The assembly of the A-board itself was relatively simple once I had sourced all of the components. There were a number of different things that I was especially eager to include whilst making this piece, the most important was a surface on which interchangeable pieces could be moved. After testing out a couple of different options, I decided that my best and most suitable option was a sheet of steel. I toyed with the idea of the sheets being fixed to the wall, but the idea of being confronted with a vast, flat space didn’t feel suitable and that was just too intrusive and possibly overwhelming, this is why I chose to make an A-board.
The steel sheet was screwed onto a piece of 18mm MDF, which was then attached together with a piano hinge at the top. Although I wanted the board to be portable, making it big enough to feel as if the participant was involved was also something I had to consider. I chose to make the board 1.5mx1m, this size seemed to be the best answer when considering all factors.
I decided on steel as it is magnetic, I thought about painting the steel but chose not to as the raw, polished finished felt like the right contrast to the bright acrylic pieces. The acrylic pieces were cut out on the laser cutter and then glued using tensol-12 adhesive, then the magnets on the back with superglue. This process too much longer than I was anticipating, but overall I am really pleased with the outcome.
This screen print is for a poster, which is an open invitation for conversation, with the proposal being to set up workshops where different people from the community can meet and it is encouraged to have open conversationsource and ask questions that they wouldn’t normally. It would be my aim to invite cultural leaders of the community as well as a range of other people, making the conversation varied and insightful in order to gain understanding and acceptance which therefor would create solutions.
Invitation: move the pieces, use your voice, connect with people around you.
The starting point for this project was looking at the simultaneous celebration and decline of the circus in my hometown and used this as a metaphor for communities separating and loss of connection with international popular culture.
This interactive piece is a gentle protest, an antidote to the mainstream media’s manipulation of social division, hate crime, and injustice. It creates common ground on which to celebrate positive ideas.
This is a new departure from working with print and paper-based media. Choosing a haptic medium, with familiar associations with the fridge magnet and fairground, allows me to continue to work with vibrant colours and bold shapes.
“It is a huge danger to pretend that awful things do not happen. But you need enough hope to keep going. I am trying to make hope. Flowers grow out of darkness”
– Corita Kent
After revisiting to DIY protest poster kit project, I have decided that the way for me to move forward is by creating an interactive experience where the participant can create their own poster.
This seems like a solution for bring together both my poster making and the idea of facilitation. By making it interactive, it will encourage people to get involved whilst creating something. As the pieces are movable, it means the creations/posters won’t ever be permanent, which will emphasising the fact that it’s not intimidating.
In order to move this project forward, I have decided to revisit one of my past projects. The idea was a DIY protest poster kit, which all of the elements in the kit in order to make a protest poster. The kit contained letters and symbols. I’m still really fond of this idea that people can get involved, this is just a way of making it easier. I now feel that my role is to give people the means to have their voice heard, making it as easy as possible for that to be done.
Although posters are something I enjoy making, and mostly I think are a suitable medium for the type of work I make, I often struggle with being so explicit in what I want to say. There are times when it just doesn’t feel suitable or right for me to make a statement about my own beliefs and thoughts, and present them in such a way forward and confronting way. When my aim and hope is for people to feel they have the ability to have conversations and form their own beliefs, it feels wrong to present something that says, ‘this is what I think, you should think it too’ it’s my hope to give people the opportunity to use their own voice.
In order to solve this, I have decided the best way for me to move forward is to use the posters for something more than just making a statement about a certain topic. It feels that the solution to this is to slightly change the angle. I hope that the work I make is more of an invitation, rather than what I believe to be the final solution. By doing this kind of facilitation I hope to give people the chance to use their voice and communicate what it is they want, rather than being told by a statement on a poster.
“‘Belonging’ will be Myerscough’s first ever mobile installation: a bright, bold, touring bandstand programmed in conjunction with communities across Sussex, inviting them to reflect on the concept of ‘belonging’ by making banners to adorn its crown and programming a diverse range of local performers to use it as a stage.”
I am hugely inspired by Morag Myerscough’s work, as it brings together beautiful, bright visual elements with a deeper meaning that often involves the community. I am drawn to this piece in particular, as what in intrigues me is the fact that the installation is portable, which was one of the elements I wanted to include in my final piece. The fact that it is portable means that it is accessible and people who may not usually encounter the work are able to. I am very keen to make sure that my work is accessible to as many people as possible.