Using reference (Exercise)

In this exercise, I have to collect as many references as I can for the 1950s period. To categorize the information then write a short review of the visual perspective and draw an illustration of someone sitting in a chair surrounded by typical artefacts.

For the references and images I have used sources such as google the internet, twitter, and books about this period borrowed from the library. I have not lived in that period so I spoke with parents and grandparents and looked at any family photos we had from this period.

People and costume: I have got a book from library which is clothes of the modern world.

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1950s swimsuit

Architecture and Interiors: I have used family photos from this period as well as reference books from the library.

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Art: I used reference books as well as images found on the internet.

1950s arts

Graphic Design: Again I used images from the internet as well as a book about toys from this period which showed the original packaging.


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Advertising: as well as the internet a book about life in the 50’s borrowed from the library was very useful.

1956 Johnnie Walker Red Black Scotch Golf Country Club Ad 1950s Advertising Mercedes benz 1950s

Transport: Again pictures from the book about the 50’s and an anecdote about the smog being so bad the conductor had to walk in front of the bus! Before clear air act was passed in 1956.

IMG_4591 The departures board at Victoria station in the 1950s London

Film & TV again the reference books were very useful as well as talking to relatives.

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Surface Patterns & Decoration: pictures in books were very useful again the book about life in the 50’s provided some useful pictures.

vogue pattern

The 50’s were a period of great change in UK, some things would be unrecognizable to young people of today. The main difference would be the absence of computers and everything that is driven by the power of microprocessors. An anecdote I read had someone saying his most useful office tool was a really sharp pencil. Even though food rationing continued until 1954 and the clean air was not passed until 1956 the 1950’s were a period of optimism following WW2. Television was starting to arrive in people home with a lot of people watching the first from the coronation in 1953.

Later in the decade the influences of America became clearer in music and style with the birth of the term teenager.

I have drawn my illustration, it is about a little girl who is sitting in the chair with her writing/homework/painting with her mum in their kitchen.


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