I was incredibly excited
to be given the opportunity to be a student creative for MoDiP this year.
When it came to choosing
where to do my MA in illustration, MoDiP was one of the main assets that drew
me to studying at AUB. Having a museum with a rich
history of design and an extensive collection of fascinating objects right on
campus, is an incredible bonus for any arts student. It’s like having your own
cabinet of curiosities, full of inspiration!
Coming from a background
in social anthropology, I’m particularly interested in how objects have meaning
to us, the history and stories behind seemingly ordinary everyday
objects, and why we collect the objects we do.
Figure 1 Initial sketches from MoDiP at the beginning of term
Working with MoDiP has provided me with a wonderful opportunity to explore this further through my creative practice, whilst also learning how the development of plastics technology and attitudes to plastics over time has helped to shape the design of different objects over the last century.
My original idea was to explore the stories behind certain objects within the museum by making small polymer clay models of the objects, and placing them in shadow boxes, that had paper cut illustrations showing the story of the object behind them.
Figure 2 Initial experiments with paper cutting and
However after a little
more research into building shadow boxes and several failed polymer clay
experiments, I decided to take a more illustrative approach to my project.
My new idea is to create an interactive picture book with pop up and lift the flap elements, exploring the last 100 years of history through objects within the museum in a fun and
tactile illustrative way that all ages can enjoy!
Figure 3 Sketches Through the Centuries- 1920's objects
Figure 4 Ink and pencil sketches of early objects in the
This is going to be an
exciting experiment that involves me relying on my key skills of observational
drawing and painting, whilst also drawing on new skills of book binding and
paper craft. I’m excited to bring this project to life and to illustrate the stories
behind the fascinating objects MoDiP holds.
Judith Allen - MA Illustration