Visual Resources 

After having visited this large collection of slides in the archive, I was inspired by the purpose it once served which has now changed as we have moved into the digital era.

The MMU collection is close to owning a quarter of a million slides which has been built on for over 40 years. What’s interesting is that it has a lot to offer a student other than just to project an image. For a long period of time slides were used in for educational purposes. The slides are full of character where each one tells a story, and it is noticeable which ones were popular and overused in the last few decades.

Final piece 

For my final piece I developed a Brazilian dance inspired collage in the styles of Lisolette Watkins, Michael Roberts & Suzan Drummen. During my development stage I created a collage that had Roberts outography technique and Drummen’s use of diamanté. So to progress this into my final stage I used Lisolette’s bold lines to define specific areas of my design further and make it that bit more intricate.

I referred to my primary photos of Revs de Cuba for inspiration of the head piece and to link it all back to localism, as I don’t have to leave Manchester to experience different cultures. I also included the Crispy Couture dress piece to my collage as it is locally handmade in Lancashire and they up cycle material and recycle crisp packets in their products which are all individual so no one has the same. This is a lovely concept and I chose to involve this in respect of the original work I researched of the underpaid workers in third world country’s, and to demonstrate that there are alternatives to buying from chainstores, a global concept.


If I could do things differently I would have used acetate instead of tracing paper as that’s the next best thing for the purpose I originally used tracing paper for; it allows me to see the background I layer behind the piece much clearer!

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What’s more is when I scanned it and opened up photoshop, adding layers behind was grainy which meant it was too difficult to include to the groups final piece and too late to ask for Sam’s assistance.

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Final

Below are the development stages of my final piece with a couple of images I merged on fused, I decided to include these because the screening filter allowed the lights behind the secondary photo to compliment the white outline of my work, again bringing an emphasis on Lisolette’s style and making my piece really pop.

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Evaluation

For our project brief we had to explore the theme Global v.s Localism.

I believe I have applied myself to my best capability given the circumstances, as there was a slight misunderstanding interpreting the brief and I feel there was a miscommunication during my first and last tutorials. This meant I had to start a new sketchbook as I was going off track during my development by exploring the negative effects of Globalism such as sweatshops, as opposed to researching areas of cultural appropriation and to simply form a collage representing multicultural identities within the city of Manchester.

The aspects throughout the project that I am eager in developing further would definitely be the inductions for example book binding, as this seemed to be an efficient and sophisticated way of presenting work and even though for our final piece we made a zine, book binding will be essential for future projects. Additionally I was drawn to the Japanese industrial printer we were introduced to in the induction, because it’s much neater than screen printing and great for mass production. However I am aware there are limits for example the maximum print size it A3 and there are few colours to choose from to print in.

Personal areas for improvement would be annotation & reflection, because it would make my project development a lot more coherent. From now on I will do this differently by adding a little bit each night and that way, my peers, tutors and myself can pin point when and how I went in the wrong direction and can learn from these mistakes. Nonetheless this mistake was a blessing in disguise because when I started my new sketchbook as I wanted to improve my work and respond to tutor feedback, I changed format and scale and it was less of a challenge to work in A4 than A3. Perhaps this is a psychological thing but it felt less daunting and more accomplishable.

The key strengths of the work I have produced I would say is the fact that I eventually embraced my own multicultural background and this was the point at which I had an epiphany for my final piece idea, whilst doing relevant, up to date research on current immigrants and their experiences integrating into the UK. As a fellow immigrant I felt what a better person than to evaluate myself and explore my own cultural background, use my family as inspiration as well as explore different multicultural communities in Manchester. This proved successful as I felt confident enough to research, develop my ideas and resolve my final design all within a week.

What are the key things I’ve learnt, to re-revise the brief over until I completely understand what it is that is wanted from me. And attend more tutorials than just two as this allows for better communication and for me to realise when I went wrong at an earlier point of the project. I’ve also learnt that taking pictures of my work as I go along is a great way of documenting in cases of losing my sketchbook again, which is what unfortunately happened.

For the next project I will be more devoted to organising myself, so I have back up plans incase anything turns out wrong. I do now realise though that because this is the first project there is always something that won’t go to plan and that’s how we progress forwards, by avoiding it in future. 

“The most important thing in life is learning how to fall.” 

Photoshopping! Using masks and blending modes

 

This workshop proved successful, learnt many new tools and I stayed on after the workshop session to do a second, more intricate collage to represent a sense of the Brazilian lifestyle and culture. I’ve included the Favelas, Palm trees, clippings of Ipanema and Copacabana patterned pavings along the beach, a Toucan and exotic fruits including passion fruit, coconuts and pineapples.

Below is the first collage I compiled using Photoshop, getting a hang of the layers, exploring different tools such as the magnetic field and quick selection tool, as well as learning shortcuts proved really useful! I feel that this workshop would have been better done at the very beginning instead of the end of the project as it’s important and useful for development practice. 

 

Projections 

During this session we explored an innovative way of presenting work through projections. I liked this because we can project in unreachable places and onto textured backgrounds. For example the verticals lines on the wall made the images that more intriguing!  
    
    
 

The Archivist

Archivist Editions

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I think that the minimalist approach which the Archivist takes for the layout format is appropriate to it’s content material as it is a collection of independent artists’ work which might not necessarily relate to one another. Therefore the whitespace directs ones attention to see the images as a separate piece and allows them to appreciate and study it without much written interference. Meanwhile other publications such as Marie Claire and Vogue overwhelm the consumer with information and advertisement.

I especially admire the fact that the Archivist takes on a ‘unique view’ on the fashion industry as it showcases emerging talent instead of producing seasonally for promoting purposes like Vogue do.

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Vogue promoting H&M


Inspired by the archives minimalist approach I’ve used the same technique on my blog but since it’s reflective written work with illustrations I realise it’s not the same. Despite this I still feel it organises my thoughts and actions coherently so the development stages of my work are clear.