2.2 ‘Wish You Were Here’ 1: Orford, Suffolk

Assignment 2.2 is the first body of work in a series of live projects around the theme ‘Wish You Were Here’. These look further at issues in ‘home documentary’ around ‘Landscaping Britain’ and how to incorporate socio-political issues into attractive, amusing and thought-provoking cards for the UK tourist market. Some of the projects in the series start with sketches, others with photography. As the basis then for further development in different media.

This first body of work focuses on Orford in Suffolk, East Anglia. It:

  • starts with two series of photographs taken in October 2019, editing these as quality black and white/ colour photographs in their own right using Lightroom and NikFX.

These images are then further explored as:

  • watercolour/ink/gouache
  • drypoint and carborundum
  • woodcut/linocut
  • scraperboard.

Looking at the different effects of different media on the way the images are perceived.

My work will draw on discussions in visual communication theory (linking with my Visual Research module). It will also build on insights from documentary photography, travel illustrationtravel writing and consider in particular what difference my own background as a Western woman makes to which images I select and how I choose to interprete them.

Assignment 4 looks at ‘documentary at home’ and how my ‘Zemni’ socio-political voice can underpin illustration for the tourist market to reach a wider audience ‘beyond the converted’. Producing illustrations in my own country mean that I feel more comfortable taking satire and comic illustration to a higher level. The assignment will use my own sketches and photos of seaside holidays in England – bearing in mind the aftermath of Brexit/noBrexit(?) and looking at multicultural/class/gender differences in the ways people enjoy themselves. It will build on work for Illustration and Printmaking on Aldeburgh and St Ives. And look at both illustrators and photographers like Martin Parr who have documented the British seaside.

For Assignment 4 I will focus on forthcoming seaside holidays in Norfolk/Suffolk and Yorkshire/Northumberland, working in a range of media to produce postcards, greetings cards and fine art prints for the tourist market. I will research the seaside tourist market in different places, and promote my work through social networks, including the many media-based Facebook groups for eg gouache, iPad, pen and ink etc. Once I have images that I consider good enough, I will try and get actual feedback from the market – seaside galleries and on-line sales. There are also possible outlets as part of articles for camping magazines etc. In Assignment 5, based on that experience, I will include other seaside images from holidays in 2020 in St Ives and SouthWest and Lakes/Lancashire coast.

Assignment 4 looks at ‘documentary at home’ and how my ‘Zemni’ socio-political voice can underpin illustration for the tourist market to reach a wider audience ‘beyond the converted’. Producing illustrations in my own country mean that I feel more comfortable taking satire and comic illustration to a higher level. The assignment will use my own sketches and photos of seaside holidays in England – bearing in mind the aftermath of Brexit/noBrexit(?) and looking at multicultural/class/gender differences in the ways people enjoy themselves. It will build on work for Illustration and Printmaking on Aldeburgh and St Ives. And look at both illustrators and photographers like Martin Parr who have documented the British seaside.