11.1.16 Introduction to 'Hear Make Heard' project.
After lunch GCD, FCP and Illustration were told to meet at the British Library as a entire group for a talk by Stephen Cleary and Eva Del Rey, they both gave us an introduction to sound collections found within the British Library and thousands of others we could access on their website. We were mainly informed about oral history and a small example of some techno-like music. All sound samples were very interesting, I really loved hearing the voices of iconic people such as Florence Nightingale. One thing i found the most fascinating was that the audios sounded very muffled and crinkly, which is a very exciting sound which we do not hear much of nowadays.
However, the main spokesman didn't seem to engage with the audience much, making the actual talk rather dull, which personally made it very hard for me to stay focussed. I believe i learnt more from the video they showed and the audio samples rather than the actual talk itself.
12.1.16 Progress tutorial
Today we annotated our chosen audios from the british library website - this allowed us to realise properly what was actually going on in the track, essentially, just jotting down whatever comes to mind. We then got into smaller groups for a progress tutorial, in which we discussed our thoughts and ideas for our new project ‘Hear make Heard’, where we have to create a publication on anything we like, working from the audio’s from the British Library as our starting point. My chosen audios mainly reminded me of English and German wartime.
15.1.16 Planning and organising my book
Trying to organise everything for this project - i created a thumbnail plan for my book, which i have decided will be called ‘My England’, a documentary photography book on how i myself view England. In the morning i went to Archway to visit the technician there, he was very helpful as i had issues with the orientation of my pages and was a little confused.. he made sure i understood what i was doing. After this, I started to draw final plan for my booklet and plan out when to take my images and where. Although, when printing my 'mock up' on InDesign, the pagination of my book wasn't correct a number of times which stressed me out, so in order to figure this problem out, i decided i would visit a print studio to print my pages to make sure everything was correct.
18.1.16 & 19.1.16 Binding my books
On the 18th i visited a bookbinders studio. First of all, i had to be taught all the health and safety rules and be shown how to properly and safely use each equipment - then each and every process to making my book was a new skill to be learnt every time, so therefore it took some time getting used to which was quite time consuming.
However, i really enjoyed learning a new skill and perfecting it. My skills drastically changed for the better the more i got used to it. I also learnt new things such as certain bookbinding tools and their uses, the history behind bookbinding and how LONG the process of making a single book is! a lot of time, care and effort goes into making a traditional book.
Unfortunately, I was unable to complete every book on the first day as there wasn't enough time. On the second studio visit, i was able to make all books, but was unable to finish the front cover and do the embossing. An issue i have here is that my bookbinder isn't able to do my embossing until after the deadline, this is quite stressful but in the meantime i will think about and develop front page ideas.
I am really pleased with the outcome of my first ever book. I love that i was able to use old traditional English material to use as my front cover fabric. This material is actually not made nowadays so i feel privileged to use the last pieces of this beautiful, antique English fabric for my England based book.
14.1.16 Pitching our final ideas
Again, GCD2 were split up into two groups in order to pitch our ideas with Tim, our tutor. I really like it when our class is cut into two parts as it means you get to spend more time in your 1:1s expressing your ideas - as well as gaining very helpful insights and ideas. I was informed that the concept of my book was too 'busy' for such a short project and that I was essentially making more work for myself for no reason - although I didn't notice this myself beforehand, I definitely agree with my tutor and have decided to stick with only MY view of England, rather than Martin Parrs and the publics too.
Afterwards, we were allowed to leave when we wanted, this was helpful as it meant if your project requires a different working area then this was ideal for you. I am currently finding it hard to get to grips with InDesign which stresses me out. However, luckily my tutors signed up students who felt they were uncomfortable using the software to an InDesign session/tutorial for tomorrow, which will definitely benefit me and make me feel much less stressed.
16.1.15 Shooting my images and visiting the print studio
Today, me and a friend travelled my daily commute to and from uni and photographed things that i see every day that make England, England (to me). From Morden to Kings Cross, i was able to photograph many English things. I also visited Camden Town as i frequently visit the street as it is very close to uni and also has an immensely strong, London / English vibe to it.
Issues I faced were getting hands into the camera view and shooting it - to resolve this issue i asked my friend to be the 'hands' to my photography in order to make it more accomplishable. Another issue was the cold... i find that photography isn't its best when you're uncomfortably cold, so i bought some gloves to refrain from this.
Afterwards, i uploaded my images onto my laptop and started to create my InDesign file. I didn't like how time consuming this was. I then visited the print studio and finally got my pages printed with the correct pagination, ready to be bound into a book.