Arranged Sketchbook

D&AD, Design Competition, Reading List, Visual Research

Sketchbook from Southern France by Sara Midda

After looking at The Diary of Frida Kahlo, I realised I enjoyed the fact the publication itself was made as a replica of her sketchbook so that the reader felt as though they were looking through the physical object itself. Asides from the illustrative use of different media, I really enjoyed the way her sketchbook’s front cover was pictured in the book, almost as if the physical object had been put face down on a scanner.

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Colourful Notes

D&AD, Design Competition, Reading List, Visual Research

The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait

As I wanted to document my sketchbooks, to show authentic exploration, seeing them as an artefact as oppose to focusing on what the content is about, I decided it would perhaps be helpful to look at other portrayals of sketchbooks in the form of publications to figure out how best to approach documenting my own.

Printed Type

Author: Reporter, Development, Projects, Reporter, Visual Research

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.

Old Type

Author: Reporter, Development, Projects, Reporter, Shop Visits, Sketchbook, Visits, Visual Research

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.

D&AD Adobe

D&AD, Design Competition, Development, Sketchbook, Visual Research

Initial Ideas for My D&AD Outcomes

Being an illustrator that enjoys using mostly traditional hand-crafted techniques when creating my work, I decided to pick the D&AD brief set by Adobe because I felt it was the most appropriate in terms of how I enjoy working. The brief is to dig deep into hard-won wisdom and life lessons and celebrate those through illustration or photography by creating a series of 3 posters or prints.

Creative Success

Visual Research, Workshops

Insight into being an illustrator at Make a Living Week

Make a Living Week was an interesting series of talks, from individuals both from industry and London Met Accelerator. Asides from it being rather passive and hard to focus at times  due to being talked at and only engaged by powerpoint presentations slides for a long time, I thought it was a great opportunity that answered a lot of questions I had about putting my illustrations out there

Metaphorical Narrative

Author, Author: Reporter, Development, Projects, Visual Research, Workshops

Continuation of the Collage Workshop

After the first collage workshop where I collected images that were used directly to create new images, we were given the task within the studio to move on from this to create our own images using textures and paper types, focusing on the the use of shape. Based on a new sentence chosen from our selected Southampton texts, the overall aim of this second part of the workshop was to try and create metaphor and narrative based collages, not working with obvious imagery, but that which suggests what the sentence is communicating

Beyond Flowers

Exhibitions, Sketchbook, Visits, Visual Research

Georgia O’Keeffe: The Insightful Exhibition

Until the end of October, Tate Modern is home to the wondrous world of Georgia O’Keeffe, whose work I’ve loved since my obsession with nature began whilst still at school. Very predictably, I knew of her as many did, by her abstract paintings of flowers that were often linked to sexual interpretations, so I was very surprised by the exhibition and the exploration that exceeded this.