• My idea for a sign is…
• Begin to post individual objects to blog
parishioners at the pews he was to make. This is another example of the level of respect owed to Mr. Day in a time in N.C. where the restrictions and mistrust of mulattos was increasing.
My contribution will be in the artifacts group. We will provide more information of the chosen artifacts which so far are a fireplace, a dresser of some sort, and possibly two other unknown items that may incorporate his stairs. I will provide information for the placards that are to be mounted next to the artifacts and our group may help graphically in the directories. Also, some of the artifact members and I helped the graphics group by doing the bullet point part of the assignment and helped figure out what will be in the room and how it can be presented graphically in areas such as on the walls and on several posters. My idea for signs is to incorporate several different areas of Day's work into individual signs--meaning one sign will be dedicated to mantels, while another sign may be dedicated to education. Our group wants to incorporate several signs so there are a lot of possibilities on what can be included, and we have discussed several of them. Some individual objects that I would like to see included in our signage would be Thomas Day's stairs. I think they show how intricate his word working is and would help guests in the exhibit appreciate his style.
|Thomas Day stair case and bracket|
My contribution through the group will be through the artifacts group. This research will give us actual objects to place in the actual exhibits, themed around Thomas Day. So far, however, our group helped out with the graphics group by doing the bullet points for signage blog post over this weekend. For the signs, I think a large sign introducing a subject should bring focus to the area and smaller signs should follow giving additional information of the subcategories. For example, a large sign would introduce furniture. A smaller one adjacent to it would be labelled 'chairs' and provide relevant information.
|Thomas Day chair.|
My contribution will be through the graphics incorporated throughout the exhibit. There will be a flat graphic on the floor of the space, a scroll-like image that directs ones path throughout the exhibit, emulating the spirit of Thomas Day furniture. Another graphical element I will be contributing to is the visual posters, including the six suspended posters, the main poster at the entrance of the exhibit, and the information handouts for the exhibit. I have sketched thumbnails for these, and have posted them to our proposal on this blog. The sketches will evolve into final forms within the next few weeks, and will showcase the important information of the six chosen details of his work in relation to the timeline.
A detail of his work that I am interested in and will contribute further research and sketches for is the scroll detail seen throughout his pieces, specifically in his staircases. Not only will this detail serve as an important portion of our exhibit, but it will drive the visual elements of the exhibit graphically (along the flat graphic on the floor and the main poster) as well.
I am member of the artifacts group, so in the future I will be contributing detailed research of the items in the exhibit. This includes finding images and info for the placards, directory, and signage. We will also be working with the graphics group to communicate this info visually. So far, I have assisted my group members in organizing ideas for the signage in the previous post.
One idea of signage I'd like to have is a 3D diagram, possibly one in each area of the exhibit. These diagrams would show a more detailed look at the characteristics and craft of Day's work, since it may be difficult to graphically describe complex woodwork in an image or drawing. For example, one diagram could consist of a reproduction of one of Day's mantles, then each separate piece laid out to show his joinery and construction. I chose this mantle as a piece I'd like to have in the exhibit because it exemplifies Thomas Day's craft.