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Final Exhibition for Final Major Project 2010

July 7, 2010

Basically, at the end of the Btek course, we use the final project as the groundwork for our exhibition. We got to write our own own breifs which was a really good opportunity and I chose to continue along the lines of a previous project “Power to the people” in which I looked at happiness and what makes people happy in life. So for this last project I was dabbling with ideas in the fields of fine art, print, 3-D, graphics, ceramics, textiles, and photography. I was intrigued by the idea of interaction and how communication and expression can lead to happiness. I was also interested in playing cards, as when I’m bored or down, playing a game with mates can cheer me up, as well as being an easy way to talk to strangers and get to know people. So I decided to create a deck of playing cards from scratch using all my own drawings of things that make others happy. I even made a quick survey of people’s answers and the results were pretty insightful!  I wa really inspired by Lewis Carroll’s book “Alice in Wonderland” (As you can probably tell from the work!) and looked at all the films and other artists ways of exploring the bizzarreness of Carroll. I wanted to create a space where people could just come and chill out and relax and be in a happy place. I used the idea of a tea party from Alice and designed and made a four-spouted and handled teapot for the table. 

I also used a lot of photography in my final, and did a few shoots, one with the awesum Alan, who helped me out with my “four of me” photo, which I played cards outside and then photoshopped myself in four times. And then took a trip to cranham parks with the amazing Reiss  (check him out; http://chillcleal.wordpress.com/) who helped me with the four smaller photos.

playing cards in the space

Cause cupcakes make everyone happy 😀

comments written on extra-large playing cards

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 7, 2010 6:39 pm

    Love the handmade feel to everything. Very alice in wonderland/british. The 4 spouted tea pot is amazing! No idea how you made that.

    Keep it up!

  2. July 7, 2010 10:00 pm

    thank you!
    the teapot was fairly difficult to make as all the pieces were made individually by hand! i decided not to use moulds or casting as i wanted it to have that “handmade” wacky quality. it was the first teapot ive made so im pretty happy with it! ^-^

    and everything was made by hand!…especially the table cloth…which i er…had an “Accident” with a sewing machine whilst making! :O

    thanks 🙂

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