Photoshop Experimentation

Personal Projects


I am making a Redbubble account to sell some of my designs on, as all my work has been cancelled due to Covid19- I would prefer to print my designs onto products first i.e. via screen printing at 3rd Rail Print Space, but it is shut due to the pandemic and I need a form of income during this time.

I was playing around on Photoshop with the aim of making a banner for my Redbubble shop and to replace the gif banner currently on this blog. It was going to be a larger version of the one I already use, but as I was messing around on Photoshop I came across a way to make the text 3D, which I did, and then began playing around to animate it- resulting in this. I watched a few Youtube videos, but mostly just figured it out as I went.

Given it is my first time using the 3D functions on Photoshop and given how long ago I made the first gif I am really pleased with how this turned out, however I am working on it further as I want it to be a little bit slower (so it is easier for people to read) and I want it to flow a little better and look less clunky, so I’m going to keep working on it!2020-03-29.png

BPD & Me Zine

Exhibitions, Personal Projects, Photographs, UNIT 2

As part of an exhibition I organised for my society, The Mentally Chill Society, I decided to make a short zine exploring my experiences with Borderline Personality Disorder, which I was diagnosed with around two years ago.
I started by writing down the NHS definition, the causes, and the four main criteria for diagnosis, and began thinking about how they affected me, personally. I then made some notes, shown below, of objects/imagery I might want to use. It was at this point I decided I wanted to create the initial imagery for the zine on the photocopier, as I wanted it to look and feel handmade and erratic.

I spent about a day in the learning zone, playing around with the various objects I collected from my room on the photocopier, including- fast food packaging, smoking apparatus, my old Barbie doll, condoms, anti depressant packaging, coloured paper, patterned paper bags, doll parts, and photos of myself. These were all things I felt represented different aspects of both myself and more specifically my personality disorder. Once I had the imagery I then used various pens and crayons to create the text and some other parts (such as the mood wheel) which I then added. The original double page spreads were A3 (so once folded it would have been A4) as I prefer to work larger then scale down my work in the next stage, for better quality. The finished zine was printed on A4 paper and folded down to A5.


The next stage was to scan the pages so that I could edit them digitally on Indesign for printing, as shown below.

I printed a proof in black and white first to check that everything was in the right place, before moving on to printing in colour.

I then hand bound the book, using waxed thread for book binding, a bone folder, needle and awl, to make the holes.

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The photos above are of the Zine in the MENTAL exhibition that I organised, and set up, which I will post about shortly.

TO DO LIST- Spring Break

UNIT 2, Weekly To Do Lists
  • edit video clips of 3D Scanning and printing and upload to Vimeo/Youtube then add to draft post and publish
  • make work for the Mentally Chill exhibition exploring mental health
  • make fat video piece
  • Organise exhibition- make or get someone else to make promo materials, apply for Student Iniative Fund, go through submissions, select work, email those selected, book/source equipment, organise private view and events to happen whilst exhibition is up
  • Type up Dorothea Tanning notes into blog post and add photos
  • Add photos/videos of the exhibitions we visited during the Low Residency and type up notes into blog post
  • finish blog post on my presentation and feedback
  • finish typing up Ziyan’s feedback
  • edit video clips of photogrammetry first attempts and post along with notes
  • Edit video clips of Peckham project for Low Residency and add photos and notes to blog post
  • type up notes and add photos from the talk given by Professor

A lil Reflective Post


I would just like to say that a lot of my work has been backdated, to closer to when I actually did the physical work, even though the videos were edited and finished at a later date. I wanted to reflect the amount of work I had put into my projects, at the time I actually did it, rather than when I finally had the energy to finish editing and upload the videos of the processes. It is important for me to show when I actually made the work, as so much time and effort went into the making, and I would have liked to have updated the blog soon after. My reasons for not doing this are as follows: during June and July it was so hot in the workshops, and the work I was doing was so physically exhausting, that every night after spending all day in 30+ degree heat doing very physical work the last thing I wanted to do was spend hours on Adobe Premier Pro editing clips, and curating these clips and photographs on my blog.

Shortly after we broke up for summer I intended to do all this work and get my blog up-to-date with all my hard work, but unfortunately my mental health took a very bad turn due to issues in my personal life. This led to me being basically unable to function throughout all of August and September, and by the time I was physically and mentally able to do any work it was October, leaving me desperately trying to play catch up. My personal life and my art are deeply connected, as poor mental health makes it difficult for me to make art, although I did use making work as a way of helping this summer, and I intend to upload photos of the paper mache props I have been making for my drag project, as well as posting about the ideas for the project in general.

I suppose I am expected to say that I am disappointed in myself for not being able to do much work over the summer. But I am not going to say that- I am proud that I pulled through an incredibly difficult period, and that I am sitting here today typing this. I survived, and although it has been hard work to catch up to where I would have liked to be at this point, I have done so to the best of my ability. So here’s a pat on the back for me! Good job Kat! You survived, and I’m proud of you for trying so hard!

Going forwards I am looking forward to getting back to making my work in the foundry, as the last month or so I have been focused on my research paper and getting this blog up-to-date, and I look forward to sharing it all on here,

Kat x