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2008…

Posted in Miscelleaneous,Past and Future by emz2687 on January 3, 2008

So here’s another year… and my first post of 2008! January – The month of resolutions, diet, changes and ‘new beginnings’ – so what am I going to contribute to these tradition? My New Years resolution is to get better. 2008 is my chance for a new beginning – i need to change + this is the best and most opportune time to do so. I need to learn to live my life to the full and take every day as it comes, savoring every moment to it’s full potential and take every obstacle in my stride. Life’s too short to live as I am. It’s time to move on + change! HERE WE GO….. 

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Howies

For my magazine article I plan to write about ecological clothing and compare them with everyday clothing i.e. how both effect the environment differently. A key company I’ve researched is ‘Howies‘ who believes that:
“A higher quality product will invariably last longer. It will keep on performing as it was designed to for longer before it finally needs replacing. And so over its lifespan it will have consumed less valuable resources than an inferior product that will have been replaced many times.
That’s why we make the best quality products that we know how. Because ultimately the best thing we can do for the environment is to make our stuff last a real long time.The longer our products last the less impact they will have on the environment, and the bigger our smile will be.”
Howies use recycled cotton, organic cord and pledge to give 1% of our turnover or 10% of pre-tax profits (whichever is greater) to grass-root environmental and social projects.

Oh Lord, won’t you buy me…

an Audi R8??? PLEASEEEEEE!

Chocolate Advertisements

A requirement for the magazine project is to design an advert and as my magazine is based on the environment and making the planet greener and a better place, I decided to design a fairtrade chocolate advert. I couldn’t find any fairtrade adverts, but I managed to find some general food advertisements including:
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Environmental Magazines.

Here are a few Environmental Magazines I can use for inspiration and influences.

Audubon—————California Wild———Canadian Geographic——-Conscious Choice

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E————————–Ecologist—————Green Futures————–World Watch

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Absolut Ads

I love the Absolut Vodka Ads – They are soo clever, quirky and fun. Here are a few of the 100’s to choose from:

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Nina Chakrabarti

I discovered this artist in the book, ‘Hand to Eye’. Nina Chakrabarti is an illustrator who works using pens, felt tips, biros, pencils, inks and her Apple Mac. Her work is intricate and detailed, and has been used by many different well-known companies, including Topshop.

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Apple

Ok… although I love everything about Apple, their ipods, macs – even the logo, but why do they have to release new models soooooo often??? I bought an ipod nano to go on holidays during the summer, and 2 weeks later the new ipod nano came out. So annoying. But hey, thats how the cookie crumbles! Anyways, think my mum wants the new ipod touch for christmas. We saw it in Cardiff on the weekend and it is amazing – how technology has changed! Here it is anyway..

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A History of Photomontage

Photomontage as an art developed from the Dada movement. Photomaontaging began when Kurt Schwitters was unaccepted by Dadaists, and therefore named his artistic outcomes Merz. The term Merz came from a fragmnet of newspaper that originally read ‘Kommerz’. Dadists did not accept Schwitters as most of his material came from the street, rather than from photographs and relevants. Schwitters montages and collages, created from gathered refuge, are in no way political yet have great integrity of vision. Schwitters went on to make his ultimate work of art, connecting numerous pieces of his work. This took over the downstairs of his house, and later took over all floors!!!

Another well renowned photomonteur was Raoul Hausmann who created images with enthusiasm and anger. In a definition, Hausmann describes the power of photomontage as:
“…its contrast of structure and dimension, rough against smooth, aerial photograph against close-up, perspective against flat surface, the utmost technical flexibility and the most lucid formal dialectics are equally possible…The ability to manage the most striking contrasts, to the achievement of perfect states of equilibrium…ensures the medium a long and richly productive span of life…”

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A more recent famous photomonteur is Peter Kennard who took up phontomontage for its ability to show the “unrevealed truth” behind an image. He believed that photomontage was able to show the causes rather than the results.

Sean Hillen is also an amazing photomonteur

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Magawebzine Inspiration

I think I’m going to lend on the skills and ideas of Lizzie Finn for my magazine design. The reason for this is my interest in sewing and craft, which I can use to my advantage in creating quite a unique magazine. Unfortunately her website is under construction, but when it’s open again, I’ll upload some images!

I also plan to use badges as a running theme, as they are a youthful and popular means of communication. In my magazine, I’m going to give the readers a free badge as a means of developing a supportive following – a sort of environmentally friendly cult!

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