Wednesday, 29 April 2009
Monday, 27 April 2009
Sunday, 26 April 2009
The heads are sposed to be quite sinister and give an idea of stripping Barbie of all that makes her, HER and stripping her of most of what influences these young girls to want to be her.
Monday, 13 April 2009
Iv’e always, (even as a 19 year old) had a love for dolls, Disney princess’ and Barbie. So I felt that basing my project on this could also give me the chance to express my negative opinions towards the doll culture and how they can create or be victimizing to young girls wanting to be as perfect as these dolls, just as the media and magazines do to young girls. It’s a topic which has always wound me up and I know that it annoys others too, but no one ever seems to say or do anything about it in the media.
For my final piece I plan to put together an animation which challenges whether Barbie is a good influence on young girls. If I manage my time okay then I I would like to design wrapping paper and a series of birthday cards celebrating Barbies’ 50th Birthday this year.
My animation will involve, taking/pulling the Barbie apart at the beginning, which symbolizes, or metaphorically says she’ not real but to develop into the ending which will say the way she influences young girls is real. This is seen through a human girl at the end in stop-motion (imitating Barbie). Through the guts leaving Barbie and feeding the girl it says that Barbie is feeding these young girls with the wrong body image and this sometimes leads to girls becoming anorexic and seriously ill. I want a shocking and quirky, but subtle ending.
That combined with other problems to see overall profits at the Barbie maker Mattel slump by 73%.
Barbie is feeling the heat from rival brands such as feisty "Bratz" dolls.
Her bad performance domestically in the first three months of the year followed even worse figures in the last quarter of 2003, when sales fell by 25%.
Global sales of the doll have also continued to fall off, dropping 6% in the first quarter following a 5% drop in the one before.
'Barbie blew out 50 candles on a customized cake, which was a tower of over 2,000 pink cupcakes. Barbie Millicent Roberts’ official birthday is this upcoming Tuesday. The doll has taken some criticism in recent years for representing the unattainable look and the wrong message to young girls'.
Aswell as creating an animation, I think it's important to highlight the fact its Barbies 50th year this year, and so if i can manage my time properly, i would like to create wrapping paper and a series of birthday cards with my negative view on Barbie.
I will draw and also photograph Barbies I cutomise, aswell as putting together a human Barbie (using one of my friends) to photograph and put on the cards or wrapping paper.
Creating the human Barbie, i may also use at the end of my animation.
Using Barbie as my focal doll, is important in terms of the greater audience i can have, being around since the 50's means young and old people will know of Barbie. Not only this but this year, just a month ago, infact on March the 9th of this year it was Barbies 50th Birthday. Lots of people came together to celebrate and so i feel using barbie would be appropriate and this 50 year celebration could have something to do with my final piece?
Wanting to attract a wider audience for my final piece i wanted to concentrate on a doll that was popular world wide and that would be interesting to a wide age group aswell. I decided on The Barbie Doll.
Whilst looking into the Barbie, It became clear that although the Barbie was also critiscised. Feminists have criticised the doll for promoting an unrealistic body ideal for women and potentially damaging the self-image of young girls.
I've started the project with Barbie in mind and thought about the many different jobs barbie has and has had over the years. I wanted to almost take the piss out of how unrealistic the Barbie is and try and create personalities for Barbie that could ultimately be these young girls who are under the influence of Barbie in bad ways and feel pressured to look like Barbie. I would do this through drawing and actually changing Barbies i will buy. Examples of Barbies i might construct could be, Punk Barbie, Teenage mum Barbie, anorexic Barbie and drug abusing Barbie.
In this project i would really like my final piece to be an animation and drawings of some kind? It seems the perfect oppertunity to try it as i've never done animation before and its something that interests me greatly.
This was the second re-write of my Brief and Context.
Brief: ''Challenging peoples perspectives and stereotypes of Barbie. Is she all good?"
Context: Dolls have been around since the beginning of human civilization, and nowadays are appreciated by a wide audience, the young and the old (obviously in different ways and for different reasons).
Through finding one of the most popular dolls, Barbie, It's clear that most written about the doll is positive, especially as it was Barbies' 50th birthday in March aswell.
Not all to do with the doll is positive. One of the most common criticisms of the doll is that she promotes an unrealistic idea of body image for young girls, leading to a risk that girls who attempt to be like Barbie will become anorexic.
Is Ruth Handlers' creation ultimately empowering or victimising? How can i show this victimisation?
Being in the early stages of my project i am looking to find the most popular type of doll, which will then serve in drawing in a wider audience for my final piece, and in deciding what i want my final piece to be..and achieve.
As initial research i went on the hunt for any kind of dolls, here are a couple of photos I captured in the studio of 'Rachel' the doll I bought in a charity shop.