final Charity Project presentation / final idea

Slide1 This was my final presentation for the charity brief, containing parts of my latest research and the development of my idea towards a finalised piece. As I was verbally explaining most of it this might not make sense but I hope the captions will be helpful enough for you (the random viewer) to understand.

a bit of insight on my idea for a final piece (an installation) and some of the questions I want to explore with it
pills in art, some of the artworks I came across during my research online (all can be found on my Pinterest page Ideas & Research)
after the last tutorial Anna wrote as a suggestion note that I should look at Damien Hirst’s work. I am very pleased to say that I actually went to his exhibition at Tate back in 2012 and even though these images look quite descriptive, being there and experiencing the installations in person was very different and quite an interesting experience.
some more work I discovered through Pinterest. I admire the simple use of colour and the juxtaposition of elements in the composition as well as the contrast between foreground and background on the cover artwork (left)
that was actually what led me to these – curtain-like bead strings. they perfectly embody the transparency and the hindrance of pharmaceuticals.
through some deeper research towards that curtain idea I discovered some artwork by Susie Freeman, one of the creators of Pharmacopoeia… it turned out that most of the ideas I was trying to engage with for this project have already been intensely worked on. I had solid ground to build upon – an idea to take further.
what I came up with was simple – a corridor installation made up of separate pill curtains. this is a rough sketch of what it looks like in my head.
“a maze of half-curtains of different-sized, differently placed pills” it’s as simple as. every pill influences the body in a specific way and is felt in a specific way by the one who consumes it. according to that each pill curtain will be different in the size and arrangement of its components.
I was considering adding some information on the side in a little pocket, where people could take leaflets if they are interested to find out more. I imagined little cards with an illustration of the pill and a little information and useful links on the back but at this stage this is an extra I could do without.
as I was stuck with the project for about a week (and that’s before the extension of our deadline so i had no time to be stuck, really) in the end I just went with my intuition and just produced the artwork that’s been adding up in a little folder inside my head that I could no longer ignore. I needed to clear up some space up there and these were the perfect product of my frustration and my confused creative flow.
in the end I constructed a little “plan of action” which is purely suggestive. by contacting tutors from both universities (Chris was pretty insistent that I speak to people in Cardiff University’s School of Pharmacology) I will gain objective and specific information that I otherwise wouldn’t have access to and I will also have the ground for future work on the project.

I was trying to be as descriptive and informative during my presentation and I was generally worried about the feedback. As everyone else on our course had already settled on either a short animation or a series of posters I felt a bit odd, trying to get my installation across.

But no matter what, I believe that this is the best way to communicate my idea, undoubtedly raise awareness and ultimately make people question their own dependencies and pharmaceutical needs. As someone who has been treated with homeopathy my entire life, I can firmly say that there is always a different way to cure ourselves from illnesses and stay healthy without the use of antibiotics (doesn’t the word worry you even a bit? anti + bio ; aren’t we “bio” as well?).

I will be building a small maquet (or making a series of illustrations/sketches), depicting my idea in a more realistic way, easier to pitch to potential supporters.

I was very pleased with the feedback from the presentation (by tutors and peers) especially with the comment that in a way this is “more of an MA project than a BA one”. That really lifted my spirits and inspired me to work on this project even harder, especially since it could potentially really go live. How exciting is that?



Charity Project Research Presentation

This is the presentation about my research and ideas for the project. It includes the probelm I’m focusing on (the abuse and dependence of general/prescription medication),  charities and organizations that could possibly get involved (at a later stage), different interesting illustration campaigns that I’ve found, as well as images (campaigns) related to my focus of choice. At the end I have inserted some slides with my own artwork/visual ideas development.

(different ways to convey a message)
(different ways to convey a message)
(pills have been embedded in our minds)
(pills have been embedded in our minds)
possible supporters to the project/campaign
possible supporters to the project/campaign
campaign ideas - festivals
campaign ideas – festivals
creative campaigns -better by bike
creative campaigns -better by bike
illustrative campaigns - aides
illustrative campaigns – aides
smart campaigns
smart campaigns
strange campaigns
strange campaigns
ideas with narrative
ideas with narrative
inspirational images all over the internet
inspirational images all over the internet
sweet sweet replacements
sweet sweet replacements
even with illustration, text seems to be vital for the conveyance of the campaign message
even with illustration, text seems to be vital for the conveyance of the campaign message
art in itself can be a therapeutical and informative practice, not only for the person in question but for everyone who sees the artwork
art in itself can be a therapeutical and informative practice, not only for the person in question but for everyone who sees the artwork
~ music ~
~ music ~
initial artwork - juxtaposition of elements, showing a solution that doesnt involve the consumption of pills/medication
initial artwork – juxtaposition of elements, showing a solution that doesnt involve the consumption of pills/medication
change in direction - exploration of a different idea
change in direction – exploration of a different idea
possible scenes and colour schemes
possible scenes and colour schemes


As this presentation was put together for a group tutorial, I did get to waste time explaining my thoughts in detail. I got some really helpful feedback helping me put things into a more realistic perspective (like the suggestion to try the campaign out in uni, see how it works on a small scale – although it really doesn’t feel like that small a scale to me) as well as suggesting possible further research and suggested people and organizations that I could get in contact with. My peers were positive as well which was very much appreciated; in the end it’s their opinion that matters – it is who the campaign will ideally be targeted at.

I’ve got a lot to crack on with, I will try to keep this blog in the loop. :))

GorillasInTheRoses: A Zine of Zine Covers


At our last collaging session with James, we set ourselves a collaging brief – to create a cover for the Gorillas In The Roses zine of covers, which James suggested earlier this term, and to which we excitedly agreed. After giving it about two hours of intense work, we all came up with our different versions of what Gorillas In The Roses is, how we see it, what it means to us as a module or mmaybe literally, etc.

On the left: my GITR cover

We were, for the first time, working under a set brief. I’m not going to lie, I found it a bit stressful, but then again, there’s no inspiration like the deadline. Haha! We had to consider the size – the print was going to be size A5, so be careful about details too small. The other thing we had to be wary of was the fact it was going to be printed in black and white and any bright colour would be lost. Having all that in mind we all ended up handing in with very interesting outcomes. Everyone signed their names on a page that James made himself and then we were ready to go.


This week after the end of our assessment session, we each got a copu of the finished zine. I love how it turned out, as simple and strange as it is, it perfectly reflected Gorillas In The Roses and it was a zine, a little publication, that I contributed my collage artwork to, along with all my friends – you can see why I was so happy to have a copy  :)


Above: GITR Zine Cover | Credit Page by J Green
Below: Inside Cover | Page 1 Cover


I think it is fairly easy to notice, eve just from the first two images (and the cover), that the zine is filled with various aproaches to collaging. From minimalistic to elaborately detailed, from hand drawn to photographic, literal to abstract… all bearing our personal artistic touch and views and ideas.

This zine was a success, there should definitely be more of those, on all sorts of subjects, that’d be quite interesting…

Biographies Brief / Mikhail Bulgakov


‘This twenty-year-old boy was distinguished from childhood by strange qualities, a dreamer and an eccentric.’
‘If you care about your digestion, my advice is: don’t talk about bolshevism or medicine at the table. And, God forbid – never read Soviet newspapers before dinner. ‘
‘The tongue can conceal the truth, but the eyes – never!’
‘Manuscripts don’t burn!’
‘Yes, man is mortal, but that would be only half the trouble. The worst of it is that he is sometimes unexpectedly mortal – there’s the trick!’
‘Once more, and for the last time, the moon flashed above and broke into pieces, and then everything went to black.’


Visual Languages: Storytelling

The first time Amelia mentioned the brief she read out two stories by Katherine Mansfield out loud and while she was reading all of us had time to sketch and draw and make marks and do art. She wanted to bring out our most intuitive side and expose our individual approaches to our art.

A Dull Picker, pen sketch + added colourIMG_5564.JPG

A Cup Of Tea, pen sketch + added colourIMG_5565.JPG

Project “City” Week 1

On the first day of the new term we got a new brief straight after the whole welcome-back-how-was-your-holiday thing. The project is called “City” as you already might have realized and it’encompasses all of terms 2 and 3 with the deadline of May 6th. (First thoughts: What the hell are we going to do for so long?)

Part 1 consisted of research. Literally go out for two weeks and do whatever you want as long as you come back with ideas and imagery. At the end (Monday the 27th) everyone has to make a presentation, a pecha kucha (20 slides x 20 seconds each), about their ideas and research regarding one of the three themes: Migration, Power/Technology and The Hidden City.

What I did for the first week was setting up my sketchbook for the project. I had the idea that in this sketchbook I would put down all of my ideas and research and in the end I will give it a good look and choose the best option for a final piece. (Even though we won’t have to focus on that.)

Whilst going through my favourite art-promoting sites I stumbled upon many artists that have already done works similar to the ones I initially thought of. For example Eric Fischer whose idea to represent the grid of the streets as veins and arteries is a very captivating yet simple one.




His work inspires me to connect this idea of a Hidden City with human anatomy and what’s hidden inside the body. We all know the human organs, but do we know what the organs of the city are? Where they are? How they function? How they work together?



I also looked into the art of Ed Fairburn, a Cardiff-based artist and former CSAD student, has the interesting ability to insert human features in ordinary maps. Seeing as I am really excited about working with maps i found his work completely breathtaking and astonishing.




My research continues… Will upload more images soon :)

Meanwhile enjoy Maps by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, because this is the one song I constantly think about when I hear or see Maps…

I Predict… A Brief

New week, new brief, new project. Here comes the last project for the term, the last project before Christmas, the last one before we get assessed. So, Prophecy. We are focusing on the future, obviously. We have to focus on the future of one the following: Childhood, The Book/Libraries, Work and Play, Political Activism, Memory, Human Movement and The Human Voice/Conversation. Then we have to produce either a short movie, or an animation, or a prophetic magazine/book, or a series of 3 posters, or a series of playing cards.

Doesn’t sound easy, and here comes the tough part – we have to choose to work with either Puppets, in order to make a puppet show, stopmotion animation, or prints (not digital printing). As much as I love puppets and photography, I just can’t see myself doing either of the two. So I chose the lesser evil and decided to do printing… and I’ve never done printing before.

Who knew that coming out of your comfort zone could be so interesting. Chris Lloyd is the nicest person ever, mark my words. If it weren’t for him I doubt I would’ve been able to do what I wanted to do within these two weeks. And even though I can’t work on Thursdays because of Constellation and I can’t print on weekend days, I still managed somehow to do what I wanted…

TAROT cards.

So here’s a bit of an Illustrator’s sketchbook for you…



(As you can see the Magician was first written as the Mageman. This was entirely unintentional, I just started writing and I got distracted by my own thoughts and instead of THE i wrote THA… Seriously… why would anyone? So I fix it and I go on. And then I look down and it says MAGEMAN instead of Magician. I am absolutely certain that there were some mystical forces at work that night.)