Monday, 9 August 2010


Age: 10

N: Have you got any particular Fears?

I am scared of thieves because I everyday watch at the TV that more and more houses and families get to the trap of them and get stolen. I am really afraid of them that sometimes beacause of my fear my fantasy creates sounds that I think that the thieves are in my house or
around me while I am asleep.

I am also scared of one fairytale story since I was really young. The fairytale story is about Snow white but am not scared of her but from the witch that transform her self to one really ugly and scary old woman and tried to poison Snow white with an apple.

N: What scares you so much of the witch?

Her face it looks really scary. A n old woman doesn't look like her, her nails, nose and eyes.

Feelings: Strong Heartbeats, Stomach pains and tears.


Is really interesting exploring the emotive side of people’s memory and researching the reaction of different occasions and situations that they went through affecting their feelings and causing a reaction.

Research showed that emotions such as anger, fear, shame are connected with survival and more often with defense without always being negative or positive.

Carroll Ellis considers that the conscious mind has a strong movement to be active and within its activity typically involves images, thoughts, and affective cognitive orientations that final being the most common structures in consciousness (Ellis: 1977, Human Emotions).

However a further research was conducted by asking different people and ages what kind of fears they have and what has caused them and what do they feel when they have this particular emotion?


Age: 49

N: Do you have any fears?

I do have two fears in my life since I was really young which if I come across to something similar in my life I do get panic attacks.

N: What are these fears and how were created?

a) My biggest fear started when I was 13 in 1974 when the war in Cyprus happened with the Turks.

The bombs and the gun shots scared me and shocked me when now if I hear any sounds similar to them my heart beat goes really fast because I fear that the war is being repeated and that I will go through all these experiences again seeing people and children being killed, destroyed houses explosions e.t.c.

b) My second fear created a bit earlier than my biggest fear when I was 11 and I went for swimming with my brothers at the harbor. As I was swimming my brother had a stupid idea in order to make a joke to me to jump on my back as I was under the water swimming and not to let me breathe for a while. I was under the water enable to breathe as there was not any oxygen left and I swallowed a lot of water. After that I got in panic and really scared that now I am scared to swim because I believe is going to happen to me again.

Feelings: panic,fast heart beats, loosing the ability of control.

Power Of Nightmares 1 of 6

Few weeks ago I met with a graphic designer Antonis Adamou and I had a chat about my final major project telling him how I am interested in looking into emotions that are stuck in people's memories from some particular situations or occasions.
However after a long talk with Antonis suggested that it would be better to concentrate at one emotion that for my own personal reason I would like to concentrate on instead of looking in all the areas of emotions.

After gathering through my research I found really interesting to look into fear or phobias that people have after an experience that they went through by causing a negative or positive reaction in their memory.

It was really interesting the link that he gave me for a documentary called Power Of Nightmares that it has to do with fears. Even though involves politics, religion and educational system it shows how people are in control because of the fears that are created to them from different situations.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Seasons and Time

Seasons of time one really interesting acrylic on canvas representing seasons with an abstract way. The colour pattern that the artist used is really interesting and really clear for the viewer to understand the season theme. However the artist in order to make the time more obvious divided the canvas in three sections and a face appear all over the canvas which it looks almost like a hidden theme.

Hidden themes

Hidden messages is information that is not immediately noticeable, and that must be discovered or uncovered and interpreted before it can be known. Hidden messages include backwards audio messages, hidden visual messages and symbolic or cryptic codes such as a crossword.

Nursery rhymes

Nursery rhymes reflect events in history and where available we have included the meanings, history and origins. Like for instance 'Ring a Ring o Rosies' which refers to the Bubonic plague. However nursery rhymes lyrics were used to parody the royal and political events of the day; direct dissent would often be punishable by death! Strange how these events in history are still portrayed through children nursery rhymes, when for most of us the historical events relationship to the nursery rhymes themselves are long forgotten! The Rhyme allowed an element of free speech.
Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary rhyme which featured a hidden reference to the Queen's treatment of Protestants using instruments of torture (silver bells) and execution by burning them alive at the stake.

Tord Boontje

Tord Boontje was born in enschede, netherlands in 1968 and he studied industrial design. He explores cues from nature, rich coloration and visual layering to create lyrical and highly-detailed objects.
His work is layered. The layers shift, sometimes its really pretty and uplifting, sometimes its more dark and scary like a scary story, like an alfred hitchcock film! Sometimes its very floral and sometimes its much cooler and reduced and abstract.
I find his work really inspiring as it has more potential for typography and visual graphic design.

Peter Callesen

Danish artist Peter Callesen makes amazing sculptures from paper.
I really like the simple whiteness and complexity of his work. Of course, the more complicated papercut sculptures will tend to impress most viewers because of the high level of skill and craft needed to make them. However is really impressive how with a piece of paper can create master simple designs.I think it takes more courage as an artist to exhibit very minimal work,the less you have, the more focus there is on it and the more exact it needs to be.

Typography Master

Alex Varanese draws upon a limitless supply of cheeky quips designed specifically for ironic post-hipster posturing.
However he has a unique approach with typography and a fascination with red colour. I find his work really strong of the way that designs typography and send the message to the viewer.

Pippo Lionni

Pippo Lionni was born in 1954. Grew up in a New York family of architects, escaped into Philosophy and Mathematics at Portland State University and New York University, played jazz in New York and Paris, and became a designer in the late 1970’s. He brings to design a conceptual approach, of diversified influences as formalized in complex multidimensional systems: such as signage, scenography, corporate identity programs, environmental design...

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Yulia Brodskaya

Yulia Brodskaya was born in Russia (Moscow); prior to moving to the UK in 2004 she was interested in diverse creative practices ranging from Textile Painting, Origami and Collage to more traditional Fine Art practices. Following an MA in Graphic Communication she continued to experiment and explore ways of bringing together all the things she likes most: typography, paper, and highly detailed hand-made craft objects. She has swiftly earned an international reputation for her innovative paper illustrations and continues to create beautifully detailed paper designs for clients all around the world.
She worked with clients such as:
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Hermes
  • O.B.
  • Nokia
  • Starbucks
  • Firmenich
  • Lubin perfume
  • Didi
  • DDB Canada
  • Imaginary Foundation
  • Blachere illumination
  • Cadbury
  • Orange

The Puppet Show

The puppet show, photos of real children modified to look like puppets, which is a project by the well known photographers, Winker and Noah. They present children from two to eight in their natural state and retouching them to look like puppets.

Fallen Princesses

Vancouver photographer Dina Goldstein - specialising in commercial, editorial, magazine and portrait photography.
The photographs try to show the realistic outcome of Fairy Tale characters in modern day scenarios by replacing the happily ever after with current issues by creating a conflict and shock.

Experimental Typographers

Experimental Typography based upon the lyrics of Guns N Roses song, Civil War. The is about stopping all the killing that goes on in todays world.

A typographic news explorer by Brendan Dawes. Doodle Buzz is a new way to read the news through an experimental interface that allows you to create typographic maps of current news stories.

Lyrics from the song called Disturbed -I'm Alive. The text runs through the page by expressing and bringing out the important words of the song try to make the viewer understand the meaning behind the text.

David Carson is an American graphic designer. He is best known for his innovative magazine design, and use of experimental typography. He was the art director for the magazine Ray Gun. Carson was perhaps the most influential graphic designer of the nineties.

Creative experimental cutout typography.

An experimental typographic piece exploring ways of creating three-dimensional letter forms from two-dimensional materials.
The sentence draws the importance of shredding personal details to avoid identity fraud. The undulating pattern at the bottom of the piece shows an abstract cityscape, the scene of the crime.

Experimental typography within an empty space using different letter-forms and fonts.

Rob Ryan

Rob Ryan is a visual artist specializing in paper-cutting and screen-printing. His artwork has featured in Vogue, and he has collaborated with fashion designer Paul Smith.He has illustrated book and album covers, including John Connolly's novel The Book of Lost Things, Erasure's album Nightbird, Chambers Lost Crafts by Una McGovern and Dara Horn's novel The World to Come.

I find his work amazing and really inspiring, it can be evolved in different areas of art and design (fashion,graphic design, print-making, illustration). He has a different and unique approach of expressing his ideas, poems andstory telling.