Tutorial 17/10/17

Sketchbook 17/10/17 ©Hollie Woodward 2017

On the 17th, we discussed as a group abut our individual projects and how each of us interpret our subjects and questions. I have reflected on what was said about my project as it stands. It was really helpful to get other people’s interpretations of what I’m looking at. I am someone that struggles with stepping back from an idea. I become involved easily and quickly and am at risk of going off on tangents that may have little reference to what I was initially looking at, so having sessions like this really helps me stay focused and on task.

The outline of my project is, in short, making the invisible visible, visually articulating invisible illnesses and their symptoms. At this stage, in terms of presentation, I don’t see it being something that can be read in a linear way. I want it to present it as recovery presents itself. “Recovery isn’t linear”.

Endless Journey Cards ©Tom Gauld

I was introduced to Tom Gauld’s Endless Journey, a series of storytelling cards that can be placed in any order to give a different story. They join seamlessly together and can be arranged in 479,001,600 different landscapes. This method of presentation would be great for my subject, as people suffer with the condition in different ways. Also, the unpredictability of the condition is a huge part of its identity. Forward thinking and planning ahead are difficult skills to have when experiencing a chronic condition like this, so this method of presentation could tie in really nicely with this.

I also referred to the symptoms of Fibromyalgia as being like a pic’n’mix you can’t choose. My class mates gave me the idea of a gumball machine, where “the prize” you get is a random symptom. Also, the idea of a board game, not knowing what obstacles you’re going to hit whilst playing. I then had the idea of tarot cards, being dealt cards with little idea of what they will hold. There’s also the idea of belief behind them, similar to invisible illnesses in terms of diagnosis. It is not uncommon that medical professionals will not “believe”  or ignore a patient’s symptoms and are deemed as a side effect of something else, enhanced by test results coming back normal. The readings from tarot cards and the symptoms are both potentially “made up”.

But first, I need to explore what I’ll actually be drawing. I am currently looking at nerve cells and creating characters based on them. So this week I will:

  • Explore further creation of characters made using design elements from cells
  • Use my sketchbook more as a tool for experimentation and not to be afraid of mistakes



Gauld, T. (2017) Endless Journey Cards [online] Available at: https://www.tomgauld.com/shop/endless-journey-cards (Accessed 17th October 2017)


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