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'Born Into This'

Born like this
Into this
As the chalk faces smile
As Mrs. Death laughs
As the elevators break
As political landscapes dissolve
As the supermarket bag boy holds a college degree
As the oily fish spit out their oily prey
As the sun is masked
We are
Born like this
Into this
Into these carefully mad wars
Into the sight of broken factory windows of emptiness
Into bars where people no longer speak to each other
Into fist fights that end as shootings and knifings
Born into this
Into hospitals which are so expensive that it’s cheaper to die
Into lawyers who charge so much it’s cheaper to plead guilty
Into a country where the jails are full and the madhouses closed
Into a place where the masses elevate fools into rich heroes
Born into this
Walking and living through this
Dying because of this
Muted because of this
Castrated
Debauched
Disinherited
Because of this
Fooled by this
Used by this
Pissed on by this
Made crazy and sick by this
Made violent
Made inhuman
By this
The heart is blackened
The fingers reach for the throat
The gun
The knife
The bomb
The fingers reach toward an unresponsive god
The fingers reach for the bottle
The pill
The powder
We are born into this sorrowful deadliness
We are born into a government 60 years in debt
That soon will be unable to even pay the interest on that debt
And the banks will burn
Money will be useless
There will be open and unpunished murder in the streets
It will be guns and roving mobs
Land will be useless
Food will become a diminishing return
Nuclear power will be taken over by the many
Explosions will continually shake the earth
Radiated robot men will stalk each other
The rich and the chosen will watch from space platforms
Dante’s Inferno will be made to look like a children’s playground
The sun will not be seen and it will always be night
Trees will die
All vegetation will die
Radiated men will eat the flesh of radiated men
The sea will be poisoned
The lakes and rivers will vanish
Rain will be the new gold
The rotting bodies of men and animals will stink in the dark wind
The last few survivors will be overtaken by new and hideous diseases
And the space platforms will be destroyed by attrition
The petering out of supplies
The natural effect of general decay
And there will be the most beautiful silence never heard
Born out of that.
The sun still hidden there
Awaiting the next chapter.

NMP Research

Clip from the film ‘Howl’ of James Franco’s Allen Ginsberg talking about how to write poetry. His musings convey the personal aspect of poetry, in particular in its modern form how the personal interactions and events in our lives are the best basis to create poetry and find your own unique voice. This is something I want to convey with my NMP. People need to realise how personal and enlightening poetry can be. It is not ‘high art’ that should only be read in classrooms, its expressive, entertaining, beautiful. It is something that should be embraced by the masses, or at least acknowledging as something that anyone, no matter their background or education can pick up and enjoy. 

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Print Final Piece Evaluation - PC3
I have thoroughly enjoyed learning new and different printing methods, but I think above all else I enjoyed filling my sketchbook. Drawing has always been a huge passion of mine, but for one reason or another it has slowly diminished, not in terms of passion or enjoyment but just taking the time to do it. So getting myself back into the routine of drawing and sketching was hugely gratifying and has allowed me to develop my skills and individual style massively. In terms of final output however I believe my time management has let me down, with better organisation I believe I could have created a final outcome of a much higher standard. Especially when it came to screen printing, if I had given myself more time I believe this particular method would of been the perfect platform to translate some of my illustrations to grander dimensions and outcomes. I believe the overall theme and aesthetic I have created does work on an aesthetic level and above all else I am happy to know that I can take the skills I have learnt throughout this year to help me expand my portfolio and show that it is not just digital design and editorial design that I am passionate about or capable of creating. 

Print Final Piece Evaluation - PC3

I have thoroughly enjoyed learning new and different printing methods, but I think above all else I enjoyed filling my sketchbook. Drawing has always been a huge passion of mine, but for one reason or another it has slowly diminished, not in terms of passion or enjoyment but just taking the time to do it. So getting myself back into the routine of drawing and sketching was hugely gratifying and has allowed me to develop my skills and individual style massively. In terms of final output however I believe my time management has let me down, with better organisation I believe I could have created a final outcome of a much higher standard. Especially when it came to screen printing, if I had given myself more time I believe this particular method would of been the perfect platform to translate some of my illustrations to grander dimensions and outcomes. I believe the overall theme and aesthetic I have created does work on an aesthetic level and above all else I am happy to know that I can take the skills I have learnt throughout this year to help me expand my portfolio and show that it is not just digital design and editorial design that I am passionate about or capable of creating. 

Lino Prints - PC3

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Common Exhibition - PC3
Thursday 3rd April - September 2014Sailing Through The Trees An Exhibition by Caroline Dowsett and Alex T. Frazer
Recently made another visit to Common for their new exhibition, Sailing Through the Trees by Caroline Dowsett and Alex T. Frazer. There is some fantastic work on show displaying beautiful craftsmanship, combining illustrative skill with a masterful ability and knowledge of print and printing methods. 

Common Exhibition - PC3

Thursday 3rd April - September 2014
Sailing Through The Trees
An Exhibition by Caroline Dowsett and Alex T. Frazer

Recently made another visit to Common for their new exhibition, Sailing Through the Trees by Caroline Dowsett and Alex T. Frazer. There is some fantastic work on show displaying beautiful craftsmanship, combining illustrative skill with a masterful ability and knowledge of print and printing methods. 

Common Exhibtion - PC3

Since moving to Manchester Common has become on of my favourite establishments. The food is impeccable, the ale selection superb, the atmosphere and interior is fantastic and to top this all off they routinely display artist’s work and launch exhibitions. As it is only around the corner I try to visit these installations as often as possible. Most recently was the Rob Bailey Exhibition;

'It’s been four years since Rob Bailey‘s last show here ‘You’, and six whole years since his first ever solo show ‘Hello World’ (the one with the huge dinosaur archway). We’ve been asking Rob to finish the trilogy for years now and he’s finally succumbed to the pressure / found time to drag himself away from ‘real’ work to give us a brand new show, ‘Above & Below‘.

In the years since his last show at Common, Rob has cemented his place in the illustration world, he’s joined the London agency ‘Outline Artists’ alongside illustration greats like Mr Bingo, Hvass and Hannibal. Rob has worked on projects for Google, Ford, The New York Times and the New Yorker to name but a few and he’s even won an award at Cannes Lions. But all work and no play make Rob a dull boy, so he’s coming back to where it all began to have a little bit of fun for a change and hopefully give us all something beautiful to look at while we eat, drink and be merry.

Above & Below‘ is a collection of all new work from Bailey. There’ll be original collages and limited edition prints for sale, but not satisfied with just covering our walls with his inimitable stylings he’s ‘branching’ out this time, what does that involve, we hear you cry? He’s keeping his cards close to his chest so you’ll have to come and see it for yourself, but we guarantee all the colourful and deceptively simplistic charm we’ve come to expect from one of our favourite illustrators.’

Baileys work is excellent and the aesthetic style he implements in his designs are right up my street. I love the minimalistic contemporary aesthetic created by the simplistic geometric nature of his illustrations and the colour palettes are excellent. Similar to 2022, Common gives you the opportunity to network with people with a similar mindset and communicate your ideas to other people working the same field I intend to involve myself in.

IRP - Visual Aspect
Digital Illustration

IRP - Visual Aspect

Digital Illustration

Print - Research / Inspiration PC3

Graphics on Cigarette Rolling Papers: This is a fantastic resource which i picked up in a second hand book store whilst down in Brighton (no i wasn’t there for pride). It has been a great influence for my Print module as cigarettes and smoking is the theme I have running through my sketchbook and my prints. 

Print - Digital Illustration PC3
Another illustration from my sketchbook that I have transferred on illustrator. I think the introduction of colour works nicely with the simplistic black line drawing of hip-hop legend MF Doom. 

Print - Digital Illustration PC3

Another illustration from my sketchbook that I have transferred on illustrator. I think the introduction of colour works nicely with the simplistic black line drawing of hip-hop legend MF Doom.