At first, I really struggled to narrow down and specify an area I wished to study over the next term at uni. My theme is still pretty broad, but I know through experimentation and research I will begin to narrow it down. Having a focus is vital, especially being an illustrator, as it helps to not only navigate your thinking and visuals, but also stops you from straying too far from the brief and creating rubbish.
I really enjoy working to a brief; I feel I need enough direction that I'm focused and not wasting time, but still with room for manoeuvre and to make my mark. Being able to create our own briefs ("Learning Agreements") for our final year is so exciting, as I can channel my efforts into exactly what I want to do and propose for the near future. However, it is also pretty intimidating, for fear of a vast research area, and also going to crazy. All that being said, I'm very excited for what work this year brings, as I begin to really make myself into an illustrator.
For the next few months at uni (during my Pre-Major Project), I am going to explore the themes surrounding Mediterranean culture and its physical environment. Since travelling to some of its countries, I have experienced the tourist aspects, as well as the daily lives of local families. I wish to look into the contrasting physical elements of their culture with ours; I see their culture as a celebration of their surroundings and history, and wish to reflect this in my illustrations and outcomes. Taking from my own experiences of these places and contemporary stereotypes of the area/s, I will begin to form visuals.
I am drawn to the bold colours, and typical characteristics of the native environment. I wish to experiment with traditional hand drawn methods (such as collage, painting, and line work), combined with digital drawing and editing, in order to establish a style of my experience of the Mediterranean, to further develop in future projects.
I am interested in surface design and homeware products, and will primarily direct my working towards these areas. I look towards interior and furniture design for influence, particularly from the 1950s/60s era where I feel design became increasingly minimalist. I am inspired by their use of simplistic colour and shape, and will look to similar contemporary designers, such as the Marimekko Design House, for directional influence.
Influenced by my interest in surface pattern design, I aim to research into the dynamics of pattern design and theory behind the process, to apply to my own works. As environment and travel is a large inspiration into my work, I wish to look into the relationship between nature’s influences on our design thinking. My Investigative Study will focus on surface design, relating to my practice and possible outcomes - something I wish to push further into my Final Major Project, at the start of next year.