Typography

Typography

-During the typography lessons I have found that it is an important aspect of everyday life which I want to learn more about, what I previously had believed to be typography and really enjoyed creating I have now found to just be creative font and so now I am more interested in the theory of type and what differentiates the two.
-Learning new vocabulary involved in type, although taking me a little longer to grasp than I usually would expect, is really useful and has helped me to understand some of the programs I use each day more. I try to apply the theory we have learnt so far to type that I see each day.
-My main weakness throughout this section of visual exploration has been that I have been overthinking everything that I produced, or trying too hard for it to look pleasant, and it therefore coming across in ways I didn’t actually originally intend and this has taught me to really sit back and take certain things purely on face value in the instant you see them.
-My strength was understanding colour and not overthinking where my eyes are immediately drawn to during that particular session, I have learned quickly but I do know that I need to spend more time learning typography and have been spending time with individuals on the graphic design course who have given me a better understanding of type.
-I looked at a couple of typography books in the library for a short time, and have decided to ignore what I had originally believed to be a typography book so that I don’t confuse myself.
-Working around others during this section made me more self conscious of the work I did produce and therefore more reluctant to properly engage with the section like I did with something like screenprinting. I think if I had worked separately to other people and sought the advice of Graham at regular intervals, I would have produced a stronger overall piece of work.

Screen Printing process

Firstly we needed to create the silkscreens using the large vacuum machine, during the process I did take a huge amount of notes to help me in order to complete the exercise to a high standard even when on my own without guidance, which hopefully will be more often than not. 
The ink process was something I struggled with, although the green went perfectly, the black didnt have enough binder within it and this gave me another opportunity to experience mistake correction within the process due to the black ink drying and therefore not producing the screen print, I learnt that mistakes like that are easy to correct with patience and communication, the dry ink only needed to be sprayed with water and more binder to be put in the ink. 
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 When making the silk screen design i learned that you can use other methods to speed up a process, such as a hairdryer to dry any excess water after the screen has been left in the drying room, but also that using it too close can cause the screen to shrink. 

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Screen Printing

Screen Printing

-The screen printing day was by far one of my favourites during the past few weeks, its something I have been interested in since I began graphic communication at college. I concentrated far more on this day than I feel I have been able to over the course so far, being easily distracted and missing information like I tend to is something I don’t feel occurred on this day.
-The day, despite being quite a small group, did take a long time, which gave me a realistic idea of what kind of time I should allocate to any screenprinting processes I undertake in the future. It also gave me a well needed opportunity to talk to one of the assistants about screenprinting at Blenheim walk and even found out a bit of history of the room just purely being used for fabrics, and only turning to being used for paper over recent years.
-During the day I found that I had a lot more patience for a repetitive slow process than I had originally ever believed and actually found it relaxing, repetitive productive processes have begun to be something I enjoy more than sitting down and playing with photogshop. I think the idea of having something that I have hand made successfully is far more satisfying than producing a piece of artwork a single person walks past and says ‘cool’ to.
-My weaknesses during the screenprinting process were getting the hang of instructions the first time I had been told them due to my dyslexia, but calmly asking for a repeat of an instruction or viewing the process of another student helped me to restart myself on the activity, whereas last year for example, when I wasn’t aware of my learning difficulty, I would have stormed ahead and done whatever I felt was the most logical next step due to being impatient with myself, which, when around such expensive, important equipment like printing presses and silk screens would not have been a good idea. I was overly critical of what I was producing, the pieces were never going to be perfect on the first try and if any did go slightly wrong, I’d feel like I had failed, which I realise now is not a good attitude to have during a new process.
-My strengths were how engaged I became within the process and the teacher, showing such a genuine interest in a process, making mistakes and correcting them has given me skills which I can take forward throughout my time in the university.  I also feel that the amount of concentration I had for the process was really strong and grew throughout the day. 

Process of the Zine

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 Firstly we walked from university to Headingley, taking photos of anything we felt was interesting, although we quickly found that there wasnt very much we were interested in. 

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Whilst we sat for dinner we decided to concentrate on how there isnt actually very much in the way of interesting things in Headingley, hence the name ‘thrill seekers guide to nothing’, and whilst quickly brainstorming ideas we decided to go with an idea of looking at hidden things that we may not be able to see, originally this had been monsters etc as if they were living among us, but we decided to go with a ghosts theme and research important people of the area who had died. 

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We decided to use the concept of 3D glasses, showing you what you couldnt originally see. But use them in a paranormal sense instead, during this time research into the history of Headingley had been done and it showed Vikings had played an integral part in the history of the area and so we chose to make it based on them. This included making small illustrations of ghosts dressed as we would expect typical vikings to look.

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 Our workspace was so messy that we didn’t manage to keep track of everything and did have to spend some additional time researching extra facts because we had lost them within the rubble of the days activities. 

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Despite the workspace being a little messy, I feel the overall end piece was produced to a high standard and was really appealing. 

Zine in a day project

Zine Evaluation

-A zine is a self published piece of work which can be about anything of the creators choice, they adapt quickly to social change and are cheap to produce.
-We walked from the university to Headingley in a group of 4, taking photos of anything of slight interest we came across.
-It quickly became apparent that we weren’t going to find very much that was particularly interesting and this is what aided us in choosing to look at the history of Headingley as opposed to exactly what was present that day.
-The group researched the history of Headingley and came across a strong Viking presence within the community, still present today through the naming of things like pubs and areas.
-I think our group worked incredibly strongly and the combination of so many various ideas and styles of working came together to produce what I felt was a really strong, engaging zine that personally, if I had walked past I would have taken an interest in.
-If we had not worked as a group for this project I feel that although I may have realised a similar concept, it would have come across a lot more flat and uninteresting, having so many different artistic techniques all pushed into one small zine produced a really interesting overall style of the piece.
-My weaknesses were probably taking on too much work, although I did get it all finished on time, I could have been more engaged with other aspects of the process like the printing. I also found it harder to communicate vital parts of ideas and information than I had expected to, although I did eventually manage to in most circumstances, I did feel that this struggle caused some confusion within the group and I should have reacted faster, finding another way rather than speaking to communicate the layout idea I had, which did eventually make sense and was used for the Zine.
-My strengths were learning to adapt quicker to the ideas of other people, and using methods which would allow us to change aspects quickly eg. Blutacking photos/text to the pages. I felt that an overall group strength was reacting so quickly to what we felt would be a disaster after realising that there wasn’t much to photograph that interested us as a whole group.
-I think because the project was meant to be done over just one single day that it really helped me to realise that a lack of time doesn’t mean a lack of content or quality, which is something I had been worrying about on my transition from college to university.

Schizophrenia

Although it is not completely proven that Lewis Wain, a talented illustrator born in 1860, had scizphrenia, many believe he did suffer with the condition in later life. Leading to hospitalisation in a mental hospital which was less than adequate in condition, and so uproar from fans and personalities like H.G Wells at the time caused Wain to be moved to a more comfortable hospital where he produced the piece of work I am most interested in.
Color-Cat
I find this piece of artwork fascinating, how a mental illness could impact someones artwork to this extent, as Wain went from illustrations of realistic cats, to making them have human characteristics (eg playing football, planning parties etc) to incredibly abstract and unusual like this drawing. I do feel like you can see the progression of the illness throughout his artwork.
If a mental illness can impact the way someone see’s something as common as a cat to this extent then I wonder what they feel when they experience events like Light Night.