Experimenting with Working Styles

This week has been a mixture of many experiments to try and find a breakthrough in processes. The visual journey began with visualising descriptive language seen within the text, How Not to Die by Gene Stone and Michael Greger. The text explains the different processes in the body which will lead to disease or how the body can be helped through diet changes. The style of writing is thorough and I began to interpret the knowledge through Indian ink drawings as a way of taking note of the relevant sections. These drawings portray explanations of fat spilling into the blood stream, insulin signals becoming lost, nerve cells being fatally damaged etc.

After these studies, I photographed my work in the flat copy facility so as I have digital copies of all my sketch work. To help me bring colour back into my visuals I took the colour palettes which were originally present and changed the hues and inverted through Photoshop. This is always a useful experiment so as I can explore colour ways which may be more suitable to the concept whilst keeping the relationship between individuals constant. The most interesting experiment was changing the hues on the felt cushions as the tone changed into colours which were curious and not necessarily attractive. This compliments the idea of enlightening others into the dangers of bad lifestyle and nutrition.


Eventually I was beginning to become frustrated with the restricting scale of A3 paper and moved onto long pieces of calico. Previously I found that I was drawing scenarios individually, which all had a potential to be joined as one narrative. The long off cuts of calico allowed me to still work in Indian ink, whilst visualising the processes in a storyboard format. The first experiment started with an image of bad health and then progressed to fat spilling and disruptive insulin signalling to produce insulin resistance. The second experiment was a more in depth explanation of the key and lock scenario described in How Not to Die. “Think of insulin as the key that unlocks the doors to your cells to allow glucose to enter. Every time you eat a meal insulin is released by your pancreas to help shuttle the glucose into your cells” The text then explains that the extra fat that you consume gums up the key holes so glucose can no longer enter. The shuttling process has also been visualised at the end of the narrative. This is a successful experiment as each section appears to have a personality which an audience can relate to. This endearing quality Is something which is necessary in order to change attitudes. The next step in my visual practice is to advance the textile work by adding colour to the drawn sections.

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