So after a lot of doodling, thinking and stressing out I have finally come up with an idea for my piece. I am hoping to create a zine called ‘I wear my heart on my zine’ which will include personal stories and experiences of those who have encountered mental health issues throughout their lives. Whether it be themselves who have gone through it or a friend or loved one, the zine will be a place for them to share their stories and so encourage people to talk and also show how they can triumph over their issues.
I think I will have the stories included by anonymous contributors as that gives people a lot more confidence to speak freely without being judged. It will hopefully contain narratives that are almost like diary entries.
So one of the main things I took from my feedback was that I wasn’t particularly telling my reader/audience anything they either didn’t already know or couldn’t find from any bog-standard leaflet. So I am going to look through some of the leaflets and see their angle on the topic, which will hopefully help me to counter their approach with my own unique angle.
I very quickly found a website which aimed to do exactly what I initially wanted to do which was to encourage people to talk about mental health and to combat the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health issues. Because of this I have decided that instead of trying to encourage people to be more open about talking about mental health I will simply create a zine that will explore my own (family’s) experience.
To improve my final piece for my self directed project I have gone through the feed back form and made some notes on what I want to do to change the outcome.
Firstly I was criticised for lack of connection which is probably because the topic of mental health is currently one that is extremely personal to me and so it is possible that I have almost detached myself from the subject. To do this I am going to try to approach the subject from a more connected angle and include my own personal experience.
Next, I was criticised for my visual which I knew were not my strongest. As they were seen as too literal I hope to develop them more and also hope that the strength of my written work will bring the level of work up to scratch.
Basically, I have been told to ‘critique and comment’ on a topic with a more personal mindset. I was given the option to choose a new topic but as this one is close to my heart I feel that I should persevere with it and do it justice.