Week 5 – Archaeologies of essay 

For my essay I have chosen to look at the reading material given to us in week 2, ‘The minds eye’ by Joseph Jastrow. After a few reads of this piece I began to fully understand what he was trying to say and the theories being put across. I found this approach of viewing the world interesting and new. It really excited me that I understood what was being said and I for once have confidence in what I was writing about!

My essay question:

“What are the differences between ‘ambiguous’ and ‘realistic’ to express a meaning or message?”

To begin:

Ambiguous: adjective – open to more than one interpretation; having a double meaning.

Realistic: adjective – representing familiar things in a way that is accurate or familiar.

To construct my essay I had to break down each paragraph and formulate the appropriate information and theories into the right order. I began by introducing my author, text and theories. Then I wrote about my theories,my thoughts and the views of Joseph Jastrow. Followed by how I was going to evidence my theories. Lastly to conclude, I highlighted why I chose this piece of literature and the affects it will have on my practice, illustration. My conclusion also covered the take home message the author was trying to portray. Here is my structure in full…


Week 4 – Archaeologies of practice 

Reading material: Pages of ingold

What I gained from this lecture:

The kite represents the dancing agency, triangle also known as the threesome. Made from three parts this allows me to formulate my work. The kite itself needs the kinetic energy in roger to fly. This is the push and pull we relay back into our work. Without of the the three agents or points in the triangle, meaning the push or pull, I would not be able to produce my work or the kite would fail to fly. 

Week 2 – Archaeologies of the present 


Reading Materials: Extract from Tonkinwise – design away and ‘The minds eye’ by Joseph Jastrow

What I gained from this lecture:

We all interpret the world through our senses, but the results of what we see can differ from person to person depending on emotion, experiences and personalities. I enjoyed this lecture as I understood what the reading materials was about. Although it took me a few attempts at reading the text, I finally understood what Joseph was trying to say. 

Week 1 – Archaeologies of the body


Reading Materials: Extract from Johshon .M – the meaning of the body

What I gained from this lecture: 

I was very confused throughout this session. I found the text very difficult and heavy to read…help!

Final piece/pieces 

Choosing which materials to use for my final piece or pieces was difficult. I have experimented with so much and this paticular project had opened my eyes to taking a new approach to ideas and formulating work. After my crit with Anna and fellow students, I have been able to narrow down the materials I would much prefer to use. I got a great response with weaving the paper and forming the hats. But the group and tutor thought my use of weaving made the paper look like sugar cubes. They also mentioned that I had not approached the use of this materials with its results in the right way to suit the project. I liked the idea of the sugar cubes and the clear connection it has with my Ted talk.

Brainstorming ideas to use the sugar cubes seemed quite tricky even though I came up with many uses for the cubes and ways I could manipulate them to their fullest potential. My favourite idea was to bring the individual sugar cubes to life and use the method of stop start animation to bring them alive.

Thankfully a tutor/teacher within the illustration department is an expert as this method. His many years of experience has allowed him to make a living out of it. His name is Tom Edgar. I have used his knowledge and Skills as well as his work as my inspiration and as a starting point for the finding of this new skill or technique. His work includes the wonderful joy made for John Lewis’s home insurance advert, please watch…

John Lewis advert – home insurance 

But before making the video some experimenting needed to take place. I bought four boxes of white sugar  cubes as well as honey, golden syrup, ink and water (water was free obviously). I playing around with the dissolving of the sugar cubes helped me diturmine which liquid would dissolve the sugar the fastest, the slowest and the most visually appealing. From this I found, the golden syrup took the longest then came the honey, both sat on the sugar and took a very long time to absorb. On the other hand the ink when dropped onto the cubes did absorb, but almost failed to dissolve them. My best result came from the water. I tested hot and cold water as well as Luke warm. Hot boiling water dissolved the sugar cubes and the visual appeal of this process was enjoyable to watch.

The next stage of my work was to formulate a little story or plan as to what would happen in my animation, although only rough I had the idea of improvising whilst animating. This is what I came up with:

  • I introduce the box of cubes
  • One or two cubes come alive and wake the the other cubes up
  • A slow rush out of the box collects the cubes outside the box
  • The cubes then organise and move to create a brain like form/structure
  • The brain is created by the gradual movement of the cubes
  • Water is added and the brain melts

Whilst doing the animation, I will also consider smaller details that are humerus and story telling. My results…


More paper trials…

Sticking with paper as my main material, my focus changed to the shape and structure of the brain. Having worked with paper in a previous project years ago, I created a tunnel like structure that formed an obscure sphere shape. This old project left me with small trials, mini versions of the final pieces. These trials gave me an idea to repeat the process and recreate the structure but adding colour. The chosen colours I used were not properly thought at the begginging about when considering my aim. On the other hand, the colours used were large areas of vibrant neon pinks, blues, yellows and greens which had been screen printed onto large sheets of paper. Ones finished the model, I realised the colours I had used were relivant as they could possibly represent the artificial sweeteners and sugars we consume. To create the brain shape, I attempted to cut into the cones, this didn’t go to plan!

Woven hats

Yet again the felting didn’t take me very far. The paper on the other hand gave me the idea to create a range of sports hats, using the woven technique with illustrations on them. The idea behind the hats was to make sports head wear and head gear the voice of the Ted talk. The hats would have illustrations as to how your brain would react to large amounts of sugar intake. These hat would be wearable and therefore start conversation whilst wearing them. This idea didn’t get very far…I attempted a simple structure and realised it was much harder than I thought! I didn’t give up on this idea, I simply reevaluated the project and the Ted talk and decided that this wasn’t the right path. On the other hand here is my result.