100% Design Week, London (18th-21st September) – Part 2

This is the other half of my photo diary of 100% Design. The different variation of design continues throughout as well as the use of colour.

ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageI throughly enjoyed this year’s 100% Design week, especially being a part of it! I meet so many interesting and inspirational people and I hope that with this visit and experience helping out at the event, will help me within my uni course and help direct me into the career path the future holds for me!

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100% Design Week, London (18th-21st September) – Part 1

This is my photo diary for the recent design show 100% Design. This event was on a couple of weeks ago and would have been uploaded earlier, but I have been battling an illness in these past weeks, so apologies for it taking a while to be posted. I was lucky enough to be part of this event by helping out with Belgium furniture company BULO on their stand and so this gave me a chance to wonder round and see all the other companies and designers displaying their work and ideas. It was a truly brilliant show, and had a fantastic turn out!

I have been attending this show for years, but this was the first year where I was able to take it seriously and was able to gather lots of inspiration and advice that can help me out on my future career/plans after I finish university!

Below are the first selection of images I took throughout my 4 day stay at the show.

ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageThere was such a selection of different forms of design, and this year, it was nice to see it not be too dominated by furniture! Designers and illustrators really caught my attention with their use of colours, shapes and just general uniqueness! One aspect of this years event that I throughly enjoyed was the use of a lot more use of colour. At the entrance you were greeted by a light tunnel and within the show was a huge wall of light changing colour as well as different areas being highlighted with colour.

Revisiting Watercolour Painting

It was a lovely summers day this week, so I felt like taking full advantage of this, sit outside in the fresh air, and decided to get back into watercolour painting.

The last time I did watercolour painting was 3 years ago for my Art A levels, I looking back now, I remember that I really used using this method of painting but never continued using it. So this perfect summers day seemed like a good opportunity to do so.

I decided to draw and paint an image that was quite small as I didn’t want to take on a huge image just yet as I had no idea how the outcome of the painting would be, so I went for a safe option and painted an image of a Tyrannosaurus Rex skull. While painting, I felt that it wasn’t really going to plan as the colours just weren’t blending together and just generally looked rubbish, but I pushed myself on and didn’t abandon it. Overall, I am pleased with it, I don’t think its the best in the world, but seeing as I haven’t used watercolours in years, I think it’s a good start.

I can happily see myself using this method of painting more in the future!

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New Book – Natural Histories

ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageWith my recent trip to Oxford, I was able to look around a book store called Blackwell’s. They have a variety of different book stores, and I went into the art and design book store. Now, I’m not going to lie, I’m not a big reader, I don’t really have the patience to sit down and read a book, I’m more of a picture book person, I like to see things visually, so this art book store was like a little piece of heaven with picture books galore!

One book in particular that really caught my eye was this Natural Histories book. I’ve always been interested in Natural History ever since I was little so to find a book which is all about the illustrations of how animals were seen back in the day, it was love at first site. I love old fashioned illustrations as I find they have so much character, they all seem unique with all illustrations being hand drawn.

This book package comes with a book going through the history of illustrations and the back stories of how the artists came about drawing the animals, and even though I’m not a massive fan of reading, I do find this book very interesting! The package also comes with 40 prints of the illustrations found in the book and I cannot wait to find some nice frames to put them in and get them on my walls!

I really recommend this book to anyone for a love of art and illustration as well as animals and nature.

Clerkenwell Design Week Photo Diary – Part 3

ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageToday was the final day of the festival, so I decided to take one last look around all the exhibition centres and showrooms to make sure I haven’t missed out on anything. One showroom I visited was of Camira Fabrics, where they were showcasing a coloration with textile designer Emma J Shipley with a new fabric called Titus and Tangled. Emma had produced a stunning pencil illustration of a famous Gorilla and the drawings was then produced onto fabric and then made into a chair and stool. The results truly are breath-taking.

One last visit to the main exhibition centre, Farmiloe building, where films such as James Bond and Batman are filmed, gave me a chance to just admire the architecture of the building. I have never known a building to have so much character!

All in all, I have had a fantastic week attending and being part of the Clerkenwell Design Week and I very much look forward to next years festival!

D&AD Student Awards Uni Project – V&A Hoarding

Its been quite a while since my last post, it has certainly been quite a hectic few weeks due to me entering the D&AD student awards for 2013. My uni encouraged to take one of the briefs on for our portfolio. So I decided to take on the V&A brief where I has to propose a design for a piece of hoarding that would surround the V&A museum while under construction for their new developments.

They wanted us to look at the culture of Exhibition Road and Albertopolis which is when I went for a trip to South Kensington (in a previous post) and through much research and brain storming…I came up with a proposal in doing the hoarding in the style of a Where’s Wally theme. So I began to look at what goes into making a Where’s Wally picture such a challenge to find the items…

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The conclusion was to make the image very detailed so there is something going on in every space of the image and then fill it to the max with people. So then I started to sketch out the structure and look of my hoarding…

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I decided I wanted to include a lot of aspects from the museum galleries so they could be quite recognisable to the public that visit. With the detail, I have included a few big artefacts that can be found in the museum and placed them so they cover most areas of the design. All that is left it drawing the people…

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Now…all that was left was putting it all together and adding in the most important bit…colour!

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And there is it…the finished look of part of the hoarding. As well as making it physically interactive, I have also made sure it can link to social networking. People could win a prize when finding the hidden artefacts, as I placed a QR code on the images, where the public would scan it and win a prize from the scan.

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I really had a lot of fun doing this, it gave me a chance to go back to my childhood where I would go through books and books of Where’s Wally, keeping me busy for hours and I feel the look and theme would really reach out to children and even parents by going back to their childhood too!

The research behind this project as well was a lot of fun, being able to go round the music and look around South Kensington and actually look deeper into its past, I definitely learnt a few things along the way!

So…..can you find the missing artefacts?

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