Little something

Is there such a thing as a criminal offense for not updating a blog? o.O Just curious…

 

Here is a little something that I have been up to.

During the last days of July, I have been able to help my university colleagues in painting a mural at a local junior (primary) school. The team and the school’s teachers have decided that they will be using spray paints, as the limited budget would allow for more spray paint to be bought. The design was partially created by the children from the school. It is a mixture between cosmos, space and under the sea shapes and forms. The photographs below show some of the work that was done on two days. The more recent photographs wont be done until September, however the mural is nearly complete.

 

On the other hand, here is a little lino print work that I have done for the summer project. This design pattern was inspired by the Japanese kimono from early 18th century in relation the the work I am doing for the Gulliver’s Travels.

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And at the end:

Here is something different.

From left to right:

  1. A tattoo design that I have been working on for my sister. I need to do a photograph of the final design. Please do not use this design without my permission.
  2. A big frog toy trial that I have done, based on a Pinterest pin that I wanted to try.
  3. . A smaller version of the frog toy for my little nephew.

 

Okay, that’s it for today.

What’s up?

The last few weeks have been rather hectic and busy. I was working on the summer project and for the past two weeks I have been spending time with my cousin, who was visiting from Poland.

Summer Project first.

I carried out a little bit more research and got interested in the fashion of Lilliputs and the Giants from Gulliver’s first two voyages, as well as the perspective of Lilliputs towards Gulliver and how did that  affected him when he landed in Brobdingnag, where he was the Lilliput.

One of the points to research were the miniature villages located in Britain.

 

Each building in those villages has to be renovated and re-painted once a year, something more often, due to weathering out and being exposed to thousands of people trampling around. When you add the snow and the rain to that, you can start imagining how expensive in finance, time and effort such a village is.

This article on BBC has helped quite a bit in locating them.:)

Okay, so let’s move towards fashion.

In the book, Gulliver described Lilliput’s fashion as that between the British and East Asia. We need to remember that the action in the book takes place in 1700’s. Therefore, I have researched the clothes and symbolism for patterns around that time in Britain, France, Japan, South Korea and most important China, as during the 16th-19th century it was the Chinese culture and society that greatly impacted the western world, though Japan also had it’s shine in this period.

Britain:

Women:

The main part of a woman’s clothing was the hoop- known as pannier, this whalebone (or metallic) ring was worn to create the illusion of dilated hips, which resulted in a dome-shaped structure to the skirt worn over the hoop.  Most women wore a corset to slim the waist. Then the petticoat, which covered the hoop and corset, but also was used as a under layer to the proper dress.

The hairstyle around the time of action-1700’s, was the high comb. Usually over a padded roll or worn over a frame.

All clothing and accessories have been embroidered to a high level. Clothes were produced from silk and linen.

 

Men:

Men wore a linen shirt with frills at the wrists, covering the under drawers (something like under shirt). Next came on a vest or a long waistcoat, then they put on knee breeches to show off the legs, covered in stockings (white) and their leather shoes with stacked heels. The most visible layer was the full-skirted, knee-length coat. British men o this time wore shoulder-length, full-bottomed wig (we can see remains of this fashion sense in some Supreme Courts) and a tricorne (three cornered) hat with an upturned brim.

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As the century progressed, dresses, coats and breeches lost a few inches in their length. Shoes became low heeled, while the wigs were used for formal occasions only.

 

China:

Elite:

The Chinese elite (royalty, high and middle class) wore robes wrapped around the body, tied close to the waist sash. Depending on the length, they were worn without the undergarments (coming down to the ankles) or over trousers/skirt (thigh length).

Both sexes wore skirts, as well as they bound their hair up in a topknot and covered it with either a head cloth or a hat.

While women favored highly colorful silk cloth, men proffered somber and plain cloths, however both were intricate in their pattern embroidery.

Commoners:

The Chinese commoners (working class) wore short robes or jackets over trousers or leggins.

Women wore skirts, whereas men wore loincloth as a lower garment. A change came with the cavalry, which introduced short wrapped jackets and short robes worn over trousers for common men.

Japanese men on the other hand wore long robes or shorter baggy trousers. Women, though wore multiple layers of wrapped robes, cut to reveal each layer beneath the last.The introduction of kimonos, widened the gap between the wealthy, aristocracy and samurais, and the commoners of Japan. Kimonos were often embroidered at the nape of the neck with the family’s crest.

The Chinese leaned towards colours of red, green and light blue, whereas Japanese people took to indigo dye.

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 I also looked at the symbols and patterns within both cultures.

The Chines clothes were often embroidered with sakura (charry) trees and dragons, on the other hand Japanese patterns included cranes and turtles as the symbols of long life and good luck, as well as the sea bream fish, symbolising happiness.

One flower that is a recurring pattern in 1700’s Japan is a chrysanthemum, of which there are over 150 patterns.

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Okay, so here are some of the works that I have created based on my research.

 

 

Moving on to personal life. As I mentioned my cousin came visiting from Poland. She flied home yesterday evening.

I like spending time with her, because we both like Harry Potter and have a similar taste for books, although I think there is a big gap between us, due to me being 4 years older and being more stuck up than her.

We got to talk a little over the past two weeks, watched quite a number of horror movies together (still got bruises from Friday evening, watching Conjuring and Annabelle). My sister took us and her friend to Weatherspoons pub for a few drinks. (I stuck to apple juice). They went a little wild with it, but none of them had a massive hangover.:) I also got to spend few days with her by myself, since her dad worked the past week.

On Monday we went ice skating at the Altrincham Silver Blades rink. It was a first time for me and I was just glad not to fall over even once, although we didn’t escape unscathed, as when I tried stopping once skated right into her, sliding one of the skates into her leg, but thankfully she wasn’t injured, only a little pained at the hit. The other time, she tumbled into me and I smashed my forearm into the rink wall, which wasn’t nice, but nothing much more than that didn’t happen.

On Tuesday, we have decided to go swimming at the local pool and we both ended up with the first stage of a cold, which got worse on Thursday when we were meant to go to Liverpool. I had to cancel those plans.

On Wednesday, my cousin joined my sister and our parents at the Graduation Ceremony in Preston, where my sister has received her degree. (SO PROUD OF HER! :D)

While they were in Preston, I was decorating the house with banners and balloons, her face when she walked through the door was priceless. Afterwards, we went for a family dinner to Weatherspoons.

The last two days we have spent just talking, playing and cooking.

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I will miss her, but hopefully I will get to see her in November.

So, that’s it. Hope you guys have a good summer!😀

Summer Homework (Ideal Project)-Devoirs d’été (Ideal Project)

Welcome all, welcome one! (Thanks Graham Norton, this greeting got stuck in my head.😛 )

Yup, it does say Summer Homework.😀

So, after coming in to university center, to collect our grades for the first year, we were given our summer assignment, however it is not graded, so we don’t have to do it.

On the other hand, the project will help those who did it:

  1. Staying fit. By that I mean still exercising our hands and minds within the field. This way we won’t get rusty during our time off, which in turns allows us to start right away in September.
  2. Research skills. As with every project we do, we have to go through the research process, on which everything else balances. (At least for me. I can’t do a project without research.)

Therefore, I have decided to do my summer project.😀

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Guess, which book I have decided to read and create work for.😛 Yup, The Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift.

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The book is formed of 4 books and while I am still on the 1st book, it captures my interest and imagination. The descriptions within are what I needed to make my mind and ideas go wild.

 

Will see how the reading goes, it has been a long time since I have read an actual book instead of short stories on the Internet.

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Here are some illustrations to the book, that I have found:

 

Thanks for reading.😀

Here’s the FRENCH version

 

Bienvenue à tous, bienvenue un! (Merci Graham Norton, cette salutation est coincé dans ma tête:. P)

Yup, il ne dit devoirs d’été.😀

Ainsi, après son entrée dans le centre universitaire, pour recueillir nos grades pour la première année, on nous a donné notre mission d’été, mais il n’a pas été classé, donc nous ne devons pas le faire.

D’autre part, le projet aidera ceux qui l’ont fait:

Rester en forme. Par cela, je veux dire encore l’exercice de nos mains et les esprits dans le domaine. De cette façon, nous ne serons pas se rouiller pendant notre temps libre, qui à son tour nous permet de commencer tout de suite en Septembre.
Les compétences en recherche. Comme avec tous les projets que nous faisons, nous devons passer par le processus de recherche, sur lequel soldes else tout. (Au moins pour moi. Je ne peux pas faire un projet sans recherche.)

Par conséquent, j’ai décidé de faire mon projet d’été.😀

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Devinez, quel livre je l’ai décidé de lire et de créer des emplois pour. : P Yup, Les Voyages de Gulliver de Jonathan Swift.

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Le livre est formé de 4 livres et alors que je suis encore sur le 1er livre, il saisit mon intérêt et de l’imagination. Les descriptions sont au sein de ce que je devais faire mon esprit et des idées aller sauvage.

Nous verrons comment la lecture va, il a été un long temps depuis que j’ai lu un livre réel au lieu d’histoires courtes sur Internet.

 

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Voici quelques illustrations au livre, que j’ai trouvé:

 

Merci d’avoir lu. 😀

 

Sewing

A little over a week ago, I logged into my Pinterest and saw a lot of pins relating to sewing and DIY felt toys and decorations.

Since I am doing a little project that will have it’s outcome in December, I thought, why not try something else while having a break from that personal project.

That’s how I came across this little template.

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It’s quite straightforward, felt fox plushie template. However, I decided to make it a little bit more flat.

So, as a first step, I cut out the template pieces and drew their outlines on coloured felt. I cut them out and hand stitched together using a cross stitch with double tie, which for me means going over every second stitch to make it stronger.

Then I have hand stitched the eyes and nose, using a very fine needle. It took me ages.

At then end, i have stitched the fox onto a little self-pocket that I have sewed the other day. This way it is a little fox pocket. I plan on sewing it onto a baby shirt to see how will it look.

 

Another idea I found was using fabric paint to make prints/stamps.

I have cut a template of an elephant designed as a plush toy template and re-drawn it on a piece of lino.

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After the lino was done, I painted it with blue fabrics paint and stamped it onto a baby bodysuit. TADAAAA! I know I still need to work into it, but it was fun. I want to give it to my nephew, when he’ll be born.:) (Still a little while before that)

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I did a one more body suit for a baby, with fabric stars, apliqued onto it.


Till the next post.:)

 

 

FRENCH:

Un peu plus d’une semaine, je me suis connecté à mon Pinterest et vu beaucoup de broches relatives à la couture et bricolage feutre jouets et décorations.

Depuis que je fais un petit projet qui aura son résultat en Décembre, je pensais, pourquoi ne pas essayer autre chose tout en ayant une pause de ce projet personnel.

Voilà comment je suis tombé sur ce petit modèle.

 

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Il est assez simple, sentait le renard modèle en peluche. Cependant, je décide de faire un peu plus plat.

Donc, dans un premier temps, je découpe les morceaux de modèle et dessiné leurs contours sur feutre coloré. Je leur ai découpé et cousu à la main ensemble en utilisant un point de croix avec double cravate, qui pour moi signifie aller au-dessus de chaque seconde point pour le rendre plus fort.

Ensuite, je dois cousu main les yeux et le nez, à l’aide d’une aiguille très fine. Il m’a fallu les âges.

 

A la fin, puis, je l’ai cousu le renard sur un peu d’auto-poche que j’ai cousu l’autre jour. De cette façon, il est une petite poche de renard. Je prévois de le coudre sur une chemise de bébé pour voir comment il regarder.

Une autre idée j’ai trouvé à l’aide de la peinture tissu pour faire des impressions / timbres.

J’ai coupé un modèle d’un éléphant conçu comme un modèle de jouet en peluche et re-dessiné sur un morceau de lino.

 

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Après le lino a été fait, je l’ai peint avec de la peinture de tissus bleu et tamponné le sur un body de bébé. TADAAAA! Je sais que je dois encore travailler dedans, mais il était amusant. Je veux donner à mon neveu, quand il sera né.:) (Encore un peu de temps avant cela)

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Je l’ai fait un plus un costume de corps pour un bébé, avec l’étoile de tissu, appliqué sur elle.


Jusqu’à ce que le prochain post. :)

Working

So sorry for the long break. *bows down*

I am currently on a two week break from the university and I am trying to cram up as much work as possible to finish the last project that I am working on. After the break I will have only three weeks, yes only three weeks before I will be finished with my first year at the university.

Right now I aim to get 75% of a grade with 40% being a pass. At the last tutorial I was told that I am in high sixties, but I really want to be in the 70%  mark. So, WORK, WORK, WORK.

I am working on a project ‘In Someone Else’s Shoes’. The aim of it is to become the person out of history that we were given. However, as my person was a necrophiliac, I told my tutor that I want to change it because I couldn’t find anything else on the person that wouldn’t involve ‘playing’ with the corpse. Since I am Polish I looked into Polish history people, before deciding that I want a challenge.

Now I want to say beforehand, that I am not trying to glorify the acts of and the person I chose, nor am I trying to say that they were a goodie goodie person, because I know that they weren’t.

Maybe not many of you know or if you did you just never focused on this fact but Adolf Hitler wanted to become an artist when he was younger. Yes, I did just say Adolf Hitler. Yes, that does mean he is my choice of the person for the project.

I think I chose him for that one and only reason. Young Adolf Hitler applied for the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts, when he was in his late teens and early twenties. He was rejected not once but twice, for his low skills of drawings, mainly figurative drawings. The thing is, he was given a chance to apply for the Academy of Architecture, because that’s what he excelled at, but to do that he would have to go back to school for a year for the preparatory classes. That’s what had driven him away, due to his negative feelings towards school, he dropped out when he was sixteen.

It were his architectural drawings and paintings that caught my attention and the initial interest in him, so here I am. I am supposed to do some more drawings of him, his environment, studies of his work etc. I also need to build a small set of one of the places where he could have lived, so I settled on ‘creating’ a hostel room, where he would’ve stayed at on his orphan allowance, in Vienna and then in Munich before he enlisted as a soldier. I will also need to create a costume for the life drawing class where the whole class will be drawing each others characters.

Here are some of Hitler’s works:

 

 

And here are some of the images that I have produced as a response to some of the events in Hitler’s life.

 

So yeah.

 

FRENCH:

Donc désolé pour la longue pause. * Incline *

Je suis actuellement sur une pause de deux semaines de l’université et je suis en train d’entasser autant de travail que possible pour terminer le dernier projet que je travaille sur. Après la pause, je vais avoir seulement trois semaines, oui seulement trois semaines avant que je serai fini avec ma première année à l’université.

En ce moment, je cherche à obtenir 75% d’une classe avec 40% étant un laissez-passer. Au dernier tutoriel, on m’a dit que je suis dans les hautes années soixante, mais je veux vraiment être dans la barre des 70%. Donc, TRAVAIL, TRAVAIL, TRAVAIL.

Je travaille sur un projet «Dans la peau de quelqu’un d’autre». Le but de cela est de devenir la personne hors de l’histoire que nous avons reçu. Cependant, comme ma personne était un nécrophile, je dis à mon tuteur que je veux le changer parce que je ne pouvais pas trouver quoi que ce soit d’autre sur la personne qui ne serait pas impliquer «jouer» avec le cadavre. Depuis que je suis Polonais, je regardais dans l’histoire les gens polonais, avant de décider que je veux un défi.

Maintenant, je veux dire à l’avance, que je ne cherche pas à glorifier les actes de la personne et j’ai choisi, et je ne suis en train de dire qu’ils étaient une personne goodie goodie, parce que je sais qu’ils ne sont pas.

Peut-être pas beaucoup d’entre vous le savez ou si vous ne vous simplement jamais concentré sur ce fait, mais Adolf Hitler voulait devenir un artiste quand il était plus jeune. Oui, je ne viens de dire Adolf Hitler. Oui, cela ne signifie pas qu’il est mon choix de la personne pour le projet.

Je pense que je l’ai choisi pour cette seule et unique raison. Jeune Adolf Hitler appliqué à l’Académie des Beaux-Arts de Vienne, quand il était à la fin de son adolescence et au début de la vingtaine. Il a été rejeté non pas une fois mais deux fois, pour ses faibles compétences de dessins, principalement des dessins figuratifs. La chose est, il a été donné une chance de demander l’Académie d’architecture, parce que ce qu’il excellait, mais pour ce faire, il faudrait retourner à l’école pendant un an pour les classes préparatoires. Voilà ce qui l’avait chassé, en raison de ses sentiments négatifs envers l’école, il a abandonné quand il avait seize ans.

Ce sont ses dessins d’architecture et des peintures qui ont attiré mon attention et l’intérêt initial pour lui, donc je suis ici. Je suis censé faire quelques autres dessins de lui, son environnement, les études de son travail, etc. Je dois aussi construire un petit ensemble de l’un des endroits où il aurait pu vivre, alors je me suis installé sur «créer» une chambre d’auberge, où il aurait séjourné à son allocation orphelin, à Vienne, puis à Munich avant qu’il a enrôlé. Je vais aussi avoir besoin de créer un costume pour la vie dessin classe où toute la classe sera attire chaque autres personnages.

Voici quelques-unes des œuvres d’Hitler:

 

 

 

Et voici quelques-unes des images que j’ai produites en réponse à certains des événements dans la vie d’Hitler.

 

 

Donc voilà. 

Something

Just a little something that I have written a long time ago and just found it on my page.

Curling up in a tight ball,
I pray to God to survive the fall.
While everyone get’s ready for the party,
You start complaining about me playing the martyr.
I have the advantage of owning a mask.
A perfect disguise, that hides me from the task.

Have you ever noticed the screams and the tears?
Maybe the scars that my body bears?
They’re on my arms…my back…my tights and soul.
Did you never notice the way that I stroll?
As if all the world’s burden was placed on my shoulders.
You think this is normal. That it may be a play.

I have you fooled and everybody else.
That I am cheerful and always at best.
There is a secret that I keep inside.
Of a monster that you never see.
It’s called Depression, Anxiety and Fear.
He is of many names, forms, shapes. The creep.

Well it’s too late now, to help and to aid.
You have had your chance but you blew it away.
I guess this is my way of saying goodbye.
It’s waiting for me. The coffin. The sky.
All there was to do was to smile and to talk.
Seems that it would be coming across as shock,
but… you have never asked.
Instead you complained about the burden I am.

Here goes the truth:
You’ve never been my friend.

Hi guys.

 

During the half term two weeks ago I was working on an animation project based around cautionary sayings. I chose the phrase – ‘Sleep tight don’t let the bedbugs bite’, because I thought I could make it into something nicer rather than making a scary horror animation.

I prepared all the facial expressions of the characters, which was hard due to never doing such a thing before, but it was also a great fun. I think I had most of the problem with the perspective of the characters and the setting for the film. i was greatly limited by the camera and it’s positioning.

The process of recording it was much simpler, as I used iStopMotion program on Mac computer and using it was fairly easy and straightforward.

Anyway I wanted you to see the end product of my animation project. Comment if you like. It’s good to collect constructive criticism.

‘Sleep tight don’t let the bedbugs bite.’

 

Just a little something I am working now.

Part of our experience in university is to go out and compete in Live Projects. As first years, we had a choice of working in Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport or one of the schools in the city. The aim of the project was to design a mural that would fit into the setting. Since I like children and their world of wonder I have chosen the school project.

My team consists of two other girls and me. We are basing our designs around the theme of monsters, friendship and playing. The kids helped us by creating their own monsters. (I will upload the images tomorrow).

Here are some of mine characters developed from the kid’s drawings. (PLEASE DO NOT  COPY, REBLOG OR USE THE IMAGES WITHOUT PERMISSION).

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I need to ‘clean’ them up a bit and get them ready for Monday, since we will be doing a group review of what we came up with.

Anyway, that’s it for the update.😀

Project Objective? Protest.

Hi guys.😀

Nearly the time for half term, so I decided to write up another post.

Let’s start with what happened on Monday. Along with our tutor, two of my class mates and I went to a local primary school to carry out a workshop with the children of Year 6 – ages 9, 10.

We started at 9:15, bu preparing the classroom- covering the desks with plastic cloth, setting out glue, paper, cardboard, pencil crayons etc. When the kids came in, our tutor explained them what they will be doing… MONSTERS!:) Each child had to design a monster, whether a cute one or a scary one. Once they were drawn on paper, they had to draw out the shapes of the monster on the cardboard and cut them out. My class mates and I were them to help the kids in cutting out using scalpels and ‘adult’ scissors. The next part of building the monster was to glue it all together, again we helped by using the glue gun. We didn’t want the kids to hurt themselves. When the monsters were done structurally, the children were tasked with decorating them.

Here are some examples:

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During this week I also continued working on the Protest Project. I set out to ‘protest’ about the current situation in Poland, mainly the government’s aim to take control over the TV and press as well as their aim to be able to appoint new head staff in media.

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I decided to use screenprinting and lino prints as my medium, because it is fast and effective, although writing and the cutting out letters in line is difficult.

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So, here you are guys. Have a nice day!

 

French:

Salut les gars. :D

Près de l’heure de la moitié terme, donc je décide d’écrire un autre poste.

Commençons par ce qui est arrivé le lundi. Avec notre tuteur, deux de mes camarades de classe et je suis allé à une école primaire locale pour mener à bien un atelier avec les enfants de 6 ans – âgés de 9, 10.

Nous avons commencé à 9h15, bu la préparation de la Salle de classe- couvrant les bureaux avec des nappes en plastique, exposant de la colle, du papier, du carton, des crayons de couleur, etc. Lorsque les enfants sont arrivés, notre tuteur leur explique ce qu’ils vont faire … MONSTRES ! :) Chaque enfant a dû concevoir un monstre, si un mignon ou effrayant. Une fois qu’ils ont été établis sur papier, ils ont dû tirer les formes du monstre sur le carton et les découper. Mes camarades de classe et moi étions eux pour aider les enfants à découper à l’aide de scalpels et ciseaux «adultes». La partie suivante de la construction du monstre était de coller le tout ensemble, encore une fois, nous avons aidé à l’aide du pistolet à colle. Nous ne voulons pas que les enfants se blessent. Lorsque les monstres ont été faites structurellement, les enfants ont été chargés de les décorer.

Voici quelques exemples:

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Au cours de cette semaine, je également continué à travailler sur le projet de protestation. Je me mets à «protestation» à propos de la situation actuelle en Pologne, principalement objectif du gouvernement de prendre le contrôle de la télévision et de la presse ainsi que leur but d’être en mesure de nommer les nouveaux employés de la tête dans les médias.

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On ne négocie pas la liberté. Vous battez pour la liberté.

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KOD- Citoyens pour la démocratie.

Je décidé d’utiliser la sérigraphie et impressions sur lino comme mon moyen, car il est rapide et efficace, bien que l’écriture et la découpe de lettres en ligne est difficile.

 

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 Donc, vous êtes ici les gars. Bonne journée!