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Anna Serafin

about me

hi, i’m anna! a final year creative arts student, living in aberystwyth. my interests include photography – analogue and digital. recently, i’ve been interested in photography as a base for graphic design.
in this project i want to try and explore the animal consciousness, instincts, neuroscience and feel the inner sensations in the body through yoga and meditation. finally, i want to express that visually.

Semester Two


week 1, jan 25th

~ lecture ~

i’m so excited to be back! in the first 3 hour session we talked about getting back into the creative process, doing something, being open, raw and vulnerable…

wildcat research

~ research ~

the cheetah is the world’s fastest land mammal.

it is the only wildcat that cannot β€šroar’ and the only one who has adapted to hunting during the day. the black tear marks, also called malar stripes run down from their eyes down the sides of their face, attracting the sun away from the eyes.

they gain an acceleration going from 0 to 60 miles an hour in only 3 seconds.

cheetahs are able to gaze over a wide area, with a 210-degree field of view whereas people can see objects within only 140 degrees.

they use their vision to hunt, from spotting prey from 5 km away to locking their eyes on the prize during the chase.

cheetah retinas in comparison to other cats (which have a better vision at night) are expected to enhance their ability to discriminate colours.

national geographic shots:

tigers are the largest members of the cat family and are renowned for their power and strength.

they live alone and aggressively scent-mark large territories to keep their rivals away.

they are hunted as trophies, and also for body parts that are used in traditional Chinese medicine. hunting and forest destruction have reduced tiger populations from hundreds of thousands of animals to perhaps fewer than 2,500.

a tiger’s roar can be heard as far as 2 miles away.

national geographic shots:

animal awareness

~ book ~

when finishing the fantastic book ‘awareness’ by anthony de mello, i came across a lovely quote about animals, and how we as humans have drifted away from nourishing ourselves on the simple pleasures. sunsets, nature, a good movie, a good book, enjoyable work, good company. instead of making demands on ourselves, having constant expectations of ourselves, pushing ourselves, we must understand and live now.

tutorial, jan 29th

the first tutorial went really well, although i have no ‘plans’ yet of what i’m gonna be doing this semester, i feel like whenever i have a tutorial and i speak about the aspects, ideas, thoughts i have, it somehow comes together… and it feels good to talk about them. i told miranda of what i want to explore and that is wildcats, meditation, yoga, photography, neuroscience, the anatomy of the human body, the human and the animal body, how the body moves and what it’s capable to do. i also discussed the ideas of capturing yoga poses visually, trying to illustrate a feeling, sensation in the body through photography (?) there’s definitely a lot of research and exploration coming my way… but i want to take it easy, not be in control as much as i usually am, letting the work flow, and see where it takes me, not think about the final outcome…basically do more and worry less! i want to be more vulnerable (like cheetahs are at the moment) and make the project a bit more personal. Miranda listens very carefully and always suggests artworks, artists, ideas – like Japanese dance movement – Butoh, so these tutorials are always super helpful, useful and very thought-provoking.

week 2, feb 1st

~ lecture ~

today’s animal lecture has been a huge source of inspiration, starting from the lovely ‘becoming animal’ movie by filmmakers emma davie, peter mettler and radical writer and philosopher david abram. it was one of the best, most spectacular documentaries i’ve seen, because of how real, thought-provoking and spiritual it was. it wasn’t just science, but it was deeply immersed in philosophy. it talked about the higher states of awareness in nature, the animal and humanity. the fantastic meditation of the octopus left me feeling calm, relaxed, graceful, as if i were in the salty waters of the sea… other forms of art, such as performance, music, animal in human space, human in animal space was also presented. i am extremely grateful for the session today, my day has started magnificently.

new person, same old…

~ song ~

i recently rediscovered the song “new person, same old mistakes” by one of my all time favourite bands – tame impala. i’ve been playing them on repeat, their music is always so soothing, but vibrant and uplifting… in this particular song the bridge is just so good, so i thought i could document it here, just to come back to it…

Man, I know that it’s hard to digest
But maybe your story ain’t so different from the rest
And I know it seems wrong to accept
But you’ve got your demons, and she’s got her regrets
And I know that it’s hard to digest
A realization is as good as a guess
And I know it seems wrong to accept
But you’ve got your demons, and she’s got her regrets
But you’ve got your demons, and she’s got her regrets

animal poses in yoga

~ research ~

sourced from:

finding space

~ experimentation ~

i tried finding a space in the house to practice my yoga positions and to capture it visually. the environment is just my room, it isn’t a studio or project room, it has quite a lot of things, so making it minimal was quite a challenge. i tried spaces like my room, my living room, i tried hanging up materials to cover up the wardrobes. i put myself in front of the camera as well to know how much space i have in the viewfinder and how far the borders reach. the space surely leaves a lot to wish for, but i’ll try to make the best of it. i decided to take the photos in black and white, to make it even more minimal and less busy. i’m sure i can arrange something in the editing process… experimentation in progress!


~ thinking thinking thinking ~

week 3, feb 8th

~ workshop 1 ~

the workshop today was fantastic, a bit of scientific information (which i always look forward to) combined with the artistic captures: installations, movies, music… i was also stunned by all the amazing photographs and videos presented today, especially the close-ups of the octopus, the ants and even the tiny fig wasps! i’m really excited to come up with my very own species of animal! for sure it will probably have something to do with wildcats *surprise, surprise*. i have no idea what i’m going to put in the glasswork vile yet, but i’ll let my imagination lead the way. challenge accepted.

opening the parcel

i’m excited about designing my species and i wonder how i can put my animal in here!

p., p. and… p.?

~ experimentation ~

poses, photography and painting! that’s it. it’s what i’ve been experimenting with this week. i’ve started by doing a warm-up (for example sun salutations) in silence, then listening to the animal meditations and doing a yoga pose. i can feel it evolving… i felt relaxed. i wasn’t focused on capturing the image necessarily, but i like the outcome i ended up having. i think the sepia images look nice because of the contrast between my figure and the background, but the colour ones look quite interesting, more lively and warm.


i recently had a video call with Mai-lyng on teams, which we ended up recording too. we had fun talking about designing our animals and where our concepts are heading. we also exchanged thoughts, opinions and shared the ideas for our projects and where they might evolve. we touched on personal things too which created a sense of closeness :>

panthera auroris

~ preparation for workshop ~

my design of species turned out to be no other than a wildcat. the name comes from ‘aurora’ meaning the northern lights, which are formed by the solar wind coming the Earth. it can reach speeds of 900 km/h and temperatures of 1 million degrees celsius. panthera auroris in a species living in the arctic circles, they are a mixture of an arctic fox and a snow leopard. their fur is waterproof and iridescent, with dark spots. once a month they gather up in a circle and the spots on their fur start to enlarge and spread out, making their fur black, which ultimately attracts the sunlight. this way they capture the restorative energy from the sun, which helps them survive. they are plant eaters, they eat fish such as mackerel icefish and antarctic cods until they are 8 months old, but soon after their diet only consists of antarctic hair grass and pearlwort. the scent of their manure which highly consists of microbes, travels to the forests of taiga and serves as a ‘vitamin boost’. they are very friendly, independent animals, who love solitude, but can share emotional bonds with their mates and cubs. they are very creative creatures, who love to dream and are very good at meditating (as most cats are). they also have colourful visions thanks to the power of aurora, which also leads they way when it comes to finding food. their eyes changes: the colour (feelings, emotions) and the pupil (energy). the fox instincts represent its curiosity and the leopard instincts represent confidence and grace. they are fearless travellers, who are trying to make the best of their life on Earth, but without taking away from it. they try to be as eco-friendly as possible, because they are aware of global warming and the catastrophic results that come with that.

week 4, feb 15th

~ workshop 2 ~

everyone had such amazing ideas, and i really enjoyed every single animal presentation. the aquatic cat, the bulbo, the digger, the shark polar bear and the volcanic lizard-like creature who loves warmth! mine and ellie’s was quite similar actually :> it was astonishing how complicated, but thought-through and scientific they were. some were more unrealistic, but all were enormously creative. i’m really looking forward to the group proposals.

yoga photograms

~ research ~

with their β€œYoga Photograms” project, British artists duo Rob and Nick Carter, portray the yoga world from an unusual angle. the series captures the model’s weight and pose which are imprinted onto a large photographic paper via their movement across the light in a darkroom.

temperature and the body

~ experimentation ~

i took my brother’s microscope and decided to take a look at the human body from a closer perspective… i was amazed at the various textures, shapes and patterns in our veins, lungs, arteries and blood, so i took some shots. i also edited my previous pose, and played around with the hues and colours, which reminded me of the ones taken from a thermal camera.

chasing consciousness

~ research ~

Susan Aldworth’s installation ‘Out of Body (2009) is a series of large monoprints, in which visual imagery taken from brain scans and electrical charges is used as a catalyst for exploring the nature of human consciousness. combining a subtle use of tone, line, mark and impression, it exudes both abstract and ethereal qualities.

β€œSusan confronts us with images of tunnels of consciousness and unconsciousness, passages between life and death. Like Narcissus we are staring into a deep abyss. We are looking at ourselves looking at ourselves.” – Chris Orr, RA, MBE

art in neuroscience

~ research ~

Dr. Greg Dunn (artist and neuroscientist) and Dr. Brian Edwards (artist and applied physicist) created ‘Self Reflected’ to illustrate the nature of human consciousness, bridging the connection between the mysterious three pound macroscopic brain and the microscopic behavior of neurons. it offers an unprecedented insight of the brain into itself, revealing through a technique called reflective microetching the enormous scope of beautiful and delicately balanced neural choreographies designed to reflect what is occurring in our own minds as we observe this work of art. ‘Self Reflected‘ was created to remind us that the most marvelous machine in the known universe is at the core of our being and is the root of our shared humanity.

lead me…

~ experimentation ~

i’ve recently been interested in drawing and painting from the subconscious mind. i’ve been doing this after yoga. drawing from my feelings, but letting the brush lead me, absolutely not thinking about the outcome. i’ve just been enjoying the process of subconscious mark making, trying to illustrate the sensations in my body after a certain yoga pose. it has been enormously therapeutic to visually illustrate them and represent them with a colour. it’s not as easy as i thought! but it just feels good.

i really enjoyed 2 videos explaining the concept of ‘automatic drawing’. one of them, which has shown me how to ‘let go’ was with Tim Gula, who presented applying meditation to art with the exercise and explained the benefits of including it in your routine. the other one had some useful tips such as:

1. don’t have a destination in mind.

2. draw as long as you can without stopping.

3. experiment with various ways to make marks.

joan mirΓ³

~ research ~

Spanish artist Joan MirΓ³ revolutionised subjective art in the 20th century. he worked in painting, printmaking, sculpture, tapestry, and ceramics. his art is known for invoking a childlike sense of expression. his explorations into the subconscious mind changed modern art forever. his studio in mallorca, which i was fortunate enough to visit back in 2016 is absolutely breath-taking.

tutorial, feb 19th

the tutorial today was very quick, clear and easy but enormously motivating! learning through doing and doing through research and persistence… i’ve been enjoying this way of working, it’s not my typical route, but letting the work flow through the process has been so rewarding and lovely to do! i’m excited to see where the work ends up at.

the creation of ‘bopledict‘ (?)

~ preparation for workshop ~

the ‘creation of bopledict’ is a group workshop focused around designing a species for our group, made of the species we already created last week. it’s getting in touch with nature (the walk) and with our imagination and creativity. the outcome are the responses coming from any medium and reflections on the process and the workshop itself. i wanted to do something most of us would enjoy and something that would bring pleasure to us all. the idea isn’t very sophisticated, but the simplicity in which it is embedded, can often illustrate the most exotic parts of our subconscious mind.

week 5, feb 22

~ workshop 3 ~

today we proposed our ideas for the group project! we had: a zine and manifesto, audio recordings and performance, echosystem, bopledict cell and letter of apology. and the winning project was… ‘the creation of bopledict’! i’m very happy that my idea is the one which will take place in workshop 5! i’m also happy about the fact that my explanation was clear enough to understand. i used to struggle a lot with getting my ideas across (which i still do), but today i succeeded ^.^ i wish we could do all the projects… it’s so sad to see them go. i’d love to see them come to life, perhaps during the summer we could pursue them?…


~ experimentation ~

i have tried to cut my figure from the background using many *many* many software… my laptop cannot handle photoshop, but i’ve managed to find alternatives :)) and yes far from perfect…

the last of their kind

~ research ~

the ‘Last Of Their Kind’ is a series by photographer Joachim Schmeisser, which focuses on the beauty of african, endangered animals as well as on the creation and its fragile transience. “the images can be interpreted on different levels: as depictions of a distant past, or as iconic memories in the not too distant future in which we can only admire these majestic creatures in zoos. they are both a homage and a final warning – visual revelations that sharpen our clouded view of nature in all its infinite complexity as well as recognising what treasures we might irretrievably lose”. i love the compositions and how detailed the images are. we can admire the textures of the skin, scars, fur. the fact that they are in black and white evokes sadness and a feeling of loss that is yet to come if we do not keep these animals safe.


week 6, mar 1st



~ experimentation ~

i’ve playing around with different backgrounds. looking if the simplicity would look best or perhaps a pattern of some sort… i’m enjoying the process and getting the most of it.

the ccc

~ experimentation, and yet again another letter shortcut ~

the cow (Bitilasana), cat (Marjaryasana) and camel (Ustrasana). i’ve been trying to capture the moment after letting go from a pose, (which is usually a couple of minutes) and seeing how my body reacts after. sometimes it was painful or hard to ‘let go’, but what fascinated me is how it bent, released – and went straight to drawing. that’s what i’ve trying to capture although the documentation itself has been quite tricky. having the thought at the back of my head to actually document and capture the moment successfully has been taking away from the process itself. i think i might just do this, and hopefully document it – at least once successfully.

yoga on the brain

~ research ~

the University of Illinois has shown that yoga just like aerobic exercises has been proven to have a positive effect on the brain, especially when it comes to the part that is responsible for memory. it contributes the growth of new neurons, and major parts of the brain such as: the hippocampus, amygdala (emotional regulation), prefrontal cortex (planning, decision-making, multitasking), default mode network (thinking about the self, planning, memory), cingulate cortex (learning) are larger in people who do yoga regularly. it also has a huge impact when it comes to reducing stress, anxiety and depression. enjoy a few of my mri scans below.(:


having my head in the clouds, enjoying the mountains, the crisp, cold air and a light breeze of the ‘halny’ wind in the Tatra National Park has been rewarding. and getting away from the everyday life in town has made my creative process a whole lot better. we should remember to sometimes take some time off for ourselves and ‘sprinkle’ some of that well-being on our routines. definitely some poor photographs down below, but i wanted to enjoy the moment rather than document it as i usually do.

animal spirit


~ preparation for workshop ~

i loved making this presentation which was focused around the word ‘cell’. firstly, i had a scientific approach to it in which i could release and work around my fascination towards science. in the second part of the presentation i explored as much art as i could (to fir in 15 minutes) related to this very specific word – ‘cell’. luckily i managed to find two watercolour artists – David Goodsell (also a scientist), Michele Banks; an animation – illustrating the sensations connected with cells happening in our bodies every second (made by Harvard University); Amy Karle (bioartist) who creates artwork by combining materials such as human tissue and cells with sophisticated biological technology. lastly, i introduced quilts made by students of the University of Michigan. creating this made me really happy as it was just another excuse to endeavour into science.(:

week 7, mar 8th

~ workshop 4 ~

i’m so amazed by all the research presented today and how it all gave into my project, enhancing it remarkably. Hamish Fulton, Jasper Johns, the Aboriginal art, Richard Long, Joan Miro and finally the design duo – Formafantasma. i was so amazed. the video ‘Quercus’ made by the duo created a perfect ending to the session. i loved how everyone had a section relating their research to the project, however loosely. my simple idea has gained so much meaning and sophistication through this session – so thank you everyone! :’)

inner sensations

~ research ~

an artist that has recently caught my attention is Leon Berkowitz. not only because his work is very beautiful and quite similar to mine and my interests in light and colour, but because his process, his painting is so effortless and he himself is so patient with it. the relationship he holds with the creative process is something i definitely want to try out. not really thinking of what i’m doing, less worrying about the outcome. as Miranda has said many times: ‘do something that feels good’. below are some of his quotes and his magnificent work, as well as two videos.


~ experimentation ~

my first attempt in making a ‘not thought-through’ painting. i focused on the process, and especially the paint moving around the paper, the water flowing in and out of it. i then photographed parts of the page, because i was interested in particular parts of the painting.

animal constellations

~ research ~

there are 42 animal constellations in the night sky.

ApusBird of Paradise
Canes VenaticiHunting dogs
Canis MajorBig dog
Canis MinorLittle dog
CapricornusSea goat
CetusSea monster (whale)
EquuleusLittle horse
HydraSea serpent
HydrusWater snake
Leo MinorLittle lion
PegasusPegasus, the winged horse
Piscis AustrinisSouthern fish
Ursa MajorBig bear
Ursa MinorLittle bear
VolansFlying fish

people all over the world see animals familiar to them in the night sky.

the ancient Maya saw Pleiades as a rattlesnake’s tail, as well as constellations of a jaguar, shark, turtle and peccary.

some Australian natives see the Southern Cross as the foot of a wedge-tail eagle.

and the Chinese saw 4 animals in the sky at the four points of the compass: a dragon in the east, a bird in the south, a white tiger in the west and, in the north, a tortoise who was sometimes depicted with a snake.

legends also associate the Milky Way with animals. its name in Estonian means “bird pathway,” and it was believed to be the route that birds used for seasonal migrations.

it turns out that there was some truth to it: we now know that birds who migrate at night do indeed use the stars as a navigation aid.

scientists figured this out by putting some indigo buntings in a planetarium, where they could control the stars that the birds saw.

the verdict: to determine which way was north, the birds zeroed in on the rotation of the constellations.


the fish pose

1 minute.

softness of a blue lagoon. the cold, pure water flowing through my hair with a breeze of stardust, filled by a purple plethora of cosmic energy.

~ reflections ~

i think the beautiful aspect of this is trying to somehow connect the Earth (yoga) with Cosmos (constellation, ice) of course the fish swim in water, so the ice layered on top of the photo is an aspect which links the animal – fish with cosmos. it gives a lot of definition and texture to the photo which i like. i focused on expressing the feelings and sensations flowing in and out of my mind and body. although i went onto painting right after my pose, it didn’t capture the sensations as well as the photos, which i feel illustrate my feelings amazingly.

tutorial, march 12

the tutorial was very helpful, i can now pursue my project and engage in it fully. i can find the pattern in which i want to work. the experimentation and fun aspect has come to an end. but i’m looking forward to being consistent and shaping, defining my project. it’s so interesting that i’ve made the circle in the experimentation: tried out different things – line drawing, painting, not thinking about the outcome. i’ve let the process lead me and i did whatever felt good. now that i’ve come back to the ‘designer eye’, i can honestly say that it’s not my coincidence! it’s just what i feel most comfortable in – working with photography, editing, playing with colours, layering, working digitally and visually.

my meditation

~ preparation for workshop ~

here is a meditation i made for the ‘bopledict cell’ project. it is about connecting to the animals we’ve designed for workshop 2.

additional sound

~ preparation for workshop ~

i got up at 4 a.m to record a bird song from my garden. i think it could work well as a background sound in between the workshop – if there’s any time gaps. the birds in the recording could be some of the ones below.

Bird Species in Tatra Mountains:

the birds are typical of a central European mid-high mountain area with Wallcreeper, Alpine Accentor and Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush. the forests have Spotted Nutcracker, Crested Tit and various warblers, woodpeckers including White-backed Woodpecker, Middle Spotted Woodpecker and Three-toed Woodpecker and owls including Eurasian Eagle Owl, Eurasian Pygmy Owl and Tengmalm’s Owl, probably also Ural Owl.

raptors are not well-represented but species such as Lesser Spotted Eagle and Golden Eagle can be seen. in lower areas there are storks, Corn Crake and a variety of passerines including Wood Lark, Red-breasted Flycatcher and Common Rosefinch.


~ preparation for workshop ~

this is the list ready for the workshop.


i feel like writing this additional reflection this week. it might be a bit personal, but i feel like writing it anyway! – it feels good to write about it. i’ve been quite all over the place recently, i’ve felt a bit anxious and overwhelmed about the work for uni. i always want everything to go well and it has always been my priority to give out my absolute best – especially when it comes to education. and i sometimes feel like i take it a bit overboard. i often forget about my health and well-being. what helps me is taking a step back, changing perspectives and looking at myself from the 3rd person. this always brings much awareness. afterwards, i feel reconnected, calm and determined again.

week 8, march 15

my workshop

~ workshop 5 ~

:’) ah, ‘The Bopledict Cell’ went really well. it went just as i’d hoped and planned in the list ^^ just some time adjusting, but it all came together beautifully. of course some technical difficulties were inevitable, but i’m so glad everyone loved it. the energy everyone brought to the session and how engaged everyone was was definitely my main source of motivation. the outcome everyone did in just 30minutes was mind blowing! it was amazing to see all the creative responses and how broad they all were – mayu’s designed dance, mathew’s graphic work, ellie’s yoga and painting, mai-lyng’s cotton-pad scales, naomi’s radio broadcast and miranda’s animation! i loved how this flexible and simple, quite freeing idea became a strong whole. everyone approached it individually, but because it was all about creating for the Bopledict Cell, our group animal – it brought the workshop together.

have a look on the main page:

My Animal

My Drawing

My Word

The Bopledict Cell

My Response

easter break

~ trip to Aberystwyth ~

it feels so good to be back in Aber. i’m going to spend the upcoming 10 days in self-isolation, but i’m really looking forward to it. <3


~ research ~

Gilbert Williams is one of the most widely known visionary artists, and his images have done much to give people “glimpses” of higher dimensional worlds and magical beings. to me they look so interesting, unusual and extraordinary. most of them have been painted in the 1980’s, however they look very futuristic. i love the delicacy, the colours, the work of light and the subtleness. i feel very relaxed when i look at them. they also remind me of some retro fantasy, sci-fi video games.


~ research ~

the British Vogue issue from May 2011 starring Agyness Deyn is a sensually enigmatic editorial β€˜White Mischief’, shot by Tim Walker. the poetic designs by Alexander McQueen, Bottega Veneta, Miu Miu and Valentino for a dreamlike wandering into the Namib Desert, styled by Kate Phelan. in typical Tim Walker fashion, nothing is quite as it seems, including the exotic cheetahs. i loved the shots with the cheetahs and the lighting in which the photographs were taken.


~ project development ~

i’ve been enjoying my creative process so much since i’ve got back to aber! it’s actually been hard to document everything. i’ve been doing yoga almost everyday. the animal poses are so incredible – each of them have been affecting a different part of my body. but i’ve become to notice significant changes in my physical and mental wellbeing. my posture has straightened, i feel more relaxed and calm and overall better. my days spent in solitude are more fulfilling than ever. here is some of my documentation. i know it’s just basic photographs, but for now i’ve focused on the process and i’ll leave the visual outcome for later… :))

time capsule

~ research ~

Mariko Mori has been a huge inspiration lately, because of her interest in photography, technology, spirituality and transcendence. she is a Japanese multidisciplinary artist who often presents a hybridised future self in many appearances and featuring traditional Japanese motifs. in her project “The Beginning of the End” (1996 – 2006) she encased herself in a β€œbody capsule” and photographed her real time surroundings with a 360 degree revolving camera. by this, she intended to link the world by connecting all of the photographs in the global cities with individual viewers of each segment. Mori believes this represents the pinnacle of 21st century society. she aims to bring a new β€œconscience” to the viewer by embracing 21st century Western technology in order to rediscover the ancient Eastern sense of harmony between the spirit and the material. Mori believes by suspending herself in the translucent, coffin-sized pod, she is able to express a transcendence over space and time and to connect the past, present and future through her universal appeal to mankind for spiritual peace and interconnectedness. this has been so wonderful to discover not only because the photographs are stunning, but because the idea of her being ‘trapped’ with people surrounding her, living their everyday lives. at first i felt quite trapped due to the 10 days of isolation, but i’m slowly starting to notice how much i’m enjoying it.

painting with light

~ research ~

my second great discovery has been Janet Saad-Cook, who is also a multidisciplinary artist. she creates art by fusing sunlight, time, reflection and motion. she combines ancient sun marking techniques with 21st century technology to create Sun Drawings, solar sculptures. Cook continually explores connections between light and time, but started in the early 1980’s. she did studies that revealed simple techniques earliest humans used in order to live in harmony with the natural world. she believes that using ancient ways of sky watching in combination with modern technologies evokes powerful symbols that acknowledge our place in the Universe while connecting us to the continuum of Time. she works closely with scientists, engineers and architects, and does independent research in the field of Archaeoastronomy.


~ project development ~

i’ve been practicing yoga regularly, but also looking into all the animal star constellations that have the same animal in a yoga pose. it’s been so rewarding focusing on these particular animals whilst doing yoga and discovering the particular constellations.

Swan, Fish, Lion, Horse, Cassiopeia, Eagle, Dog, Snake.


~ event management team ~

i’ve made quite a few designs for the “Spring Show”, i’ve decided to go for black and white options – for a simpler look, but less ‘springy’, and colourful options – for more busy and more ‘springy’. my bopledict and sunset designs were ones which were the most liked. anna’s png cage was also beautiful, so we tried to combine them together, which ultimately made it as the final designs. πŸ™‚

final designs

~ event management team ~

i’m really happy with how the final designs came out. i managed to combine my photograph with anna’s cage, which ultimately led to a beautiful, uplifting, spring and animal themed design. i found a fitting font and listened to the feedback given from the rest of the team: stack up cages and make them more transparent. the text is easier to read when there’s no cages underneath. the colours are very much ‘aber’ as sally mentioned.

profile picture

doing doing doing

~ project development ~

i’ve done over 500 yoga photographs before choosing the ones that ended up as the final photos. i’m glad i didn’t document myself exercising every single time, because i really felt like it took away from the project. the pleasure suddenly disappeared when i had to set up the camera, tripod and kept coming back and forth to press the self timer. it wasn’t about yoga in that moment, but about documentation instead. however, i’m happy that i finally managed to find the ones i liked, ones that represented the process fully, just like i wanted them to. they convey the relaxation, balance, progress (i see within myself) and happiness filled with love for my solitude.


~ project development ~

when i got my final photos, i started to think how best i could represent my process with them. so i decided to illustrate an interesting combination of cosmos and yoga. i talked about connecting these on a tutorial with Miranda, and i thought it would be interesting to see how they work together. so i made quite a few edits to say the least… it has brought me so much joy and comfort as i could just sit and edit these all day long(;


~ project development ~

with editing always come countless variations… and an infinite amount of options; editing possibilities and colour variations. i’ve definitely spent so much time on this, almost always left feeling overwhelmed (a lot), but i still feel i could do more. here i present just a few examples i made that ultimately helped shape the final ones.

too much?

~ project development ~

i thought i could have 2 photos representing one pose, for example: holding the swan pose, made me feel closer to swans, i associated delicacy with them, holding the fish pose made me imagine myself swimming in the infinite waters of ocean etc. i tried to experiment with having 2 photos, but i ultimately took them out, because i didn’t feel they fit and made the project a bit more busy and not very much relevant to what i wanted to convey.

getting there…

doing the proposal form has really made me realise and organise my project even more. it made me think of the Spring Show and how i could interact with the audience. writing down the concept and actually finding ways to clearly explain it has been very beneficial. even though it sounded clear in my head, doing the assignment made it even easier to talk about and then to explain to my friends.

here it is…

Solitude is Ethereal

the big reveal and what i’ve been working towards… i feel very proud, because i finally made it! my last project for ip is done. and i feel so good about it. now it’s just a matter of tweaking over the next week.