Upon looking through the archives I saw an image of the upper floor of Margaret Street by Myra Bunce in an issue of The Art Student published in 1885. The interesting thing was that it documented how the School of Art looked at that time.
The image of the upper floor is a clean line illustration that’s in black and white. It is that image that I sought to recreate, adding colour much as pop artists like Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol did. These artists were known to take images they found and recreate them in their own style. Roy Lichtenstein re-composed panels from comic book strips and made them into large scale works of art. That’s what I wanted to do with this image - to make the old look new. I wanted to be able to document the changes that have happened over the years, but also to make the image look more vibrant and energetic, as opposed to the simple black and white illustration. I feel that the building has so much creativity around it and so I wanted to be able to make a poster that makes it look visually interesting. I imagined that it was a lot more formal at the School of Art in 1885 than it is now and that is another reason for me wanting to create something colourful and vibrant.
Through further exploration of the archives, I found numerous posters that fitted the Pop Art category. I liked the use of colour in these posters and the bold imagery they contained. I have used these for inspiration for my own work creating posters to promote and advertise the School of Art.
For my research, I experimented with different ways and techniques of advertising the stairways within the School of Art building. I used hand-drawn sketches and print techniques to create paintings much in the styles adopted by Pop artists. I also learnt silkscreen printing to create posters and different outcomes as well as looking into digital design to further develop these using Illustrator.
The images below show the final designs that I chose following the further development of my ideas. These will be printed and handed out to people. They show simple use of shapes incorporated with the text, coloured background, patterns such as the Ben Day Dots and imagery seen from the archives.