Third Idea: Caged Bird (Bleak House)

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Second Idea: Winged Woman (Jane Eyre)

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First Idea: Masked Bird (Tess of the d’Urbervilles)

I felt that my mask idea would be appropriate for the Tess of the D’Urbervilles piece, as the author uses strong bird imagery to present Tess throughout the novel. She is often ‘hunted’ or ‘trapped’ by predators (male characters). I wanted to show the wire wrapping itself around her, in order to enhance the idea of her being trapped. More

Masks and Birds

I looked back the novels again to gain ideas of how I could move the idea of masks further. I came across this idea used a lot in Victorian novels, as representing female characters using bird imagery. Also I thought the wings could have this wire, cage texture which gives the sense of being trapped. I therefore produced this piece:

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Developing Ideas: Masks

As I became interested in the idea of identity in my previous designs. I wanted to think about other images which could present this. I thought about how masks can be used to cover up someone, and show this different and often false facade.

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Developing Ideas: Wires and Dolls

In thinking about how I could take the project further, I wanted to use what I had learnt through experimenting with my initial ideas, and make sure that I was referring back to the concept of being trapped. I thought that the vines in my first images communicated the message which I wanted to produce. I started sketching out some ideas:

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Initial Ideas

As I am focusing on female characters within each novel, I wanted to find ways to express and represent femininity within my work. I also wanted to think about the concept of being trapped. I therefore decided to try these images of roses, I thought that they would allow me to think about how colours and form could represent the female characters.

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