of communication – mind shift away from product marketing and toward the exploration of a new meaning.” In this case author gave us an idea to draw all these logos who has a strong advertisement ground. The idea was to draw them from left to right side, from big to small and smaller size logos, which once a re intertwined in to a abstract drawing till they disappears. That is out interpretation for this manifest. It was fun and creative way to fit logos into abstract and dynamical drawing. From big to small, from significant to meaningless.

It was helpful to listen to the other people presentation/ interpretation as well. More people more opinions. Maybe I didn’t agree with some of those opinions, but it was really useful to hear what and how other people thinks.