Tuesday, 16 March 2010
I have been progressively looking more and more at maps, and the idea of plotting journeys and the patterns the plottings created. I began by colouring in the porcelain with Promarkers as I like the way the ink was quickly absorbed and layered well. I then went to add some water colours as the marker pen colours were relatively limiting. I admit the result is not great.
The theory behind colouring the porcelain in was to reflect the projects theme. So far I have been thinking about Margate in the past, my childhood and memories. Therefore using felt tips felt suitable, childish and raw. I chose colours often found in children's atlas books and hoped for the best!
Unfortunately I am not pleased with the result so I am going to attack it next with some white spray paint and hopefully restore it to the simple more effective state I had post firing.
Friday, 12 March 2010
Thursday, 11 March 2010
I took a trip home to Margate to document the surroundings which have changed dramatically since I was young. During my childhood and early teens Margate high street was the place to go shopping, and Margate sands were the first choice on a sunny day. Occasionally we’d be treated to £1 of 2p’s and visit the arcade and Dreamland was the cinema everyone went too. I even remember spending a whole day at Dreamland amusement park with aunts, uncles and cousins going on all the different rides.Unfortunately Margate cannot repeat these memories for the next generation.
I have become blind to Margate’s run down facade, no longer taking an interest in the place due to new developments nearby and the negative reputation the area has gained. However taking the time to review and document sights with a camera has helped me to update my perspective. I am hopeful for Margate’s future, the plans for Dreamland are exciting (Really worth a look) and the old town is already offering small galleries and projects in support of the Turner Gallery.
A classic Margate youth captured outside one of the surviving arcades.
A photo of Margate preparing for a motocross weekend (March 6/7th)
Broken window in Margate High Street
I want to use my positive memories of Margate and share them with others; I am hoping to do this in the form of souvenir plates. I feel this is appropriate after finding this site. The souvenir plate represents Margate’s past success as a tourist destination, the circular shape is an obvious signifier of my world (as a child). The plate will depict a mix of images, drawings, 3D elements and text of Margate today and the good memories those places hold for me. Creating a dualism between the run down appearance of Margate and the endearing nostalgia of a childhood, almost like a diary. The positive memories sell the plate helping viewers to over look the negativity of the images.
I will end with O Dreamland (1953), I was shown this at school and despite the annoying soundtrack it really is a good watch.