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Had another cycling adventure today. It’s a great way to lift your spirits. Had my ipod on shuffle and enjoyed an eclectic mix of french glitch hop, indie, instrumental and singer/songwriter. I took these few pictures. I magically look about…8, maybe even 10 years younger than I am in that shot. Funny thing is I’m going out tonight and I probably won’t get ID’d. I possess a super age-shifting appearance power, clearly. This week I bought myself cycling gloves. Next week – a bell! I saw too many shocked pedestrian faces on the towpath today. Martina, the silent cyclist, will be no more.

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One of our final projects was to create an A2 poster showcasing a street design situated in Belfast.

Whenever we were given the project brief we were told to start designing our ideas right away. Always being a doodler this is what I started with; working on a colourful pattern where the abstract shapes accommodate each other. Whilst this could look pleasing on a wall, it lacked meaning. I wanted my design to have more substance, yet still maintain that free colourful style.

I thought about constraining my pattern within something such as a speech bubble. The idea of someone or something speaking something beautiful and wordless intrigued me. It could be someone that at first glance you may not think would have those thoughts. Then I thought it could be more interesting if it were a thought bubble. It would make more sense to show visually what someone is thinking of rather than what they are saying. A person could be thinking of a beautiful pattern and then they are starting to replicate this on the wall themselves.

Essentially it’s a mural of someone else starting a mural, but with the added interest of being able to see their thought of how it should turn out.

In my research of street art I found the most interesting pieces were the ones that interacted and used the surroundings. With this wall on Little Donegal Street, I could make my design bulge, spray and explode out of the thought bubble, dripping over the pavement and entangling itself around the tree.