Reflection , 19th August 2017
- Learned more about InDesign and it's tools. (getting rid of white background.)
Reflection, 17th August 2017
Creating Fabric Patterns
- I had planned to create two designs for my prints, but Jess had told me that we were only allowed one exposed screen frame to print with, and that it will also take time to wash off the current emulsion on the screen to create another design using the exposed method.
- Looking at the timing to create finish my outcome, I realised that it would take too long create the second print as I would like to progress to something else other than just print. and So, I would have to make do with the print that I have at the moment.
- Taking the print that I made last week, I printed over it using the new print I created.
- It was overall a clean print. However, the detailed design that I made inside the moon and circle did not show. I think I added too much ink, resulting in it going over the detail.
- I will add less ink to the other ones to see if there is any difference.
- With less ink, the detail could be seen clearer. However, because of the ink itself being a light colour, it's still hard to see the detail. I am hoping that with the blue ink printed on tomorrow, it will be able to be seen more clearly.
Reflection, 12th August
Oil Intaglio Ink
Over the weekend, I experimented with the oil-based ink to print onto the fabrics samples. I came to realise that even with the much more professional ink, it was still a bit difficult to see for some background images. The white cotton fabric had a better print image than the calico fabric.
I had also tried a brighter colour (yellow) with a more filled-up background, thinking that the colour would be bold and stand out from it. But it did not go as I thought it would, the colour absorbed int the fabric, giving it a very faded look.
I think I am going to try with black ink, to compare if it will be a better colour than the two experimented above.
Reflection, 10th August
More Experimenting and Preparing for Tomorrow
Printing the block images onto the fabric samples using water-based printing ink, I found that the images were hard to see, because I think the ink is being absorbed into the fabric, giving the colour less vibrancy. I think I will try out using oil-based ink for the other samples, because I feel that the oil-based ink is thicker and the vibrancy will hold better.
^Monty Python's The Holy Grail (1975) ^Medieval outfits, upper class
Looking at references of knight outfits from Monty Python, I noticed that on each of their outfits they had pattern designs on them. This made me think about what kind of designs that I will have for the characters that I am thinking about putting on the tapestry.
^ Wau Bulan (Moon Kite)
Brainstorming with some ideas, I played around with the symbol of the Moon and Star from the Malaysian flag again, I decided to put the moon in the star. I felt that the moon looked a bit isolated by itself and to fill up space, I added a circle with the moon inside the star. In doing so, I reminded of the Malaysian 'Wau', meaning kite. This gave me another design inspiration.
So, with the designs created, I made stencils from the patterns as well as outline where the patterns will be on the fabric that I will print on for the printing induction workshop tomorrow. I am hoping that the prints of the patterns that I am designing will be clean and clear.
Refection, 7th August 2017
Today, I started block printing with the different fabrics that I had bought over the weekend.
I experimented also with the colouring by the inks to see which hue and thickness had, I liked the prints with the red and orange hue as well as the dark yellow colour. I feel that the white background give more boldness to the prints and makes it look sharper, but the green fabric softens it, making the colour more faded, which isn't what I want for my prints. The yellow print also was too light for the whiter fabrics, but whit a mixture of a bit of red, it came out much better with a more orange look to it.
Overall, I feel that the prints were very successful, as there were no ink seeping over into more delicate areas, and all the imagery came out the way that I wanted. I had decided to take it further by stitching the fabrics together to create a sample of borders.
But I realised when I started stitching that I had not given any seam allowance for some of the fabrics that I had cut for the prints. This had made attaching some areas a bit of a squeeze. Next time, I would be more conscious to add in more space for better stitching.
Reflection, 4th August 2017
Back to Making
Starting of on my project, I always had an idea of the base of the tapestry having prints on them before I started on stitching. The prints that I had in mind were medieval-like patterns on the fabric, because I had always envisioned the setting of the song lyrics The Queen and The Soldier to be situated in the Medieval Era. I found some pattern design on a relic of a wellhead that I came across at the V&A Museum, I thought that the patterns around the edges of the wellhead would make good prints, I liked the way that the circular shapes overlapped and wove around each other to create a unique design.
^ Relics of Wellhead in the V&A museum.
Because in my proposal, I had related my own Malaysian government and Prime Minister and the corruption in my story, I also aded in some symbols that had a representation of Malaysia, which were the countries national flower, the Hibiscus, the countries flag and the traditional rice pack that is made during the fasting season.
Mixing up patterns from the two cultures, I created a design that was inspired from medieval relics but had Malaysian symbolism in it.
I enjoyed making the pattern designs, I think that this is a good way to personalise my project idea and also bring the context of my Government being corrupt into the project. I also feel that I am making a good start to my project this way, and I didn't think that I would be combining Malaysian symbolisms with medieval relics.
Reflection, 2nd August 2017
26th July 2017
Museum and Gallery Visits
I felt that the visit to the V&A museum contributed to most of my inspiration. I felt that the displays shown there had given me the information that I was aiming for going there. I had gotten various styles of armour that knights wore during different centuries, and there the different pieces attached together.
I was also given new insight on tapestries and I found it very informative. I feel that the narratives on the tapestries, such as The Devonshire Hunting Tapestries: Bear and Boar Hunt (1430) tells us how men and women of that time hunted for food. However, there was the discussion of imagery being slightly exaggerated in the tapestry to make it look more appealing. Such as, the cloths that the men wore in the hunt looks very wealthy, implying that the hunters are noblemen, but whether or not they had worn their best clothes to a hunt is questionable.
I remember that I was disappointed about the Concrete Shadow Exhibition, because I had expected that this exhibit would be displayed in a gallery or a museum. However, the exhibits turned out to be scattered around in a pub known as The Haunt. Another reason why I was disappointed is because there were no information on each display on the wall. However, we were informed that the artist of the photos will be making an appearance.
Talking to her, I was told that the meanings behind the photos and the title can be open to interpretation, she had told me that the sharp contrast between the shadows on the concrete pavement was something that had caught her eye while she was in Russia, and decided to male a collection themed on the shadows on concrete. Another interesting fact that I found out was that the images were photographed using a smart phone camera, which surprised me, because when I saw the images, and the grainy effects that it had, I thought that a film camera had been used. I found that the shapes in the images could also be good for printmaking, the shapes can be exaggerated to form new shapes as well.
24th July 2017
Today for my researching on my different themes, I could\n't help but feel a little confused, annoyed and stuck. This is because on Friday, we all were asked to come up with three ideas over the weekend for before Monday. So over the weekend, I cam up with my three themes, the problem was, I also came up with what outcomes I will have on those themes.
Today, when I found out that we did not need to have an ideal outcome yet, I found that I was smuggling a bit with expanding on my research because my ideas kept going back to creating the outcome thatI had thought of over the weekend, it was very annoying. I think that the reason why I kept thinking about my ideal outcome was because I was scared of letting that idea go, because if I let it go, that means that I won't know what to do.
But this week is all about exploring possibilities and ideas, so if I want to expand my skills and ideas, I need to let go of my current ideas, because if I research without and final outcome ideas in my head, I might come up with something unexpected and new even.
For now, I will be researching on anything that I find interesting, such as Stop Motion, or character designing, maybe even sculptures, and come up with a brief summary for my ideas.
Reflection, 18th August 2017
- had to rework some parts by hand.
- but I didn't completely finish all of the parts b/c a tutor came by and told me that some mistakes has their charms and I should learns to love my mistakes.
Reflection, 16th August 2017
Reflection, 15th August 2017
Reflection, 14th August 2017
The contents must include:
- Your name and where you are progressing to
- The Project Title
- A short (approx. 20 word) summary introducing
the proposal / theme
- At least 3 research references, referenced
- At least 3 images of your own work
^ poster design sample/ test
Reflection, 11th August
Fabric Printing Induction
The printing induction today, was very informative. Going in ti it, I had the mindset that printing on fabric was going to be similar to the screen printings that we had been doing in the studio for the past few weeks. It was similar but only to a certain extent.
The difference in fabric printing is the fact that we are using fabric to print, which required a lot more care that I thought. Such as, we have to make sure that the fabric has to be flat and smooth to get a better print on it, and to do that, we had to pin the edges of the fabric securely using pins.
Once the fabrics were as flat as I could put them, I added the cut out stencils and proceeded to print similar to screen printing on paper.
Overall, the prints turned out well, though there were some fold lines that did not allow the ink to print over, leaving some parts white. I would have to smoothen out the fabric better next time I print on fabric if I want that effect. But I am satisfied with how the first layer turned out, next I will be drawing out the details of the design that I will be printed on the area where I placed the stencils.
To get the prints over the stencilled area perfectly, I would need to trace over the outline of the images on the tracing paper, and with that it will help create the emulsion on the screen to make the print.
Reflection, 8th August 2017
-The Queen and The Soldier, Suzanne Vega
I remember in the lyrics that there was mention of there being red tapestries in the song. Interpreting it, I felt that the mention of red symbolised the bloodshed that the Queen had inflicted upon her subjects. Taking the idea further, I created samples of different pattern designs of red on fabric. I had thought of taking one of the designs as a potential background for the tapestry.
I had also added some black in some samples to see if it worked or not. So far, the black and red seem to have mixed well with the fabrics when they are less wet some and less so with the ones that are, I feel that too much water dilutes the colours. I would like to next try out printing the tile designs onto the colour samples to see which pattern is best suited for a background colour. I am thinking about printing with the darker yellow ink, because I think that it is a colour that won't blend too much with the background and won't be too light that it is not visible.
Reflection, 5th August 2017
Creating Block Design
Over the weekend, I had successfully completed cutting out the design on the lino without to much trouble. I think that the areas that had been cut are deep enough to not print out when I add in ink later on.
I had also bought some fabrics to print on as I am aiming for a tapestry as an outcome and would like to experiment with fabrics as much as I can. I think that I am ready for some experimental prints for Monday and I am looking forward to it. I think that the prints will turn out nice.
Reflection, 3rd August 2017
-recommended artist that used stitch/ embroidery
-saw they work, looked at the different ways that they had created tapestries
-Me realised that I have a lot of options to choose from on how I can make my tapestry/ tapestries look.
*Reflection, 1st August 2017
Today I had a tutorial with Alan on my project proposal, which was based on the lyrics of Suzanne Vega’s The Queen and The Soldier. I mentioned that I wanted an exaggerated narrative, loosely based on the lyrics and also told how it can be seen as an exploration to different hierarchies of power and how one can affected by the other who abuses it, exploring a political interpretation to it, as well as many other interpretations such as, in a relationship between partners, employee or employer, dictatorship, etc.
I felt that I wouldn't mind a political interpretation of my work, but I did not want the first thought to be something political when it came to viewing it. With that, I was recommended a short children’s story by Judith Kerr about a tiger coming for tea. It was, looking at it generally, an entertaining story, but it had political interpretation about the rich and the poor. This could be seen as bringing an awareness to the public without it being politically blatant, which is what I am aiming for in my project.
With other terms of bringing awareness, I was also recommended on Cildo Meicles on bringing awareness to the public of the government dictatorship in his country (Brazil). Also discussed on making this project personal to me in a way, could be about same relations of the Malaysian government, and who I feel about it, give the project my own interpretation of it.
I felt that this gave me new ideas to add into, such as adding more symbolism to my imagery that evokes my own interpretation, like having the queen hold onto a scale, symbolising the Malaysian government and it’s corruption, because in my opinion, I feel that my countries Government is corrupt.
I feel that these new inspirations have given me new ideas to work with in my theme, and I feel that it also gives more context into my work.
28th July 2017
Coming up with Composition
With the mindset of creating a tapestry,I had though of some rough compositional layouts for the imagery for the outcome.
The key characters that I have in mind for the tapestry is the presence of the Queen, the Soldier, the battlefield and the castle. I am unsure at the moment if I want the soldier to be wearing a helmet or not, because I want him to represent the people that are under the queens rule, and I am wondering if wearing a helmet makes the character unrelatable.
Reflection, 25th July 2017
Tutorial with Mark
Having an idea for each of my themes, I discussed with Mark on the museums or galleries in which I will be exhibiting to inspire more ideas from me.
Tomorrow, I plan to visit the Victoria and Albert Museum in the morning to get some research on my idea on East Asian religion, followed by visiting The Haunt Gallery to see the Concrete Shadow Exhibition as it displays print posters. Then, in the evening, I am planning to visit the RichMix Gallery to view an exhibition called Animated Images, as I have an interest in works of digital and animated art, and that this gallery closes late.