I was very keen to do print because I didn’t really enjoy web or motion last year. I found that the things I was taught, while interesting and undeniably helpful, were the complete opposite of what I wanted to do. It didn’t help that everyone was on different skill levels and I struggled a lot.
So having the option of choosing print was refreshing. A sketchbook filled filled with ideas and thoughts and things around me? I couldn’t understand why we weren’t offered this module in second year. The theme allowed us to draw anything we wanted and it was an occasional struggle to narrow things down, when I wasn’t sure where I wanted this module to take me or what I wanted from it.
My knee-jerk reaction, as always I’m finding, was to draw lots of cats. I don’t really know why its my default but I just went with it. I really enjoyed learning about all the different ring processes, lino being the one I found most satisfying. But I felt my sketchbook started to look a bit silly and I was drawing a miss match of everything, so I had a long think about what I’d like to draw a lot of.
I settled on buildings because its one of the things that attracted me to Manchester in the first place, all the beautiful old stone carved architecture, mixing with new modern steel and glass structures. I also collect photos of buildings, from places I’ve visited, so I had plenty of research material to draw and look more closely at.
My final piece came about through Rob showing me the blotted line technique and then me becoming slightly obsessed with it, finding the perfect paper to use as well as buying lots of ink and pens to try out.
This was just me casually exploring a technique and then I found it tied nicely into this project when I tried it out on some buildings from my sketchbook. The final three images I chose have no real rhyme or reason to them, they are just my three favourites. A Castle in Scotland I visited with my dad before his heart attack and long stay in hospital, a derelict post office near Manchester Victoria I’d walked past a hundred times but never really looked at, and the Printworks, also in Manchester, just because I really like the building and the neon lights at night.
After achieving the blotted lines for each of these buildings, I wasn’t really sure what to do with them. I wasn’t thrilled at the idea of learning how to screen print a few weeks before a hand in, not to mentioned I created so much work for myself by wanting to add another colour, but in the end I’m actually quite pleased with how they turned out. Some of the black ink didn’t sit on top of the colours very well, but as a set, I think they’re really nice together.
If I were to do this project again, I think the only thing I’d change is trying harder in the beginning to find a theme to really get into, but overall, I think its turned out quite well. I like my sketchbooks, even if I did completely change ideas halfway through term from cats to buildings, but its nice to see the journey I’ve taken with this project and where I’ve ended up.
Etching Workshop with Craig
Book Making Workshops with Hannah
David Bailey Talk
GFSmith Paper Talk
Inprint at Soup Kitchen
Manchester Print Fair 2012nq
Xmas at Islington Mill
Book Fair at Manchester academy
Zine’s of Wonder Exhibition at Nexus Art Café
Gallery in the Gardens
Interview for a teaching placement at the Manchester Communication Academy
Freelance Illustration for Charlotte
Painted a mural at the Chinese Arts Centre
Trip to Berlin where I saw: The Berlin Wall, Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag Government Building and the Kaiser Memorial church.
Salford University Industry night
MadLab Print Fair Saturday 12th April
Prepare for end of year shows
Freelance Album cover illustration for a friend
Get website up and running.