Hello. I'm Laura, a third year Graphic Design student at University of the West of England. This blog is for displaying my work, personal projects, ideas, and general things that I find interesting. If you have any questions then please ask away! You can find just my portfolio at www.laurabeaven.com
A few pages from a zine I’m working on currently at uni which stems from a visit to Weston Super Mare. The idea behind my zine is to celebrate the typical British sea side holiday and the memories that go along with them. Some photographs are taken by myself, and some I’ve used from family photo albums. The written memories are told by fellow classmates and my parents.
Working on a group project at the moment, we’re focusing mainly on memory so all agreed to hunt down some old photos which we’ll use in a presentation. I spent far too long today sorting through my parents old photo albums and left with far more than I actually need (four albums and one very heavy box) as well as my grandmas old address and phone book. Here’s a taster.
A prep brief for a new module: I had to produce 10 black and white photos, focusing on a simple narrative, subject was my choice but it had to be an object. I chose boats as my object and shot these photos in a local industrial dockyard and harbour. I took the images in a slightly abstract way, never revealing the whole object, so the narrative throughout is simply revealing the object, from ripples in the water to a homely decorated barge.
A printed piece to go alongside my ‘Deconstructed Coat’ stop motion film. I was assigned a book to read which ended up being Proust’s Overcoat, a book about one mans obsession with Proust and his life. I found the first couple of pages the most enjoyable to read in the book, I really loved the way the author had passionately described this overcoat belonging to Proust in such detail, talking about every little bit of it. I then had the idea of finding a coat of my own, one with an identity and character, and dissecting it, then presenting it in it’s individual components.
This book is printed and bound by myself, with my own photographs of the purchased coat, mixed with scanned images from Proust’s Overcoat.
A response to a 50 photos brief, the brief asked to present our photos in a creative way, so I chose to make a book. The book includes 16 photos out of 50 that I took, twelve of which are prints that were developed successfully with bold colours and the right exposure, and the remaining four are prints that turned out not as i’d hoped and over exposed. I took all of the photos using a disposable camera, so the idea behind it is to show the nature of the camera and the lack of control you have when using one. The book is hand bound and the ‘16’ on the cover is debossed by hand. I’ve used a thicker grey card for the cover and newsprint paper for the content.