For my Outside/Inside project I am using colour as one of my main focus points. What I have been doing with this is playing around with the idea of using colour to represent the emotion and mood behind the text. When writing my thoughts down on my chosen medium (usually cartridge paper) the text flows into each other and overlaps making it quite tricky to read. The use of colour will give the viewer of the piece an understanding of the emotion behind the text with out actually being able to read the text itself.
I was first inspired to use colour after completing the ‘Light is Colour’ field Collaborative lab with David and James. Using screen printing and experimenting with the different colours really inspired me to use colour to represent emotions. For example, with brighter colours like yellows and oranges will represent brighter and happier moods where as dark blues and blacks will represent duller and darker moods. Reds and greens on the other hand will represent moments of anger of destress.
The first card on the left in the image above represents a bright mood behind the text but also moments of anger. On this ATC I have wrote down my thoughts surrounding my first day back at work when I went home over Easter. The yellow and bright orange colours around the sides are symbolising the happier comments I have written down about being home with family and friends and also returning to work after three months. The red patch in the middle represents a period of time during the day where I was angered or irritated.
The second card to the right in the image above represents a day where I had very mixed emotions. Most of the day is shown to be happy and bright as I have used yellows and reds when writing about the amazing life my grandfather had that passed recently but the greens represent the day as being partly upsetting a destressing knowing that he is no longer with us.
The white used in both cards and in most of the other cards I have made represent a barrier between the text/colours and the viewer of the cards. When I feel upset about something or feel as if I look fragile I put up a barrier to block out other people so that no one knows how I am feeling. I think the white represents this quite well as you are unable to see through it very well and it also gives the card a more layered effect.
For my first final piece I have begun to create a collection of small pieces. I wanted to continue my development on the Artist Trading Cards I had began to make towards the start of the year and create a collection of cards that can be displayed together in my final showcase.
The theme of these cards will be based around my thoughts and feelings. I plan to make one card everyday for one hundred and fifty days which will display my thoughts and how I felt on that day. This idea has come from Outside/ Inside as I wanted to be able to display everything that I think and feel for everyone to see but not really be able to see. Each card will be covered in writing but only few parts will be able to be read. The writing will be over lapped and jumbled together which I really like the idea of as I will be able to write my thoughts honestly without being anyone truly knowing what I’m writing about.
The theme of what I am talking about will be shown by what colours are on the card. I want to be able to reflect the mood and emotion of how I feel at the time of creating the card so I will be reflecting this through the use of colour. This will also help make each card unique as each day on the cards will be a mixture of bright and fluorescent colours for positive moods and happy emotions where as the dark and grey toned colours will reflect a more darker mood or unhappy emotion.
I also want to be able to layer the colours of paint on top of each other and between the writing to give a less flat effect.
Piet Mondrian was a Dutch painter that contributed to the De Stijl and Modern art movement and group. One of the reasons I am looking at Mondrian’s work is because I really enjoy the Artist work from this art movement and also because his work can be related to the ideas I have for my final piece for my field project about light.
Composition with Red, Blue and Yellow
What I really like about the piece above are the colours Mondrian have used. In all of Mondrian’s pieces that are similar to the one shown above the three primary colours (red, yellow and blue) are always included and are always the stronger, bolder colours that project from the surface more dominantly than the rest. This is quite an effective look and the thick and thin black framing around each colour is also another good way to help each colour jump out of you like an illusion. Having the colours be able to project without using a white background I find is quite impressive in my opinion. Using white in the background of a piece helps to highlight the intensity of the colour next to it as it is very bright but using very pale colours like the baby blue and lilac have created a very similar effect.
For my final piece for field I would like to create three or four A5 pieces that are based around block colours. The colours I want to use are red, yellow, blue and green. I have chosen these colours as they are all very bright and pigmented colours and the contrast of each I think will look really good as a collection. On top of the block colours I am planning to use light and objects to create shadows onto the paper and drawing them like one of the field projects I completed called ‘Silhouetted Still Lives’. After doing this I want to cut away from the paper and create gaps of which you can see the block colours through when layered on top of each other. I really like this idea and think it will work well. This relates to the field work as I am using light to create shadows and also because I am using different colours and light is colour.
For the second week of our Collabrative Field Projects with the Ceramic and Maker students, I took part in a workshop called Light is Colour. In this workshop we started by learning a little about Primary Colours, what colours they make and what their complimentary colours are. We were then divided into groups of four and given a colour each of which we had to make the colour we were given, it’s complimentary colour and black in small plastic cups. We then wrapped the cups in cling film and saved them for later. After our break we went down to the Screen Printing studio space and had a basic induction of how to create our own Silk Screens and also how to wash off the chemicals and where to store the Silk Screens .
Using black card, scalpels and cutting boards we all began to cut out designs for the Silk Screen making process. In my group I worked with Ales who does fine art with me and Martha who is a Maker student. We created our screen using Alex’s design on a small screen.
On the Tuesday we began to create our screen printing designs on pieces of coloured card. I think that our design has come out very well and we even began to over lap the card and re-print on top of card already printed to create different effects. Our next task was then to take a selection of are prints and begin to make the screen prints into more three-dimensional forms. What I was trying to create was a cylinder sculpture that spun round with the screen prints inside like a Zoetrope.
With my version of the Zoetrope I want mine to be attached to string at the top and able to spin in mid air. I really like this idea and think it could work quite well with the screen print pattern on the inside of the cylinder.
I am quite pleased with my individual outcome. The orange and red outside shell blend very well together and the square cut outs give a good look inside of the sculpture. On the insides of the cylinders are the screen printed designs we made during this lab project. When spinning the cylinder you are able to get a good look of the pattern inside and the colours blend well together.
For the group three-dimensional sculpture we decided to create a pyramid shaped piece that had cut outs of shapes. On the inside of the sculpture would be mirrored paper so that when light is reflected through to create shapes the light will bounce off the paper and through the cut outs onto the wall behind it. We used hot glue to assemble this together and the screen print patterns are still visible on the outside. I really enjoyed this field project and found the skills I learnt whilst doing it to be quite helpful.
Below is a short video and collection of images of the final group piece.