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Month: December, 2013


My initial idea to use photoshop to combine my two mediums did not turn out how I expected therefor I needed to come up with another way to combine the two. With not having a lot of time left to finish my piece, I need to come up with something fast and a way that was not going to take up a lot of my time doing it.
After going through idea after idea I found that the best way for me to combine them is to simple stitch the acetate to the illustration using a frame like stitch.


Photoshop gone wrong

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I am really disappointed with the outcome of using photoshop, I think the images look unprofessional and too animated. Scanning the images into photoshop and producing the final piece on a computer completely took away to mixed media feel I wanted for my images.
Therefor I was not happy with this and needed to find another way to combine the illustrations and the stitch, this has really set me back with the amount of time I have left to finish this project.

Idea for final piece

I started to gather up ideas and ways I could combine both illustration and acetate, I thought the most effective and quickest way to do this would be to use photoshop.

I started to illustrate some images of brain scans I found, I wanted to keep them simple and colourless then create the effect of the disease only through the machine stitch. Using different coloured cottons to build up the confusion on the brain.

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After finding how easy it was to machine stitch into different materials to fabric I started to experiment with what I could find, I was interested in how the cotton would appear on the acetate with it being transparent and wanted to practice different stitches to see what outcome I could get.

I found that it worked really well and I quite like the idea of combining the stitch with my illustrations using acetate rather than stitching straight onto the image, this way I could layer up the acetate and create different effects to document the disease.

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Group Crit

Tuesday 26th November 2013

I really enjoyed the group crit today and found the feedback from both  Marianne and my peers extremely helpful with improving my exhibition piece. I was slightly lost with how I was going to finalise my piece, I did not know what I could produce to good quality with the time left that I had. 

Feedback Notes; 

  • Alzheimer’s – illustration of brain scans – degeneration.
  • Raising awareness of disease.
  • Disease can be caught at a younger age – specific age.
  • Work on paper with combination of machine and hand stitch.
  • Series of 12 images – brain sized images – collection.
  • Creative with display – doesn’t have to be on wall.
  • Series – could be more chaotic/confusion – colours show this.