Yesterday I created a Pinterest page on which I can pin or collect visual bookmarks of websites, pictures, articles etc. of all things that relate to my MA project or anything that inspires me. It’s a kind of sketchbook/ pin board/ visual reference scrapbook that is already taking shape with dystopian/post apocalyptic images, books, films, stage designs and art. Any that get used academically will then be added to my main reference list and some of the most inspiring pictures will be featured in my Pinterest gallery on the right hand side of the journal page.
Image from Pinterest but originally sourced from Goodreads.com showing the increase in dystopian books since the 60’s, pinned at
In the first 2 weeks we were all thrown in at the deep end when we were introduced to the first collaborative project. The idea was to initially introduce us to other students on a variety of art and design MA programmes so we could get to know each other, secondly to introduce us to Nottingham. Most students were unfamiliar with the city and I, as the only one in my group that had lived here for several years became the tour guide for our first day. Not surprisingly there were things that even I discovered while treading familiar streets that included side streets that I’d not noticed before, canal side cafes, art, statues and new shops.
There are always new things to discover, no matter how well you think you know a place. I think this is something that I can take on board and use in my approach to future work. I will aim to keep my camera with me, just in case there is anything that I can use for my designs or just for good old fashioned inspiration.
So using photos, film, illustrations and journeys with our Blackpool snow globe plus discussions about tourism and cultural differences, we devised a 5 minute film showing Mr Blackpool, the souvenir becoming the tourist and collecting his own memories and objects representing his and our Nottingham.
Team Zer8 at http://familiarcityablogofinspiration.wordpress.com/