Collection: Part 1

Reflection

GCD White Space- 12th November

Today I was very frustrated with the process of the day. I thought we would be presenting the final outcome to the entire class but instead it was to a few individuals. I found this limiting on feedback and given advice as I would of liked more people to help criticise and improve the film. Nevertheless, I manage to get the tutor to see the work and this was extremely helpful as I was given advise I would not have thought of and directions I didn't know were possible. For example, limiting the video to just black and white screens, with sound over the top. I approached the video in quote a commercial way, so to get a more artists approach was insightful.

However, the reaction I got and the feedback was positive. The audience understood the humorous side to the film and apprenticed the work that went into the video in the given time. 

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Above is the feedback I received from the individual crit. The crit explained how I followed a process of developing my idea through to the final outcome. To improve I could of changed the routine for the second time or the routine instead of going to kings cross. Moreover using a different approach to present the video, for example with the black and white screens. 

Going through the process for the assessment was helpful as I made me realise what I had to work on to improve my work. Such as not jumping to a final outcome and recording the process of how I got there. This was including why I decided to use video for my project and also the development of the process of removing my sight. 

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GCD White Space- Dans Le Noir Experience

As my project has developed I was suggested to look at the removal of senses and look at this through white-space. One places which heightens the removal of a sense if the 'Dans Le Noir'. I managed to get a try of experience after I spoke to the manager, who suggested I come down the following day and he would let me have a drink and go into the pitch black dark with other diners and talk with them. 

The first feeling I felt was being claustrophobic, it was really unsettling and I didn't like it at all. However the waiter, Jack, made me feel at ease with his humorous comments and likeable personality. It was interesting talking to the other people on the table, I couldn't even see my hands if I handle them up to my face, so I had no visualisation of what the other people looked like. This made me thing about first impression and instead on basing it on what people look like, you have to completely address it on the manner in which they speak. 

What was weird, that I felt was the fact that most of the conversation I had centred around visual experiences and the vivid imagery of places I had traveled to. This made me think, what if I didn't have sight when experiencing these involvements. During experience I relied so much more on my other senses in particular sound. I thought about how it could relate to the project and perhaps I could contrast the sound when covering the sense of sight?

Another really interesting part of the experience, was the design of the bowls and how to handle the food being served. Although I didn't eat any of the food, the lady opposite me was kind enough to let me feel the bowl and talked to me about how she ate the food- with a hand and fork. The design of the bowl itself is quite deep so the food doesn't go all over the place. Furthermore, the bowls had three compartments so it was easier to select parts of the meal. 

The final part of the experience was coming out of the pitch black room afterwards, the colours become so much more vivid and bright, especially the white it was almost dazzling. 

The overall experience has helped me understand and appreciate the inability to see. I will use this experience, and take it into my work, elaborating the sense of sound. 

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GCD White Space- 9th November

Today was the first taught sessions on white space. My research was directed more towards artwork and design work based upon white space, so initially when we had to create a manifesto I was a bit stuck on what is was and how to create one. Additionally due to the fact there was not any directions or specific brief when writing the manifesto, it made the process a lot harder. Yet, sharing the research with the others in the group helped me to gain a better grasp of the task and to write out a manifesto. Moreover, another challenging part of the day was the afternoon, where we had to cover, hide, erase and blur the images and text we brought in. Also a simple task, but without any direction I struggled with what to do. I didn't know if I was doing the right or wrong thing. 

This made step back and evaluate what I was trying to achieve, yet I was contemplating on the overall finished piece rather then just going with the moment and letting the experimentation guide my judgement. One thing which I have learnt on the foundation so far, is to not worry about an outcome, just do it, trust your instincts and just make whatever it is you can imagine. Realising this predicament I just began to white out images that I found interesting, covered the senses of the face, perspectives of church's and other interesting objects within images to distort their meaning. From my point of view I feel this was a successful part of the day as I had a range of outcomes which I could select from when choosing the three ideas to present tomorrow. 

The mistakes I made included; the research task as I did not read the brief clearly enough and so I lacked information on the manifesto. Furthermore, the first draft of my manifesto didn't flow at all well and had a few spelling mistakes in it. To change this I followed a guideline, of having a introduction, statement of intent and a consequence because of it. Basing my manifesto on changing the routine, I had to change a selection of words to make it read better, such as changing uninterested to indifferent. These small adjustments allowed the text to progress quicker and allow the audience to acknowledge the intended manifesto. 

The main points which I have learnt today is to just go with it, don't be too focused on the end results but to be focused on the journey on getting there and adapting to the experimentation. To try different outcomes, and then to select from the series, perhaps choosing one with the most potential. 

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GCD Interact- 4th November

Today I spent the majority of the day editing the photos which I had taken from yesterday. My partner decided she wanted to meet at 1, this was annoying because she wasn't there to help. This left me the morning to arrange over a hundred photos into a grid. This was extremely time consuming and frustrating to get each image the same size. However, once I found a logical process of doing this, and that I managed to find a fast Mac with a large screen, it made the process easier. 

Once the image was created I felt relieved, however it didn't quite communicate a message, but rather just some an multitude of people holding up signs. Anyhow, I had to leave at this point to meet my partner, whom when I met highlighted this problem in the design. It was frustrating especially when I had worked hard and she didn't have any ideas of her own to improve it. However, I came up with the idea of adding a person in the middle holding no sign, to represent that fact that is doesn't matter what you chose as you can be your own person regardless of anyone else. This made the design have a lot more purpose and made the audience ask why he had no sign. 

Over the experience I've improved my photoshop skills and also learnt that to communicate my final outcome is as important as the outcome itself. In addition I have learnt about interaction with the public and to be patient to achieve the best results. To do this process again I would try a different approach in presenting the final outcome, perhaps in a moving image. 

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The final image. 

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GCD Interact- 2nd November

The most challenging thing I found today was working with my partner. I found it very frustrating when my ideas were shut down as soon as I said them and especially when my partner didn't have any of her own. Furthermore as I am not used to communicating my idea as such as I should, as graphic design is a new area for me, I am finding it challenging at times to explain and delevop my idea. However after discussing my ideas with the tutor I became a lot more focused and concentrated on a plan of action. 

The most rewarding aspect of today was following up from the idea to the intentions to take into tomorrow. From a the given quote, to eventually discovering a idea which worked, to a plan of action for tomorrow. Furthermore, creating a photoshop sketch of the idea too, was helpful as it made us realise what would work and what would not work. 

I will find out tomorrow about the mistakes in the idea, as today I planned out what I believed was the strongest and most powerful way of interaction through the quote. Although a slight mistakes I made at the beginning was to think of an idea straight away, where as I should have rather let the conversations take me to the idea. Conversely what I believed to be successful was the final outcome. I am confident about the proposed idea, it was very difficult and frustrating at times working with my partner, however we were able to overcome this and have a plan for tomorrow.

Using what I have learnt today to help me in the future, I would address communication as an exchange between people. For example the tutor suggested we offer something in exchange for the questions we would ask the public; the quote we were given on a business card. Thinking about it like this, I thought interaction on a graphic design level was singular, yet I guess it can be between two people, and perhaps even a whole crowd. 

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Research Week- 24-25th October

Over the weekend I visited York. I tired to gain inspiration for the project 'Interact', I did this by observing peoples interactions with everything really. From communicating with each other to using text and maps to understand the area. I found it quite difficult at first because I was looking at such a board range of interactions and perhaps focusing on one and then moving to the next would have been a more appropriate means to understand what it means to understand. Furthermore, I didn't read the brief in depth enough as it said I should look at interactions which affect me. Therefore learning from this mistake I will now direct my research towards my interactions, or what I interact with and how others do the same. 

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Progress Tutorial-19th October

I really enjoyed talking about my journey on the course so far with the tutor in the progress tutorial. It helped me understand what I found most exciting and what curriculum path would suit me best. Not only was the talk interesting in the way I was able to engage in what I had done and where it was taking me, i.e, what particular area might get the best potential out of me. But also how to improve and develop my work to take it to the next level.  For example, for me personally establishing a deeper connection in my research and also drawing/recording the process of getting to a final product. With this in mind I will look to bridge the research within my work much more, especially with longer projects where I can sustain firmer links. Finally, what I will also take away, is that whatever area I end up in, I have to make it individual to me. I don't want to be restricted within a curriculum area, I want to challenge and push the boundaries. If this means breaking the rules of the traditional way of working I will certainly do it.  

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Graphic Design and Communication- 14th October

Today was an independent study day and I decided to go back and improve the project on monday. After discussing the project on Monday the tutor advised our group to cover the whole face and consider using more images in the sequence. Therefore I used the time to do exactly this, masking the entire face and taking more photos to go into the series. It was much harder trying to multitask this time, as I had to set up the self timer, draw the symbols and model all at the same time. However after managing to prop the camera on a stool and having a methodical process the outcome of photos was very successful. I was able to learn from the mistakes made on Monday and take onboard what the tutors said. To improve this even further, I will just focus the symbols over the face, as in the photos they blend into the background which slightly alters the meaning and significance of the piece.

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This series of photos follows the work on monday. Trying to improve the mistakes made and include more photos in the series. 

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Graphic Design and Communication- 13th October

The most important information I grasped today was to not always think ahead, go with something that gets you excited regardless of an end product. It is this way of working that will help inspire more ideas, challenge your own concepts and push you to work harder, rather than selecting an idea where you only have one route forward. 

Something which I had not investigated before was the use of screen print and Lino. I learnt how to manipulate the rubber surface with the Lino, removing the exterior and leaving a raised level that produced the printed image. Additionally understanding how the silk screen print worked was impressive. The technique applies a direct block of colour, it works best with a thin swipe of paint, and then removing the paper from the corner, eliminating the risk of smudging the paint. I think I could take this technique into collage work, applying it over a series of black and white images, contrasting bold blocks of colour to the details of the black and white images.

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1. First step in the process- aline the newsprint over the paper.

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2. Second step- apply a stroke of paint over the paper, the silk screen has been pressed down.

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3. Final step- to lift off the silk screen and remove the newsprint.

 

A contrast to yesterday where we were working in groups, today we working individually. I really enjoyed this, as I felt I could work much quicker and produce work on a much more personal level. Although I missed sharing the ideas and exchanging of perceptions. What I found most successful about my work was the screen print, it produced a clear and easy to understand shape of a dinosaur. However, what perhaps didn't work as well as I wanted to was the Lino print. I felt it did not exactly line up with the screen print and did not produce a block of black but instead a patchy block. Nonetheless, after speaking with the tutor, the unintended process and accidental mistakes highlighted the practice of printmaking. Working with mistakes and moving away from whats right or wrong, allows you to work in a different light which ultimately leads to inventing authentic designs.

If I had more time, I would have liked to trial more prints and try to get a sharper Lino print. Even trying different letters or numbers to work with, but maybe keeping it in the same style to produce a series. Furthermore, to improve the quality of my ideas I should have used a variety of media to construct them: collage, pen, pencil, charcoal etc. Finally what I think was an interesting part of the reflection at the end of the day, was the principle of tackling work in a methodical process. Taking time to follow the steps leading up to the final outcome, so that each action has fully explored whats available, and thus the concluding result will be rewarding.

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My Final outcome from the project.

 

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Tate Modern- 10th October

Today  I visited the Tate Modern, and went to see the exhibition, 'The World Goes Pop'. This was to gain inspiration for the week of graphics that lay ahead. I have not experienced Graphic Design before, so I thought seeing more graphical artwork would give me an insight of potential work for this week. 

The bold, colourful pieces displayed within the gallery explained that art isn't always about perfection of colour or achieving a quality brushstroke. Using courageous prints and using an illustrative form, was something I had not thought about when creating art. 

What I also found interesting about the exhibition was the relationship between the art and cultural, political and personal understanding. This is something I have noticed a lot about when visiting exhibitions recently; the work is focused on the environment around the artist and this is something which generates a lot of authority and power that revolves around the work. 

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Fine Art- 8th October

What I learnt from the session today was the importance of displaying an artwork and how this can effect the audience's perceptions of the piece compared to what you want to get across. Personally I found that using images through photography, helped capture the message I wanted to convey, especially in the short time period we had to show our artwork. The images displayed alongside the work, helped create a more meaningful and alluring presentation.

The feedback from my peers confirmed their understanding of the concept I wanted to get across: 'overeating'. This perhaps suggested the way I presented my display was efficient. In-particualr one comment indicated that by exaggerating the cutlery: the tools used to eat food, it altered the physiological effects of overeating and amplified the commercial aspects instead. Is it the food company responsibility for this? Should cutlery be made smaller thereby reducing the intake of food? Feedback is something which I have found incredibly useful during my time on the foundation course so far- sharing ideas and learning from the peers around me is very valuable. I have learnt how to improve a my work as well as learn from the mistakes and take onboard advice from all angles this week. After talking to one of the tutors today, I grasped the understanding of looking in all directions when working and not just focusing in one straight path. For example, the prototypes I made out of plastic had very interesting shapes and forms. However I was too focused on creating a uniform shape, whereas I found out that by using these original ideas it helped me create a series of ideas and varied final pieces. 

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Some of the more helpful feedback from my peers.

 

I think using my time on Wednesday to experiment with different concepts, draw out the ideas I had in mind, and then to trial them really helped me today. From all the mistakes I made I was able to adapt from them and alter certain parts of the design to create a captivating display. Furthermore, I was able to have all this information about the mistakes and potential visions when talking to the tutors, so they were able to use their expertise to guide me in the right as well as unexpected paths. 

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A image showing the multiple trials of plastic cutlery, changing the shape, form and new use of each item. 

 

The main difficulity I found in expressing my idea was the message I wanted to channel, especially when I initially just had a display of cake and surrounding cutlery, which to me communicated nothing. In an attempt revitalise this I used a series of images to show a progression of eating the cake using the cutlery I had made. I felt using this media was the most visual and therefore most understandable of getting the idea across. Moreover, I found it challenging making the cutlery at times, as the manipulation using the gun glue did not always give a sharp finish to the piece, and the dried glue was visible in places which didn't give the pleasing aesthetics I wanted. Perhaps I should of fine-tunned my skills in metal work to use stainless steel as this is a more durable material for cutlery. 

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The display for the curation- improvements could of been to get the entire surface white. 

I think my research helped me to a point, the work of Joseph Beuys and his pointless creations was something which inspired my work. However I think more in-depth research and a closer connection to my work and research is something I need to do, as I know if I achieve this the outcomes will be more defined. If I had more time, research would of been more developed and I would of like to try different production of the cutlery- experiment with different materials. 

 

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Fine Art- 5th October

Today made me realise how differently objects can be transformed and how the function of an object can be subverted to convert its purpose. I thought about how an object can be used in a different way, and why it might be used in this way. For example, my idea was a hammer with multiple heads, this would have a destructive use, and can only be used for one nail whilst the rest of the wall surrounding the nail would be damaged. Furthermore, it made me understand how the materials of the object can be re-used, and what materials can be used to disrupt the objective of the item.

Drawing the ideas, for me is the best way of expressive my thoughts as I can manipulate them in accordance to what I want to show. I learnt that including detail within the drawing is important because it gets across further information to the audience. However I felt slightly inhibited when drawing today, as I was quite cramped and didn't feel as though I produced quality work. 

If I am being honest, I left the class more confused as I did entering it today. The conversations my group discussed was extremely interesting and thought provoking, however putting it down onto paper became a real struggle as the conversation became very broad and thus are main focusing point was hard to distinguish. This was the main reason why I left confused as I had too much to think about and not a defined outcome for the task tomorrow.

The key concepts that I learnt from today was using vocabulary to inform my tribal idea. Using the words such as 'Honour' 'Obey' 'Worship' and 'Ritualise', it helped our group combine the ideas we had into a more sustainable and thought out tribal idea. One of the more successful parts of the day was the group work, as we were able to communicate the ideas we had to each other well and we could easily build upon these. But a downfall to this was forming a object as each individual seemed to have a separate idea and so we did not make it in time. 

The work of Susan Collis, 'The Oyster's Our World' inspired are understanding of the idea about the different meanings of objects. Applying a new value to an old object, re-establishing errors and problems into beauty and expense, shifts the value of specific objects and forces us to look carefully at them. 

To improve on today I think throwing away any methodical approach and just going for any idea and working with it seems to be the best approach. Unplanned yet deliberate actions is the way forward to producing original concepts. 

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Sketches of my object and then transformation of my object. Giving it multiple purposes but taking away its function. 

 

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AI Wei Wei- 2nd Octocber

Today I visited the Ai Weiwei exhibition at the Royal Academy. I was really taken back by the political and cultural references Ai Weiwei addresses in his work, he does not only challenge cultural values but confronts injustices and pushes material to their limit. 

I like the way Ai Weiwei uses sculptural pieces to convey his work. Perhaps this is due to his architectural influence but the authority these pieces have and the significance of each piece is something very inspirational. In addition the subtly within his work is something which makes each element unique and personal to the political surroundings he is in. 

Additionally, what made the exhibition so engaging was the variety in the work and the vast range of media. From marble sculptures to graphical wall paper, everywhere you looked made you think about the views of Ai Weiwei.  

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Fashion Illustration- 29th September

What I found most challenging today was getting the proportion of the human body when drawing the illustrations, as well as only using a single line when drawing. I found this challenging because it was difficult to master getting the right lengths of body parts and the scale of the figure. Furthermore, I haven't done any exercise similar to this, so at first it was tough, but once I had loosened up it became a lot more exciting and I began to really enjoy it. 

I discovered how to use different thicknesses and marks to express feeling and mood. The harder the lines and darker tone was the feeling of anger, the looser lines and lighter in tone had a more relaxed mood. I also discovered that drawing the entire outline is not always the most appropriate way of illustrating the figure. Leaving blank spaces and using different colours, and thicknesses for the outline enhances the drawing much more then a single black line of the same thickness. 

I particularly enjoyed the second half of the afternoon, using the collage to create an image. I feel I can utilise this technique in this area and in others, such as graphics to present an image or fine art when presenting a potential idea. I think I would use this technique because it is a lot more visual and has greater impact. It expresses an idea quickly which is what you need to get across in all disciplines of the creative industry. 

What I felt was most successful was my final collage outcome. I think it culminated the days learning and showed a range of media as well as thicknesses of lines. What was unsuccessful, from my point of view, was the observational study where the person had to move into a variety of different poses. I felt my drawing was not in proportion and the details did not create enough vision for the audience to focus on. 

If I was to extend what I did today, I think it would be to keep going and keep practicing. Testing different marks and new media to see what would work and what wouldn't. To improve I could draw figures on the train on my way into St. Martin's or people in the library to keep improving these illustrative drawings. 

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Architecture- 24th September

The project today made me really appreciate the geometric shapes used in architecture; from triangles to pentagons I didn't not realise how much of an impact they had when creating a structure. Initially I thought the task would suit me well, as I previously studied maths and physics, so architecture seemed to connect all my subjects together. However, the task did not start well and the group was not able to even create a simple structure. I think this was partly down to miscommunication and also failing to start on a simple framework. From this we individually made separate structures and then connected them together.

We learned from the previous mistakes of not connecting all three bamboo sticks together, and fastening the zips the right way so the framework would not collapse. At times I found it hard to cope with others in the group taking charge and demanding to take control of the framework, especially when it was starting to break. Although I managed to come in during lunch and fix the joints, as well as adding other geometric shapes to the framework increasing its height. What I learnt about the creative process today was that it is okay to let the process lead you to the outcome. Throughout the process you make mistakes and fail, but this is good because you can learn from this and next time you approach the process you avoid these mistakes. Sometimes it is good just to make it and see where it takes you. I think this was extremely important in this project, we started off wanting to get a perfectly constructed model and ended up just going with what fixed together regardless of shape or symmetrical design!

If I had more time, I would of planned out the design of the framework and the purpose of it before we started making it, for example whether it was for a room inside or more of a sculptural piece.

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A selection of photos throughout the day: showing the framework- the mistakes of the joints and the covering of the structure.

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Product Design- 22nd September

Researching the chairs around the college made me realise how important yet diverse they can be. From benches that support group work to individual chairs that back independent study. Each chair has a purpose or function and this, although a simple idea, was something that really inspired my thinking. I am now used to creating quick ideas in a short period of time, so after the research I found I was able to come up with a few strong ideas. However my ideas soon ran short as I was stuck on how to take it further. The idea I decided to pursue was one where I felt would improve the purpose of the chair and an adaption which I believed to be useful- rather then a conceptual design I had come up with. 

The project really encouraged me to think about the chair and how it's function, comfort or customisation can be adapted to suit a specific target audience or use.

I didn't receive too much feedback on the idea, but agreement and acknowledgment on the idea, this made me more confident in the idea. Instead I asked how I could potentially improve the idea and I was told to think about how I could stack the chairs with my addition- which was the main problem as they would not be able to stack normally. Therefore I decided that my addition to the chair could be removable, so the chairs could still be stacked. 

The main thing which I learn today is how important the sketch is. It made me understand that creating a small model, makes you realise the imperfections and mistakes in your design. And from this what improvements can be made before going onto the prototype. Furthermore I learnt that ideas always are adapting, what you might draw or initial come up with, is not the final product and only a starting point. Therefore, any idea is a good idea regardless of the quality which it first might show. 

After today I feel I have a greater understanding of Product Design. The logical process of research, initial ideas, design development and prototype, was something I felt as though I could become accustomed to and work in this way. 

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Ideas Factory Summary- 17th September

How did my presentation come across? 

What went well the most was the explanation of the idea. Before the presentation I was able to have a trial run through with the tutor, from this I was able to practice and improve on the mistakes which I had made. Furthermore the trail run through helped me understand the specific context which I needed to get across to the audience, to enable them to realise the idea in the initial introduction. To improve on presentation I would of stated the proposal in a more cohesive manner, and a logical step by step list when explaining to the group.

What was the most effective part of the presentation? 

The most effective part of the presentation, from my point of view was the visuals I created on photoshop and the sketches in my sketchbook. I believed the group was able to picture the idea a lot more clearly and understand exactly what my idea was. What I found the most effective was talking about the idea after the presentation, the other members of the group were able to give their views on improving the idea, as well as offering other options to where the idea could potential go.

What can be improved for next time you do a presentation?

Next time I think exploring further potential ideas after I have decided on my final idea would be something to improve. Although I had a set idea, once speaking to the group after the presentation I was able to think of greater improvements which would have defiantly enhanced the idea.

How did you learn from your mistakes? 

Speaking to the tutor before, going through the idea and explaining the designs which I had created was extremely helpful. I learnt what I was doing wrong in this trail and also what improve for next time. 

If I had more time, what would I do differently? 

If I had more time I would of liked to experiment with making the skeletons, and trying to apply the colour design to them. Furthermore if I had more time, I would perhaps of designed different exhibition for the skeletons, and even greater an entire museum of different collections of skeletons.

 

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Library Research- 14th September

We were first introduced to the layout of the library and the way it was set out, as well as how to find books and search online for articles. During the weekend I had researched some information on Christopher Kane, Bone and Disguise, so I tried to use the time to source books and further information to help this. The hardest thing I found was trying to find relevant books, there was so much information I didn't know where to begin. Furthermore the Idea's Factory task is so broad that I am finding it difficult to focus my direct research as there is so much options to chose from. Now I have all the relevant information I am going to start typing it up onto Workflow and from there my ideas will begin to form. 

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Reflection- 10th September

Task Description 

The initial task set was a run through of the ideas factory which is to be completed this week. By using the given practitioner the 'Campana Brothers', 'Light' as a material and 'Fold' as the process, as a group we had to decide on a proposed piece of work, giving consideration to its conceptual basis, materials and process. Anything was possible for the piece of work, time, money or size was infinite. After discussion and breaking down the tasks further and further, our idea was a personal experience where each individual event was different to the next. The experience was to be a dark room where mirrors on the floor would reflect the light beams shinning from all walls. To enter the installation a mirror would have to be exchanged and added to the floor. Therefore each time a person would enter the room it would hold a different experience. 

What worked or didn't in the idea/ the presentation? 

What worked well was the variety of ideas and multitude of combined conceptions. From this variety we were able to pick from the most obscure and engaging idea, pushing the boundaries for the idea which kept growing. Presenting the idea was slightly more difficult. From what we visually had in our minds, we needed to present it. To do this we drew out the idea, so it was visually engaging. Presenting to the class was changeling as the sketches were not that clear, so we had to articulate the idea to convey it to the audience. 

Group Work

How was it? 

Working within the group was a good experience, I am used to working in a team from previous tasks. 

How did you come up with something?

Initially we started to link the three titles too literally, however after discussion with Hannah (tutor), we broke down the titles further into single words. Using these single words we combined them together to form an idea about Mirrors, Reflecting light and recycling material. 

How did you agree? 

The group worked well together, so voting and discussing potential ideas before moving onto the next was the way we moved forward. 

How did you feel about compromising? 

It is quite hard to deal with your own idea not being put forward, as normally I am used to presenting my own work. However I feel as though trusting the others in the group was worth while, as I was able to bounce off their ideas and slightly involve my own idea into it. 

What did you learn about this exercise? 

I learnt that the creative process is best when the initial idea is broken down into the simplest ideas and concepts. Additionally any idea is a good one, as it can start to trigger another response from someone different in the group. Also the creative process can be completely random yet can have so much potential from the smallest starting point.

I learnt personally that I can work well in a group but also individually. I am inspired by others very much, and even single words or phrases can have a knock on effect to spark a large piece of work. This can help me, when working in a group I am able to communicate my potential ideas well. However it may hinder me, as it could evoke too much thought and not enough visual ideas to put down onto paper. To capitalise on these traits, I believe it is best to try out similar tasks and learn from the mistakes made. 

 

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GCD White Space Evaluation

For the time I had, I am quite pleased with my final outcome. The responses of laughter I received when I showed the film, highlighted this. I liked how the video flowed, it was fast paced and the music I used help support the quick transitions of the scenes. The preparation was a key part of the project, it helped me have a plan to follow instead of going of spontaneity. I was able to focus my time more efficiently on the wednesday so I could film in the morning and then edit in the afternoon. Furthermore, I would not have been able to film the movie if I did not have someone to help me. I am very grateful for the help I received as it allowed me to gain another perspective on the overall outcome. But also I had someone to protect the camera equipment whilst I was in the mists of the filming. 

Although I was unable to film at the station, due to security reasons. I still feel as though I had enough footage in the film. It would of been nice to add a bit of personal experience to the journey, but it didn't affect the overall outcome. The other mistakes came from editing, this was partly due to the fact I was slightly unexperienced with the software. But using the IT technician to help, I learnt a few valuable pointers. 

Although the film may not approach the context in a respectful manner, I believe it expresses entertainment and a creative outlook on what it means to not have sight. Using the more upbeat music with the clips of not being able to see, created a more positive outlook onto the video. Giving the sense that without sight you use more of your other senses and allow them to interpret the world around you.

This is what I wanted to communicate and especially due to the fact I understood this way of living when visiting the Dans Le Noir. Yes, I created a humorous aspect to the film, but it still address the audience with my manifesto and ultimately whatever way it communicates, as long as it reaches an audience thats is the most important aspect. 

The advise from my tutor suggested I change the music and perhaps the include and exclude the noise of the setting which I was in. No noise when I was able to see, noise when I wasn't able to see. Perhaps if I had more time I could trial this other suggestion. 

If I was to do the project again, I would of liked to have more of an influence from the sound artist I researched: Christine Sun Kim. Her use of sound to recreate visual sounds was really inspiring and I would of liked to use this method to take into my own work. Perhaps I would of presented the work in a different style. I guess I was influenced by commercial adverts and approached the film in this way. 

Ultimately, I have learnt to appreciate the ability to see whilst completing this project. The blind experience at Dans Le Noir makes you realise how important sight is, yet how also to cope without it. Improving my video editing skills thought final cut pro and acknowledging the importance of planning.

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GCD White Space- 11th November

Today I carried out the filming for the final outcome. I was faced with a lot of problems along the way. The first being that I was stopped filming at both train stations, Harpenden and St Pancras. The security at both stations approached me and told me I needed a permit to film, this was partly due to the fact it was remembrance day so it was extra busy. This caused me a bit of stress, as I went to both Network Rail offices but the process would take longer then the time I had for the project. Therefore I had to remove the shots of the routine in the train station out of the film. 

Another aspect to the filming which I hadn't really taken into consideration was the fact that you do not get perfect shots each time. It takes multiple shots to achieve the best outcome, hence the process was slowed down due to re-filming certain parts. I found it much more painless having a team member to help me film. I was able to get a different perspective of the shots I wanted and someone to press the record button (and look after the camera) whilst I was in action. I had a few ideas within my mind on how to present the video; either switching between wearing the black out sunglasses, or two separate journeys. I decided on two separate journeys as this created two individual stories and allowed a greater contrast between having sight and not. In addition, I have very limited skills when it comes to editing video. Therefore I had to trial and error putting the film together, eventually I got the hang of the software and managed to present the film in a way I wanted to. A big problem I faced was trying to export the film. This was due to an error in the footage, and something I didn't know how to change. I therefore got the help of the IT technician to aid me on this and I finally got the film to export. Moreover I think, overlaying my manifesto throughout the film helped the audience understand the film much more. It gave the film context. 

The video itself is quite humorous, which perhaps takes away from the more serious side of being blind. However when I visited 'Dans Le Noir', I realised how the blind waiters avoid the awkwardness with humour and made the atmosphere much more relaxed with amusing personality. I felt it was therefore necessary to take this into the video and translate it across when showing the removal of sight. I was happy with the final outcome. Although not necessarily, a change of routine I believe changing the way I addressed the routine feel into the manifesto. 

If I had more time I would of liked to include the initial shots of the train station, and potentially adapt the video so there was really understanding of covering the sense of sight and how to use the other senses to take in the whote space around you.

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GCD White Space- 10th November

What I found the most challenging today was the fact that I had to change my preferred idea to one which I didn't think could have so much potential. I felt that I had spent a lot of time thinking and planning about my first idea compared to the other where I had just briefly looked through it. Furthermore, the suggested tasks to carry out with the new idea posed difficult means to capture the out come, ways which I haven't been exposed to before. Looking back at it, I am glad I changed the idea, it meant I was challenged and pushed out of my comfort area, something I want to get out of the foundation. The aspect of the foundation where it is left to you to decide and channel an idea, is at times, frustrating because I am use to guidance. But it is the best way to learn and being pushed only makes you get better. 

A positive outcome was the fact that my research guided me on how to present the final outcome, using video to show the final outcome. What I felt was successful from today was the planning and the organisations to apply to tomorrow. Planning the shots for where to film has helped me set a guideline of what the film could potentially look like. Furthermore, I was so surprised when I went to 'Dane Le Noir'  and managed to organise an experience there for free! This will take place tomorrow and I was able to talk to the manager and he is happy enough to talk me through why they have done it and how the blind cope without sight. 

I took the decision of just choosing to eliminate the sense of sight instead of all senses, as trailing to cover the nose, mouth and ears was to complex in the short period I had. The way I wanted it to look and the actual degree of how much it restricted the senses was limited. Therefore by just using a pair of cheap sunglasses and covering them up in white tape, when wore they completely limited my vision. The whited out sunglasses acted out as the white space, but the mental state of whiting out the vision was also as aspect to consider about 'white space'. 

I have learnt to not be afraid of trying new and different things to what I am used to. As well as choosing an idea with potential. I did manage to go to St. Paul's as I needed the images for my first idea, however as I got there I was not allowed to take any photographs. If I was to follow my first idea I would of hit a barrier at the first stage, therefore trusting the tutor was a valuable lesson learnt, as they know what will work and what has the most potential. I guess I will found out tomorrow what mistakes will arise from the planning of the video. 

 

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GCD Interact- 5th November

Today I had the presentation and group crit with the rest of the class. It was interesting to see the work of others and how they approached the task, some literally taking the quote and others to understand what the quote meant. 

The presentation was successful as in showed the process of the entire process. From the initial photographic sketch, to the problems we faced, to the final image. I believed this helped the group understand how our projected evolved, and how I was able to come up with solutions to fix the problems and failures we faced. Showing just the final image would have been made the overall conclusion dull. Therefore the amount of information within the presentation; reference points, trials and outlines, helped the group understand what exactly I was trying to convey in the image. What was frustrating was when I was explaining the in the presentation I was interrupted by my partner or I couldn't build on her points. This was just a communication problem and could of been fixed if we practised the presentation before. 

The feedback from the tutors was encouraging too, they liked the final image and the process of how I managed to adapt and find a solution to each phase of the project. As well as thinking about how to improve the communication side of the image. In addition the interaction of handing out the card went down well, by giving them the card it the experience would remain with them and they had something to think about. 

To improve: perhaps creating a different grid to present the photographs. Getting more people and changing the format. 

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The images are some the of the peer feedback I received. Improvements included trying different locations or the way to recreate the final image.

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GCD Interact- 3rd November

The progress tutorial at the stat of the day helped improve the project, for example mounting the signs on some sort of card (cardboard) and using text printed off the computer, not hand written. Besides the fact it made us appreciate, what hazards with might face, the public re-acting. 

A challenging aspect of today was choosing the people to photograph. There was conflict between my partner and I, as we both had different ideas on what cool was, we both approached different people who did not fit the trend we both wanted to set. Furthermore, getting some peoples photos was difficult, they were perhaps too shy or did not want to be bothered. This had an effect on the amount of people who we were able to get, thus made the process slower and much more laborious. To make matters worst, my partner went home as she felt ill and could not continue taking photos.

A HUGE problem in the idea was the fact that no-one in suits wanted their photo taken when I went to the city after my partner went home; they were happy enough to answer the questions just not have their photo with the selected sign. Hence, to adapt to this I thought the next best thing with a multitude of individuals with their own cool style was back at Saint Martins. Therefore, I travelled back and managed to get over a hundred photos of students, staff, general public and even the security guards. I found this experience so rewarding, not only as I managed to complete it by myself, but because of the conversations I had with all these incredible people; funnily enough I photographed some people who had completed the same task, with the same quote last year! 

The most successful part of the day, was actually when I handled the task myself. I was driven enough to take all the photos and the quality of the photos, both in Camden and at CSM was really strong aspect to the project. The amount of photos and the variety of them, created another successful part of the project. Another success was the interaction between the public, this was handing them the card with the quote as it made them realise what their response meant. 

Learning from the mistakes, such as not being able to capture people in suits, the amount of people available and peoples unwillingness to stop and interact was a rewarding process. Being able to adapt to the situation was challenging at times and frustrating but ultimately a satisfying practice. It made me appreciate patience and also that if you want something doing, to go do it yourselves as others just slow you down. 

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Research Week- 27th October

Following on from the research I did yesterday; looking at the website given on the project brief and recording interaction into my sketchbook. I decided to go into the library and use the resources there to find some books on interaction. I found ones on gorilla advertisement and graphic design. This was something new to me as I haven't really been exposed to this type of design. I found it really engaging as to bring my fine art side to a more commercial use, it something I strive to do. I think interacting on a more physical level is what the project is asking to do, so my next steps is to look at interactive advertisement and the relationship between costumer and product.

I particularly enjoy when the advertisements that make the audience think, and from this we get able to understand the humours message the company is trying to convey. 

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The Barbican- 21st October

Today I visited The Barbican to see, 'The World of Charles and Ray Eames'. This exhibition was slightly different to what I would usually be interesting in. It was more of a design exhibition to a art gallery which is where I usually get my inspiration from. What I found most inspiring from the exhibition was the cover art for the 'Art and Architecture' magazine. I really was taken back my the mix of artists work but applied in a graphical media. Something which I feel I could take into my work. Furthermore, I was also interesting the process of how the production of the chairs are made. Creating this module and then sculpting the plywood around it, this was something complete new to me. The sculptures reminded me of a Henry Moore style piece, but the this different process and completely new media, made it extremely individual and refreshing to view. Another simulating part of the exhibition was the way a film was displayed. It used multiple screens at different angles and almost surrounded the viewer creating an extremely personal experience. 

At times I found the exhibition boring. I am a visually learner, so at times where there was dense text and duller visuals, it made me less interested and engaged. However this being said, the exhibition is now making me think of a boarder connection between art and design, and how I can take this link between creating and visualisation into my own work. 

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Graphic Design- 16th October

I used the time I had today to present and finalise the work on typography. Presenting work in my sketchbook and working out the mistakes in my work and how to improve them. 

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Graphic Design and Communication- 15th October

The most challenging concept today was originating a type font. Partly because I have not been exposed to this before but also because it was difficult to manipulate and shape the letter forms. Another element I found challenging was getting the font to be recognisable, as many attempts of composing the letters failed; it either looked like the wrong letter or didn't fit the consistency of the font. Finally what also was challenging was getting all the letters in my chosen word to match and fit together in a series. To overcome this irregular set of letters, I used a basic stencil, which I used for each letter. This allowed to me to get a equal width for each letter and also to get evenly spaced letters. 

The most rewarding part of the day was being able to achieving a consistent and original type font. From experimenting with just a blank sheet of paper, to trialing different widths and location on the page, then finally creating this composition of letters to form a word was a really fulfilling experience. What I also find intriguing was seeing the work of others, and how they approached the task today. I liked seeing how different people approached the task and I think being able to transfer these ideas into my own work would be something to do in future projects.

The mistakes I made today included; the proportions and the consistency of the words. This is where the experimentation came in handy as I was able to test, and make mistakes without having too much of an impact on the finished outcome. For example I had to keep the lines straights for each letter and alter the letters for C and E as they became the odd ones out in the series. Furthermore, another mistake was the final image to showcase the typography. Although it reflected the nature of the word, there was too much happening in the background and the fragility of the words was overpowered by this. 

I think the final outcome was successful, especially when projected to reveal the negative of the word. Achieving a consistency in the width and having an abstract nature of letter face made it a rewarding process and from my point of view, a successful one.

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The project of the letters A and T, using the shadows and cutouts of the paper to show the type. 

The task taught me that I work in a methodical process, working from one stage to the next, completing each phase with precision something which I have learnt during the past month at CSM. Furthermore it has taught me to work with mistakes and adapt to results which follows from these. For example today, making the mistake on certain letters made me trial them again and it lead to new, suitable letters being created which fitted the sequence. Now in the future, I think following this process of working methodically, step by step, and taking my time at each step to ensure maximum productivity. 

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The final image showing the type font, 'infrastructure', with the background to enhance the word. 

 

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Graphic Design and Communication- 12th October

What I found most frustrating today was working in a group. In-particualr as a member of the group was very forward with their ideas and didn't want to take onboard the other part of the groups ideas. This slowed down the process of the concept and the difficulty of finding common ground made it harder to create authentic idea. However this being said, the group managed to work around this difficulty and produce a final outcome. In addition the idea we did come up with, had a lot of potential and the ability to take much further, but due to the time restrictions we only could work on it with few hours we had. 

The most successful part of the outcome today was the nature of the image and how the result of the projection came out. What I particularly like most about the outcome was the series of photos that was produced. The sequence of images highlighted the fabrication of symbols and how they can overlap to form this veil that covers society. This transition of a select symbols, to multiple symbols, to a black blob really transformed the overall narrative of the piece. One thing which could be improved was covering the entire face in black, as the final image in the series still has gaps in it. This was partly due to one of the members in the group changing the background, and thus created a whole new environment, so they were not suitable of the sequence of previous photos.

If I was to do the project again, I would have liked to include the surroundings of the building and the perhaps try working on a larger scale. We were quite restricted working on portrait and just the face, so even using the whole figure and masking the symbols over it would be something to do if I was to do it again. Furthermore, to improve and to increase the intensity I would cover the whole face in symbols and develop more photos in the sequence. 

Although it has only been one day in Graphic's and Communication, I feel it has a similar way of working to Fine Art but with a more direct approach. Despite working through digital media I felt using a physical process and physically using material to create the outcome was really stimulating. This combination is something I feel I could take further, and use as a process in the future. 

 

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The series of images: initially without few symbols and building up to almost covering the face. 

 

 

 

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Fine Art- 7th October

I used the time today to make the cutlery for the show tomorrow. I began drawing out different designs and concepts from what I had learnt from yesterday's experimentation. This made me more focus more on oversizing the cutlery and creating designs what would force the user to not be able to consume the food. 

I would it very frustrating by the end of the day. I wasn't very happy with my final outcome. It didn't look aesthetically pleasing and for all the work I put into it I was ashamed of the final product. Furthermore, I haven't thought too much about presentation which is something I must do tomorrow when in the class. As this will be the most important way to communicate the message to the audience. 

 

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Fine Art- 6th October

In the class today I became more aware of the presentation of an object and how to display it with out explanation. During my group presentation, we were informed on how the aesthetics of the piece was just as important as the idea behind it. After discussions, I learnt that having something visually capturing and simulating to look at, would invite others into the 'tribe' rather than just an explanation. 

This also made me appreciate the importance of the object or piece. Choosing the material, shape, form, colour and orientation is incredibly crucial in order to get across the context of the piece: the difference of specific material has a large impact on the substance and the appearance. Which ultimately can produce limitations or liberations to the piece. 

What I found most engaging today was listening to everyones proposal and the conservations which stemmed from them. It made me acknowledge the greater meaning behind an initial idea, and how the tutors pushed groups to further analyse the ideas and scrutinise the models, suggesting other elements to include or to take away.

Using what I learnt from the previous day, I wanted to take this into my work for the offering on Thursday.  The work of Will Delvoye, re-contexturising pieces of work was something that inspired me. I deceived to use the objects I had and transform their use or take away the purpose which they had. For example removing the sim from a card or the information on a train card. This lead me further to re-construct cutlery and potentially explore how it then could be used. 

Playing around with the plastic cutlery; adding bits on or setting multiple spoon heads, really made me curious about the endless possibilities and outcomes. As I was just beginning to get into the process, it was the end of the session. I spoke to the tutor and she suggested I draw out multiplications of the object, starting with one and increasing or decreasing during my independent study day tomorrow. Following her advice I will complete this task as well as explore other possibilities on presentation, colour, shape and display for the offering on Thursday. 

If I had more time or were to do this again, I would potentially explore larger scale objects and play on the idea of size and scale. 

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The prototype of the group's model: made of paper/card and a elastic strip to hold on the head. 

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Manipulation of cutlery, using a glue gun to stick bits together and a pair of scissors to remove parts of the fork and spoon.

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A photograph showing the manipulation of cutlery that I managed to achieve. Adding parts of the fork onto the spoon. 

 

 

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Fashion & Textiles- 1st October

What I found most challenging for the project 'Your-Data' today, was finding a cohesive way to group the items. There were the obvious choices of colour, size and theme, however finding a starting point was tricky. However the group over came this once we decided to begin thinking about order and labelling the items in importance. Additionally what I found difficult today was deciding on a collective decision on forming a 'sculpture' from all the objects. Different people in the group had their own ideas, and at times did not express what they wanted so it became slightly miss matched. But we worked out a plan of how to achieve a better and more visually stimulating piece, and the sculpture looked much better. 

In the afternoon, I discovered a new technique of using acetate to project textures and mark makings to produce textiles and prints. The process made me appreciate applying a variety of marks, and in particular the way this marks are made. As each individual stroke or line can have a significant effect to the projected outcome. Also when drawing, sometimes using the negative space to illustrate the point of view was something I had not tried before. Creating this white cutout left space for other mixed media, which I felt was a successful end result. 

Another technique I learnt from today, was using the projector and applying it to the sketchbook and over a blank t-shirt to create a pattern or print. This outcome was extremely beautiful, as I was able to extract different marks or strokes exclusively. Then I was able to present them in my sketchbook or through a photograph. 

My drawing from today also reflected the techniques I learnt from the other day from fashion illustration. Using collage, variety of thicknesses of lines, and mixed media, to produce a interesting drawing on the page. Something which I can improve would be my line drawing, as I felt this lacked in certain drawing exercises, as I was not able to get the proportions right.

To improve or to extend this further, I would repeat the process on the acetate, experimenting with different marks and attempting to use other media to get an outcome reflective of the objects. Furthermore, I could look at the diverse ways to arrange the objects, specifically looking at the relationship between them, tone, shape and even weight. The book 'The Art of Clean Up' by Ursus Wehrli was very inspirational, showing me different layouts and organised forms, in future I could manipulate this practice from this book and use it in my work. 

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Projection of mark making onto myself.

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Projection of acetate using mixed media and certain brushstrokes.

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One arrangement of objects, playing with the idea of scale. 

 

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Fashion & Textiles- 28th September

The project today was about understanding the connection between everyday structures and shapes, and being able to translate these onto the body. I learnt how important it is to draw, and use this as a primary resource. I tried to vary the structures I saw, and they way I recorded these drawings. This was partly down to the tutors, as they informed us this would provide us with a greater selection of ideas when it came to transferring drawings to shapes that can be applied onto the body. 

In addition drawing the structures made me think about the link between the body and these architectural structures I found around Kings Cross. From the drawings I tried to focus on negative spaces or the silhouettes which they produced, and then projected these shapes onto the body. I tried to match the curvature and the flow of the shoulder down to the arm as my project. I really enjoyed using the body to work on and being able to transfer structures into garments for the body. 

Furthermore, I have learnt a lot more on how to manipulate paper over the past weeks, therefore following the process of small paper model to large paper prototype was a process I felt comfortable with. Today I tried to manipulate the paper by folding in to give a layer effect. Initially this was hard, as I wanted larger folds over smaller folds, however once I found a technique which worked it become a lot more easier. Similarly I was not able to get the desired folded look I wanted, so after trialling with various ways, I managed to use a stapler to hold the folds in place. Another problem I faced was bending the paper to mould the shape of the arm. Every time I tried to curve the folded paper it just creased, so instead I left it straight and connected more layered folds. In this way it joined together in a prism shape and worked well. 

If I had more time, I would have liked to complete the other side of the body, and perhaps worked on the body as well. Furthermore, being able to experiment with other textures and exploring materials which related to the structures I looked at in the morning would have been extremely interesting. Finally, with more time I would have liked to produce precise folds, as I felt slightly rushed and the garment looked messy in certain areas.  

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The initial idea, working on the inspiration from the slatted windows.

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The process of making the garment, from initially creating a shape to work on applying the folds, and then connect further folds to complete the look. 

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Tate Sensorium- 23rd September

Today I visited the Tate Britain and experienced the Tate Sensorium that exhibited there. The exhibition was about stimulating the sense's whilst viewing different paintings. From smell stimuli to create a sense of a mid-century home and the impact of big brands by recreating the scent of Pledge, to the taste of edible charcoal, sea-salt and smokey lapsang tea to bring out specific features in the painting. I was really taken back by how much of an effect arousing the sense's would have on me, make me focus more on the paintings and considering the possibilities of what the painting is trying to convey. Although the exhibition only showed four paintings and it was over relativity quickly, I really enjoyed this new experience of almost being involved within the paintings and this sensitivity is something I would like to take into my work in the future. 

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A graph of the experience I had.  When we entered the exhibition we were given these wristbands that monitored how we were feeling and I believe our heart rate. The peaks within the graph shows a greater sense towards each painting. 

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Jewellery, Footwear and Fashion Accessories- 21st September

What made you decide on your final piece? 

The main factors that determined my choice was how easy it would be to make my piece in the given time scale, the advise given from the tutor- the purpose and the location on the body and how easily it would be to manipulate the design. In addition what made me decide on the final piece was what I felt was my strongest design and one which I felt confident designing. 

How did you find designing for the body, was it hard?

I have never experienced designing for the body before, so it was changeling to begin with. However after the given advice from the tutors to focus on individual parts of the body and to design for this it made it much more capable. Using inspiration from the powerpoint, and the creative jewellery shown, I began to have an idea of how to design for the body. I found it really exciting and enjoyed using the form of different body parts to create unpredictable outcomes. Although I think over time I may find this quite restricting and want to branch further then just the human figure. 

Did you enjoy making? 

I really relished turning the drawing into a physical object, seeing the sketch turning into a plan and then into a prototype really made me think if making is what I want to pursue. I also appreciated being able to manipulate materials and putting it together to make a final outcome.

How would you take your design further if you had more material/time?

If I had more time I would of created a belt, to surround the waist. This would of been a thin block, suspended by the string and connected to the other blocks which hung from the top of the shoulder, knee and ankle. Furthermore, I would have made more blocks, so each side would be even and identical. If I had more materials, I would of experimented with them, assessing the weight, texture and look of them to my design. From this I could have created copies of the piece, but changing the material each time. 

What materials and colours would you use?

I think I would use metallic materials for the blocks and perhaps cover them in a gold overcoat. Similarly I would also like to use wooden blocks, made out of recycled/ reused wood and play on the idea of sustainability. Keeping the blocks in plain colours, adds to the simplicity of the design and will give a clean look. After seeing how some jewellery is made from 3D printers I would perhaps try using plastics and using a 3D printer to create the blocks from this. 

 

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Ideas Factory Research- 15th September

Working in as a group for the research task was extremely helpful as I was able to get others individual research as well as show my own research. Other benefits were that I was able to discover different artists, ideas, and concepts to help develop my project further. Some challenges included over-lapping of ideas and finding an effective method of sharing research quickly yet in an informative way. 

The most important research reference was the information on Christopher Kane's Frankenstein collections and his Rainbow Resort collection of 2012. What I also found important was the scientific information on bones and discovering the structure of how they are formed. What influenced my ideas the most was the information about the material, bone. This was because I was always thinking about how it could be transformed into a material/product for each idea. 

It was intimidating at first to think about creating 30 ideas in 30 minutes, however once the first ideas were drawn out and I had written down some notes for each, the process became less stressful. Towards the end of the 30 minutes my ideas were less formed and I found it harder to think of more ideas. 

The ideas which I selected to pitch were the ones I believed to be the most thoughtful and the ones where the idea could be extended into a greater concept. Also I chose ones which were open to consideration so I felt the others in the group could have there say on how to improve an the idea and to push me to think about all aspect of the idea.

Using a few selected images and very basic thumbnail sketches I pitched my ideas to the group. I had written down a few bullet points of information on the idea so I was able to explain the idea clearly and I believe the group understood my idea. However my idea was not fully developed so I was unable to go into detail about the whole idea but rather just the basic concept of it.

The feedback I got from the group was developing the colour scheme to do applied, the presentation of the skeletons and the layout of them within the gallery, and to understand more about the inspiration behind Christopher Kane's rainbow resort collection of 2012- what was the reasoning behind these colours. The Idea I chose to develop was the one which I received most feedback on, as I felt I could improve on this one the most, as well as take onboard what everyone else had critiqued about it. 

Visually I wanted to show the layout of the idea and the colours of the skeletons. The information I wanted to show included the basic concepts of the idea, such as how I came about it , what it is, why is it there, how it is presented, enough information for the group to understand the idea and get inspired by. 

Final feedback I received was to think more carefully and to analysis all aspects of the idea, not just the basic intention of the design. Whether this was to look at the material of the skeleton, the process of the colour, who was to visit the exhibition, why are they there. It was to really understand the project like I had been creating it for years on end. 

To improve I will do this by 

  • Researching Christopher Kane's rainbow resort, and understanding about the colour scheme he uses in his work and why he uses this. Hence I will be able to get underneath the meaning and it will perhaps further my own intention. 
  • More detail sketches and layouts of the idea- creating a visual image for people to see from, and I can show this in the presentation. 
  • Collect some material and perhaps make models of the idea to show the group. 
  • Also I will perhaps create some digital images, so I have the skeletons looking as though they already appear in an exhibition-providing I have enough time for this. 

I learnt today that I need to be more confident in my ideas, understanding it does not have to be a perfect sketch, just something that shows an idea. Also to engage an audience using images is key, so in the future with my ideas I will need to develop these to go along side my ideas. Finally I learnt that working with a group is extremely useful as the other people in the group can help to develop the idea you have to its best potential. 

 

 

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