This week I came up against some challenges. I thoroughly enjoyed the research aspect – delving into the meaning and symbolism of the ‘Havisham’ poem; trying to understand not just the character presented in the poem, but also the historical context of the original Miss Havisham. In particular, I became fascinated by Victorian design, type forms and methods of printing. However, when I came to create a final piece, I found myself stalling. I had an idea that I thought would be quite easy to carry out using embossing, but, in the event, the method I had selected did not work. Having then to change my final concept was a bit nerve wracking but I am pleased with the result as I think it reflects well both the character portrayed in Carol Ann Duffy’s work and the background as exemplified in Charles Dickens’s version of Miss Havisham. My piece not only illustrates the distorted world in which Miss Havisham lives but also the level of distortion within her mind – as associated with her being stuck in time, physically and psychologically, unable to move beyond a momentous past disappointment. In addition, the layers of font give rise to a dizzying and unnerving experience in the viewer – not dissimilar to the old glass mirrors that make you feel like you have double vision and / or there is something wrong with your sight – allowing for a further element of empathy with the Havisham character.
One thing that this week highlighted was my lack of knowledge in relation to typography and typographical processes – an area I look forward to learning more about as the course progresses.