I was recently contacted by a lovely art student – Natasha Kosak, who has just completed the ‘Art & Design Foundation Diploma’ at Barrow Sixth Form College. She has originally contacted us asking if we had any spare Go Ape equipment, unfortunately we didn’t have any spare. However, she still went ahead and based her Final Major Project on Go Ape!
After her exhibition had finished, Natasha sent me across some photos and a little bit of information on her project. So here it is, how Go Ape got out of the trees and into the Exhibition Room!
I have just completed the ‘Art & Design Foundation Diploma’ at Barrow Sixth Form College. (Barrow-in-Furness). I worked on a series of mini projects throughout the year leading up to my Final Major Project.
The title of my project was ‘Go Ape advertising / promotion’. The brief we were given was completely open to our own ideas. I was aware that paper cutting was an area that I enjoyed and that I could do well, as I had completed previous projects in this medium. As my disciplinary was Graphic Design, my final outcome had to be something within this area. This was how I progressed on to my final designs.
During my research I discovered an artist who worked in paper cutting and this influenced me into choosing ‘trees/forestry’ as the base for my project. On discussion with my tutor, we decided Go Ape would fulfil all the necessary requirements for my final project. Having completed Go Ape the previous summer at Whinlatter, I researched the company more. I liked the idea of using such a dynamic activity, and combining that with a medium that it generally static. Using a scalpel allowed me to create the texture of the forest scene that I had envisioned, and creating the movement and excitement that you experience from Go Ape. I felt this allowed me to create a contrasting yet dynamic piece.
I used my skills in paper cutting to create a large 3D scene in which I placed Go Ape. I cut out various layers to build up the forest, the go ape course and also a figure on a zipwire. I was inspired by various artists throughout this project including Helen Musselwhite and Katie Jayne Roberts (an ilumni of my college). After developing my paper cutting to an extent that I was happy with, I went on to produce various advertisement designs that would could be used as promotional pieces. I researched even more in to Go Ape, learning all out the psychographic and demographic of the target audience. This was how I developed and tested my ideas until I felt I had produced something that was suitable.
My final results were a promotional poster that would be used as a simple print, or something that could be used in a magazine etc. I also produced the ’t-shaped’ advert for the side of a bus, a t-shirt, certificate, gift voucher, a billboard advert and business cards.
This was all displayed at the end of year exhibition along with other students work.
I am now looking forward to starting at Huddersfield University in September where I have enrolled on the (BA) Hons Graphic Design course.
I have a facebook page for my paper cutting as this is something I really do love doing!
Some pictures of her lovely display…
Go Ape Exhibition