Today I selected the theme of 'Waste of Plastic Bag', and I did the research for this project in different directions. For example, the policy of controlling use the plastic bag, different art directions that can be develop for this project. I finished some research that I need for the proposal, wrote the project concept and title down, also put the images' sample for the proposal.
In this project what it be explore is about the waste of plastic bag, the damage to the animals in the sea, and it will be in an illustration direction and combine with the visual medias. Nowadays, there is lots of people throwing the plastic bag in the sea and invade animal’s living environment in the sea. For response to the idea of the plastic bag, this project will have different experiments of different materials also techniques to develop it further. The different kinds of printing techniques can be very useful to represent the ideas, and different surfaces to print can see different visual impacts. Besides, the project may also will have some stitching work that combine with the plastic bag to develop the idea. What will be research for this project are about the plastic bag’s shape, colours, different characters, and what is the plastic bag use for, how it would damage our world, how to make the plastic bag become less harm to the animals. The research also will include the primary research in library and galleries, the books about the pollution and different ways of representing the ideas can help the project to develop. The political in different countries of controlling use the plastic bag also may influent the project’s developing direction.
My discipline of illustration can help the project create some visual attracted work that demonstrate the waste of plastic bag, how the plastic bag damage to the animals in the sea.
I also research the galleries and exhibitions that I will visit for tomorrow afternoon, but I will do some research in the library first in the morning.
Today in the morning I did more researches on the workflow, and I wrote the proposal about the timetable also the bibliography. In the afternoon, I printed the primary research that I did yesterday, and continue different sections in the proposal.
put the images in the sketchbook, and write the annotation for the primary research
Today I finished the draft of the proposal, and after tutorial, I knew about how to show the ideas clearer when I write the proposal, also how to write the brief of bibliography. I need to also write the artist work in the bibliography to make people clearer why I research him/her. In the action plan, I write about what I need to do next, and after tutorial I remembered I also need to research the animals, so this is very important.
Today I also put the primary research in the sketchbook. What I need to do next is annotate the images.
In this morning, I went to the Billingsgate market for doing the research of fish and other undersea animal. I took some photography of them, and on the Monday I will start to use different materials to draw them out, to see which material can have a better visual impact.
Today I finished the annotation in the sketchbook of all the primary research, and tomorrow I will start to use oil pastel also marker pen to draw based on my primary research. I will combine the experiment drawing with plastic to show the idea better. I think I need to analyse my secondary research in the sketchbook, not only in the workflow, so the influence from others work can show better in sketchbook, and the consistency can be clearer. Besides, the final proposal has already finished.
Today I used oil pastel and watercolour that combine with plastics, for showing the idea of the plastic pollution with undersea animals. I feel the work that finished by oil pastel have a beautiful texture, the watercolour give a feeling of mobility like the pollution in the sea. I want to use the way that combine the drawing with plastic to continue to develop in this project.
Today I finished the work that used coloured pen, coloured pencil and pen to draw the plastic bottles, and plastic bags. I cut them down from the paper and sticked on a plastic bag with some photos of plastic bottle. I think the drawings are not detail enough, but I kind of showing the idea from this experiment. I prepared not to use plastic bag anymore in this project, and in the next week I will join in the printing and stitching workshop experiment more. So on the weekend I will think about what I will create in the workshop.
Today was a workshop day, I went to the printing workshop, and tried to use the screen printing also the press machine to print. I printed on the blue card paper also white paper. I think I will develop the printing work into photoshop, I prepare explored more ideas from these work that can inspire me. The texture in the printing work are very successful than I thought, because when I printed a plastic bag image in the second time, I got the image kind of transparency like the plastic bag.
Reflection (August 8)
Today we had a practice about touching the materials then wrote their information, and also some cultural message, I think this give me more ideas talking about the materials that I used in my project.
Today I went to Dulwich Picture Gallery to see a exhibition that is about Edward Bawden's work. Because recently I went to the printing workshop and created lots of printing work, I think this exhibition can be very useful for me to develop the project. When I saw his work in Dulwich Picture Gallery, I think his work are simple but in details, and they are consisting of few part of colour lumps. So I was being inspired to consider to just use few simple colour lumps to print when I use the screen print or lino print.
After tutorial I got more ideas for my project, so I have a action plan for this week.
Prepare for printing workshop on Thursday, print on fabric and use stitching also cotton to finish the 3D pieces. I will think about what kind of fish will be print, and I think the scale will be bigger than A4, but the printing of plastic bag and plastic bottle will be A4 size.
I think the final outcome of this project kind of like a sculpture that made by fabric, so I will continue develop this project in its direction now.
Today I had a Indesign workshop, and it was my first time use Indesign to work. I learnt some basic skills that can help me work with the poster for Unit7.
I finished the draft for the poster, I add what text and images I need for the power, and I will check the grammar also what I need to change for the final poster.
Today I went to printing workshop to print the images on the fabric, which are part of the final outcome. I think they work very well on the fabric, I got some clear images, and I got the plastic feeling of plastic images, which is very great. For tomorrow, if the printing work has already dry, I will start to stitch them together with cotton inside, and the other side will leave white. So for next week I will go to the metal workshop use metal to do the 'strict' for the fish environment.
Today I also finished the poster draft for the Unit7.
Today I started to stitch the printing work with cotton, and one side I leave white. I finished few of them and tried to put in the 'strict' environment. So in the next week I will continue to finish all the stitch work, and start to go to metal workshop. I think the printing work represent the plastic feeling very well, so they are very successful to print on fabric.
put in the strict environment
Today I finished more stitching work, and I painted the metal work in bright green, because the metal work also like a stable fish bag. It is firmer than the fish bag, like the undersea animals being stuck in the environment that around plastic pollution.
Because the gaps are too big, I decided to use thread to make the stitching work more stable on the metal work. For represent the work maybe hanging on the wall with nails. The simple way can stand out the work better.
Today I finished the final outcome of the Unit7, I tied all the stitching work on the metal work, and I hanging out the work on the wall. I think the work achieve what I except, the printing work very well to stand out. I also like the back of the work very much, they looks very clean. But I think they need to be improve of the printing work's scale, and I think there is not enough work on the metal. So it looks not full enough I think, but I do not have enough time to print more. Personally, for presentation, I can use photography to do not take too much edges, and it make it more full.
For the poster draft, I decided to use the temple5, because I think it is more suitable for me to present the work. I will show the images of my final outcome front, back and two sides of the work, also two important process and development of this project. I think this can make the poster clearer of how the work getting to the final.
For the text of the poster:
Nowadays, there are lots of people throwing plastic in the sea, and invading animal's living environment. The outcome is an illustration of 3D objects, and it was developed from lino printing also knitting. The work represents the animals being stack in the environment that around plastic. It is for everyone to think about what we can do more for our environment.
Text Analysis Workshop
"Waste is one of the most pressing issues today. Particularly plastic waste poses many threats to our environment. Currently, only 12% of waste is recycled and plastic products are still consumed excessively.
The form is what I wrote about the text analysis, and from this workshop I think the text is more important than I thought before.
Plastic waste is polluting our seas and killing sealife. This project aims to highlight the problems of the ocean. The outcome is a 3D illustration that represents the animals stuck in a polluted environment. The work was created using hand stitched mono printed fabric. The intention is to get everyone to think about what we can do for our environment.
Today I finished the draft of the poster, and the final text of the poster. I think the visual impact is quite clean and tidy. I think it is more success than before.
In this morning, I went to the CSM library, and Found some books that relate to my theme-'Waste of Plastic Bags'. I searched about the 'Pollution', 'Plastic', 'Packaging', 'Recycle', 'Environment'. The book that I found make me know more about the policy act for the environment, different way of packaging for saving the plastic, also what would be look like when all the plastic gather together in different spaces.
In the afternoon, I went to science museum, and 'Print Project Space'. In the science museum, I saw something that are made by plastic, when I visited the site, I decided to more open of the objects, not only plastic bag, but also other things that made by plastic. I also thought about put the plastic under different kind of light to see through, what will happen. The 'Print Project Space' let me think the environment around where we live also the printing methods. One of the work remind me different angles to create the visual impact. Like the image below, so that can stand out the important elements inside the image.
When I walked in the street, I took the picture of the plastic bag that I saw, and the plastic that I can find in my home. I also put the plastic bag with objects under the natural light to photography for exploring more interesting things for my project.
Today I have a tutorial for the final of Unit7 brief, and after tutorial, I changed the idea of using plastic bags in my work. Because this project is about the negative of the plastic bags, so I decided to use only bag that are not made by plastic in this project.
Timetable for this week:
In this morning, I went to the stitching workshop tried to use knitting machine to make the net-open bag, but I tried different ways to use knitting machine, and different kind of threads still didn't work. Then I tried to use my own work to make one, but I think it also didn't go well. So in the afternoon, I first put the samples that I done on the sketchbook, then I want to collect the net open bag in this week and stitch them together to be used, I think this can work better.
Today I work on the printing work that I did before, and also combined them with net-open bag packaging as well as plastic packaging. Then I developed two designs from the work that I did today. For tomorrow, I can turn the idea development designs that I did today to the prototype. So tomorrow I will produce a workshop final to see how this project going.
Reflection (August 10)
Today I finished two idea development of final view, but one of them is not very successful, which make me decide not use knitting to make the net-open bag anymore. I will use the actual net-open bag packaging to develop the work. So for achieving the second idea development, I use the net-open bag packaging.
This image is first idea's final, and the printing work inside are being worked on photoshop then malaxated them as balls. But the knitting work also the shape of images make the viewers can not see clearer what the images are about. I will improve into use actual net-open bag packaging, and try to experiment what will be the work look like when the images are in "ball" shape also flat in the actual net-open bag packaging.
This image is about the second idea's final view, and it is about plastics around undersea animal's living environment. I will use bigger bag to make the fish looks like being packaging in the net-open bag packaging.
These printing work are what I work on the photoshop, and in the next week I am thinking about the idea of develop the some painting work that the under sea animals and plastics are in same painting, then combine them with the net-open bag packaging. I may still work on printing or watercolour that combine with coloured pencil.
In this morning, I went to the metal workshop made the strict environment of the ocean, but I think the gaps are too big, so I will change the gap become smaller. Then the stitching pieces will not fall off from the metal work.
This morning we had a critique for the poster of Unit7, after I getting feedback and reviewing others work, I improved my poster based on the credited's size, and work on the description to make it more professional. Because my poster's bottom makes people feel a bit heavy, I work on the image's background. In the critique we also talk about what need to be attract the viewers attention first, and how we need to layout the images and text to work better.
As the project going on, I found out that my idea became more broader, not only focus on the plastic bag's pollution, but also about the plastic bottles etc.. So I need to change my title not to be so straitness.
After finishing changing the poster, I continue to do the final outcome, and I am thinking about to see combine the development before to see how it work. Personally, I preferrer without the net-open bag, because the work can be seen clearer. Then I decided to continue the idea of final design before.
Instead of making the gap becoming smaller by continuing use the metal workshop, I decided to use thread to make them on the metal work, and this is what I will be do for tomorrow. I will be think about the composition based on the work's colour also size, to see how they can work better together.
Details of final outcome
The 'HAT' workshop help me to use different ways to see how is my project going on. This also can help me write my evaluation, and reflect the project at the end.
In this project I had my first chance to write my own brief, and this affected my experience to start a new project. Because when I wrote my own brief I needed to think about details for the brief, so I could have a clear idea for my project. Re-reading my project proposal, I completed what I set out to do, which as one of the tasks was to use the printing and stitching workshop and experiment for this project and have completed something that I didn't expect before, like metal workshop. Although I didn't use the knitting experiments in the final, it was a good to experiment with a variety of things. The idea also changed from the proposal, because at first I was too specific of the idea, during the project I changed the idea to become broader. As the project developed, I found inspiration in an unexpected way, when I put the printing work on the drying shelf it became the important turning point of the final outcome. This decision is based on the the knitting work didn't work very well because my idea of environmental problems in the ocean didn't come across clear enough. When I just work on 2D images, I thought about combining the 2D images with my knitting work, after the knitting work failed, I decided to develop the work become like a soft sculpture that finished by stitching and printing.
During this project, I did some reflection that can help me set up my action plan for everyday, to see what I can improve from this day, what I have learnt. The research I did has helped me broaden my ideas. For example, Louise Bourgeois's work inspired me to develop the final outcome into soft sculpture. The outcome is a 3D illustration that represents the animals stuck in a polluted environment. The work was created using hand stitched mono printed fabric. The intention is to get everyone to think about what we can do for our environment. If I have a chance, I would like to create more pieces of the 3D objects, and in bigger scale. Because the work is colourful, if the work became a bigger scale, it may have a better visual impact, and stronger impact to the viewers. I think in this project the most successful thing is the final outcome developed step by step from my different experiments. For instance, I used the mono printing and screen printing to print on different materials, then selected what to develop. At the same time I also overcame the difficulties of using what materials instead of knitting work. How to use other materials, like metal to show the idea that I want to use knitting work to represent.
This project is a good interim period to prepare my BA study, because I had a experience of writing my own brief to start a new project. After the project finished, I had chance to use InDesign that I haven't used before to design my own poster. So I learnt more skills from this project, like how to use InDesign, mono printing and embroidery techniques. I am more familiar with using the knitting machine, and metal workshop. I think all this skills can help me to create more interesting work in different kind of variety during the BA study.