Using colour to represent emotion

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.

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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.

Formative Assessment – March 2017

Week 1 – Silhouetted Still Lives

Week 2 – Light is Colour

Week 3 – Illuminated

Week 4 – Panoramic Pinhole Camera

Looking Back on the Four Weeks of Field

Week 1 Artist – Susan Anderson

Week 2 Artist – Kate Gibb

Week 3 Artist – Anne Hardy

Week 4 Artist – Nancy A Breslin

Final Field Outcome Artist – Melanie Bowles

Field Artist – Melanie Bowles

Melanie Bowles is a Textile Design artist who is one of the artists that have inspired me through the field project weeks.

I have chosen Bowles work as one of my main inspirations (as well as Kate  Gibb) during most of field her work has helpd lead me to the idea that I have for my Field Week Individual Final Piece.

One of the reason I have chosen Bowles work is of course the use of colour that she uses in her work. I really like the bright, luminous colours that she uses for her pieces as they give them a very cheerful and happy vibe. I also like how she uses them in different patterns wether it’s dott work or solid coloured shapes this technique helps to build on the layered effect.

For my Final Project Outcome for Field I want to create a layered design like this that will turn a flat surface into something quite three-dimensional when looking. I really like this idea as I enjoy that Bowles work is on a flat surface Material but it doesn’t look flat the pieces themselves have a layered depth to them and this is because of the colour placement and textures she has created.

Another asspect of Bowles work that I like that the background of the white Material is almost always covered but still has parts showing through. I think this is quite effective as it helps to give the pieces a busy look and also keep them bright. It also helps to make the design look less flat.

Field Collaborative Lab Projects Review

Looking back on all four field projects I feel as if I have learnt something from each one. The field project that I found I took the most knowledge from was the Light is Colour were. During this I started off by learning more above primary colours and which colours paired together. I found that this helped me with the rest of the project as I was able to identify which colours that would work well together for the screen printing process.

Screen Printing was also another technique I learnt quite a bit about. I learnt the basics of Screen Printing in A-Level when I did Textiles but within this week I had learnt how to create my own Silk screens using the equipment they had in the printing room and also about washing off screen printing and cleaning the paint off the screens.

For my Outside/Inside project I want to interperate Screen Printing with my final pieces as I think this could leave a very interest effect on top of the overlaying writing I have been doing and also will make the pieces more vibrant as I will be using a lot of colour.

Field Collaborative Lab Week 1

Silhouetted Still Lives

Field Collaborative Lab Week 2

Light is Colour

Field Collaborative Lab Week 3

Illuminated

Field Collaborative Lab Week 4

Panormic Pinhole Camera

 

 

Field Artist – Kate Gibb

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Kate Gibb is a Screen Printing Artist that I found to be quite inspirational for not only my second week field project but also for my Outside/Inside project. Gibb’s work consists of lots of bright colours that compliment each other quite well and really help to make each other stand out. The colours that she has used for the two pieces above are similar to the colours that I had chosen to use for not only my individual piece but also the group piece we created.

We used bright shades of orange, blue and green papers and screen printed their complimentary colours on top to create a very colourful and visually appleasing effect. I think this worked out very well for us and also made a good colour selection that when then cut out of to create a colourful silhouette sculpture.

Gibb has also inspired a new technique I would like to use for my Outside/Inside project that can really help with the layering effect that I am wanting to achieve. I want to use screen printing on top of the small playing cards I create and a lot like her work I would like to use different shapes and colours to print on top. The colours that I will be using will be based around the colours that reflect the mood/feel of what I’m writing on each card for example, bright colours for happier thoughts or a happy mood and then darker/murkier colours for unhappy moods or darker thoughts.

The layered effect Gibb also uses for her work will also help me when creating my own pieces as I want to be able to over lap and layer the shapes and colours with out completely blocking out and getting rid of the colours and shapes under neath. I could do this by using the dark colours for the first few layers and then putting the lighter ones on top.

 

Field Collaborative Lab 2 -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.

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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.

 

 

 

Screen Printing

A technique that I have recently learnt that I’m very excited to use for Outside/Inside is Screen Printing. This week I have spent a few hours in the Screen Printing studio taking part in a field project called Light is Colour. During this time I have learnt quite a bit about making and cleaning off your own silk screens and also how to screen print. During my A-Levels I learnt a little bit about screen printing in Textiles but I used Silk screens pre made with designs and not my own. I am very excited to be able to work in facilities where I am able to create my own Silk screen and will be taking full advantage of this.

As I am working on quite a small scale for Outside/Inside; my designs I am hoping will be able to include layering with screen printing. In my Pinterest board (linked below) I have saved a variety of screen prints made by other artists who use screen printing with a layering technique. I really like the way this looks and the clash of colours on some pieces makes the prints look very effective. My screen prints I think may be on playing card size or may be even in match stick box fold out books.