Today I Will, Today I Won’t.
Yesterday I got my Today I Will, Today I Won’t finished books back. These books show an exploration of hand-drawn typography, they highlighted to me how I work with motivational techniques, and what I regret not doing everyday. I’m really pleased with how my books turned out, I love how they still feel like sketchbooks, and how the prints turned out complimenting the simple type on the left page.
Over the past year I’ve been collecting impromptu hand reminders, catching people who have reminders written on their hand whenever I see someone, and taking a photo of it in a specific way. Each photograph is black and white, and in the set you get 16 photographs. I embossed the front cover, created a folder to hold the photographs, tied and secured with Ribbon. I’m very pleased with the outcome, and love the contrast created between the colour folder and the black and white photographs. I hope to keep collecting them in the future, and building up my project.
With my the best letters of my Today I will, Today I won’t project (which will hopefully be up on here tomorrow!) I created an alphabet. Using this alphabet I have experimented with quotes about craft and panagrams. I began by looking at brighter colours for these posters, but have decided for the final product to use more earthy tones, especially as the panagram is about a farmer. I’m really pleased with the result of these posters, and the unity between them all. Now to cut them down and display them properly!
Underneath The Surface. Anatomy of Tattoos.
Underneath the Surface is my most recent publication which explores the Russian mafia body art, the placement of them on their body and the symbolic value of each of these tattoos to other members of the mafia, and other citizen’s. This book has been a long time in the making, including fold out arm pages, tip in’s and acetate tattoo overlays. This book explores the main tattoos within the Russian mafia, and the anatomy of these tattoo upon the body.
Monogram Gift Sets.
Recently I’ve been looking into monograms, and creating monogram’s for people who mean a lot to me. I decided for one of my final projects that I would give these monogram’s as gifts to these people. I created letterheads for them, business cards, envelopes, personalised sketchbooks and a stamp so they can continue to create their own stationary in the future. This set I made for a friend, and I’m really pleased with the result, I want to do more in the future, hopefully one set for each of my friends.
The List is the Origin of Culture.
This newspaper publication is an exploration of our organisational techniques, the philosophy of organisation and the public responses to Today I Will and Today I Won’t lists. This project gives context into why To Do lists help motivate, and why people create them in order to feel more in control, it also explores the negative’s to To Do lists, and why they can hinder a work flow. I really enjoyed creating this newspaper, I loved learning about the reason’s behind why we create lists, and organise in such a way, and why it makes us feel in control of our lives. I would love to explore more of this topic in the future!
On of my final pieces for my Self Directed study is this poster on regrets. I’ve used a quote from James Dean, in which I hand-drew then screen printed. Through my Today I will, Today I won’t project, I realised how much in my life I don’t do. This poster is the outcome of that, highlighting what I learnt from my project, and the idea of living life to the full.
I have a new love for embossing. Yesterday was so hectic, and then I got to do this, and absolutely loved it. I hope I get to do more in the future!