Monthly Archives: February 2016

Sun N Raven (Project II: Manifesto)

A popular Native myth is based around the concept of the creators which manifest themselves into animals. That being the raven and the coyote.

My inspiration as well as a explanation of what I mean is in the video down below:

I read up another native myth about the raven on how it stole the sun from a being sometime before the creation of the world.

Using this scenario as well as the technique of moving image, I came up with this:


Not bad for my first attempt at animation right?

It was ment to be a commercial for my manifesto shop which would be called “Sun N Raven” but I like it more as a standalone animation piece.

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What do you guys think?


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Posted by on February 23, 2016 in Uncategorized


Perspective (Project II: Manifesto)

20160208_095529Manifesto outcome inspired by the artist Barka!

The idea was based on the relationship between where the vewiver was standing and where the piece was in correspondence. For example, if you where lookimg at the piece from the left side, it woul appear more abstract untill you position yourself to help visualise the picture on the window.

This is to reinforce the level of collective knowlege about the native culture. Even after this project, there’s  still a lot to learn about the first Americans.

pictures will bemail uploaded soon.


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Posted by on February 23, 2016 in Uncategorized


C.T.S SESSION VII (28/01/16)

Visual symbolism.  Sounds simple, but complicated, it is. Symbols are broken down into 3 terms.




Let’s start with semiotics. On a VERY general level, semiotics is how communication works on the basis of visual symbolism or icons. A symbol is a visual representation that can contain a narrative or a movement and semiotics in a way is how we can understand communicated messages through the use of a symbol.

Think of it as visual linguistics.


Let’s use the example above. We can all agree that this is the symbol for the Olympic Games. Semiotics is the process of how we all knew what the image was. Keep up with me here.

This image is not just a symbol, it is also what it symbolises. We all associated this image with sport and suggested that the image is used to generalise the international sports competition. We knew what the image represents and what it also portrays just by the visual code of the symbol and semiotics is the process ofor understanding that image.

Told you this wouldn’t be simple.

Semology is the meaty stuff now. It is the cause in general visual linguistics (that being a sign). A sign is a visual action but this definition can be broken down further.

A sign is divided by two things; a signifier and a signified. Signifier being the sound image that relates to an idea. So the actual image or sign (visual representation) has no meaning but it has links to other ideas.

If I was to show you my middle finger, the sound image which has no meaning would be the image of my finger. The connection to an idea would be your thoughts on weather it’s a rude gesture or not. See where I’m going with this?

The signified on the other hand is the idea only. Not the actual sign itself.

In addition, one sign can carry multiple meanings. This concept is known as “Denotation” which is the direct connection between the Signifier and the sign.

Now, all of that was understanding the concept of signs. Name I’m gonna talk a bit about the visual aspects of signs.

Signs represent 3 smaller factors which make up the visual characteristics of a sign. These are:




Remember a sign is a visual action while a symbol is a visual representation.

An icon is a visual outlook of a image (or in this case, sign), the index points to the existence of another thing and a symbol has no direct connection to the associated subject.

An example of an icon is a image of an eye. We all know it’s an eye, but their are several other icons in the image except for the eye. There is the eye, Iris, pulpil and so on. One sign can have multiple icons and those icons can have multiple meanings!

For the index, imagine a clock that points to the time 4:20 (see what I did there?). The sign would be the clock and the icon being the handles but the clock is performing an action which is a link to what it is also telling us. The index is the clock indicating the time, giving us information that is not directly connected to the sign.

Symbols in terms of signs is a sign that has no connection to the subject. Bear with me.

Let’s use the word tree. If I say tree, you would have a image in your mind as to what I’m talking about right? But I just said tree. There is no visual representation of this tree.

Think of it as a “René Magritte- This is not a a pipe” concept. It’s not the actual thing. Just a suggestion of the actual thing.


Last but not least, myth is the intention of the symbol. What the message is if it had to be manifested into a sentence. They are the metaphors for the symbol. Lakoff & Johnson (1980, 1856) support this statement by saying;

“Like metaphors, myths help us to make sense of our experiences within a culture”

The myth reminds us of the ideology that the symbol contains and how weak or powerful it is.

“Dam! that’s a lot of information to take in” I hear you saying but no fear, give me a few weeks and I will have this more simplified then ever before.



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Posted by on February 3, 2016 in Uncategorized


Epic Fail (Project II: Manifesto)

You guys and girls remember me mentioning something about a “Native American Lightsaber” right?

Yeah… that idea didn’t go a smoothly as planned.


So here was the plan. I wanted to redesign the hilt with native American stencils that I designed that was based off the documentary. The stencils would of been used as screen printing material for some cloth that I had and that cloth would have been wrapped around the hilt (handle) to give off a savage, tribal feel.


But before all of that, I had to vacuum form the hilt. That’s where I encountered the problem.

Because the blade was too long for the vacuum machine, I had to dismantle the saber first.

Now if you look closely at the bottom picture, I had to remove the blade but long story short, the blade will always be attached to the hilt via a small circuit. board.

Yes I could rip it off and soldier it back on again. However, I don’t have the experience to do so and if it doesn’t work, this piece would of lost all its ascetic which is what I’m trying to improve on.

Who wants to buy a Lightsaber that doesn’t work? NO ONE!

So the idea became what I like to call an “Epic Fail”. Not all ideas work on your first try.

At least my Lightsaber is still in working condition.



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Posted by on February 3, 2016 in Uncategorized


Native Capitalism Mugs (Project II: Manifesto)

Colour Changing Mugs anyone?

One of my successful Manifesto outcomes. More to come!

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Posted by on February 3, 2016 in Uncategorized


Time Neath inspired outcome (Project II: Manifesto)

Once upon a time, I was doing random research on Native American artists or artists/designers that have portrayed natives in their work.

Research seemed bleak. Until suddenly, I came across a guy called Tim Neath.

Much to my surprise, he was also heavily inspired by the same documentary that I mentioned in my previous post (Inventing the Indian). Talk about coincidence.

Just in case I’m starting to put you to sleep with my writing, here’s some samples of Neath’s glorious work.

Upon seeing this I decided to do my own, watered-down version of a Teepee Community.

Neath community does look quite realistic considering the addition of the figures but I really wanted mine to be simplistic.


Before you say anything, my version has a Teepee school, hospital, mall, strip club, gym, hotel, casino, museum and hairdressers. So yeah!

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Posted by on February 3, 2016 in Uncategorized