Back when I was a young, stumbling undergraduate and studying a 'Graphics' degree in South Wales - one of our final projects had the vague and exciting title of "What's happening?". I love any art that is intended solely as an expression (and not corporate or profit driven) so I chose to create a picture book (a coffee table book if you like) full of illustrations, photography and graphic imagery that translated a common idea.
But what idea?....
In the few years after 9/11 and the beginning of the Iraq war it became increasingly apparent to me that; what was being reported in the news and what truly concerned everyday people on an every day basis was quite different.
So I made it my mission to involve as many anonymous 'subjects' as possible to inspire new art to depict this notion. I drew up a simple questionnaire asking people: "What's the most significant thing that has happened to you today?"..... (as a start) .... "This year?".... "The last five years?"....and...."Ever?"
The answers people gave me were full of wonderful possibilities. The responses I received were: open, amusing, harrowing, dull, insightful, personal, uplifting...
and above all, honest.
I could not have been happier!
I am now looking to re-approach this project with the new design skills and "wisdom" I have acquired over the last ten years or so. I hope to then self publish a book full of wonderful new images expressing the real thoughts and feelings of real people.
I would appreciate honest input - so please also pass this link on to your friends and family too. The wider the demographic I am in contact with, the better I can graphically represent the times we are currently in.
Simply write your answers in the boxes below and press "send".
You are free to fill in all or specific boxes and be as brief or as detailed as you like
Just be honest!