Also included in my Viva Voce: This was the teaser for my new: self initiated project. It will involve food, a re-assessment of still lives and a search for new ways to physically challenge the viewer.
We had to give the customary third year presentation of our work so far and what influenced us. Here are a collection of my Intros and Inspirations. This was a wonderful day. It was great to see every one's work so far, un-seen personal projects and what interested and influenced them. Everyone was so impressive and interesting. I have been very inspired by my talented year group and look forward to seeing the rest of the presentations on Monday.
A small article I wrote for the Cetld department's newsletter. It was useful to precis the Transatlantic Design project to look at the bare bones of what it is we are doing and present to others what we are doing in 'simple' terms. My Mum was pleased that I had no spelling mistakes. Also, on the 18th of November we did a presentation of our project and our learning's for the Cetld department and this went down well. I think they found us a worthy investment after all. This also raised the issue about publishing our project. A meeting has been arranged and we shall see how this goes...
This is an aesthetic I have always loved. The new shabby chic is 'Rough Luxe'. There is a network of shops, hotels and restaurants that embrace the philosophy. An interesting movement that appreciates original features in a brave way. Damp or a leak? why not leave the stain. http://www.roughluxe.com/philosophy.php
For my summer project I chose the word abundance to illustrate. My interest and focus was on the over production of food, the predominance of certain foods and the issues that surround this. The phrase 'Butter Mountains and Wine Lakes' was used in the headlines during the occurrence of specific food gluts. The overproduction of butter and wine were not the only examples, there were warehouses full of grain and simply no demand. For the project I designed some butter packaging and a wine label to advertise the statement to contextualise the phrase to consumers.
The girls that I am working with on the 'Transatlantic Design' project and myself were invited by Ian Wright to speak at the D&AD Xchange 09. We will be doing so on the 8th of September. http://www.dandad.org/education/xchange.html
I was asked to create some sticker designs to be used in a Microsoft advert. The stickers were used to personalize the laptops shown in the advert. I then was asked to come down to London to help work on the Microsoft adverts. Again I worked with a fabulous team of people including David Skinner who I had worked for in New York. The adverts will soon be on our television screens.
I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to work with the amazing people that I did on a job for MTV. We helped form the art department for the skits and promotional material for this years MTV awards. The concept was based around the musical A Westside Story and demanded a gritty New York look. We had the opportunity to help create and dress a variety of sets from the studio built rooftop and junk yard through to the storm soaked alleyway in China town. The talent included Russell Brand, Katy Perry, Ne Yo and Cobra Star ship. I learnt an incredible amount on the job, including how to drive a forklift truck. (A special thanks to David Skinner, Andrea Purcigliotti, Anthony Henderson, Amy Silver and Henrietta Lopez.)
We have interviewed some more wonderful people for our research project: 'The Transatlantic divide in design education'. From the top: Graphic Havoc, Milton Glaser, Hunter Tura (4x4), Yoonjai Choi (4x4), Jonathan Bartlett and David Gersten. See our blog for more details: http://transatlantic-design.blogspot.com/. Ian Wright has also recently asked us to speak at a D&AD lecture about our project so on the 8th of September the four of us will be doing our first proper presentation about our project and we are very excited and nervous about this.
During the last couple of weeks in New York although continuing with our 'Transatlantic design' project and now working intensively on the MTV music awards. We still found time to visit some more places in New York and when my parents came to visit for a few days we managed to see a lot of the New York highlights in just a few days. (above: Chinatown, MOMA, apple store, on top of the Rock, Magnolia Bakery cupcakes, The Meat Packing District and Chelsea Market.)