Sketchbook (& Development)

Research & Ideas for the contents of my book/magazine:

The first things that come to mind when I think about Dubai. Things that you notice as an expat, some things you only realise from living there and others very noticeable by anyone visiting. Some things residents and locals are proud of and others have just become a normal “Dubai thing”.

Test images, playing around with different potential magazine layouts with the pictures I took over the summer in Abu Dhabi.

ABU DHABI – Sheikh Zayed Mosque


University Workshop

During a workshop we were given 30 pieces of A5 sized paper in which we had to number 1 – 30. When a number between 1 and 30 was called out we had to draw on the piece of paper, for some sheets we had 10 seconds and for others we had 10 minutes. After the exercise I went home and created a make-shift book out of my sheets, many of them had very simple collages stuck on them, quick line drawings or ideas that I could use for the contents of my Self Initiated Book.

Some of my ideas are below:






Pakistani Minimal Artists



Something that struck me in the research part of my process was the discovery of particular Pakistani artists and their presentation of work in galleries. In the ‘Importance of Staying Quiet’ presented in the Yallay Gallery, Iqra Tanveer presents to us the piece ‘Instant Distance’. This piece captured my attention and I feel as though it has played an important role in some of my spreads as I became familiar with the contextual meaning behind the abstract piece.


“The presence of minimal art from Pakistan is not as well documented and celebrated in comparison to its significance and contribution towards the advancement of critical thought. The formal aspects of minimalism never took root in the Pakistani art discourse, even though there are many examples of works being produced in this vein. The first generation of Pakistani artists were influenced by Western Modernism, which was appropriated both in content and style to give birth to numerous seminal practices that went on to inspire art students and new generations of artists.

However, The importance of staying quiet attempts to give a small homage to the peripheral practice of the minimal, which now seems to have become almost antonymous with art from Pakistan. Not intended as an historical representation or survey, the exhibit merely attempts to look at a section of visual vocabulary being produced through a period of shifting ideologies in Pakistani art.”

– Yallay Gallery

Pakistan (Karachi) and the movement of the City

Below are images of Karachi, Pakistan that I feel represented the atmosphere of the city the best for me. Each image sparked an idea through their layouts and visually reminded me of primary source images I have, which I then went on to use for the spreads of my publication.


Sketchb0ok Pages

From the change in focus from Dubai to Karachi I began to produce work that revolved around my memories and senses. I started by writing about different events and things I remember, jotting down descriptive words about smells to tastes and so on, with small illustrations to go alongside each memory. Once I had a few written down I was then able to select my favourites and begin writing each story more elaborately.


Paper & Binding

The image I had in mind for the final outcome of my final piece was a magazine of sorts, however, once it was completed it became more formal than a magazine. It became a publication of sorts with a book type feel because of the stories that filled the content. I explored different books and their type of binding and paper use. Many photo books use matte or glossy paper of a 100-150GSM depending on the audience of the book with a thick matte front cover of about 200GSM. My great- est inspiration was The Carton (see blog), a monthly magazine that has a perfect bind and a soft cover – apart from their special editions – that have hard covers. I printed my final copy on a soft cover of 250GSM with the pages at 150GSM, both on matte finished photo paper with a perfect bind. For the exhibition in February I plan on printing multiple copies and hope to have a publisher by the new year to allow my book to be accessible to anyone who wants to reminiscence about home or experience a wonderfully crazy city and the stories it has to offer.



The editing process is constantly on-going, there’s so many details for every page and it’s a never ending stage in getting it to print. A huge help in my editing was constantly covering the walls of my bedroom in the spreads of my book to look over and pinpoint the errors and the things that needed changing. The pages of my book crept into my subconcious, nonetheless, it was worth it when seeing the final piece. It was crucial as a part of my development to be able to see how the book worked as a whole.


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