Examples of Creative Packaging

The product below is a honey product that has been packaged in a unique way which really caught my eye. They used a thick glass to package the honey and then they used a wooden cork for the lid which made it look more organic rather than some sort of plastic lid. What makes this packaging unique and imaginative is the shape that the glass is moulded, because they’ve shaped the glass into honeycomb segments, which obviously references back to the honey and how it is made. But another thing that is really clever about the packaging is how the separate segments all link together when packaged together, which creates a honeycomb look. They link together like a jigsaw except but any pieces fit together so you can create these big honeycombs in any combination you’d like. what I also really liked about this product is that there are three different honeys which all have very different shades and colours which are: a yellow honey with a tint of orange, an orange one and a darkish brown honey. So when all these colours are combined into one honeycomb they create nice patterns which look amazing and thats what I really like about this product. Another characteristic about this product that I like is that the product is translucent, letting light pass through to light up the honey making the product far more attractive and more appetizing. They also used a thin black piece of tape to hold the lid and the glass sealed shut which has the words “made by bees” on it which I think looks really nice on the product because its so simple and it doesn’t ruin the simplicity of the whole product. They also used a white text near the bottom which says “Honey, wildflower” with the honey in a much bigger font making it stand out from the rest of the product but I really like how simple everything is about this product, for example, they could have used a more flowing and swirly font for the writing but they stuck with a simple block text which I prefer the look of because it makes it feel more modern and new.
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The product below is a pair of earphones that have been packaged to represent seeds that are sprouting or as small flowers, like snow drops. The packaging is made up of plastics and cardboard like most earphone packaging but this product doesn’t use unnecessary amounts of plastic like most products do which is something I already like about this product. Whats imaginative and interesting about this product though, is the way they have presented the product as a plant which I think is a weird thing to represent earphones as, as earphones don’t really have any correlation with plants or flowers in any way but the concept has worked well for this product. Because of the colours and the way they have positioned the earphones, the earphones do look a lot like snowdrops or a similar flower. They have used mostly white for the product and the packaging which is why I think they look like snow drops, but they have also cut an outline of the wires into the card revealing a green background which makes the wires look like stems of a flower which I really like. But I really don’t like the way they have done the plant pot that holds the rest of the product/wires. I don’t like it because of the colours that they chose do make the plant pot out of which is a black and a unusual turquoise colour which looks out of place because it doesn’t mix well with the whites and the green colours that the rest of the product is made from. If i was going to recreate it I’d make the plant pot lid either white, green (same as the stalks) or black so that it merges with one of the other elements of the product.

So cute and very creative. I love the way they made the earbuds and wire look like a flowers/plant. The colours work really well.:

Project Evaluation

For this project we were given the title “close up” and were told to base it around, and make it for the Kendal museum which had to be completed within four weeks. We also had several workshops over the four weeks which we were to partake, take notes on and then blog about them. Over the four weeks we’d also have atleast one or more sessions with one of the tutors to get help and guidance on where we should be at, what we should be aiming for next and how to make improvements to our work and blogs. The units that this project were for are:

Unit 10 – Characteristics and contexts in Art & Design

Unit 11 – Preparation for progression in Art & Design

Unit 12 – Engaging with an audience in Art & Design

Unit 13 – Project proposal and realisation in Art & Design

During our workshops we were a given artists to study as well, along side the workshops. These artist include:

I also did some individual artist researches which were:

Over the four weeks project I went to two exhibitions, one was Chris Rigby’s gallery at the Kendal Brewery Arts Center and the second was at Loughborugh university where there was an exhibition and a postgraduate galelry which were both inspiring to look around. Although none of my final piece was based around anything I saw at those exhibitions. I first got some initial ideas at the loughborugh gallery which then led onto different and more realistic ideas. From that exhibition I wanted to do a piece based around multiple paper cuttings which would then fold out to create a 3D image. This idea was far to complicated to complete in the time we had been given so I quickly moved onto different medias and ideas.

But there was one artist who I was inspired by who I based my final project around and that was Pierre Cordier. Pierre Cordier is famous for inventing chemigrams  which were photograms but made using materials such as varnish, oils and inks. To me his work looks brilliant and I love the way it looks because it usually has a flow to it that is mesmerizing to look at. The lines that the oils, varnishes create look bubbled and eroded as if its really old and its slowly rusting away or like they’ve been chipped away at. His style also has a very limited colour pallet, or at least from what I’ve seen, and these colours are black, whites and “oldish” looking colours such as beige, creams, grays and browns. to me these colours do make the photograms feel old and dull but this doesn’t stop from loving the effects that he makes.

The workshop that we did that got me into Pierre Cordier’s work was the photogram workshop which was also vital for me to be able to create this final piece and project. In this workshop we learnt how to create photograms correctly and then how to make chemigrams. Although I didn’t use chemigrams in my final piece it was still interesting to know how to create them, but it did give me the initial idea of doing either photograms or chemigrams for my final piece.

During the four weeks we went through a lot of workshops where I learnt a lot of skills and developed on existing ones. The work shops that we did are:

All the workshops were helpful but some were more helpful then others in different aspects. The Watercolor workshop was very helpful in understanding how different colours worked with each other and how to use them effectively. This workshop also helped me understand how to create different lines with paints by using different amounts of water or paint or using a different sized brush. The textures workshop was helpful for understanding different textures but it was also interesting to see how different colours looked on different materials and how they reacted to different liquids and amounts. The print workshop was very helpful to see how different materials soaked up inks from each other and how to create a various amount of lines using the printing process and tapes. The stitching and sewing workshop was probably the most frustrating method for me as I always avoided using sewing as much as possible in the past but it was interesting how different colored threads and yarns effect the overall piece of work. It was also good to see how different sizes of thread would create much more bold lines against small threads or less bold colours. In the photogram workshop we were taught step by step how to make photograms and how to get the best outcome. I found photograms really interesting because of the shades/tomes that are made and how the negative space is used and looks, and so overall the photogram workshop was the most useful and enjoyable workshop to me. This is because it was that workshop that inspired me to create my final piece and the process in general was fun and original.

The original Idea that I had that I actually stuck with in a sense was the idea to create some kind of prints all lined up next to each other, originally I was going to do different shoe prints, such as wellies, sandals, plimsolls, trainers etc. After I had tutorial with Mike he pointed out to me that this idea would have no correlation with the Kendal museum. So I decided to go to the museum where I took pictures of all the different animals that were there which include anything from dodos, to lions butterflies to mountain goats, so there was a lot of animals there to get inspiration from and it was from these animals that I got the idea to do there footprints instead of the shoe print idea.

Leading up to the final piece I did a lot of research on what animals I wanted to use for the final piece. Originally I was committed to using an eagles claw, but it wasn’t long after I realized how thin the claw print was that I decided not to use an eagles claw or any kind of birds print in the final piece. Eventually I decided to use a wolf, bear, moose and a squirrels foot prints for the final piece. Obviously I wasn’t going to be able to get some primary source photos of these animals’s footprints so unfortunately I had to do some research and find secondary sources of them to use. After, I had decided that I wanted to do foot prints for my final piece, I made loads of samples and test pieces trying to find the best way to create the final piece. First I experimented with different background ideas that I’d create by layering the background image over the photo paper and then putting a layer of glass on top of that to make sure everything was secure. First I wanted the background to be the habitat of the animals’s paw print, but the samples didn’t turn out the way I wanted them because it wasn’t entirely clear what the background was when they were on the photograms. I then changed to doing the animal itself as for the background which turned out to have a much better effect as it was much more clear as to what the background was. So what i learnt was that it is key to do samples and test pieces to make sure you get the final pieces right, because It took me at least ten samples to get it right. If I hadn’t of done those test pieces my final piece would of been a disappointment to me and very frustrating.

The images below are just a few of the samples that I made while trying to find the right background, the first three images below are three of the samples that I used to test how much light I needed to use for each individual photogram. For example the bear’s optimum time was three seconds, the squirrel’s was two seconds and the wolf’s was also three seconds.

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Overall I’m really happy with the final result of my final piece although there are a few things that could be just a bit better in my opinion. For example in the squirrels photogram and the bear’s photogram, some light showed through the card meaning that it showed up on the photogram where it should have been white so in future I let them all do this, so there is an recurring pattern in them or I use thicker card so that no light will shine through that shouldn’t. What I do like about them is the smoothness of the paw prints line which is like that because I used the college’s laser cutter. I also like the contrasting shades of black and white within the animals which really helps them stand out from the paw print but I could like to experiment in future with bigger photograms so that I can capture more detail.

I’m also happy with the use of the media itself. I think that the use of photograms in this way was a good idea but I still feel I could of done it better for example I could of edited the Moose’s print better because it doesn’t fit into the photogram well because it is too small.

For this final piece I’ve already mentioned how I was inspired by Pierre Cordier to create this work but i was also inspired by an artists work who did double exposures of animals and there habitats which is where I originally got my ideas from, so overall I think I have portrayed what I was inspired by well.

Overall I have thoroughly enjoyed doing this project because I got to use a media which I wouldn’t of normally used and I was surprised by how well the final piece went and hopefully I get to experiment more with this media in the future. andreas-5

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Stencils and Laser Cutting

For the Final piece I decided to create 4 photograms based on four animals. I chose to do a squirrel, moose, wolf and a bear but for the bear I wanted to do something different with the paws shape so I used one of the drawings from the previous post “Sample Drawings and Test Photograms

To make these stencils I used a laser cutter and illustrator to make them. I put the image of the paw print that I wanted, into illustrator and used the “image trace” tool to get an outline of the print into individual paths. I then expanded the file and then ungrouped everything. But when I ungrouped everything it creates two paths of everything so I had to go through all the paths and delete one set of paths so that when it came to using the laser cutter, it wouldn’t go over everything twice and instead just do it once which is all that is needed.

The first set of images below are of the paw prints in digital version which I made stencils from. The next set of images are the outcomes of the paw prints after they’d been cut out. I chose to use card for these stencils so that no light would be able to get through onto the paper where it shouldn’t but I didn’t use very thick card so my only worry is that some light will still shine through onto the light sensitive paper. Another thing that I would’ve like to do would of been to do all the paw prints but instead I would of liked to give the paws a pattern and just a bit more character like in the fourth stencil and drawing.

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Sample Drawings and Test Photograms

In preparation for the final pieces I tried creating a new way to present the paws. I drew the paws in different ways using a light board and the original wolf paw print. I put the original paw print (first image) on the light board and then put another paper sheet over the top so that I could trace samples in the correct proportions. I used a thick board pen, a sharpie and a fine liner to create the three drawings that are below.

The first image, I used a 0.8 fineliner to create thin lines and cross hatched to create quite a dense paw print which clearly showed the shape of the paw but when i photographed it and then placed it in illustrator to image trace it, the image trace couldn’t pick up all the lines and it merged sections together to create a black and white mess which looked awful so i chose not to use it as a final sample stencil.

the second drawing i used a sharpie and used a lot of pressure to create thick lines and I also left a small gap in between each line so that it’d look a lot thicker then if i left big gaps and it might of lost some detail. I didn’t chose to use this stencil because when I image traced it on photoshop it did the same thing as the previous sample which was that it all merged together so it was unusable because it looked nothing like a paw print.

For the third drawing I used a whiteboard pen which has a really thick line if used at the right angle so I was able to create the thick lines that you can see in the image below. From all the drawings that I did this was the only one I used because this when it was in stencil form, the paw was big enough and there was enough space in it for the image that would be behind it to be seen.

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I also did some test photograms of a new background idea. I chose to change from just doing a landscape background, to doing a background that had the animal in it that was also had the paw print. The outcome of this experiment was better then the landscape background but I took the photogram out of the developer too early so it didn’t show up as dark as it should of been. I’m also thinking on scrapping this idea for a background and just doing the animals face as the background.

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Photograms samples Pt2 Landscapes

For these samples I experimented to find a way to create the background for the paw print. I used a simple photo of a mountain and a river that I found, then printed it out and used it over the top of the light sensitive paper. First I experimented with different amounts of time over the paper which you can see the outcome of in the first photo. I found that between 4-5 seconds is the best time to use so for the next sample I used 4.5 seconds but i didn’t put a sheet of glass over the top which would’ve kept the image closer to the light sensitive paper. Because of this, the image was slightly above the paper below so the photogram turned out very blurry which you can see in the second image. For the third sample I did the same as the second one but this time I put the glass sheet on it, but the difference between the two samples is huge.

These samples were A5 size so next I want onto A4 as a final sample piece. To make the photogram more smooth I cut the stencil out with a stanley knife instead of scissors but the outline was still quite rough and messy if you looked at it closely. I Reprinted the background image in 3D which you can see in the fourth image below. The outcome of this sample was good but I’m still not a 100% happy with the background image or the stencil cutout. For future samples and for the final pieces I might use a laser cutter to cut the the stencils out because then the stencils will be perfect shapes. For the background I’m going to try and find a thinner type of paper to print the image onto so that when I come to do the photogram with it, it’ll be more clear and more detailed. I also might try and make the white, negative space more interesting by using oils and chemicals on it to create a chemigram, like Pierre Cordier’s chemigrams. Another idea that i’m going to experiment with tomorrow is that I’m thinking on peeling away all the white negative space that is left on the photogram and then carrying on the background with watercolours so that it’s aligned with the same background that is on the footprint.

For my final piece I’m thinking of creating five or four A5 or A4 photograms of footprints like the one below. I’m thinking on doing a wolf, bear, elk/deer and a gorilla/ape footprints for the final piece and then lining them all next to each other in one long showcase.

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Photogram samples

The first four images below are my first samples for this project in order. To make these samples I used a cut out and the templates from the cut out, which came from one of the drawings which is in “Drawings for Photogram samples” to make these four samples. These samples were inspired by a workshop (Photography workshop and Pierre Cordier) that I did previously in the project which was based on the artist Pierre Cordier who created Chemigrams which were photograms but with a mixture of chemistry to create interesting effects.

The first sample I did with the cut out pieces which can be seen in the last image. I put them on an A5 sized piece of light sensitive paper and left the light on for roughly 5-6 seconds which turned out to be way too long. but Something interesting did happen which I didn’t mean to happen which was that the line marks that were on the cutouts came up on the photogram which i found really interesting because I thought the paper was thick enough to block out that much light. The paper that I was using for the cut outs was a bit thicker than normal paper so in the next samples I want to try and use and actual photograph of a landscape, on thinner paper to see if the image will carry through onto the photogram. The next sample I simply used the paper left from the cut out to create the opposite effect, but I used this sample to see how much time I needed to expose the paper for and I found out that for this type of photogram, about 1 or 2 seconds is the optimum amount of time. For the Third Sample I did the same thing as I did in the second sample but this time I used a see through plastic sheet to draw a design onto and placed it over the  original template. The tape that I used for this sample is in the second to last image. The fourth sample is also test piece to try and find the right amount of time needed for the photograms.

What I found out about these photograms is that the edges of the templates need to be incredibly smooth and neat because the photograms are very detailed. I also found out that when I come to do the drawing or image to go inside the paw print, i need to go into a lot of detail to get a good effect and if I’m going to use paper for the image, I need to use thin paper so that it shows up on the photogram. Another thing is that I really like how different each photogram looked because each one had different shades so if i put them all lined up together it will become quite a nice pattern, in theory.

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