Studio Outcome

My outcome will be a total of 15 tiles, 7 illustrated on and 8 plain white tiles as they will be placed in 3 rows of 5 tiles in the form a rectangle.

The purpose of this project is to create a story made of tiles.  The public to who this project is addressed is young professionals and students that are currently sharing a flat and people that like me have are or have faced these little issues within an household. The people in question could see themselves and their experience in London and not only in this story made of tiles.

The tiles, ironically don’t denounce the big factors of sharing a house with other strangers. As we all know what these issues are and have accepted them by deciding to keep living in the UK or other big cities – high rent compared to minimum wage, smaller and smaller rooms – but instead they denounce the untold flaws (by agencies or private landlords) that a person could find while stuck with flatmates that sometimes just don’t match. A household contract does not reveal information of this type as is not of their interest. But instead these smaller factors are present in a shared house/flat in which a person can only adapt to live with or ironically get these tiles as a form of a “gentle” reminder for a respectful living situation. There is, of course, a personal choice on the factors that have bothered me the most through the years, but the factors could be infinite, as every person has different experiences. I will also announce the fact of not liking the sharing flat situation as a 27 years old, and that this is the reality we live in, and the options are to keep doing our best and laugh about the rest.

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Studio Research ‘why this story?’

Moving away from a news story about Nando’s acquiring a grade II building, I felt the need to move forward and find a story that would represent me better. After some feedback and a small presentation, I was confident enough to bring  up this new story. The topic touches all londoners – flat sharing.

It’s a concept used mostly by students as its the only “affordable” option to live. A student is perhaps helped while going through this enormous expense and is rarely able to make  the choice to not work at the same time.

Professional workers end up having a similar if not the same struggle.

Prime Minister Theresa May said during a speech ” the young generation is right to be upset” as living in London is becoming increasingly difficult.

Let’s cut to the chase, the issue is worse than never before.

London is the same beautiful, vibrant and expensive city we all know about, so why not send a message about this issue that seems to be ignored every day? By doing that, I would like to use a positive approach, a satire or better, the bitter smile on our faces once we are realising that we are too old for this, that sharing a flat has now became an habit, we would never be able get a house of our own and this should not be considered a luxury. Sharing a house (or a room in some cases) should not happen after the earlier stages, and as one of many professional workers, I feel we should all be able to agree on this.

We are, the most of us, living a “normal” life but we lost perception of what the real life style is. I want to defend my idea, and using illustration might be the way. You can skip the article as it can be too long, but you can never skip an image.

Studio Development

When something is intriguing, I tend to think of thousand of different ideas, and eventually, I know that I will reach to a point where I will be happy and satisfied with one but I also know that I still have the 1000 ideas to go through first, so I research some more.

This is also (sadly) my last year and I wanted to focus on that specifically. How would I like to express my idea as one of the last projects in uni? I wanted to do something that I never tried before, something I would research deeply into. Uni (my tutors) have prepared me on how to create a well defined zine, how to take well directed photographs of my work, jump out of my safe zone and experiment with embroidery and others materials, laser cutting and wood work, screen and riso printing, drying point (intaglio), digital art, animation, print in big formats (such as banners), etc. Now, by looking at our facilities at Uni, only one was missing – ceramic. Ceramic tiles made the most sense to illustrate a compilation of stories about house sharing and all the (mis)adventures that come with it. I’m aware I am not as good as a product student that has a background on clay or other materials, but Google is a great friend and after researching, I booked an introduction with the ceramic workshop and the tutors were great and extremely helpful. Once in the studio, we chatted about the most important factor. Timing. Clay wasn’t a big question mark anymore, but how could I develop a quicker prototype experimentation? Plaster was the answer – as solid as clay but with a quicker preparation procedure. First, all the tiles did not have to be with the straight boring industrial edges, but as “rustic” as possible, so I did everything by hand. Starting with the edges, I went to the wood work where I was able to retrieve some 9mm chipboard, produce 4 square of 15 cm and then place them into the machine that develops PVC molds. Before that, I used some sanding paper to modify the edges the way I wanted since they were too sharp, so an imperfect/irregular look was given. Once I got the molds I went back to the ceramic workshop were I learned how to prepare the compost of plaster. I then added a plaster powder and water and a creamy mix was ready to be poured into the molds and left to dry for two days. The day after, I went to print my images, glued the surface of the dry tile and the back of the picture.

As a last touch, a glossy finishing will be added. The whole process was very interesting, and as mistakes happen while working, I will make sure to print on a similar paper colour of the tile surface to avoid the visible paper edges (it will be masked once glossed and finished, just a little piece of information that I would have loved to know before sticking my pictures on a darker white surface). The whole process will hopefully create nice rustic tiles for this project in less than 5 days.

It is also my intent to deliver a crispy visual proposal. I was recommended by the ceramic tutor to contact a ceramic company that also support students with their projects in timing logistics, and I showed them the project accurately in order to cover all the important aspects; rustic edges, white background (and the specific white), centred images and size.

Studio Workshops

We started by exploring objects and their composition with a photography workshop.

We were asked to collect objects related to our topic and by putting them together, those should be able to tell the topic, or the story behind it.

As I have changed my story over the weeks, my first attempt was related to the news article about Nando’s acquiring a second grade building as a new place, so the picture is the following.

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I needed it to shoot again as I changed the topic to “Renting/flat sharing crisis”

so the new picture follows below:

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It’s a picture that resembles the domestic aspect – the colander and the fairy detergent represent something related to a house, the little robot  represents the system that we are in, and the piggy bank symbolises the constant need to save when its definitely more difficult to when in London, more so than in any other city I have been to. The unpacked party plastic glasses resembles two things – the millions of parties postponed as circumstances (work and studies) come up to be my priority, and the flatmates that we live with that are not in the same situation and parties next door are always present for some strange reason.

The paint bottle is an item that I wanted to include to give a more personal touch, as if it wasn’t for the art aspect of my life and my studies, I wouldn’t be living in London. I wanted to take a closer picture, and the meaning would probably change, and I found it quiet interesting as most of the objects are not recognisable straight away.

Work ready 2 – visual proposals – Outcome

We looked at everyone’s ideas in detail. We then voted which one to bring forward as an outcome and discussed the materials, timing and applicability for the realization of our final piece. We voted unanimously for Alessandra’s idea, as it seemed to be a nice colourful idea of an installation that the 4 of us could easily see installed on the parapet. It’s a great component that can match the sad end of the road with the vibrant end. We have to make some changes that our tutors have pointed out, which are the size and the position of the origami pieces, so they are not reacheble by passerbys and we decided to make them bigger. Below are the 4 ideas from each one of us.

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day time – mirror –

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Development -Work ready 2

In order to move forward on our project we needed to look deeply into materials and how the recycling system works, so after basing our research on books and in particular the one I have shown before, we decided to complete our research by creating a 3D piece that could demonstrate our idea. This 3D model could show how the installation will look if realised.  We needed to create origami and Miriam volunteered to help. In the visual proposal, the origami are folded as birds, and we kept them as they were the origami most simple to create. The figurative representation will be instead an Islamic flower as it fits better the population that lives in the area.

RESEARCH – Work ready 2

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We mostly based our research on this book (Green Design)- it was a great source of information, it helped us look 360 degrees on what a green design really means and what steps to consider in order to create one.

We also made a questionnaire that would give us a better idea of what the people of the area (Brick lane) think of their this specific space and how it could been improved. They gave us some good comments and the majority have agreed that constant construction work does not help to value the look of the area.

We researched about possible companies that create similar open space project as ours – a big ornamental origami made out of plastic, (in our case recyclable). Ashley Bedford & Angela Fung link here.

http://www.fungandbedford.com/about-v2/

We think that our project could help this little part of Brick Lane to look as “cool” as the end of the road, where the market is based.

We then wanted to do a 45 minutes observations research, where we decided to stand and look at how passerbys reacted while walking on the street, and sadly, most of them headed back towards the beginning of the street, not even wanting to cross this little part of the road