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For the second workshop with Nick, we were asked to bring a personal object into the workshop which would make it more engaging when working. I choose to bring the watch my grandad bought me as a special birthday present. In the workshop, Nick showed us how we would make a Zine, we should have a front, back and inside pages, similar to below:

I found it really interesting how it all came together just from using one piece of paper, it reminded me of the saying “Bricoler” that I learnt in my theory lectures.

Bricoler – a term an artist acts as when only using the materials to hand

This term is exactly what we were doing, we used materials we had around us such as pens, pencil, ruler, scissors and paper. This could have been done digitally but doing it this way gives it a more hands-on effect and allowed me to get more stuck into the workshop.

Front Page – we were asked to create hand rendered typography for the first page. I worked with the name of the watch brand “Oris”, I decided to create the O using the watch face and used the typeface I could see in small letters inside the watch.

Page 2 – a drawing of the object. I started off drawing the watch as if its slightly at an angle, I made a very simple line and shape sketches and then at the end went back and shaded this in as the watch strap was a darker grey compared to the watch face.

Page 3 – scanning the object. I scanned the object in normally and then started moving it around on the scanner to create a distorted effect. I found this really interesting as it created something similar to the effects I have seen on Photoshop, it would be interesting to compare these effects as I imagine the scanner would allow me to achieve the exact effect I want however I may be wrong as the enhancement in Adobe now allows you to do almost anything.

Page 4 & 5 – typography. Our task for the 2 page spreads was to work with typography and what the object must think about us. Because my object is a very personal object, I do not wear it out as often as a normal watch, only to special occasions, therefore, I don’t set this one very often. I decided to write something to show the watch is trying to get across to set it and to use it for its actual purpose and not as a personal object: a keepsake.

Page 6 & 7 – sketches. The next task was to use our object and draw around it once for page 6. On page 7, however, we were asked to keep repeating this to get a distorted style of effect.

Page 8 – typography. The final task was to write something to your object, a poem, a memory or a joke. I wrote something about what this watch meant to be and what I need to start doing (setting it more and work it into my everyday life as even though it is a personal object, it should still do what it is intended).

Below shows my final Zine:

Personal Object Workshop with Nick (Workshop 2 Y2) from Amy Winson on Vimeo.

What surprised me:

I really enjoyed this workshop, one of my favourite so far. I enjoyed making the association between my theory and process work of a Bricoler and using the materials what we have to hand as I feel like I don’t do much hand rendering design anymore. It was fun to do something different.

What I found hard:

I found it hard trying to do the last page as I didn’t know what I wanted to say. This was a personal object to me and I was not sure what I would even want to say to it myself. I think it was interesting to have that confusion as it made the project a little bit harder and allowed me to come away after and really think about this object and the purpose. This to me could be interpreted in the design world that a piece of design should make the viewer question and think, this may be to the point that they can’t even answer the questions. No matter what it should have an emotional or some type of impact on the viewer.

Overall outcome:

I really enjoyed this workshop, I think for future projects it would be interesting to create a Zine to work out exactly what I want to achieve as my final piece as just by doing this based on the watch allowed me to consider the material, colour, composition and type of this object. If I did this for my studio projects it would give me a guideline to follow and to consider each one of these factors.