Core workshop – Screen Printing!

Our screen printing workshop was so interesting, I had so much curiosity about that kind of technic, but never had the chance to actually do it.
In this post, I think images can portrait more effectively the process than a lot of text about details:

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Visit to the V&A

Last Tuesday, 12/10 we went on a visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum. As you can see, this post is very delayed…the reason is, the galeries we went to see were indeed overwhelming ( The British Galleries ). They consisted in several dark rooms, throughout five different floors. We specifically focused at the 1800-1900 section.
At the entrance, the enormous doors gave the impression of greatness and the impression we were about to see something really special!…
Going in, there was room after room of furniture, tapestry, stained glasses, clothing, dining sets, wall papers, chairs, sofas, chandeliers….
There was no clear separation about different themes or focus on an specific piece. The quantity of displayed items and the lack of organisation didn’t allow me to really pay attention to any object, period, influences…

But not all was lost, gratefully, I arrived quite early and had time to visit the fashion exhibition in the ground floor. There, in that semi-circular section, vitrines very well organised, and with much useful information to me, was the history of fashion in modern times, in words and the clothing itself.
I discovered incredible litle paintings that guided the comom population about the court fashion style, followed by rudimentary flyers and then the fashion magazines as we know it. It was so interesting observing the graphic design aligned to fashion so soon in history.
Well, I took some pictures about the most interesting items, and they are next:

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Core workshop – Perfect binding


We had an awesome workshop about book binding…  Which is a project I have to try soon…So here it is an example of a perfect bounded book: 

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1.Cut a pile of paper of choice, fold in half and align them. Put some sheets in the book binder, a couple on each side…BB22. Put the remaining sheets, with the folding part between the sheets that where in the bbe, and tight it.bb3bb43. Add the first layer of PVA glue or binding past. The glue must thinly spread with a spatula. Let the glue dry and repeat this step 6 more times. A scrim and paper can be added for further strength.bb5Ow, huge post.

Core workshops – Zines

In Professor Kieron workshop, the class was shown a glimpse into the world of Zines. We looked at the relevance of them in both the illustration and the graphical design industry, and were also shown exactly how create one. We went on to discuss the various medias artists use within them, and how a pc can create or enhance a zine. Zines are a quick and cheap way of lone producing a piece of work dedicated to a certain subject. They are usually small booklets or leaflets. Different artists create zines in different ways, some stapling them, others folding, some physically sticking images in, others using print. … Then went onto show us how to fold and create a zine. The items needed are a cutting mat and scalpel, a ruler and A3 paper. Laying it down landscape, you carefully fold the paper in half. Then use the ruler to flatten the edges from the middle outwards. Repeat this until there is four long folds. Then fold it once through the middle, so there is 8 small sections. Proceed turn it over and slice through the long fold, but only between the two middle sections. Finally, you simply pull out these sections and fold down the paper so it’s in an X shape. Then bring it all together and flatten the final edge with the ruler. To conclude, the class were shown a simple step by step guide to essentially create our own small magazines.