Top in the World and Top in Thailand Achievements for Merryl's Art and Design - Bangkok Prep

Top in the World and Top in Thailand Achievements for Merryl’s Art and Design

Congratulations to Merryl T in Year 13 for her recent outstanding accomplishments in being recognised as ‘Top in the World’ for Art and Design and ‘High Achievement’ (Top in Thailand) for Digital Media and Design. 🌟🎨💻 .



Merryl had the following to say about what her work was about, the theme, materials used and the meaning behind it:



Unit 1 – Harmony

I chose to explore the theme of ‘Harmony’ in my first project by basing my visuals on portraiture and koi fish. I am passionate about painting portraiture, as it is able to bring a sense of relatability by the conveyance of emotions and stories towards viewers; whilst Koi fish is used to symbolise peace, love and affection. In this project, I wanted to explore the relationship between human and nature; The peace and unity of the relationship that could have been if we respected the boundaries of each other. I therefore experimented with wide ranges of materials, mediums and techniques such as cardboard, cyanotype, collaging in order to create depth and layers. Cardboard was a significant material in the project as it is able to portray the flaws – with the tears and rips – and represents a wall in which exhibits the sense of disconnection, complexity and flaws between the relationship of Human and Nature. In my final outcome, I chose to use blue and red to draw my portraits to create a glitchy effect which portrays the disconnection between the relationship.


Unit 2 – Lost in thought

For my second project, I have chosen the theme ‘Lost in thought’ from the given exam prompts. I interpreted the theme by emphasising on the word ‘lost’, where I explored the power of our thoughts; where we could get so caught up in our own mind that we lose sense of our identity and trace of reality. I decided to show this by the visuals of the shift between dimensions of our inner-thoughts and reality, exhibiting the portraits getting consumed by our thoughts in a dark, graphical style. I explored the different ways in which I could create a background where the material controls itself, to create an experimental and interactive visual. I did this using black ink using the wet-on-wet technique, and was able to create a blotchy background which I then used as the shift between reality and thoughts. I also blacked out the eyes of the ‘thought’ dimension following the saying ‘The eyes are the window to the soul’, to show the loss of identity as we are taken over the power of our thoughts.


Digital Media and Design

Unit 1 – Emotions

‘Emotions’ was a very broad theme that allowed me to explore the issues under the concept of Body image. I therefore created a magazine line ‘MEZZA’, aimed at teenagers to promote body positivity, I very mainly focused my designs on magazine covers. I wanted to capture the negative emotions caused by societal prejudices using juxtaposing bright, colourful visuals to the emotions shown. I explored a variety of body image issues including toxic masculinity, how the pandemic affected body image, male and female stereotypes, the materialisation of beauty etc. I based my work in an illustrative, pop art style, this allowed me to play with the connotations of colours, creating bright, vivid and eye-catching magazine covers. Furthermore, I explored my magazine cover visuals dominantly by using metaphorical imageries, intense expressions and colours. I showed combinations of emotions in my work, including resentment, shame and helplessness, as well as sarcastic, rebellious and challenging expressions.


Unit 2 – Synthetic Milk

This project was based on creating a brand for ‘Synthetic Milk’ – lab made milk. The brief required us to base our designs in monochrome and to have no reference to animals. I aimed my brand at young children and parents, my designs are space themed, conveying an out-of-the-world impression and the concept of making the impossible feel possible. This led me to creating my brand ‘Molcky Way’ from the combination of the words ‘Milky way’ and ‘Mock-up’ – a mock-up of milk. I mainly used procreate for this project to create animations and posters, because I wanted to encapsulate an illustrative, hand drawn style which are appealing for children. I focused on conveying the main benefit of the milk as being vegan and environmentally friendly. My main selling point of the milk is to make kids feel like heroes drinking Molcky Way, as they are choosing the better choice for the environment. I built a mascot as a spacesuit hero – Molco – and their pet as a flower – Mumi. I chose the pet as a flower in order to bring nature into space, this empowers a sense of hope, as in how nature could strive to live in space, creating the sense of how anything is possible when you choose to drink Molcky Way’s synthetic milk.

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