Year 3 Project
Brief:
 To create an attractive and professional body of work to be sold in an online shop, populated with a range of items which have an illustrative element and are linked together by a common theme or overarching vision. We want to see the world and personality of the illustrators interest present in the work. 
Step by step:    
 1, Decide theme- animal and plant folk lore/art and otomi. get inspired and look at other artists work          2, Research other online shops and products, take note of prices etc- this week.                            
3, decide on product- what? how many?- next week.                                                                          
 4,  narrow down research and decide on content of images. start designing and creating thumbnails. Next week +                                                                                                                              
5, look in to physical production- will I outsource production or make at home? costs? next week +               6, do the work which may include painting,screen printing, designing.                                              
 7, last 2 weeks photo work and update website shop. Work on shop to make it look good.
Researching other websites:
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There are a huge array of items that illustrators create using their own designs to add individuality and personality. Including Prints, cards, postcards, stickers, notebooks, textiles (bags, scarves, cushion covers fabric) pin badges, jewellery, ceramics, mugs, gift tags, laser cut decorations and of course...calendars!

My preliminary thoughts are that, for this project, I am draw to producing prints, cards and postcards, tote bags and I would love to make laser cut hanging decorations which could also adapted to badges, if I can use a laser cutter.

Starting to research influences:  Otomi

 This intricate handmade embroidery was developed by indigenous Otomí people in central Mexico. The Otomí faced an economic crisis in the 1960s caused by severe drought in their predominantly subsistence farming region. As an alternative source of income, Otomí women popularized this embroidery through the revival of an ancestral technique. Today, skilled Otomí textile artists are in demand outside of their local communities

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This is the work by Australian artist Maria Stroccji- her art work is strongly influenced by aboriginal art.

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I have also just recently discovered the work of two swiss folk-artists artist  Louis David Saugy and Johann Jakob Hauswirth who lived between 1871 and 1955.

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Also this paper cut work by Pamela Dalton. Her work is created in the tradition of early American paper cutting popular in the Pennsylvania Dutch regions of this country in the early nineteenth century.

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Initial work: Thumbnailing designs for a range images for cards/ prints based on native animals and celtic mythology.

Edit: This became a bit of a dead end, I realised that I needed to create images that had more narrative value so I went back to the drawing board and created some more specific narrative problems for myself to answer- see Pennine Folk Art page.

However, I created some work at this point that I was pleased with so I have included that in my final work.

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