Initially on reading the summer brief it raised several questions in my mind:
I was unsure how to communicate what I am about using only letters rather than words.
How much did I want the group to know about me?
Given I have lived so much longer how do i represent all this experience? Layers?
I first explored hand crafting each letter using ink, water colour and word. Although I liked the effect I wanted to show I could use Photoshop (This also proved useful as it refreshed my Photoshop skills). I liked the effect achieved for the Interview task ( a heart cut out of denim with badges about me) So I experimented scanning different fabrics, jackets and other items into Photoshop.
I thought about changing the order of the alphabet to reflect the importance of certain things in my life however I found this could be achieved by using different items such as scanning my wedding dress to highlight these letters.
I needed a chunky font that would enable the viewer to understand what the fabric represented. Through trial and error Std Stencil proved the best font for the job. I also liked this as it is reminiscent of growing up in the Eighties.
Overall I am pleased with the effect, it is very personal and reflects me as a person as I am pretty much an open book, what you see is what you get. I think each letter sits well with the surrounding letters as the alphabet meets the brief in that it works as a series. One problem with it apart from the obvious fabric changes such as Wedding and the rucksack you have to read the badges to fully understand the meaning. Matt suggested maybe scanning something different for each letter....