Summer Show 2017

 

Textiles and Fashion Group

 

Elizabeth Goodrick - Revolution

Revolution was an instant intrigue for my final major project. It's a cultural diverse subject, in which can be approached in the broadest or refined manner desired. My eagerness is to approach a topic of importance and to reflect on a revolution which is pragmatically memorable to us all. The women's revolution, despite its common knowledge is a topic of relevance to many and to myself as a woman. I have always found fascination with the topic and find it's the perfect opportunity to approach this notion, when I'm at my best ability. I want to concentrate on the aspect in which women found strength and power to fight against societies flaws. When women saw their place in civilization as only a mother, house worker and wife. Within my work I want to reflect the strength of women and define them as workers of their own wage, than workers for their partners. My ambition is to create a ready to wear collection, reflecting the stereotypical subjectivism of women and also the fight against this speculation. I want to create a collection which will be highly striking and presents confidence and innovative thinking for the women's rights revolution as well as the feminism movement of today.

My research lay from industry and contextual. I found significance in the 1970's and the 1980's where power dressing was a massive part of their culture. The idea of women being confined to the rules of society through their wardrobe choices in the early 1900's is frankly bazar to our 21st century society when our breakthrough in fashion is 'cropped' versions of old designs. But, we got to this day from the power of women standing up for their rights. 50 years ago it was a male dictated society states 'the times'. I don't like the avenue of the refined route into the sexualisation of women, so I begin to explore the book called 'femme fashion' by Patricia Brattig exploring the masculine side of women's fashion i.e. suits. Which is something that stands out prominently for my own future outcome. Research into fashion designers who have made both ready to wear collections and couture collections approaching women's work wear is something which will be important for the influence of my work.

I want to challenge the materials I use and to use more interesting and/or challenging fabrics, something I mind mapped was rubber gloves, the idea of using rubber in my final outcome would be interesting and innovative. Time planning and management of my final major project is an important aspect I feel to succeed. Due to the different areas of developing your work to aspire to your final piece, understanding time and scheduling the needs to success is something I feel I am very confident with, I know that this will be a strong area of mine, as I feel throughout this year I have gained a lot of understanding within time management.

The importance of reflecting on the flaws and the strengths within my own work is a skill I feel I have gained throughout this year. I appreciate this attribute as I definitely feel that it's something you learn to do. Opinions from others is necessary through peer reviews, and this is the starting point in noticing where you need to improve. I will review my final major project threw a developed evaluation of the whole project labelling the strengths and flaws within each area. The areas include research, development and then outcomes. I will look forwards in completing my final major project.

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Isobel Oldland - Revolution – Strength of Yazidi Women

In this project I want to create a haute coture piece that reflects the courage and strength of the Yadizi women "A historically misunderstood group, the Yazidis are predominantly ethnically Kurdish, and have kept alive their syncretic religion for centuries, despite many years of oppression and threatened extermination.". The support of the Yazidis is a cause that I feel very strongly about supporting because of ther growing number of mistreated Yazidi people that go unnoticed by the media and the western world. I want to focus on using materials and tecniques that represent strength and growth such as knitting, glueing and twisting. I will research in depth into the Yazidi religion because I want to create a respectful and empowering piece that will not cause contempt. I think it is important for me to do lots of artist research aswell as Yazidi research and Designer reseach so I can broaden my knowlage before going into the designing and creating process. I want to create a piece that reflects the religion visually and the strength conceptually.

My influences include Harry Evans, who inspires my knit tecniques and Rothko, who inspires my use of colour and many other artists such as John Galliano and Dahye Kim that have amazing and differebt styles that represent many different things. I will also research heavily into articled depicting the religion in different ways so I can have a well rounded view. My first Idea that has come to mind is creating a long dress and headscarf, representing the culture. I have used many news sites and 1granary throughout this project as I find them to both be beneficial to me in this project. I hope to use a variety of tecniques within this project including Knit, crochet, beading, pattern and draping. I want to include many layers of tecniques signifying the many layers of their culture whilst also using many tecniques that represent strength and have strong qualities. For example knit is a tecniques that takes a weak yarn and brings it together to create strength and body. Knit, representing the strength of the women, is a metaphor for weakness, being converted to strength over time. It also signifies chainmail, a double metaphor for strength and captivity.
Once I have created my final piece I intend to evaluate it by asking my peers, taking part in tutorials and asking for critique from tutors. I will also personally analyse my project in depth to give me an idea of what to improve and what impact my piece has had on other people.

 

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Sarah Bullock - How music influenced fashion

I plan on working towards a final outcome that shows my theme 'How music has influenced fashion.' I will focus on the 1960's through to the 90's as my chosen decades. Looking at range of artists that will link in well with the project, designer's work that was popular around certain decades and what impact they had. My initial thoughts was to produce one outcome that is a couture dress, I also thought about doing a range of pieces that would link however I feel by doing a larger more detailed piece will have more impact and could spend more time perfecting it ensuring the standard is high that has a clear and well thought out link to the project theme. The starting point was revolution, the music revolution is something that interests me so therefore will listen to a wide range of music and see how it has changed throughout the years and then study the impacts on fashion linking them both together. I have many ideas on where I will gather my influences and inspiration, I have already taken trips to museums and galleries in both Manchester and Liverpool. Here I will look at artists work and designers. A key designer is 60's designer Mary quaint. Her work is currently being displayed at the Galleries of Costume. I have a book about sub cultures which presents different fashion styles which will is useful.

I will incorporate a range of materials in this project by including paper into the designs, Embroidery work is something that is an interest and would work on a couture piece. Media will be used in small elements as I don't think I will be designing or printing onto fabrics. Paper Mache may work well to create the top of the dress. These thoughts will become more firm when developing my designs. Time scale is key in this project as I need to get each part done so I can move on to different elements. Research will include information on the places I have visited along with a range of secondary and primary images, development of samples and sample designs, initial designs and final designs. And finally two weeks of making to create my final outcome.

I will get peer assessment on the project as I can then work onfeedback recieved. I can get public reviews by posting things onto my own personal social media, such as Instagram or twitter. Finally at the end of this project there will be a public display of my own work along with my peers. This will be seen by family, friends and also professionals that work in this particular area.

 

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Charlotte McCready - Juxtaposition

For this project, I will be working towards creating a collection of garments based on the theme of Juxtaposition. After exploring different routes in which I could take for my final piece- once I have developed my knowledge and understanding of the theme by producing a number of research pages and mind maps. Later exploring further into a specific area of my chosen theme and into the different areas of fashion, I decided to create a couture piece as I have developed a lot of ready to wear garments in the past and I wanted to develop more diverse skills. In addition, I will create extensive amounts of research into the specific area, as well as contextual research into designers, articles, trends, for example Jean Paul Gauiter, Gareth Pugh, the Jetsons tv programme, 1920's SCIFI party etc. I will produce this research using primary sources such as the internet, trip experiences to Manchester museum, costume museum, vintage/retro fashion books, etc.
Onwards from this, I will then develop drawings, collages, tracings relating to my theme, using a range of media to develop my skills. I will also produce initial thumbnail design ideas, influenced from my research and designers. Furthermore, I will create sample design ideas using my thumbnail designs as inspiration. I will then begin making my samples, trying and testing which work the most effectively according to my theme. Photographing them on mannequins, annotating which prove to be the most successful. Exploring a range of materials, processes and techniques to a proficient standard, such as gathering, pleating, manipulation of wire, dying fabrics, origami/paper folding, fur, buttonholes, weaves etc. Moreover, I will plan my final idea including fabrics and measurements, and then purchase them. From my design Ideas and research, I will create my final piece vision, following my intended techniques, media, processes and also my set timescales and action plan as thoroughly as possible. I will later evaluate the processes, techniques, problems and things that worked well when making my samples and final piece, using a sample review table and writing my formal evaluation for the unit. I will also take part in-group critique and present my final out come to my tutors.

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Olivia Brown - Truth Behind Beauty

The truth behind the beauty. To justify how this connects to the theme I will have to contrast the ideas of beauty with the animals suffering through the testing process. I will be working toward producing a cosmetic accessories range that depicts this theme in the form of surface pattern.

I need to research artists who will influence the way I design my surface pattern, such as Hanna Werning and Timorous Beasties. I will also need to look into how people put across their message, researching artists like Barbara Kruger and also taking primary images from museums. For a project like this I will also have to look into specific companies who also promote the same message, such as PETA and Lush Cosmetics.


I need to evidence and evaluate primary and secondary imagery of make-up arrangements, animal breeds that are used for testing and photos of animals who have been tested on. I will need to evidence drawings from these photos. I should complete different studies into what products people have in their make-up bags and find out


 

whether people buy certain brands of make-up without knowing if they test on animals. I should create a questionnaire, and use the results throughout the process.

I will need to create samples using the most suitable techniques and evidence the design ideas that led to them. I should explore making patterns with screen printing, CaD software, heat pressings, and limiting my reliance on embroidery. I should evaluate these techniques in my sample review table. I should also plan what materials I will used in my final piece by researching which materials are used to make cosmetic bags and evaluating them.
I will need to make mock ups of my final pieces at the end of the development stage to give a clear idea of how I am going to make my final piece. I should keep an up-to-date time plan detailing everything I am going to do and when I am going to do it to ensure that I keep up with my work. I need to evidence detailed final outcome ideas, possibly using CaD and including swatches of the fabric I plan to use for each. I should create about 4 of these.

Once I have completed my final piece I will create a survey which is designed for other people to review my final outcome. I should plan a presentation of the task, using the results of my questionnaire. In my evaluation for each section of the project, I should mention what decisions I have come to and how the previous decisions have helped me.

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Ellie McLaughlin - Let Them Eat Cake

In this project I will aim to create a final piece that is inspired the subject title "Revolution". From there i will then continue on from this to choose a subject that inspires me, I am currently thinking of looking into the Suffragettes, the French Revolution, and the Soviet Revolution. For my final piece I know that I plan to create a costume that is appropriate to a film, stage play or television show, and that an actress would be able to wear. This costume would also show a part of the characters personality and potentially their arc throughout the performance.

My current influences are the films "Marie Antoinette" and "Suffragette", from these I want to find a character that i could create an elaborate, sophisticated costume. I will go on a research trip with my class to The Manchester People's Museum and The Museum of Costume. While there I will particularly look into the the Suffragette movement and the older style costumes in order to gain further understanding and inspiration. I will also look further into the French Revolution and how this affected both the people of France and the French Aristocracy. What I also find particularly interesting, is the public image of Marie Antoinette, and her true, private image.

I intend to use several techniques in my final piece of work, these include embroidery, construction, ruffles, and boning. However, for my research, and bulk of work I plan to use a lot of different medias, these include drawing, painting, tracing, embroidery, construction, collaging, and photography. Specifically, I intend to experiment with different types of ruffles, for example, I plan to experiment using cupcakes as ruffles, and different ruffle techniques. I also plan to have two separate photoshoots, one for my primary images, and influences, and one for my exhibition, in order to showcase my final piece.

I will review my FMP in several ways, these include peer assessment, simple process tables, and a presentation at the end.

 

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Courtney Bates - The Sexual Revolution

The sexual revolution has always been an interest of mine due to the amount of social and political issues that it tackled. I have always admired the fashion breakthrough of the 60s and the freedom of the 70s and would like to create a piece that represents those wonderful eras. I would like to create couture garments as I would have artistic freedom and meaning behind the pieces but also keep a sophisticated element of fashion. These garments will resemble many issues that the sexual revolution raised and dealt with. This 2nd wave feminism revolutionised sexual freedom, medical research into STI's and AIDS, ground-breaking advances in birth control, abortion rights, women's work rights, women's freedom to wear as much or as little as they want and gay rights and acceptance.

My starting point is working upon the idea of stepping out of the conformist fashion and standards of the 50s and into the more exploratory 60s, dabbling in new garments all together such as the miniskirt or thong and making clothes more practical for the younger, freer women. On a trip to the costume museum in Manchester I saw a Mary Quant exhibition which influenced me a lot with the colours and silhouettes of the garment. It was an insight into 60s fashion. I also began to look at the Dazed magazine website for inspiration and articles. I also had the idea of showing the change in underwear throughout the decades. At a glance, undergarments have gotten smaller, sexier and more practical throughout the years.

I intend to modify existing underwear to create samples that represent different subjects within the sexual revolution such as contraception, the difference between old and new and nudity. I will create collages and tracings to get an idea of shapes and patterns that I could use and which colours would be best to represent the themes. I will go through a design process for my final outcomes, looking at 50s garments and using the silhouettes as inspiration for the designs.

 

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Elizabeth Smith - Evolution and Revolution

I chose "Evolution & Revolution of Vogue" as my theme. I felt this would be an impactful project, depicting the evolution of the fashion industry from the swinging sixties to the couture catwalks of today.
I was inspired by the visit to "100 years of Vogue Exhibition" in Manchester. I was impressed how eras evolved through the covers of Vogue. In my research, I went all the way back to 1960.

I carefully decided which magazine covers would form the colour scheme. I experimented with various cover combinations, selecting the primary pantones from the covers to form the colour palette template, using Adobe software. This gave me an idea how the colours would blend on the dress before starting production. I then created paper samples deciding which images would work well together (in terms of colour & ambience). Once happy with the layout, I used the heat press method, requiring precision and a lot of thought to create an effective pattern.

Using the influences I decided on, I designed the cut of the dresses. I constructed the dresses using a hot glue gun and sewing machine to structure the dresses. The top half of the Couture dress partially created with paper mache, based on my own thumbnail sketches.


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Lily Randles - Sugar and Sweet

For my theme I decided to create a range of fashion accessories based around the pick me up of sugary treats.

 


 

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Lauren De Cruz - Juxtaposition

I am really fond of the idea in using the idea of morphing animal figures with human figures through both collages and digital prints. I will gather primary images of both people and animals using different stances and angles to give me the best possible outcome. Personally I feel as though my theme fits perfectly into the category juxtaposition as it combines both human and animals and they are not two natural things you'd see together on a daily basis, yet look unnatural but satisfying and makes you take a second look. The path that I'm considering is interior, this is because I feel as though my chosen design would work strongest on furniture for the younger generation such as teens, this is because the pattern itself is quite quirky.

The main starting point for my theme was my primary photos, both animal figures and human figures. I found this beneficial as early on I realised I wanted to look at anthrmorphic animals so gathering my own primary images of both animals a different people was key to this project. One of the main artists that I looked at was Kim Nguyen she is probably one of my favourite artists as she creates really intricate and detailed digital prints. Her designs really flow well can create a 'real life' sort of feel to them which is how id like to portra my own. In particular I really enjoyed one of her cheetah/baseball figures, as I like how it morphs both human and animal figures together. I think it is really clever that Nguyen has took the baseball type of figure and incorporated it with the cheetah as both are seen as athletic, angelic, and very fast. kim has compared the similarities of and athlete and an animals near the top of the food chain. I was fond of the colour scheme chosen in that design as they're quite basic but not too over powering and doesn't strip away the content as the focal point is the animal/human itself.

The main techniques I am looking towards working with are mainly digital and colleges, as I am going to use my primary resources to create my own collages, which I will then scan in and create repeate patterns digitally.

I'm planning on evalutating my final piece and also presenting my outcomes in a visual presentation, were I can explain how I created what I have, how long it has taken me, why I chosen to create my outcomes, and any possible problems that I was faced with. This will also the allows peers to give me constructive feedback.

 

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Amber Stevens - Gender Roles

The theme of my Final Major Project is gender roles, particularly in fashion and how fashion should be genderless. I want to create a fashion outcome or outcomes that combine the typical things you would see in both men's and women's clothes. My purpose for this project is to show that fashion has no gender and that there should not be restrictions on what anyone wears. My target age is people aged 17-25 as I think they are the people that would understand the subject the most, but I do not have a target gender in mind as the whole point of my project is that fashion is genderless.

I went to the People Museum in Manchester to look at the LGBTQ+ exhibition that they had on as I had already decided I wanted to look at the theme of Revolution but had not decided the specific area. I also went to the Costume Museum to look at different kinds of garments to help me decide which area I wanted to focus on. A designer that I have taken a lot of inspiration from for this project is Comme des Garçons and their S/S 2005 collection, which features tutus paired with leather jackets. I have also taken inspiration from a photographer called Hana Pesut and her 'Switcheroo' project in which she approached men and women and took pictures before and after she asked them to switch clothes. I also want to look at power dressing from the 1980's and political activist and personality Eddie Izzard. I also want to look at Junky Styling and how they take garments and remake them into something else.

I intend to combine feminine and masculine fabrics and techniques, for example taking a man's shirt and adding ruffles to it or doing embroidery of typical masculine things. My intention is to blur the boundaries and highlight the stereotypes of gender. I also want to look at making some digital samples such as patterns and motifs and using the heat press to put my prints onto garments. I have also thought about maybe dyeing my own fabric and creating some patterns by hand to add more depth to my work.

To evaluate my work I will use process tables to review my samples and final piece and will get feedback from peers. I will undertake tutorials led by my tutors to help me to learn and improve on techniques and processes. I will also do a final evaluation at the end of the project to review how successful it was and any areas for improvement.

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Caitlyn Farrell - Tonic

For my theme I decided to look at tonic, I focused on the calming effects of tonic for example the calm colour ways such as blue and white, I decided to look at scenery and calm places like the beach or the pool, I also looked at different fashion and interior designs to do with calm themes, I decided to base my project around interiors as I thought I could create some really nice interior pieces.


 

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Chloe Thomas - Tonic

My concept for this final major project is taken from the theme of Tonic, for which I then used the title of Bad Medicine. I was interested in the facts that pharmaceutical companies have blatantly bombarded the public with advertisements portraying their produce as miracle cures for illness, when in fact; on some occasions, the opposite fact is true.

I wanted to work in interior design aspect for this project as I have previously worked within fashion. I chose a quilt because my theme was about illness and being in bed when you are ill, quilts are a comfort at this time. My initial ideas show that companies even though they say they are helping, are in fact just out to make money, like every other company. My most successful samples are where I trapped the pharmaceuticals, inspired by research into work called Cradle to Grave by Pharmacopeia, every patch was time consuming and I found this limited my time. Jean Michael Basquiat and Tracey Emin abstract styles and having an element of chaos in their work inspired me also. I that all companies that offer help are truly doing so but I very much doubt this is true, unfortunately.


 

 

Fine Art Group

 

Laura Molloy - Hannah

For my final outcome I produced 2 canvases in a unique style that I've never composed before. I had to research several artists in order to enhance my knowledge—hoping to steer my ideas into some sort of direction. I went down the root of colour and abstract style, because I particularly like how certain artists twist the perception of reality. I decided to twist the perception of geometric style alongside an organic, figurative style. Upon the research of Franz Marc, I chose to create a Pastiche and Homage inspired by his work—this improved my drawing and painting skills in many ways. I established a better understanding of colour mixture due to the graduation of tone in every area.
When painting the face of Hanna on each piece, I struggled to achieve the correct shades and tone. Through multiple attempts of capturing her facial features, I had to take a step back to consider the colours I was using. After a lot of colour mixing, I experimented with a few colour pallets and found the most successful one. I have noted the colours I used in proportion to each other for future reference. These included red, blue and yellow with a lot of white. Once finalising the core colour, I found it easier to mix small amounts of paint to achieve the complexity of her skin tone. By doing this, I could contour her facial features to a more realistic standard—although it did take hours of layering tones, highlighting and shading all key areas. The understanding I have of colour mixture has never been more advanced.
Overall, I think this is my most successful painting so far. As I mentioned at the beginning of this evaluation, I was influenced by multiple artists but I maintained my own unique style. All of the colours, shapes and details I used were chosen carefully after thoroughly considering the surrounding areas as well as the overall finish. I enjoyed both of these compositions and hope to do similar paintings in the future


 

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Oscar Hondow - Self

I have worked with ceramics to create sculptures, the sculptures I created were based on three separate juxtapositions, the initial juxtaposition was ancient and modern – then it changed to natural and unnatural and then I developed it and turned it into more of an abstract/reality. I created 19 ceramic pieces the first series was of ceramic masks which are in modern design but look somewhat ancient with the colours and designs I went for, the next series were of matte ceramic masks and I started creating casts of my hands and feet and I was trying to incorporate them into my work. The final pieces were ceramic faces being distorted by plaster hands and feet, in quite a gory nature. The juxtaposition in my work is quite difficult to understand but I believe that people could see that I was trying to juxtapose the real elements of the face with something, which is quite abnormal.
My initial idea was to create a range of masks that would juxtapose ancient and modern but as my work developed, and as I took influence from different artists, my work changed. The artists I looked at were Willie Cole, John Stezaker, Johnson Tsang, Jake and Dinos chapman and Russell Wrankle. I used mainly Johnson Tsang as far as the faces and the abnormalities went but I used Russel Wrankle and the Chapman brothers to help me with the colours and the gory aspects. Willie Cole and John Stezaker were used for the first designs I looked at, I referred back to my artists in the development and collage stages.
I used plaster casting processes, alginate casting processes, clay casting processes, Hi-fi and lo-fi techniques to create different effects with different textures, I had to use slab techniques, firing and glazing processes, slipping and scoring, I had to use painting techniques on the masks and on the wooden panel that I set my exhibition up on as well. In the time frame that I had it is almost unbelievable the amount of ceramic pieces I was able to create, I haven't done as much sketch book work as I wished to, but I tried to keep it all to the point and ordered it in a format which is understandable and easy for everyone to follow. I believe my project has gone very successfully and I really like the outcome I was able to create.
When I was considering different approaches to reach a successful outcome, I created different effect to see what looked best and the more I created the more I was able to experiment with. I assessed the success by posting images of each of my design on social media to see the effect that I would get. I received well over 100 likes and multiple comments, also I wish to sell these masks and I already have one person ready to buy one of my pieces – selling your work takes a certain standard and it puts my work at more of a professional standard. I faced a few problems such as designs exploding in the kiln but I didn't let it bother me I just made it work with my design... made it look like the cracks are supposed to be there and to look like that.

 

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Marcelle Jones - Juxtaposition

The theme of this project was Juxtaposition. I chose precedence/inferiority as my title; meaning priority in importance, order or rank/the condition of being lower in status or quality than another or others. I wanted to make a piece showing how the rich and powerful who own most of society's wealth are always held higher in value than the rest of the population and our needs. I chose to recreate the £20 note on a large scale, in a way that celebrates and acknowledges the proletariat (working class people) using imagery relating to working class movements in the past, present, and creating my own version of the royal crest which celebrates workers instead of royalty. With a combination of words and images, I think I have made a piece that is easily understandable to most people; I have used Jeremy Corbyn on this piece, as he has been the main protagonist for the recent movement against the Conservatives, and the way they govern this country that is having a detrimental effect on many working people's lives. The piece is very current and in line with what is happening in the country today. I have also used imagery such as the NHS logo, the free health service that many of us who cannot afford private health care rely on, and imagery of people protesting against Tory rule. I think if you do not understand this piece at first glance, there are many things I have included that unravel the meaning of it, the more you study the piece. For this project, I looked at how the rich and powerful have always been celebrated; in art, stories, and on our currency, and the people below have been overlooked, or mocked and ridiculed. I wondered, why? Why is our country still celebrating and upholding these traditions when only a small group of wealthy individuals relate to it? I studied the royal coat of arms, which dates back a long time ago and represents a small wealthy family that has no connections or meaning for the rest of the people living in the country, I looked at bank notes and studied the imagery on them; queens, inventors, royal and religious symbolism. I felt like considering the back bone of society and this country is working people, there is no mention of us because we are taught to idolize royalty and wealth.

This subject is something I am passionate about, but did not have enough knowledge on, I decided to research the beginning of British politics, why people are poor and the class system and found that as well as being taught to idolize wealth, we have also been taught to ridicule the poorest in society. The 'chav' stereotype is something which we all laugh at, when in actual fact these people are just demonized for being hit the hardest by the government. We are all working class; we work to live, but those of us with more money have slowly been distancing ourselves from the poorer side

 

of the working class, because we all aspire to do well and earn more. Working class pride has gone and we now believe that other working people are the cause of our problems, whether it is poor people or immigrants. I wanted to create a piece that reminded people that we are all struggling in one way or another because of the government, not other working people. I didn't take any inspiration or style from any other artist. The only artist I researched was Grayson Perry, as he also creates work which is based on the idea of class. I chose the £20 note to recreate because it specifically celebrates the man who came up with the idea which increased profit within the work place, by splitting the work load up. But socially, this actually made working people's lives worse and still does to this day as we work a lot for not much money and do jobs that really, robots should be doing because they are not fulfilling, they are dead end and often have a negative effect on our mental health. I thought this summed up celebrating the wealthy and not the poor in a nut shell. For this piece, I worked on medium density fibre board which I got from B&Q. It was about 30 inches by 50 inches and looked just like a large scale bank note in terms of size. I used pencil to sketch out the design and acrylic paint as my medium. I started out the painting process with paint I had bought from one of the cheap shops in town, but it wasn't pigmented enough and I really struggled to use it without having to do about 4 coats each times, so i found some paint in college and it was much better, although I wish I had used that from the start as I has to paint over areas that were streaky and it made the whole piece look a bit slap-dash. I used a range of brush sizes as there were areas which were fully white with nothing else, where I used a large decorating brush and areas that were tiny or had very thin lines around which I used my smallest brushes or an angled brush to get a thin straight line. I struggled with this in some areas such as outlining the words 'Twenty Pounds' and 'Bank of England' in a thin white line, and would have looked much more professional has I have invested in one of those paint pens, I could have had much more control over it, and it would have been neater. I really like the contrast between the drawing of Jeremy Corbyn and the rest of the piece. I drew him on fully in pencil, and then just went over him with a wash of purple, and used paint to accentuate the highlights and shadows. The fact that you can see the pencil illustration underneath really contrasts well with other parts in the piece such as the royal crest which is very bold with striking colours. The design itself was actually very rushed as it was my back up idea; I was originally going to do a much larger piece, still on the same surface with the same medium but it was going to be based on medieval manuscripts and bible pages, talking about the history of politics and the working class. A lot of reference imagery in my book has nothing to do with my final piece because of this. I realised it was too much of a task as I had not left myself enough time to complete it so I had to plan and make the bank note within a matter of days. Considering this, the piece turned out really well; all the elements work really well together, there is nothing that is random or doesn't fit with the theme. I just wish I had left myself more time to plan better, if I had, parts of it like the protesting scene would have been done better, with more skill. There was a lot to assess on the project; I wrote a long evaluation talking about what I liked about my final piece, what struggles I had, including the fact that I didn't use my time very well at all, paint brush sizes and the paint I started off with which wasn't pigmented enough to use. Overall despite quite a few challenges, the piece turned out really well and I am proud of it. I wish I had managed my time well enough as I could have done another piece to go with it, maybe a different note, or some coins for a bit more variety; talking about before Jeremy Corbyn led this movement, and how people were suffering and had no hope for a better future.

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Mia-Leigh Gwynn -

In this project, my work was based around the theme 'beauty and ugliness.' After mind mapping every avenue I could of took this theme, I decided female body image appealed the most to me. I thought taboo female beauty (obesity, body hair, stretch marks, etc.) was very interesting and appealing to work with. Due to my main focus revolving around fat girls (as stretch marks, cellulite, etc, tend to just be effects of obesity.) I decided, during my development stage, working on small canvases to show a huge mass of flesh was a really good idea. To begin with, it showed juxtaposition, and I just enjoyed the idea that this skin was almost bulging out of, or squeezed inside of, the canvas. When painting, and working with fat girls, I feel Jenny Saville is a key artist to explore and research into. I was heavily influenced by Saville and Lucian Freud's paintings because of their semi realistic look and general painting styles. I particularly liked the contrast between the two artists. Although Saville paints typically 'ugly' subjects in positions that usually only enhance the grotesque, I feel her softer colour schemes (faint pink, blue and yellows) make her content less uncomfortable and confrontational to look at and almost transforms them into being beautiful. Whereas Freud's portraits are very basic subject matter, just average people looking, usually, straight at you. But the way they're painted, everyone almost has a wormy, grubby face and although I think Freud is very talented and I enjoy his work, I can't help but feel a tinge of disgust at how ugly the people's faces look due to his style. Once I was happy with my basic, painterly artist research, I began to consider how I could paint in a less conventional and traditional style. I thought the dried fruit skin to suggest cellulite was an obvious technique to use, however upon a tutorial, liquid latex was suggested to me. I started to experiment with it and research into artists who used it and I came across James Lomax. He made two life size human bodies out of latex and laid them on an empty floor, randomly filling them with air and randomly releasing the air. Immediately I thought latex was really cool to work with as it simulated the look and feel of skin almost identically. I began to experiment with how latex worked with paint, with hair as well as relief. For my final artist I looked at Roger Ballen, he photographed 'outcasts' but in a way were they looked 'normal' and almost pretty. I liked his use of juxtaposition, turning something traditionally ugly to beauty. My techniques and processes were: painting, relief, fruit skin and liquid latex. Due to me focusing on small canvas for my final piece, I thought making a small series of paintings would work well. So, I have ten small canvases. Some are made up purely of paint. Originally my painting style was quite soft and made up of a stippling technique but I had a few tutorials and began to take slight inspiration from Saville's style. My paint application became a lot thicker, this meant my brush strokes became a lot more apparent creating texture and the use of colour changed because I started to focus on undertones. So colours I wouldn't usually use started to become more apparent such as blues and green based yellow. Liquid latex was really cool to experiment and work with. Originally I was going to apply it to real hairy legs and I was hoping when I would peel it off the hair would come off too. This didn't work so I started to mix wet latex and human hair together and applied it in layers to recreate the look of a hairy leg or body part. It looks really realistic and I also like how it invites viewers into touching the hairs and engaging with my work. Another thing which I used liquid latex for was recreating folds and rolls of skin. First I'd wrap a canvas completely with latex, this alone looked really cool. A skin canvas. Then I'd build up the features I wanted using tissue paper and then apply latex over the top. This worked really well as the latex completely imitates skin in terms of texture and appearance. I also enjoyed the way the latex thinned in sections exposing what materials I'd padded the underneath section with. This inspired me further to pad with intention. I started another latex piece padded with sanitary towels, and some others which consisted of latex/hair combination stretched over 'feminine' coloured razors. Overall I'm really proud of my work and think it's worked out to be one of my best projects this year. I like the balance between my use of nontraditional and traditional pieces and think side by side, or even alone, they work well.

 

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Georgia Taylor - Bitter Sweet

During this unit, I made 2 portraits created on layers of glass, each layer presenting the skin, tone and details of the face, whilst also working with colour to effectively show juxtaposition as well as present the 'bitter sweet' theme. As well as 'Bitter sweet' Which I represented in my work through the two different portraits, both representing different emotions due to the colours, textures and marks within, I also tried to relate my work to the create and destroy theme. I did this by taking apart the main aspects and parts of the face and displaying them on layers of glass separately, but when viewed from the front angle, it creates the whole face as one. I think the audience with gather the obvious contrasting emotions portrayed in each piece as I think by using feminine and happy colours for my sisters it seems very innocent and sweet, whereas for my dad's piece it is full of quite cold and sad colours as well as looking rough and aggressive due to the marks and textures. In addition, the contrasting sections displayed separately show direct contrasts in terms of colours, which fits in with the juxtaposition theme, but also portrays the 'bitter sweet' emotions as well.
My influences for this Project was a series of portrait artists such as Frank Auerbach, jenny Savile and Francis bacon as well as Basquiat, David Hockney and Dustin Yellin. In terms of painting styles in techniques, I was strongly influenced by Frank Auerbach with his heavy use of impasto and the looseness of his work, and Jenny Saville for her distorted subject and loose, raw painting style. Francis bacon influenced me in terms of the distortion present in his portraits as it related to the 'create and destroy' theme and I liked the colours present in his portraits as well. I like the expression and colours present in Basquiat's work, and the distortion and photography in David Hockney's. Dustin Yellin was the influence of my choice of materials and for me to come up with the layering idea as his work is made up of multiple layers of glass which I thought would've been an interesting way to present my portraits.

During the development processes and the making of my final piece, I worked heavily with using impasto to paint with as well as sgraffito which was all inspired by the work of my artists and helped me to create gestural and textured portraits. The layering process of glass was an interesting one for me, as I have never attempted anything like that before but found that it went really well in the end and produce a strong outcome. I found that I stuck quite well to my schedule of work and not only did the effective research to begin the project but also developed my ideas effectively though samples brainstorms and basic planning, which I think helped me to practice what it was I wanted to do, so then when I was time to produce my final outcome I have a good idea of what it was I needed to do and how to go about doing it.

I thought my project went very successfully as I have a wide range research and samples which show I have experimented and developed my ideas a lot to come up with my final idea.

 

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Leona Zamfiresco - The Light Of The Ruins- Artificial and Natural/ Hope and Entrapment

My theme was artificial-natural and hope-entrapment. My piece represented each of these themes via the characters, environment and the interactions between them. The characters represent natural and artificial respectively and I used a variety of symbolism and hints toward the meanings of hope-entrapment through the actions and responses to each individual character. I feel that an audience would freely interpret my work whilst also understanding the themes and ideas in the piece. Overall, the pieces narrative is well organised and took a lot of thought to put together in a way that would flow smoothly and be easy to interpret as a member of a viewing audience, not only is the narrative clear but I also tried a variety of images to try and make the narrative engaging and again clear in relation to the themes and ideas. I was strongly influenced by the combination of my two themes, as well comic styles and art work. I was greatly influenced by the oceans and our human connection and interaction with it, as we use artificial inventions and products to interact with and explore the oceans. For this I collected images of sea life, ruins and once I had decided on a base for my characters, I gathered further imagery of old diver suits and

 

gear and images of octopi. I also researched into some more diverse art styles including gyokaku and the use of stop motion animation with image making and character development. Each of these influences have at least one page dedicated to how they helped and held influence on different aspects of my work. For my final piece I used a variety of process both creating the finished piece and also the developments toward it. This included the image gathering process and further research I did towards my final project and all the background designs, character designs and choice I made around each design I had to decide, this includes the decision to not go with a digital idea and the use of artificial technology rather than the idea of artificial products. Sticking to a schedule was rather difficult due to using different types of wood and a number of problems I encounter, including paint absorbing into the wood, which set me back quite a lot of time due to having to coat the paint multiple times and stippling the paint to a texture to the piece, which when the wood absorbs the paint takes more paint and more time. However, I feel as though I achieved a very successful piece with a surreal and textured outcome with detailed and fantastical imagery. I accessed the success of my project through the application of research, addition of designs and developments and how these influenced my final outcome and how they were altered, removed or applied further down the line. I commented on how each character was influence by imagery and by my own designs and also how I struggled with designing, drawing or applying images into further designs and areas in the outcome. I feel as though everything I did was worthwhile and despite finding issues, I overcame them and created something unique and well done.

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Leanne Wilson - Bitter Sweet

For my final piece, my theme was Bitter and Sweet. I wanted to show this by creating figures and placing objects that I felt best suited them. I created two separate pieces, one on mirror and one of canvas board. On the first one, I painted a slim body and sweets. This was to represent how people look at slimmer figures and how they are looked at by society. On the canvas board, I painted the curvy body and placed meat above it. This was to show also how people look at different body types. People look down on fatter people branding them with names and assuming the worst as they also do with people who have the opposite body type. I wanted the audience to be of all ages. I feel like people will understand what my work is about but I also feel like they may take it their own way and make up their own story for it which I feel is a beautiful thing. I wanted to really show bitter and sweet throughout my pieces as I want people to understand that everyone is different and some people may think that I the sweets should have been painted under the curvy body and so on but that's the beauty of it as people see bodies differently. The pressure to be perfect is sad and people should try and not be influenced by the media into thinking what they feel is 'Normal'.

I went and took primary images of all what I painted. The bodies I took the photographs myself and also the meat and sweets. I was influenced by Fanakapan for my sweets and for the meat I was influenced by three artists Carl Warner, Salvador Dali and Marc Quinn. Marc Quinn influenced me when it came to me taking my primary images. I was able to see what composition I would have wanted and I feel like the composition that I went and got worked really well. When it came down to me creating the figures, I needed to do some artist research before I even thought about taking photographs. I looked into Egon Schiele and Jenny Saville. I loved how Jenny created the more textured pieces when it came to bodies. It took me a long time to finalise my idea. One thing that I found most difficult was making sure that my primary images were as defined as possible so that when it came down to me painting them, I was able to work directly from them without adding anything extra.

For my final pieces. I worked on glass and canvas board. But before I could start them, I had to make sure that I worked on the primary images on Photoshop defining them and creating more lighting so that I could paint from them easier. When it came down to me taking the photographs, I needed to angle them all right so that the shadowing was good enough. I found this difficult at first, as I had never done anything like this before. It worked out in the end. I made sure that I created composition ideas in my book to work from and I also created a sample piece. This was to see how my final glass piece would work out. I wanted to do a glass sample piece first to see if I was going to be able to actually achieve a good painting. I feel like when it came down to creating my sweets and meat painting, I needed to make sure that they were defined enough for people to see what they actually are. I found it difficult creating the colours but I gave it my best shot and I feel like they came out to a high standard. If I was to change anything about my piece, I would defiantly re think the background. Although I do love the background, I do feel like I could have made the lettering thicker.

I wanted to see what people thought of my work, so for the first time, I posted my final pieces on social media. I got a lot of responses for them and people seemed to appreciate them more than I thought they would have. The responses that I received seemed to understand what I was trying to get across throughout these pieces and that it was in fact about body image and how people see bodies in general.

 

 

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Jessica Morris - I Can't Manipulate Time, But I Can Manipulate You

The title is the biggest piece; the rabbit is a very personal part of my work with my face being the 'clock', meaning the rabbit was trying to manipulate me. The Mad Hatter and the Caterpillar is smoking the fumes the fumes that are loose and colourful. All the characters are related to Alice in Wonderland so it would be easy for viewers to understand; the theme however is much deeper than thought. Edvard Munch was one of my biggest influences due to his emotional paintings and Ralph Steadman's illustrations of Alice in Wonderland helped me a lot bring the idea into being things are more 'twisted and into reality' which brings in the juxtaposition, that things aren't really the wonderland they seem to be. Steadman's

 

illustrations also helped my interpretations of how I wanted my characters to look like, in the most expressive way possible. I am a very fast, emotional and expressive painter with a passion for expressionism and primitivism. I think on my feet from the moment my hand touches the paintbrush. I used the sgraffito techniques into wet paint to figure out where I believed what should be there, I mixed my own colours as easy as possible, and I took a lot of pride in my work and I stuck to the chaotic, manic vibe I was going for. I assessed the success of my project by using nothing but the deep and meaningful meaning of going insane. I commented on the issues of developmental process by standing back and looking at my work and remembering how during the time I was planning the pieces I was going through a very traumatic time and had to create something as emotional as possible, so I did 3 paintings of 3 characters, from a twisted, juxtaposed Wonderland.

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Rachata Wancha - Nature Friends

I have painted a detail piece that was inspired by two main artists, called Axel Scheffle and Maurice these are the authors and the illustrator who wrote and design the character of the children books called The Gruffalo and Where The Wild Thing Are. The character and the environment in the background of these children books has inspired me to create something similar to the style of the artists. My theme are based on friendship, the picture that I have paint showing a two separate sections showing a dry and broken land with fallen trees and brownish painted land on the right side of the piece. On the left side of the painting showing lush green trees and land, this section have been separated by a river. On the left side showing a goat head gorilla looking at a pig head chimpanzee curiously stand tall and the pig head chimpanzee sitting on top of a big rock next to river water look sad and lonely. I try to make the painting look and feel dull with the paint because this in my opinion give off a mood of sadness and curiosity of what and why, of these creature like what are they doing? In addition, what will they do?
I have research multiple artists that would help me create and come up with ideas and inspiration. The first artists that I have look at called Alan Baker most of this artist work themes are based on between the relationship of animal and human. This artist has influence me to come up with and animal and human combination for my sample such as drawing sections of different part of animal and human creating something I would called a relationship between man and animals. The other artist that I have look at are Gina Triplett, Nicola Hicks and the two main artists that inspired me the most are Axel Scheffle and Maurice Sendak. This main two artist inspired me with the character designs and the environments area. The goat head gorilla are the reference of the character from The Gruffalo.
I have done plenty of experimenting for my sample by doing multiple of collage and sketching them after to create my character design. The collage was a mix of different animal's part like body and head that are of a different species. After I done sketching out the collage, I adding little of my own ideas to morph some part of the animals to make it look unite and family friendly by not adding too much detail or overly sketching. I do this because I want to leave some room for the paint, safe time and water down painting, if I sketch too much the mark of the pencil will be popping up and the audience could see it, this will make my work look very amateur. To counter this issues I use drawing ink to draw over the line and adding settle details texture to the character, trees and little bit on the ground. I find using drawing ink to be useful in adding deep and crisp texture but it consume too much of my time, each dip I take from the ink using a stick is equate to about five or less stroke of lines and I find myself spend too much time dipping the ink instead of drawing.
The painting techniques that I have use was very hard to pull off. What I did was overlapping the paint to try to make the environment as real and abstract as I can. It's hard to make this painting work because the paint need to dry out and it consume a lot of my time waiting, so what I did was painting each section and move on to the next then goes back to the previous section when it dry enough to paint over it again with different colours. I do this technique of painting because it make the environment seem convincing and gestural showing reflection of the light and shadow, making the painting look 3D.
During the process of working on my final piece I encountered multiple problem. Sometime the colours won't all mix and layer of colour would create patches. Icountered this by making sure the colours are properly mix and blend them into the environment of the piece.

 

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Tamar Phillips - Juxtaposed

With the use of multiple small and varying sized works, it depicts my personal memories. In the same way as when you read a book the work can be read from left to right. I thought that laying them out in this way made the most sense as well as making it more likely that people would gain some understanding as to what my work was about. I believe if my audience pays close enough attention to each they will discover the meaning behind them.
There were a variety of different inspirations that brought me to my final piece; I was constantly discovering new routes I could go down and different elements that could be incorporated into my work. Each art and non-art based research page was essential and without this research my final piece wouldn’t have been as successful. My main influences were Mark Dion, Lucian Freud, Edvard Munch and Kandinsky because each of these artists directly influenced my final piece and made it what it is. Dion gave me the idea about using frames, Freud provided inspiration on how to go about creating a portrait, Munch’s work ‘The Kiss’ inspired me to reference this piece directly in my work by creating my own version and Kandinsky showed me how I could make sound have a visual nature. My main non-art based research was about dementia, this brought about the idea of using memories and how they can be distorted.
I experimented with different styles of painting which I hadn’t previously tried such as expressionism, and responding to sound through abstract painting. With regards to my self-portrait I used wet on wet to mix colours together directly on the canvas, along with the direction of brush strokes this helped me to add a three dimensional element to the work. I used stitching to outline the painting of a heart shaped locket and to make three small bags that would hold the lavender seeds that hang in front of the photograph of my mum and I.

 

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Ben Smart - Absence and Presence

The main theme for my final project was Absence and Presence. This focuses on the aspect of Life and Death, how it occurs and how it can completely change a person's life. My final piece shows how a life can be transformed slowly and become damaged due to the death or absence of a loved one. More specifically, within my project I also focus on diseases that bring about the theme of Absence and Presence such as Cancer. Within my work I show how a happy, ordinary life can soon become corrupted by a death and the after effects slowly start to invade a person's life and the issues it brings to the family of that loved one. I wanted my piece to be something that people really had to look at and think about to understand what the meaning behind the work was which I think I did successfully. Fiona Rae, an artist from Hong Kong whose work resembled the busy lifestyle of modern society and how blurred daily lives have become. She would represent this by drawing figures of people in a blur and watercolours which were poured across a canvas. Firstly, to begin planning my project, I created a mood board. This consisted of two sides, one side involved the theme of heaven and the other side earth. The Heaven theme within my mood board was made up of bright, happy colours which symbolises the change in mood after


 

death and the use of pale and neutral colours reflects the sense of freedom within a mythological place such as Heaven. I have all the artists I researched links to several different parts of my project from my planning, to development, to the final piece. My main influence however was Fiona Rae and she inspired me the most. I used a range of brush and paint techniques as one of the main focal points throughout the three pieces I made. Within my work I showed how a happy, ordinary life can soon become corrupted by a death and the after effects slowly start to invade a person's life and the issues it brings to the family of that loved one. I did this through shapes of bright colours to represent the good and happy sides of life and splashes of black dripping paint to represent the bad and unhappy sides. I think this worked successfully in creating a piece with juxtaposition and diversity. I set out a time scale to do each piece and made sure I stuck to it so I didn't fall behind or give myself more work to do with less time to do it. Overall I think that helped make my project more successful. The strengths of my final piece are that I believe it accurately represents the effects that a deadly disease can have on a life, I did this by adding black spots throughout my final piece which represented the disease spreading and invading a life. I also found it effective to include most of the artists ideas within my work such as Howard Hodgkins and the use of grainy textures. The struggles I faced with this final piece was I had to try and create something personal as I never had to do this before. Another struggle was creating work that was more loose and gestural and has more texture. This is because my usual work is more abstract, realistic and precise.

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Holly Arnold - Alter Piece

For the final major project I made my own version of an altar piece mixing modern and traditional art, I had two glass paintings attached onto my final piece on mdf. The theme of my piece was the relationship between life and death and how they juxtapose one and other, also to juxtapose traditional art and modern; the way I represented this was by creating a large scale painting on the mdf. The story is based on a scene where life is sending death the gift of life (the people in the boat) so that he can take care of their souls at the end of their journey in life. I mixed the two realms so the idea of heaven and hell (sea of souls) referencing Greek mythology, which I like. I used collage as inspiration to plan for my final painting after researching into different ideas or life and death. I've shown traditional and modern art by making a stain glass window effect which makes you picture church art, then in the main piece the figures had a gruesome aesthetic so that had a modern style to it. I think that the audience will understand my piece if they look at it properly and think deeper in some aspects. My main influences that inspired me most for the painting were Hieronymus Bosch and Francis Bacon. These helped with my theme modern and traditional art, mixing the two. As well as this, I was able to research into different ideas of life and death and cultural ideas/traditions towards it. These sources are referenced in my project and in the documentation in my research, showing that I gathered ideas and

 

responded to discussions and tutorials. I have written up where I've been able to broaden my ideas for my final piece, and theexperimentation I did throughout. The techniques and processes I wanted to focus on for the final project were drawing and painting. I have refined my skills over the two year course and I wanted to showcase this in my work. For my final piece I created an image of religious figures and attempted to paint this on the glass, paying attention to both sides of the glass so they were just as good as each other. To help with this I kept mixing paints wet on wet, adding colour to it to show a wide tonal range, producing a range of shades and highlights within the drapery keeping it fairly loose and painterly. This was contrasted in the background with the pale colour that I added water to create the transparent effect that works well on the glass. After the two glass paintings were done I started sketching out a quick layout of my final piece using some of my own images e.g. the figures hands etc. And making sure the proportion of my piece was right, I then started to paint into it layering the different colours to create shadows etc. The use of layering helped create texture and make the figures and the background have a lifelike effect which I was going for and to give it a Francis Bacon painting style but still traditional. I worked on each individual thing separately adding details to create a suggestion of realism: clothes, skin, hair, the sea, the thin or thickness of the clouds and the veins in the wood of the boat. I then painted my frames gold and attached them to my main painting. I'd say I stuck to my work schedule however I would add some finishing touches to the piece.
I assessed the success of my project by posting it on social media and seeing people's opinions on the piece. I commented on the developmental issues in my sketchbook and the responses I made to my tutorials. I created plans and samples to see what worked and what didn't. So I was confident when it came to making the final piece.

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Kara Thomas - Imagination Creates Reality

For my final piece I created a portrait of me with a wolf in the style of the artist Adara Anguianio Sanchez. My theme was the idea of imagination creating reality and how your wildest fantasies help you express who you are. I wanted to do this in a light, fun way which suggests my confidence but also how I am content. Which is a characteristic that I believe I share with a wolf, being content in what we are doing, but being confident in it. I believe that as you grow up you are told to put your childhood behind you almost and to forget about that inner child. I believe that a life without imagination and fantasies would be boring and would be the life I wouldn’t want to live. People often think imagination is an escape, I don’t, I believe it helps create your reality because you are in control of your own life, therefore you choose how you feel and who you are, Nobody else.

I was heavily influenced by Adara Anguiano Sanchez, Logan Zilmur, and Grete Stern. I was also heavily influenced by a various selection of freelance and leisure artists (like myself) who uses prismacolour pencils, which Is my favourite and main chosen medium in my final piece. I was mostly influenced by Sanchez for her “feline female” project which combined a woman and a cat in a way that suggests they share the same personalities by their body language and harshness of colour. I was influenced to suggest this within my work however with a more light-hearted approach of positive, happy personalities/body language.

My final piece includes Photoshop, drawing and painting. I photo shopped a photograph of me and a wolf, similar to my other Photoshop collages for me to work from. I masked off a circle for the black acrylic paint and used watercolours of the galaxies. I also used white emulsion paint and yellow acrylic for the stars. I used prismacolour pencils for the main technique of my final piece, which can also be seen in my development piece. After looking at other artist approach to the technique, I noticed they used their pencils at different pressures which helped achieve their hyper-realistic effect. I wanted to achieve a softer more surreal effect and therefore applied the pencil lighter.

 

 

 

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Laura Atkinson - 'Feeling Blue'

"Feeling Blue" is a project based around colour pshycology, how it effects how we feel and how colour can impact emotions. By applying the psychology of colour, it's possible to learn more about the different associations blue has and how we perceive it. Blue is an almost universally liked colour, It's positive aspects are that it is a calming, safe colour. It can lower the heart rate, improve mental clarity, inspire creativity, but it also has negative aspects are that it is unappetizing and suggests lack of emotion. I looked into different words associated with blue and created photos from my perspective of the word and how it could link to the colour.

1) intelligence - different shades of blue can improve concentration, stimulate thinking and provide mental clarity. It also improves productivity. This is a good colour for study and work, as it offers relaxation and stimulation at the same time. it is often used by businesses or in marketing as it can create a sense of security and trust so decided to look at the stereotype of how people perceive intelligence as it can symbolize professionalism and power.

2) Creative - since blue is calming it makes us more relaxed and makes us more likely to be inspired or have a creative epiphany making it linked to creativity, I wanted to show different areas of creativity like photography, music, art because a lot of art is inspired by blue and feeling blue both positive and negatively since it's a platform a lot of people use to express themselves and how they feel.

 

 

3) Unappetizing - there are few natural foods that have the colour blue in it. This makes blue a colour that can suppress appetite. We tend to avoid foods that are poisonous and blue colouring in food is often a sign of spoilage or poison, some diets even suggest eating food of a blue plate as it will make the person eat less.

4) Calming - blue is often described as a calming colour. I was interested to explore that topic though stim toys (glitter jar, fidget cube) due to my asd and adhd and was in away what influenced the project because I wanted to find out how stim toys can help people like me and different kinds that are available, whilst doing my research on the topic the "fidget spinner", which is also a stim toy, became popular which I found interesting that the topic was becoming more well-known and the different ways people reacted.

5) Comforting - due to blue having the ability slow down your heart rate, lower your blood pressure and reduce anxiety, it can be seen as comforting colour because of this so I took how blue can be comforting and make you feel safe and created images based off home comforts and what different people would find comforting like, a warm drink.

6) Forlorn - meaning to feel pitifully sad and abandoned or lonely. Sometimes blue can come off as cold and uncaring and perhaps that is why when we're feeling down we say we have the blues or we're feeling blue. The colour is usually linked to being calm and peaceful, but blue can create feelings of sadness and aloofness, for example Picassos blue period. I wanted to try and show the negative side of blue though broken up objects from all the themes together because of the fact blue can also be seen as unfriendly and cold contradicts and clashes with its peaceful and relaxing persona.

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Natalie White - Simple, Wild and Free

This project is based upon product photography for the Simple, Wild and Free website relaunch that business owner and co-owner Tiffany Kay Brett runs alongside her husband Tim Brett. I am working towards producing a selection of media that Tiffany can use for her website relaunch and will be aiming to produce photographs in a style that she would want to use that works well within the organic and natural theme that she is trying to present within the Simple, Wild and Free business. At the end of the project I am going to exhibit my favourite pieces for the end of year arts exhibition so that Tiffany and Tim can see what I have been working on ready for them to use.

My initial ideas came from artist research in product photography but was mainly focused on work that wasn't done in a studio. I wanted to try and place the products I was photographing in locations to relate to the context of the work to enable me to create some bright and vibrant images that would please them and their target audience within the shopping section of their website. I looked at a number of different artists to gather thoughts and ideas

 

 

as to how I would set up each photoshoot and photograph and experiment in different styles to see which would be best. This would give me the chance to get my work reviewed by the client to make sure I was on track in producing the media they would want to within their website.

To make sure I was on task during the 11 week project I set up a plan so that I had a visual idea of what and where I should be up to that I could refer back to every week. I made a spreadsheet in excel to keep me on track as well as a weekly diary to document what I had already done and what I was planning to do along with any problems I had faced along the way. The plan consisted of a number of different things which included organising when I would do my research, pre-production work (shooting logs, risk assessments), production work (contact sheets, shoot selections) and post-production work (evidence of editing, evaluation).

My work will go through constant evaluation and critique by all me, the client as well as peer critique within the classroom whilst the project progresses. This allows me to get other opinions on my own work to ensure that my work is to a good standard and fulfils the clients needs for its proposed use. At the end of the project I will produce an extensive evaluation talking about the whole project addressing several topics regarding my work such as my response to the brief, development, refinement of my work and my thoughts on my final outcome.

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Erin Abbott - Break Up


I decided to focus on my battle with depression over the past couple of years; many young people, aged 18-25 suffer from depression, some people such as friends and family can sometimes struggle to understand this and I wanted to help them to understand through my imagery. This was a very extensive project as I needed to personally think through and remind myself of the struggles of depression and expressing that in a creative way in photography; I also experimented with how to display the imagery as my original intentions was to create multiple prints with hand edits and digital manipulations that help to express the emotions I intended to show. Planning on how to shoot the this is something I considered, as I felt the saturated imagery from colour would've be very subtle and effective; however, after looking at it from logical sense, time wise I considered doing digital photography and use digital manipulations to help create the effect I wanted; taking photographs in black and white correlated with the emotive expression of depression, something which I wanted to reinforce. Taking all of this into account, it was a lot of work during the 11 week period.

 

Christian Sampson has been focusing on mental health since 2014 and has been documenting on how people with mental health illnesses feel and what they see when they describe it. He created a series of images in an abstract way that represent what certain mental health issues may look like when shown in a physical form. Taking imagery in a creative and innovative style like Sampson has, is something I included within my work. Christian Hopkins depicted depression in an artistic fashion; his series of photographs about depression show how it can effect your everyday activities such as, sleep and eating etc. Taking images that reflects everyday activities show how they are effected showing how powerful the illness can be. I also researched many other artists such as Kyle Thompson, Kevin Corrado, Rosanna Jones and Manuela Thames; these helped form my images on a conceptual level along with accentuating the aesthetics of my project.

Using Digital photography was the right choice as I was able to create digital manipulations that showed highly sophisticated context; I edited all the images in black and white, with the exception of a few photoshoots, I also used the layer mask manipulation on a couple of photoshoots. I used a weekly template to show the process and planning aspect of my project; the pattern I used was to research and produce shooting logs for that correlated photoshoot. I made sure that I completed all of my practical work, 2 weeks prior to the deadline so that I had enough time to catch up and start the production of setting up my exhibition.

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Bartek Twardygrosz - Stopping Time

I chose to do the theme “stopping time” because I think I could create quite a lot of interesting imagery with that title. I could interpret the time part of the sentence in many ways such as taking a picture with a really high shutter speed or really low. I’m planning on taking pictures at the perfect moment and I think I will need 11 weeks to build up a good portfolio of images that are of high quality.

I plan on having some of my shots taken in a studio environment, these shots will most likely be of small items such as wine glass’ being dropped and broken. I’d need a studio to do this because I would like a plane background and a place that I could control the lighting of my picture. I plan on taking some pictures outside because some of the pictures I ‘m planning on taking will need big amount of space.

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Kira Smith - Emotions in Colour

I decided to do an abstract project linked in with psychology to link emotions to colours. My target audience was aimed towards the younger more artistic minority with the age range from 16-20, I also wanted to capture the attention of older artistic adults however this was less specific. My original intentions are very similar to what I produced, at the start I aimed to capture abstract work with mostly smoke and other ideas and I still did smoke photoshoots however I did end up doing more ink photoshoots. Overall, I have created 9 photoshoots therefore giving me a wider range of images to choose from for my exhibition.

I conduced lots of research on photographers to further my ideas and improve my work, I conducted research on photographers such as Nick Wilt, Mark Mawson, Fabian Oefner, Dan Mountford, Alexander Khovhlov and Alberto Seveso. They all create similar work but personalised to them and it had given me ideas for my own work


 

I decided to go with the abstract idea using ink, smoke bombs and face paint with the colours linking to psychological emotions and while doing my project I feel like the inks were the most successful outcome.

I have used a range of formal elements in my images such as considering the rule of thirds to make my images look more formal and organised therefore drawing more attention towards, I used rule of thirds when capturing my images to make my compositions more organised therefore drawing more attention to my images. I used negative space in some of my images to draw attention to the main subject of my image therefore making my composition more engaging however in most of my images I liked the main subject to take up most of the photo space. I have considered lines when capturing my images as well because lines lead the viewer’s eye therefore keeping the viewers’ attention focused on the image. While taking my images I considered a range of technical elements, methods and processes for example aperture, shutter speed, focal length and ISO.

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Sean Llewellyn - Invisibility

For this Brief i am going to photograph a character within busy surroundings, my plan for the images is to put across the lack of acknowledgement people have for each other when in busy surroundings. I am going to portray that by cutting the character out of the image in post-production, I will need up to 11 weeks to complete this project as it will involve travelling to different cities and other busy locations. I Have Chosen this theme as i have looked into a similar artist who does photographs where people have been cut out of them entirely and teased the idea within my previous project.

I am planning to talk to homeless people and ask for their permission to photograph them in a way that shows their invisibility to people and that people ignore them.


 

Melinda Gibson is my main influence for this project as she has done a photography series where she has removed the people from the images and replaced them with something else, i want to take this idea and remove just one person from the image to show the feeling of invisibility. I am looking into Rob cartwright as inspiration in helping with street photography. I am looking into Perous's Admit I Exist project as he has worked closely with homeless people and their lack of acknowledgement in Society.

My intended techniques are to do a lot of editing that involves removing or fading the character out from the Image, I intend to do all of this digitally in Photoshop and add a small bit of text over the top of the image.
My timescales will be to spend a week preparing my project involving research, creating a mindmap and planning my shooting log, then to spend about 8 weeks doing photoshoots and edits and documenting this into my work until then spending the last of my weeks cleaning up my project and writing my evaluation.

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Lydia King - What I see in the world

The project I have done is titled 'What I see in the world!' I wanted to uses both my creative writing and photography within this project by creating Ten stand on their own pictures that were supported by text written on top that states what I want to say. My main aim with this project is to make people think and consider whether what I am say is for them or not. But this is not to say everyone will understand every picture some will mean things to some people but not other.

The artist I looked at where Ed Ritterbush and Dana J. Quigley for still life as well as Kenro Izu and Marc Adamus for landscape. I researched these two styles as I was planning to take pictures in the studio and outside on location. In addition, I wanted all of my pictures to be different and unristained with set styles. This did


 

however result in some of my picture not being able to be used as they were too dark for the exhibition.

All my pictures have been edited individually with no set style. I did this so I could create stand alone pictures that didn't rely on one another to make an impact. So some of the picture are black and white and others are in colour. I even tried my hand at hand edits but choose not to use that style in the end as it wasn't successful.

Throughout my project I captured nine shoots in a range of different locations and most of the shoots were well planned though others were take because opportunity presented itself.

I wanted to capture images that people would relate to and that states a situation of consciousneess. I want the viewerto think about what I am trying to say.

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Jade Slater - 'Panic! At The Disco: The Ballad of Mona Lisa'

 I am working to produce a promotional music video for a drummer, this is so he can promote himself by taking the video and using it on his social media accounts for others to see. Ben is a music student who hopes to take his drumming further. By creating a promotional video, he can show his skills to others without them needing to go see him play. I will therefore create a music video that is around 3 minutes 30 seconds long of a song he can play, we will also have the audio professionally recorded to play over the video so it’s also his drumming with the best quality audio. I also plan on having a few photo shoots so I can have some final images to use.

I will be editing on Premiere Pro as it is a programme I am familiar with and enjoy using to create videos. All of my work will be digital, and will either be digital images and/or a video that can be played through a screen of some sort.


 

Managing my time is essential to ensure I keep on track, to do this I focused on creating lists, weekly updates and colour coded tables to see what I had and hadn’t done each week.

I will review my work by asking others to review my work every so often to see what they think of it, I also will ask Ben about it to see what he likes and if he’s comfortable with certain things as it will be of him and he will be seen on the video. I am also able to be critical with my work as Ben is the drummer so he can pick if anything is out of time or if the audio isn’t right. I also have to ensure I’m hard on myself, I have to work to the best of my ability and if I know I can do better, I will change it.

After the video is done, I can upload it to YouTube for the public to see, this is also a way for my video to be shared on other social media accounts. I will also be able to see people’s reactions as they can leave comments on the video, so I will receive feedback that way.

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Lauren Burke - Title Sequence

For my Final Major Project I decided to create a TV series title sequence, which was based on a story idea I had created from my brainstorming. The idea that I had created was about a supernatural-fantasy TV show. A few of the characters, in this show, possess magical powers, such as: telepathy and manipulation of energy. I planned out storyboards and organised times for when I would be able to conduct a shoot and get my filming done. My plan was to show a couple of the locations that would be featured in the show and then to create a 3D title on aftereffects. However, during the time I had begun to edit the footage I had taken the people who had been helping me by playing the characters in the TV series could unfortunately no longer help, which meant that I had to change my idea and replan my work.

I had many influences who had helped inspire my ideas for my Final Major Project, for example one TV series that has influenced me


 

would be The Shanara Chronicles due to the title sequence acting as a background for the TV show, which explained the events that led up to the story being told in the series. I decided to remove the characters from my title sequence as I was struggling to edit the footage and then my friends were unavailable to continue filming, resulting in me having to change my ideas for my final outcome.

I intended to create a 3D title that flows from behind the camera and onto the screen. I also edited my favourite pictures out of all of the photo shoots I had taken when at the different locations that I was filming at. The way I hoped to edit my chosen images was to make them appear slightly mystical, hoping they would relate to the supernatural-fantasy genre that I had chosen for my video.

In my opinion my final product could have been better because I had to restart my video half way through the project and I struggled to get it completed on time. I am, however pleased with my final edited images and the 3D title at the end of the title sequence I created.