Creating a book of my work

I’ve decided to make a book for the exhibition, as a way of containing and displaying my work in one place. As my work is an on going project, which is life and requires the participation of the public, I feel that a book is a perfect way to display it, as it is quite a narrative project. vistaprices

I chose to go with the VistaPrint website – as a friend of mine reccomended their service to me, and showed me a book which he had made by them, which I felt suited the style of how I wished for mine to turn out.

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I began to create the pages, taking inspiration from Mathew Sawyers displays of his documentation work:

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Within the book I will explain the aims of my project briefly, and will document the movement of the dolls. I will include little dialogue as I wish for the project to be open for interpretation and opinion of the public.

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I sketched out the layout plans for my book as I went along, in order to make sure that I included the most interesting combination of images. I also used the ‘auto adjust’ brightness/contrast setting on Photoshop for each image, to ensure that the doll stood out from the background which it was placed.

 

Editing the map and creating the pins

I planned on including a map in my exhibition display in order to pinpoint the destinations in which I had left my doll.

I bought an ordinance survey which displayed my home town (Burnley), Blackburn, and the surrounding areas.

My plan was to use colourful pins which were in correspondence to the QR codes which I had made for each doll. After practicing pin pointing the areas, I realised that due to the different colour running through the map, you were not able to see the pins clearly, unless you closely studied the map. P1020893P1020894P1020895P1020896black n white

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Above is the final edit which I wish to use in the final exhibition along side the QR codes.

I changed the image to black and white on Photoshop, and then increased the level of contrast, to make the lines of the map more vivid. I will print the map in A1/A0 and pin point the destinations on the map, using colours which correspond with the QR codes.

I painted and matched the pins up for each QR code, to make the process more easy and understandable for the viewers to match each one up to its destination.

Preparing for exhibition 19/05/2016

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After editing all of my images which I had allocated to print of as A3 images for my exhibition, I layed them our on a photoshop format, in order too print them as two A0 sheets. It was suggested that I do so, in order to make the process of mounting the images more efficient, as I could do them in two goes. I also layed the QR codes on  the sheets, as I wanted them printing for display.

After printing the sheets in size A0, I mounted them onto foam board. I chose to use the foam board to display the images, as I felt that if I was to frame them it would appear too cluttered and bulky, with there being so many images. After mounting the images onto foam board, I cropped them down to an equal size.

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I then layed the images out in the order which I had originally decided on. I asked for the opinions of others, to which many replied that it seemed too organised. This made me realise that this was not in keeping with the nature of the project. The project explores free movement and travel, where as this appeared anal and robotic.

When asking peers for advice, I was also questioned as to whether or not I was allowing for the dolls to be taken on the night of the exhibition. This idea was great. As I will be able to meet the people at the exhibition, and as due to their presence there they must also show an interest in the work, it is more likely that they will communicate more enthusiastically. If I was to suggest that the person taking the doll takes it to the furthest possible location, it could possibly become an international network of travelling dolls! If the dolls were to be organised neatly on the wall, the visitors would be less likely to feel at ease with removing and taking the dolls. If they were layed out in a more free manor, the visitors would feel more obliged to take a doll, and less guilty about ruining the order.

Therefore, I looked at other ways which I could organise the dolls:

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I chose to experiment further with the idea of placing the dolls on plinths, as I felt that this will create a space for which the viewers are forced to engage with them, by moving around them.

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Cluttered onto one large plinth, or sat back to back on two.

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By organising the dolls on two plinths, and placing them around 2 metres apart, I was creating a space which visitors would engage with and walk around, allowing them to observe different details of the dolls. A class member commented that having them sat back to back created a surreal atmosphere, as it was as though the dolls were watching you, not matter what point of the room you are at, as they stare in every direction. I felt that having the dolls sat in two clusters facing the audience also added personification and made them seem more engaging, than having them piled up in one.

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I requested that I have two wall spaces, which are parallel to one another. This way, I can use the space in between to present the plinths of dolls. This will make the display more interactive, as it will encourage the viewers to walk from one side of the room to the other, and around the dolls.

 

Exploring different ways to present images in exhibition

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I concluded that the above composition was the most effective. With this layout, on a wall, I can position the dolls to be at eye level, and to therefore be more intruding and intimate. My intention is to engage the viewer with the eye level, grasping stare of the doll.

Keeping the layout of the paper (representing what will be my photographs) in a neat even layout, keeps the display easier on the eyes, and puts more focus onto the images themselves.

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