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Printing Workshops

Etching: I definitely found etching the most difficult process to tackle. I had never done it before and there are a lot of different elements that you need to get right in order to end up with successful prints, and if something goes wrong along the way there is no going back and you may not get the result you wanted. I found the process a lot more time consuming than I thought it would be (lots of cleaning, polishing and cleaning again!). However I did enjoy the process and I learned a lot. I am not entirely happy with my print. This is because I rushed the drawing, as we only had one day to do the whole process, and you can't make a mistake and rub it out when drawing on the etching plate. I now see that the perspective is really wrong on the drawing, and so if I did etching again, I would make sure that my drawing was strong before I went into the studio so that my final prints would be better. 

Screen printing: Screen printing was probably one of my favourite processes. I had ne…

A Day in Old Spitalfields Market

I really enjoy drawing from observation, and Spitalfields Market is such an interesting place to observe. Usually I find drawing people quite difficult, but this task helped me to be less precious about my drawings, and instead get any details I can down in my sketchbook. I found that using a brush pen was really effective because it glides across the page smoothly, which is helpful when needing to draw quickly. The market was so fascinating, hearing people's stories, looking at the objects on sale. I found the people the most interesting part of the market. You could sense the amount of experience they have, and the love that they have for what they do. The stallholder I decided to focus on was very friendly, and everyone seemed to know him and his sense of humour. He came and spoke to me a couple of times about his time on the market and who I should look out for. It was great to hear first hand what it was like to be a stallholder in such a famous market. The customers were als…

Palimpsest project - Inspiration

Lucille Clerc:
Lucille Clerc has recently created a book called 'Flip Fashion', which is in the same format as I would like my zine to be when finished. I would really like to create a book with cuts in each page, so that they can be turned separately, allowing the characters to be mixed up. This will then help me to represent the diversity of Old Spitalfields Market. 
Looking at Lucille Clerc's book, I really like the way that the characters are all very different, and yet the drawings line up perfectly. The illustrations are not really simple, however they still match up, allowing the format of the book to work.

Alice Pattullo:
I saw a book that Alice Pattullo had illustrated, in connection with Design For Today at the London Illustration Fair. This was just before the last workshop of the Spitalfields project. I loved all of her work, however the idea of a book that you could interact with and create your own charact…

3 Reportage Illustrators

Lucinda Rogers

I have admired Lucinda Rogers' work for quite a while now, and it inspires me to go out there and keep drawing. I love her use of materials. She uses coloured paper on some occasions to her advantage to change the mood of the image, which is something I like to do in my work. Also, I really like her variation of line weights in her illustrations. She cleverly makes some lines bolder than others, which makes you feel as though you are standing in that environment looking at the same view as she did when she created the image. I like the way that she makes some parts very detailed, and in other parts she just suggests that there is more there. Her use of mark making to suggest movement, along with washes and hints of colour make her work stand out to me. 

Peter Arkle
I only recently discovered the work of Peter Arkle. I really like his piece '39 Things on Broadway', as I find it a really interesting concept that he has recorded an environment through the objects …

Parallel Museum project - Gift Shop

The final workshop in this project was really enjoyable. The idea was to create a set of postcards for a gift shop in our collective imagined museum, using a set of prompts, some of which were very specific, whereas others were very open and vague. 
My favourite postcards are probably the crocodile amulet and the vase. I used found textures in magazines along with coloured paper and card to create my postcards. I like the crocodile postcard because I think he has a lot of character, and I am happy with the colours I chose to use. I am happy with the vase postcard (the prompt was simply 'Vase'). I used a very recognisable shape cut out of a texture from a magazine. I combined this busy texture on a background of two similar bold colours. I feel that this helps to emphasise the vase. I feel that I could improve the other postcards, particularly the ones with white backgrounds, as I feel that they don't quite fit in with the rest of the set. I think I should have also used mor…

Parallel Museum project - imagined objects

This project centred around drawing both from observation and from imagination. I found this quite daunting at first because I much prefer to draw what I see in front of me than from my imagination. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed drawing from memory, which was our first task. 

I found the imagination parts of the project fairly difficult. It helped me to use the method of using what I had observed, combining two or three elements of objects I had seen to create new, hybrid objects. 

This object is based around two different gold vases/objects from the British Museum. One of the objects I had drawn from memory, and I had remembered only the raspberry-like shape, and so I used this drawing as inspiration for an imagined object. I also took the chicken foot shape, which was the base of a vase and combined the two to create a strange, almost comical object. 

For this object, I combined a shell and a pocket watch together. I changed the scale of the shell, and the round shape reminded …

Drawing Trip - Bristol Museums and Art Galleries

I found the trip as a whole to be a great experience. One aspect I liked was that it gave me the chance to visit a few museums and galleries that I had never visited before. When we were in Bristol, we visited Arnolfini, the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Centrespace and the Stoke's Croft Museum. 

Arnolfini were showing an exhibition by Daphne Wright entitled 'Emotional Archaeology'. I thought that this exhibition was really interesting, as it featured lots of different forms of artwork, such as drawings, 3D sculptures and moving image. Wright used delicate materials in her work to tackle issues that are delicate to talk about, such as the treatment of animals, parenthood and ageing. My favourite part of the exhibition was actually a piece that I feel was noticed less. There were some plants, each one on its own individual shelf, located near staircases. I found these pieces to be really interesting because they were grey in colour, and so blended into the wall qu…

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