Friday, 11 March 2011

Laura Carlin

I was flicking through some illustration books in the library today and came across some work by Laura Carlin. They are delightful pieces, very detailed and have a naivety about them.

The 3D paper cut works are relevant to the style I have recently adopted, although very different. 

I may consider this way of working because I love the effects, they look great! They are playful yet sophisticated.

Laura Carlin also draws a lot of images which are really quirky and unique.
I really like her work.

Friday, 4 March 2011

Wellspring project progress!

I spent most of yesterday in the photographic studio setting up my design for the back cover of the newspaper we are making.

I used a 'cove' with wooden dowels placed across the top to suspend my elements from. I fiddled with my piece for absolutely ages to get the right composition...good job I have patience!! Then I took photographs with sufficient lighting, here is the outcome! 

The requirements for this brief is that it has to be in black and white (newspaper), I think my design works well with this limitation; the type is legible and the detail I put into my design can be seen, adding interest.

I still have a little more type to add, as required, which will be computer generated type as a small contrast to the hand generated type that is already on the image. I also have two logos to consider.

I will upload the final back cover once I have added the above!

Thursday, 3 March 2011

The Wellspring Project (current brief)

At the moment we are designing a newspaper for 'The Wellspring Project', which is a charity based in Stockport that helps homeless people. 
We have all been designated a particular page to design with specifications.

I have been given the back page which has to display the charity name, contact details of the charity, logos, plus fitting imagery of my choice.

I brainstormed homelessness and relating subjects, and the one thing that says home to me is a teapot! There's nothing like getting in and putting the kettle on.

I started drawing teapots and considered technique, and I've chosen to use the same technique as in my previous project where I hand cut elements and suspended them before photographing the whole image.

This is my teapot cut from card and decorated with beads, pearls and sequins that are hand stitched on. There is a subtle link to Stockport in my design which is the cut out arches; they represent the huge viaduct that runs through the town. Some homeless people are known to sleep underneath this so I felt it appropriate and relevant. 

Hope you like!

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Carsington Water: fairy tale wood hut

I spent this weekend celebrating my auntie's 50th birthday in the Peak District.
We stayed in a higgledy piggledy cottage right on Carsington Water!

We went for a walk around the lake and hidden in the bushes was a little hut full of wonderful things!! I was in my element!! 

I hope you like my little find!!!