Thursday, 11 November 2010
This project, has taken a new path. Instead of producing a book on recycling facts (which has been done many times before) I've decided to focus on a topic which is very relevant to my life right now - Activism. I am creating an 'Activism Guide for Beginners'. Having been to a few protests before, despite not having much experience I feel I've picked up a few tips along the way from other activists, so I've decided to share a few things I've learnt; as i feel for our generation activism will play a large part in how we voice our views about important issues from climate change to politics.
Tuesday, 19 October 2010
These are a few pages from my sketch book for the Negotiated Practise unit. I've been looking into ethical design and the responsibility we hold as visual communicators. How can a designer (or illustrator in my case) effect social or political change? I think I have a tendency to 'preach' a lot in my work; almost forcing my opinions upon people which can be quite off putting to the viewer. I have realised the most effective way to effect change in peoples behaviour is to simply inform. Information is knowledge and knowledge is power. It's not about preaching my own opinions, its about about facts and figures.
I'm skipping forward in time slightly. This weekend I joined around 500 other protesters at Coryton Oil Refinery where we successfully blockaded the entrance, stopping over 50 oil tankers entering and leaving the site, essentially cutting off the oil supply to london for the day.
'oil is not only at the centre of the climate crisis, but also the modern day engine of the growth economy that is driving us to the brink of catastrophe'.
we were there at the source of the problem to place our bodies in the way of the relentless flow of oil. To say: no more. Places like Coryton need to be a thing of the past. By doing this we reclaim power over our lives and our future.
Wednesday, 13 October 2010
I can really see my work taking it's own direction now. Especially in the subject matter; Iv learnt that i want my work to cause effect. I feel deeply concerned over environmental matters and believe that the use of creativity to create awareness is the key to generate change in peoples behaviour.
I did a series of images aimed at a younger audience as I feel that it's this generation that will be picking up the pieces of our parents and grandparents. I HATE OUR GRANDPARENTS.
Monday, 11 October 2010
These series of Illustrations explore the meaning of 'absolute silence'. I was looking at how in silence all we have is our own thoughts and how that can be very 'noisy'. looking back, I feel I could have pushed this concept a little further and my final outcome (an animated doodle) didn't successfully 'visually explain' silence or my concept. However, I was pleased with the animation as a piece of work on its own.
In December 2009 I joined thousands of protesters at the Copenhagen climate talks (COP15), to push our world leaders towards making crucial decisions about the state of our climate and what we can do to prevent 'runaway climate change'. Unfortunately, world leaders failed to deliver a legally binding commitment to cutting greenhouse gases. On the plus side, I came away with a totally fresh outlook on everything, from my own way of living, to my illustrative practise. After that week I knew that, my role as a visual communicator holds the power in creating universal awareness of our over-consumerist impact on Earth (potentially, anyway!).