After yesterday’s tutorial, I started thinking how I can begin producing pages which can allow me to build up my story. I feel like that I have accumulated quite a lot of information during the past months, but nothing is on paper yet. So, following the feedback I was given in the tutorial, I decided to sketch an organisation of the pages I would like to have for the next week.
The idea would be to have a booklet per each section:
- Site overview (an analysis of Battersea focusing on the contrast between the new and the old. What are the buildings which have been left to their authentic state? This will lead me to the chosen site: Old Battersea House)
- Chosen site: Old Battersea House (location within Battersea + historical overview + my journey in the house)
- House meaning – today vs. yesterday (how did the community interact with the house before and how do they interact now? + what was the meaning of each room before? what is it now? – e.g. morning room)
- A.M.W Stirling vs Forbes (here I would like to make a comparison between these two characters. Indeed, it feels like that the house is mainly known by people because of the expensive collection that Forbes used to hold inside, but how about the history of the house? If the house still exists, it is mainly because of A.M.W Stirling and her husband. She used this property as ‘an artistic centre for the neighbourhood’, an ‘asset and a joy to Battersea for ever’.) + show how they used the house to display their collections (use Ken Russell film to analyse Stirling’s collection, and the following video for Forbes) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIb17HnUfkE
- De Morgan Foundation vs Forbes’s Auction (analyse the archive where all the collection belonging to A.M.W Stirling (Evelyn and William De Morgan) is located – aiming to go there on Saturday!) Here, another parallel can be drawn in terms of the different approach that the two tenants had towards the house. In fact, A.M.W Stirling made sure that her collection will be protected, thus creating the De Morgan Foundation, which today is in charged of making the collection accessible to the public (like Stirling used to do) – http://www.demorgan.org.uk – Forbes, instead, sold all of his art and objects located in Old Battersea House in an auction – http://auctions.lyonandturnbull.com/asp/searchresults.asp?pg=6&ps=30&sale_no=338
- Rainham Hall: Case Study (represent how the Georgian house was converted, look at how they interacted with the community – going of Friday!) – https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/rainham-hall
Maybe having a portfolio format similar to this one could be an option?