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Some stuff I was playing around with
 got deleted because I let my battery die. Was scanning old stuff and changing colours and such and blah blah, nothing important. None the less, I liked the colour schemes. Here are some of the ones I re-did.  
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Made some changes to the bird pictures in my image kit.  

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Card Paint and potato stamps=
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Lost and Found

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FINAL AND CATCH HUP: Alphabet + The Ring and The Fish

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I need to make 20 Illustrated alternative uses for my chair.
My research method required for me to find lots of images that I associated with my chair, like a word association game but longer and with pictures. Most conveniently, part two of 'THE CHAIR' requires we do exactly this, or more specifically, illustrate 10 connotations we make with our chair.
 However these are instantaneous connotations I make with the chair, some of which are the same as the ones in my research.

Symetry, Wickerman, Rattan plant, Wan Hoo, Pagans, weaving,
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Research projects are amazing. They are opportunities to look up almost anything you want, making connections between apparently unrelated things. I chose a chair as quickly as possible, and did not change my mind (otherwise would have taken ages choosing one.) 
Having selected a 'throne back wicker chair', It belongs in a friends house and one of his flat mates found in a skip. Slightly damaged, with illusive history it made it interesting to complete the task.

Here is an attempt at explaining  my research method, the brown paper knows. 
There was no point scanning it all in and digitally piecing it back together. It would not have made any sense. None the less I must show it exists even if it is a draft. 
Ill re-work its contents into something that is clear with the next post. 

Wicker chairs are made from wicker. So is the 'Wicker Man', pagan festivities/culture, druidic culture, Anglo-Saxon and norse mythology, MYTHOLOGY (general), the Legend of 'Wan Hoo' : According to a Ming Dynasty urban legend, a Chinese gentleman called Wan Hoo who thought it would be a shame not to take advantage of China's advanced firework technology, had the superb idea to ask 47 servants to attach 47 rockets around his wicker chair and light them all. They ran for cover......and rockets exploded. The explosion was huge and when the  servants returned to the site, Wan Hoo was nowhere to be seen, nor was his wicker chair. He was thought to be the real first astronaught, (Although he may have been vaporized by the impact of the explosion along with his chair).

Then finding a way to bring this digression back to the subject in question. Its like 'word association- snap'.
But longer and with more pictures.

The wicker is made from a plant called 'Rattan'; 

Wicker chairs are mainly assembled 
by weaving: 
To weave you cross over the warp and the weft of a material, this lead me to word pairing, hence Stalactite and Stalagmite, and they are produced in caves, cave dwellers are FOUND in caves, (the connection here is found in this link section titled druid letter.) 
Those berries are rattan berries: their sap is dark red and known as 'dragons blood'. (Lots of dragons in Chinese folklore, bringing us to China and Mythology) The sap has medicinal qualities used in certain traditions (relating to Mythology or Cults, you can take either route) and traditionally 'Dragons Blood' used to dye violins, and so on....
Just always finding something to relate back to the questions we had to answer. Only thing is that an designer/time when this chair was produced/conceived can not be located. Hence digressions to substitute. See next post. 
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L'aventure debile de Paris: Volume 1

Bea's Crayons (Callum's Pencils)+Paper=seat/ floor/ catacomb numbers in Paris

Going Home

Upon our return to London we were asked to choose a sentence/title from a list and illustrate it into a poster using only our image kit. No drawing. My title was 'safety first'. The shepherd-man, holding his 6 headed lamb (achieved courtesy of the photocopier) was not looking when he was carrying them/it down the stairs. Unfortunately the ill fated shepherd suffered and unsightly end, as did his sheep. Safety-first shepherd-man! That is all I have to say. The poster had to be made into an A1 black+white print.

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Universe, A-Z, Posters and Stories

Headline brief= Stabbed because he was from Peckham.

Considering everything I know/can visualize etc and dividing into two-categories:
Draw something for each of these, sub divide each in to two categories, do the same again.....followed by illustrating an accompanying A-Z book. 

I warn you, this made me think. The things I found peculiar about this was that e.g. Natural-Synthetic are, if you think about it are the same thing. e.g. People, animals and cells, naturally synthesize homes, nests and other cells respectively. 
Everything that is synthesized comes from the earth. So is natural. Even the most unnatural thing you can think of, like pollution/cars/industry/credit are a result of our natural evolution. Any consequences will be the result of our cultural evolution as a species as it is in our nature to be curious, discover and make things. This will never excuse our abuse and wastefulness which as a necessary counter example, is completely unnatural. Nonetheless it is something we will either have to adapt to (like every other living thing) and adaptation is a main function of nature, or attempt to undo (which we will never accomplish but will happen naturally as the world will still be here long after humans have all died). 
Its the same with decorative-functional. Decor serves a function. Its a form of communication and and an instinct (think primitive man drawing of cave walls and the development of any alphabet/language). Functional things as well, are decorative as they occupy space and are see-able, their likability or beautifulness is subject to perspective. Similarly, we can take the alphabet, as wonderfully useful as its is and develop it into a variety of hugely decorative fonts. 

And some things are functional and decorative. Like this clock, and this map.
The same applies to Useful-Useless, although for some reason the line is
 blurred and the difference
 between function and use is much more defined. E.g; Technically 'strictly come dancing' is useless. It can not benefit anyone in any real sense, needless to say it may serve the function of entertainment to some one some where. 

It is possible for us to devise a use for most things and reuse them or even find a way justify things and say they're useful if you want. Anyway, I fond it hard differentiating between my categories, and illustrating them
 but this is what I came up with for the brief. (tbc)

A is for Artichoke 
M is for Mutated
P is for Path
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The Kit, therefore The Ring and The Fish

Collecting and making Source Material
 I am currently and (I presume) will continually be
 collecting/making/finding/taking and compiling drawings/objects/photographs/ experiments/ other media/ colour schemes/ surfaces/ patterns to contribute to what will be known as an Image Kit.

These are some images, objects and pages from a scrap book that I started last year (and will be continuing) that are all part of my kit and I am using for this project.
I will include some ink pictures I have done as well as an assortment of nonsense I have photographed.

We were given a short storyto pick at random. I got one  called 'The ring and the fish'. 
Using my penmanship and the stuff from the image kit, I illustrated 5 scenes from 
'The ring and the fish'.
Im going with the scenes that where of (to me) the most 
memorable events took place. It took me a while to understand the concept of this image kit, but its a bit like referencing or reading in/for essays. These are some sketches accompanying the work of characters.

 The black and green picture I prepared for my image kit with ink and water. Others, like the one done with paint ink and card of rainy clouds and the one on wood of an exploding girl that I did at a live drawing event, that I will treat as part of my kit too. The fish pictures are for this brief especially.