SMALL CHANGE SALE: THURSDAY
After three full days spent in the stitch studio, I can say that this day finally arriving was definitely a relief. Although in the end I was happy to have learnt a lot in the stitch workshop, it still was a bit of a painful process for me to spend so much time on the Small Change project when there were so many other projects going on at the same time.
I really enjoyed finally getting to see the work of my peers, as well as the other students in JFFA and Architecture. It was nice to see how everyone approached the project differently and that there was such diverse outcomes. I quickly purchased some candle stick holders from Marlen and Daniel before they were sold out. To me, both of their designs were so simple but insanely intriguing.
Although I had a couple people approach me and compliment me for my craftsmanship (such a good feeling considering how long they took, and that two of my five bags were re-stitched more than once), I unfortunately didn't sell a thing.
Overall the experience was great. I loved reworking the wool coat and belts I found at the charity shop, giving them new life. Also I think some of my friends will be excited to get some homemade gifts from me in the near future..
SMALL CHANGE + VIDEO CV: WEDNESDAY
Today was my last week in the stitch workshop to work on Small Change. And thankfully I achieved my goal of creating five hand bags by the end of the day today. I finished off my last two clutches using the two sleeves of the coat. I knew I wanted to have some sort of flap to be folded down at the opening of the clutch, and decided to go with a simple envelope design. The result was just what I wanted and I am happy with the way they look. Like my other bags I wanted to incorporate the belts in a functional way, so I made it that the envelope flap is secured under a strip of the belt.
The technician at the stitch workshop was really a lifesaver. I don't have too much experience in sewing, probably the last time I used a sewing machine before this project was nearly ten years ago. She taught me different techniques for hand sewing as well as using the machine, and I look forward to trying some more sewing projects in the future. As frustrating as the sewing experience was for me, I can say I'm very happy to have learned some new skills!
My evening was spent focusing on preparing my Video CV. The experience wasn't so great, as I probably put off doing it for too long and felt really anxious and nervous while executing it. I met up with my classmates Grace and Taeheon in a seminar room in the KX Library, and we took turns filming each other. Initially I had written out a script, but felt that on camera it really wasn't coming across naturally at all. I really dislike the way my voice sounds on camera, so even when I attempted to re-do the video with an interview approach, I found my voice to be shaky, awkward and nervous sounding.
My new plan is to focus on putting together some fun and more visually stimulating concepts for the Video CV over the weekend. I want the video to be more visual, so I can keep my speaking to a minimum. Plus my first two attempts were really boring, and I come from a background in video media, so I really feel confident in putting together something better that will show off who I am as a designer and person.
HOME: TUESDAY - week 2
Overall, I've really enjoyed the Home project. It was fun to work with a client and develop something for someone that they really love. Throughout the process I made sure to keep checking in with Lucia to have her approval on design ideas and elements. Lucia loves to cook and her biggest pet peeve is when she is currently using a utensil, has to put it down momentarily and has no where to put it--she doesn't like having the sauce covered spoon touch the surface of the counter. I was proud when my outcome was in fact the perfect solution for her, and that she was really excited about it.
Creating a formalized brief/spec for this project really helped me to have a clear vision in mind of what the client wanted without going overboard. Once I was able to keep in my mind the key facts that would help me design a suitable product, I felt that the design process became a lot more fun and easy to develop and create.
For Lucia, I created a set of three utensil rests that elevate and prevent her three main cooking utensils from touching the surface of her counter while they are in use. When the utensil rests are not being used they are stored on top of a triangular shaped based designed to arrange the rests in a star-like pattern, or can be spread out further to serve as a hot dish stand. The purpose of the star-shaped patterned formation comes from interest of Turkish and North African dishes that Lucia cooks, as well as the Islamic art that she enjoys.
I was really happy to get some feedback from my peers during this crib because for the last project I din't receive any sticky-notes. One of my peers suggested making the utensil rests double as bottle openers and I thought that was a genius idea.
The project that stood out to me most for good design practice was Ricardo's lighting project. The concept, design and final outcome was so so well done. I like that he was able to fix his clients problem of not having enough lighting in her room and combine it with her interest of bugs and nature.
HOME + SMALL CHANGE: MONDAY
Because I struggled so much in the beginning with my ideas being rejected for Small Change, I felt so confident today when I was able to show my tutors the progress of my reworked wool coat and leather belt handbags. Having only fully completed two at this point, I told them that I still needed to finish hand stitching the bottom of my third bag, as well as my design ideas to complete my final two bags made out of the sleeves of the coat, and that I will be going into the stitch workshop one last time on Wednesday. Now, I feel really excited to get back into the workshop as finish up my final two designs.
When it comes to putting together A2 sheets, I have felt much more comfortable and confident during this unit. I was able to start and finish my sheets today in class using Adobe InDesign. My process begins with creating a document the size of an A2 sheet, then building 3 inch rulers on the sides, and 2 inch rulers on the top and bottom of the sheet. I find it easy to lay out the photos in a visually interesting way in which they are easily communicated to the viewer. Laying them out in real size also makes it easier for sizing the photos appropriately. When I get home tonight I will print out the photos on A4 sheets and cut and paste them onto A4 sheet's in the same layout I created in InDesign.
Below I have created a Spec. + Brief. for the HOME project:
Living in a shared kitchen with limited personal space for food, tea's, utensils and tableware. Communal plates and bowls are mismatched and often limited, and tea's hang loose in personal cupboard which makes them hard to find. Need organization for cupboard, or a solution to sharing tableware with flatmates.
The product designed will be a utensil rest for Lucia to use while she is cooking. It is important that the design allows elevation for the utensils from the countertop so that the sauces and stew's that Lucia and her boyfriend cook do not dirty the surface of the counter and vice versa. On average there are three utensils in use while they cook--two wooden spoons and a larger plastic ladle. The utensil rest should be space efficient and easily assessable.
SMALL CHANGE: FRIDAY
My second day in the stitch workshop wasn't as successful as I hoped. I hoped that I would complete all of my sewing for the five bags, and then over the weekend I could just add the leather belts as accent pieces. Because some of the designs didn't allow the belts to be added later, it took a littler longer to work the belts into the design during the sewing process.
I was able to find some great gold fasteners in the CSM Shop that I used to secure some of the leather belts to the clutches. I think I will buy more next week and use them to secure the belts on each bag. It will be another element that ties the bags together as a collection.
My new goal is to finish the bags in the stitch workshop next Wednesday, just in time for the Small Change Sale on Thursday.
HOME: THURSDAY - week 1
I was happy that the tutors went over the Video CV with us again. The examples that they gave us were all really exciting, fun and animated and I hope I can come up with something really great. Because I am not applying to a BA program, I really want it to highlight the work I have done so far in the foundation program, as well as the highlights of my personality, and the areas that I find my inspiration. I believe focusing on these areas will benefit me when showing this video to future enployers.
Now that I have my final design idea for the HOME project, and it has been approved by my client, working in the wood work shop was productive in finishing my final outcome. Before my tutorial with Lucia (my client) and Kathleen, I was able to produce multiple wooden utensil rests so I could present them and show the star-like shape they are meant to represent when not in use. This shape was inspired by the Turkish and North African foods that Lucia cooks, and the Islamic art that she loves. I feel really confident and proud of this project and design.
When meeting with Lucia and Kathleen, Lucia was very excited about the design and outcome so far. Together we came up with an idea to add on to what I had so far, by creating a base for the utensil rests to sit on when they are not in use. Lucia thought this would be a crucial element to make the design more practical for her, as she was worried about loosing the pieces when they are not in use. Kathleen suggested making the base have more than one option for how close and far apart the utensil rests would nest, to create an option of having different sized casserole dishes sit on them while hot.
I loved these suggestions and realized that having a home base for the utensil rests would add a more practical design element to the product. Thankfully I was able to produce a base design that both Lucia and I love by the end of the day.
SMALL CHANGE: WEDNESDAY
Today was my first day working on my Small Change project in the stitch workshop. I knew I needed a lot of help, and luckily I was able to get it. Before coming into to the workshop I only had one piece cut out of the coat, as I didn’t have proper scissors to cut fabric and didn’t want to have messy cutting for the other pieces. I did feel a little unprepared to be honest.
Thankfully the technician was extremely helpful. She showed me how to set up the sewing machine, spin a bobbin, thread the machine, and change the setting for different stitches.
I really struggled to sew because I wasn’t familiar with the speed of the machine, and had to keep taking the stitches out. I learned that before sewing and folds, it is best to press the fabric so the fold stays, which makes it easier to sew.
I hope that Friday will be a more productive day in the stitch workshop, and that I can complete the sewing aspects of all five bags for Small Change.
HOME: TUESDAY - week 1
I focused on developing my idea in class today, and came up with a direction for the design of the utensil rest for Lucia.
After looking over the research images that Lucia provided me with, I began researching different Islamic designs and patterns found in architecture. I selected four and came up with interlocking and picture forming designs.
I am really happy with this direction because I think it’ll add a night design quality to my project rather than just leaving it at being functional. To me an interlocking or nesting design would be great for my client because it is more compact and will take up less room. I was happy to hear that my client was excited about the designs and arrangements.
After trying out one of the shapes in the woods workshop I showed Lucia, and she was pleased. Because I had time to experiment today, I think it will be easy for me to go in to the workshop Thursday morning and produce the design items in a timely and productive fashion.
HOME: MONDAY - week 1
For the HOME project, my client Lucia has two main problems. First that she has a hard time with organisation and is often in a rush to get out the door because she cannot find her cell phone, head phones or keys. Another issue she has is while cooking, she lacks a proper utensil elevator to keep her cooking utensils off the counter surface while they are in use.
Today, I decided to focus on her issue of having somewhere to rest her cooking utensils. Typically she has three in use at a time, which include two wooden spoons and a larger plastic spoon. Currently she just rests them on food packaging in-between uses while she is cooking. Some of her specifications include having an object that is heavy enough not to knock over, easy to wash, as well as that the object doesn’t involve the bases of the spoons to touch each other.
Tonight I hope to do some research on what is out there in the market in the area of utensil rests, chopstick holders, and elevating kitchen utensils. I am really excited to get the ball rolling on this project and come up with a great solution to Lucia’s issue.
HOME + SMALL CHANGE: THURSDAY
This morning’s exercise on metaphors was actually a lot of fun, and was helpful in showing me how to be more analytical. As we went around the room and found different objects on blank sheets of paper, we were asked by our tutors to think of a metaphor for the objects in front of us. It was interesting to see how differently people saw each object and the interpretation that they had as individuals.
In the afternoon when we were asked to think of a metaphor of ourselves based on an object, I really struggles to come up with something good. Once I was more frustrated with myself than I should have been, it really just clicked. I love crystals, all types of crystals. I wear them as jewellery, used them for healing, as have them in my home as decor.
Watch the video below to see why a crystal is a metaphor for me:
GOOGLE SKETCHUP: WEDNESDAY
The Google SketchUp tutorial was interesting. I was really excited about learning how to use new design software, as I am already familiar with Adobe Creative Suite programs. However, when we were getting started, I was quickly frustrated by the way that it was going. My computer seemed to now be working properly, and each step was taking me a little longer than I hoped to figure it all out.
In the end I was able to grasp the basics of the program, and was able to complete a 3D moc up of my 1-100 design.
VIDEO CV BRIEF: TUESDAY
Today we were briefed on the Video CV project seen by tutors who look at students for the BA programs. The example videos they showed of industry professionals and students were really creative, fun and attention grabbing. Because I’m not applying for BA, I still want to make the best video I can make so that I can show it to future potential employers, however when it comes to time management and balancing my time between the other projects, at least I can make sure to spend more time on my other projects if time is limited.
In my video I hope to come up with a creative way of showing who I am as a person and a designer, and how studying FAD Product Design & Ceramics at CSM has helped me grow as a designer and maker.
1-100 + CHILD CRIT: MONDAY
Today at the crit I felt really proud to show off my CHILD project, but not my 1-100 project. With my Child project I was really confident about my design and final outcome, but with 1-100 I would have liked to redo my design.
I received a bit of feedback on my Child project asking for more initial ideas and research, which I agree that I could have came up with a broader reach of initial ideas.
For my 1-100 project, I actually didn’t receive any feedback from my peers which made me feel disappointed because I felt like I needed the feedback on that project the most.
CHILD: THURSDAY - week 1
I pitched my two ideas for CHILD to Kathleen today to get her opinion because I still was feeling a little lost. She helped me a lot and made me think of evolving and developing the idea a little bit more. Her suggestions were using a different material rather than wood to make the blocks, and maybe they could start as a flat surface, then when the child is old enough they can fold the plastic material into a block shape themselves.
I really liked this idea because it makes the design more interactive and allows it to change over time, just like the child user.
When it came time to talk about Small Change, I felt even more unsure of the direction I was headed in. I have a few ceramic jars that are from yogurt pots, about 10 shark teeth pendants (possibly for jewellery?), and an idea to make quirky clocks clocks out of cork. Kathleen liked the clock idea and suggested that I look into making the numbers out of different found objects like paper clips, map pins, and thread.
I still feel lost, but will have to do some more research to find the right path.
CHILD: TUESDAY - week1
For the CHILD project, Nicola and Tom stressed the importance of the age, gender, environment, group vs. solo, educational, play vs. function, and safe and appealing material, for our designs. I hope to do some primary research at John Lewis, as they said they would be a great reference to look into for toys and child accessories.
I shared my initial ideas with Nicola and Tom and got some great feedback as I was feeling a tad lost and confused as to which direction to go in.
My first idea was to product spinning tops in the shape of fruits and vegetables. The other was to produce a baby mobile with hanging blocks that would come off when the child is old enough to play with them, then the blocks can be strung on a garland for decoration when they are too old to play with.
They both liked both ideas and recommended that I look at Fort Standard, Part + Parcel, and Hay designs for further research.
When I talked about my spinning top idea, and then focused on the idea of having different types of mushroom spinning tops that can be flipped over to form a mini mushroom patch, my peers and tutors seemed more excited about that idea over the mobile and block idea.
I still think I am leaning more towards the mobile and block idea because in this short amount of time, I really don’t feel confident in my making abilities to produce a final outcome that will be quality.
CHILD: MONDAY - week 1
On my first day back after the Christmas break, I felt a little unprepared. I had spent some time over the break collecting my secondary rope material for the 1-100 project and had played around with some experiments. I had also done some research on sustainable product ideas for the Small Change project. But aside from those experiments and research, I was not prepared with these photos and information in my sketchbook. This made me feel anxious because I had not prepared any research or ideas for the new project, Child, or any materials to go into the workshop with for Small Change.
I really think I benefited from the first brainstorming activity in the morning because I felt completely unprepared to be starting this new Child project. Having looked at different categories and types of toys/objects that children on various ages use and engage with, gave me more clarity and confidence to approach this project.
I spent most of the day researching on Dezeen, as well as looking at Kathleen's Pinterest page for children's toys. There were many interesting and creative ideas, some new and some that brought me back to my childhood.
When it was my turn to meet with group 1 and Simon, I felt very nervous and knew I would be less prepared compared to my peers. My weakness at this point is coming up with an idea for Small Change, and it is something I will need to focus on in the upcoming weeks.
Simon and the group liked my idea for Child, which is a mobil made from colourful wooden blocks where the shapes can be removed to play with individually when the child comes of age. These same blocks can be transformed again by rearranging and hanging them on a rope that can be hung as fun decoration. Simon suggested that I look at the time line for how old children are when they stop using a mobile and are old enough to play with blocks. These specifics will definitely be looked into so I can communicate my idea better.
1-100: THURSDAY - week 3
Because I missed two days last week, today my plan was to play catch up. I really hoped to focus on completing my A2 sheets that I had yet to start, but unfortunately ran out of time to do so.
It was fun to visit the second hand store that Georgia took us to. I was able to find two small ceramic pots that I actually have two of at home already. They are very fancy yogurt jars, so I want to look at developing an idea out of these already beautiful ceramic jars.
After returning to the class I looked at expanding my research on different types of knots that I can use for adding the rope to my final design for 1-100. I had been looking at different ways to incorporate macrame design into my rope, which was also an idea that Kathleen suggested I look at.
I know I have a lot to do to catch up for this project and hope to do so over the Christmas break.
Some of my goals are to paint my ceramic piece white and add a beautiful detail of liquid gold leaf to the top edge of the piece. I also will find the proper rope when I am back in Canada for Christmas to fully assemble my final piece, as well as work on my A2 sheets that have yet to be completed.
1-100: TUESDAY - week 3
The one day coat hook project was led by Nicole and Simon. I liked how we started off the day brain storming in groups because this really helped me understand the basics to approach a project like this. After looking at the Sustainable Approach, Simple Production, and Narrative, I had a clearer mind of the concept.
I ran off to the 99p store and found a child's pony toy that I really wanted to work with. With the help of Nicola I came up with an idea to create a giant unicorn horn that will hold the pony's head up, and pierce through the top of the head as an extension of its horn.
Never have I ever worked in the woods workshop so I asked for help and was able to create a horn and an armour like shaped back board to mount the horn onto. I believe that my design added value because it made it very playful and gave a second life to the children's pony toy. The design is very simple and can easily be batch produced.
1-100: MONDAY - week 3
We were able to collect and look at our fired ceramic pieces today first thing. Although my pieces had visibly shrunk, they weren't any smaller than I expected which made me really happy. I had prepared some rope to add to my herb pot which enables it to hang, and was able to add this to my piece very quickly before the crit.
I really liked the exercise of adding specific coloured notes to our peers work with feedback on them. There was some really amazing pieces and ideas in the room. I was a little dissapointed when I only received one post-it note with feedback on it. The student questioned my choice of shape for my pot. After taking this into account, I still feel confident in the shape I choose because it is still unlike your typical cylindar shaped plant pot.
My favourite part of the day that I absorbed the most was the talks in the afternoon from industry professionals on their sustainable ideas and practices. It was a really great intro into our upcoming project Small Change. I feel really excited to be doing a project like this where we are challenged to recycle and upcycle already existing materials to give them a new life. I'm also excited about the fact that we will be given the opportunity to sell our made items in the college.
Tonight, I plan to look around my flat to see if there are any found objects that I can contribute to the one day Small Change Coat Hook challenge.
1-100: MONDAY - week 2
Our second day in the ceramics workshop today was a success. I managed to achieve my goal of having 5 finished ceramic pieces by the end of the day today.
I found it interesting because some of my shapes began to flop when I removed them from the mould and at first I wasn't really pleased because I liked the stiff shape of it. As I was working on my pieces, Kathleen and Nicola came over to take a look and both were actually pleased and interested with the way the clay was flopping and making itself into a new shape.
This gave me a bit more confidence into my design because I did feel like I was struggling with being happy with my outcomes.
1-100: THURSDAY - week 1
Today was our first day in the ceramics workshop and I couldn't have been more excited. This is the one area that I have worked with in the past, so I felt more confident about being in the workshop today.
My group went with Kathleen to learn about mould making, and for the first time I really felt like we were given the opportunity to learn right from the tutors about the material infront of us. I have been struggling with not really knowing what to do in some of the workshops, so it was really refreshing to know how to make a mould in the event that I decide to do something with ceramics for my final project.
Because we spent a good chunk of the morning doing this, as well as a bit in the afternoon, I unfortunately was only able to make two final ceramic pieces. But this set me up to make a goal for Monday when we have another chance to work with ceramics in the workshop. I hope to create a total of 5 finished ceramics pieces by the end of Monday.
When the tutor came from Camberwell to talk about the program there I initally would have rather spent the time in the workshop, but was pleasantly surprise when he went into depth about the program.
Although I won't have the opportunity to carry on my studies in the UK after the foundation program, I'm really glad I heard about this program because it truely sounds amazing. I really like that the course seems to stay broad just like the foundation program, where students can design furniture, products, accessories, etc.
I think if I was staying in the UK, the variety of this program alone would entice me to apply for the program at Camberwell.
1-100: TUESDAY - week 1
Another new tutor today. Simon, really got right into the project. He first had us brainstorm different objects we could make from ceramics and as a class we came up with lighting, furniture, dishes, and crockery.
We then jumped into the types of drawings we should be doing for one object, along with the layout and angles to draw. I found this extremely helpful, as I do not have much experience before this course with drawing. He layed it out for us and then drew all of the views in proper layout with a hammer as the example. This guide will be extremely helpful in the projects to come.
We split into two groups and my group was the first to start drawing our chosen moulds--with the actual measurements to be exact. I didn't have a hard time when it came to drawing the plan, front and side views, but when it came to drawing the 3D views, I had a very difficult time when it came to drawing my larger mould.I don't think I would have had to hard of a time if I was just drawing the shape, but because it had to be to scale I found it difficult to get the correct measurements without making it look distorted. It was till after the lunch break that I was actually able to sit down and do it properly.
After the break my group then swapped tasks with the other group and we were set out into the halls and cafeteria of the Kings Cross campus to sketch and photograph primary research. I was able to make observations, and decided to focus on creating an object for the cafeteria.
When we returned to class I was already behind on tracing and combining the two shapes of my moulds to create a new object together. I found this frusterating, because I was behind due to my struggles with drawing the 3D view of the larger object. Eventually I was able to grasp it and had a lot of fun combining the shapes of the two moulds on tracing paper.
1-100: MONDAY - week 1
This morning was wonderful with an itroduction to slip molding. Kathleen started off by giving us an overview of what was to come in the following days, what we need to get together for our tool kits to bring into the ceramics workshop, and a wonderful presentation on past students experiences during the 1-100 project that we are getting ready to work on.
I really enjoyed seeing other students past work, some gave me a sense of relief that made me think, "hey, I can totally make that," and others had me a little intimidated.It was really cool to see a particular students work. We were shown an example of their outcome for the 1-100 project, as well as their outcome for a project they did later on in the course. The outcomes were night and day, with an improved outcome for the second project. This made me feel a lot better and confident that whatever I produce for this project will just be the start of my potential.
Before coming to this course, the only art type classes I have ever taken was a hand-built pottery class, where I also got to play around on the throwing wheel. So compared to other projects, as far as my making skills go, I feel a little better about attempting this one because I do have some experience working with clay. But I do find it very interesting and challenging that we will also have to incorporate a second material like leather, cork, copper wire, wood, felt, or rope into our design.
I really liked how Kathleen demonstrated slip casting with us using a mold for a prototype of one of her products that is currently in batch production. This demonstration was very hands-on and I think it will be really useful when it comes our turn in the ceramics workshop.
Some other things I loved hearing about were how different ceramic materials have different properties. Kathleen explained to us that the clay we will be using will shrink up to 12%, so it's important to take this into account when you're building your mold, as you would need to build it 12% larger than you want your object to be in the end.
Overall, I learned a lot today, and really appreciated the in-class demonstration because I have felt lost in the past when it comes to heading into the workshops and actually knowing how to create something.