Tuesday, 30 October 2007

words project update

been a while since i posted a blog
after a tutorial with angela on friday, i have decided to push the much more free, illustrative drawings
specifically, the 'peregrine falcon' ones. running out of ink seriously fast, so have to pop into town in a bit. and get spray mount and mount board.. also black lipstick.. and some socks. for halloween of course.
ever seen the film warriors?

with these 'peregrine' drawings, i am trying to keep the colour scheme very limited
using just black ink and the colours on the paper... maybe using one other colour to emphasise the words
i am just doing a4 drafts at the moment, but i aim to produce an a2 one to present on thursday (2.30) at the group crit.

i get the feeling that a lot of other people have taken this very litereally.. i dont know. i hope this is what they are looking for.

Thursday, 18 October 2007

Let the letters do the talking

project 2.
With the last project i thought too much. I need to just start working, and see what develops from what i produce, which is what i am doing with this project.
I am going to make this project very illustrative, and textured. Lots of inks and paints and scrap paper.
A theme has been developing so far - animals. I want to create a piece of work that has an image with words worked into it. I am thinking probably focusing on endangered animals..
(there is some of my work up on the myspace profile)
more to come soon...

Thursday, 11 October 2007


just started a new myspace page to show my work on


accidental beauty

i am currently listening to 'superstition' by stevie wonder.
just a quick blog to summarise where i am at with this project -
i have been over-thinking this far too much. i just need to remember, i am a designer, not an artist.
yesterday, i was sat out at somerset place on the grass. sat on the freshly fallen leaves, my back to the sun. blue sky above. fresh breeze. and i was drawing, when it hit me. how accidently beautiful.
autumn is a great time of year for me (as i said in a previous blog)
fresh. new. crisp. clear.
this is what i want to show. my aim - to produce 3 - 6 tshirt design referencing this.
clouds. leaves. rain. wind. cold. crisp. change. fall. new.
for the crit i will just produce the designs on paper. if i am pleased with these designs i will submit them to threadless.com
i also want to get back into the screen printing more this year. really enjoyed that last year. so i aim to print out a few of these designs onto shirts.
feeling a good start to the year.
i am now listening to 'what'd i say' by ray charles. back to work.

Monday, 8 October 2007

monday october 8th 11.38am 2 victoria buildings bath

october sessions begin
i find this always a good month to work. weather is becoming cooler. crisper. everything seems to be calmer. and the ink on the page doesn't dry as quick.
Was supposed to have the professional contexts meeting today, but the tutor was not available. so this gives me a chance to think more about my 'accidental beauty' project
what i am struggling with to begin with... is.. what is beauty? and how can i be certain it's accidental?

*1. beauty -- the qualities that give pleasure to the senses
*2. smasher, stunner, knockout, beauty, ravisher, sweetheart, peach, lulu, looker, mantrap, dish -- a very attractive or seductive looking woman
*3. beauty, beaut -- an outstanding example of its kind; "his roses were beauties"; "when I make a mistake it's a beaut"

so, to summarise for this project.. beauty = an outstanding example of its kind, giving pleasure to the senses.

*1. accidental, adventitious -- associated by chance and not an integral part; "poetry is something to which words are the accidental, not by any means the essential form"- Frederick W. Robertson; "they had to decide whether his misconduct was adventitious or the result of a flaw in his character"
*2. accidental, casual, chance -- occurring or appearing or singled out by chance; "their accidental meeting led to a renewal of their friendship"; "seek help from casual passers-by"; "a casual meeting"; "a chance occurrence"
*3. accidental, inadvertent -- without intention; especially resulting from heedless action; "with an inadvertent gesture she swept the vase off the table"; "accidental poisoning";"an accidental shooting"

again, to summarise for this project.. accidental = an occurring event that was not pre-decided and without intention.
but this, surely will be almost impossible to create. there are artists that have made 'accidental' methods of creating work. but, surely the act of setting up an 'accident' to happen, then removes it from being an accident? if something is intentionally set up, then it is not an accident. it has purpose and an intention.
so, i believe i will have to find 'accidental beauty' out and about in streets and towns that have already occurred.

which annoy's me slightly, as this means i will have to work mainly in photography, where i really want to work in drawing based illustration. maybe i can convert photography to hand drawn work. creating 'accidents' i find.. into something 'beautiful'.

(*word definitions from www.dictionarydefinition.net)