Snap Out Of It
The misuse of mental health terms is more common than most people realize. Using medical language to describe character traits contributes to public misunderstanding and extends the stigma many already experience surrounding mental illness. Many individuals with mental illness do not seek treatment due to stigma. According to National Institute of Mental Health, on average, people with mental illness wait nearly a decade to get treatment after symptoms first appear. This has been caused by the careless use of words that promotes the viewpoint that “these people” are dangerous and to be avoided.
This project illustrates the malicious accusations people diagnosed with mental illness have to put up with each day.
The goal of Snap Out Of It is to educate how the use of misleading terms can harm, and to encourage the reader to choose their diction cautiously and responsibly. Words can have stigma and that carefully choosing one’s words can lead to creating a society that is kind and accepting. It features an article written by Gary Nunn, a journalist who is a regular contributor to “Mind your Language” section on the Guardian. With the same objective as this book, Gary wishes to advocate for those who struggle to advocate for themselves.
Graphic designer and illustrator based in the Bournemouth area.
Made You Look.
Visual perception assists us in interpreting surroundings through processing information within visible light, better known as the sense of sight.
Unreliability of sight is evidenced in that we can see optical errors, like distortion. The brain sees errors as something else in order to make sense of images. Everything we see could be conditioned to be easier to understand.
Made You Look sets out to challenge reality through means of illusion, questioning individual perception, judgment and stereotype. An immersive experience questions the reliability of perception and sight, creating an intimate space for reflection on alternate realities. This varies individually, no one person will have the same experience. If we could process and make sense of it, the world could be this.
Is seeing really believing?
Katie Maria Francis takes a critical view of social, political and cultural issues. Searching for truth of emotion, transparency in human beings and what it is to be human, inspiration is found in capturing the often-overlooked simplicity within the world, and challenging perceptions to get to the heart of issues. Giving more vulnerable groups a voice, perhaps those on the periphery of society, challenging prejudice head on, and often leading to a journey of emotional self-discovery.
A personal project exploring ideas of fate and divination. Over the past year or so there have been some rather significant changes in my life, throughout this period I have felt lost and confused and questioned the decisions I have made. Despite the uncertainty it feels like everything has fallen into place and I couldn’t be happier. I have chosen to interpret the meaning of three tarot cards that I felt were relevant to me over this period of uncertainty.
‘And on returning to the house everything took on new meaning, each object screamed of the emptiness her loss had left. The dirty plate with toast crumbs in the sink, which she had planned to wash on her return, became a holy relic. The sewing box a shrine to the ripped knees and lost buttons of adventures had, and her jewellery an archive of the stories of her past. Even the dust on the windowsills and the patterns on the net curtains became a museum to the beautiful everyday of a life lived.’
Remembering Margaret is a body of work created after the sudden death of the artist’s grandmother-in-law, Margaret-Rose. Moved by the intimacy of sorting through Margaret’s possessions and the magic of the objects to hold the stories of her life, a process of obsessive documentation unfolded.
The resulting series mixes cyanotype print with family photographs, playing with the alchemy of the light, object and memory with deep blues and painterly gestures.
Laura de Moxom
I’m a graphic designer and illustrator. I like to allow the computer to restrict the way I draw, essentially using circles and squares as the foundations of my work, so that the drawing process becomes like an act of problem solving. I have a rather morbid sense of humour that I like to inject into my work. I like to to aim for a reaction somewhere between disgust and amusement, so that hopefully you’re smiling and laughing while your stomach churns slightly.
Thank you to the Jelly for their support and the fabulous Open For Art 2016 http://jelly.org.uk/
My mentor, my friend, my inspiration: you were the person who taught me more about drawing in an afternoon than all the years studying at art school ever did… If you were here, you would have been part of The Engine Room. In fact you were The Engine Room. So this project is for you…
(August 1934 – May 2008)
Written by Lisa-Marie Gibbs
To make a simple sandwich you need two slices of bread. Some butter. Cheese and ham.
I have all those ingredients. Usually, when I wake up I go straight to the kitchen. I make a cup of tea or black coffee and start multitasking tirelessly.
I always toast bread. Toast is healthier and since I can remember (and my memory is unfortunately good) I have never had untoasted bread. What’s the rush anyway, it only takes a few seconds and it tastes better and healthier.
My friends always seem to have issues with the way I make sandwiches.
So what, I spread the butter starting from the middle and then in no particular pattern or direction. Still, all I’m doing is spreading butter on toast. Same outcome.
So what, I don’t bother carefully cutting the ham in a certain shape that it covers the bread equally. If I can eat a sandwich with more ham in the middle than in the corners, then so be it. My sandwich.
It takes me less than five minutes to make a sandwich.
I like sandwiches.
I really want one right now.
I’m so hungry.
I haven’t eaten today.
I didn’t manage to make myself get out of bed.