Week 1 (Workshops and Ideas) 24/3/2016

On Tuesday afternoon we discussed what spaces evoked emotional connections within us. I found that most people had responses that didn’t surprise me as they were normal reactions. We created a simple mood board of things that would express your own sanctuary- mine involved a lot of greenery of nature and some tropical images of small boats and small houses in the sea nearby an island. This got me really thinking about how connected I feel with nature but also helped me understand more about how I can create my mood board.



On Wednesday we discussed personal space and how it is mainly used for safety. As a society we have created proxemics which is about social distances.

<0.5m>  < 0.5-1.5m > < 1.5-3m > < over 3m >

Intimate      Personal         Social          Public 

0.5m meant there was a level of trust whereas 3m was more about safety- the idea of being able to get away if a situation went badly. We had to pick partners and stand facing eachother. From there we had to stare into eachothers eyes and walk slowly towards each other. Even though I’m comfortable with the person we had a personal zone of 0.58m, this was the highest in the group, but that was mainly because I have never been comfortable with personal space even with people I have known since childhood. This could be a reason I am so connected with nature and how it is a sanctuary for me as it’s a way to get away from human interaction. This is why the idea of getting on a bus everyday is challenging in itself. I could use this idea of nature and sanctuary in my work.

I want to also link this idea with a documentary I watched on Thursday called ‘My beautiful broken brain’. It is about a girl who is extremely smart and artistic who films everything she does. I’m thinking about including filming into my blog, just small parts that I feel connected to nature because it went quiet for a second or that I’m in an area that doesn’t show that anyone has really interacted with it. With this documentary, you find out she has a stroke. Yet, she uses her artistic ability and films most days of her recovery and just thoughts throughout her process. A part of this documentary was when she went to France for a holiday and it was quiet. (1:11:00-0:11:26) This helped me understand the importance of nature and how even though it is important to us we change a space with clutter and man-made objects.

We then looked at Heather Hanson who is an artist that is involved in performance and dance. Other artists have done what she has done but her work is a messy and less controlled process as previous artists.

heather.jpgHer work involves dancing while on the floor with paper underneath her. She uses charcoal in both hands and creates symmetry with movements. I loved the idea how she creates art using that automatic process and how every piece is different. We then had to make our own by sitting on the floor with charcoal and use all of our length to show our personal space. We created patterns using this method and keeping symmetry. I smudged mine as much as possible and in comparison to other work mine looked the most dark yet other people had the similar pattern that I had. This method can help me explore the use of scale. It also links with nature as it is a natural process of using automatic movements. If I were to use this I would make it even more controlled by linking it with nature by creating simple large flower designs.

floor work
Mine being the darkest and most smudged.

I took some photos of some flowers in my house that are a week old. I hope to take a picture each day as it slowly dies and make it into a time lapse or a small flick book which would interact with an audience more. With these I looked at the artist Margaret Berg who does flower designs.

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I started by sketching from the picture I took then created some through a similar colour pallet as she does. Once I am done with the flowers I hope to press them and add them into the book. I chose to start in the A5 book as I feel even though nature is such a large scale that it needed to be more of a personal book, with my notes in there too. This also links to the thought that the connection to nature can be a form of meditation in a way, when you feel like you are daydreaming and have a personal bubble around you for personal space- away from everyone else.



I wanted to explore Totoro- a film in the Studio Ghibli Collection. This film used the idea of respecting land through myth and nature. The children essentially want the place to trust them. It in a way is a personal sanctuary. I feel this is how a nature reserve like wrabness should be respected. I do not think I could use this as real exploration other than the art style Hayao Miyazaki has which I admire.

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My Neighbor Totoro Book, A film by Hayao Miyazaki

I thought about how in the very first term we discussed people as objects and now I want to think about places as objects because that’s essentially how we use them. We use them to change a space to suite our needs through hand made objects- even something as simple as a picnic or to an estate of flats.

Going forward, I have started to consider other ways of exploring nature through; asking other people for opinions and questions about how they perceive it all. This would be out my comfort zone and challenging myself but also show how I have developed. The types of questions I would ask would be about walks from childhood to now- your perception and how you were brought up. Picnics; if you connect it with family or dates- how you imagine your perfect picnic, what is needed in a picnic. Also, their personal opinions of nature, as I know most people do not think about it as much. This could essentially be shown in a magazine format with pages on different interviews.


Week 1 (Workshops and Ideas) 24/3/2016

‘Space Invader’ 23/03/2016


To start our final major project off we were given the brief ‘Space Invaders’. We were given the requirements for the project and how it would be assessed. I understood that it enabled me to experiment with everything I have learnt over the past year.

For this project we have to react to a physical space and interpret it in a personal way. I wasn’t thrilled with the choice as I do not have many places that mean something to me, near me. For example, if my granddads house still existed I might have done it on that; as his house was very chaotic, unorganised and links with bad memories. I could have discussed change; how I used to want to visit him and wondered why I didn’t. Now I would never want to bump into him due to what he did. Although, I still could look at this idea with the atmosphere. I just wouldn’t have any photos of the house just photos that can describe what it was like. The fact I can no longer eat penguin bars because it reminds me of the house or how an apple tree and a greenhouse still reminds me of him. That project would have had a personal meaning to me but not give enough meaning to a wider audience.

I started to consider the places I go everyday- Home, Bus stop, the bus etc. Yet I found these places to not have much meaning to me other than routine. Then I thought about Wrabness. Wrabness was a place I went to since a young age and was dragged out on walks. I used to not like the idea of going there but as I got older I became more artistic and it got me into photography- which led onto this course. Not only this, but it connected me with nature which currently not many people do. I have many photos of the place and it has started to change over time with blocking off the beach for the animals. It also links with picnics that used to get me through the walk, knowing we were having one halfway through. I feel that this place is more personal to me and would help me do experiments with nature, picnics and about how we’ve adjusted ourselves away from nature into a more man-made world. The fact that it’s a nature reserve could help me link with how we still look after nature, yet we were the ones destroying it. I could experiment with scale, materials and mixed media and other techniques that I’ve previously been successful with.

During the open lecture tutors talked about their personal experiences with space. They explained that making it personal with emotional responses is important for your project. Aeron spoke about her home town and how it inspired her throughout her work. Even though most of her work is more about collectable pieces she also had some prints that interested me with stitching into pictures. Dave spoke about how he changed an environment for himself but ended up being a place that others could visit. The environment was originally an unsafe area but he changed it into a place people could feel safer.   This made me think about how people change areas to make them safer, not just for themselves but for animals and the environment its in.

To start this project I will look at the photos I have previously took and start sketching out the flowers and think about how I could use them in other ways. Also, I need to start thinking about a colour pallet for my patterns and to look at artists that use nature in their work. 

To improve my work I need to use consistency and start experimentation right away while using research that is important to me with a strong understanding of it. I need to constantly set my own goals and constantly compare my work to my original intentions for context. I still have to pin point what I want to express- whether it’s about the idea of needing nature or whether it’s about family and how the place connected me to art.


‘Space Invader’ 23/03/2016

Task 1

UNIT 9: Opportunities for Progression in Art & Design



Research 3 possible progression options using the links on Moodle, careers advice or a college prospectus (next level/ apprenticeship/ degree/ work/ voluntary work).

List the course title and level The entry requirements, experience and opportunities any financial implications.

Identify where you found this information i.e. website address, college prospectus

1. Graphic Arts Extended Diploma Level 3 Colchester Institute

Entry requirements: Application through Institute, Merit in Graphic Arts Diploma

·Experience and opportunities: Can lead to Animator, illustrator, graphic design and communication, branding, interactive design, advertising, printing, publishing and character games development.

· Financial implications: 16-18: Free

·Source: http://www.colchester.ac.uk/course/graphic-arts-ual-diploma-extended-diploma-level-3/
2. Apprenticeship

· Entry requirements: Pc literate, 5 GCSE’s English grade C or equivalent.

· Experience and opportunities: On completion could lead to becoming a Junior Designer

· Financial Implications: Travel costs

· Source: https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeship/705616
3. Norwich University of the Arts

· Entry requirements: 240 UCAS points Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at a Merit or BTEC National Extended Diploma at Distinction, Merit, Merit. A Portfolio, written submission and an interview.

· Experience and opportunities: Can take between 3 months and 1 year abroad or get work placements. Animation, Digital 3D, Digital Design, Digital Video Editing, Drawing, Etching, Fashion, Laser Cutting, Metal, Photography, Printed and Constructed Textiles, Printmaking and Photomedia, Sound, Wood.

· Financial Implications: £9000 per year

· Source: http://www.nua.ac.uk/badesignforpublishing/content/

Make a detailed comparison of the 3 courses or job vacancies researched.

You should discuss the entry requirements, experience you would gain, and its suitability for your career path.
Graphic Arts Extended Diploma Level 3 Colchester Institute would help me extend my knowledge on how I use research and link it to my work while using this for idea development. It can get me the UCAS points I need to go to university. This work would also help me build a strong portfolio for future employers to see.

The apprenticeship looks appealing but I rarely find one that matches my skill set or ensures me a career that I’d want in the future. Distance is also an issue as most apprenticeships are in places where it takes time to get there and I’d need a car. You are also not guaranteed anything at the end of it other than having something more on your CV. It would be great as an after university experience.

To do Norwich university I do not have enough UCAS points at this stage nor have a well put together portfolio of my work. However, this could give me time abroad and could give you work experience during second year. It also would give me experience in InDesign which most design apprenticeships ask for. It would develop my skills in a specific area including; book cover design, magazine design and booklet design. After this I could also still head down the graphic route.

Discuss your personal progression options. What course or job role would you like to progress to next year?

Explain your reasons for this choice? How do you think you are suitable for this choice?

Identify personal actions to achieve this route (i.e. qualifications to gain).
I would like to progress onto Graphic Arts Extended Diploma Level 3 as it would give me the experience I need as well as the grades. My other options seemed too risky at this point in time due to money, travel and generally do not have all the skills needed. Although, they would be worth considering the year after.

I feel I am suitable for this choice as it is the one route that challenges me to work at the best of my ability while being more focused on the process and not the outcome of my work. To do this I need to be successful with my FMP by always being up to date with my work with consistency throughout. I would try my hardest to get the grades I need and I’m always willing to try to learn new skills. This course would also lead onto a publishing or a graphic design undergraduate course which would help me specialize more in a specific area.

Task 1


Couldn’t find many I related to so found a more general designing apprentice. Most apprenticeships I’ve looked at consist of knowing In-Design, Photoshop and Illustrator. All apprenticeships seem way to far away to reach.


Some ask for knowledge of coding and background in IT



http://www.indeed.co.uk/viewjob?jk=20767ed9bf250df3&tk=1adlhar0c9tn9ab8&from=recommendedjobs (This is a type of job I might be hoping to go for)



Interior Design BA Hons Kingston

Kingston University London

Applicants will need a minimum of 280 tariff points from recognised level 3 qualifications to include an Art or Design subject such as Foundation Diploma in Art or Design.

Fee: £9000

Facilities include:

  • an excellent art and design library
  • the latest computer software
  • state-of-the-art design studios.
  • You develop IT skills as an integral part of the course.

Specialist facilities include:

  • digital media workshops;
  • photography suite;
  • printmaking studio;
  • 3D materials workshop;
  • state-of-the-art filming environment and animation suite; and
  • architectural science and technology laboratory (ArchiLab).


Architectural and interior design practice, exhibition design, museum design and television production design.

Interior Design BA Hons Kingston

BA Graphic Design Middlesex University

Middlesex University London 

Fee: £9000

Photographic studios, state-of-the-art digital printing, studio and lab computers, traditional darkrooms, workshops with technical support and an extensive art and design library.

Jobs: magazine publishers, design consultants, advertising agencies and media providers

280 UCAS tariff points (this year) Foundation or Level 3 Diploma or BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design are also accepted.

(Doesn’t look as good as other unis i’ve seen with what it can give me skill and job wise)

BA Graphic Design Middlesex University

UEL BA Hons Graphic Design

University of East London

Fee- £9000

Entry Requirement- 240 UCAS points (For this year) BTEC Extended Diploma or Diploma

1 year abroad study

Could become: an assistant or freelance designer, an assistant art editor, magazine designer or advertising creative.

typographic design, classification of typefaces and their uses, and layout design. You’ll also explore book design, print production, advertising media, corporate branding and editorial design.

(Very much like what we are currently doing, probably more in depth)

UEL BA Hons Graphic Design