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Natasha Kosak’s Go Ape Exhibition

Go Ape Exhibition

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!

Natasha’s Story

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…

Fridays at Go Ape

Go Ape

We open all of our adventures for you to enjoy at the weekends in November. But this year we’ve decided to keep the forest doors of some of our busier adventures open on Fridays!

So you’ll be able to swing by the following adventures on a Friday in November. Just wrap up warm, hunt out those gloves and join us for a final forest fix before winter really sets in.

Our Trent Park adventure near London is nestled in acres of stunning woodland and a stones throw from the capital. The park is perfect for family adventure days out in London. Take in the views from the trees and share some amazing adventure memories with your tribe, taking on Tarzan Swings, high ropes, epic zip wire and Trent Park is home to one of our epic Skateboard Zips.

Thetford Forest is the original and arguably still the best. Set in the heart of Britain’s largest lowland pine forest, our first ever course is centred around 30 miles of bike and walking trails from which to explore 50,000 acres of forest. And the mother of all our courses features our classic Tree Top Adventure, Forest Segways and Tree Top Junior.

Aberfoyle. In Short – it’s Zip Wire Heaven in Loch Lomond. Our first adventure in Scotland and what an impact it’s made. Stunning scenery of the surrounding Queen Elizabeth Forest Park in Aberfoyle (Stirlingshire) gives the course a jaw-dropping backdrop and makes for a great day out in Scotland.

Moors ValleyBest Tourism Attraction Experience 2012 at Bournemouth Tourism Awards. Set in a Great Park with Adventures for Everyone. If you’re looking for days out in Dorset, there’s no doubt you’ll leave Moors Valley Country Park (near Bournemouth) with a monkey sized grin.

Book your next adventure now.

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