I think that throughout this course we will be pushed to come up 'complicated' ideas that may seem out of the box, yet they are still surrounded with simplicity. Sometimes these simple ideas can appear to be exponentially creative because the more basic they are, the easier they can be to communicate.
During the group exercise today, I found myself trying to search for in-depth ideas, when the most straightforward of ideas seemed to make the most sense collectively. I will have to remind myself throughout the upcoming projects, to try to approach each assignment with a clear-mind and uncomplicated thoughts.
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 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 porject 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.
STRUCTURE + SURFACE: THURSDAY - week 2
It was so nice to start the class off with talking about what items and paperwork are expected at the assessment next week. This all seemed too unclear to me prior to this and I really needed the clarification to calm my mind a bit and focus on my tasks at hand.
Having already finished my final model and having the final photos, today I focused on building my A2 sheets. I printed out many important photos last night so I was prepared to get straight to work today. I still have a lot to do for these sheets and will have to take a lot of time over the weekend to complete them.
I think I have more of a grasp when it comes to the A2 sheets for the Structure + Surface project than for my Eat project.
From my bodies of research I mostly pulled influneces from metal materials, clean lines, geometry, patterns, and simplicity, to translate into my ideas and developement through this project. Perspective was the key influence from my secondary research.
I pushed myself to keep developing further ideas in the initial stages of this project, but I do think I can still improve on exploring a broader range ideas early on. I find myself getting tied to using a specific material, or creating a product that serves a certain purpose. If I continure this cycle I will limit myself as a creator.
Steping outside my comfort zone I worked in the metals shop this project. I learned how to bend metal to the specific line and degree that I needed, to hammer and weld metal when it needs to lay flat ontop of eachother instead of being criscrossed, as well as smoldering off the copper finish of the metal rods. The technician helped me create my first section of my frame, then I continued to create a mirror image of this piece. I found this difficult at times and sometimes struggled to get the rod to bend in the correct direction. After playing around and trying different techniques I was able to work out these issues.
I came into this program interested in furniture and product design, but thus far my projects focused on being worn on the body. I knew that I had to go with the product design option for this project to confirm that product design is the path best suited to my interests.
Compared to earlier projects I do think I understand the documentation process a lot more now. I made sure to document all of my primary and secondary research, my idea development, model making, and final design idea.
With this project I set the goal of creating a simple idea that I would have the time and ability to create in the workshop. I do think I accieved this, and think it is my best to date.
I wasn't sure what to expect with this program and it really isn't what I thought. I knew it had a focus on preparing a portfolio to apply for BA programs, however I didn't realise that it was more focused on guiding rather than teaching. I say this because from my experiences in this course you are kind of left to carry out your interpritation of each project, along with executing the actual models on your own, along with receiving very insightful and valuable feedback from your peers and tutors. Of course the tutors are there to guide you in teaching different processes and educating you on different terms and practitioners. I just hoped for more actual demonstrations when it comes to the area of creating in the workshops. This is foreign ground for me, so I think maybe I would feel more confident creating different ideas and products if I was more familiar with what an be done in the workshops and how to actually do it.
Coming from prior college studies and industry experience in the areas of Business and Creative Communications, my whole thought process has changed. From learning how to work in a sketchbook, to developing ideas and thinking outside the box, I have expanded my ways of thinking and interpreting the assignments. I had found myself bored with working in Fashion Communications, which is why I decided to try this program to expand my skills visually and artistically.
My main goal for this year at Central Saint Martins is to find an area of interest--better yet a passion--that I can continue to explore when I return to Canada once the course is over. I am lucky enough to have an amazing workshop at my disposal thanks to my artisty and crafty dad, where I can continue to experient and explore possible ideas to form into a business. I have looked into continuing my studies in the UK, but unfortunately it will not be financially possible for me to continue. With this, I have actually been looking at the Fine Arts program at my local University where I can specialise in Ceramics.
I hope to major in Product Design and Ceramics at CSM, and hope to explore the area of ceramics a bit more. I also have yet to work with wood, but look forward to developing future furniture projects in this workshop.
Another goal for me is to try to learn as much as I can on how to operate the machinary, as well as what they are capable of doing.
SURFACE + STRUCTURE: MONDAY - week 2
My goal for today was to finish my final model frame in the workshop. And I was able to do just that. I felt a little out of my comfort zone because I was working in the metal's shop and I haven't really done anything too crazy in their yet. Gareth the technician was a huge help in showing me how to work with metal and the techniques and tools that were needed to shape my frame. Having an actual mini model of my magazine/book holder, along with the measurements I needed for my large scale model really saved me when I entered the workshop.
I find the workshops intimidating because before this foundation program I have not had any experiece working in them--aside from ceramics--and I do not know any proper techniques, or which machines to use to get which outcome. I probably would have struggled a lot without the help of a technician.
After staying late to weld the two pieces of my frame together I decided that I will come back into the workshop on Wednesday to smold the copper finish off. The design of my magazine/book holder had incorporated adding plastic strips over top of some of the metal lines, but I was happy with the design without these plastic attachments.
This is the first project that I have felt a little ahead of the game and happy that my entire day spent in the workshop has paid off in an almost final model. Now my biggest concern will be focusing on my A2 sheets that I haven't yet started on. I will plan to work on these over the next three days.
SURFACE + STRUCTURE: THURSDAY - week 1
I focused on developing and refining my ideas today. With this I created models to push my designs along.
With a main focus on furniture and decor items, I continued to push out new geometric inspired ideas based on patterns. One of my favourite ideas is a magazine/book stand made of geometric shapes created with metal wire. I presented three of my ideas to two of my classmates as well as Kathleen Hills. They all agreed that the magazine/book rack was the most interesting. I was kind of surprised by this because the idea was so simple. It gave me a sense of relief because for this project I really did hope to come up with a simple idea that I could make in good quality in the workshops. I feel like my past projects have been very rushed and I haven't been able to produce a final model that I am proud of for the crit.
Kathleen suggested that I play with perspective when it comes to developing my design. The three of them suggested that I look at linear technical drawings, persepctive photos, and take some of my own photos of looking down a tunnel or road. Kathleen also thought it may be neat if I use different materials if I decide to stick to a similar design to my initial model. Possibly some plastic along with copper. She also suggested that the material closest to the viewer be thicker than the material that is the most far away.
Tonight I plan to work on my idea and prepare a scaled down model of my final design. Then I will be able to take it into the workshops come Monday, with a goal of completing the majority of my final model by the end of the day.
SURFACE + STRUCTURE: TUESDAY - week 1
Another new tutor today: Benjamin John Hall. He started off the class by providing us with 5 questions, giving us time to respond to these questions. With my preliminary ideas in place I was able to answer these questions quickly and quite indepth. I feel very excited for this project so my responses came easy.
We later got into small groups to present our ideas and gather feedback. Out of my four group members I had only ever spoken to one of them, so it was neat to speak with other students to hear their ideas and receive a different perspective from people I haven't worked along side thus far.
One of my initial designs was to make a side table with a detachable tray table on top. The biggest question that my group mates had was on how the tray will be secured to the table. I actually hadn't even thought of this yet.
As I continued working in the afternoon Benjamin came by to give me some feedback. I was in the process of coming up with more ideas and he suggested that I try to find patterns and interperate how I would see them as a sturucture. To be honest I hadn't even attempted to approach my designs this way with my keywords patterned and geometric. He felt that I was getting too tied down to the actual object and wanted me to stray away from making an actual product. I took his suggestion and started to research some patterns that I could us to experiment with ideas based on my idea on the movement of these patterns.
Tomorrow I plan to document all of my tests in my sketchbook, as well as print off new found patterns and explore ideas based on these patterns.
STRUCTURE + SURFACE: MONDAY - week1
Our day started off by being introduced to two new tutors Fadi Sultage and Alaistaer Steeze. As a class we brainstormed some words based on our primary and secondary research that we did on structure and surface. I really thought this was helpful because I found myself puzzled on how broad this project seems. After working in small table groups then as an entire class, they instructed us to select two words from the long list. I deliberated on a few but ended up selecting geometric and patterend. I chose those two words because I felt that they can be easily related as in many cases they work together to form eachother.
I found it extremely helpful and insightful to visit the materials presentation at King's Cross later in the afternoon. I have found myself struggling to find some materials for past projects, so I think this resource will be great to use for future projects. The second presentation on Artemide Lighting was very interesting, but I did find it hard to follow along at some points because of the presenters accent. I found the talk about LED technology the most interesting because I never have really known too much about how it works.
EAT: THURSDAY - week 2
The morning was so busy, and I felt really rushed to finish assembling my project in the way that I wanted to--which was previously discussed with Nicola. I had sewn on two zippers when I realised I was really running out of time and proceeded to tape the remainder of the bag together with translucent tape so my peers and instructors could get the full idea of my project.
I was super worried about this and felt very unsatisfied as I had been working hard on this project till 2 am for the last couple days. Georgia took a glance at my project and made me feel a lot better when she said it looked great, and my protoype definitely communicated what my accessory was (even though it wasn't fully finished in my eyes).
My peers provided me with some great feedback after they had a look at my sketchbook and prototype. They both agreed that my primary research was broad and gave me a good foundation for starting the project. They also commented that I explored a range of different ideas and showed a clear path of development as my project evolved. It was noted that my added technical drawings were an asset to communicating my ideas, along with the record of my materials. Constructive criticism was similar from both parties in the areas of adding more annotations to my work, as well as including a photo of my final model in my sketchbook.
In the afternoon when we moved on to focusing on the portfolio pages, I found this extremely helpful as I was worried about how I would communicate these pages to my audience. The beginning remarks that Georgia and Helmert started off with really helped paint this picture for me. They exclaimed that the three most important things to these pages is clarity, cohesion and professional approach. They need to communicate your ability to design and develop ideas.
I found the class examples helpful with what to do and what not to do, which helped me come up with some ideas of my own for layout with the most important photo to be largest and featured on the most important area of the page. I also learned a lot about refining the amount of photos on the page and focusing on only the ones that are absolutely the most influencial to communicating the process of the project.
I am actually excited to go home and work on these pages.
EAT: TUESDAY - week 2
While plugging along at getting everything together in my sketchbook related to my EAT project, I felt desperate to have confirmation from Nicola that the finishings and accent hardware that I selected for the clear purse prototype were appropriate. She was really happy with the gold zippers, studs and chainlink strap that I selected. Especially she really liked the gold spikes I had to secure the chain strap to the bag.
Before I moved forward with assembling my bag she suggested experiementing with making different sized holes in plastic to sew the zippers onto the plastic bag. Because the plastic sheets I am using are too thick for a standard sewing machine, I made holes with different distances of seperation and practiced sewing on the zippers. These experiements have been documented in my sketchbook.
I asked her opinion on whether or not to use frosted plastic as well, to help hide unattractive foods. She suggested making cylinders with opaque plastic could be an option, while keeping the entirety of the bag made of translucent plastic.
This feedback gave me a lot of clarity and helped me refine the details of my project. I look forward to moving forward with a paper model and then going ahead with the plastic prototype granted everything goes smoothly.
EAT: MONDAY - week 2
The most successful part of my day was at the end of class getting feedback from Nicola and Laoura. Initially Laoura started going through my research from the start of this project in my sketchbook. She was impressed with the amount of research and content I had in my sketchbook, but had a lot of great feedback on things that I am missing.
Most of these things have been subconciously lerking in the back of my mind since I know they will need to be added sooner rather than later. Drawing is definitely a weakness of mine, but I have noticed slow improvements already over the last couple weeks. Laoura suggested that I keep a magazine with me so I can trace photos of different body parts into my sketchbook and draw my designs on top of those traced body parts. She said this will help me get a better concept and improve my ability when it comes to sketching jewellery and the ways it can move with the body.
The majority of my research in my sketchbook lately lacks anotations. She told me that adding in whether a page is secondary or primary research is very important, as well as keywords as to what I liked from each photo. Another suggestion she has was to add black lines and marker to the initial sketches that I continue to pursue. This is something I hadn't really thought about before, so I think it will add a lot to my book and the way each project is communicated.
Once we got to my final idea for my 'chic lunch clutch', it reminded her of this movie she watched called 'The Lunchbox'. Tonight I will watch the trailor for the movie to see if it sparks any inspiration since a unique style of lunchbox is featured in the film.
She thought my most recent model - 30 x 45 cm - made from hard opaque and translucent plastics was large in size for a clutch. I also agreed with this. It doesn't have that same chic factor that my earlier and smaller model clutch has. More ideas that came to her was adding different pockets, bags in bags, and compartments to the clutch to add organization, to possibly have zippers on the sides of the clutch so that it can be unzipped to lay flat as a placemat, as well as experimenting with different sized and colorful plastic boxes to create different patterns everyday.
Nicola came over and also liked the idea of adding zippers to the side of the clutch. She really liked the chicness of my older model, and agreed that the size of the latest model was too big for a clutch. However, she did think it could be okay as a hamper for two. " Imagine two friends splitting a lunch between fashion shows at fashion week." -- staying with the theme of chic. Nicola instructed me to visit some stored near Oxford Circus to find beautiful zippers and fascining that can be added to my clutch or possible hamper to make sure that it is in fact attractive and fashionable.
This was all so so helpful, as I felt a little stuck as to what direction to head in with materials (the type of plastic) as well as the size. My models weren't as 'finished' looking as I hoped, and I really needed this feedback from my tutors to help me with my direction. I also valued the feeback I received from my peers during the group presentation earlier in the morning.
Some of the questions that they came up with were: How hard is the plastic? Will the food get ruined from moving around inside the bag? Is it soft enough inside the bag to carry food?
Other suggestions they had were: Construct containers that are made for the bag. Try different shapes and forms. Open it from different sides. Experiement how the plastic is put together. Possible add zippers to the bag. Add metal rods to the bag as handles. Play with how the clutch closes and where.
In regards to this feedback I will have a lot of research to do tonight to refine my final design and idea.
I was surprised today that we had another opportunity to collect feedback from our classmates for our Art Exhibit Reviews. Some of my feedback from Tessa included, adding more information on how the other visitors liked the exhibit, what they thought, as well as a photo of the exhibit with actual visitors in it. She also suggested including more text on what I thought of the room, aside from just the front entrance. All of this feedback is extremely valuable, and I will definitely run with it.
I was able to accomplish all of the goals I made for myself today. The biggest thing I had a hard time with was that I wanted to have my new ten ideas sketched out before meeting with Georgia, however I was in the first group and didn't have time to sketch them all out before this.
The first comment Georgia said when I told her about my newest idea was, "yuck"! I was a little taken back, but pleasantly surprised and happy with how the conversation went. My idea is to create a chic transparent clutch/handbag that is used for packing a lunch and showcasing the food. This accessory is for a fashion forward female wanting to carry their lunch or snacks in an enticing and seductive way since it is out of the ordinary to see such a chic bag holding attractively packaged foods.
Once she understood the concept and idea she seemed more on board with this 'chic lunch clutch'. She expressed how some people like to keep certain foods in their lunch private, and suggested I play around with opaque and translucent plastics, thus giving the wearer the option of keeping some things private. She raised the question if my design was more functional or fashionable, which I was a little confused about because I was always thinking it was both. After thinking of it for a little longer I knew it was something I would want to be more fashionable to showcase beautifully packaged foods like macaroons, amongst other foods arranged in an interesting and attractive way. She also proposed the question that maybe my design could make a statement that the wearer is proud of whatever food they are selecting to eat even if it isn't the most attractive? Or maybe because these foods are on display, it will influence the wearer to make healthier food choices? I will have to experiement with different plastic thicknesses and transparencies.
One of my peers also suggested growing micro herbs in the clutch as an interesting idea, rather than using it for ready to eat items. I thought that idea was genious, however I decided to stick to using it as a container for ready to eat foods instead. During lunch I carried out further primary research that Georgia suggested I do. I photographed some of my classmates lunches to see how they are packaged, the types of containers they are in, and the attractiveness of their food.
Having seen the presentation that Nicola put together for the EAT project, it really made me reevaluate the amount of research I have done thus far. The presentation was very helpful on providing a variety of research and more detail into different segments that can be researched for food in general. Some areas touched on social ettiguette, culture, ambience, celebration, presentation, and more.
I went home early today during lunch as I was not feeling well. This gave me more time to head home, relax, and collect some more secondary research.
One of my favorite references is Trendland.com, so I searched 'food' and was able to find many interesting articles. Some touched on using food in art, many focused on creative food photography, and others presented food inspired accessories.
Today, I felt I was able to explore different areas of food and eating, which will be helpful to me throughout this project, since I now have a wider variety of information.
Today we had to select which product option we wanted to go with and I felt torn between option 3, 'Food and Seduction' (Product Design & Ceramics), and option 4, 'Food and Seduction' (Jewellery, Footwear & Fashion Accessories). Originally having selected option 3, I quickly changed over to option 4 as I felt more interested in exploring this area.
Again, I was happy to be placed in a group with some new people that I haven't spoken to before. Seeing everyone's research, I quickly realized that we all had a different variety of observations. Some focused on the jewellery seen on people while they were eating, one focused on the display and decorations at a specific sweets shop, and another had a wide variety of food plated in creative ways. My research was also a selection of appetizing foods displayed on interesting surfaces or dishes. I also tried to select photos that had appealing and interesting garnishes. One of my favourite foods is ice cream so I also collected some of my past photos of different types of ice cream that I have eaten.
One thing that my research lacked were photos of people while they were eating. I found this to be a difficult thing to capture while out in public as I felt uncomfortable intruding on people I didn't know.
During the group brainstorming session I didn't feel like I got much out of it. My group had different opinions on how things should be organized as well as the concepts that needed tobe brainstormed.
We received great feedback from the tutors that I agreed with 100%. They both thought that our ideas were too product based and that the focus should have been made on where the piece would be worn on the body rather than what the piece actually was. They suggested we go back to our research since our starting points were well thought out, and to look at the specific occasion or celebration that our jewellery, footwear or accessory would stem from.
Tonight I want to research some accessory artists that have created some food related pieces, and I would also like to find some examples of ice cream inspired fashion accessories.
WAYS OF SEEING: THURSDAY
My primary references that were collection in the first stage of my project are directly linked to my final design with the inspiration coming from my aggressive photo. The criticism that I got back from my peers also confirmed that my product reflects inspiration taken from that photo.
I made sure to document how my ideas evolved, along with all of the experiments that I did. I feel that I have finally gotten the hang of using my sketchbook effectively through this project. Different possibilities were also explored on different types of the body, as my later face piece ended up resulting in a shoulder piece instead.
Other research that would have been beneficial that I didn't follow through with was on different materials that could have been used to create my piece.
In my secondary research I explored mid-evil themed fashion accessories worn on different parts of the body. This was beneficial to my piece because I decided to change the area of the body that it is worn on in reference to these secondary images.
My initial experiments and designs involved wire hand crimping exclusively. But my later designs involved cutting thin plastic with the cutting machine, using bonding glue to attached the thin strips to each other, and a drill to make holes for the wire to go through.
I had a couple issues during the gluing process with pieces not having a strong hold. This was a tad frustrating, but after re-cleaning the surfaces the second attempts were mostly successful.
After changing my piece from being worn on the head/face to the arm/shoulder I experienced issues on how to secure it to the body and have it curve around the arm smoothly. I was able to attach wire to existing plastic strips to shape the rest of the plastic pieces around the shoulder as well as just above the elbow. This whole process took quite a bit of time and was difficult as I was using my own body to shape it and find out where it should be secured. It would have been helpful to have a mannequin with a full arm to use in this process.
In the end I achieved more than just a piece that I am proud of. I felt that for the first time I really made full use of my sketchbook by documenting my primary research, sketching down initial ideas, including my experiments through sketches and photos, pasted in photos of my secondary research, and showed the process of how my final piece evolved using different materials and designs.
WAYS OF SEEING: TUESDAY
While working independently today I surprised myself with the amount of experiments that I ended up trying. Firstly creating a head crown out of paper straws and wire, then evolving from there.
During the final stages of my experimentation process I felt a little stuck and asked Tom for his opinion and suggestions. His feedback was great and very valuable to the progression of my project.
My inspiration pic revolved around aggression and was a photo of randomly places plastic sticks joined together as one object. Tom suggested that my headpiece should be more random instead of logically placed lines. With his influence I experimented by randomly dropping wooden sticks onto the ground, and gluing them together. I then attached them to the front of my paper and wire crown, which created a face shield. I was very pleased with the way the experiment paned out, and was happy with the direction my piece was headed in.
I also wanted to see what Nikola thought of my piece so I presented her with this new head piece. She liked the idea and suggested that I recreate this face shield with colorful strips of plastic. Some notes she really emphasized was to make sure the plastic strips are as straight and smooth as possible, and that the joining of the plastic front to the wire headband must be done well.
I was able to find white scrap plastic in the plastics shop that was think and flexible--just what I needed. Even though we had an induction into all of the workshops, I still felt a little confused on how to get started. With the help of a technician I used the machine that was the easiest to cut this thin plastic and was well on my way. I found the gluing and assembling process fun and easy.
Tomorrow I will do some tweaking to my design, and hopefully have a finished product on Thursday.
WAYS OF SEEING: MONDAY
Today, I felt the most prepared that I have yet with documenting my research into my sketch book. Each observation that I made for my WAYS OF SEEING assignment has been documented in my book with sketches and photographs.
When given the choice between creating footwear, an accessory, or jewellery, I decided to go with jewellery since it is the area that I have been most keen to explore. I liked that we were put into small groups because most of the people I was put with I hadn't met yet.
After being instructed to select the five photos we felt most inspired/connected to, I found it a bit difficult to narrow it down. I decided to ask myself, what is the most 'me' and what fit with my personality most, I was able to make my selection.
I felt strongly about my photographs depicting something fragile, something out of place, something solid, and something aggressive.
My something fragile was bubbles that I had seen on my journey in Trafalgar Square. To me bubbles represent something temporary and are easily broken or popped due to their frail and thin nature, and sheer transparent material. They have a weak structure, but are beautiful in color as they glisten through the natural light of the sun.
I really wanted to incorporate these aspects into my design through colorful, glistening stones--which in my opinion are fragile as they could easily be shattered.
My something aggressive--a window decoration of small white plastic sticks arranged to be overlapped and arranged sporadically--gave me most of my inspiration for my later ideas during the brainstorming period. I like how these sticks seemed aggressive in natural because I felt like they made a statement by being disorganized. The sticks took simple straight fine lines and put them out of place randomly to create the unexpected. My perception of fine lines is for them to typically be arranged in a neat and tidy fashion. While getting feedback from my group, it was suggested to me that because these randomly angled lines were all connected, they also may represent defensiveness. The object is defensive because it is made up of smaller objects to create one large object that appears strong, similar to an army of aggressive men whose purpose is to defend.
While still trying to incorporate the fragility of bubbles into my designs, I ended up scrapping the bubble-like stone from my designs, and focused on using aggressive folds in metal wire to form my accessories.
My initial design with the fragile stone as its focal point, was a choker style necklace--the tightness representing the fierceness and constriction of aggression--made from numerous lengths of draped chains. This evolved into a sketch of a choker necklace made solely from fooled wire, then to a similar pattern hung from a medium length chain, to a larger scale collar like neck-piece, then to a bended wire ring resembling the aggressiveness of brass knuckles.
After created numerous models I turned to Nikola for advice. The piece that caught her attention was the constricted collar-like neck-piece made of of bent and folded wire, appearing to en-cage the neck. She thought it looked the most interesting, as she found the other pieces to look to pretty.
I tend to find that my background in business and marketing sways my designs in a commercial way, as I subconsciously am always trying to create something that will appeal to a consumer market. Hearing her opinion and suggestions on where to continue my research helped to remind me that I need to think more outside the box and make sure that the jewellery has a more artistic and adventure nature.
Nikola suggested that I do some research in the area of aggressive looking body armor that looks torturous and dangerous. Also she brought up the idea of texture with the type of metal--my material of choice--I decide to design with.
When presenting this collar-cage necklace to my group some suggestions were having the collar wrap entirely around the next with the same pattern--something Nikola had also suggested-- and looking at vintage collars for inspiration.
LIGHT UP: THURSDAY
It was really nice to get more of a background as to the layout that is expected for the gallery review. I have writted reviews before, but so far in this course I have struggled with knowing exactly what is expected from the tutors. I feel more confident with moving forward with finishing up my exhibition review.
My Light Up research started out varied, but was then kerned in to focus on using crystals with light. After viewing a vast amount of lighting at DESIGNJUNCTION, as well as online, I selected the photos that spoke to me and peaked my interest. I will most certainly add annotations to my Information File, as many of these were left out as I felt eager to move forward. I must remind myself that doing this and adding notes about why I selected a photo is more important that rushing to the next step, only having to move backwards to add this information.
I had many ideas to start out with, and I regret not sketching all of these down initially. Again, this is something that I will have to go back and complete. The one idea that I did go with is documented in my sketchbook, and the viewer is able to see how the idea evolves.
Using natural light, my decorative light fixture is a strong stringed net spray painted white that hangs from the ceiling (by strong fishing wire) in direct sunlight (under a sky light, or infront of a window), with crystals hanging from invisible fishing wire which is looped into the net with crystals (plastic beads in the shape of crystals) hanging from both sides of the string. This makes the length of the strings/crystals easy to adjust.
My first model was built with materials purchased from the pound store over my lunch break, as well as materials provided to us in the classroom. I used thin wooden sticks as a frame, with a thin white plastic net draped in the center (much like the net used for shower loofas), with paper straws cut to three different sizes wrapped in tinfoil to resemble crystals. These tinfoil crystals are suspended from the net with thin transparent sewing thread. While hot glue gunning the wooden sticks into a square, the shape morphed into a 3D rhombus.
I ran my idea past Georgia today in class to receive some feedback, and showed her my second model. She asked if the net used on my second model was the shape of a rectangle because it was a sample swatch, or if the actual product would be a rectanguler shape. In my mind I had designed the fixture as a rectangle because most sky lights are also that shape. She liked my idea, but didn't think that the rectangle shape fit with such delicate and beautiful crystals. She suggested a circular net shape, which I agreeded would be a better fit. Over the weekend I hope to complete this circular model.
I would have really liked to used actual clear quartz crystals to hang from the net. I find these crystals to be absolutely beautiful, delicate, simple, and to me they shed positivity. Working in 3D and actually creating our ideas was very fun for me. I was able to create my design, but also elvolve it based on any concerns or flaws in the design. I enjoyed collecting my 'crystal bead' materials for my second and third models from the bead shop CREATIVE BEADCRAFT. They had a wide range or materials and beads, which was nice to discover for any future projects.
When it came to the Self Assessment Activity it made things even more clear that I have areas that I need to take the time to focus on developing. Tomorrow I have a session scheduled with Pauline Moon, which couldn't come at a better time. The areas I can improve on are very wide spread from examining the project brief, collecting my primary and secondary research, presenting my ideas in my sketch book, and learning how to better time manage in the product development stage. My focus will be on understanding what types of research and refining that is needed during this phase of the planning process, along with the expectations for developing ideas, and lastly how to document the product development phase in workflow and in my sketchbook.
LIGHT UP: TUESDAY
Before coming to class I already knew that I wanted my project to involve crystals. With an idea in mind I started right away with my sketches. I only came up with this one idea for my sketch book and for my model, although I had thought of multiple ideas in my head.
At the end of the day while sitting down to write this reflection, I felt very frustrated as we were being told we should have had ten ideas sketched out as well as three models. I was only able to partially finish my first model. I sometimes pay too much attention to details and I think I could have gotten further by keeping my model more simple.
My idea itself doesn't incorporate a light bulb or anything traditional, but is put into use with natural light.
I will need to collect some more materials over the next two days to have for Thursday. My model can definitely be improved.
I found it very helpful that the tutors helped the class brainstorm different light sources, forms, processes and viewers. This information will definitely be a resource for me to look at and explore further when it comes to explaining these aspects of my design on Thursday.
LIGHT UP: MONDAY
When we were told we'd be taking part of the day to visit the British Museum, I was quite excited.. That was until they instructed us to photograph light and have a minimum of nine sketches complete within 2.5 hrs. I found it difficult to capture exactly what I was seeing in a way that could be easily communicated to someone looking through my sketch book. I was able to complete the task but know I have a lot to improve on when it comes to sketching.
I really found it intimidating, yet beneficial to look at sample sketch books from past students. It's scary in the sense that their books are incredibly thought out and displayed, but nice to know that they started from where I am now.
I plan on doing a lot more secondary research tonight, and am interested in creating some sort of lighting to do with crystals.
For my final idea, I went ahead with an instalation of a cloud 'levitating' suspended from a tree, with a girl sleeping on a bed ontop of this tree.
When we were given the go ahead and instructions on what to draw visually in our sketch book, I used clippings of the objects I would use to build the installation. Once this page was done I found myself stumpt on what else to draw..even frustrated at that.
I ran my idea past my tutor Helmert for feedback, and to get an idea of what additional views or details that should be included in my sketch book. He was not a fan..
He didn't like the cotton batting I had glued into my sketch book to represent a cloud, and he also wasn't a fan of the general idea. With his help I was able to simplify my idea into something similar, yet completely different. I didn't know what to expect when asking him for help, but I am very happy with the feedback that I received, as well as what my idea ended up evolving into.
My sketches include my idea which are Sleeping Pods suspended from a tree. The pods are representative of a zen like sanctuary for travelers looking for a sleeping alternative to a hostel.
My peers provided me with some questions that I hadn't thought of. How many people will they hold? Will their be room for more than just a bed? I have now since fine tuned those details to add to any further presentations.
Today, I found myself frazzled, confident, confused, and successful. Even if an idea seems okay, I learned that with a new opinion and feedback, that it can always be better. Over the weekend I will take more time to finish the 'Suspend' page in my sketch book to make sure my research for the process of my idea is as good as the other two influences.
LIBRARY TASK IN CLASS
Today was interesting.. I felt a bit caught off guard at the start of class, as we were expected to have printed off our photos and gathered research ahead of class, which I had not done.
My group had decided to divvy up our chosen practitioner (Susan Hiller), material (wood), and process (suspend) between the six of us, with two people focusing on one area. To prepare accordingly and be ahead of the game, we had even came into the library last Friday to get a head start on our research. But there I was still feeling unprepared. From my understanding--along with a few of my other group members--we were to upload our findings onto Moodle, and didn't know that we had to have things printed out to include in our sketchbook. I found that a tad bit frustrating.
Storing all of my findings and research in a sketchbook is very new to me, so I would have really benefited from having instruction on what was expected for our sketch books in the class before. After printing off my findings, as scrambling to collect information from my group members, I had to catch up during class, and will have to continue to finish my entries into my sketch book tomorrow. Because I am still kind of unsure of the full expectations, even after the very informative class examples, I have scheduled a session with Pauline Moon to hopefully get a better understanding..I don't like to feel unprepared and really want to get the most out of this program.
The exercise that we did, 30 Ideas in 30 Minutes, was challenging, exciting, and some-what frightening. Having previous experience studying in post-secondary schooling, I have really grown to work better under pressure and under a limited time-frame. Those aspects weren't a huge issue for me, but coming up with 30 quality ideas was quite hard. But I can say that I was able to pick three ideas that I was confident in, one of which was a new idea not included in that initial 30 ideas list.
When we were told to refine those three ideas, sketch them, and come up with a pitch, but initial thought was, 'will my group members like them'? I was pleasantly surprised to have an enthusiastic response from my group, along with questions of clarification. It was nice to be sent into a new group with people that we haven't met yet. Since these two first weeks of school are kind of slow, I have found it hard to really meet people.
Listening to the ideas of my group members really helped me find relative things in my ideas that I hadn't realised initially.
After getting their opinion on my ideas, I have decided to move forward with an idea that I feel confident in, and that relates to my practitioner, material and process.