Final Piece Reflective

25/05/2017

Feelings and analysis:

  • My final piece has gone through many changes the designing stage and the making stage.

What went well/badly:

  • I believe these changes were essential to push myself forward and continue developing.
  • I was able to note what was and wasn’t working with some help from my peers and tutors. This enabled me to see how the piece appeared to the audience.
  • At one point, when I was deciding about the felt, I was really torn between keeping it in to make the piece look aesthetically pleasing, or removing it and have the piece reflect my concept more. I decided to remove the felt and have my piece display my concept more successful, as ultimately this is more important and this is how I want to audience to see it.
  • Having to let go of something practical that I had spent time creating was hard, and it left my final piece not looking how I had imagined. But, I know this will be more effective for the audience and I think it extend my journey through FMP.

What I have learned and how it will help me in the future:

  • I have learned that sometimes, a piece won’t look the same as it does in my head, and this is okay.
  • I have also learned the importance of letting go of something I have spent time making, and accepting that sometimes it simply doesn’t work.
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Felt Reflective

25/05/2017

Feelings and analysis:

  • I feel really torn about the felt piece in the centre of my piece.

What went well/badly:

  • When I look at it, I feel it is more aesthetically pleasing, particularly to the audience. In addition to this, I feel attached to the felt piece as it contrasts to the stop motions as it is something I have done practically, which is the type of art I prefer to create.
  • On the other hand, I understand that the felt draws attention away from the stop motions and distracts the audiences’ eye. I note that the felt could potentially work in favour of this, and in fact help draw the eye around the piece.
  • I also think that without the felt in the piece, the space looks clinical and institutional, perhaps plain and too simplified. In reverse of this, maybe I am over-complicating it by adding the felt.

What I have learned and how it will help me in the future:

  • When I consider further, I note that the clinical aspect of the space without the felt actually helps communicate my concept. My concluded concept focuses around the idea of dreams being helpful to the psychological mind. This has connotations of dream therapy and almost hospital like rooms – similar to some ideas I had for my final piece earlier in the project and the experimentation I did with the idea of prescribed dreams. With this in mind, the space is more conceptual without the felt. I think that the aesthetic of the piece is unnecessary in this instance, and I want the audience to understand my concept more. In conclusion, I have taken down the felt piece.

Dream Journal Reflective

24/05/2017

Feelings and analysis:

  • I wanted to create a psychical dream journal to reflect my personal responses to my own dreams.

What went well/badly:

  • I found it difficult to record my dreams as soon as I had woken up from them because as I was painting, I began to forget parts of the dream.
  • Later in the journal, to problem solve this, I wrote down my dream before painting it. However, I think this took away part of the organic-ness of the journal. I think the paintings where I had forgotten the dream had actually worked the most successfully as these feel the most real and communicate the concept of dreams more effectively.

What I have learned and how it will help me in the future:

  • I think the book works effectively, however I am unsure whether to put it in the exhibition or not. If I do so, I will need to encase the book to appear less like a sketchbook and more like a proper book. This is something I will problem solve at a later date.

Final Stop Motion Experiments Reflective

23/05/2017

Feelings and analysis:

  • Having experimented with my stop motions greatly over this week, I feel confident moving on to my final three stop motions.

What went well/badly:

  • From experimenting, I now know what works and what doesn’t.
  • Firstly, I have found that having the stop motions at 10 frames per second is a good speed – not too fast nor too slow. If, when I put the iPads in the exhibition, this speed is too fast or slow, I can simply increase or decrease the speed.
  • Secondly, I need to ensure I don’t move too quickly in the stop motions during the areas that I need to audience to focus on to understand the concept.
  • Also, I know which areas of the three stop motions don’t work do well. For example, the taking a selfie part in the teeth falling out dream. To problem solve this, I will experiment more with using mirrors and an actual phone to translate the idea of feeling self conscious.
  • Finally, I have found a composition that works effectively – the pillows fitting perfectly into the top of the frame and my feet being slightly cut off at the bottom to ensure the eye of the viewer is drawn to the moving figure rather than being focused on moving feet or blank space at the bottom of the stop motion.

What I have learned and how it will help me in the future:

  • Experimenting so much with stop motions will overall improve the quality of them in my final exhibition. This will ensure they communicate a clear idea to the audience and resemble a high quality.

Stop Motion’s Tutorial Reflective

22/05/2017

Feelings and analysis:

  • In this tutorial, I discussed what was working and what wasn’t in my stop motion experiments.

What went well/badly:

  • When experimenting with the stop motions, I realised that the hands weren’t as successful as using a figure. I began experimenting with the figure but I wasn’t sure how to communicate the three most helpful dreams I have been researching and their interpretation.
  • When discussing this, I came up with developed ideas of communicating my idea using a figure. I found it really useful to discuss these with my tutor as it enabled me to step back from my piece and look at it from a viewers perspective -considering what would make the communication clearer and more effective.
  • In addition, I concluded that I should make the interpretations relevant for my age group. For example, for the interpretation to confront something, I could pack a bag for university, which would show the need to confront the fact we are all moving on. I think this will be really effective.

What I have learned and how it will help me in the future:

  • From the tutorial, I concluded that it is necessary to show the dream as well as the interpretation in the stop motion. This will benefit my exhibition as it will make it clearer for the viewers.

Stop Motion Experiments Reflective

21/05/2017

Feelings and analysis:

  • The stop motions are really quick and easy to make, however, at the moment they are not communicating what I want them too.

What went well/badly:

  • The set up of the stop motions is working well – it is clear that they are meant to show some kind of dream, it is just what the dream is that isn’t being conveyed successfully.

What I have learned and how it will help me in the future:

  • To problem solve, I will ask my peers and tutors for their opinions on the stop motions I have made already, to note what worked and what didn’t, as well as what else I can do.
  • I think this will really help push my final piece along before the deadline later in the week.

Stop Motion Experiments Reflective

20/05/2017

Feelings and analysis:

  • Initially, I didn’t like my original stop motion because it was of myself and felt very unprofessional. To problem solve this I created stop motions using only my hands.

What went well/badly:

  • These stop motions worked well practically, however I don’t think they communicate my concept successfully. They don’t reflect my concept conclusion (dreams help solve problems) and instead only represent the interpretation from the three main helpful dreams I have been looking at.
  • They rely on the textiles I intend to create to surround the iPads, showing the dream (e.g. small mannequins falling), however, at this point in the project, I am unsure whether I will have time to create the textiles, meaning the stop motions have to be successful enough alone.

What I have learned and how it will help me in the future:

  • To problem solve this, I am going to go back to filming the figure on the bed, pushing things off, etc. I believe this was the most effective in the first place, and, as the hands aren’t working well, should be reverted back to.
  • Experimenting with the hands has benefited my development for my final piece, however I have learned that these stop motions are unsuccessful and I should stick to the original stop motion idea.