Friday, 30 October 2009

My final stamps

Below are images of the work I put up in the exhibition. I wanted the piece to appear factual and concise. Under each photograph is information on the surface, place and time.

Below are the stamps I had made in order for me to stamp myself over London! I wanted to get 6 done but I realised that would cost an extremely hefty amount so i stuck with three.

Stamping my Journey

Once I had the stamps made I stamped a few journeys I did. I am going to make a booklet out my photos documenting certain details of where I pressed my stamps.

My final stamps

Wall brief continued....

So, I have established I want to do my project based around Japanese Haikus. Haikus are 3 line poems traditionally consisting of the pattern 5 - 7 - 5 syllables. They are about capturing a moment within these boundaries. I decided to try and write my own Haiku's not based on moments but based on my own feelings. Using the 5-7-5 rule, I got writing. Believe me this was not an easy task for me, what I ended up with weren't particularly amazing but as long as I felt they projected my personality/random thoughts I didn't really care.

Here is an example of a few I used :

Too many thoughts here,
what i really need right now,
is some cake......And tea.

Clutter in this room,
this is what my brain looks like.
This room is my brain.

Ok so I know they are pretty simple (and slightly random) but in the end they worked in context with my final result.

I needed a way to use these poems on walls. From already researching Japanese poetry and calligraphy I stumbled upon ex-libris. 

Ex-libris are ownership stamps that the Japanese use. Particularly by authors and important figures in society. Each person would have there own design made so that people would know immediately who wrote that book or whatever.

Some examples of what I mean : 

I decided to make my own ex-libris stamps using my Haikus as the content for them. I liked the idea that my poems (which represented me) could be formed into my own signature and anywhere they were stamped it would be like leaving a little piece of me (if that doesn't sound too corny!)

The Wall Brief

The Wall - A 3D narrative

Select or construct six walls in an area of your choice and create a narrative.

Each wall should act like the section of a magazine or a chapter of a book.

Create the content for each section or chapter.

The material made for this project will be the basis for an exhibition in the second week of term.

I found it really difficult to start this brief. It was so broad I could do almost anything. I began by looking at extremely short stories, stories that create some sort of impact in a just a few lines. My mum's partner reads the Sun newspaper everyday meaning I got a little bit hooked on reading them myself picking them up as he put them down. What I found most entertaining sometimes were the utterly ridiculous tiny stories hidden amongst all the bigger ones. I began collecting them for my project hoping to use them at some point. 

Here are some of my favourites : 

Although quite entertaining, I found it hard to put these small stories to good use. My research on small stories lead to Japanese 3 line poems called Haiku's and this formed the basis for my project.

Become an animal....yes this is a very serious project.

Well, it has been a while since I posted anything on my blog so I thought I would reawaken it with the first crazy project I got set from my performance art elective. I may be  already slightly regretting choosing this subject but hey, it is something different and now I can say I have tried it (even if it means I have to do ridiculous things)

So heres goes the first task. Become an animal. Great... We all had to make a one minute film of us becoming an animal and if i remember correctly mark said something about aiming the film to have some sort of meaning?? Ok so I decided to be a magpie. Magpies like shiny things and use them in their nests and because of the amount of stuff I seem to collect and surround myself with, I felt this theme could work well. So I made a nest on my balcony. Here are the results, enjoy!


I had to whittle down 16 minutes of nest building footage into a minute which i think let my film down slightly. I wish i had just gone against the brief and made it longer.

I have tried to upload the original film but sadly it didn't work!