Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Museum of Everything #4/ #4.1

Some sneeky photos taken from the Museum of Everything Exhibition 4.1. It was a retrospective of the late Judith Scott's fibre sculptures.

I volunteered at both exhibitions #4 & #4.1 and it was interesting to see how Selfridges customers reacted to a 'museum' appearing in the middle of the homeware section in the Ultralounge. Confusingly it kept getting mistaken for customer service!

We had competition from Dolly's opposite us which had mouthwatering desserts to offer, but we managed to get people into the exhibtion. Though there were times when it got really frustrating, like when we had to ask for £2 donation but not to overstep the mark (be forceful) and cause them to change their minds about entering the exhibition. It was difficult at first, and a lot of misunderstandings occurred, especially in the first few weeks. However it was really nice when people left the exhibition feeling really happy, seeing them enjoy it made the experience worthwhile.

Exhibition #4.1 took place at the Old Selfridges Hotel, which was an amazing space. The MoE didn't do anything to the space except add floorboards, little picket fences around each work and lighting, which I think worked really well in making the show about Judith's sculptures. They looked even more beautiful and haunting.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Aurora Animation

For the past few weeks I've been trying to get started on the animation for the course project, unfortunately this has meant the personal project has taken a back seat, which is making me feel a bit uneasy. However I've made some (small) progress with the animation because I had been struggling to create an animated aurora but I think I've tackled it. I just need to make it a bit longer.

Below are the earlier attempts:

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Educational video which explains the Aurora Borealis. I found this a month ago after kind of trying to avoid looking at any films explaining the Aurora Borealis because I was afraid I would inadvertingly copy their explanation. However it's a really good explanation of the how the Aurora Borealis occur, simple and to the point.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011


Some of the things I have done for the 3rd year project. Not enough though, I need to storyboard on a larger scale and make lists, lots of lists

The Museum of Everything @ Selfridges


I have chosen to explain the Aurora Borealis and thought an animation would be a good way to explain it. I have been through a number of storyboards and tests as I was quite unsure about how to go about depicting the Sun. The first two are quite detail paintings of the surface of the Sun, which although I really like I found it hard to make it work (apologies for the dodgy quality). I also kept veering off the storyboard and changing my mind about certain bits such as in the third one the 'camera' moves across the sun and focuses on a part of the Sun (the drawing gets a bit faint here). I am most likely going to have someone narrating, if I feel the animation is working out well enough

Test 1

Test 2

Test 3

Friday, 22 July 2011

Paper Moon- Jenny Van Sommers

Via Creative Review June 2011 issue
Sommers website

Hard to believe that these photos were taken in a studio.

The article took me to Jason Tozers' commission for Creative Review, where he was given a Sony Alpha camera and told to take photos of bubbles. The results of which are here

Friday, 17 June 2011


I came across this video by the UK branch of Dorling Kindersley Books and produced by Khaki Films.

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Yun-Fei Ji

Columbus Park, New York (2008) Watercolour and ink on Xian paper 13 3/4 X 35 1/2 inches

Last Days Before The Flood (2008) Mineral pigments and ink on mulberry paper 75 1/2 X 70 inches

Relocation (2008) Watercolour and ink on Xian paper 13 1/2 X 39 1/2 inches

Shop Project

We (me, Maelle, Mariana, Abby, Eun, Laura and Tchie) took part in The Big Lunch at Myatt's Park in Camberwell on Sunday, it was hosted by the Little Cat Cafe who are part of the Myatt's Field Park Project. We were selling jigsaw monster cookies and letting the children/adults to decorate them with icing. It did rain but that didn't seem to put people off coming to enjoy The Big Lunch.

Blog is here:
Scenes from B. R. Chopra's Mahabharat (1988)

Composed drawings that I made for the presentation to help me explain the story. I still got a bit tongue-tied though, but I think it went well.

3rd Year Project Proposal

For my personal project I have decided to illustrate the first part of The Mahabharata, which is considered an 'Indian Epic' due to its length. In its original Sanskrit form, The Mahabharata runs to 100000 stanzas in verse making it the longest piece of writing in the world. It is apparently 8 times longer than The Iliad and The Odyssey put together (Narayan, 1978, p.vii).

I've never actually read all of it, and hadn't read much of it until a couple of months ago when I borrowed a translation of The Mahabharata retold by Shanta Rameshwar Rao, with illustrations by Badri Narayan. However, I did watch some of the televised series of The Mahabharata, when I was young. My mum had it on tapes (I think we still have them) it was produced by B. R. Chopra and directed by his son Ravi Chopra.

Click on the image to watch the first episode.

The story was narrated by Time who is represented in the image above, an outline of a head over scenes of the universe. I remember whenever he appeared on the screen I felt uncomfortable, I was never sure if he was good or bad.

Monday, 6 June 2011

Monday, 16 May 2011

Fear of failure

Milton Glaser – on the fear of failure. from Berghs' Exhibition '11 on Vimeo.

Came across this here

Key figures from the design industry talking about the fear of failing and offer some advice.

I also watched a bit of the Michael Wolff video, who speaks about how thinking too much about an idea can often allow fear to creep in making you dismiss the idea completely. He offers the advice to, 'Leap before you look'.

This is a great quote from the book Life of Pi
About fear: "… So you must fight hard to express it. You must fight hard to shine the light of words upon it. Because if you don’t, if your fear becomes a wordless darkness that you avoid, perhaps even manage to forget, you open yourself to further attacks of fear because you never truly fought the opponent who defeated you.”

Friday, 6 May 2011

The Foolish Lion and the Clever Rabbit

I didn't get round to taking photos of the actual printed and bound book, but I had test prints of the book, so here are some photos of a few of the spreads. Unfortunately I didn't notice the mistake in the back end papers until now. Other than that I'm glad with the way it turned out, but some of the images could have been much better.


Sunday, 10 April 2011

Macmillan first spread

I spent all of last week making 5 spreads for the Macmillan competition, above is just the first spread.  I'm using inks on A3 paper to create the images and will use Photoshop to edit the images and inDesign to put the book together.

I'm on spread 7 at the moment and I am hoping to finish all 12 spreads by Friday (I really need to!) so I can move on to the end papers and the cover. I still need to figure out typeface and where I am going to print it :O


Saturday, 26 March 2011

Macmillan photos of set/drawings

Below are some of the photos, where I played around with the light source in the dark.

The plan was to draw the scenes and add the animals over the top using photoshop but I am finding it difficult to make the images to work. I know from looking at the drawings of the jungle that the animals will get lost in its detail (it's sort of distracting too). From the tutorial yesterday I was advised to think about my rough storyboards and think about the brushstrokes that I make. I am going to try and draw the scenes again with the animals in them.