This project is a bit of a rollercoaster but I'm going to try narrow it down as much as possible. So, the brief was to choose a location in which one of the hotels of Hotel Indigo was situated. I chose Kansas City; a strangely charming place with wacky museums and a sleazy underbelly.
My original plan was to create a series of mirrors which you would not notice the design of until you looked closer. These designs were for: the Puppetry Arts Institute, Glore Psychiatric Museum, Leila's Hair Museum. I did actually make these and engraved the designs on using a laser cutter (these are just mock-ups), but the idea didn't go down as well as I'd hoped so I began to really invest into my other idea.
This looks like a massive jump but hear me out. Due to KC's sleazy side, a suggestion was made to me to incorporate "tart cards" into my idea. I decided to make a little character (or part of a character) for each museum and make it as vile and disgusting as possible. To get the cheaply made effect, I added texture digitally and then printed each element off so I could messily cut them up and stick them on another piece of paper together. I then added horrible stains (made with a hot glue gun) and hairs. The final pieces were printed on a Riso printer onto coloured card so they'd be extra tacky and unpleasant to look at. I am actually quite proud of how these tuned out.