Category: Assignment 3

Assignment 3, Reflection/Feedback.

Demonstration of subject knowledge- I have referenced the piece Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough and the re-appropriated image Green Boy by Jim Henson. I feel I have interpreted it and given my thoughts about the differences between the images and the way they are presented.

Demonstration of research skills- I have researched the history of re- appropriated images, the history of the Gainsborough piece and the Kermit the frog piece. I have read through the exercises that were close reading examples and texts.

Demonstration of critical and evaluation skills- I think I have shown critical thinking throughout this assignment and I have discussed my thoughts about the piece in my conclusion and commentary.

Communication- I feel my writing is understandable and flows well and I have presented my assignment with an introduction, middle and a conclusion with paragraphs and links attached, within word count and a commentary about my experience with part three.

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Assignment 3 was much better this time and I was really pleased to hear that I had done ok with it. I’ve never really gotten into visual culture in a ‘actually look at it’ way before so it was nice to look back through my learning log and see how the third part all came together.

Comments I really must take into account are being able to explain myself and my ideas more. How I came to the conclusions and how they fit in with the overall piece of finished work are a bit vague and I can see this when re-reading.

I liked that my feedback shows I enjoyed this part and writing the assignment as I did and even though I think maybe I should have picked a better portrait than the one that shows Kermit the frog, having given myself a bit of time to look over it I am pleased with it. I keep making the same mistakes though with assignments and I really do think I need to plan them more carefully instead of collecting a lot of notes, links and images and then trying to decipher them. I think this is starting to show with my final drafts as trying to edit them down for the word count, I end up missing out important parts of how I reached my conclusions.

I have finally fixed my log to show all the categories, dates and tags that I need and now I understand it better myself. It took a while for me to grasp this whole task as I could understand it but now I see to an outsider it was a bit of a trek. I quite enjoyed labelling and tagging everything so it is all in order.

I am enjoying filling up my visits section also. I can’t always make any official OCA study visits as they are usually on Saturdays and I work,  so it’s nice to look and see where the trips are and try to visit them myself at a later date.

 

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Conclusion to Part 3, Assignment 3.

Finding and beginning to understand re-appropriated images and visual communications in general has been a whirlwind of different information. I was unsure when I started this part that I would ever be able to understand what I was asked to look at. Looking for an image for my assignment took some time and I felt at first that I couldn’t use the second image as it wasn’t serious enough. I didn’t want to be obvious with images such as the Mona Lisa being reworked and I am pleased that I found and used Kermit.

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http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Thomas_Gainsborough– accessed 29th January 2017

I feel as I have gone along through the projects and exercises, I have gained a better knowledge of how things are perceived and how they can be manipulated to the viewer. I honestly never thought that there was so much to learn from even the tiniest part of an image and the way they are shown to viewers both pre-design, during and after they are finished.

I found that by researching the film posters section this gave me a broader understanding of how many different types of visuals could be used to promote a film. What is good advertising for a film in one part of the country or even a different country entirely wouldn’t necessarily be right for the other so when I found a different mainly unseen poster for the film Frank it really showed me the differences in design and how this design was portrayed.

I do still think that I need to concentrate more time to the course. I have managed to pick things up this past month and complete part three quite well but also asking for help is something that I must do more of. My reading of the texts is still yet to be desired so my pointers and bits of note taking have been mainly done on this third part in my learning log.

I feel from previous parts and assignments I have broken a bit of the glass both in my head and through my learning log. I really love starting a new part and researching things especially if I find them interesting. I am beginning to see how important it is when it all comes together. Being out of any creative study for over 14 years has taken its toll even though I thought it hadn’t. I am learning so many new things and re-visiting things I learnt about a long time ago with new eyes and this is something I am pleased about.

I feel my learning log is coming along nicely and the previous feedback I received about visiting more galleries has paid off as I have now visited so many I am behind in writing about them. I am glad I got out of my study cloud, took the advice and did this as now I purposely look for things to go and see so I can include them and write about them.

I feel that this part has been better than the last as I found it more nurturing as there was so much more visual language rather than words. I know that my second assignment needs reworking and I am hoping to do this soon. I am pleased about how this part has gone and I am looking forward to starting part four photography and seeing where it takes me.

Project 4, Exercise 4, Cutting Edge.

I am always online, looking at things, reading things and copying links to something else I have read somewhere else to save for later but then lose.

As far as cutting edge websites go I tend to focus on what I like to see and the design of the site, then the content afterwards. One site I do visit a lot is www.itsnicethat.com

‘It’s Nice That believes passionately that creative inspiration is for everyone and by championing the most exciting and engaging work online, in print and through our events programme, we want to open up this world to the widest possible audience’

http://www.itsnicethat.com/about– Accessed- 26th January 2017

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Website cover-http://www.itsnicethat.com/features/tim-noble-sue-webster-260117  accessed -26th January 2017.

What I like about It’s nice that is that it shows you so many different mediums of things and links you through to someone or something that you may never have heard of before. The print annuals they do are great and the work for graduates and the art world on the whole is  really interesting. I follow them on twitter and I look around five times a day at the new things and links they have posted. The website is clean and works seamlessly and it is a joy to visit.

Another site I visit a lot is the Tate. I like to see things and read about things that aren’t always necessarily obvious. I like that you can type in a picture or artist and more often than not something will come up that you were looking for and if not you will learn about somebody else. I like how it is a massive network of art and design information. The art works and blog posts draw you into the site and it informs you of new things and exhibitions.

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Website screen- http://www.tate.org.uk/-accessed 26th January 2017

A guilty pleasure website is Moomin.com. I love them and have done since childhood. I like to look on there at the stories and look at Moominworld and hope one day I will  get to go and see it. I suppose if your a fan of the Moomins it instantly draws you in, it makes you want to go to Moominworld and see the Moomins. I want to visit the shop and buy all of the Moomin things. What character am I? I will do this quiz to find out. I love it and now I have brought it into the open I feel precious about it, like it is my Moomin website not yours.

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I promise I am not on this site everyday, neither do I check when the Moomins have woken up at Moominworld. I never do that.

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Website screen- https://www.moomin.com/en/which-moomin-are-you/– accessed 26th January 2017

I love Tove Jansson and I have borrowed her book Life, Art, Words from the library. Its very big so it while take me a while to read it.

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Picture –https://www.amazon.co.uk/– accessed 27th January 2017

Tove Janssons website is another favourite of mine that I look at a lot.

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Website page- http://tovejansson.com/– accessed 27th January 2017

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Website page- http://tovejansson.com/eng/ateljee.html-accessed 27th January 2017

It is a  very interactive site with lots to see and look at. I like how you can go through in  your own time and click on various pictures and information comes up about them. It makes you want to learn so much more. The career pages are full of her images and artworks and by hovering over them you can learn about each piece in the form a detailed slideshow. It is one of my favourite artists website and it is very easy to navigate.

All websites and links accessed 26th/27th January 2017.

Project 4, Exercise 3, Visual conventions for time and place.

I chose to research for traditional conventions the piece ‘Inconveniences of a crowded drawing room, 1835’ by George Cruikshank. Cruikshank was a British Caricaturist and illustrator during the 1800’s. He is best known for the work he did with Charles Dickens in his book Sketches by Boz.

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https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/the-history-of-british-cartoons-and-caricature-accessed 19th January 2017

I have seen this artwork in Manchester Art Gallery and it wasn’t a coloured piece. Originally an etching  it has always been a fun image to look at. There is a lot to see and each person is either doing something to somebody else or being annoyed at the lack of space. It is extremely crowded in there but this adds to the pomp of the party that is going on. It shows a lot of prosperous high society people all in their finery but unfortunately the perils of wealth and status seem to be stopping them having a a good time. The overweight man and woman blocking the doors ( due to a lot of big dinners). The ladies dress being ripped by a mans shoe. The whole scene is a sequence of events all descending from one moment that happened earlier in the room. It seems that this is the room to be in and where everybody wants to be seen and heard but there is just not enough room. I think it is funny and I can imagine the huffing and puffing of the guests and gentry all trying to be seen and noticed when really it has descended into something a bit Benny Hill.

I found this image through searching on pinterest and I thought it was funny and very 80’s. If I find the original link to it I will credit it but it came up from a search of Jackie magazine photo stories.

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Image from Pinterest.com– accessed 20th January 2017

I used to love magazine photo stories especially the Jackie Magazine ones and Just Seventeen. This is obviously a joke story but I still like the speech bubbles and the use of them in a quite seemingly ridiculous story.

For cartoon strips I looked at Calvin and Hobbes.

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‘Calvin and Hobbes is a daily comic strip by American cartoonist Bill Watterson that was syndicated from November 18, 1985 to December 31, 1995. Commonly cited as “the last great newspaper comic”, Calvin and Hobbes has evinced broad and enduring popularity, influence, and academic interest’.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calvin_and_Hobbes-accessed 20th January 2017

I like how the strip is a story about rubbish being thrown which is a forever thing that will unfortunately always happen. It has good short bursts and good text and leads to a time frame of it not being boring or too long. The scale of the drawing is enough and fits everything in to the story.

For graphic novels I looked at the work of Daniel Clowes

‘Daniel Clowes  is an American cartoonist, graphic novelist, illustrator, and screenwriter. Most of Clowes’s work first appeared in Eightball, a solo anthology comic book series. An Eightball issue typically contained several short pieces and a chapter of a longer narrative that was later collected and published as a graphic novel’.

Adapted from – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Clowes– accessed 20th January 2017

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Bing image search– 15th January 2017

I really love his illustrations and the novels he has written. The place aspect is more prominent here as the stories are always centred around certain characters and the dialogue is always from that exact time frame it was written.

For more contemporary work I looked at David Shrigley.

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all images –http://davidshrigley.com/category/drawing-painting/– accessed 20th January 2017
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nw-6-13-5Shrigleys work is very orientated around basic shapes and and can be quite crude. The aspects of what is happening around him, what he hears or is in the news feature a lot in his work. The time aspect is here as his work is current of these things. Except also you can find they age as time goes on. Like the film Human Traffic, awful.

From the research I looked at, I seem to have been drawn to cartoonists and illustrators more than animated scenes. The way that visual conventions have changed over the years can be seen more in the styles of the artists drawings. The first Cruikshank picture is completely different to David Shrigleys work but that is to be expected. Daniel Clowes and Calvin and Hobbes with them being photo strips all go towards a story and an ending that plays out through the blocks of images and what the characters are doing. I think the later contemporary artists take the meaning ‘less is more’ and use the ideas they have and the objects they have at the start. Usually these are one frame, one image and it works better I think.  I found that by using the search terminology it was harder than I thought to find artists who I liked or who I knew or could use for this exercise. The time and place aspect is all there due their timelines of when they were made and also the changing differences of the artwork.

All websites and links accessed 15th/19th/20th January 2017.

Project 4, Exercise 2, Knitting Patterns.

Knitting to me conjures up piles of jumpers and Nan’s knitting scarfs. This is terribly untrue as I am just jealous because I can’t knit. My first task is to produce a mind map of what knitting means to me and what I associate with it.

download-1I would love to be able to knit. My mum tried to teach me how to crochet when I was little and I didn’t get further than a chain stitch. This all changed when I was doing my GCSE Textiles as I decided to go big and crochet a hat, scarf and bag all taken from a 1970’s knitting book. I could only do it in ten minute intervals as I lost concentration. They are still in the loft somewhere I think so I will try to find them. Looking at  historical examples of knitting and old patterns and how they were viewed at the time fascinate me. I do tend to laugh when I see them but they aren’t funny, they are deadly serious.

http://www.knitting-bee.com/free-vintage-patterns/vintage-sweaters/midsummer-white-vintage-knitting-pattern-accessed 12th January 2017
http://www.knittingmatters.com/a-look-down-the-vintage-knitting-patterns/– accessed 12th January 2017

I like these ladies and their nice cardigans and jumpers. It gives a sense of grandeur and a  ‘oh this old thing?’ The glamour of making your own clothes in the 40’s and 50’s was still very strong and I bet these ladies whipped them up in no time as opposed to my ten years to make a button hole. Some of these 50’s and 70’s patterns are excellent and I want a knitted pair of gloves and balaclava set.

http://www.thevintageknittinglady.co.uk/ChildsHatsnGloves.html– accessed 17th January 2017

The 70’s were a time of change and you too could treat your dad to a knitted poncho or you could knit yourself and your new boyfriend matching tank tops. These are wonderful tank tops.

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http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/yarn-bombs-in-the-70s-knitting-was-totally-far-out/– accessed 12th January 2017

 I love all of these items and it makes me want to learn to knit urgently. As I was writing this I have already sent another one of my ‘Mum can you teach me how to…’messages.

Images from Pinterest and http://flashbak.com/a-field-guide-to-1970s-mens-sweaters-7542/-mixed January 2017
http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/yarn-bombs-in-the-70s-knitting-was-totally-far-out/– accessed 14th January 2017

I really like the knitted suit and the pattern on it and that blue jumper I would wear now. They make me want to say that things are ‘swell’ and ‘hip’. I won’t though.

Read this, it’s wonderful- http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/the-filter/qi/10638792/QI-how-knitting-was-used-as-code-in-WW2.html – accessed 20th January 2017.

Looking at more contemporary knitting, there was so much to see. I have seen yarn bombing around Manchester or tree wrapping or ‘cardi trees’ but I never really knew why. I used to think it was nice but then I worried if the wool would go bad over time so is it a repeated thing once this happens?  I looked at the recommended site called Knitta Please and I found it really interesting.

The basic premise was-

‘Knitta Please, also known as simply Knitta, is the group of artists who began the “knit graffiti” movement in Houston, Texas in 2005. They are known for wrapping public architecture—e.g. lampposts, parking meters, telephone poles, and signage—with knitted or crocheted material. It has been called “knit graffiti”, “yarn storming” and “yarnbombing”. The mission is to make street art “a little more warm and fuzzy.”

Knitta grew to eleven members by the end of 2007, but eventually dwindled down to its founder, who continues to travel and knit graffiti. Internationally, as many as a dozen groups have followed Knitta’s lead. Sayeg and the group have shown their art across the United States and around the world’

I like how the knits are called ‘utility pole warmer’ and ‘Tree hugger’

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knitta_Please– accessed 13th January 2017

The scale of this new knitting movement only needs you you type in yarn bombing or art knits into a search and it brings up loads of things.

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http://www.elementsathome.com.au/2014/05/have-you-seen-a-yarn-bomb.html7– accessed 12th January 2017

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http://www.elementsathome.com.au/2014/05/have-you-seen-a-yarn-bomb.html– accessed 12th January 2017

This resurgence of knitted art has even been shown in galleries and is a real thing. There are groups for everyone to join to learn to knit either their own things or a full scale piece together. I remember seeing an article about a knitted town before Christmas on twitter and further research brought up the village of Mersham.

‘Mersham, in Kent – has been lovingly knitted by a small group of very twinkly ladies who started 23 years ago with a couple of cottages and some pigs, and ended up creating more than 60 properties, complete with wheelie bins, outdoor loos, gas tanks, cars in the driveways and even a smart red telephone box’ 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1181368/A-close-knit-community-Meet-ladies-whove-spent-years-stitching-entire-Kent-village.html– accessed 17th January 2017

and then I found the work of Freddie Robbins who works predominately in wool and textiles and I loved it!

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Collection of Knitted Folk Objects – Pocky, 2014, machine knitted wool, reclaimed knitting needles, 700 × 400 × 120 mm

http://freddierobins.com/

I love her work and I spent hours going through and finding out more about her. I will be seeing if her books are in the library.

I think after overloading myself on the world of knitting my initial thoughts about it being all Nan’s and W.I ladies is still true as the Nan’s knitted the village but also the fashions at the time I don’t think are too stereotypical as it was over 30 years ago when a full on knitted suit could be made for £5. Balaclavas are not really great attire anymore but I do have one to wear when I am on the beach in winter and it is the warmest thing I own. None of it makes me cringe or wish it never happened as half of the stuff I would knit and wear myself if I could be bothered to sit down and learn. A lot of the recent knitting groups have been reborn with younger people taking over but I feel sometimes they can become worse than a W.I as its a ‘friends’ only place and can become clicky.

I do like the yarn bombing as it does make things look nice but I wouldn’t sit on a knitted bench as the wool would have things in it and it would be terrible if it rained. You may know this if you have ever worn a wool coat in the rain. I like the idea of the messages for political reasons or to tell people about something and some of these do end up in galleries.

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http://greenerleith.org.uk/blog/knitted-protest-targets-new-student-housing-4735– accessed 14th January 2017

or this..flipping heck.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2518107/Vaginal-knitter-artist-Casey-Jenkins-makes-scarf-wool-stored-inside-vagina.html– accessed 19th January 2017

and finally my favourite knitted article that I own, a monkey teddy man called Algernon.

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All websites and links accessed- 12th/17th January 2017.

Project 4, Exercise 1, The next big thing.

The image I chose to look at as an example of contemporary visual communication is the new re branding of the Co-op. The design was originally from 1968 and instantly if your of a certain age you remember it, remember seeing co-op items with it on and it brings a sense of nostalgia back to you. It doesn’t look 49 years old at all. It looks very modern and the block white co-op font against the blue of the design, is very iconic looking and noticeable. This new/old design is currently being placed in all co-op businesses and on all merchandise. It is slick and a good example of reinvention.

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“The re brand has been two years in the offing and was partly triggered by the new membership offer. North has led the re brand by creating a modernised version of the 1968 cloverleaf logo, which has been designed as a visual reminder of the company’s roots. North partner and director Sean Perkins says: “Returning to the familiar can be a radical act, but it is the timeless quality of this iconic logo that makes such a move possible – it is distinct, recognisable, approachable, and dynamic, giving us the opportunity to signal a shift back to the ideas that made the Co-op special for its customers.”

https://www.designweek.co.uk/issues/23-29-may-2016/co-op-restructures-rebrands-revives-1968-logo/– accessed 13th December 2016

The fact that the logo has been redrawn and remade using archive material makes it all the more special and fits in with the trends of today. It says what it needs to. Looking at the food packaging, I think it is a good and simple design but I reckon they could further it and have everything just blue and white. Sadly people won’t like this and it will mean they will have to check things and double check again to make sure they don’t pick up bleach or drink orange drain cleaner. I do like the labels being coloured to match the food though, green beans- green, carrots -orange etc.

I don’t think that the design will age as it didn’t the first time around. You tend to see this a lot, where new designs get made to be more ‘with it’ when nothing was broken in the first place.

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https://www.designweek.co.uk/issues/23-29-may-2016/co-op-restructures-rebrands-revives-1968-logo/- accessed 13th December 2016.

All websites and links accessed 13th December 2016.

Project 4 Time and Place.

‘We read magazines because we want to find out what’s new. The here and now drives
many aspects of visual communication, along with much contemporary culture.
Visually, this newness might manifest itself as a change of style, a new fashion, or
more radically through changes in how communications take place and our social
expectation of them. Most of us are now familiar with the concept of social media now
that Facebook and Twitter are so widely used, yet the idea of using computers in this
way is still relatively new.
Many visual communicators operate on the cutting edge of visual culture and embrace
new ideas and the latest look as quickly as they abandon the old ones. The web design
term of creating a ‘skin’ is a useful one. A website can appear new through aesthetic
changes made by a designer whilst maintaining the same underlying structure. Or old
ideas may be rejuvenated through new technology. Online newspapers have changed
the way we interact with the newspaper but visually they maintain much of the old feel
and style of the paper. Whatever drives the desire for the new, there’s often a cyclical feel
to this reinvention and well-established ideas and styles re-emerge from time to time.

Visual communicators whose work has a strong relationship to fashion or technological
developments are very much concerned with predicting, and shaping, the future path
of visual communication. Keeping an eye on what’s around the corner – be it a shift in
consumer behaviour, changing tastes, or new ways through which visual communication
can be broadcast – can mean keeping one step ahead of the pack. Future trending aims
to identify these developments and trends and incorporate the latest ideas, look or
technology as soon as possible. From a business perspective, it makes good sense to
be seen as an early adopter; however there’s no guarantee of the take-up or success of
anything untried or untested.’

P126- Creative Arts Today-Course Handbook