My Scape Project has altered many times from the original concept that was presented many weeks ago. Initially the project was to consist of nine A2 posters containing photographic, illustration and graphic design practices, now its ten A2 posters consisting of five photography based designs and five graphic designs. During the presentation I claimed I would do up to 100 different designs and variations to achieve the best possible result, and I managed to create 84 different designs/variations throughout the semester. This number is obviously under my goal however I was aggressive in my estimates to push myself to get the best possible variation of designs.
I went into this project with a few artist and designers in mind that I wanted to use as an influences such as Josef Muller Brockmann. Brockmann’s influence can be seen in the graphic design portion of my project as I use full page colours as he did in some of his works. My colour choice however is not as vibrant as what Brockmann tends to use when he uses colour. The simplicity of my designs are somewhat similar to a few of Brockmanns designs such as the Der Film poster.
Idris Khan is a photographer who takes multiple pictures of the same building or silo and overlays them on top of each other but not exactly straight over creating a blurred effect revealing the basic outline. These shapes are emphasised by the images being black and white as the contrast helps make the images clearer. One of the features of khan’s work I found fascinating is the overlaying of the same object on top of itself to the point it starts to distort the original shape. You can see this in my graphic design flowers where I draw over the outline of the petals and place them a skew from the colour.
Another artist I used elements from was Alexey Bogolepov, who is a photographer who takes monochrome pictures of industrial building, where in one series he had illustrated red lines on top of these images. I really like the slightly miss aligned line work. These illustration heavily influenced the series of graphic design flowers that I did where I off set a white outline of the petals and leaves from the colour. At the start I had copied his style directly by doing the outline straight over the image of the flower but discovered that it looked more interesting when the images itself was removed and replaced with simplistic colours. I then developed the shape of the flower and petals to be more geometric to create the current design. Numerous colour combinations were tested and the finals were picked form eight different options. I decided that the backgrounds should stay consistent to have some continuity between the whole series as well as the overall style.
Alexey Bogolepov also influenced my photography series as well. I liked the extreme contrast being used in Bogolepov’s images and wanted to mimic that on some level. I also like the ability to draw on top of these images. Unlike Bogolepov in these images however I wanted to keep the beautiful colour I was capturing so I merged the two ideas. Having a portion of my image being monochrome carries the style from Bogolepov but the geometric shape with the coloured continuation of the image inside. With my composition I have achieved another contrast between the colourized portion of my image and the monochrome portion that allows the audience to focus on the centre of picture.
The reason I chose Oakley Creek as my site was due to its unique beauty primarily when you go off the regular pathway. The natural formations created from bolder movement or the collapse of a tree can be spectacular. Oakley Creek also has a strong community supporting the continued maintenance of the site; Oakley Creek and Friends. This community group works with local primary schools and by themselves to revitalise the whole area by planting many native trees in the weekends. This level of commitment and love for an area inspired me to do my best when creating my poster and designs.
The Shape of Things has influenced my Creativity and Design work by reinforcing and developing my ability to iterate existing ideas. As my work in creativity and Design is based in Graphic Design and Photography I had a firm grasp of the basic concept of iteration. This five week course enhanced these skills to the point that I think I would be very capable of being given a brief and then developing a concept from almost nothing. This is due to the creative guide I have developed for myself that has been coaxed and nurtured with the learning I have undertaken throughout this year and in particular this semester.
My practice is situated firmly in graphic design with interests stretching out into both illustration and photography. Within graphic design iteration is a crucial focus as it is how the best design starts. This is true for all practices but most of all for graphic design as it is not uncommon to have 100+ different iterations for a single project or poster. These excessive numbers can be even higher with the influence of financial considerations involved in a professional practice.
My iterations usually involve changing of colour, size or orientation however, now I’m thinking of using different textures and material that I could substitute for plain colours such as using a rocky or concrete texture to provide more depth and variety to my designs. This in turn will allow me to create a larger scope for these designs instead of my current limited possibilities. This realisation has acted as a filter funnel of sorts where my previous options were somewhat narrow but now have widened and will allow me to produce better quality work.
Within this course I’ve gained an appreciation of 3D art and sculpture as I had limited interest in it previously but now I’m quite open to the concept of working more with clay. I enjoy the mould ability of clay and the ease of it to be reshaped into different forms using tools, moulds or my hands. I enjoyed the tactile feel of moulding directly with my own hands rather than having to use machines with other harder materials. I hope to use these 3D forms and integrate them into my existing practice combining both into quite a unique concept and possibly series of art pieces.
I didn’t like making things out of wood. I felt that it was a lot slower and that you didn’t have anywhere near the flexibility that clay had. I do appreciate the extreme accuracy wood can provide unlike the limitation of clay where you can only get so far with your hands and tools. Wood and clay both provide a permanent form but after the clay has been fired this fixed form is therefore more permanent than the wood as the clay turns to “stone”. When working with these very rigid materials I have a kind of anxiety of not being able to go back or that that it will be time consuming to have to repeat creating the wooden model but with clay I am able to almost instantly fix a mistake. Very rarely do you have to completely restart a part when working with clay as opposed wood where you either start again or try to glue your mistake back together and wait a day to see if it actually worked.
Foam was similar to wood, however, it was significantly faster and easier to work with. I still felt my anxiety but it was lessened as the time invested wasn’t as significant as it would be working in wood. Wire was also similar but in the way of speed and workability because you could “mould” the wire by hand similar to clay. The soldering process was also a moulding process which I was very comfortable with when using the soldering iron. Previously I had done a little electronic soldering but now I can do both.
Overall I enjoy the class as well as the exploration it afforded me, especially to do with the different materials and forms I now have access to. I hope in the future I will be able to use these with more confidence in projects. It has been a great learning curve and surprised me with how much I enjoyed using different materials, a highlight being my experience with clay and I hope I will have an opportunity next year to revisit it.
While making my finals I had two routes I was going down. The first was photography based. This is where I created line work on top of images, initially it mimicked the image but was change to a geometric shape. These led directly into a half of my finals
The images above and below greatly influenced the other half of my finals
From the images above I took a different direction, being more illustration based and created a massive amount of variations. Here is are highlights of this route.
I was greatly influenced by the famous artists and designers such as, josef muller brockmann, Idris Khan and Alexey Bogolepov. At the beginning of this assignment I created a small mood board to get a sense of direction of where I wanted my posters to go.
On the 5th week i tried to relate my shape of the tetrahedron to a smell or flavor using my different senses. I was drawn to freshly cracked pepper for both smell and taste as it is a strong smell that doesn’t the a kick at the end. This relates to m shape as threw the creation of my shape using different materials the edges and corners have been dulled and yet my shape still holds strong.
I created 30ish small triangles out of clay that were fired and now are be used can be used to “substitute” for the pepper which i will both photograph and photoshop into the appropriate images to convey my idea.
On the 3rd week the focus was casting. we started playing with play-doh to get an initial feel for what we were going to do. We then moved onto plaster and clay casting.
With plaster casting you you find your shape and place it in sand (mixed with a little clay powder) and pack the sand around your shape.You then remove the shape from the sand, mix up some fast setting plaster and pour it into the void created from the packed sand. wait 15 minutes. then brush away the sand and take your new form home with you.
I then created my shape out of clay and placed it inside of my wire creation.
With the casting we were instructed to cast with temporary material such as ice.