I had to reprint my booklet with a tape binding as the original print was saddle stitched and due to amount of pages the printers had to add blank pages to the back. In hindsight, I should've made more pages but I didn't want reading to be an overwhelming experience as the pages I already made were fairly busy.
I started looking at different typefaces for my publication and was encouraged by my tutor to look at the message and tone I am trying to communicate with each font. For instance finding ones that were either distinctly British and Nigerian in design.
I planned a shoot with my friend in order to get some portraits and visuals for my publication. It was hard at points to think about what photographs would communicate what I wanted easily. For instance, one of my friends' issues with her connection to her heritage was the fact she has never been to Nigeria so I used passports and a duffel bag as a prop.
I spent the day beginning to create a visual accompaniment to my research findings, however the outcomes I was producing were not as successful as I hoped as it was a rushed endeavour.
Using my feedback, I began editing down the most quotable extracts for a possible poster outcome on InDesign. This exercise allowed me to see the most common issues my friends identified such as the negative stereotypes of Nigerians.
The most prevalent issue within the feedback I got was the language barrier, it meant that they couldn't engage in certain spaces, which was a similar predicament I've been in where my family are having discussions in our native language with such propensity I cannot understand.
After having a group tutorial, I was encouraged to specify the ways in which I feel disconnected to my heritage (such as the language barrier) and my work specifically on that ; not necessarily as a solution to this problem but as a gesture that shows that I acknowledge this.
It was also pointed out to me by Will that my concept for my self styled shoot was not immediately clear and my intervention on the traditional way of styling the clothes was not strong enough, that it needed some form of context. However I didn't agree that this context would be a photo of what it should look like next to what I did; I thought that a text beside the images would be enough.
- The 10 ideas in 30 minutes exercise was helpful in that it's helping me fulfill one of my aims for unit 7 which was to create a multitude of ideas and developments
- It made me seriously consider the possibility of using making my own pattern using Nigerian traditional garments as a reference. The design will have a motif from my own life, such as hair straighteners which I use basically everyday.
After doing the shoot, I am currently assessing ways in which I will present the photos and what to add in order to develop them,
- a publication consisting of the photographs and the questions I asked myself about my heritage
In hindsight, the photographs would've have been stronger if I was more relaxed, because then I would've enough to direct myself. Due to the fact I was using myself as a model and having my friend take the photos I felt a bit lost and almost forgot to pose more considerably.
Going to the library at Kings Cross allowed me to;
- researching relevant artists
- exploring what the looks reflect
- forming questions for a dialogue I would have with myself and others
I also made some sketches for what I wanted to do for my styling shoot, experimenting with markers and color which has been pointed out to me as something I need to do more of.
I am beginning to explore styling as a potential outlet for expressing my connection to my culture, and after going to Harold Offeh's talk at the LVMH Lecture Hall I feel as if I have got more visual references to the performative element there is to expressing one self; the inclusion of William Pope L's the Great White Way being a stand out to me due to it's passive nature.
While I knew that I wanted to explore my heritage, I was unsure of how I would articulate that into an outcome. I initially gathered the traditional Nigerian garments as a visual starting point, so I scanned in the patterns just to use for a potential screen-print.
I ended up making some rough posters just as a cathartic exercise as well as potential development exploring the perceptions of Nigerian culture as a whole.
My crit with Lucy was very resourceful in that she offered several different ways in which I could explore my connection with my heritage while utilizing clothing such as a self styling project.
I was unable to complete my A1 scale outcome before the day was over due to several technical difficulties. However, I did a quick interview with my brother about his connection to Nigeria.
I spent a considerable amount of time noting and identifying the weaknesses of the ways I currently work to create Unit 7 projects around combating these issues. For instance, one of the things I said I haven't done is collaborate much so I have to come up with an idea/task that forces me to work with other people e.g. a photo shoot that requires this.
I remade my Project 1 concept and Unit 7 as a whole to be based on self reflection and evaluating my ways of working as I felt there were changes to made to this, as my outcomes thus far were not very consistent and/or successful. After my group tutorial, Will identified that I should pick out ways to challenge myself, and suggested I research the film 'The Five Obstructions' which was based on a similar concept. He said that a relevant outcome for this would to create my own obstructions for Unit 7, a manifesto of sorts.
My new Project 1 brief is has been partly inspired by my 'White Space' project, which was about filtering out the unnecessary. The plan is to basically re-evaluate my previous photographs from Commune and before and use different media such as scalpels, pencils, pens and such to essentially re-edit them. I want to do this as I feel my last project for Part 2 (Hear Make Heard) didn't have not a personal concept, so I'm attempting this to see what difference it will have.
As I missed the beginning stages of project 1, I felt a bit behind with doing the project in the day. I quickly came up with a concept called 'Red Eye' that was based around my Commune trip in Amsterdam and the Red Light District and the comparing the differing societal boundaries between there and London. However, after discussing my concept with my tutor, I realized I didn't have enough contextual basis to do use this idea, and that it would be hard to make an outcome for.