Alison Lucy's Blog

Format Research
February 20, 2011, 19:58
Filed under: Research/Inspiration, Sequential Abstraction

After Matilda’s workshop I realised how much I enjoyed playing around with structure and format, but particularly so without content. This lack of content (so that you are solely dealing with abstract space) was a very interesting one and seems more fitting for my general theme of the ‘Experience of Space’. How can the reading experience be controlled with simply a series of panels for example? By looking at examples from my own collection of Graphic Novels I began to appreciate the beauty and simplicity of the underlying structure. Below are sketches of different formats in which I became quite drawn towards the use of colour and how that might effect the reading experience.


Matilda Saxow
February 18, 2011, 20:02
Filed under: Research/Inspiration, Sequential Abstraction

I was lucky enough to meet graphic designer/art director Matilda Saxow and talk to her about my ideas for my next project. I have always thought that I would like to create a ‘Book of Ideas’ experimenting with what I have been researching into within my dissertation and applying it to the structure of a book. The thought of re-approaching type and layout however was a somewhat daunting one. I don’t feel as confident in this area as I perhaps should but I am also aware that in playing around more with content/layouts and putting pen to paper I can start experimenting in hopefully quite a natural manner.

Talking to Matilda was most helpful as it made me think about what I wanted to ‘say’ with my book and also what it is I actually find interesting. In doing this it allowed me to think about how I wanted to explore the structure of the book as an object and how to approach it in a more interesting way e.g. involving projections/layering etc.

After our conversation I was lucky enough to be invited along to one of her second year workshops entitled ‘1-day Limited Edition’. The objectives of this workshop were to understand and explore the physical nature of a printed publication whilst handling content in terms of sequence and variation, pace and scale. I really enjoyed working to a tight deadline as it freed up creativity as you had to make fast decisions. The brief had a brilliant balance of restrictions and freedom and I most enjoyed thinking of the overall ‘feel’ of the publication as an overall piece. Here is my final outcome:

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February 17, 2011, 15:02
Filed under: Research/Inspiration

Toby Cornish’s experimental film ‘Sarajevo Vertical’ caught the attention of myself and fellow student Fleur Isbell due to it’s experimental abstract feel which focused on structure, systems and space. Cornish is a graduate from Camberwell College of Art and the Royal College of Art in London

What appealed to me about this work was the repetition, fast editing and synchronicity with the music which seemed such an important aspect of the piece. As you continue to watch more is revealed to you, teasing you further along with glimpses of the same shot slowly progressing. All along the divide through the middle of the video is continuous, staying central to the frame but constantly expanding and contracting.

Anish Kapoor
February 2, 2011, 13:21
Filed under: Mirrored, Research/Inspiration

During the early research stages of my Mirror project, I was thrilled to come across the work of Anish Kapoor, in particular a book focused on his four monumental works in Kensington Gardens ‘Turning the World Upside Down’.

‘Sky Mirror’ I found especially inspiring due to the scale of these installation pieces, they have a grand scale and weight about them as well as simplicity that strikes a chord even in the photographs. I can only imagine how immense they were to observe in reality.

‘Kapoor’s sculptures invite wonder, and thrill with simplicity that is akin to nature itself. On their polished surfaces, art and nature becomes fused as they are ‘coloured-in’ by the dramatic seasonal changes that will transform Kensington Gardens.’ – Mark Camley, Anish Kapoor, 2011.