Friday, 26 March 2010

Monday, 22 March 2010

Love it or hate it...

Sketchup. Most people are split with this programme, its like the marmite of our course. With me it is definitly love hate. At the moment I am loving it! It is really helping me to see the scale of my area and putting some of my initial designs into it is really helping me to decide what works and what doesn't!

At the moment I am still in the very first stages with the above model, the coloured walls are just to remind me of the different zones. Being able to add textures and test out my ideas is coming along great.

I hope to have a lot more going on in the street, the lodging house and government office will obviously be filled and come to look like actual buildings, I hope to have a shop and traders in the street.

I was having a few problems trying to recreate the Port with the space I have, however I found a great photo of the port and think this would look great blown up on the wall labelled port/dock. I could even use a wall painting of this.

Lisa came up for a chat yesterday and I basically talked her through my whole design and idea. Was a really good help and talking through the whole thing and getting really excited has spurred me on to do even more. I am very positive about the final thing now and with my many time management list I really feel like I can do this!

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

White Card Models.

This week I made a really quick white card model to give me an idea of the scale. This also helped to test out my zones.

Red = Zone 1 - Liverpool
Blue = Zone 2 - On board
Green = Zone 3 - New world


As you can see from the title its all work work work in the house at the moment. Everyone is really getting into our final projects and I am really enjoying getting stuck in!

At the moment I am focusing on Zone 1 of my exhibition. This area is the Liverpool section. This is the first place the visitor will see and I want it to feel as real as possible. Luckily with the amazing plans I received from the Liverpool Maritime Museum I have a lot of space to play around with. I can add walls and create any space I want. So I am just trying to sort through the different zones etc at the moment. Zone 1 will hopefully include;

1. A Liverpool street, filled with traders, emigrants and runners. (Runners were young men and boys who would trick emigrants into letting them carry their bags, then steal them and sell them back to them later for a price! Horrible!)


This is Bold St in the early 1900s. I love looking at old pictures and comparing with how the area looks today.

2. An emigrant lodging house. Some of them where horrible places. Before emigrants could board the ship, they would have to stay in Liverpool for around 10 days living in the lodging houses. This is another place the runners took advantage of, tricking emigrants into thinking the houses where lovely, when in fact most of the time they where horribly overcrowded and dirty, only realising once they had paid.

 3. The Dock, obviously I wont be able to recreate the whole dock within the exhibition, but the getting on board and chaos is something I really hope to get across. 

Below is a very early photo of Georges Dock in Liverpool. I love this photograph.

 I should really get back to it, I have a lot to do.

Friday, 12 March 2010

Liverpool Museum

Today I got offered a voluntary placement at Liverpool Museum. I am so happy, this is the first step I need to get into the Museum industry. It will be nice to go back to Liverpool for Easter too and I can't wait to get involved now. Im waiting to hear back with more information about what I will be doing, however the placement description sounds good;

"We are looking for a team of volunteers to help us in the running of our Wild Wild World and Plantastic exhibitions and events at the World Museum. The events will run throughout the Easter Holidays from the 27th March onwards and we would like volunteers for various roles such as assisting with learning activities, talking to visitors on gallery and assisting staff members with activities and events. If you are confident, friendly, interested in biodiversity and would like to work with visitors then why not apply?"

So with that, gaining the plans for both of my desired locations and a good tutorial with Paul, I have had a succesful week.

Back to work now.
Can I work for the Haus of Gaga please? Pretty please? This video. AMAZING.

Thursday, 11 March 2010

I am 21

So this past fortnight has been a little bit insane. As many of you probably know I have celebrated in style. Having a fortnight to be exact. I have had the most amazing birthday ever and will never forget all that happened.

My party in Liverpool was great. A fancy dress party under the theme of my name. My wonderful Mum had decorated the house beautifully and everyone made so much effort! I dressed as Marie Antionette (not a letter from my name, but I'm Sophie Bold so it doesn't matter )

A few celebrities made an appearence, above is me with Shirley Bassey. Who won first place.

 Even Lady Gaga made an appearence! Aka Lisa Meller who got 2nd place.

So now it is back to work and I am getting worried. There is 11 weeks left.

YES 11!