Starting to Measure

Today with the help of technician David, I started to map out the grid for my wall of swatches. After measuring out the space with a tape measure I found that it would be easier to have the swatches A4 sized, rather than the custom size I had created. The grid is therefore 17 swatches of A4 with a 50 mm gutter. I plan to do at least 9 rows up, but if I end up doing less, it’s not the end of the world. As long as I am able to get some pastel shades in there I will be happy.

Tomorrow I will need to find a ladder to finish off the top few lines, and then I should be able to start painting.

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Finished Books

After yesterdays problems with the colour, I found that the problems weren’t over. Although most of the book had printed properly, I realised this morning that the first section of the book had printed its pages on the wrong side of the fold. This meant the page numbers appeared on the inside corners of the pages, and not the outside corners. Thankfully this wasn’t too difficult to fix, as I went to Ruth first thing in the morning and she helped me reprint the first sections for both the books.

Ruth then helped me through the process of actually binding my books.

  1. Fold each page at the crop lines, keeping them within their small bundle of 8 pages.

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2. Use an awl to make holes along the folds of each page.

3. Stitch each of the sections together using a specific stitch.

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4. Use PVA glue to glue the sections together. Leave to dry for 10 minutes before coming back to glue some fabric to the spine.

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5. Using the inkjet printer I printed my two front covers, allowing space for the spine.

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6. Measure out the spine and a small section of the page and glue the cover to the book.

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The books were then cut at the crop marks and they were finished. Even though they have taken allot longer than I had anticipated, I am really happy with how they came out. I’m also really glad that I decided to print them myself, as if I had sent them off to be printed elsewhere, and the colours had been printed wrong, there would have been little that I could have done to make it right in time for the private view.

Since printing had taken up the entire day, I also went to talk to David to ask if he would be able to help me tomorrow with how to use spirit levels and ladders so that I can start measuring out the grid for my wall.

Organising Plinths + Print Problems

Today, for the morning James and I went through all the unused plinths, and cataloged them on lists as either spare wood or full flat pack plinths. This is so that if anyone decides that they need a plinth after yesterday, they can easily look through the list to see if we already had a suitable plinth for them, rather than having to build a new one.

In the afternoon I had booked in to make my books with Ruth at 1, however after printing the first book, I found the colours had printed out completely differently to how they had printed out on my test print before. It seems that printing from different applications can drastically alter the colours – my test print I had printed from a pdf, and for the booklet I was having to print from indesign.

While I was frantically trying to sort out the colours, Visual Communications tutor Karl had come in to the computer room and found my sheets of colour spread out across the desks. He then lent me his Pantone colour catalogue to try and see if I could rematch up the colours using it.

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Finally after allot of frustration, I think I finally have it all printed correctly with the right colours. Although I was planning to have finished the books today, I will need to come back and see Ruth tomorrow to actually start binding the books.

Plinths

Today we sorted out what plinths we would need for the exhibition. Since I am no longer using my TV, I only need one plinth to hold my books. I found one plinth that is a good width and depth, however I have organised for it to be made shorter, as it is quite tall at the moment. I also have requested for it have a an angled top put on it so that the books will be displayed nicely.

Pet Name/Catcall Survey Results

For my pet names/catcalling survey I received 138 responses. One of the more striking things is the difference between responses from females and nonbinary, vs males. There are only 4 out of the 54 male respondents who actually said they had been catcalled. Even stranger was that 18 out of the 54 male respondents shared any pet names they get given. Either they really don’t get called pet names, or it’s as if being called pet names would somehow damage their anonymous image.

Below are word clouds of the responses that I got from female respondents. The first is of the frequencey of catcalls, and the second is the frequencey of pet names. After having discussed my ideas with my SO (who identifies as non-binary) and their friends (also non-binary), I have decided not to include any responses from people who identify as non-binary like I had originally thought about doing. They felt that since the project is about the fact that pink has been assigned a gender, including their responses would be as if I am also assigning them a gender.

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Interestingly allot of the names appear frequently on both, yet a large majority of people said that they liked pet names. This shows that its not exactly what you say, but how and who is saying it. Additionally, not all people who were given pet names said that they actually like them. Even though it is something that is often meant as an endearment, I have found from talking to various people that they can find it demeaning.

From these responses I have made a list that I am going to use when looking at the collection of shades I have created. As I go through the shades I will use this list to name each shade accordingly.

Gradient Re- Re Visit

After sleeping on the gradient I had created, today I looked back at it and found that I don’t particularly like how it looks. I feel like it is too dark and dull, and I want my swatch book and wall to be bright and vibrant shades of pink. After asking my peer , Poppy what she thought, she also felt like the gradient is too dull. This meant that I spent the rest of the day, recreating a better and brighter gradient. This final outcome I feel is allot better, and will create better swatch colours for the book. It will also look allot more appealing and satisfying on the wall, which is also a goal of mine that I want my final piece to achieve.

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Development Into Two Books

Today when I started to compile a list of names for my collection of colours from my surveys I found that I had two problems.

One problem was that from my ‘first names’ survey, the data I am collecting is so vast and varied that most names only come up once. I would need to collect an extremely large amount of data for it to start generating an accurate representation of name popularity. To solve this I think I will look up what the most popular female baby names were in 1997 (the year I was born) and then use this to name some of the colours. 

The second problem I have found is that the list of catcalls/pet names mixed in with the popular baby names, doesnt look like a cohesive list. The mix looks and sounds odd. For this reason I think I will make two books, one named after catcalls and petnames, and another named after popular baby names. The catcalls book would be made up of the new gradient of colours I have created, while the the baby names book would be made of the original set of 38 colours I generated from my original collection of pink photos. I could also display a book of the printed pink photos along side it as a colour matching reference.