Home Truths Development Work 1

On Thursday the 20th October I was directed to think about what home means to me and to explain/describe this feeling/memory to the person sat next to me for them to illustrate on a hand drawn and prepared plate template. This was an activity that I found useful for brainstorming, collaboration and practice of the circular form that we are going to be working with for this plate project.

The person sat by my side was my cousin Morgan Dowdall whose practice is Ceramics. I described to him that my most powerful sense of home wasn’t the country nor the house itself but the person living there who I have tons of cherishable and happy memories with, my most dearest friend, my favourite person in the world.. my mother.

I felt that this opportunity would be great for me to portray the love between a mother and daughter through loving moments I had and have with my mother and to also illustrate the rather funny personality of my mum through the work for my audience to laugh and relate.

Morgan had 5 minutes to illustrate within the plate template his interpretation of my personal memories of my mum and me that I discussed, shared and reflected on.

This very topic got us both smiling and laughing which was particularly insightful on the response that this concept would lead too.

5 minute work by Morgan Dowdall illustrating my memories of my mother and reflecting on how these traits reflecting her beautiful personality are valued to not only by myself but by others who responded with smiles and laughter when Morgan shared the work to the class.
5 minute work by Morgan Dowdall illustrating my memories of my mother and reflecting on how these traits reflecting her beautiful personality are valued to not only by myself but by others who responded with smiles and laughter when Morgan shared the work to the class. This work also stirs the reflection on how our actions forms the person that we are to others. Morgan chose to use the space that the plate provides in a scattered format reading from a portrait angle making it quite virtuous in pose and also quirky and charming to read.

Translating the work:

This was drawn on the basis that my mum is a very good listener to talk too. I can tell my mother absuletly anything and everything no matter how personal she is a very good person for this and the offering of loving advice that she provides in return.
This was drawn on the basis that my mum is a very good listener. I can tell my mother absolutely anything and everything no matter how personal. I very much appreciate that I can talk to her so freely. In return of me showing my trust to her when opening up she provides me with loving advice that I value above all others. I also do the same for her as much as I can.
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This is a reminder of how she suggested CALPOL medicine up until I was like 15-16 which felt rather silly especially where there was baby pictures on the packaging and how when I google it now it describes it as baby and infant illness and pain relief.
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The food content drawn on the template represents how my mum ALWAYS has a supply of sausage rolls and is ALWAYS offering me one when I go to visit. The grapes was a funny memory that used to actually drive me mad; whenever I was moaning that I was extremely bored and I didn’t know what to do with myself or I was moaning about how I felt there was nothing in the fridge that I wanted to eat she would just tell me to “go have some grapes” to solve these problems.
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This depiction of animals with the gift bow on the rabbit portrayed how my mother supplied me with lots of animals in my childhood. This was honestly the most amazing gift of all to me when I was a child it made me so so happy. It felt like new family members all the time and the house just was filling with more and more love.
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This dog on a leash illustrates how mummmmmmmm (annoyingggg) tells me to go and bloody walk the dog all the time as she sits and chills all day and if I refuse she major guilt trips me into forcing myself to do it. When I am bored I am never really that bored to go and walk the dog voluntarily especially with this naughty dog Charlie.

From this session I really grasped what home truly meant for me as I know my heart is very much powered by my mums love that she endlessly pours into me. Although being a personal expression of sharing the moments in my life I knew that the vast majority of people in the world with loving mothers could very much relate to this concept opening up to commercial potential being a universal theme.

The interpretation that Morgan created really helped me with laying my ideas down for me and developing from these starting points as I see them I can re-create ways to make them more easily readable to a wider audience.

Go to my Home Truths Development 2 post for more.

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Author: ellosweetmellon

I am 21 years old and I live in Cardif. My dream is to be a great illustrator that can sell and exhibit my work with pride.

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