As our group had made the initial decisions, such as our colour pallet and the concept being around Mental Health aftermath of human trafficking, I began to look at my own interpretation for print design.
To do this, I began researching into the different forms of human trafficking. I discovered that child abduction, forced prostitution, forced labour, forced marriage, organ theft and forced marriage are among the different types. With this I came to the realisation that some, if not all, forms of human trafficking are due to someone else’s need or actions. Interpreting this understanding, I begun to investigate other objects that suffer as a result in the actions of someone else. My study led me to Flowers.
Left alone, flowers are pure, beautiful and strong. When picked and taken from its environment, the flowers begin to wilt and suffer.
To translate my idea, I used my drawing and painting skills and different medias to convey the message. I brought some yellow and blue flowers to observe and inform my drawings. Below are some scans of my artwork along with a description of the ideas and media choices behind them.
Understanding that many victims of human trafficking find the touch of a hand pushing them or forcing them to do something they are unwilling to do, the most mentally scaring. I wanted to convey this understanding in my artwork and to do so I used finger painting. Applying the acrylic paint to the page using my fingers, I was able to create a floral blossom design using our decided colour pallet.
Here is another finger painting study using acrylic paint. Before the finger-painted flowers dried, I folded the paper so that more flowers will appear with their transfer. This created flowers that look damaged, communicating the mental health aftermath of human trafficking.
Here is a study using wax resist. This works by drawing the objects (the flowers) in oil pastels, watercolour is then painted over the top. The design drawing in oil pestles will resist the watercolour, I used this to convey the message that the memories cannot just be washed or brushed away – they are permanent.
Above is a study painted in watercolour. On top of the abstract painted bluebells are splashes and drops of yellow paint. These drops represent tears in connection to the emotion of human trafficking.
Above is an abstract response painting to the aftermath of human trafficking. To spread the colour across the page, I used a window squeegee. The painting uses a number of coloured layers to represent hope and sadness.
In developing my ideas, I decided that I wanted to use my hyper-realistic painting skills to shine a light on the beauty and pureness of the flowers before they are picked. Using a very fine paint brush, acrylic paint and a lot of patience, I painted 2 roses, blue drops, leaves and forget-me-nots. (above shows the paintings).
In contrast to the pureness of the previous paintings, I wanted to investigate a way to portray the damaging aftermath. I decided to use continuous line drawings (the pen cannot be taken off the page when drawing the object) to represent that once the line has been drawn, there is no going back. I found that the unstable lines also did well in creating chaos.
As well as being the print designer, my role in the group was to keep the group motivated and answering the brief in the most innovative and thought provoking ways. I also aimed to ensure that our work kept the highest quality in its aesthetics and design considerations.