Project 2: Accordion Book
The second and final project for my vector graphics class required me to create an accordion book out of found images. We were required to cut a 2.5 x 2.5 inch hole right through a magazine. I picked a TIME magazine (refer to image). I didn’t even get to read it because I was in a rush, and went ahead and sliced it open. If you look at the image you notice that I cut where the words are rather than over Hilary Clinton’s face. I felt the word were particularly compelling and really helped shape the whole concept of my book. The words were: “Hillary Clinton: Rise of Smart Power”. Which to me is a very interesting take on the idea of power, which I usually associate with brute force etc.
After cutting through the magazine, I scanned them all in, and placed the 20 best photos into a grid. Looking at all the photos laid out I chose some of the ones I felt best represented power. Notably all the major political figures that I managed to cut out. I placed them all down, however after experimentation and advice from others I decided to only pick one political figure and make them the central piece in my accordion book.
Another element that we needed to have in our accordion book was some sort of text. Since my theme was “power” I didn’t quite know what to choose, so I just randomly grabbed a book off my shelf. Luckily I managed to grab some riddles from The Hobbit, that related well with my concept/theme. Although I have complete the project I am not entirely happy with it, I felt the flow of images was definitely disrupted somehow by the text, and would have rather had the images only. Despite this set back, I managed to work with the text as another element which I hope will provoke your thoughts on the relationships of power and people as well as literally between image and text.