This week we were given our new brief. A setting project, where we are able to set anything to metal such as gemstones, stones, glass or wood. We have to research into religious or spiritual meanings or symbols. I'm finding this project brief interesting and looking forward to looking into all the meanings of gemstones and rocks. I am unsure what rock or material I am going to use but I have been looking into the way gemstones can help emotions and bring positive energies to someone. I think this is the root I am going to go down, just got lots of researching to do now and practice stone setting. The image above is of watermelon tourmaline a gemstone I've been researching. It is the gemstone of friendship and love.
Last friday we had our exhibition opening, which we, as a class, had organised. Overall I really enjoyed doing this project and organising an exhibition. I hadn't realised all the work that goes into it. Down to every last detail of the width of the corridor and if the work will be supervised or in cabinets. Even getting enough money together to buy some drink and nibbles. Overall I think the exhibition went well and had a good turn out, although next time might need some more drink and nibbles, as they ran out quite fast. It was a good experience and realising how much is put into organising these events.
I asked another group of people to tell me a story from my four images this time. Trying to explain this task to people has been more difficult than expected. It's quite funny to see what people come up with, some got quite excited about making up a story which didn't help me.
By adding the image of the man busking the stories people have came up with hasn't completely helped. I asked people ageing from 20 to 42, both male and female.
Street musician was paid £10 for a guitar playing ape, which unfortunately looked like a duck. Female, 42 , mental health nurse
This was because the woman doing this task thought the image of the duck was an ape!?! I could kind of see it by the end. After a struggle of squinting the eyes.
An illegal immigrant smuggled his duck into Scotland, which he then sold for a guitar. With the guitar he busked and earned £10 which he then bought the duck back. However whilst busking his duck was stolen by a hungry chinese man.
male, 20, footballer
Australian singing on the guitar to make money and buy a duck.
female, 20, career
This story is correct and was what I wanted to get. Even though I only got one person to to get my target story, I was still glad it worked. I found it difficult to make people say what I wanted them to say. I could clearly see the story but obviously others didn't. After this I decided to add text to the first three images and put them in order to see if it works. Having the image of the guitar first then the £10 and finally the duck with the word 'purchase' on it. After doing this the majority of people came up with the target story in some way or another.
From doing this I can relate to the essay by Roland Barthes 'Rhetoric of the image'. I understand how people can read images in such different ways. How their views and past experiences can change the image of an image. It interests me how you can read images from a different way from the three messages the linguistic message that is set what the image is saying or how knowing knowledge of the image can make you know the correct information, or the image alone. Trying to make people read a story from a group of images has been a surprisingly difficult experience but has shown me that manipulating an image really help people to read the same.
Well I've asked a range of people to look at my collected photos. They were different people ageing from 20 to 51, both female and male with a variety of occupations such as a jewellery student, a nurse, a science explainer, a gardner and a management consultant. I think that I have a good range of different occupations and I do believe that people doing different subjects will come up with different types of stories. This actually did happen for me, the designers came up with a duck playing a song on a guitar, which were quite creative. The nurse and management consultant's stories were about a person buying a guitar and a duck being involved with the buying process a little more realistic view.
The stories that they came up with were very interesting and quite brief such as a duck playing the guitar to make money, or a busker playing a song about a duck to make money, or a person buying a guitar for £10 and it ending up with a duck being involved, like the duck is in the guitar case. So after this, I had to come up with a photo that would link one of these stories together. I have decided to choose the story about a man busking on the street singing a song and playing the guitar to make a tenner and buy a duck.
I have chosen this picture to hopefully link it all together.
Well these 3 random images are for my next project. To collect 3 images and ask people to make up a random story of these images in any order. I used the website www.sxc.hu which has a randomizer photo finder to come up with my three very different pictures. So lets see what people come up with. Your welcome to comment your story. From this I have to find a joining photo which links all the photos together to make one of the stories that someone comes up with. Then ask people to look at the photos and tell a story and hopefully they'l come up with the same or similar story to the one I chose.
Well here it is, the final piece. I shot my piece in the photography suite today, which was very exciting, I was on both sides of the camera, photographing and modelling my design, and of course couldn't have got these great shots without my wonderful model Mairi Burrow. We are having a exhibition showing our work. Our opening night is on the 19 of feb at 5pm in the jewellery department in Duncan of Jordanstone. All welcome.
From researching more into chinese culture I became really interested in the different traditional cultures they have which restrict women movement. This interest came about from thinking of the movement of the catwalk piece. Even some chinese clothing restricts the women's movement as the skirts are very tight around the legs like pencils skirts. Causing them to walk with more of a shuffle as they cannot bend their legs.
from google images
My main interest was feet binding, this is where over a period of time the woman's feet are broken to create a smaller more 'desirable' look. The toes are broken then pushed under the foot and bound together, then the arch of the foot is broken and bound tighter to create the desired effect. Straight after the women's feet were bound they were made to walk. To walk they needed to bend their knees slightly and sway, this was called the Lotus Gait, men used to find this look sexually arousing, as long the the bandages that bound the feet were not removed. This would show the real horrific effect it had on the woman's feet. This process would take around 2 years for the feet to be fully bound. Causing extreme pain for the women. I know that at some time in China it was compulsory but some women did do it to get the 'beautiful look'. It amases me that people will go through such pain to create a 'desired' effect which is supposedly beautiful. That trends of fashion can cause pain but people will still follow them. As they say no pain no gain. But how far will some people go?
So for my design, I have decided to make the piece restrict movement of the leg. The piece is made from aluminium so will make it difficult for the wearer to bend the leg. Showing my influence of these traditions that restrict the woman's movement.
For our first assignment we were told to collect photos from our childhood and of ourselves growing up. We were not told why, I was very curious to see what we would be doing. Finally we were told to swap our photos with someone we don't know and preferably in another subject. I was quite nervous when I was told this and wondered what this stranger would think of my childhood. We were to analyse the photos to see what kind of person they were, for example dislikes and likes.
These were some of the photos I chose.
At first I struggled to find someone to swap with as I was too nervous to ask anyone. Then people starting going round classes asking to swap so some of our group did this too. I still didn't find anyone and felt like I was going to be the last person left with the photos. In the end I finally got someone to swap with, a girl from graphics who I didn't know. We were told it would work better if you didn't know the person at all.
So I was given a range of photos of Sophie from her child hood to her grown up now.
At first I struggled with what to write about her.
I could see from this she was a happy outgoing child that enjoyed the outdoors and spending time in the garden with her family. This made me think her house was in the countryside. She is very close with her family and possibly has a younger brother and sister.
From other photos I could see her house had lots of plants in it with bright flowers, creating a bright atmosphere in the house.
A photo of Sophie at easter time with loads of chocolate looking very happy suggest she likes chocolate, also showing her family likes to celebrate birthdays etc.
She liked to change her hair style a lot, I didn't feel she followed her mother tastes in clothes but had quite a unique style, you could tell she didn't follow trends religiously. Showing she doesn't care about keeping up with the lastest trends, she just likes to dress the way she likes. She likes bright colours showing her bright and bubbly personality.
In her photos you could see she has had an interest in graphics for quite some time and is proud of her work.
Sophie likes socialising and going out with her friends who seem to be close to Sophie. She is a confident character always smiling and looking at the camera.
After we both had analysed our photos Sophie and I met up to discuss our findings. I was quite nervous meeting up with Sophie, I felt I didn't want to offend her with anything I said. After meeting Sophie this was our findings.
From looking over Sophies photos and discussing them with her. I felt I summed her up quite well. I did get it completely wrong that she lived in the countryside, in fact she lives in a tenement flat on the main road in the centre of Edinburgh. She has a younger brother and does enjoy the outdoors. She has been interested in graphics for a while and does like changing her hair style.
This was how Sophie read me.
Sophie thought I grew up in the countryside spent a lot of time outside playing with friends and family sharing experiences and regular days out. Mainly true apart from I grew up in a town.
Sophie also picked up on the fact that I enjoyed dancing as a child including different types. The really strange part was that there is a photo which is not taken in my house. In the background there is a picture of children highland dancing it is not clear who it is of. Sophie picked up that I did highland dancing even though this photo wasn't of me, I still did highland dancing. I found it interesting how she picked up on the little details.
She realised that I liked animals and not scared of them. Although from a photo of me holding a hamster and the lack of other animal photos, Sophie thought animals might not play a big part in my life and in fact they have played a large part in my life. I found this interesting, that from the lack of such a photo can create such a different thought.
From this photo Sophie could see that I like trying new experiences but in the safety of my comfort zone, as I am sitting on the back. She thought this could have been my sisters idea. Being completely honest with myself this is true, I do tend to only try out new things within my comfort zone. This amazed me that from this photo she could read me so well.
She also thought that I am outgoing a photo shows me right at the front posing with a group of friends. Sophie felt I have lots of energy; I'm always smiling, dancing or laughing in photos. I followed popular fashion trends, my fashion is not 'out there' but I like to look my best and dress similar to my friends.
Overall Sophie summed me up pretty well. It did shock she how well she looked into these photos and read me so well. It interested me that people pick up on different parts of the photos and can read into them in different ways. The lack of a photo showing something can make someones life completely different. The assignment was interesting for me, although i didn't find out anything life changing for me, it did help me to see that from giving someone certain photos you can practically make them read what you want them too.
During the past few weeks I have been doing a few workshops, one which I really enjoyed was felting. I find this material very interesting and think it can be used in jewellery pieces in very interesting ways. I like the use of layering different colours together. My piece was made by teasing felt and layering up different colours of felt on top of each other. The piece is placed between to sheets of fabric them sewing together and put in the washing machine. The result is amazing the piece is all layered together with some of the colours showing through each other. I would like to make some pieces of jewellery using felt in the future. I think it creates a natural soft effect to a piece of jewellery. I'll get the picture up soon of me felt sample.