Tales of Mood and Memory

I’m enjoying listening to Gustav Holst’s The Planets as I prepare my last assignment for ACG305. Much of it is familiar though I’ve never paid close enough attention to work out which bit is which planet. Mars is pretty unmissable though – must remember not to start with that piece next time!

I’m working through some ideas now on some old photographs I have of myself and thinking about the journey from youth to old age. When you’re young, old age seems a very long way away. Amazing how fast time flies the older you get, and there’s still so much to do.

I have some x-rays I have of my husband’s brain from a serious illness he suffered some years ago which I am also going to try and incorporate into the artwork. His memory has been affected, but is it any worse than the one in my 51 year old brain? Is that even where the memory lives, or is it in the heart?Image


30th May 2013

Brainstorming whilst listening to each particular movement and thinking how I can create the artwork. Can images of words indicate movement? Big words, little words, floating words, vertical, horizontal, repeated, how can words jump out at you?

Mars, the bringer of War: powerful, bombastic, marching, stomping, clashing
Venus, the bringer of Peace: sad, sweet, aftermath, uplifting, sublime, bird-like, rising up, soothing
Mercury, the Winged Messenger: speed, voices skipping though and over, business
Jupiter, the bringer of Jollity: important, NBC news theme, contrasty deep bass w high woodwinds, melodic, pastoral, imperious, measured, resolution, conversation
Saturn, the bringer of Old Age: slow, bass, plodding, finality, dignified, careful, mature, dramatic, bells-death, stately
Uranus, the Magician: horns, drums, Fantasia, mysterious, expectation, friendly, revelation, impressive
Neptune, the Mystic: ethereal, airy, minor keys, chost, delicate, pensive, unknown, ascending, disembodied, vanishing


Baby stationery

Latest assignment for Design Practice : “create a design suitable for a NEW BABY range covering a variety of products such as greeting cards, gift tags, gift wrap”.

I wanted to avoid the twee cliches like images of baby bottles, nappy pins, small animals etc and definitely wanted to introduce some lively colour. Not everyone wants traditional pastels for their newborns.

HELLO BABY! cards and gift wrap










Augmented reality project

Today I’m working on a project for a third year university assignment involving the use of augmented reality. The purpose is to “augment the student experience by enhancing the ‘experiential’ qualities of life on campus”. To do this we are using the app Aurasma and have been experimenting around campus with this.

Our brief is to create a set of images for new students to discover across the university that will help them explore and get excited about campus life.

Being a mature age student, I’m old enough to be the mother of most of them (and in fact some of my children’s primary school friends are here), and I have noticed many similarities between these students and my own kids at home (ages 21, 19 and 17).

One thing people in this age bracket like to do is sleep when I think they should be awake, so I’m thinking of designing a pointer/signage so that kids with the Aurasma app can find somewhere to lay their little heads down for a wee nap.


7 May 2013

Time for an update. I’ve found this assignment really difficult as my Photoshop skills (limited though they are) are very rusty and I’ve been snowed under with other work. Still, my original concept of creating a character that reflected the majority of the student cohort’s desire to sleep in public places has carried on and I’ve managed to create some imagery that reflects this. Nothing fancy here though.

M_Stuart_ACG305_#2 Cat-on-cloud-sign-no-sky