The ideas factory project helped us to think of multiple ideas in a short space of time and then how to work with the unexpected by making us combine our final idea with the person next to us. I’ve taken away a lot from this project and have learnt more about time management, working under pressure and how to combine your ideas with another that might be totally different.

We were told to generate thirty ideas based on the research we had gathered from the previous week and then narrow it down to eight, then three, then one. We were then told that we had to combine our idea with the person next to us. Her idea is shown below.

Above is the outcome of combining our ideas together. My idea was to have a series of collages made from my own family photographs, making unknown faces from known faces, scratching out aspects and combining techniques, of cut, scrunching, distortion and layering. This idea was inspired by Liz Nilsson and her use of memory. 

My partner’s ideas was of a clock that had family messages embroidered onto it focusing on the usage of memory in Nilsson’s work also. So when we were told that we were to combine our ideas and make a model of our final outcome the two ideas meshed quite nicely. Our final outcome was a series of cloaks that went from short to long creating a layered effect, the cloaks would all be printed with family photos with family messages written over them and all the faces scratched out. The idea was for the clock to be slowly removed and layer by layer the images would start to fade and the fabric would become lighter, more sheer and ripped. The last layer would be completely see though as you have been stripped of all family ties and everything that makes you who you are. We made a model as can be shown below to explain our idea in a 3D form.

Here is some of the work that i have done in my sketchbook showing the development process of our idea.



I was particularly interested in the work of Chuck Close who painted portraits of his friends and family, making monumental and classical works that are both bold in their simplicity as well as intangible since the images always appear as if they have been viewed through thick glass or are rippling on the surface of water.

In this way his subjects can seem like apparitions, dissolving and resolving when viewed from different distances.


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