I am an MA Illustration student and I am very
grateful for the opportunity of working with the MoDiP collection. What first
drew my interest was the collection of old photographs from British factories,
they are mostly black and white and show an age when plastics became really
popular – the 70s, which actually isn’t really that long ago. The people
photographed seem full of personality and you can see what era it was by how they
have styled their hair and clothing. I feel a personal connection to those
people too, as my mother worked in a factory at that time.
Shrink-wrapping with Polyethylene
I went to the museum to do some preliminary sketches to
gather further ideas and to immerse myself in the museum collection. I found that
I was captivated by the transparent clock, and the cicada brooches.
Coloured pencil sketch of three cicada brooches
designed by Pat Thornton
Coloured pencil sketch of the translucent
clockwork alarm clock
These objects made me think about the layering in plastics.
Plastics can be transparent, revealing the workings of machines underneath, and
it can be translucent with other colours in it which is beautiful.
So, I’ve been exploring both the photographic elements and
transparency/layering in my work, using tracing paper, acetate and paper
print depicting dip coating polyethylene cut
with watercolour pattern behind.
Layered cicada. Ink on layers of tracing paper.
I am going to continue exploring these ideas, and I look
forward to seeing where it will lead me!
Ellie Jones - MA Illustration