Live Briefs and Work Experience

Ordsall Hall Live Brief.

For Ordsall Hall we were given the brief Curiousity and to come up with and create a range of products that could be sold in their gift shop, the main product was to be sold for under £5 and the other products were a price of choice.

10th October 2017 – Initial meeting with Ordsall Hall.

This initial meeting was to gather information about the place and also what the clients were looking for, I found that the clients were very open to any ideas and did not talk about anything specific that they wanted. I wrote down around 2 pages of bullet points and these are the ones I found most useful.

  • They have 30,000 visitors per year, 50% of the people are local and the other 50% are from away.
  • Alot of the local people are school groups and adult tour groups.
  • Family is very important.
  • The shop at the moment is not hitting all the age ranges or target audiences.
  • They wanted a product that was specific to the venue.
  • Lavender is an important symbol to them.
  • 1360s is when the oldest part of the building was built.
  • 1512 the great hall was built.
  • 1648 is when the brick work is from.
  • Most of the furniture are replicas, the most original piece is the bed in the master bedroom which belonged to the Radcliffe Family who were either the original owners of the house or a wealthy family who lived there a very long time ago.
  • The building was a family house for 300s.
  • The allotments were used in World war 1 for growing food.
  • The building is said to be haunted and there are events during the year and halloween for ghost hunts.
  • Age range 25-35, there is nothing really for this age range in the shop.

After this meeting we were allowed to walk around the site and take photos for inspiration.


Initial designs.

After going to Ordsall and taking pictures I had alot of inspiration, I started by looking at the photos I had taken and came up with 3 solid ideas.

Idea 1 – This idea is based of the dress that is in one of the bedrooms which I really liked, I thought that this was one of the most memorible objects in the building and that people would relate it to the Hall and also I thought that this would symbolise the people that have lived in the hall through history. I drew the dress and then coloured copies using watercolours, I decided that I would paint one simple with normal colours and more like the original dress and then I wanted one that would stand out and this was because I did not just want normal designs but I wanted to also put life into them are reality can be very boring to me and painting this way is more fun for me on a very simple image.

Idea 2 – This idea was based around the brickwork and also the design of the building its self, I wanted to include this idea because the building is very well designed and built and is very eye catching in the area that it is in as it looks very out of place to its surroundings. I picked a part of the building that I could work with but also a part that I thought was the best and this was it was because the roof has a very tudor look to it which I thought was a big part of the hall and to the history of the building and also how clean this part of the building was and apart from the tables and chairs there was nothing obstructing the view of the building but also nothing distracting you form the main features,  I had also attempted to draw the whole building and failed many times as I could not get the proportions right and after this I started sketching parts of the building and found this alot more successful. I did the same thing with this idea where I drew the image and then started using water colour on copies, I also created a normal painting using the original colours such as browns and greys but I also created one that would stand out like with Idea 1. At the end of creating these pieces i used white and black finliners to define the image but also add more detail like the brick work and the window lines.

Idea 3 – My third idea is based off the flowers around the grounds because the gardens and the plants have just as much history to the place as the building and and people as the land has been used to grow crops and flowers for years and was a huge part of the peoples lives. The started by drawing from the images and than using finliners to colour them, I wanted to make them very original and on some of them I used different techniques such as line and tone. After this I decided that I did not just want these images to be the final outcome because I did not think they were as successful as I wanted them to be and at this time I was also thinking about the products that I would be placing these designs onto and decided that it would of been better to also create little simple versions of these flowers.

I plan to use these designs on a range of different products that would be sold for different prices to complete one of the briefs main sections. I am not planning on creating the products or manufacturing the product myself but instead I want to create a design or image that can be placed on multiple different products because I think that Ordsall have ways of ordering products and also a way to customise them so that my images could be added. My intention is to sell them the image rather than the product.

Products ideas –

I have a range of ideas for my designs and will pick the best ones that will present my designs well.

  • Key rings.
  • Mugs
  • Place Matts / Coasters
  • Post cards
  • Prints
  • Bags

Design Sheets –

I decided to create some design sheets for when we met again with Ordsall Hall as this time we would be presenting our ideas to see how they would respond. I picked 3 of the items that I had thought of and chosen keyrings, mugs and coasters.

I created design sheets for all of my ideas and then came up with ways that they would  be printed onto the products, I decided that Idea 1 and 2 would be prints that would be redrawn and painted and then scanned and printed onto the objects but would also work as prints and post cards if Ordsall Hall wanted that. For Idea 2 I also wanted to create a wooden keyring that would be etched by a laser cutter. Then for Idea 3 I picked the design from my flower designs that I thought was best but also represented the site the most, I decided to go for the lavender design because this was a big part of the place which I think the people in the first meeting talked about quite alot and as the main flower in the gardens I thought this was more fitting than the others and I did not want create more than 3 sheet because I thought it would be too much.


All though I only made 3 official design sheets for the presentation I also made design sheets for the other flower designs because I did not want them to not be used and I also wanted to know what they would look like on design sheets before I made my final decision.

Presentation Feedback –

  • Wooden Dress Keyring is a good idea. – Design 1.
  • Think about using heat ink to show the white lady (appears when the mug changes temperature)and this would mostly appeal to the ghost hunter groups. – Design 2.
  • The outgoing paintings are alittle too much and have a very bauhaus style and does not represent the building – Design 1 & 2.
  • Very customised and simple – Design 3.
  • Not all about Ordsall Hall and can be bought as a gift for someone who has not been – Design 3
  • Can be used on a wide range of different products including tea towels, aprons and broaches.
  • The Lavender design is the strongest of the 3 designs.
  • Design a range of domestic kitchen products.
  • Could design a cup and saucer gift set.

Final design sheets and development –

For development I decided to move forward with the lavender design and took the simple design onto a graphics tablet and drew them in different sizes and colours, after this I took the one that I thought was the most effective and then created patterns and also photoshopped these onto different items.

For the final meeting with Ordsall Hall I made 2 more design sheets filled with my final ideas and development, the first design sheets showed my different lavenders and patterns so that they were easy to see as appose to only looking at them photoshopped on the products, I wanted to make them look professional and had decided to make all these patterns and designs into little booklets and then they would be easy to present but I was advised not to go with this idea by a tutor so instead I put them onto a sheet but layered them so that they could all be seen easily and included but also so they would all fit onto one sheet, my main problem with this is that the only thing I could use that would make it so that each page would flip over was masking tape and if I had used glue or double sided tape there would of been no way of moving them to see the others underneath.

The second sheet showed all the products that I had photoshopped the designs onto which included the 2 original ideas of the mug and the coasters but I decided to develop them as for the mugs I created more than 1 design and also I wanted to see what the products would look like in a proffessional format. I also added new products and these were cutlery, aprons and tea towels and this was because I was thinking of things in the kitchen that may be frequently used but also things that the patterns would suit rather than sticking them on products that dont need to have a design or are not frequently used.


  • Mug: £5 – £8
  • Coasters: £4 – £12 per set of 4
  • Apron: £10
  • Cutlery: £10 – £15
  • Tea towel: £8 – £11

Selling price: We were told to come up with different products with different price ranges with the first one being under £5. These cost prices are from some of the first online distributors that I saw and also handle the printing aswell and they are always more expensive when buying if its for personal, because I want to sell my designs rather than the product. I am also assuming that when bought in bulk the price would be cut and then the selling price would be less and this is the idea I had for the mug that if bought in bulk they would be able to be sold for £5, the coasters would be sold for £5 – £12, aprons £15, cutlery £20 and tea towels between £14 and £20

Last Feedback –

  • Have taken on the Feeback from the last meeting.
  • Developed presentation techniques.
  • Maybe develop the cutlery into a childs cutlery and also add more like an egg cup or a plate and bowl, look at what is sold in mother care.
  • Appeals to a range of different ages.

I feel like this project was very successful and I think I have completed most of the criteria that I was given and that I have enough development work to back up my final outcome. I am really glad I was able to use a graphics tablet for my final work and even though I did not use it to its full extent I was able to use it simply and it is a start to what I want to do. One thing I would really like to improve is the ability to draw more loosely because I feel all my drawings for this are very defined and I want to be able to draw loosely with different drawing materials and not worry about stray lines. The experience of this project has also not been as stressful as other projects that we have had and has been quite laid back.



Live Briefs and Work Experience

Ambleside Evaluation.

On the 2nd of October we took a trip to ableside for 3 days to do a live brief for the Cumbrian Tourist Board. over the course of the trip we went to different places to gather ideas and materials that we could use for our final piece.

My final idea was based on the fairies of Cumbria which is a legend in different parts of cumbria and ambleside was one of these places, I decided to take rocks and then draw fairies on them and place them in the woods in trees and under rocks as I thought it was a magical idea that would bring them to life for families and children.

For our final pieces I was really dissapointed because the way things were going to work out were changed 3 different times, at first we were creating work for a picture that would be shown in an exhibition in the place that we were staying, then it changed to that the work was being diplayed and then the venue of the work being placed was changed again so that we would have to take our work to the place and show it there, because of this the worktime was cut by an hour and I feel like I couldnt create a great piece of work or something that I was proud of due to all the confusion and being rushed.

Over all I think that the ending to the trip was very unorganised and I was very unhappy with the final product but I really enjoyed the rest of the trip and coming up with the ideas that I did.

Some more images that I took from ambleside:

21st Century Revolution.

Final Backgrounds.

I started my backgrounds by putting my illustrations into illustrator and turning the opacity down, I then made my shape and placed it into the place I wanted it to be within the illustration, I made my pattern by resizing my original shape by 110% – 120% each time and moving the vectors around until the shape was right and repeated this over and over again in black and white then put the colour in afterwards to make it less time consuming and confusing. 
I then put the backgrounds into photoshop with the illustrations and measured them up to A4 in the middle of the paper making sure they are lined up and then cut the outer edges off that were hanging over.

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So I started these illustrations in my sketch book where I drew them and then went over them in fine liner.

These first images are the original scans into the photocopier where they are very grainy and not very smooth lines like I wanted.

I then took them onto a surface pro where I used sketch pro and used layers to have the image on with the opacity down and then I went over all the lines to the best of my ability to make them smooth and defined.

After this I took them into photoshop where I cleaned them up and made them thicker, I also added @ in the eyes of the teenager and also real lyfe into the virtual reality headset of my last image because that is what virtual reality is supposed to simulate, I also spelt life wrong because young people grow up using slang terms online and I think this grows with them.

My idea with these illustrations is to show a character move through life with technology and show the negative effects that come with this.

Artists that inspired me…

Rubberninja (Ross O’donovan)

Egoraptor (Arin Hanson)

Mike Burton 

Steven Harrington 

21st Century Revolution.

Backgrounds / Experimentation.

My main idea was to create some psychedelic/ hypnotic backgrounds to with many colours to simulate the hypnotic effects of technology but I wanted to experiment with different techniques of how I was going to make these background and then I would add my illustrations on top of the backgrounds.


I decided to use pastels onto black card because this really pushes out the colour because of the contrast, I had a clear idea of the pattern in my head which was going to be waves but then my larger piece started to become more circular which I noted and learned from when I was going onto the next medium.


For the brusho I used lots of different methods such as different amounts of water and brusho and also looked at the different patterns I could create, I learned that brusho is very hit and miss and decided that I would not be able to get a certain pattern that would stay the shape I wanted.


I decided to use paint onto boards and then use things like masking tape and latex then keep painting layers of each then pealing the latex away to reveal all the other colour but for me this did not work out because the latex made the paint flake when I peaked it away however the making tape peeled off very smooth and left sharp lines of colour.


I cut into paper and layered them over each other so that it gives a nice 3D effect, I did want to use brighter colours and I think the yellow looks too light which makes it look different from my other backgrounds. 


I this these are my favourite backgrounds and they capture the shape that I want to use aswell, I drew this design in my sketch book at first and then created it again in sharpie on a larger piece of paper, I wanted to do this because I wanted to take this design further into my project, I decided that the lines of the sharpie really ruined the pattern and decided that I would take this design but find another way to create it maybe using a computer software like Adobe photoshop or illustrator.


This was my favourite technique to use because it was really enjoyable to do, I used marbling inks into a tray of water and then dipped sheets of paper into it and then the sheet is dyed on that side, I did this process about 30 – 50 times and got a different outcome each time as you can see some are red, some are green and some are more yellow, again like the he brusho I think that this process is very hit and miss and I don’t thehehinkhink I would ever be able to get one that I am happy with for my illustrations.

Even when deciding this I still wanted to try to see what they looked like so I printed my illustrations and then did this process with them and these are the best one of each illustration as I did 5 for each illustration, I found that this didn’t work as well as I wanted it to as the other patterns I got before that were alot better.

In the end I decided to move onto doing my backgrounds digitally as I felt I could define them and have them the way I wanted, I also wanted to create them digitally so that I can make different ones for each image and customizer them and also do this while I edit the illustrations which would kill two birds with one stone.

Artists that inspired me…

Jen Stark.

Lesley Halliwell.

Sergi Delgado. 

21st Century Revolution.

London Trip.

We went to London as a group and went to a lot of interesting art galleries and museums while we were there.

These are the some of my favourite pieces from the first gallery we went to, I likes these because they looked very robotic and I thought these pieces best fit my project more than the other ones as they were more traditional paintings.

This was at the Tate Modern and these pieces are by Nam June Park who is apart of the Fluxus movement which I have done research on for this project.

This is the George Condo Collection which is the collection I enjoyed more than anything else in Tate Modern and I think this is because of the style of the pieces, there’s are very random and sketchy and it’s like he’s creating characters within his art, I want to interpret this into my work and create my own character or characters which is why I wanted highlight this artist’s collection. 

Here are some other pete especially from the Tate Modern which I really enjoyed because of the positioning of the work and the way it all fit together well.

This is from the Tate Britain, it’s by an artist called Rachael Maclean and there is some pieces and a short film where she acted every roll, the story is about a girl called data who embodies some kind of Internet signal which people use but she end up in a bad situation where she can’t deliver the data anymore and this sends the people into an uproar, I think that this is a thing that would happen in our society if our Internet and power went down which fits into my project very well because I am looking at how addictive technology is and this shows it in her own way.

These images are from the National Science Museum which shows different old technology and the evaluation of technology which I found interesting.

This pieces were in a little gallery in the middle of a park that we found and I just thought these pieces were really nice and simple.

I think that most of this work has really impacted my own work and changed my ideas for the better and made me think about my own project more but also interpreting things from other people’s work aswell and idea generating from other people’s work, especially work in a gallery because that is the main goal to create something that people want to look at.

21st Century Revolution.

Photographs of Technology around my room.

These are some pictures of the technology that I own that I looked at to inspire some of my ideas.

Some pictures of my computer.

Pictures of my play station 4 controller and my friend Lauren playing a game, for the picture of lauren I really wanted to get her playing a game but I wanted it where her silhouette would be in the screen and then everything would be dark but with the stuff I had this couldn’t be done. 

I think that my ideas that I am trying to get across here are alittle scrambled and I know what I want to get across to people but I don’t think this shows it as well as it is pictured in my head.


21st Century Revolution.

Initial Research and Ideas.

My initial ideas were to go forward with technology but I did not know what I wanted to present or the point I was going to get across so I looked at many different ideas.

The first point that was given to me in one of the peer discussions was the Japanese and Chinese with their advanced technology so I looked into the robotics that they have and also things like the Japanese toilet which are electronical and have cleaning systems. 

I also looked into fantasy artificial girlfriends which are a big thing in Japan which are games that people can play which gives them a virtual girlfriend.

 Next I made a mood board that had some of the previous things, so I looked at designing your own dream person using collages of magazines and also my own drawing, I also looked at the style of Japanese manga which seems to attract people more than something real.

Next I explored my own ideas about the subject and came up with some initial ideas of some pieces that I could include in my project which is to do with how technology is an obsession and really addictive from a young age where people over use it and how society has changed dramatically in such a short amount of time.