FMP journal 10

FMP reflective journal

Wednesday 29/03/17

Today I started my work on asemic writing by presenting in my sketchbook a definition of what it is. 

I also presented a collection of artists who use asemic writing within their artwork as a way of showing my inspiration. 

I have decided to look into asemic writing because it is a form of writing which has no specific meaning or content, instead it is an abstract form of writing where the meaning is left for the reader to interpret themselves. This means that it can have meaning to anyone regardless of their origin as it is an individual meaning and linking to my research into language as a social construct the reader becomes the co-creator of the work and part of the making of the meaning. I think this research will be really essential in moving my project in a more abstract direction. 

I then started creating the cyanotypes that Dan advised me to. 

Using tracing paper I wrote out the same poem which I previously used in my work in big expressive writing but layering up the writing on top of each other to give it a more abstract effect.

Again using tracing paper this time I wrote out the poem much smaller so that it all fit on the page and I then got two of my friends to write it again on top in their handwriting.

Using both pieces of text I experimented with different papers; cartridge and watercolour  and I also experimented by creating a cyanotype using one text then layering the other piece of text on top and repeating the process. This layering technique wasn’t very successful because the writing became extremely faded and the page just turned blue.

I also created two big pieces with both texts.

I found this technique really enjoyable as it was quite easy but I think the outcome was really effective. Through doing this technique you lose a sense of the writing which is what I wanted and it becomes more of a linear pattern. I think the watercolour paper worked best as the writing was much more bold on this surface. 


FMP journal 9

FMP reflective journal

Tuesday 28/03/17

Today I began by researching into language and meaning. I found a really interesting article called Language as a Social Construction written by Larain Reason. This was talking about how we have created language and we make the meaning of the words we use, and it is not a universal subject that has always been there. We learn language in a social context and so we learn patterns of thought associated with language related to the society we are in. This is the part I found most interesting. Each society has different patterns of thought and this reflects how the society constructs the language which we learn. Therefore the language we use reflect the social norms of the place we learnt it. As well as this it talks about how we fill in the gaps when reading any text with the dominant reading response, leading the audience to play a part in the meaning-making of the text. We never approach any text as a clean slate, instead we always come to a text with social and historical assumptions which influences how we view a text. Therefore we play a part in the meaning of the text and that meaning can be different for each person. 

This research really interested me into looking at language and writing in a way we wouldn’t always think of. It also made me inspired to work more abstractly since there is no universal meaning of language instead it is made by us and largely dependent on us, therefore if I create language/writing which is illegible, expressive and abstract (typically taking away the meaning) it can still be classed as writing because meaning is individual.

I really enjoyed this research and I think it will be highly useful in making my project have much more depth and context behind it.

We had our weekly meeting with Sarah and the rest of our tutor group where we all sat around and presented what we had done in the week as well as listening to everyone else’s projects. This was useful as I realised that some people had already done much more experimentation than me so this inspired me to jump into the arty side of the project more and get on with the creative work.

I then had a tutorial with Dan, presenting to him what I had done so far and speaking about idea of where I could go next. He gave me lots of useful tips and advise. When speaking about my contextual research into the article on language as a social construct he told me to research into Roland Barthes- The death of the author as this is a piece of text which speaks about how people interpret the work of others and the death of the author become the birth of the reader. He also said I couple possibly look at Jacques Lacan and how experience shapes interpretation. Other contextual links he gave me were Tracey Emin and her neon lights using handwriting and Jackson Pollock as this can help push the abstract side of my project as he uses a lot of mark making. Also he told me to look at Idris Kahn as he does a lot of layering which is something I want to experiment with.  This was really helpful as I now have even more artists to look at which will help to bulk up my research and give me lots of different techniques to work with. Dan also said I could experiment with cyanotypes as a technique which is something I’ve never tried before so I was keen to give it a try in this project. 

I am more becoming more confident with this project as I am starting to see the links between all of my ideas and this is helping to make my project flow much easier. I am also happy with the direction it is taking into a more abstract project as this is the type of work I enjoy creating the most. I now want to ensure that I focus my time more on creating things and actually producing art work for the project now that I have a lot of research to work from. I will experiment will many different techniques and medias to make sure that my project shows a wide range of skills and hopefully this will help me to realise which techniques I enjoy the most and want to use for my final outcome of the project.

FMP journal 8

FMP reflective journal

Monday 27/03/17

Today I presented my artist research on Donna Rumble Smith; another artist who uses handwriting with stitch. She takes inspiration from conversations and ramblings and she uses processes and materials that incorporate delicate and translucent qualities such as machine made lace. She mounts the lace onto acrylic sheet to enable light to pass through creating shadows on the wall.

I like her use of soluble fabric as it creates the interesting shadows with the words and I like how it provides the ability to hang the pieces, giving a more abstract and 3D element to her work. This hanging element also helps to take away the ability of reading the words in a way which I like as it also helps to make the work a bit more abstract. 

I am going to work in a similar style through using soluble fabric with writing with stitch but I haven’t done this yet.


FMP journal 7

FMP reflective journal

Wednesday 22/03/17

Today I continued with my primary research by repeating the same technique as before but looking specifically at age. To do this I asked members of my family to repeat the same sentence in their natural handwriting style. 

From this I analysed the different styles members of my family use. This research helped me to realise that handwriting can hold memories and sometimes it is possible to tell how old someone is just from their handwriting.

To continue looking at age I also analysed my own handwriting and how it has changed as I have grown up. I collected pieces of writing from when I was younger at different ages and presented them in my sketchbook to illustrate my handwriting journey. 

This helped me to realise that handwriting is something so personal and unique that it actually grows with you and develops as you get older. 

Thursday 23/03/17

Today I was working in the style of my first artist Maria Wigley. I wanted to experiment with handwriting and stitch combined so I started by using calico and black stitch on free machine setting on my sewing machine and used one of Maria Wigley’s pieces as inspiration. 

I enjoyed this technique and I think it was quite successful because even though I used the sewing machine you still get the effect of my personal handwriting style in the stitch. I was also happy with the effect of the words all becoming joined through stitch to give more of a continuous line effect as well as the hanging threads which adds to this. 

I then wanted to develop working in stitch in more of a personal way but still inspired by my artist. Maria Wigley uses a lot of poetry in her stitch work combined with photographs of places that hold memories for her. I wanted to replicate this in my own personal way so I researched a poem which I could use that related to me. 

I chose the poem ‘To A Daughter Leaving Home’ by Linda Pastan because I can relate to this as I will be leaving home in September to go to university. I printed the poem off in a similar style to how Maria Wigley does with her poems she uses. I then stitched part of the poem onto a thin, partly see through fabric in the same way as I experimented with before by linking all the words and leaving long, hanging threads. As well as this I took a photograph of the outside of my house with my Polaroid camera to include a visual element in the same way as my artist does. 

I layered up all parts and this was the final outcome. I really like the layered effect and how the poem is still faintly visible in the background, with the most powerful part of the poem (in my opinion) in bold through stitch. If I was to do it again I would possibly use a fabric/surface that was completely see through to stitch on as I think this would be more effective with more of the poem being visible.

Action Plan

Before next week I want to have collated more artist research that incorporates stitch with handwriting to finalise my research into handwriting specifically. I then want to begin taking my project into a more abstract direction next week through research into asemic writing as this will enable me to be much more expressive as well as being able to use a wide range of materials for my work.

FMP journal 6

FMP reflective journal

Tuesday 21/03/17

Today I have been continuing with my research. I analysed the primary research I collected yesterday by looking at how people write and the different styles people have adopted. 

This was really useful because I found that there were lots of different elements that people include in the handwriting styles. Some people are a lot more artistic in their writing and add a lot of extra elements such a curved lines, italics and extra joining lines. On the other hand some people purely write for the purpose and don’t think too much about the appearance. This has helped to reassure me that handwriting is an art form because everyone has a different style and people can really express who they are through their handwriting. It also made me realise how personal handwriting is because it can be used to help identify someone and when looking at my primary research I instantly knew who had written a couple of the responses because they are my friends I know well. Handwriting is really unique for each person, kind of like a fingerprint and can serve as part of someone’s identity through expressing someone’s character. I am happy that I did this primary research because it has really helped to add some depth to my project as I have really analysed the style of people’s handwriting. I think once I repeat this focusing on how age can affect handwriting this will add even more to my primary research. 

We also had a group discussion with my tutor group where we all explained where we were up to with our projects. This was interesting to find out the areas other people are looking into. 

I then began to present some of my secondary research for my first artist; Maria Wigley. She is an artist who primarily works in stitch who is interested in the similarities between handwriting and drawing which is what attracted her work to me. She uses photography combined with writing to express memories of places which is something that has interested me into possibly experimenting with. I also really like her print work she does which uses writing in a much more expressive way which creates abstract pattern which is something I want to eventually move my project into. 

I now plan to work in the style of this artist by experimenting with writing with stitch with normal fabric as well as soluble fabric. As I think this will help me to decide the area I want my project to focus on in relation to the techniques I use for my work.

FMP journal 5

FMP reflective journal

Monday 20/03/17

Today I have been presenting my research in my sketchbook. I began by doing a couple of pages explaining and questioning why graffiti is seen to be so negative. I explained how I find graffiti to actually be something that can be quite powerful and a really expressive form of art. Just like any other form of art it is a form of colour and pattern that decorates/improves a surface and so long as it isn’t rude or offensive I don’t see why it can’t be accepted as ‘real’ art. 

I worked in quite an expressive way using watercolour and pastels on this page inspired by one of the photos I took to help to illustrate how it is a form of art.

I then presented my photos I took of the more ‘artistic’ graffiti in my sketchbook to compare to the previous ‘unacceptable’ form of graffiti. I explained that I am interested in what it is that makes this type of graffiti more acceptable. I came to the conclusion that the only real difference is that one uses writing which is interpreted as not very creative therefore associated with vandalism whereas the other doesn’t use writing and uses images and illustration instead therefore it’s ok because it’s art. 

This has lead me to realise that I want my project to focus on expressive writing as a positive and real form of art/pattern. Just because writing which isn’t necessarily legible but more abstract in nature is less popular/conventional than other forms of art doesn’t make it any less relevant or important. 

I now want my project to move away from looking at graffiti because this isn’t what I aim to focus on it was just a way of helping to kick start my research into writing within art. I now want my project to look deeper at writing, specifically handwriting and how it is an art form. I will do this by researching styles of handwriting as well as what influences this, and then move on to artists who use writing within art whether it’s abstract or not. 

I began looking into this by creating a word document asking people in the class to help with my primary research for my project. I asked everyone to pass the piece of paper around and repeat a senstence I had written at the top in their own natural handwriting. 

I found this really useful because using the same sentence throughout helped me to focus on how the style of the writing differed from person to person. The results proved interesting as everyone’s writing differed in some way. This has helped me to realise that writing is an art form because everyone’s style is different and handwriting is something that’s so personal and unique. I think this can be a way that people express themselves because they are representing themselves through their style of handwriting. 

I explained this in my sketchbook and how there are many things that can influence how someone writes which I will look into further. 

I am really happy with how my project is going so far as I think I have a wealth of research to incorporate into my project to give it a lot of depth. I also think my ideas are flowing quite well as each branch from my concept I come up with has linked in some way so far and I haven’t made any jumps from ideas. I think my research that I am now doing into the style of handwriting is becoming more relevant and useful than my previous research into graffiti because this will help me to go into the area of looking at writing as an abstract form of pattern through looking at styles and influences. I also think a positive of looking into handwriting is that it will be able to lead me to researching into a range of areas therefore giving my project lots of depth. 

I now plan to analyse the primary research by looking at the different styles of peoples handwriting and elements that people use in their writing. I am also going to repeat a similar process with my family in order to look at how age can influence handwriting style.

FMP journal 4 

FMP reflective journal

Wednesday 15/03/17

Today I continued some of my initial research into my project by looking for more in depth articles online that could influence my ideas. I decided to do this after Dan advised me of some more conceptual areas I could look into related to language and writing. I found a couple of articles which really interested me and I thought would be useful within my project. One was about how language is a social construction in order to help society communicate and the other was about the significance of language as a tool of communication and how important it is within society and culture. Both of these were really insightful and I thought would be a good link to something with a bit more of a deeper meaning within my project about writing. I printed both off and will use them as secondary research for my project when I decide they fit in.

Thursday 16/03/17

Today I went and took photos of some more graffiti in another area of Lincoln, but this time it was much more artistic. 

I did this to see how different types of graffiti are seen differently by the public. This type of graffiti is considered to be much more positive and acceptable than the graffiti I previously looked at which contains a form of writing and communication of ideas. However it interests me as to why they are considered so differently and why graffiti that uses expressive forms of writing are associated with such negative connotations when it is just as much a form of art and expression as anything else. 

Friday 17/03/17 and Saturday 18/03/17

I have been continuing my research by collecting images that inspire me and artists I would like to include in my project on my Pinterest. I find this a really useful way of exploring ideas and areas for my projects because there is such a wide source of useful artwork. Continuing to look at this every day has helped my thoughts for my project to be ongoing and grow, therefore it is something I will continue all throughout my project even when my research is done.

Action Plan

Next week I want to finalise all of my primary research and present all of this in my sketchbook, which will then help lead to my secondary research expanding my project and concept even more. 

FMP journal 3

FMP reflective journal

Tuesday 14/03/17

Today I began by doing a mind map in my sketchbook in order to brainstorm all the ideas I have had about areas I could research into within my theme of writing as a form of art. This helped me to realise which areas I thought would be most interesting and which would be best for my project to develop.

I then wrote out a plan of where I want to go with my project and how I want it to flow. I did this to try and link all of the ideas I have together to make sure that my project doesn’t just jump from each area and to help me to decide which area I want to begin my project with. I made a list starting with the area I will research into first then linking in which artists will help this research and then deciding which area this will lead me to look into next. This really helped me to get my project clear in my head as well as to organise how I want my project to flow. It was only a brief list so that I knew what order to look at things as I didn’t want to write in too much detail what my plan was, as this wouldn’t allow my project to take any natural progression and wouldn’t allow me to change my ideas. I then transferred this plan onto my project action plan and timetable sheet where I planned out what I would focus on each week and what area I would research in to, as well as how this would influence my actual artwork and tried to plan the sorts of materials and resources I would need in order to complete each area of research.  I found this incredibly useful because even though I may not necessarily stick exactly to the plan for each week it has given me an idea of the time I can spend on each area.

I have decided to begin with I will look at graffiti as a way in which writing is used within art. I went out and took some primary photos of graffiti around Lincoln and stuck them in my sketchbook.

It interests me that graffiti often has negative connotations and is seen as vandalism but it’s just a form of art that communicates a message so what is it that makes it so wrong? I also find it interesting how graffiti uses abstract shapes and symbols rather than traditional writing to communicate its message which is what I’d like to look at in my own work.

I also had a tutorial with Dan and Sarah which was very useful in helping me to broaden my ideas and give me some inspiration for more areas which I could look into such as political areas, and how language is a social contruct as well as artists to look at. I like the idea of looking into how language is a social construct and something we have learnt to interpret. This could link to my idea of looking at writing as just pattern and taking away the meaning of the words to give a more abstract element. 

FMP journal 2 

FMP reflective journal

Monday 13/03/17

Today I began by going over my final draft of my project proposal so that I could hand it to my tutors to look at. Sarah gave me some feedback to add in that others can comment on my journal blog posts to give extra feedback. 

I then started to fully write out what I want to concentrate on within me project to get my idea clearer in my head as well as help me to know where to start with my project. This really helped to make my ideas make more sense and to make links between my ideas. 

I also started to experiment with some mark making techniques using coloured felt pens to help me to be expressive. I collaged a few pieces together in my sketchbook in order to use for my title page in my book. I really liked this technique and think it was quite successful with the colour usage, so I think I will experiment more with this later in my project. 

I then sorted through some of the photos I have printed off for my initial research and inspiration, in order to give me an idea of the artists I will look at first to give my project some direction. I collaged some of these photos in my book to illustrate the paragraph that I wrote describing my initial ideas in order to make it clearer. This really helped me to feel more organised with my ideas as well as helping me to know which area I will start off with, therefore giving me more direction. 

FMP journal 1

FMP reflective journal

Over the last few days we have been preparing ourselves for our final major project and starting the flow of ideas and concepts.

Monday 06/03/17

Today we began by being given a presentation on all the details of the FMP and what we needed to include in our 500 word project proposal. We then got into groups of around 4 to start discussing section 1 of the proposal; the review of progress so far. This group work was really useful because it enabled me to talk about some of the skills I have gained over previous projects which triggered some wider ideas which I hadn’t previously thought of. We then stayed in these same groups and with a tutor each person described some of their initial ideas for the concept of their FMP. Before this exercise I didn’t have much of an idea of what I wanted to focus on specifically, all I knew was that I wanted my project to have strong focus on pattern within textiles since this is the area I feel most passionate about. However I found it extremely useful to listen to other people’s ideas and to give feedback and advice to others, as this helped to spark an idea for my own project.

I decided that I wanted my concept to look at less conventional forms of pattern because I want my project to be more abstract in nature. So I came up with the idea of looking at how writing can be seen as an abstract form of surface pattern. The only reason we understand writing and read it as words is because we have been taught this but when we deconstruct writing to what it actually is it’s just shapes and lines on a page; much like what pattern is. Some of the feedback I got from my peers and my tutor was really useful as I was suggested to look into the development of handwriting through age which I thought could be an interesting area to look into. Another piece of feedback that someone gave me was that I could look into layering up lots of different writen pieces to help give an abstract affect by taking away the sense of words within the writing as it will become more like mark makings. My peers seemed to like my concept which gave me confidence in my ideas.

Overall the group discussion we had was massively useful in the generation of ideas for my concept and I took on board lots of the feedback I was given. We all found it useful so we have decided to make this more of a regular thing and meet up to discuss our projects and ideas every week or so. When I got home I wrote out my first draft for section 1 of the proposal with the notes I had made throughout the day.

Tuesday 07/03/17

Today I read through the writing I had done the previous night for section 1 of the project proposal and realised there were some areas I could take out since they weren’t necessary and I needed to get my word count down. I found it useful to come back to my writing the day after as I noticed things I wouldn’t necessarily have done if I’d have checked over it straight away.

I then began writing out my first draft of section 2; the project concept. To begin with I found this quite difficult because I wanted to keep it quite broad at the start so that I wasn’t restricting how my project could develop in any way, but I also wanted to put in as much detail as possible so that it was clear what my project was going to be about. So I spoke to a couple of my peers and asked them for advice which was useful because they gave me tips from what they had written and adviced me to try to be as broad as possible.

I also began writing my first draft of section 3 of the proposal; the evaluation. Here I explained how I would reflect on and evaluate my work throughout the project both on this online journal, through annotation in my book and in regular group discussions.

I spoke to Sarah later in the day and explained to her my initial ideas for my concept and she gave me feedback that I could look into typography and trends within this. She also read through my project proposal and said that it was good because it was kept fairly broad but that I should mention what I aim to produce at the end and she also adviced me to keep my journal in an online format on my blog. I took this on board because I thought it would be the easiest way to keep as much detail as possible in my journal by including photos as well as keeping track of my ideas.

Wednesday 08/03/17

Today I have been re-reading through my project proposal as a whole to see whether I can find any areas that need changing and reflect on the feedback I was given by Sarah yesterday. I also started to create a timetable to plan my time within the project effectively.