My day at hay

So after doing our workshops at hay which I have blogged about, I was also selected to visit hay again with the college. I took loads of photos and we also got tickets to see some talks for free, as we were students! So this post is going to go into detail about the amazing day I had at this years hay festival!

So the first thing we when we entered the grounds were these absolutely amazing sculptures which sat just outside the entrance of the festival. The first image is a seating area also so we were able to sit and enjoy the sunshine. I really loved the look of this sculpture, and the Incan-style head is really cool! it was nice to see different cultured things, while we were going through security!

There were some really awesome places to eat in the food courts! We had the most amazing pizzas. Although it was a little pricey, which I expected, it was still really yummy! I also got to see all of my old work friends who were working the festival at the coffee shop, which was a really nice surprise! The food hall was always jam packed but we managed to find a table to eat on, so we spent a few hours in the food court.

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There were also so many places to sit down and chill out. It was so comfy and relaxing to be able to have somewhere we could just sit down and talk. Kate and I spent a while chilling in here, reading one of the books we bought at the festival.

Here are some of the other pictures I took of the general scenery we saw. I absolutely loved the flower stall, and took a business card as I wanted to see about ordering some flowers for my sisters birthday. Kate also took the funniest picture of me in the little head hole! But i am too embarrassed to post! Im sure she has in on her blog though which I will put a link to:

Also, here was the cutest vintage kind of jumble sale ever! Kate and I had a look round, and i found a really lovely mesh dress to wear over my swimming costume which I was really pleased about!

I also took some more pictures about the talks I went to and the artist and author I met! which I will do a separate blog post about! And I will also be posting the illustrations I have done for the hay festival, in hope of being featured in our college exhibition in July!


Nadia’s work

As mentioned before, we were all given individual tasks to do. I did the info and activity packs, and Nadia did the zine and the lesson plan. So I though I would write a blog post about the awesome work she did for the workshop.

The first thing she made was the zine. The zine was to be used as an information booklet, showing the kids how to make the paper boats if they needed any guidance. I really loved the zine and the illustrations in it are great! Nadia has left the boat picture on the back and the flags blank so the kids can choose to colour them in if they want to. The instructions are great and i love the overall design of the zine.

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Nadia also made our lesson plan which I have posted on here, however, this is just a guideline, we will adapt things on the day if we need to.

Hay Festival Workshop Lesson Plan

I will also post a link to Nadia’s Instagram and blog, so go check some of her other stuff out! its really cool!

Making our sample paper boats

As a group, we had to make up some sample boats to show the kids as part of our demonstration, and also to give the kids some ideas of the types of things they could do if the wanted to. So me, Nadia and Kate spent an afternoon making the paper boats. We did one for each of the countries we had selected for the children to pick from, however if they wanted to do other countries, that was okay too. The 8 countries we chose were:

  • France
  • Germany
  • USA
  • Argentina
  • Africa
  • India
  • China
  • Japan

We did little brain storms and eventually came up with some ideas for some boats.

It was a lot of fun making the boats and I think they all came out really well! Now that we have done all of our final planning for the work shop, we are ready to go straight ahead with the work shop!

Creating my activity page

As part of the doing our workshops, we each gave each other different jobs. Nadia’s job was to make the how-to page on folding our paper boats, which we will be using as handouts for the children to use to help them making the boats. Kate was in charge of idea storming, and helping create the paper boats samples. I was in charge of making up the the foam board with the world map on, and adding the boat images and flags to them for out informative part of the workshop. I was also in charge of creating the kids activity packs for the children take home with them. First, I made the activity sheets.

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For the activity page, I did two parts, one where the children have to guess the flags, and then the second part being the word search, where they will find the names of the flags. It is quite a simple activity sheet, as it is just a time filler really. I am a little unsure about the colour at the moment, maybe wanting to do a coloured background, so I have kept the background white so I can possibly print on coloured paper. Also, I did try to get some boats as the boarder, but I couldn’t in the end. The pencils do look nice however. Here is a picture of the packs I made:

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Next I made the boards with the boats and countries on.

We still have to make our sample paper boats to show to the children, which we will all be doing. I will also be including a post about the work that Kate and Nadia do, and I will include their blogs on here too for you to have a look at!


Paper boat making

We then decided to have a go at making some paper boats ourselves, following the instructions we had found on the internet, and also a really helpful youtube video we found which showed us how to make there paper boats. The video was really useful and we plan on using it at the workshop to help with our explanation, and help the children to make their paper boats.

The link to the video we used is:

We then made a plan of what steps we are going to use on the day:

  • Firstly, we will be introducing ourselves, and showing the different countries on the map, and what boats match to which countries, using the boats we have made.
  • Secondly, we will split the children into 3 groups and will be showing the group a quick demonstration of how to fold the boats using plain paper, getting them to do a practice example.
  • We will then let them use their own choice of boat, using different coloured paper etc. We will also be giving the children a zine with instructions on and showing a youtube video throughout. We will be helping out too if anyone needs help.
  • Then we will be helping the children decorate their boats, using coloured pens, stickers etc.
  • After that, if someone the children finish before the others, we will get them to make their own flags to go onto the boat.
  • Finally, we will be taking photos of the boats, and will be handing out activity packs that i plan to make up for the children to take away with them.

We made a small list of materials, including: stickers, colouring pens, straws, a world map, flags, activity sheets, images of boats around the world, our demonstration page, plain paper A4, coloured paper A4, masking tape, tubit lids, blue tac, pins and string. I will also be bringing my computer as a means of displaying the video.

Our next step is to print out our flags, activity sheets, and to get our map sorted and our boat images. I will then create the map display, and will set out our activity packs.

Planning our hay workshops

Now we have finished our illustrations that are ready to go up onto vinyls at hay, we have now begun to focus on the planning of our workshops we will be holding at the hay festival. We were given the brief to create a workshop based around the theme of the world. The workshops are for children aged between 5 and over. I was put into a group with Kate and Nadia, and we had the age group 12+. After discussing our ideas, we decided to go with a paper boat making activity, and then decorating the paper boats after. Here are some examples of the type of design we are intending to use:

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We had a look for some instructions to use for our work shop, and we are going to use some on the lines of this:

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To add to the learning side of things, and to make the workshop more educational, we have decided to link the boats, with different countries around the world. We are going to use a world map, and will be putting up some different pictures of boats from around the world, and what they are about, to then be able to create a little quiz or word search for an extra activity, so if the children finish a bit quicker, they can have another activity to do. The type of map we are going to use with be a very simple coloured map, something similar to the one below.

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We are also going to be using flags as a way of symbolising the different countries. We with be making little flags to go on our boat example. We are currently working out what materials we need and how we will plan the activity out, and also practicing making the boats so we can demonstrate this for our activity.

Check out my collabortive partner, Kate Jury’s blog, for more info on our project!:

Adding in the cutlines

After finalising and choosing the coloured tree I wanted to use, which was my original design the yellow tree, I then had to go into illustrator and add in a cut line, ready for the printers, so that my illustration cold be peeled off the vinyl rolls. First we had a workshop on how to create the colour for the cut path, and then on how to add in the gridlines in order to make sure we were leaving enough room around the image for it to be cut. after doing this, we then had to go around and draw the cutline. I used the pen tool as I found it easier. After i had done the cut path, I saved it as a high resolution pdf file, ready to be sent to the printers. Here is the final image I sent, with the cutlines added in. The colour around the edge is the colour we set for out cut path, using the CMYK controls.

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Now that the final image has been sent, we will now be concentrating on our hay work shops we are doing. I will post more about them when I have the info! but I’m really excited to be working with children at the hay festival in unlocking their creativity! The workshops are all filled  aswel, yay!

Experimenting with coloured trees

I wanted to do some experimentation with colours, to see how my tree would look with different coloured elements. I did this on photoshop, changing the colour properties and the saturation. The first colour change I did was green. I did like how the tree went a really acidy green, and the purple birds go really well with the flowers, which have stayed pink, and the teal coloured leaves. This tree is very spring like, however i think the purple birds would of been to dark when it came to production purposes. If I had more time, I would have liked to have mess around with this colour a little more, to see whether lightening the birds a bit would have made it a bit more spring-like.

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The second coloured image I did was was blue. I did like the red birds on this one, however, I don’t feel like the colours go together very well, and the blue is a little bit too bright for my liking. I just don’t think that this image gives off the same spring feels what the others do!

blue tree

The third tree colour I used was purple. I really liked this tree as I loved the yellow colour that the birds went. I also like that the flowers and leaves have swapped colours. The purple tree really goes in cohesion with the yellow flowers. This tree gives a real spring like feel and I would have used these colours as my original piece if I had time to change it because I love how much cohesion all of the different elements have with each other.

purple tree

Finally, the last colour i experimented with was red. Again, similarly to the blue tree, i didn’t really like this  one as much because the colours don’t have great cohesion and don’t compliment each other at all. The red does give the tree a bit more of an autumn feel and looks a little but too in your face. There is too much red and too much blue, so the colour variation isn’t exactly great. I wouldn’t have used this as a final design, may,y because it doesn’t have a very spring feel to it, and the colours aren’t cohesive.

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Overall, some of the colour experiments went really well, but some just didn’t work. However, I am glad with the colours I did use for my final piece, as I believe they were the most successful colours.

Combining the tree elements

After having feedback from my tutor, she suggested that the organisers of the hay festival wanted to have all of the different elements in one. So I did a tree with all of the birds and flowers on. I took out the fallen flowers as it looked a bit autumnal, so it didn’t go with the spring feel as much. So I have but the flowers onto the tree with the birds on, and I have added in some little green leaves to add a bit of colour variation into the piece. I then moved the quote down to the bottom. It was suggested to have the quote at the top, but I found the image look a bit too crowded at the top then, so I made the choice to put it closer to the bottom so there was a bit pf a gap between the busy top, and the text. The text is still hand written, but I neatened it up a bit from last time.

I do like the illustration now, as I feel it all feels a little bit more cheerier as opposed to having the trees looking a bit bare before. The tree looks more full of life and love now, which is what the quote I have chosen is about. Overall I am really happy with how the illustration has turned out, although I may do some colour experimentations.

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Added writing

Here is my nearly finished piece, with the writing added. I’m not too sure about the text as I feel like it is a bit dark, maybe a red or orangey text might work a bit better, but I will see what my tutor has to say. This image looks a lot busier than the other one which I’m not sure if i like it at the moment, this isn’t a final copy yet, but it is the sort of direction I want to go in. I will post one with the white back ground so I can see what it would look like on the white background. I have also been making some decisions about how i am going to print the piece and what vinyl I will use.

As for sizing, the banner itself is going to be 84cm high, and 178.2cm long. I will also be making it so that I can split the images up into the different components, including the text as a separate component. I will also be using transparent vinyl as I don’t have any white on my piece, so I can have the clear vinyl.

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