Over the summer after much research on the works of Katie Scott and Ernst Haeckel, I made an attempt to tackle Fivefootsix’s brief to design a ping pong paddle to be auctioned in order to raise money for BBC’s Children In Need. The way I approached this brief initially was thinking about my interest in Natural Forms and botanical illustration and how I can use that to relate to the paddle. I started off morphing the ping pong ball circle shape on the basis of details captured observationally from my collection of natural objects such as lotus seed pods, dead flowers and shells as well as collected photographs of coral. I soon realised that what I was enjoying about drawing these objects was the way I captured their patterns and details and how I was able to do so tonally using a fine line pen. This pushed me towards filling the whole paddle with close ups of natural forms and how it reminded me of a magnifying glass.
Eventually developing the magnifying glass concept, I was unsure if people would understand it by just having the close up or be able to identify the chosen object (a pine cone), and thought the reverse side of the paddle should include a full view of the whole object to emphasise the change in view point like with a magnifying glass but also to further enhance the element of surprise when the bat changes side, more vibrant colour (informed by Ernst Haeckel) and detail. I felt this sucessfully communicated the varied view points seen through a magnifying glass as opposed to explicitly turning the paddle into a literal magnifying glass.