Future past Kids Book researches

After having some positive feedback from my tutor, I was happy that the path I was taking for my project was considered positively. As I wrote previously in another post, I strongly believe in the education coming and starting from schools. Schools should enforce the understanding of equality between men and women, boy and girl. I believe that as our education comes also from our parents ideology, that could sometimes be incorrect or totally wrong, schools should prevent that and give a full education on why girls and boys need to be equal in today’s world. With this idea, I was happy to create a non violent or invasive visual language, proper for kids that could be supported by schools and their institutions. A plaque, a pamphlet and a banner that would encourage today’ kids having an open mind and hopefully getting intrigued by the visual language I used.

“children’s books also have a serious cultural responsibility — they capture young minds and plant in them the seeds that blossom into beliefs about what is socially acceptable, what is right and wrong, and what is possible. This weight of possibility is both a blessing and a burden, given the terrible track record children’s books have of celebrating diversity — both ethnically and in terms of gender norms. Only 31 percent of children’s books feature female heroines, and even those consistently purvey limiting gender expectations; of the 3,200 children’s books published in 2013, a mere 93 were about black people. The ones that fully embrace cultural diversity or empower girls are few and far between, to say nothing of those rare specimens that get girls excited about science”…

…”Four years after the historic moon landing, as the world was falling in love with space exploration, the education arm of the Xerox Corporation published Blast Off(public library) — an extraordinarily imaginative little book by two women writers, Linda C. Cain and Susan Rosenbaum, illustrated by the legendary duo Leo and Diane Dillon, best-known for illustrating the most popular edition of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time.

and also,

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark

Written by Debbie Levy | Illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley

…”Ruth Bader grew up during the 1940s in Brooklyn, New York’s multicultural neighborhood. It was a time when boys were educated for jobs and bright futures while girls were expected to marry and raise children. Ruth’s mother, Celia Amster Bader, however, “thought girls should also have the chance to make their mark on the world.” She introduced Ruth to books in which she discovered women who used their strength, courage, and intelligence to do big things”…

And the last example of many would be of course the extraordinary book” Good Night stories for rebels girls” which of course I have bought 🙂 https://youtu.be/b2BhCPTp7Oo

 

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Gender Equality Research

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 Digital Women’s Archive North C.I.C. is an arts and heritage organisation, delivering a programme of community-based projects and research relating to gender (culture, heritage, spaces, equality, social participation, wellbeing). [DWAN] supports women and girls to identify, collect, disseminate and celebrate their cultural heritage through Feminist creative and digital interventions. Women and girls are empowered and skilled to be active citizens participating in culture and heritage, and wider educational opportunities.

 

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The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) is an autonomous body of the European Union, established to contribute to and strengthen the promotion of gender equality, including gender mainstreaming in all EU policies and the resulting national policies, and the fight against discrimination based on sex, as well as to raise EU citizens’ awareness of gender equality.

 

This video Link.  —–   http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b082vz61 ——

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Funke Abimbola, senior lawyer and diversity leader in the UK, will be talking about women owning their ambition and being up front about what they want in the workplace.
A look at the life and work of Helena Markson, a pioneering printmaker in post-war Britain whose work – like many female artists across history – has been largely overlooked Ahead of the first ever Women’s Equality Party Conference in Manchester this weekend Jenni talks to its Party Leader Sophie Walker about the progress the Party’s made since it was formed less than two years ago. Plus, as part of our anniversary celebrations Lauren Laverne has done us a playlist – 70 tracks for our 70 years – today it’s Girl Groups. A look ahead to tonight’s Late Night Woman’s Hour which this month is about friendship. And what does the book: From Frazzled to Fabulous: The Man Who Has It All have to tell us about everyday sexist language and attitudes.

Market Ready IP 4

We were welcomed with an important announcement about our final pitch presentations to Accelerator, that will take place next week at Entrepreneurial Spark. After a lot of excitement, myself, Rose and Noah went to one of the biggest art material shops in London for us to buy and finally build the ring binding part of our product. As said before, it was not easy to keep going with this project, but with perseverance we were able to go back to uni with ALL the materials bought and some extra experimental materials in order to go back to the studio where Chris, the tutor was kindly going to help us assembling the prototype.

Market ready Final prototype

It is true when people say that “you learn by experimenting”.

With this first project I realised that we would not be in the spot that we proudly are if it wasn’t for the myself, Rose, Damahn and Noah that have worked hard and showed interest in every single step we have taken.

Creating a prototype was the most intense and mind blowing task I have done in the last few months. It is by getting practical that we realised how difficult it was for us to build a proper mechanism.

Research, experimentation and tutor advice was essential for us. We are ready for our presentation that would be done at the accelerator building in East London since we have our newly built prototype with a new material, new mechanism and it does do holes – we are very proud of that!

We had to think quickly at a quick solution in order for us to bring a complete prototype rather than a unbuilt and fragile one for the accelerator day, so we chose a new laser cutting room, a new material (acrylic and thick perspex),  a new mechanism and here are some picture of how we have, step by step, built the hole puncher.

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Future Past Pamphlet workshop

We had quite an interesting session today. We opened with some tutorials and we all showed our tutor and colleagues the work we have done so far. I was happy to see some of my friends projects. Today we were going to work on a pamphlet and how to create it by looking at “the cass” example and at Lisa’s (from the 3rd year) work that she developed last year. I was very excited to experiment on this project and have created a great pamphlet that could be used by my audience, which I decided it would be schools and charity shops/communities.

After my feedback, I was told to go and do some research on Newsright, BBC radio 4 Women hour and have a look at the digital women archives north. Quite happy about today’s workshop, and below are a few experiments and some of my peers work.

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Here some devolpment from some of my colleagues.

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Alessandra’s project

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Emma’s Project

Market Ready IP 3

After having some critical feedback on our product, it was time for us to sit down and talk about good alternatives. We put the idea of creating a full hole punch spine aside (since that would have been too difficult and would require a huge amount of time and money) and started considering the filofax branded portable hole punch and maybe manufacturing our own. Today, myself and Rose went to check out the metal work and one of the tutors kindly gave us some advice and info to research in order to have any sort of idea. He also gave us free access (at the only condition of having an induction first) to use the machine under his help, which of course was great to hear.

On the ground floor I also noticed these metal piano hinge that could be taken as reference for our hole punch.

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Future Past Laser cutting/etching

 

Here you will find the process that brought me to my final idea for the plaque project.

I chose the equal sign to resemble the idea of equality. The characters are a man and a woman sleeping and I wanted to also do two versions of the same work. One with just a picture because I think the picture speaks for itself and the other with a sentence that I thought it’s appropriate – “Equality shouldn’t be just a dream”.

 

Laser cutting: To get to this stage, it was first explained how to assign exact colours to lines in order to be seen and worked from the laser machine. So the process started on Adobe Illustrator and the colours to assign are 4. You can chose the colours in order to give different effects to your piece of work. Red-engrave/Blue -first cut/Cyan-second internal cut/Green-external cut. The document would need to be in RGB colours and of course the material would need to be suitable for laser cutting.

I had my idea ready and I wanted to use different materials since the image invokes sleep so I thought about using some extra material like different types of cotton fabric and canvas. First I tried on a small piece of soft cotton and then on a canvas – the image that was ready to go for the machine to read looked like this:

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The result was a bit disappointing since the material was probably not so suitable and as you can see in the first picture, on the piece of cotton fabric the image is barely visible, so then I moved to canvas, in which the lines were popping out a bit more but still it was not the effect I was hoping to get.

So then I wanted to change completely since the lines were a bit too thin for me to use in this printing process. I inverted the colours (negatives of my original image that you see on top of the blog) and this time I used a piece of wood.Final 3 colours Sleep-greyscale

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I was very happy to get that result, I really liked the small details of the two characters!