Here are some photos of my final book, it came together pretty well in the end and I think it reflects my rationale well and communicates to my audience what I wanted to say about 'parts' coming together to make an object.
Sunday, 31 January 2010
Today I've spent the day printing and putting my pages together for my book. It was easy enough to put into indesign and also to pagenate. My original idea was to photocopy my book, taking less time and also for that blurred, un-perfect finished look although I automatically put it though indesign and printed it. It looked pretty nice so I haven't thought to photocopy it now.
The paper I wanted to print my book on was the layout paper that I had been drawing on the whole project. It's thin, light and would have let some of the grid and design from the page through from the other side, this would have worked nicely with my idea of parts coming together. Unfortunately, after speaking to Mike about it, I couldn't put the layout paper through the printer as It was too thin and would get stuck possibly melt in the printer! I wanted to print on some beautiful off white coloured - kind of sugar paper, this fortunately was okay to put through the printer but I still had to be careful. Therefore I manually fed the printer all the paper.
I printed one in black and white and one in colour, although there really isn't much colour at all in the book except a light greeny colour on the title pages. Still it was worth printing it in colour I think, the colour sits on the paper really nicely.
I planned to stitch my book down the pages and then stick the spine in with some pva to the cover. When I thought about it, I decided that it would look better stapled and so tried to staple through the whole book, this looked really shit and went through in the middle not in the centre at all. So I then just stapled the pages and double sided sticky taped the cover to the pages...
But I enjoyed making the box. So i've put the shit bits I tried to do, then some bits that are cut which I planned to set in resin but they're not. It shows what I wanted to achieve. I've said to myself that it must take a few attempts to get the hang of resin, so I just hope to make more in the future at college.
Here are some photos of the finished box and the jewllery inside. I plan to put my book in there as well to give in the work. A collection of my work inside the box I made. I chose the quote that I put on my postcard and wall piece so that it relates to it as a collection of work...
I also found a font on a poster that I liked, that would be perfect for the type on the label for my museum case. Paul showed me a website called 'my font', I put the image I had saved of the font, put it through the website and it found it for me! The type is called Prima Serif.
Below are some clippings of the type in the words I wanted to use:
Below are some pages for my book that I've started working on. I really do wish I'd got more stuck in as soon as we got the brief, as I've had the same strong idea the whole time. The type I have decided to use is Helvetica, this was because it is a type I like, but that also it's good to title most things. For my book especially, I needed a type that was easy going on the eye, but made a statement at the same time. I could have used hand drawn type as well, but to be honest I didn't really trust myself to do that.
Something I've been playing around with is the type within my title/chapter pages, although I've decided that I prefer the type like this...
Here are some more double page spreads that I've been working on...
From looking at the book collection briefly in Blenheilm Library, i got the idea to have a sleeve on my book instead of a dust jacket, either way I knew I wanted something you could take off, as a 'part' of the book.
I wanted to relate my cover to the pieces I had done for the exhibition, and so I have chosen that same image to put on the sleeve for my book. I have chosen to laser cut it, this then relates to my wall pieces and also I thought it would be a different approach to drawing onto the cover, the two greys are slightly different and so the image will show on the sleeve because the cover is a lighter grey.
This Is the books without the sleeve, then with. I think that the sleeve really makes it.
Friday, 29 January 2010
So, not long to go now and I feel like I've got some alright images to use and work around for my book. The long and short of it, is sadly that collage hasn't been for me this time. I collected lots of material to use for it, and got lots of ideas from what I cut out, but it just didn't look right. I hope to try it in my own time more, in a different way I have this brief.
I've been drawing mostly...
I plan to make these the images for my title pages for the objects?
NOW, I just need more and to put a book together!
Thursday, 28 January 2010
Well it was nice to see how all the discussion and people working together can come together so well, seeing the exhibition finished was a good feeling. Although the feeling I have at the moment is just complete and utter tiredness/also stressing about completing my book over the weekend. Not time to relax just yet.
Here are a few photos from the day of the Exhibition:
This is the wall 3, that Chris and I hung...
Although I didn't really make it to many of the curation meetings I enjoyed helping where I could and painting walls/hanging work.
On the day of the exhibition, Chris and I teamed up to put together some sort of display for wall 3. It seems we had the most important job as it was the wall that guests would see as soon as they entered the studio. Therefore the work needed to be strong enough to grab attention when people arrived. It was hard picking 11 pieces that were somehow different but also the same, complementing each other on the wall. I think we found it hard to get started, because as we went on we found that we based all our decisions - (from hanging the work in a specific order, to what work we picked and also where it went on the wall) souly from ONE piece of work. I think we worked well in the way that we lay the work on the floor for a while before hanging and also drew it out on paper to remember but also to visualise the general layout of size of frames without the images in.
The actual hanging of the work, was very LONG and pretty tedious but I kind of enjoyed it? To start with we had to actually paint over all the shit on the wall, well feet marks, it went grey and I had a panic. but then it turned white and all was well. We based all the hanging around one piece - a photograph by a Steph in the 3rd year. We felt that this was the strongest piece, also one of the largest bits and so was a good centre for us to base the layout around. We spaced all the work 3 inches apart as well, this made it look pretty! We also tried to be pretty precise with the name tags. It's pretty annoying how reliant you become on people bringing their work in on time aswell, we had a frame with no work in it, so hung the one with no image in then to get the piece of work that we had to string up as well.
It's also hard, as the frames all looked as though they weren't big enough to fill the space, but you forget that measuring the border between each piece gives it space and fills it out.
Over all I think Chris and I did a bloody good job! We even hugged it out a bit when we'd finished, it was a pretty emotional time!
I think I was pretty pleased with my final piece although, I'm not sure how I feel about it as a piece of work, but I think this comes from looking at it for so long, that I don't know If it's any good anymore. However, I still really like the concept of my idea and (like I spoke about before with the wall piece) the quote and airfix model frame give it meaning of a 'collection of parts'.
It is annoying that the engraving would have been covered up if I'd painted it, because I'm not sure I liked the idea of it just being wood. Maybe I should have cut it out of plastic?
Although the idea of 'wood' kind of works, as wood forms by kind of collecting fibres to form the object 'wood', but this is looking at how it communicates in the MOST literal sense.
Everybodys work was really good and everyone seemed to enjoy the exhibition. The work all made me think a lot about the idea of visual language - I guess because an exhibition is the most important time to communicate this. I thought that Camille's exhibition piece communicated this really well. It was in possibly the more literal sense, but I think she did well to communicate the concept and her visual language thoroughly.