Today I went to the graphic art fair, pick me up, that is going on at Somerset House. There was some really interesting work on display and for sale, and as I'm starting to create work and experiment with materials, it was a great time for me to get some inspiration! Also, Rob Ryan has moved his Studio into the fair, so you can see him and his team working and his paper cuts coming to life. I've been interested in his work for ages and it was amazing to see the paper cuts in their initial stages, and made me appreciate even more the painstaking work that goes into them.
29 Apr 2010
Do you have a certain routine that you stick to, the morning before a race?
e.g something you always eat, something you always do..
I always set my alarm for an even number, brush my teeth before breakfast instead of after and always always have two cups of tea.
Do you have a Lucky charm that you take with you to a race? Or something Lucky that you always wear?
I always wear my necklace my great grandma gave to me or wear a certain pair of socks that I trained well in during the week without washing them, a tad gross!
If so, why is that thing/object Lucky to you?
Ever since year five I have worn the necklace when competing or taking exams and now its routine to wear it when racing. I get superstitious and race badly if I don’t wear it.
Can you think of any times that it made you really lucky, or any times you didn’t do well because you didn’t have it with you?
Last year in the Kent champs I got through to the final and got two pb’s on one day and I thanked my necklace profusely :L I don’t know what Im going to do if the necklace breaks, it could be a potential disaster! When I wasn’t wearing the necklace for a x country race last season, I raced awfully because during the whole race I was thinking about not wearing my necklace and constantly worrying :/
On a different note, I got my friend Becca to bring in her lucky pants today..
When i've experimented with my lucky numbers book etc, I want to look at making similar things with the lucky charms photos I'm collecting, and then work on equations for luck.
28 Apr 2010
25 Apr 2010
Also, I'm planning at the moment to carry out my research for Lucky Numbers tomorrow. What I really want is to photograph people holding their lucky numbers, and ask them why that is their lucky number. I think as well I'm going to buy two lottery tickets. One I'm just going to fill out with totally random numbers that don't mean anything to me, and the other I'm going to fill out with lucky numbers, and record these decisions.
24 Apr 2010
22 Apr 2010
I'm now going look at more individuals lucky charms, and I also want to explore sports people's lucky charms and rituals..
As part of my research I read this book:
Throught the book Wiseman explains how to make yourself lucky, and it apparently comes down to these 4 principles:
1. Maximise your chance opportunities
2. Listen to your lucky hunches
3. Expect good fortune
4. Turn your bad luck into good.
He says that luck is not a magical ability or a gift from the gods, its a state of mind, a way of thinking and behaving.
I'm becoming more and more aware that there are a number of different topics, generated from the main topic of luck, that I think I am going to have to explore indivdually.
Wiseman's chance encounters & luck increasing techniques
My Barcelona Holiday (so many things, lucky and unlucky happened over the 6 days..)
and then there is also things to do with games, quizs, gambling, the lottery. But i suppose this could tie in with lucky numbers.
So now I am working out the different sub headings of my research, I feel that it will be easier to explore Luck, its almost like it is too broad a subject because it's understood in so many different ways. But if I work to these individual subheadings, I think I will get a much more rounded view of what luck is.
This is my FMP statement that I had to write before starting work on the project:
On this Foundation course I have learnt about the importance of carrying out research and ideas development before creating final outcomes. I now feel that my ideas are more considered and my work has developed thanks to this new understanding of the design process.
The inspiration for my final major project is a personal one. About a month ago I attended an interview, and wore a new top that I'd bought the day before. The interview went really well and turned out to be successful, so in all the following interviews and portfolio review days, I wore the exact same outfit, and each time was successful. I suppose that for me, someone who gets very nervous about anything to do with interviews, it was nice to have something familiar on each of the days that reminded me of the previous successes, and I guess it made me feel more confident and relaxed. This got me thinking about luck, and how I could explore it. For my FMP it is important for me to choose a broad topic to explore, that doesn't limit the sort of work I can produce. I have thoroughly enjoyed working in handmade processes such as cut-outs and screen-printing, and artists and designers such as Michael Perry and Robert Ryan have influenced me in my understanding of this approach to graphic design, and how I can incorporate these techniques into visualising the ideas that I have.
The aim of my final major project is to explore the concept of luck. I am interested in looking at and investigating the science and theories behind luck and why some people are just luckier than others. I also want to look into the idea of lucky charms, but not the cliche four leaf clovers and horseshoes, but individuals own personal sources of luck and the superstitions that we all possess. I will need to carry out extensive research, using the internet and books as important starting points. I also want to collect primary research directly from people, gathering information through methods such as questionnaires. It is going to be important not to just collect information from my friends and family, but from a wide range of people if I want to get a broad understanding of how people interpret luck. Once I have collected and collated my information and I'm ready to move onto the ideas development stage of my project, I will think about using the handmade processes that I have previously practised and look at using the resources that are available to me, such as the screen-printing and letterpress workshops.
I will evaluate my progress constantly throughout this project through the use of a reflective blog, where I will record decisions and ideas development. I will also be taking part in group crits and tutorials where I will be discussing my ideas with my peers in the studio. This will be invaluable for me if I want to successfully carry out my exploration into luck.