In order to design logos for St Fagan I needed to know which activities they will be offering in the Gweithdy, these activities will give people the chance to experience tradition. After contacting St Fagan this was the list i received,
Gweithdy Drop-in Activities
- Make a sampler
- Drop-in activity table/trays: plastic mesh (to be costed by RT) and woollen thread and needles. e.g. bookmark with motif
- Rag-rug making
- Pieces of sacking, carved pegs and scraps of material; have a go at making a prodded rag mat.
- Giant knitting needles and smaller needles for children.
- Drop spindles
- Scraps of material and paper shapes for pieceing over paper to contribute to a large patchwork piece.
- Woodcarving – needs to be developed further based on either butter prints or lovespoons.
- Rubbing? Stamping? Jigsaw? Make your own lovespoon – jigsaw?
- Make a coil pot / pinch pot
- We could use Fime (sold in 56g packs) as mentioned in butterprint activity but we need to test further. The clay could either be shaped into a small thumb pot or left as a square and can be decorated using rope, fine combs and other instruments (as with some of the early pots).
- Make a wreath
- Metal impossing
- Make your own mosaic. Drop-in activity Small tiles
This was a very broad list, i think they were still unsure about which activities they will provide in the workshop as they won’t be opening for a couple more months. From this list I selected five categories and used their descriptions as a start to design.
I’m not very confident in my illustrative skills, i did make some logo’s free hand but they looked awful. I remembered how a lot of logos use the golden ratio rule, i learnt this during my constellation last year while we were studying architecture. Using illustrator and the golden ratio rule i designed these logo’s.
I found the golden ratio really useful to design but it was very time consuming, it has framed the border quite well as all the pieces have been juxtaposed to work together. They also look quite simplistic which is vital for the children to understand the material and tradition they’d be used with, this will also benefit when they’ll be laser cut and moulded. After having a tutorial with Duncan he suggested that i’d try correspond them more with tradition, i will need to research into the traditional uses of stamps and how they’ve been used in history but in regards to the design i think for now they’re good enough for what i want to achieve, as i need to start making them as soon as possible.