An Alternative View of Nature
Deciding to look much closer at nature on my walks, I took it upon myself to start collecting. In the same way old botanists used to collect plants in order to study and classify them. I used my flower press to preserve them, which I thought would allow me to press them and observe their shapes, patterns and textures – maybe even drawing from the collection.
Cropping My Observations
After visiting the Grant Museum and observing the microscopic slides, I knew I wanted my collection of nature from the city to be reminiscent of the specimens I saw. To echo this, I thought about the ways in which I could emulate the look of the microscopic slides by cropping my observations whilst walking, using a circle. I thus decided to use a fish eye lens and set out capturing nature in the city as it cropped my sights, walking around Clapham.
Assembling My Posters in InDesign
Once I felt satisfied I knew roughly how I wanted my posters to look, based on the mock up, I began shifting and fixing my composition to a grid in InDesign, making things come together for my final posters, playing with colours and composition, choosing typefaces and sizes.
Fleshing Out My Composition with Adobe Comp for iPad Pro
Having selected my idea, I scanned selected sketchbook spreads, picking pages that had a likeness in illustrations so that my posters would have some continuity and the narrative across the three would be evident. I then proceeded to mock up my ideas using Adobe Comp on my iPad Pro (see below), so that anything I design that I thought worked well in terms of composition, could be directly sent to InDesign, in order to be set properly with grids, layers, and kerning and tracking.
Drawing Out my Initial Poster Ideas
Before working with images directly from my sketchbook, I scribbled three possible composition ideas as a guide so I didn’t feel like I was just making it up as I was going along and that creating a more developed mock up in Adobe Composition would be less time consuming. The process of doing this was helpful in getting me to visualise how my idea would fit to the final poster format, which isn’t something I had really considered in great detail beforehand.
Working with Imagery from My Own Creative Process
Looking at the ways in which other sketchbooks are presented made me think about how best to present my own creative exploration/ process; in terms of the illustration of different materials in many of the publications I looked at, as well as the inclusion of rough sketchbook notes – which is appealing because they feel authentically created.
Ideas for PRICK’s Greetings Cards
After getting to grips with the social media posting, promoting cacti and succulent illustration, I moved onto my next task which was designing greetings cards for PRICK. I had initially showed Gynelle some illustrations in my sketchbook so she had an idea as to what I had in mind for the greetings cards – which helped me communicate my thinking with her so that her ideas came from what I presented to her.
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.
Researching for Social Media Posts
One of the main tasks I’ve been set interning at PRICK, has been the responsibility of posting about illustrators who depict plants. I asked Gynelle what she had in mind for the posts, in terms of their content and she just suggested I included 2-3 cacti specific artwork images and a small description about the artist or artwork.
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.