I recently went to watch local side Worthing FC in action against Tooting & Mitcham in the Isthmian Premier Division, 3 leagues below the Football League. I wanted to include an element of non-league football in my World Cup posters, as I feel this is an element of the modern game that gets forgotten about, with a lot of successful footballers starting their careers at clubs at this level. Non-league football is definitely part of the game which is underfunded compared to the riches of the Premier League, and often produces more exciting football and is more value for money with entry to the game being only £5. I went along to take some photos of the game and the stadium to inform my own work and to try and add the non-league element. Also you get quite wacky and unconventional flags and banners at these games. The score ended 3-0 to the Worthing!
For my project I’m looking at the Russia 2018 World Cup taking place this summer. I want to produce posters for a number of the countries involved but wanted to do a main large scale one for Russia itself. Here I am developing some initial collages based on research about avant-garde and constructivist art movements. I then developed them further by colour converting them. I also tried putting the country outline on top using acetate at first but I thought it made the collage too cluttered with too much going on.
In preparation for my final major project I put together a split zine with starting points, artists and Art movements that inspire me and could lead to an idea for the project itself. I presented it by laying them out on an A3 and using the split zine technique then stitched them all together. I am inspired by layering of images, whilst using bold colour combinations. I like the idea of using printmaking as a medium for my work, as well as perhaps combining that with painting or graffiti. The main idea at this stage is using a generic theme such as the Russian 2018 World Cup, and giving it more of a sense of design by using shape, colour and medium. I thought by choosing such a generic subject will expose many more people to art & design.
I was inspired by the work of London-based screen printing studio called Heretic, who I discovered at the DIY Art Market back in December 2016. They do various designs for CD covers and posters for different bands. I love the different colour and texture overlays that they use within their work. I like how it seems very experimental but planned out at the same time. The shapes they use as well really works and overall I just love they style they use and is something I want to use within my own work.
Being inspired by Heretic Studio's experimental screen prints, I exposed a screen with different textures on and also the word "Russia" in Russian along with some other imagery. I used red and blue as they are references to the flag of Russia, with the white coming from the paper. The shapes I chose are loosely football related such as a circle for a football and rectangle for a goal. I think these turned out quite successful they are energetic and busy which I like.
Following on from my experimental print-making, I wanted to develop this into some sort of 3D design keeping the layering theme. I thought laser cutting would be a good way of using the shapes from printing and transforming that into 3D. I used the shapes from my collage and some type, created an outline on Illustrator and got them laser cut on neon red & yellow plastics, as well as some blue and clear plastics.
First of all I layered up some shapes on top of each other, keeping the consistency from my screenprints, as I like the experimental style. I also used metal sheeting I found as a backdrop, as I think it looks like goal nets. The shapes (taken from my screenprints) represent something football related - such as the circle as a football. I then made a base for them to make into mini sculptures almost like trophies as this is what they have in football especially the World Cup. Next I want to spray paint the metal sheeting and then glue the pieces to the base to make two mini-sculptures.
I made a wood base for the plastic shapes and metal sheetings to slot in, after I tried out some experiments I laid them out in a particular order not using too much blue or red. I also spray painted the metal sheetings white to make them look more like a goal net. I then used a glue gun to glue the plastics and metal into the slots. I am quite happy with how they turned out, they're almost like mini trophies that could be given out to individual members of the winning team like medals. Next I want them to be displayed in my final show on shelves with astroturf.
Following on from my mini sculptures I wanted to create another 3D element to my final major project where I had an idea to use current designs mixed with historical world cup imagery/posters to create my own design for a football. The inspirations for this were Mark Bradford's football designs (explored in my sketchbook) and African upcycling and how they make footballs out of found objects and plastics on the street. I think this is an important influence as this side of football often gets lost in the riches and fame that footballers of today receive, so I think its good exploring the part of football that tends to get forgotten about. I bought a football and then printed off some current designs and stills from previous world cups, then cut into hexagon and pentagon shapes to then stick to the football. I'm quite happy with the result, it looks low-tech and keeps that upcycling element to it that I wanted it to achieve.
To compliment the football designs I done based on the work of Mark Bradford, I wanted to be further influenced by African upcycling by creating my very own World Cup trophy - capturing the essence of making something out of the resources I have. I started out by making a cardboard base & structure and then applied paper mache on top. For the round top of the trophy I paper mached onto a balloon. For the detailing I used tin foil to sculpt around the trophy in the shape of the figures. I then used gold spray paint on top. I thought it looks quite successful as it isn't perfectly matched however it's all about making something out of not many materials which I think did well. I'm going to add some green ribbon to the base to make it look more like the trophy.
This week I started screen printing for my final A1 large scale print for Russia - the host city of the World Cup this time round. I wanted to use blue & red as these are the traditional colours of Russia. I also wanted to use a good balance of imagery of football and imagery relating to Russia as a country. Also I was conscious about the balance of dense imagery against half tone textures but from the way they're looking I think the balance is right. I encountered a few problems whilst printing for example a mistake during the exposure process where one of the halftone dots bled causing a blemish on some of the prints which I solved by overprinting with another image on the existing copies, and blocking out new prints with a stencil shape. Another problem was image bleeding where I just washed the screen out and started again.
Another aspect of my project is an animation potentially used as a starting credits for the World Cup inspired by Ceefax graphics that I used to love as a kid where I used it to check all the football scores. I used this together with montages of historic moments in the World Cup over the years. I combined these by turning the videos into frames and using the stop motion animation tool. I also had a play around with putting one video on top of another as well as using some graphics from my pen brush.