Sunday, 31 January 2010



Iv not blogged in a while....

. and I'm drawing a blank. Been a bit preoccupied recently with our assessment hand in last week and dissertation hand in this week I have not had to urge or mind set to post anything of value. But I am going to the Urbis has left the building exhibition at Urbis.It is closing its doors on the 27th February finally after 6 years, and is sadly turning into a Football Museum. I have visited Urbis numerous times over the years, it has had some wonderful exhibitions on art and culture from around the globe. One of my personal favourites is from last year - Black Panther Party & Emory Douglas, he became an active member of the Black Panther Party in 1967 and quickly became responsible for the design of the Black Panther's, Black Community News Service, the official paper of the party, he used his strong graphic style to communicate recent news and events to the largely illiterate local black community. using images of rats and pigs to represent the opposition aka the Police and politicians. He also created the slogans 'All power to the people' & 'Revolution in our lifetime' which as still used today.This exhibition was so moving to see, as they wernt scared of showing the truth, presenting huge images of men and children being hung and showing their side of the fight. So eye opening and unashamed of the past.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Tequila Time

look at this masterpiece that is Tequila!! It was my 21st yesterday i was given this as a present from one of my friends; Chelsea.
Its brilliant.... I want to drink it but I dont want to ruin its goldness lovelyness!

My Portfolio

This is my first terms portfolio so far.... keeping the layout simple with little or no type. Hopefully it can explain its self?!

Monday, 11 January 2010

Sunday, 10 January 2010

My sketchbooks

These are my sketchbooks for first term of my third year at Manchester Metropolitan University. Projects: Silence, Don't Panic - Resistance and D&AD Students awards 2010 Brief -

my collection of design far

Friday, 8 January 2010

Don't Panic Brief - Resistance

D&AD student awards 2010

Brief -

Create an image for Don’t Panic that captures the theme of Resistance.

 Resistance is about going against the grain. Going left when everyone is going right. Resistance is radical for the short term, and revolutionary in the long.

We’d like you to capture on paper resistance to the politics (with a small ‘p’) of existence. From a personal level (interacting with you peers, neighbours and work colleagues) – to globally, countries, sexes & religions.

Consider sub-aspects of resistance – protection and armour (both physical and mental) aspects of survival, hardiness & determination. Try and think the opposite of your standard practice, work with new methods - push out of your comfort zone.

My Designs:

Noah’s Ark - My design for Don’t Panic was not my main idea originally, it was a thought I had right at the start of the project, and it was unsystematic and accidental for it to become the final design. The idea is very loosely based around Religion, as the brief stated this was a political project, but not to be mainstream political, to hint at the little things in life. So I thought about religion and faith and how I am an Atheist. I do not believe in well….. ‘belief’ I think we are all here by evolution. And nowadays religion is not as Big as it use to be the numbers are dwindling and/or there are new age religions now. This design represents Noah’s Ark, but the new age version, I personally think if ‘God’ was to ask man now to build and ‘Ark’ , the man wouldn’t cooperate as willing as he did back then and his attempt would lack any thought or care, he would collect a few animals (not the good ones), just the typical British animals and maybe even fake ones (like a merry go round horse). His boat or Ark would be an old bath and his attempt at saving his planet would be discreditable.

I have made this design with collage using watercolour paint and pastels with the use of found images, to create the scene. I have used all different type of paper and mixed media to produce the type and the layers to give texture to the work. Then scanning in to edit in Photoshop, changing colours and transparencies. I like the effect this gives as the words ‘Noah’s Ark’ is readable but yet difficult to see, and how the darkness of the image gives it a depth it previously didn’t have. 

Welcome - This collage has developed from the word exhibitionism, I wanted to capture  the subtle tones of this dark, sex-driven world. The brief is to show resistance in politics (very loosely) and so I have thought about all walks of life, which are frowned upon. This scene I have created is to persuade the viewer to invent his or her own story of this ‘demeaning, undignified’ attitude in life. It is conveys the red light district, brothels and the law against this demeanour. I feel the use of collage for this piece works beautifully as it expresses emotion more freely than I think a computerised version would. The bright tones of watercolour contrasting with the text and images, it is unclear and ambiguous, but lets the mind wander, the uncertainty of it reflects the extrovert way of life that I am amplifying with this project.

Watershed - This is my third design for Don’t Panic- Resistance. It is conveying television restrictions with the use of watershed, I chose this because I think it is becoming common to ‘swear’ on TV before 9pm, and I think this is not helping the youth of the generation grow to be polite grown up individuals. This does not anger me in anyway, but I have started to think more about this problem about antisocial youths and such. So I wanted to produce a piece showing or stating what is overwhelming us at the stroke of 9pm; sex, violence, drug use and explicit language.  I wanted to aim this collage at the younger generations so I have made it vibrant with colour and full of information. 

Opposites Attract - This idea came from magnets, which may sound odd but I felt it was an appropriate idea to create a collage based on this fact. I have used this simple idea of the north and south poles connecting to influence ideas of all the controversial groups and walks of life. Trying to encapsulate diverse relationships, different ethnicities and the many religions. Using song lyrics of "Black And White" by David Arkin and Earl Robinson, I feel this song does justice to the inspiration of the collage.

Silence - Diary Of Noise


Diary of Noise, this idea enveloped from an idea I had to note down a bus journey I took. I have expanded this idea to design a Diary Of Noise, using my own imagery, photography and collage to create a concertina book. Also I have included the written word into my design, to give the design more strength to convey silence and express the essence of a diary. I have used quotes and song lyrics to describe some of the images I have created.

I felt that I didn’t want to show silence with just one image, as everyone has a different silence and different emotions, this book shows an array of stylings of silence, which I think communicate on a more personal level.

I have tried to capture the essence of a diary but with snap shots of emotions, feelings, thoughts and opinions.

Some convey certain mannerisms and others, the quintessentially British; I have also tried to show inner emotions, sadness, feeling trapped and loneliness as well as trying to connect to the subconscious.

This design is full of information and is quite overwhelming to look at as spread but making it like a concertina book instantly makes the work feel delicate and precious to me.

Its not just one silence I am describing, everyone has their own silence. And everyone has a diary of noise.