The brief for the village fete project was to create a stall/game that would generate as much money as possible while not spending much on start up costs or materials so that profits are the highest as the money goes to Teenage Cancer Trust. We got into groups and Rob, Chris and I decided to work together. We came up with various ideas at first, hoping to create something memorable and funny. Some of the discarded ideas were a Kim Kardashian style photo shoot, some kind of target practice with a leader board to keep customers coming back or even a game involving throwing a coin into a giant ceramic bum.
Eventually we decided to go with a Christmas theme as the holidays begin shortly after the event and I came up with the idea of a Christmas single with Rob singing some classics. We felt that this was a good idea as it production costs would only involve buying some CDs and covers and a small amount of filming. We have now started recording Rob’s vocals and have a photoshoot planned.
We aim to be finished the production by the end of the week so that we can get on with our other projects.
I decided that considering I was exploring multiple ways to print and represent information and imagery I should also look into using the laser cutter to create effects on surfaces. The laser cutter can be used to cut in four different ways: it can cut entirely through the material, it can engrave onto the surface, it can provide a ‘kiss cut’ effect (a less deep version of engraving), and can raster which creates a shaded-like effect by drawing multiple lines up and down an image.
You can cut various materials using the laser such as acrylic, wood, some metals, and various card and papers. You can’t use any reflective material as this would allow the laser to reflect back up from the surface of the material and damage the equipment.
There are various steps that need to be followed before cutting out an image. The line work in your image has to be set as the corresponding colour to cut in the right mode. The laser itself must be focussed properly against the material, the laser must locate the material using the bottom left and top right corner of the material. The material being cut must also be inputted before sending to cut.
This induction didn’t really allow for me to practice using the machine with my own work at all so I am hoping to go in with some type I am working on this week to cut out some stencils.
- DIY culture, looking at how people create their own opportunities and don’t rely on others, encouraging others to do the same. Possibly use quotes from interviews or get people to give words of advice and communicate them somehow.
- Zine creation, design one to promote an issue (need to choose issue that is appropriate for zine style).
- Sub-culture profiles, analyse what makes up certain groups of people and look at what draws them together.
- Feminism & sexism issues, look at the negative experiences and see how they can be turned into positive experiences if altered slightly, could link to the media’s portrayal of celebrities and how that negatively affects us.
After exploring each of these ideas I decided to further explore the theme of the media and sexism.
Foiling involves applying a layer of (in this case metallic) embellishment to patterns and designs. During the induction we were shown how to apply a metallic surface finish to various images we had created on either paper or fabric.
One of the methods allowed you to simply lay the metallic foil sheet over a photocopied image and then apply heat, this allowed the foil to stick to the carbon in the photocopied image and so leave a shiny decorative surface.
Another method involved using the screens that I have previously used during screen printing to apply a layer of glue-like substance to a sheet of paper and a piece of fabric. The foil was then apply to these mediums using the same method of the heat press.
The method using the photocopying seemed to be much more reliable (as long as your photocopier is reliable) as it allowed for much less human error in comparison to the other method using the screens which can be less consistent.
The technique would be excellent for both representing an image in itself and also adding features to an existing image. Some subtle additions could be to use the colourless, transparent foil sheeting to add almost hidden detail to an image.