What did you learn today?
Today I learnt how to set up workflow and the distinction between refection and research
What was your response to the project brief?
Was a shock at first but through research I have more of an understanding of what I am expected to do
How did you find working in a group?
I am used to working groups from my previous education and it also gave me a chance to meet new people
What were the benefits and challenges?
The challenge was bringing the material and process together and they were very different. However, this challenge allowed me to look deeper in how I can bring them together, giving me more interesting and developed ideas.
How did you find working in group for the research task?
Working in a group was very beneficial to my work as it allowed me to learn from others and their diverse cultures. For example, I learnt the meaning of a specific bird in Chinese culture as it means health and long life.
What were the benefits and challenges?
It was a challenge at the beginning to narrow down my ‘theme’ of ideas as I had so many. I decided to focus on furniture in the end and chairs in particular. The benefit of this project was that it allowed me to get a deeper understanding of what the tutors expect from me in future projects and allowed me to get used to the independent studying.
What were the most important research references to your work?
The most important research references were the different types of furniture as it inspired the idea of designing seating which eventually led to the design of my pavilion.
What was your response to the project brief?
At first I was confused by the project brief as I wasn’t sure what they expected of me. But once we had a whole day of designing it, it became clearer.
How did you select the ideas to present to the group?
I chose by picking what I felt were my strongest ideas which was decided by looking at how closely related my ideas were to the three words I was given
When presenting your ideas to the group did they understand?
My ideas were presented very clearly and my annotation gave a clear understanding of my thought process and the materials I wanted to use
How did you decide of the final idea to take forward?
I decided on my final idea by evaluating the potential success of my ideas if they were to be constructed and I really liked my metaphorical idea of stitching the community together so I decided to chose the idea that incorporated this as my final idea
How did you hope to explain your idea visually?
I explained it through drawing and annotation. I also included a small explanation of how my idea connects to stitch, wood and utopianism
How did you find working at such a fast pace on a one day project?
There was not much room for trial and error when working at such a fast pace. For example, I spent 15 minutes making a component which wasn’t successful, meaning I had little time left to fill the gap with a new design. However, the fast pace also benefitted my group as some mistakes that were made turned out to be successful components of our sculpture
Are there any designers from the presentation that you want to research further?
look at pavilions e.g. Serpentine pavilion? pop-up sculptures etc
How did you find the group work?
I enjoyed the group work as we worked together well by experimenting different possibilities until we found designs we all liked and that we had all contributed to. When we were then joined to another group to make a group of six it was harder at first as we had different methods of working but we brought them together and made a successful model
How did you find ASD as a pathway?
Seeing as I would like to do an architecture based degree I enjoyed it a lot. However, I am keeping my options open and looking forward to doing projects on the other pathways
Did you enjoy working at a larger scale?
Yes, I enjoy making large 3D pieces and I find them more exciting to work with and can immerse the audience a lot easier as can be more interactive
What have you learnt today?
Today I learnt that jewellery doesn't have to be the typical small delicate pieces and that it an be worn on any part of the body. before today I thought of jewellery as necklaces, earrings etc. But after today I have discovered different ways of creating jewellery and now look at it as sculptures that are to be worn
What are the strongest aspects of the work you have produced today?
The strongest aspect is the strong link to the word support and the modern take was successful. however, with more time I would've liked to have added more details to make it more interesting and aesthetically pleasing
Do you feel you have a good understanding of JFFA?
I feel I do but I do not think I will be pursuing this pathway as it is not my strongest work. But this different take on jewellery was interesting to learn about
Did you enjoy today?
I enjoyed today as it allowed me to develop my skills further and try out new ideas that aren't architectural
What did you enjoy?
Today we redesigned the Robin Day chair to better fit societies need when it comes to using a simple everyday chair. I enjoyed this, as furniture design is an option as a career for me in the future as I find it very interesting how not only can furniture be decorative but useful at the same time. Today in particular I enjoyed coming up with our own designs based on the Robin Day design. I enjoyed this because it allowed me to put my ideas on paper that I had been thinking about whilst doing my observation drawings. I also enjoyed creating my design in a 3D form as I enjoy creating models but my model wasn’t very successful due to the complex design. This meant it was better shown through annotated drawings.
What did you find challenging?
I found creating the sculpture itself challenging due to the materials provided. I would like to create it again with stronger materials such as cardboard so it stays up and if it were to be manufactured I would use a stronger plastic with hinges that can lock in 3 different positions. Upwards, flat (to use as a table/footrest) and downwards where it is not in use.
What did you improve at 4pm?
I showed how a human would sit in the chair and what all the different uses are. This is an important factor as furniture is designed for the human body. I didn't get the chance to in lessons but I would like to add different shades of colour to my designs to add more depth for my ideas.
Are you interested in this?
I find this pathway in 3D art very interesting as it has a practical side to it which I enjoy designing. This gives it a problem solving section to it as we design to make the human body more comfortable in different parts of a day. For example a chair for school or the office during the day, a sofa for the evenings and a bed for the night. Over the years research and technological advances has allowed us to develop these pieces of furniture further and also allowed us to design other products to make everyday life easier and more practical
I looked at the Illuminate research brief and looked at secondary research such as installations and lamps. I looked at product as I have not had a chance to explore this pathway and wanted to see if I am strong or weak in this area. Some of these pieces created interesting shadows which gave me the idea to connect my work to illuminate by looking at the absence of light, so shadows.
Today I collected primary research at both the Kings Cross Central Saint Martin building and Kings Cross train station. In my drawings I attempted to capture the light qualities on different surfaces. Central Saint Martin was good for this as the more modern concepts of the building are mainly glass which allowed light into the building. Kings Cross train station's unusual angles and shapes also reflected light in different ways for example in some areas it flickered creating an interesting drawing. Later on in the day we chose 5 or more words connected to the quality of light to describe our drawings.
Harsh:unpleasantly rough or jarring to the senses.
Translucent:allowing light,but not detailed shapes, to pass through; semi-transparent
Opaque:not able to be seen through; not transparent.
Reflect:throw back (heat, light, or sound) without absorbing it.
Flickering:shine unsteadily; vary rapidly in brightness.
Dramatic:sudden and striking.
I looked at my research and created a series of initial ideas firstly starting of with architectural forms. however, these ideas weren’t as successful as I lacked originality in my designs so I decided to look at it from a product design point of view. I looked at the tree like structure from Kings Cross train station and was inspired by nature when designing my flower like shapes which I decided would work in smaller sculptures or as lamp shades. I made sketch models using plasticine as the core where the light would be, with bamboo skewers coming from the middle at different heights and different shapes on the end. I then photographed these to capture the shadows they create but this was not as successful as I had hoped. This was because the room was not dark enough. I would like to photograph them again in a box to block out excess light and to capture the shadows on all sides of it to give an idea of the effect it would have if placed in a room.
Developing my idea of the sphere shapes further I recreated my sketch model with a styrofoam ball in the centre instead of plasticine, making it lighter and easier to work with. Improving on my photography I photographed these in a box in a dark room allowing the shadows created to be a lot more effective. These turned out a lot better and gave me a better idea of what effect it would have in a room if it was to be made bigger.
I started the day with one set idea for my final piece but by the end of the day this had changed which I have found to be a common occurrence on this Art foundation course. I find this to be a great advantage to the quality of my work as I am encouraged to develop my initial ideas further. With the illuminate brief I decided to do a sort of lampshade that creates such shadows as to immerse the inhabitants of the room it is placed in. However, after talking to a tutor I realised I could take my initial idea further by creating a cube like shape that looks as if it has exploded instead of this same idea but with a sphere as this way I can incorporate the idea of spatial design whilst creating a product.
During the morning I realised that I wouldn’t have time to completely finish off my final piece by the deadline due to lack of time and materials. However, using other materials I was able to show what I would like my piece to be like and where it would be placed. I used a thick grey board to create the cube and the cracked cube shape for my pieces. If I’d had more time then I would’ve made these out of aluminium to match the final piece I made in the metal workshop. The grey board didn’t have such a finished look to it but I think that alongside my folder the final piece is very effective. In the afternoon I worked on the electrical of my lampshade which I found difficult due to lack of experience but through research I managed to attach the cable to the lamp holder safely. The lamp holder would’ve worked better if it was smaller and black as it would’ve matched the cable. Overall, it was a very productive day and allowed me to refine the final sculpture ready to present the next day.
Today was the crit:
Looking around I saw many had very finished looks that I think mine fit in well with as the welding had a clean finish on the final piece. We put ourselves into categories and I went in ‘playful’ which I then saw that my project didn’t fit as well into as all the other pieces did. This was because other pieces were very colourful with a range of bright colours such as pink, where as mine was a mixture of mellow colours such as grey, black and white. This turned out to not be a problem as all the pieces varied so much none of them fit together. Following this I was faced with the problem of my bulb breaking which meant that the audience didn't get the full effect of the piece. As looking at my lampshade with the light on has a much better effect than without it. Also the brightness in the room meant the shadows couldn’t be seen further losing the effect of the piece. However, photographs in my folder hopefully showed how it would work in an ideal setting. I chose to do a product as I have always been interested in this pathway but have never had the chance to explore it due to resources and direction from teachers
Structure and Surface
primary and secondary research collection...
At the start of a project research is vital in the process of designing our own ideas. Through primary research I looked at a large range of household objects ranging from my dogs chew toy to a sponge. These drawings allowed me to analyse certain words from different perspectives. For example, for entangled I looked at string and hair which were two completely different materials. My favourite word I looked at when collecting primary research was structure because I looked at scaffolding and how the overall look of it can change depending from what angle you look at it as the perspective of the layers of the pipes changes.
When doing secondary research I looked at artists relating to tessellated, folded, porous, knitted, covered and textured. The research that interested me the most on this was those based from the word tessellated as the architectural structure to it interests me and so does the repetition of a single shape and what other forms can be created with only one shape. This interests me as one shape becoming another can create simple but complex forms.
Today we reflected on our research and developed our ideas from that. One of the artists that interested me the most was Thomas Medicus who encased branches in glass/plastic structures. The thing that interested me the most was the geometric shapes his piece had and replication of the triangle also reflecting on my visual dictionary word which stood out the most to me which was tessellated. We chose three words to reflect sections of the research that stood out the most to us. I chose replication, crumpled and depressions. I then created 3D models from paper to represent these and drew from them to develop them further. Through drawing I created a preference to the model that represented replication. This was because I thought it had the most variations to develop further. I then used the triangular shape to create four different architectural sketch models. These then became my initial designs that I was to develop further into a final design.
Today I started off slowly as I started class with a set idea to make in the workshop that day but found that after talking to a tutor my idea came across as flat and had potential to become much more interesting. However, due to a change of plan I hadn’t come with materials which meant I had to find some in the surrounding environment. I went to poundland where I found polystyrene plates and plastic cups. I chose these materials as they are easy to cut into triangular shapes as I was still sticking to a triangle as the basis of my piece. At first I used the plastic cups to make a model the same as the previous one to try a different material. This was not successful as the material was transparent making it look very messy and it was not strong enough to stand in the position I wanted it to. I then attempted the same model with masking tape as a base with the polystyrene plates cut into triangles and this was a lot more successful. However, I reviewed the pieces with a tutor again only to be told that it could still be developed. I had trouble understanding how at first but through experimentation I came to realise that my previous sketch models had structure but a flat surface making it boring. I improved this by making pyramids to make an ascending form like my previous models. I also looked at the inside negative space they make and the outer shape of them to make the viewer experience two different sides to the piece. Through this making I also decided that it wouldn’t have so much of a function but it would be on a large scale climbing up the side of a building making it a public sculptural piece. After visiting Tate Britain I decided to place it on the outside of an art gallery as the contrast between the brick surface and the clear acrylic (glass on a larger scale) would work very well as the transparent glass would allow us to see the texture of the brick behind it bringing them together.
The final taught day of the project consisted of me making my final piece. At first I thought of making my piece from wood such as MDF but I liked the transparency of the acrylic so decided to go with this. I was worried that where the pieces were joint it would look messy due to the transparency meaning I couldn’t hide the glue. But with liquid solvent cement the plastics were fused together and needed a little amount of it to work meaning the pyramids had a clean finish. The base of my piece was two MDF pieces joint at a right angle and painted white. I used MDF as it was what was left in the scrap pieces and I painted it white to give it a cleaner finish. I then carried on using liquid cement to join the pyramids together with a clean finish. However, it was not as neat as I had hoped due to the joints having a smaller surface area meaning there was little acrylic to fuse together. Overall, the piece reflects the idea that I had and with visualisations showing how it would look in both interior and exterior settings it is clear what I would want the finished product to look like on a larger scale. With more time I would've experimented with different materials such as wood and aluminium and place them into different settings. However, availability of the workshop didn't allow me to do this.
Through taking my project further and preparing it for the crit I decided to expand on my final idea and give it more of a purpose that just a sculpture piece. This change in idea came after talking to a tutor who thought it looked like an abstract greenhouse. So this idea was then put into place. Greenhouses are made of transparent materials which doesn't transmit infrared radiation such as glass fitting nicely with my design. The transparency allows sunlight in, heating up the container and the fact it doesn't transmit infrared radiation means the heat is trapped in the container. This then creates a warm environment for tropical plants. For this to be possible on my sculpture I would have to close off the bottom of my pyramids to contain the heat and install a watering system which would be hidden behind the plants so it does't ruin the aesthetics of the piece. It would include plants such as pansies and ferns which are suitable for greenhouse environments and would look good in the setting it'll be placed in.