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Evolution

A project for a Zine about evolution. I followed the decay of a carved apple. I like how the teeth look like they have fallen out like they would have done on a real skull. But the wasps just ate the teeth first.

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25 years of children painting

I collected this four sided easel from the Belgrave Pre School, Chester, when they purchased some new ones. I can not express how fantastic they are in real life.  There is at least 25 years of paint that didn’t make it onto the paper, in some places an inch thick.  The random drips forming mountainous ridges that photograph beautifully.  This simple piece of equipment has such history to it, thousands of children will have stood before it, contemplating where they will next splodge a bit of paint as they portray their imaginings. The colours are completelyrandom, the designs unique.  It could never be re created by an artist.   I am currently trying to find out where I could get it displayed and am going to get the close up photos printed.  It invites you to feel the texture of it and peer closely at the layers as you realise the social and personal history of a simple easel.

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I had designed circus characters and made each one into a string puppet out of paper. These I photographed on a set.  Rather than producing a traditional story I produced four page layouts based around small alphabet poems.  The final arrangement of these four spell out the word HELP. H is for hearts that shatter in silence, E is for elegance that withers away, L is for loneliness with a liquid cure, P is for passion that has no reward.  I edited the original photos in photoshop and layered them together with textures and images that linked to the theme.

circus family

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Play brief

One of the pieces I designed for the Play Brief I was given at the start of September was a cuboid mechanism where in folding back certain cubes reveals different images.  I used a number of black and white fashion photos that I had taken in the past to show how the mechanism could be used as an interesting advertising concept.

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I produced some monoprint butterflies during my initial research for the Cheltenham Illustration award. I repeatedly traced my pencil illustrations to produce a number of unique images.  I then arranged the pages and bound them into simple books. These I will possibly sell at this years Liverpool book fair.

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The Cheltenham Illustration Awards 2009 brief is True Stories.  The beginning inspiration for my  entry was the theme of cabinets of curiosities and scientific display frames. I began exploring the idea of how if objects and stories are presented to you as evidence, at what point are they questioned.    The use of postcards for the wings of the butterflies has been inspired by how each post card tells a story in the content they contain and the journey they have travelled.   Other butterflies in this collection have been made from the pages of true stories and combined with old mathematical and scientific papers also relating to true fact.  The complete butterfly display is based on the original frames used by museums and those of curiosity collectors and is closely grouped together like curiosity rooms.  Each butterfly is arranged in taxonomy and labelled similarly to real butterflies using a traditional typewriter.  The piece is deliberately three dimensional to make the butterflies as true to life as possible when using paper as the main medium to illustrate with. The final image that I submitted was a softly lit photograph of the butterfly frames together.  Individual frames containing different butterflies are now for sale on my etsy account.

Paper Butterflies

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Record Sleeve

The brief I was given was to design a limited addition lp sleave for a band of my choice. The new album name for the band, The Unlikely Poets will be ‘Here be Monsters’. This gave me the inspiration to base the theme on masks and changing from one thing into another.  I designed four masks combining human, animal and mytholodgical faces.  I screen printed the masks using two/three colours that all have a similar range. The 12″ vinyl sleave has a paper engeneered mechanism hidden on the front. Pulling the tabs causes the photo of the band to slide  and be completly changed for another photo of them wearing the masks. Inside the sleave is another thin paper case that has a simple black line screen print of one of the masks. The vinyl has a sticker with the band name and album cover and the teeth section of the Gorilla design. I also designed a cd cover and a pull out with the original photos of the band wearing the masks. Additional to this are screen printed tshirts and stickers.  Included in the pack will also be an original screen print and a limited edition mask. All the type for this pack has been done on an old type writer and scanned in rather than using a computer typeface.  This is obviously a limited edition vinyl pack as the mechanism is quite awkward and has be cut accuratly for it to work, however it fullfils my original idea of changing images and would be popular with a limited addition collector.

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