Hello, I am Aaron and I am a 15 year old student at Prudhoe High. I am doing my 2 weeks work experience. Work experience in Britain is mandatory for all 15 year olds. They must choose a place that interests them or they would consider for an actual job at a later date. Therefore, I chose The Stencil Library as I am interested in graphic design.
During my time here at The Stencil Library, I have enjoyed a lot of things. I have also been inspired to make my own stencil in the form of a famous quote from The Italian Job (my favourite film) to decorate my new bedroom, but more on that in a minute.
Within 5 minutes of arriving, we covered health and safety issues. Rachel told me where fire exits are in case of an emergency. I was also informed that I couldn't go anywhere near any sharp objects like knives and I wasn't even allowed to drink paint!
Rachel then told me about the project I was going to be doing over the next couple of days... I was to design and make the new front cover for The Stencilled Home DVD! This was only a 'homemade' version to be tested at the annual stencilling convention in America. This obviously made me very excited.
Over the next couple of days I came up with numerous designs to put forward to Helen, Rachel, Heather & Lesley. They all liked some and disliked others, but the two which got the most approval were the pale blue and the pale green designs. I chose the blue one however was outnumbered 4 to 1 as everyone else picked the green one. I then continued with adjusting my idea and correcting spelling mistakes. I printed off my final draft which got the approval from everybody. The DVD will be available online soon.
On the Friday afternoon after my lunch break (they allow me to have one), I was asked to design a stencil for a special thank you gift. Helen had shown me how to use a stencil. I was given the splatter stencil in one hand and a blank piece of stencil film in the other, and I was told that I had to design the persons initials using the stencil. I made a couple of designs and Helen chose the one which looked best. I hope the person who is receiving the gift enjoys it and uses it!
On the Monday I was greeted with a pallet sized stash of old catalogue pages to be sorted out. I was hoping at the time I would enjoy it however after an hour or so, I was warming up to the idea of leaving it as the job was quite repetetive. But, it had to be done and I was glad when Rachel told me that was enough for the day, and so were my paper cut fingers.
On the same day I became part of the special group of people that have had the pleasure of getting a tour around The Stencil Library home. Of course you can see it on video (or now DVD for US customers) but I've seen it in real life! All that page counting had in actual fact paid off. The house had exceeded all of my expectations and was in fact double the size of what it looks like from the outside! I was also surprised that it does feel like a regular home. It wasn't a showhouse home where it had perfect rooms that looked like they are never used. You could see a television that blended in with the Raj room's color scheme and use of accessories. This included organ pipes fixed onto the wall which was a nice touch.
I really don't want to give much away but the house is spectacular! You should experience it yourself.
On Tuesday I got stuck into making stencils for my bedroom. I got the measurements for my Italian Job stencil so then I began to design how I wanted the finished product to look. I chose a quote from the film to stencil onto my wardrobe: "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" - Michael Caine, The Italian Job
I used the 352 Typewriter stencil font. You will be able to see how my project went later as Rachel has told me that I have to finish decorating my bedroom by the end of the summer holidays and she will then photograph and post the finished results.
I then tested out my newly acquired stenciling skills with another stencil I will be using: NC105 Tyretrack. It was great fun and kept me quiet for an hour or two!
On my last day I was treated to a lump of chocolate cake which was beautiful and since then I have been typing out this blog entry!
I have really enjoyed my time here and this has been because of the following things I have done:
- Designed and made a DVD cover for 'The Stenciled Home'
- Designed my own stencil
- Had a tour of The Stencil Library house
- Was taught how to stencil by Rachel and Helen
However doing the catalogues wasn't so enjoyable or as fun as the other things. I'd still come back again though. Aaron.