Typography Collaboration

Collaboration is an important part of learning and production sometimes. At university we combined our typography projects to create a massive final piece. Below you will find the making of, the mixing up and the solved final piece.

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Voyeuristic Intention

Art and Film is mostly dictated around voyeurism is modern times. Sarah Lucas is a key artist who has captured thepublic interest through her works based around eroticism, most importantly her Penetralia colletion.

Though art of the human body can be seen as beautiful, it should be questioned whether this form should be broadcasted to the world. In a prior blog post, I discussed how the ability to lose innocence in the modern age is far too easy, but if too censored the world could become too niave.

Sarah Lucas may very well push he boundaries on what should and shouldn’t be considered artwork, but what type of voyeurism is ok?

From sitting in a lecture in regards to the Penetralia exhibition, my mind went back to the film Cloverfield. Many viewers of this film fell in love with this documentary, home video styled piece, that felt too realistic.

The idea of having something so close to home, being displayed aided in captivating an audience and the minds of many conspirists. Watching it though, it may be considered as voyeurism. A key scene in the movie is when the Statue of Liberty is beheaded. This could be a metaphor for the enjoyment of voyeurism as a whole though, since it could be that freedom, is slowly turning into an institution that isn’t what it claims to be. Society is constantly oppressed by having it’s innocence lost due to the freedom to publicise art, such as Sarah Lucas’.

However, as mentioned in another blog post, perhaps voyeurism and losing innocence is up to the discretion of the individual or the individual’s guardians. Should we allow pieces such as “Wanking Arm”, “Swan” and the Penetralia exhibit to be displayed in such a large way, or is it only those who are interested in art and art critique who are subject to it?

Chosen Paths

This week I was asked to give a few presentations to some students in regards to my time at their establishments and my paths to and from there. I am not the best at public speaking, but it was an honour that I was asked back in order to give these presentations.

After thinking it over, I decided not to sugar coat life in education. I was going to tell my story honestly.

See the presentation here and read on for my what I had to say

Back in 2009 it was the year where we had our options at high school. Before we were allowed to submit our forms, we had to take various quizzes and listen to various assemblies and pitches by teachers. I seriously did not know what I wanted to be when I grew up let alone knew what I wanted to take as options when I was barely 13. At the time, I was also in the more able and gifted and talented group and there were certain expectations.

In the end I decided to keep up with Mandarin Chinese as an extra curricular, due to excelling in languages, but as part of my options chose applied French, triple science and an art and design BTec. I decided to keep it broad as I didn’t want to suddenly wake up one day and have a revelation as to what I wanted to be and it not have anything to do with the courses I studied.

My options were also based on what I did outside of school. I was a part of the engineering club for example, so I knew I liked physics and mathematics. The other side though was that I loved cooking. To myself however there was no way in my brain, at the time where I could fathom how to mix everything I loved to make a final outcome.

In early 2010, I undertook a foreign exchange to Chateauneuf, Limousin, in France. I wanted to feel what it was like when you applied knowledge, especially in the subjects I wasn’t to in to. For myself though, this is where my life took a turn.

On the flight back I fell ill and over the following months had many bereavements. For this reason I missed out on a lot of school. On my return, because I was so far behind, having missed a good few months, and not being able to manage a full week at school, I was placed in social exclusion. Most teachers did not have the time to help me catch up, so I spent most of the remaining time at high school, around a year and a half, self directing my own learning.

This shook me, as it would any person. I lost a few friends a long the way as I couldn’t go out with them like everyone else and I could not go to class with them. I felt like I had missed so much. My self confidence and my social skills seemed to diminish every day I was in social exclusion and was off sick.

With the knowledge that most of what I had learnt had come from books and BBC Bitesize, I felt, for the first time in a long time, that I needed a safety net. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do at sixth form, or even if I would get into sixth form. Regardless, I applied to do economics, English language, graphic design and maths with statistics. My back up was a BTec in public services as I knew it would lead me straight into a job as it was practical and allowed for hands on experience.

Come results day, I almost had a heart attack. I decided to brave it and go without my parents to pick up my GCSE results. Somehow, miraculously, I had managed to receive 14 GCSE’s with 11 of them being either A*’s or A’s. The rest bar one were B’s and I got one C. My BTec I got a triple distinction*. I was over the moon. It brought with it so much self confidence back.

I decided to go to college to do my A levels, but it was difficult to re-immerse myself in a class room setting again. It took a lot of support and a few weeks, but I managed it. When you know you want something, you will do anything in your power to get it. For me, this included asking for help. For me, asking for help was the most humbling thing I ever did. I was always a person who would never ask for help and just attempt to do something.

Due to the amazing support I received, I got into University. From being ill for so long and going through some very rough times, I decided that art and design would no longer be a form of escapism. Life was too short. I needed to make it into something, something for myself. A degree in graphic design seemed like the perfect option as it mixed my academic side with my love of art. The University of Huddersfield offered a broad course and allows us to learn about everything from theory and business to how to use certain software and how to create things.

University, I feel has and still is helping me so much in both my education and potential career prospects to myself as a person. I have learnt so much about myself from living away from home. Not only have I learnt how to budget and so on, but I’ve also met some amazing people who I know will do great in life. I have immersed myself with a great friendship group and have had many opportunities both in and out of university.

I look to the future with great hope and prospect, and can only hope that the stress that I have been through as both a student and person have been worth it. I feel prepared to graduate either next year or the year after, according to whether I get a placement. I feel prepared for the world of employment. Most of all, I feel prepared to face life as it comes. I am stronger today than I was all those years ago, and I know that all I need to do is ask for help and attempt to knock on doors.

The Best Things Happen Whilst You’re…

One of my favourite films of all time has to be White Christmas. Though, yes, it is well past Christmas, one song in particular comes to mind when I considered the blog post for a lecture we have recently had:

The best things, may happen whilst your dancing, in the case of musicals and the nineteen fifties, but what about in the real world?

Louise Bourgeois’ Insomnia Drawings collection highlights something that most creative and students will know a little about. Anyone who has pulled an all-nighter will tell you that the best ideas tend to come at the time you are the most sleep deprived. It seems that at the point where sleep is desired most but can’t happen, captivates a bridge between the subconscious and the conscious. Basically, creative juices flow better when we have insomnia.

The artworks produced by Bourgeois at this time, mostly followed the post modern, futuristic styled artworks that go under the type of ‘free drawing’. Whilst many people can relate, Bourgeois’ artwork seems to describe her state of insomnia, which she describes as like waves of water: the need to sleep will be coming close, but then the wave breaks and you remain awake.

As a person who struggles in sleeping, I can honestly say that I have to agree. Insomnia does feel like the waves on a sea. My best ideas for projects happen at silly o’clock and although this may not be the best of moments to have them, they do. The craziest and most out of the box ideas for me happen at these times. My idea of mind mapping confuses many people, and yet for me, it all makes sense, as there is a key to it: each direction text is written in is linked. This idea was taught to me in primary school, and yet I find it easier to recreate when I am tired.

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