Bear Abouts Residency - Multisensory storytelling. (Week One)

I applied for a place at a residency called Bear Abouts,  exploring multi-sensory storytelling for young people (age 5-7 years).

I was approached as my practice explores innovative and playful story development.

A platform has been developed by artist and designer Becca Rose. The platform combines paper pages and digital animations to tell interactive stories across physical and digital spaces. It encourages invention, creative play, and imaginative storytelling with iPads or tablets. 


Bio Design Challenge. Week Four. Applications.

I am thinking of the applications and the future visions that QD could be applied. to I have just found some research on the use of welsh onion - the biosynthesis of infrared emitting quantum dots in a living plant via a mutual antagonistic reaction. The infrared side of the spectrum has application in telecommunications and solar powered tech. This Biodesign research is rooted in nano technology, and it's applications I am taking this research form the BioDesign challenge project and applying it to my other unit 2 work. i will usr this content to form the illustration i will be making (in time for the interim show) TO SHOW Speculative futures of how we will be using the toxic metal in the soil around old mining and industry and using them for making new nano technoolgy. Such as the welsh onion powered phone and the earthworm led screen /tv screen .laso solarpanels that are grown by plant such as the alpine pennycress. I think that these visions will be interesting spreads for a future speculatively designed science ebook for kids. Aimed at a young er audience - a picture book for kids aged 4-5 years. 

As well as mining 

Book design course

As part of my professional practice and development, I have been at a Graphic design : experience Industry course at Chelsea College of Arts. 

The brief was to design and produce a publication housing the text Kew gardens, by Virginia Woolf. I worked on all stages of the process : ideas, design, illustration, editing, typesetting, layut, preparing images for print, exporting PDFs and printing. This project was a perfect brief in the relevance to my research on this course. 

I was happy with the general stylistic route I took. I found that i didn't finish typesetting quick enough, and I will use the letterpress resources in the new year to develop my skill, also different bookbinding options. 

For my project i will work with scientific and educational consultants on the content of the activity books. 

I visited the zine collection at the LCC library. There was a selection of self oubkishing with some interesting bindings. Some are below. 

Zine collection at LCC library. 

The book I designed- a preview of it is on the Blurb website.





Physical Computing & Lost words

An experiment with Arduino- (my touch board and bare Conductive paint). You can press the text on this paper piece of work to look like a computer screen- and the text comes up on screen. 

At the moment it is connected with crocodile clips, but i want to make it so the circuits are hidden, when i come to creating books with a touch capacity. 

At the moment it is connected with crocodile clips, but i want to make it so the circuits are hidden, when i come to creating books with a touch capacity. 

I am pleased with the choice of colours- influenced by Charles and ray Eames. I will experiment with more Arduino capabilities. I feel this speaks within the ideology of speculative design, being humourous, designing with satire, questioning the monolith of publjshing houses, and also solving design problems too.

Reflective Journal - Screenprinting process.

I have decided to use my blog again as a reflective journal for it's ease of iteration, and low environmental impact, as well as  keeping a sketchbook . 

For this post I will talk about my screenprinting and my beginnings of playing with Arduino technology. 

A book from the Archway print making studio.

A book from the Archway print making studio.

After my tutorial with Nathan, I have been planning to make a series of books that have the capabilities of digital with the Arduino.

I spoke to Mus the print technician , and we thought of the idea of doing over sized screenprints. Then an idea for idea for making giant books- that can be physically used and actually sat in, as immersive - physically being inside a library. Installation- encouraging fun/play/engagement. With interactive elements. 

Layers of acetate ready for printing. 

Layers of acetate ready for printing. 

On the lightbox.

On the lightbox.

Marbled end papers. 

Marbled end papers. 

First layer of screenprint. 

First layer of screenprint. 




Forced Connections Field Trip

Day One

Objectives: To collaborate effectively with sound designer and musician, Duncan Burns, and use the material in the experimental work. 

Outcome: To make the images into bitmaps for screen printing (possibly risograph). To create an Audio Poster. 

We used a canon SLR to film the walk from the campsite to Tresaith beach. 

We photographed ferns, kittiwakes, other walkers, sea swimmers, a waterfall, rock pools (inc. minnows, seaweed) rocks, barnacles, boots, the sea’s tide.

Sound recordings of waves, waterfall, branches in the hedge- with Duncan’s help. 

Drawing seaweed. I came up with a concept of rock pool tables. 

Duncan videoed a waterfall, sea and waves and a bird. 

Day Two

Today's objective:

To record/video/photograph rainfall. 


I did some reading on psychogeography, “The lost Art Of Walking”.

I also read “The Culture Of the Copy” - which is another philosophical conceptual direction for this project. 

“Copying is peculiar..copying is pedestrian, but copying also makes us who we are”

“Anything unique is at risk of vanishing - we make a twin”

On copying out texts (scribes) . On modern day photocopying. 

After a great discussion with Duncan on the possibility of psychical computing. I am planning on ‘hacking’ children toys. I want to make some connections with a biologist, ecologist, and a science educator/curator/exhibition designer/ to explore and plan designing pieces for commercial museum spaces. I will visit the CAT centre, At-Bristol……..and others that use physical computing to engage children on science learning. 

if I were to do some of my own content research - Ithink that the book i referenced earlier “The culture of the copy” has another interesting conception how microscopes of the art didn't show you exactly what was real because of diffracted light. 

Even the well trained eye is in danger of projecting the mental preconception..and seeing.not who is really there but what some theory demands shall be”


I bought some conductive paint which I can experiment with next week. I have organised a physical computing session on Tuesday 18th October 2016. 


Evaluation: Collaboration was effective. I think a build on this would be to involve scientific expertise on ecology, marine biologist. Another build- work with another visual communicator (graphic designer) to do some really interesting layouts. large format posters,  a map layout etc. 

On my way home, I began to manipulate the images into Bitmaps, ready for printing. My next plan is to try some different. layouts.

Tresaith walk to Tresaith beach. 

(input notes from IBM notebook here and photos)



Influencers - Studio PSK

A new discovery for me. 

They are a multidisciplinaryry studio who work with brands, companies and galleries to tell stories through interactive objects, spaces, installations and graphics. They have a diesign and ideas led approach, working with scientific data and collaborating with other creatives to come up with some truly innovative solutions. 


interactive installations

experimental retail

product prototype design

exhibition design

art direction

wayfinding and signage

Skills that I want to develop myself and explore throughout this course.

My research and practice - MA art & Science

Forced Connections

Getting of to a good start in pushing me out of my comfort zone. 

I am planning on going to West Wales to do some video and sound recording experimentation for our project, Forced Connections. 

The three words I’ve been given are philosophy, collaboration and paint. I have an idea of creating an interactive wall/poster/wallpaper/map that uses conductive paint - about the welsh coastline -featuring sights and sounds of the place based around the idea of slowly walking and taking in what you see - Psychogeography as the philosophical tool and the matter.