When asked to find a news story that I thought was interesting and worth retelling, I panicked slightly and came up with all sorts of strange ideas. However, after going home and doing some more in depth research, I decided to use a story that I am interested in and that I also think is important: I decided on the story of the female, punk protest band from Russia.. Pussy Riot. More specifically, I am interested in the story of one of the arrest of one main women in the group who is currently still in prison for her actions, her name is Nadezhda Tolokonnikova.
I now need to work out how I will tell the story, and through what medium. The book needs to be 20 pages long and is 7 by 7 inches. I think I am going to use a mixture of text and images in a collage format but this is only an idea for now.
Pripyat was a normal town in northern Ukraine until the early hours of 26th April, 1986. This was the night of the huge disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Pripyat was one of the towns closest to the plant and so was tragically affected by the disaster. Despite the scale of the explosions and subsequent radiation leak, the town was not evacuated until days after the fires were extinguished due to lack of understanding and communication surrounding the extent of the possible damage and harm that the radioactive smoke and debris could cause.
I found reading about the effects of the radiation on the people of Pripyat and other nearby towns to be heart-breaking. Even today, some people are still becoming ill from exposure to the radiation.
When the people of Pripyat were initially told of the evacuation plan, they were told only to take essential personal belongings as the authorities believed that they would only be away from their homes for a matter of days. As we know now, the unfortunate inhabitants of Pripyat would never be allowed to return to their homes permanently. Because of this, some of the homes that are still standing untouched now contain almost all the previous owners possessions; it is almost like the house is frozen in time.
This house was left abandoned by its owners. However, before they left they did write a short message on its exterior wall. The message reads: “Forgive me, my house, and goodbye!”
It was fascinating to see the photographs of the town which is now being reclaimed by nature. There is trees and plants sprouting up throughout the town and wildlife are now making their homes in the town as it is deserted and they are free to roam.
I discovered these amazing illustrations done by Oscar Giménez. They immediately caught my eye as they combine my two favourite things: music and design. Oscar Giménez is a Spanish illustrator, born in Barcelona, who has begun to create and compile 100 illustrations which represent different musicians and bands. Some of the artists represented were from Spain so I didn’t really know much about their music but there also many international musicians who I liked.
I think the colours he uses are so vibrant and match with the image of the artists perfectly. Although the musicians do not always feature in the illustration that is supposed to represent them, their album or single artwork will often feature, Giménez makes it pretty obvious who the musicians are. This is also done by incorporating elements of their lyrics
These are some of my personal favourites:
Yann Tiersen & Matt Elliot