Starting the Masters Project

Reflective Journal

MA Communication Design
Masters Project
14 May 2017

Previous unit completed an excerpt of the film. This was chapter 2 An English Rose. For this unit I will be completing Chapter 1 A boy might be a person but not a girl looking at young girls as family possessions and performing monkeys. Chapter 3 Habeas Corpus looking at women as husband’s property and slave and Chapter 4 You know nothing about politics looking at invisible women who have no say or vote. Chapter 5 concludes the film and looks at Edwardian women saving modern women etc.

Now I have been focusing on Chapter 1.

Looked at previous notes and highlighted the life of young girls at home such as expected to sit and sew, thought unfeminine to study subjects such as science, greek and mathematics.  There are 4 areas that I am looking at to narrate the young girl’s story through needlework/embroidery- girls made samplers and parents were prouder of their girls sewing achievements than any scholarly ones.  Also looking at doll’s house as they were used as practice for real life, believed that it would help young girls to learn the art of household management and to mark a rite of passage. Also looking at scrapbooks as children would cutout images from magazine, postcards etc.

Toy theatre set – good for the message about performing monkey.

Important that I add the marriage arrangement and bartering in this chapter as it will follow onto the next one.

Firstly looked at needlework/embroidery. Looked at an example of a sampler and noted the signs and symbols used such as the alphabet, numbers and shapes. I also looked at a book Discover Cross Stitch noted objects used for this activity. I also looked at a collage artist that adds colourful threads in his work. I tried this on an image of a man which could be the father in which she is frustrated and sews on him. I also did a quick collage of the family and used the idea of sew lines that connect the members of the family to each other. I also thought that I could use different colours to identify their connections.

I also researched Dolls Houses from the Museum of Childhood book Children’s Pleasures. The use of doll’s houses was a good symbol for …

Next looking at scrapbooks. Samples from  On Women and Friendship: A collection of Victorian Keepsakes and Traditions by Starr Ockenga. Also looked at examples online. Two books on collages The Age of Collage and ?? Also came across a book Cut-ups, cut-ins, Cut-outs: The Art of William S. Burroughs. I experiments with some of my primary resources such as postcards and previous collages. I was interested in using signs and symbols of greek alphabet, algebra and geometry. I added signs and symbols to images of men that could be Esther potential suitors as if she is frustrated and scribbling what she really wants to do. I also looked at my favourite images from the collage books that could be appropriate for my message and experimented. I looked at the title page for this chapter and started to experiment with designs. I had just bought a book A Victorian Lady’s Scrapbook and used the copyright free images of boys and girls using lace and images of equations. This was an original experiment and it wasn’t very strong and didn’t really explain the meaning of the chapter or give an indication. I continued experimenting with collage taking inspiration from contemporary collage artist. I had already come across Andrea D’Aquino but I was interested in her piece ‘Death to the Mustache’. I could apply this idea to the chapter such as Death to being a girl, I wish I was a boy, what is it like to be a boy, why can’t I be a boy. Liked Boys have more fun.

Did the collage. Liked the concept but the composition isn’t right. Explain why.

Decided that I had lots of information and wanted to focus on narrating the story in a scrapbook and add sewing elements, the doll’s house and toy theatre set.

 

Visited Eduardo Paolozzi exhibition at White Chapel Gallery and Claude Cahun and Gillian Wearing exhibition at National Portrait Gallery.  Got lots of ideas for scrapbook. Liked the use of shapes etc  Another experiment using shapes of chemistry and geometry cut out from images of old postcards.

Also looked Hannah Hoch’s work decided to add signs and symbols in the background.

 

Getting ready for the other chapters – collating images of works by Matthieu Bourel, Max Ernst, Hannah Hoch for chapter 3

An English Rose Completed

Reflective Journal

MA Communication Design
SNU
29 April 2017

Rising Esther

One part of the chapter was to animate doves flying. I wasn’t sure how I was going to do this and firstly researched images of doves flying. I decided that I would design only 5 different positions and repeat it to give the illusion of flying. I sketched the 5 doves and tested it in After Effects to see if the doves looked like they were flying. I was happy with the result and decided to collage the doves with my own images of birds. I used the feathers of a swan and the eyes, claws and beak of a pigeon. I tested it again in After Effects and was happy with the outcome.

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Ain’t She Sweet

Reflective Journal

MA Communication Design
ASU2
15 April 2017

I have enjoyed my most recent project of combining old beauty commercials, old music, dialogue and contemporary imagery to create an experimental film on beauty. The film would be suitable for a magazine programme as an introduction to a discussion on the comparison of beauty today and yesteryear.

Firstly I collated copyright footage, music and imagery from the Internet Archive and saved all my favourite clips that would be relevant to my film. I imported them into After Effects and cut the most suitable clips and started to piece them together. Here’s my first go at the montage.

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Expanding film

Reflective Journal

MA Communication Design
SNU
15 April 2017

Film

From the results of my survey I moved some of the scenes around and made the the film longer in certain parts to emphasise the scene and give the audience a chance to ponder. I also started to finalise some of the scenes. The first one was the temple. The world was in a body so I wanted to add blue veins & background, female objects for the objectification of women, bars and an eye (which will be male).

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A Thorny English Rose

Reflective Journal

MA Communication Design
SNU
31 March 2017

Wonder Women: Radical Manchester Festival

I undertook some field research by visiting the Wonder Women festival on 10-12 March. This is a potential partner who are also marking the centenary of women’s suffrage next year. I wanted to find out more and gage the audience and observe their engagement.

Firstly there was a talk on Glitch Feminism by writer and artist Legacy Russell at Castlefield Gallery, who conceptualised a theory on Glitch Feminism. Unfortunately she read very quickly through her notes and it was difficult to understand the concept.  This was taken from her website:

“In a society that conditions the public to find discomfort or outright fear in the errors and malfunctions of our socio-cultural mechanics—illicitly and implicitly encouraging an ethos of “Don’t rock the boat!”—a “glitch” becomes an apt metonym. Glitch Feminism, however, embraces the causality of “error”, and turns the gloomy implication of glitch on its ear by acknowledging that an error in a social system that has already been disturbed by economic, racial, social, sexual, and cultural stratification and the imperialist wrecking-ball of globalization—processes that continue to enact violence on all bodies—may not, in fact, be an error at all, but rather a much-needed erratum. This glitch is a correction to the “machine”, and, in turn, a positive departure.” (L. Russell, The Society Pages, 2013) http://www.legacyrussell.com/GLITCHFEMINISM

I would like to find out more about this topic and she will be publishing a book on it shortly.

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Poems & Music


Reflective Journal

MA Communication Design
ASU2
30 March 2017

Down down down completed

A couple of weeks ago I completed the Down Down Down video by re-recording the voice of the narrator with a Zoom H4N from The Media Resource Centre. The sound was much more professional.

I also wanted the film to have a simple appearance. However I found it was too bare so I added an embellishment for each scene. This included a pattern behind the fish for ‘beautiful’, small dashes for ‘tender’, a target for ‘kind’, curtains for ‘intelligent’, a cloud for ‘witty’ and columns for ‘brave’. I also added lines for the darkness scene and ticking clocks for ‘gently they go’, which symbolises time flying, and floating angels for ‘quietly they go’. I also added white roses for ‘I know’ which are used as funeral flowers. However I was stuck for  ‘But I do not approve’ so I used a woman stabbing a table to communicate pent-up anger. To emphasis this I recorded a thudding sound. Lastly I made the tears bigger for ‘And I am not resigned’.

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Down Down Down Poem


Reflective Journal

MA Communication Design
ASU2
5 March 2017

The aim of my ASU2 is to learn After Effects, study filmmakers and experiment with filmmaking. At the end of the unit I would like to have 1-2 clips of a professional standard. I have already completed a stop motion clip which needs a little fine tuning however I want to move onto other processes.  After watching Jonas Odell and Brothers Quays’ films I made some notes and sketches.

 

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An English Rose blooms

Reflective Journal

MA Communication Design
SNU
5 March 2017

Whilst I continue figuring out what Esther (the protagonist) is going to look like I thought I’d better get a move on with making the film. Firstly I decided to work out the storyboard for the excerpt of the film. I am aiming to make this section a one-minute film and plan to enter it for the Norfolk and Norwich film festival. Therefore this part needs to be a story within a story. I am focusing on Chapter 2 titled The English Rose and it will address the Edwardian young girl as a decorative ornament and being groomed for marriage. I will also focus on today’s beauty magazines and will look at how I can address some of the current issues which are mentioned in my previous posts.

I revisited storyboard ideas which I completed in January so found this useful to continue. Firstly the chapter would have a decorative title as in the silent films. From previous research I had eventually decided the film would be inspired by Art Nouveau (the feminine) and Futurism (masculine). I went through each scene in more detail and started to jot down ideas from researching today’s magazines, Surrealism books, Max Ernst books, Aesthetic Movement books and looking at contemporary collages online. I plan to get some books on Futurism at a later stage.

 

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