MA Communication Design
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