Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Sitting well...

...in 1953 with Marilyn Monroe.

Renishaw Hall

This is Edith's family home as it os now and as it was in 1955.

Does she sit well?

Some photographs of Edith I found online as the beginnings of my research.

Sunday, 26 April 2009

biopic_edith sitwell

We finally got a new project!
Basically we have to make a 1 minute film about a certain person's life. My person is Dame Edith Sitwell, who was a poet.
She came from an aristocratic family and this is a clip from a film made in 1923 by Noel Coward about the Whittlebot Family who are based on Edith and her two brothers Osbert and Sachaverell.
Apparently Edith wasn't very happy about how her family were being protrayed and didn't speak to Noel Coward again until her 75th Birthday party.

Wednesday, 22 April 2009


These are some designs for postal stamps for the society I have been working on. Like the currency I made, I wanted the stamps to be based around shapes. I used imagery from the stamps I had collected for research and picked out shapes similar to the ones I had been using so far. Then I collaged them together to make the final designs. I think there could have been more drawing within the stamps if I had given myself more time to work on them and they look better shrunk down to a normal stamp size. I have also taken quite a conventional approach to both stamps and currency and maybe I should've thought a little more out of the box.

Stamp Collection Book


Congress currency is based around the idea of an IOU. As we are mainly concerned with objects only, it would make more sense for us to have a bartering system. Also Congress loves catergorising and have a set of shapes we use to value our objects. Each shape on the currency notes represents the amount of objects it is worth and the amount of sides the shape has corresponds with the amount of objects you would recieve in exchange for the note.
For example a circle has one side so it represents one object whereas a triangle has three so it is worth three objects.

Monday, 20 April 2009

Some sketchbook work for Congress Currency and Stamps.

This is basically just pages from a sketchbook. I have been trying to develop some kind of logic linking the use of shapes and colour, and an amount or currency. I've been looking at how shapes fit together and when they are layered, applying colour to certain areas. At the moment the basis for the currency is that each shape is symbolic of an amount depending on how many sides it has. I think this will be the main idea behind what I produce but I still need to work on some kind of layout.

Bauhaus postcards from Berlin

We went otthe Bauhaus archive while we were in Berlin and it was really good. There was a lot of stuff to do with colour and shape which is becoming useful to look at as a reference for making stamps and currency. Experiments with colour is something I should try to more as I sometimes stick to black and white images.

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Berlin Photographs.

25/03/2009 - 31/03/2009
Mostly holiday snaps really!

Sunday, 5 April 2009

European Stamps.

For the next part of the project I am working on creating a currency ans stamps for Congress. When we were in Berlin we went to a really cool flea market and I managed to find a box of stamps from all different countries in Europe. I think most of them are from the 70's but some might be a bit more recent. Any way I've now got loads of them so I stuck one of each into my book.

7 Days in Berlin.

We went to Berlin for about a week and these are some drawings from the trip.

Berlin is an amzing city.