Final show 2016!

‘The Untold Chapter’

The Untold Chapter first started off as a simple task at the beginning of the course where we was asked as a class to use a book as a starting point. I really wanted to use the book The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho because it was full of inspiring quotes, I just had to use it. I had no idea that this would grow into something bigger and help me discover more about myself and my hidden talents. The thought of using a book as a starting point made me panic to say the least. It was something I wasn’t sure of or used to so I thought I wouldn’t be any good. BUT I didn’t let that fear stop me from being ambitious and curious. One lesson I just began highlighting certain words, phrases and sentences that really captured me. I wanted to focus on comforting the viewer and putting them at ease in a way but to also inspire them to do something they’ve dreamed of. 

This carried on for about half the the course (5 months) and it made me realise that I had a hidden talent for poetry. I never was the kid that was great at writing or anything to do with English Literature so I was slightly confused when I noticed I actually really love poetry. Anyway more pictures to illustrate what I did

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist


So to create my big paper installation I began to photocopy pages from The Alchemist and then highlighted using acrylic paint, I deliberately chose the colour orange because the book cover was that same exact colour. I found it warming too. I wish I could put up each and every quote I used up on here but there is a lot!! This then came to an end and these pictures show the outcome of many months hard work and experiments. I used paper, acrylic paint and oil to add transparency to the paper.

I was also inspired by Haruki Murakami’s books and quotes.

“Despite your best efforts, people are going to be hurt when it’s time for them to be hurt.”
― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood


My final piece was huge! I gave it my everything and I put in a lot of effort, I think that it was worth all of the struggles I had with it. I worked so hard on it that straight after the exhibition private view I came up with a horrible fever. I was sick for 6 days.  To create my final piece I used tissue paper, tracing paper, clingfilm, fabric conditioner and non-bio powder to treat the paper. The main focus was on domestic products because my theme was based on home comfort and comforting the view. Using the non-bio powder and fabric conditioner was very effective because it brought another dimension to my entire piece, it added a pleasant scent to the whole room.

Throughout this whole project I used blackout poetry to create text and quotes to incorporate into the paper installation. I became so immersed in the poetry and words and letters that I felt so lost with what I should actually create halfway through the project. My tutor just said “just keep making the cloud bigger and bigger” so that’s what I did. It was so simple yet so effective and strikingly beautiful.




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