Lesson about interviews

My second lesson with Elia. This lesson focused on types of interview from life history, oral history and family history.

We were then put in groups and were told to generate types of questions.

Below is what we did.

  • What is your earliest memory?
  • Do you have a religion?
  • Have you been brought up with a religion?
  • What did you want to be when you were little?
  • Looking back. Do you think you have become what you dreamed you would become as a child?
  • What would you change about your life if you could?
  • When you first voted whom did you vote for and why?
  • What’s your role in the family set up?
  • What was your greatest loss?
  • What physical objects are important to you and why?
  • What gadget would you wish you had (that exists from today) in your childhood and why?
  • What’s the best thing you’ve done in your life?

Last we were told by Elia to in any interview to be familiar with the interviewer’s world so I understand the responses. Also after interview take notes on how it went, where it taken place, anything new and fresh mentioned and lastly what the setting was like.

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Research class

In addition to Mark and Linda’s classes was lessons with Elia. For the first lesson I had with her she sent an emails to us to bring in an object of something that was personal. I brought in my old passport. This was because of the day the picture of me was taken and the story behind it of that day. My peers brought in stuff similar and really personal to them.

Written exercise on how to write about others written work

On the first lesson with Mark he given a great presentation about this course project. Also my peers brought in what they intend to write about. This was out of books, articles, etc.

Mark then informed us to write about three different publications.

First: The Power of Feminism

A piece of written and visual information documenting the history of feminist art. It also expresses it’s past, present and what is expected for the future. The book is intended for all people in art, from fans of art to art professionals. It clearly informs the viewer of the best artwork in the theme of feminism. Compared to the book ‘Graphic Design Exercise Book’ by Carole and Jessica; how to make feminist art, this book is so great it inspired others to emulate the artwork in it and take inspiration. This is also is very political and expresses a lot of things in our society.

Second: The Graphic Design Exercise Book

The authors of this book are two tutors from a university up north. Aimed at all Art students and aspiring Graphic Designers. The book is a guide to help a student or designer improve on his/her craft. I believe this to be in addition from teaching at college or university. Because this book is written by university tutors it encourages the viewer to buy the book. They know about design and what works.

Third: Innocent Blood

P.D.James is a respected author whom has been writing for many years. The story is about an eighteen year old girl called Philippa whom goes in search for her real parents after finding out she was adopted.

First Day At LCC

As part of a writing exercise my tutor Mark given the class a writing exercise to write anything I can remember about my first day at LCC.

So in March seven years ago I received a letter explaining that my interview will be in mid-April. I can’t remember what day. I worked closely with my tutor from my current college at the time. He helped me write the statement and he written a great and honest reference. He also posted the application. A friend from college advised me that LCC is the best for Graphic Design and Central Saint Martins for Fine Art and Drama. A friend whom I went to school with got in there and graduated.

The interview was for the one year foundation course. To be presentable and with advice I dressed up in a suit and carried an A1 portfolio. It was the largest and heaviest portfolio ever.

My interview was in the afternoon. I can’t remember the tutors name, but he had long grey hair to the size of a woman. Around six of us were being interviewed, well it wasn’t a typical interview. We all had to present our portfolio and describe what designs were and what they meant.

I either presented my portfolio first or last. I can’t really remember. I was nervous and it shown in the presentation. I might of came across as mean. But it was down to my nervs. I did describe everything clearly and in an articulate manner. The work spoke for itself.

One of the students I remember vividly looked just like Prince Harry. He was confident and had a great sense of humour. I don’t know if he got in or not. I didn’t see him after that.

Another guy there presented these beautiful photographs of his time in Africa. He didn’t say what part. He got in and during that year I saw him around.

A couple of days later I got a letter in the post that informed me that I got in. I was so happy and I kept thinking to myself during the week I failed and screwed up my presentation. In my college class I was the only one out of six that got into LCC and one girl got in to Central Saint Martins.

I first told my Mum as she came into our house shortly after. This was the second best moment of the year behind my Niece’s birth.

The official first day was a one week summer course to prepare you for the foundation course. I wasn’t going to go due to family problems at the time, but my family told me to go anyway and were very supportive. The course was full of psychology exercises, drawing and collage lessons. I got the certificate confirming I passed.

Next is the first day of lesson while on the foundation course. In the morning was a lecture and the class of peers was decided by who sat near each other at the lecture. I was thinking to myself that it was a bit odd and unorthodox compared to school and college.

So my group of sixty to one hundred were taken to a classroom on the third floor of the design block. We were then given drawing exercises and this was also a selection and forming of a tutor group of thirty. That same day I got speaking to a girl called Sophie and a guy called Tom. They were both laid back, kind and I got on really well with both of them. End of the day we were all given the first project brief.

The year after I graduated from the foundation course and got accepted onto the BA Hons in Graphic and Media Design. I deferred it for a couple of years and was working during this period. I also did a lot of personal artwork.

For the GMD although I was accepted but I needed to have an interview. It was March two years ago with David Sims. I thought he was David Dabner but I was wrong. Around six of us had to leave our portfolios in a room for assessment. We then had to go into the other room and on the table were these booklets that were tests for us to do. It was a couple of questions and visual exercises. Later was a discussion with David about Art and Graphic Design. It was very interesting.

I haven’t seen any of those peers during my two years of study since.

The first day on GMD started with a long presentation by Chris May. He discussed the course, it’s expectations amongst other things. There was this exercise where everyone had to say something and the rest of the class had to guess whether it was true or false. I said I was a model, the majority believed it but it was a lie. Overall it was a great day and it left me with high hopes about this course.

In the last two years I have learned so much and it has been an amazing journey.

Review of Public Order by Sarah Pickering

Currently in showcase at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London is a range of designs that is a photographic exhibition of a constructed reality. The design that will be reviewed is called ‘Public Order’, made between 2002-2005 and by Sarah Pickering. It is a picture of a load of tyres on the road.

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One of the strongest designs in the gallery, however it is not published in the booklet made for the viewers of the gallery to take home with them. It is very saddening for that to be the case as the viewer might forget the design.

The effects the artist has achieved through the choice and application of colour. It is very realistic, the colours blend well together and nothing clashes. The colours compliment each other.

The materials and processes used was forming the street with concrete, buildings and finally the tyres. The arrangement and photography is done right. It is vandalism but is great in the fake town of Denton. Could be a danger to a car accident with the tyres on the road like that.

Emotions of this design evokes a mechanics environment and places where cars that don’t work get stored.

What is successful about this design is the arrangement of the tyres, street and buildings. If it was real it would be a crime; as if a person woke up in the morning walked outside and saw his/her tyres off the car and saw the tyres displayed like that. I guess it does fit with the title of the showcase STAGING DISORDER. And if graffiti by Banksy is respected art, then so can this.

What wasn’t successful and is negative is the fact is a crime or a staged crime. Certain people at LCC viewing this would not like this and prefer the other designs to this one.

What could be improved is that it could be more real and done in a real place. It should not be structured in a polished way. Needs to be a bit more messy for it to be believable.

I highly recommend students, tutors and art lovers to view this gallery showcase.

Images representing Masculinity and Femininity

To prepare for a lesson about Masculinity and Femininity our tutor Elia asked us to bring in designs that represents them both. I decided to choose two past designs I have made from other project briefs.

The first was a design made from a brief about making cover art for the fictional musician Reg Perfect-Nate. I was inspired from a TV show where a student was kidnapped and stuck to a wall using duck tape as a joke. I decided this would best represent the album title.

Reg Perfect Nate stuck cover with red border 2nd draft with a parental advisory sign and new border

The design for Femininity is a design I made earlier this year that was about domestic violence. The brief required me to make a visual image that visually describes it. I chosen religion and women as this was the best out of the ideas I generated.

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In the lesson we all showcased our findings and discussed it in great detail. Later on Elia given a visual presentation about the history of our genders, all types of sex in gender and the change from century to century.