Research - 13 03/02/19 Inwards Outwards, Part Two


Subversion: Exploring and Appreciating Peterborough, the Interchange in my Journey Home













The honest means of living of the stall vendors at Peterborough City Market, and the long hours in which they must flog their wares to support themselves and their families is really reminiscent of my working class upbringing, particularly of the roots of my mother's side, raised in the Black Country. I feel as though this would be a way more interesting avenue to explore as I'm seeing some similarity to the banal objects at the car boot here which I observed for my lanyard project. However, it does give me comfort to discover such working-class community region-wide, as it can feel quite alien studying at a university with students coming often from backgrounds of immense wealth (I vividly recall seeing a girl whimsically bring an Aquascutum jacket in to deconstruct in Part One).

Albert Camus (1942) : L'Etranger

"Comme si les chemins familiers tracés dans les ciels d'été pouvaient mener aussi bien aux prisons qu'aux sommeils innocents."


Reflecting on my directional means of relaxation of travelling home, and going to the gym, I remembered an Absurdist quote I read a while ago by the literary genius, Albert Camus, illustrating that it is not the journey that matters, it is what we make of the journey. Walking along Fonthill Road, as well as changing trains in Peterborough, I realised I have been seeing both as a means to an end, blind to their value, however, to create a subversion, I think I'm instead going to explore either area's beauty, to see what wonders I discover (I would love to investigate both, but I think one will suffice just due to time).

Malfunctioning Mind: Fit To Burst





Poking fun at my mental health, I have turned to cliche proverbs in order to inject my emotions into my sketchbook with hyperbole, and tactile interpretations through sampling to match. I wanted to heighten the light-heartedness by truncating images of these also, however found that its creation of new form also sparked new ideas, as well as a consideration of how my over-analysing mind can be of creative help

Malfunctioning Mind: Haywire





Poking fun at my mental health, I have turned to cliche proverbs in order to inject my emotions into my sketchbook with hyperbole, and tactile interpretations through sampling to match. I wanted to heighten the light-heartedness by truncating images of these also, however found that its creation of new form also sparked new ideas, as well as a consideration of how my over-analysing mind can be of creative help.

Truncating Photographic Tendencies




Collating a digital footprint, I deduced I was fascinated by details of my surroundings, hence the truncations which dominate my Instagram; it seems to be parallel to my over-analysing brain, seeping into all creative aspects of my life. Being such a dominant factor at the moment, I intend to explore my malfunctioning mind further, by delving deeper into online habits.

Unit 7 Project Proposal Research Possibilities


  • Health conditions from smog 
  • Black Country Living Museum 
  • Foundries
  • Welding


  • Reed organ - inflate
  • Peat brick building - spade contraption and formation construction


  • Red Kettle
  • Marching Band (sound and community feel)


  • Bedrooms of London
  • Shivering - vibrations
  • Hunger - food banks


  • Irish jokes
  • No Irish in digs


Shelter x M&S


Collaborating with Marks and Spencer, Shelter has intelligently reminded the need to SUSTAIN moderation in day-to-day life indulgences, with the VR headset showing how easy it can be to fall into precarious monetary situations - it all the more emphasises that it could happen to anyone. By manipulating the wearer's entire SURROUNDINGS, Shelter have optimised empathy for their cause, the lack of inescapability forcing an uncomfortable experience to provoke change. Thinking beyond just fashion and textiles in terms of my final outcome is something that I want to explore within Unit 7, to make my work's intended impact as hard-hitting as possible.

Salvation Army: Red Kettle

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I'm in awe at how this nondescript contraption is considered such iconography, with its immediate links to the Salvation Army unquestionable. This has made me consider if there are any forms of iconography immediately aligned with the working class in Britain, alerting me to its discriminatory stereotype, the "Benefits scrounger". Moving forward with Unit 7, I want to watch a few of those trashy documentaries circulating which claim to accurately represent the impoverished English, as a means of comparison to the truthful extreme efforts of the working class to provide for their families in times of austerity. 

Also, I'm rather drawn to the organic forms of the Red Kettle, something that could be considered sculptural; the reliance on each individual part to combat gravity is rather compelling. However, initially, I just disregarded its intriguing structure, due to its contextualisation, suggesting that marketing of an idea is important to me, reminding me to allow plenty of time for photographing my final piece at the end of Unit 7, as well as considering how to present it at the exhibition.

Salvation Army: Band Parade


These elaborate marches originated as attempts to convert indifferent crowds to join the Salvationists, not so far from the lengths of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Sound as a means of persuasion is something that I intend to delve into in Unit 7, an additional device in clarifying concept. I'm considering maybe concealing a speaker in my outcome, or even just additionally including it during the exhibition, of looped crying, to auditorally emphasise the hardship of the working class in England.

Regardless of this, I'm really drawn to the sense of camaraderie as a result of succinct, ritualistic repetition of movements of the march, another interesting way of considering the embodiment of community that my granddad felt working alongside fellow colleagues who were similarly diligent to provide for their families. I will have to research into this further though, as my knowledge of electronics is far from advanced. Their organised unison of steps additionally a guaranteed fulfilment of their attempts at SECURITY in terms of home provisions for the impoverished, which helped my granddad immensely.

Subversion: My Grandad, An Irish Immigrant Labouring in England

Following interviewing my granddad, despite my original intentions to focus on his Irish background and how the turmoil of religious conflict may have influenced hardships as a working class man in England, it was instead factors in England which caused struggles, with him saying that he doesn't really identify with his Irish side anymore; I intend to explore England's effects on the working class instead for Unit 7. I think it would be beneficial to discuss my granddad's emotions more, as a result of the discrimination and homelessness he experienced over here, as I attempt to respond to research in a multi-sensory way in my sketchbook with both visuals and tactile elements to clarify narrative and concept. 

I knew that the Salvation Army really aided my granddad during dark times, however I had anticipated to be researching into an additional charity that focused on improving political unrest in Ireland, such as Corrymeela or Abortion Rights; due to a lack of hardship expressed in Ireland, I will instead direct my research to one focused on aiding the impoverished or homeless working class.

Subversion: My Grandad, An Irish Immigrant Labouring in England