Turning my Research into a Piece of Moving Image
Having finished my boxset of mini-prints, I realised I had only really used material created by myself, thus didn’t include any of my initial research photography and film. I then thought about whether I could create a piece of film that is a montage of the visuals I collected that I could play out as if it were a manifestation of my memory of the second hand shop- almost drawing on the effect of the earlier tracing paper layered experiments.
Mini-prints and Boxes
After deciding my typographic experiments weren’t going to work in the form of a publication, despite being contained within the frame of the pages, I began thinking about how such a small shop contained so many objects. This made me think back to the first ever derive in the second hand shop and the souvenirs I picked up that could be used to help me pull the project together as a final piece.
Layers in a publication format
Exploring the idea of thinking about a box metaphorically to complete my final box set of prints, I decided to print out the scanned images of both my distorted type and letterpress experiments to test the possibility of making a publication.
Using Letterpress with My Text
Seeing that I had now directed my focus on using the collection of postcards as my point of development and inspiration, I thought to experiment with typography on the other end of the spectrum away from hand rendered type, using more structured type thus using the letterpress facilities was perfectly suited for that particular exploration.
Experimenting with Handwritten Text
Reviewing my work on the second hand shop, I realised that the small descriptive paragraph I had written might in fact be the context I need to present (with or without my object prints) in order to really express my experience and after finding those old postcards, I started experimenting with my own handwritten memories of my derive in the second hand shop.
Finding Vintage Typography on Location
As I began thinking about the experience I’m trying to communicate of the the second hand shop, it dawned on me to perhaps use the written experiences I made after my derives and maybe play with actually using the text itself rather than focusing on the objects in the direct way I have. Before even beginning to play with any kind of text, I decided to go on a typography hunt within the shop itself and to my surprise, I stumbled across a lot of old type. I was however drawn to the intriguing collection of 100 year old postcards on display in a box for sale.
Reflecting and Refining my Idea
Looking back at my lino prints, despite having come up with a concept of a continuous print that reflects the continuous view of objects within the second hand shop, I felt a disconnection between what I had printed and what the objectives of the brief are- to explore the relationship between location and experience. Thus I decided it appropriate to go back and do another derive at my chosen location.
Looking for Typography in the Surrounding Environment
Although drawing on location and recording the elements I’m drawn to was part of the two location drawing exercises at Brick Lane/Fournier Street and Liverpool Street Station the exercise also involved collecting examples of locally sourced letterforms and typography.
Drifting Down Brick Lane
Last Tuesday was an introduction to the new studio brief that focuses on the role of the reporter and looks at the inter-relationship between location and experience. In order to to this, exploring geographical locations and recording experiential narrative is necessary as a starting point. Using Debord’s theory of the Derive, I drifted down Brick Lane and began documenting.