Image project

For the image project I was given the word ‘lost’ to concentrate my theme on.
For begin this project I started off by thinking of what lost means. I came up with the idea of being physically lost for example in a location, or being emotionally lost in the sense that you are sure what to do or where to go next with something. For this project I decided to center in around both of these two main themes.

I firstly went out into the local area to take photos of varying different sign posts, one problem I occurred here was that because all road directions etc have an English translation as well as a welsh translation, a lot of the sign posts where very big and quite unattractive. However I managed to find a few that I liked.
I then took these photos onto Photoshop and edited them all onto an individual sign post, so the overall effect was a sign post with lost of different directions on it. I feel like this signifies the not knowing of what direction to go in next. I then put the signpost into illustrator to create the border around the edge, this was to create a crisp line.
Finally I created the background, this was made up of another piece of imagery from the signposts of a tree/foliage environment. I feel like this represented the theme well because forests and areas of dense woodland are particularly easy to get lost in. I chose quite a muted colour scheme because I felt as if the topic I was aiming for isn’t a particularly positive topic and there for muted colours could represent this feeling of being down about being lost.

Final piece

Letterpress workshop

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This week I had the chance to take part in a letterpress workshop with Kim.

The workshop started with Kim demonstrating how to use the letterpress room and where to find each different letter and font style and size, then how to set up a galley, and finally onto the process of actually printing the text.

We then had the opportunity to try it out for ourselves. The first obstacle we faced was actually trying to decide on what to write, in the end I went for my name and the course title, we then proceeded to choosing our text size and style, I decided to go for 2 different sizes of text for each line. We positioned each individual letter onto a composition stick, and then transferred the text to a larger galley. We then used furniture to keep the text positioned in place so it wouldn’t move when we got round to actually printing.

When printing the text, I realised that the pressure of the press was wrong, so my prints came out slightly faded on the bottom line of text. Kim then taught us how to adjust the pressure of the press and we played around with different pressures until we got a crisp print.

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After printing with ink, i went on to have a go at embossing the paper rather than printing on it with ink. The process of this is similar to printing with ink except you instead have a printing plate with no ink on it and you also have to dampen the paper before hand. This step isn’t a necessity however dampening the paper breaks up the fibers in the paper so it creates a crisper emboss.
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