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Finish Exhibition Piece

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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.

Time Consuming

After speaking to Marianne about my proposal for my final idea I realised that stitching a mural could prove to be too time consuming and I would not be satisfied with the results, therefor I needed to come up with an new idea and fast as time is running out with this project.

Illustrated Ideas

I found that sketching down my ideas helped me keep ontop of things and monitor where I was going with my work rather than just writing it down, so here are a few of my illustrations and experimentation.

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Brain suffering from Alzheimer’s


Practice Hand Stitch




Although I liked the outcome of using hand stitch I found that it was taking up too much of my time and to create a much larger piece of work using this technique in the time I had to make my exhibition piece, it just would not work.

Practice Machine Stitch



I really enjoyed using the machine to stitch into my illustrations, I like the messiness of the stitch. Along with the colours it documents the confusion and havoc of the disease eating away at the brain. I found that using the sewing machine it was a lot less time consuming than hand stitch therefor I could produce more work in less time and I also preferred the finished outcome.

Brain Scans

I want to create a piece of art that shows the deterioration of the brain when suffering with Alzheimer’s, how it attacks the persons cells and eats away at it.

I began looking at different brain scans of brains with and without the disease to document the difference and change once it has developed.

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Alzheimer’s Disease


I have decided to base my exhibition piece around Alzheimer’s disease and how the disease effects the victim, breaking down of brain cells and the symptoms around it. Having witnessed Alzheimer’s take someones life myself, I feel very passionate about the cause and therefor would like to do my bit to help make people more aware.
Alzheimer’s is a type of Dementia, although people associate Dementia with old people this is not always the case.  Figures show that it can develop in people under the age of 65, it can also develop silently for many years before any major symptoms appear.


Typical early symptoms of Alzheimer’s include:

  • Regularly forgetting recent events, names and faces.
  • Regularly misplacing items or putting them in odd places.
  • Confusion about the time of day.
  • Disorientation, especially away from your normal surroundings.
  • Getting lost.
  • Problems finding the right words.
  • Reduced judgement, for example, being unaware of danger.
  • Mood or behaviour problems such as apathy, irritability, or losing confidence.

Experience of Alzheimer’s disease

I have unfortunately experienced Alzheimer’s disease first hand and it is an awful disease, still incurable this disease is taking many loved ones lives and I would like to try and raise awareness even if it is only a small help.