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hi! my name is kirsty gilliburn and i am a student at manchester school of art studying Design and Art Direction. Sometimes my mind runs off on a tangent and i imagine myself sat in a Vogue office wearing head to toe chanel, the new anna wintour. A girl can dream.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009


Alex from YCN visited last week, not meaning to sound negative, this lecture didn't really teach em anything I didn't already know, he came in and told us about how YCN as a company works, the majority of which I knew from researching the company online myself and subscribing to the creative opportunities they have available online. The lecture did help refresh my memory on the opportunities that YCN create and have available to students, particularly the live brief's which as I wrote before I am currently taking part in (Fedrigoni), which is particularly helpful since I am currently considering my options post graduate.

New brief...live arghhhhhhh

We were given new briefs to choose from recently. My work load is currently piling up to a point of craziness and I am starting to stress. NOT GOOD stressing only waste's time. But i've got to keep going, the more I work at it, fingers crossed, the more I will get done. The new briefs look really interesting, particularly the Ted Baker window display brief! However I have decided to pick the Fedrigoni brief. It is is based around the company wanting to encourage more creative's to use their paper services, we are allowed to use any method we want to create our ideas, so it is a completely open brief, fun but alot of work because i feel like there are a million possibilities. However this is one of the aspects that has pursuaded me to do this brief, i'm hoping it will give me the chance to have a play instead of stressing about an outcome, although in the back of my mind I am still worrying about it but i really can't help it! I have been looking at work by Rob Ryan and Beatrice Cohen who's work I saw when I visited New York at the Slash paper exhibition at the Museum of Art and Design. I loved the work shown there, the intricacy of the design's on the paper is beautiful, a piece of Rob Ryans work is shown above. I think working in this style will work well for the brief because I will be able to create a message within the image and promote and show the abilities of the paper through my designs. However I haven't forgotten about the Ted Baker brief, with my main passion currently in visual merchandising I am waiting to tackle this brief for my personal project where I will have more time to focus on it and hopefully enter it for the YCN competition, I have never entered my work into one of these competitions but with a huge interest in the subject area i'm hoping that my enthusiasm and interest will show though my designs and enable me to enter. keep your fingers crossed!

Karen's family photography...

Photography has always been something i am extremely passionate about, and when my mum's friend said she knew a photographer (Karen) who might want some help on a photo-shoot i jumped at the chance. I am mainly interested in fashion photography, Nick Knight being a particular favorite of mine, and even though Karen focused on family and portrait photography any experience is good experience right? Definately, i found that despite the photographic subject not being one that i was truly interested in there are clearly many aspects which link together with all types of photography. The main thing i learnt was setting up the lights and checking for the right light settings, this is something i have always been eager to learn but unsure of where to find out how. aligning the lights with the backdrop and using a light sensor to check that the exposure would be right was complicated but interesting, alot of numbers were involved easy to say not my strongest point. we were based at a nursery not far from where Karen lived and her job for the day was to photograph children for their parents, alot of the children were quite upset about having their photo's taken but we managed to get some pleasing shots.
i really enjoyed doing this placement as it taught me new skills and helped me recognise the associations between all types of photography despite the subject.


I have many things to post from my trip to NewYork but unfortunately they will all have to wait for a few weeks now i have neglected my blog in the hopes that i will spend more time on my creative projects. unfortunately u havn't =( it is now time to...

panic and freak out...

Tuesday, 3 November 2009