Archive | January, 2012

Little Cuties

31 Jan

A little while ago I did this post mentioning of digitising the doodles from the Things To Do list. So far I have done three and working on a fourth now. Doing them bit by bit and when I feel like it :p

I edited one as a Christmas card and kept the original one also.

So these are, as I called them, the Little Cuties:


More will come eventually.

The Designer’s Banquet

19 Jan

As promised, I am putting up the photos for the Designer’s Banquet. If you remember, my banquet is based on the artist William Morris and his textile piece Strawberry Thief. This textile piece was created by Morris when at his garden strawberries were taken by thrushes and Morris enjoyed watching them do so, therefore recording the small event that took place.

The banquet has to reflect with what is on the essay we have done. And just to sum it up, it’s using the influence of Morris and using both traditional and modern crafting techniques and materials to make the pieces. I was also very much in love with the Strawberry Thief textile when I first saw it and wanted to base my Banquet on this piece.

The photo below is of all the Banquet items and I’ll explain each and every one of them and how I done each piece.


 The images come from the Strawberry Thief piece, and I selected three areas of the textile which I felt reflected nature a lot (an aspect of Arts & Crafts — the movement William Morris was a founder of). The images were first transferred using tracing paper and when they were placed onto the porcelain, I used relief paste to outline it and used porcelain paints to block in the colours.


The coaster and placemat, both made of a cork-type material, was first painted white on one side so when it is painted, the colours become quite vibrant.  I traced the images onto the placemat/coaster (traced from a reverse image) and outlined it in the relief paste then once dried, painted the colours required.


The cutlery’s birds and strawberries were made out of air-dry clay and painted with acrylic paint then varnished. Once all dried, they were glued onto the fork/knife/spoons.

Before the air-dry clay was dried for the strawberry with the knife, I used the knife to make a slit into the strawberry so it looks like it is slicing it in half. The strawberry on the fork was done by using it to embed holes into it so it stays placed on the fork when glued. The dots/’seeds’ in the strawberries were done using cocktails sticks to poke holes into the clay.


The menu design was made using Adobe Illustrator by outlining the motif sections I chosen to do and re-arrange it into my own motif depicting both Strawberry Thief and William Morris.  I included dishes that I could think of that would contain strawberries, and obviously the name of it is in reflection of the actual textile piece. The font is Plantagenet Cherokee, and I chose this as I felt it was well-suited to the style and brought a form of friendliness and formality. The actual menu is A5 size and laminated.


The napkin design was done from potatoes cut into shape (oval shape and triangles) and poster paint thinly applied to the flat edge to do potato stamping (oh how I remember doing this when a kid!). I did this technique as I felt it was appropriate for the tissue material and William Morris used a somewhat similar technique, woodblock printing, for the Strawberry Thief. The dots were done using cotton buds and poster paint.

Drinking Glass

The glass, again, used birds and strawberries made out of air-dry clay, with two small strawberries glued to the bottom, and the other larger strawberries being placed by hand into the glass. I attached the bird onto the rim of the glass by cutting-to-length two hairpins that are attached to the bird by embedding a hole using the pins into the clay, then gluing them to stay in place.

And I think that’s it. Hope you enjoyed looking at them. Took me roughly a month to finish and I am extremely pleased with the outcome and quality of it. Don’t think I’ve been this happy about a final piece like this before ^___^

Final Future Font & 3D Letter

18 Jan

I am first posting up my final pieces for the Typography (Stage 2) module. I will start posting up my Research & Reference tomorrow as there is quite a lot.

For our Assignment 3, we had to design our own font, and after doing research on the history of it, I designed one based on Albrecht Durer’s concept of using grids, lines and circles. As I didn’t have a compass at hand, I used circular objects such as tins and tops of glue sticks etc to construct the serifs and ‘bites’ that are in some of the letters.

I have done two designs, one with circles and one without:

The circles were done in 2 blue gradients as I was experimenting with Pantone colour pens on paper and found the blue looked best as it was more subtle yet still striking. 

We also had to make a 3D letter using found materials in our house, based on the classical proportions of letters and has an attachment or outside piece with a brief history of the font chosen (either your own or  an existing font). I chose the existing font, Franklin Gothic.

I wanted to do this font as I am fond of it and it was used in the body text of my typography essay.

I made it using some sort of soft wood that was wedged between two sheets of thin plastic — and it was extremely hard to cut through with a scalpel knife. Then two sheets of mount board that was cut out into the letter ‘a’  was glued onto both sides of the wood. Once dried, it was covered in black poster paint.

Just so you know, these items were found in my house. My dad owned the bits of wood and I didn’t really ask his permission to use it until I started drawing on it…. Luckily he was ok with it.  And the mount board were spare pieces from when I mounted my Opera posters back in Assignment 2.

After, the tag was made by placing the information on some card and attaching it through the counter (or the gap in the letter ‘a’) using a string.

And lastly, Assignment 4 was an essay, but I’m not planning on putting it up :p

I’ll post my Designer’s Banquet for Research & Reference tomorrow (but again, not the essay!).

Happiness is in the Air

17 Jan

University has finished for the first semester of my second year, and it’s only 1 year and a half until graduation *shocker mode*

Even though I have been ill throughout the weekend and yesterday, I happily submitted my work, banquet and essays, and it felt so weird waking up this morning. As I turned over in my bed I first thought to myself: ‘what is there to do today?‘. Then I remembered that there was nothing to do and that we’ve broken up for the term. Oh how thrilled I was that I can finally relax and recover.

I can now get back to finishing the game I have been taking a hiatus from and eventually, perhaps tomorrow, post up my pieces from both Typography and Research & Reference.

And this, in case you wonder, is my expression right now:


Little Update

11 Jan

I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays and had a good start to 2012.

As mentioned before, I have been really busy the past few weeks with work and still doing the last bits of it before hand-in on Monday. Only halfway through the banquet pieces and another half to go then it’s all done!

Once everything is finished I’ll post up the photos from both Typography and Research & Reference modules ^__^