Part One

Research File

Pecha Kucha - 'Currents' by Tame Impala (cover by Robert Beatty)


I am always very attracted to the covers of music albums, specifically alternative music as I think that they are often very expressive therefore, as I was listening to one of my favourite artists i.e. Tame Impala, I realised the cover of the album always got my attention as it is a type of optical art therefore, I wanted to find out who created the artwork. I found Beatty produced a lot of covers for music albums and one of my favourite was the one with the helmet and the small illustrations of different objects. I like this style of illustration that isn’t abstract as all the objects can be identified in the artwork but the composition and the context can be defined as abstract as the objects are not directly linked to one another. His style has a sense of futurism to it. It is important to state that this is my favourite album and the songs mean so much to me and that is why when I am working, I listen to this all the time. 

Pecha Kucha - Polly Nor

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I discovered the illustrations of Polly Nor through Instagram and the Dazed and Confused magazine. I always saw a lot of meaning through her illustrations, the concept behind them would immediately come to my mind as a response of seeing them but if I tried to explain it aloud the words would not come out right because, they are very deep in that sense. In all of her illustrations she portrays figures of women that do not fit the “beauty standards” along with figures of the devil in different forms. Personally I perceive these works as a representation of the dark side of the mind of a woman, represented as the devil, which causes insecurities and fears about her appearances and her sexual desires. For this reason, the artist portrays the girls naked or in their most intimate moments such as looking at their bodies in the mirror, laying naked in bed masturbating, taking a bath, choosing what clothes to wear. I feel that often, these illustrations are relatable as typically, during the phase of physical and age growth, one may feel the most insecure about the way they look or they way they are, especially being a woman, as there is a lot of pressure in reaching society’s “beauty standards” which makes it sometimes difficult to feel “good enough”. 

Imagery from Martin Margiela's book


'I was busy dreaming 'bout boys' Photography by Alasdair McLellan, The Beat Issue, No. 233, 2003



I found these series of photographs scrolling through i-D magazine online which is one of my favourite publications because I find it very contemporary and targeting to the youth and creative culture which I am part of. I really liked them because, similarly to the photograph of 'Le Smoking' by Yves Saint Laurent, they are very natural. I specifically like the one where the man is a bit blurred out and the sea behind him is very focused. If I had the chance, I would love to do a similar photoshoot where you could see the sea. The ocean is a big part of me therefore to me it would be a very significant photoshoot and if I had to develop this project further I'd definitely invest a lot of time in it and finding the perfect location. 

Jean-Michael Basquait by Andy Warhol, 1982 , Courtesy of The Andy Warhol Foundation


Maison Margiela Autumn/Winter 2018 Menswear


I chose this specific image because I am interested in the oversize look of the suit which is nowadays very contemporary. Additionally what stood out to me about this menswear collection and piece by Maison Margiela was the decision to place the garments on a female model. I believe that this is a very relevant decision for a fashion designer to make because it shows awareness about gender neutrality and equality. This is what I want to achieve with my photographs. 

Ignasi Monreal for Gucci Hallucination 2018

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Installation view by Toby Khedoori, 2016, Los Angeles County Museum of Art


i-D magazine editorials: Inspiration to include in Visual Essay

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Red Kings, 1981, Jean Michael Basquiat



This painting by Basquiat really reminds me of the illustrations that I create in really random moments, very spontaneously. To me they represent the essence of a moment because they have a childish appearance to them. It does not seem like it is made by a great artist with great skills, in a stereotypical way of speaking but quite on the contrary it really does look like a child has drawn it and that is why I like it because it is just genuine and it comes from the inside of the individual. During the printing workshop, I carried out a very similar process to the one that Basquiat carried out for this one here because I had no idea what the final outcome was going to look like it truly came from what was inside of my mind. The best part is that the outcome looked exactly like what I was feeling quite ironically and after seeing it it immediately reminded me of Basquait. 

Sustainable packaging Design by Postler Ferguson



I looked up for suitable packaging and I found that this one was the best one in terms of appearance. I like the simplicity in it because it makes it look clean and professional but not in a posh way and also not too serious. I think that it would be suitable for any local fish shop and also very appropriate for a regular supermarket. I also really liked the graphic design on it but my purpose was to create my own, I did get very inspired by it but I used illustration. 

Paris is Burning by Jennie Livingston, 1990 (photographs of the screen by me)

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I have recently watched the documentary film and as soon as it began I fell involve with the aesthetic of it. As it was filmed in the mid to late 1990s it has a very retro sense to it, in terms of the fashion, the living style, interiors etc. and this really inspired me as it is something that I do not see everyday but I am always highly influenced by the style of the past. The documentary portrayed the life of African American gay men and transgender community and their subculture in New York . I feel like I have learnt a lot about the community and its origins through the documentary and having friends that are part of it, which we always have open conversations about and I am always very interested in it, I feel like I really saw the struggle that they had to go through and for this reason, I have always admired their community and the LGBT community overall and I always will.  It is interesting and frustrating at the same time how the topic presented in the documentary centuries ago therefore, the reality and the struggle faced by the LGBT community, is still a contemporary issue. As artists, I feel that we have a great responsibility in our hands in terms of raising awareness of issues, going against them to prove something to society and higher powers and solving issues through art and in terms of the topic presented in the documentary, artists have been working on this since forever and yet, although it is more accepted in secular countries, it is still a problem.

AV女優 by John Yuyi, Tokyo 2016 Megumu’s Browser by John Yuyi, 2017

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John Yuyi has captured  my attention through her works since 2015 - the period in which I started focusing on my art studies. She has progressively gained success through her genius compositions that she creates on people using water soluble stickers onto which she prints images. Her imagery comes mainly from social media or other internet platforms which is what makes her work so powerful. She additionally works on contemporary or controversial issues that some people may be against, such as the laws of censorship in art or in social media such as the #freethenipple movement. For this reason, I admire her as artist in terms of work and style but also for the voice that she gives to a community and this is the artist community and she uses her voice through her body and social media. I am currently working on a project about the laws of censorship and I cannot say that she was not a great inspiration for me.

Pecha Kucha - 'Women' by Charles Bukowski

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I am very inspired by literature in general but, this is my favourite book by Charles bukowski. I like it because it represents intimacy and the crazy sides of certain women but the writer brings them out and embraces them. 

Pecha Kucha - Benisright

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Ben is Right is another artist that I have found through social media i.e. Instagram. I find the artist’s illustrative style very pleasing to look at and although the context of the works is quite non sense when looking at it at a second glance, it seems just right at the first one. The artist has recently displayed his work in a gallery space in Belgium and therefore I have been reading interviews and questionnaires on the artist himself and what he wants to communicate through his work. As many do, the artist uses his work as a way of exploring and expressing himself, his identity and his sexuality which I admire because I do the same but obviously in many different ways. In terms of the style of the artist, I really like the way that the figures he depicts are unidentifiable in terms of gender. I believe that the artist might do this because that is the way he can express the way he feels personally about his gender or simply he wants to make a statement about “just being”, without having to be defined with a gender,  being gender fluid. This is a really contemporary topic in today’s society and it can sometimes get repetitive when being in the world of art, surrounded by open minded people who might have strong opinions about it or are gender fluid themselves but, this does not make it loose any relevance. Additionally, I really like the way the artist depicts interior spaces, they depict the intimacy of the individual, as a room or bathroom of a person is a rather intimate space that reflects them and their lifestyle. I like the colours he uses which are bold and not too bright and the fact he doesn’t use any shading or lining because in that way he makes the figures and objects illustrative and in my opinion more interesting.

Pecha Kucha - Petra Collins

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Petra Collins has been my source of main inspiration since I started making my own art. To me she represents the world of young female in today's society and what it is like to grow up as a teenager girl therefore, she is a voice for me. 

Hand written labels by Lousie Gray

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As I was researching  for inspiration for the transform brief I was not only researching practitioners from my subject are but actually, I was looking at ones from total different areas although, I realised that quite often successful artists who are for example specialised in fashion communication, explore different mediums as well such as typography. This is the case for Louise Gray which is actually a fashion designer who creates her own collection and has her own label but she uses typography as an essential way of communicating. In fact, I found these images on the artist’s instagram, along with a vast amount of typography collages. I like this style of typography because it can be defined as truly unique since it is hand written. It gives the label an informal appearance which in fashion might not be particularly good and this would not be the best example of a  standard label  and that is also why I like it; I like the choice of the artist of using this unconventional way of selling her clothes. I like the way that the artist uses two different styles of typography to create one word or one combination and it looks balanced and neat. I like hand written typography so much because it comes from a spontaneous and simple act that we all humans do so.  I personally use a lot of hand written typography and I always try to come up with new ways of communicating through typography as I view the practice more as an art that should be done manually. Furthermore, I believe that through digital platforms typography is somewhat already built in that way you never get the chance to create something of your own and that is why when I am creating a typeface for a project I am doing, I like to do it by hand and than if I have to take it further on media I simply scan it.

cover of Chaos SixtyNine poster book issue on by Cass Bird


I found this image scrolling through my Instagram feed and I immediately took a screenshot of it. The red typography fits perfectly to my eyes. I chose this image as a reference for the photoshoot that I will carry out because, although it deals more with sexuality rather than gender neutrality, it is still an image that captures equality somehow. I like the close up shot and the intimacy that is captured. It is a comfortable picture. I researched further about the photoshoot and found some photographs that I really liked and I can also use as references for my photoshoot. 



Maison Martin Margiela S/S89


I was actually researching the history and the start of the Tabi bootby Maison Margiela online and came across to this which struck me. The image is from his first collection which was defined 'wild and underground'. What I find amazing is that he drenched the undershoots of the models in red paint so that the marks of their footsteps would remain on the runway. This turned fashion into not only a runway show but a fine art performance. "Margiela drenched his models in red paint, so that the unusual footprints they left behind were clearly visible on the white catwalk" Singer, Olivia. “The Tale of Margiela's Tabi Boot.” AnOther, AnOther Magazine, 1 Sept. 2015,

Maison Margiela Spring 2019 Menswear


I found these designs by the creative director of Maison Marginal John Galliano very interesting because he is using corset-like structures and placing them on men's hips, on top of suits. The whole combination to me is perfect because he is taking stereotypical symbols of both masculinity, a suit, and of femininity, the corset, and combining them into one whole piece. What is also interesting is the choice of the models wearing these designs. They look quite androgynous to me because they have very fine bone structures in their faces. For my photoshoot I chose two models of both sexes that are not specifically androgynous but I intend to make them look that way by using gel to throw both of their hair back and that way they can have a similar appearance. Additionally, I will not use any make up because I want the models to look as natural as possible therefore, I will focus on the hair and the styling. 

Obsession by Calvin Klein, shot and directed by David Lynch, 1988, Tate Britain (primary research)


DeLuxe, Ellen Gallagher, 2004-5 Tate

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Dead Inside lyrics by xxxtentacion

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The lyrics of this song by xxxtentacion were a great inspiration to the short experimental film that i created. It is very nostalgic, in terms of the words as well as the rhythm of the song and it was playing in my head while I was "performing" for my short film. It links to the newspaper heading 'the art of not falling apart' to me because, as previously stated, I based my project around the realisation and awareness of death and bitter feelings that we feel in life. 

Deux Personnages by Karel Appel, 1968


This artwork served to me as a reference for the printing workshop outcomes that I created. Similarly to what I have made, this artwork presents distorted looking faces of humans in bright colours all in abstract form. I really like the combinations of colours used by the artist because, although they are quite bright like the yellow, they have a dim effect to them which all together fits very well. I like the forms created by the artist that he created using brushstrokes because I think it looks very spontaneous. 

Alix Marie


 This piece was made by photographs dripped in wax and than three dimensionally reformed. It really inspired me for the archway celebration project to stat experimenting with the visual imagery that I made in order to make it look more interesting and visually appealing and also to create something new, something more than  photograph. Because my imagery is made of illustrations of fish scales, heads, fins etc. and my typography which reads 'no to plastic fish fantastic', when the printed out and wrapped into a three dimensional form the image comes to life and it looks much more interesting in my opinion. I have to think of a way to present the imagery I created in a three dimensional way and where I want to display it and this piece by Alix Marie really inspires me and makes me question myself and the project I am carrying out. 

Precious Price Tag Pins by Lucie Davis

5Enamelledpricepins.jpgI really like the way that the artist was able to turn something that people barely notice i.e. price tags, into something that people would actually place on their clothes so that way, they would become more than noticeable. I believe that people should notice their surroundings more. I realise that when I tell myself to focus on my surroundings, I see so many things and become so much more aware than when I am just living unconsciously. When I am with my friends, I invite them to notice the little details as well and together we can share that weird feeling that is to discover and observe how many things surround us and how many things we are not aware even exist. I feel that, price tags in supermarkets and any other shops are one of those things that have existed since a very long period of time but nobody ever really gives any importance or appreciation to them. This piece is interesting to me because maybe I see price tags as part of the products that I buy rather than objects themselves. The artist took something that is something alone by itself but that can be perceived as a part of something else and she gave it relevance and by creating pieces of jewerlly, she gave it appreciation. I was inspired by this concept and the actual price tags for the Archway celebration brief. I used the price tags in one of my visualisations in my sketchbook, which gave me the final idea for my final outcome so it was very relevant to me. Additionally, similar to what the artist did, instead of giving appreciation, attention, relevance to price tags I gave it to the plastic bags.

The Dreamers by Bernardo Bertolucci, 2003 (photographs of the screen by me)

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One of  my closest friends introduced me to this film as he told me that I was going to love it and indeed I did. I found the cinematography of this film incredibly beautiful and inspiring. The storyline of the film was quite intricate and at first sight, as I have watched the film twice, the message isn’t quite clear, the ending laves you confused. The storyline was displaying the way two French twin brother and sister have a profound and twisted connection and they create their own fantasy which their newly American friend joins and in the end it turns out dramatically. The fantasy that is created is represented through the interior spaces and the way they reference scenes of films when they have casual conversations or when they act. What I enjoyed the most from this film was the beauty and details of these French Parisian modern interiors; the home of the three young characters in Paris left me wondering until now how I am going to place things in my future apartment, I just got so much inspiration from it also because I saw the way that the three characters lived in the house in such a poetic way. As I got inspiration from interiors I started creating illustrations of interiors, moving away from the illustrations of figures, specifically of women, I tended to do. I got inspiration of the style of the fashion and interiors of those years and once again, to me it was so beautiful because it was a different time, it was something new and it left me wanting more. 

Pecha Kucha - Seymour Cwhast

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Seymour Chwast was considered to be a revolutionary in American illustration and graphic design in the 1950s and early 1960s. His style may be considered “vintage-stylish”, in the category of art-nouveau, art-deco. Throughout the whole book found at the CSM library, I realised he was very experimental with techniques. The works of Seymour are really inspiring to me as he uses an impactful range of techniques to communicate “stories” visually indeed, from the book, it is quoted that “Seymour is nothing if not novel”. Through the different ways he uses graphic design-collages, photography, illustrations, I am able be inspired from him into my further future practice. He triggers the audience. He demands a response through his works, they are involving and therefore, create a sort of interaction. This is because his range of work is so distinct from one another, his work to me is unpredictable and exciting.

Pecha Kucha - My favourite magazines

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These are my favourite magazine because they are very contemporary and they target the youth, which I am part of. I always find so much inspiration from them in terms of the imagery, the typography used and the layout. 

Photoshoot references by Cass Bird


I think that these photographs represent women in a very powerful way therefore, in my final photoshoot for co-create, I want to use three women and make them pose in similar ways because power needs to be emphasised.

Le Smoking by Yves Saint Laurent, 1966


Researching about the history of women wearing suits and when did it all begin, I found that Yves Saint Laurent in 1966 revolutionised the world of fashion with the first tuxedo for women. "Despite the so-called "second-wave feminism" of the 60s, encouraged by developments like the availability of the contraceptive pill, well into the decade it was still controversial for a woman to wear trousers in public." (Shardlow, Estella. “How Yves Saint Laurent Revolutionized Women's Fashion By Popularizing The ‘Le Smoking’ Suit.” Business Insider, Business Insider, 8 Aug. 2011, 

Despite the importance of the action by Saint Laurent in such a revolutionary period of time women, the imagery in black & white has an aesthetic that I find very inspiring to the Co-create Project. A restriction is the colour palette we are required to use: monochrome. I like the way the picture is obviously not in a studio therefore it does not have a kind of forced lighting or any retouching because there were not those sources available at the time. I like the quality of the image that has a sort of grain to it. I like the way the woman looks classy and elegant with the jacket and her pose is very empowering. For the photoshoot that I will carry out, I'd like the pictures to include both a man and a woman so that the concept of gender neutrality could be emphasised more. Additionally I will not only include a woman in my photoshoot because I thought that since my partner is doing menswear, I ought to have an element of a man's body in the work although the actual concept is celebrating the Suffragettes therefore, the struggle of women. 


Tabi boot by Maison Margiela


I find that the Tabi boot is one of the greatest shoe designs exactly because it started as a high heeled boot for both female and men. I really like the way that every Tabi boot has the same form but can vary in texture, height, colour and material. In the photoshoot I will carry out, both of my models will be wearing the Tabi boot. The female will be wearing a white and silver boot and the male will be wearing a flat black and leather boot. Maison Martin Margiela was the source of all my inspiration for this androgynous photoshoot therefore I feel that is very relevant for me to research more in depth about the designer and the brand's concepts. Recently I am also very interested in fashion and I'd say that Margiela is the most inspiring brand for me at the moment therefore, this project gives me an opportunity to be able to express that. 


Votes For Women edited by Joyce Marlow


Right after me and my partner were assigned our object at the Museum at CSM, I went to the library and searched for primary resources to work with. I got this book that really stood out to me because it is a combination of extracts of journals and diary entries of the many figures who took part of the Suffragette movement, either protesting for their right or protesting against the movement. 'The Subjection of Women' (1869) (picture above) was one of the tracts who really captured my attention and gave me motivation to make the project about celebrating these women who fought against every stereotypical aspect of society to have their rights and began the infinite fight for equality between men and women, which is ongoing strong today. 

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Never Uses by Josh Blackwell 2014, Kate MacGarry London



drawing athletics reference but also archway celebration project 

'Simone' by Alexandra Bircken, 2013



Lighted Runways by Helidon Xhixha 2015


I found this piece while walking in the airport and it really struck to me. It really reminded me of the texture that I had gotten from the 'mistake' that was made using the plastic vacuum heater but it was interesting to see the similar texture in a metal like material and a mirror surface.  



Sarah BahBah


I like the way that these photographs look quite vintage. I like the typography used by the artist as a subtitle as if the photographs were screenshots from a movie. This is indeed what I did for an experiment I carried out using my short clips where I performed. I took screenshots from them and combined them digitally and than added a similar typography which read the headings that I selected from the the newspaper.  

The new York Times Magazine covers


I chose these two editorials from 'The New York Times' magazine because of their simplistic format. I believe that simplicity is a key element in graphic design to communication and it is a great skill to have. This is because simplicity communicates the messages in a stronger way; if the imagery is too complex not all the viewers could be able to understand the message and there would be too many different perceptions of viewing the imagery. In this case, the imagery of these two covers is very graphically appealing, it is very neat, clean and it is quite literal. You can understand perfectly what the issue is about only through small illustrations. I like that the background is white and it does not take the attention away from the main illustration indeed, it emphasises it and the concentration of the viewer goes directly there. 

Hollie Paxton - Rubbish Jewellery




This image was shown as part of the briefing for the Celebration of Archway project. It immediately struck to me because I am very interested in the simplicity and beauty in details especially in the details of unconventional objects. In this work specifically, I am intrigued by the way that the artist chose to use corners and fragments of small pieces of rubbish because they are not shown in their full form but rather cut, contorted, bent. 

Although this piece is defined as jewellery, as a graphic designer I imagined a lot of potential in what this work could turn into graphically. Additionally, again it does not fit into my discipline but as a location I got a fish shop, this image immediately made me think of pollution. I went to my location and asked the shop keepers several questions but the one that gave me more motivation as well as inspiration for the project was that they used regular white plastic bags to serve the fish to the customers. To me, this was pure irony as they were using the most essential ocean polluter to sell fish coming from the oceans.