ADZ5888 Reflective Writing

Field Year 2 reflective post 

Skills 

  • Ideation and realisation
  • Discipline
  • Contextual understanding
  • Evaluation of my own learning
  • Cultural understanding

In the first term of field the project I chose was ‘Are you sitting comfortable?’ this was a project that was client based to build a chair for there personality and need. The project was partner based work together intensely throughout the whole project this partner was someone I didn’t know and from another field to gather our different strengths together. I got paired with josh who was a product design student this project taught me how to work together and how different it is to pair with people from other fields. I felt like me and my partner worked well when we were together but I found the contact out of uni difficult.We interviewed the client together and brainstormed and design the chair together mixing both of our ideas together. When it came to making the chair I thought that process worked well we both knew our strengths and made the work load less by working separately when needed.

I learnt a wide range of skills that I wouldn’t have learnt in graphic communication. The skills came especially when coming to making the chair as I did do GCSE product design but my knowledge was limited. Dealing with a client and having meeting was also a different experience and really helped when coming back to subject. I have struggled with being quiet and not leading things but I think in this situation it helped because we both has different strengths so when it came to speaking we had different things to say.

Overall I think this project went well I think me and my partner worked well as a team and came together more when it came to the actually making of the chair. At first I found coming up with idea based of the clients interview hard. When I got into it I found it easier to come away from using the obvious. As a pair we wanted the chair to hint at things but not be obvious to other people. We also decided we wanted to include more than one of the thing she mentioned. I picked up on the fact she loved Indian Beaches so when it came to picking a design I wanted it to have a beach like chair feel to it. We used bo-house architecture for the side of the chair and the pattern was inspired by Lead singer of LED Zeppelin.

For the second term I chose something very different and something I’ve always wanted to do. I chose to go on a two week trip to Rajasthan where we went to two part of the city. This was an amazing trip and it was really nice to spend a whole two weeks with people we didn’t know before hand and get to know them and there field over the trip. This trip was a cultural experience and certainly opened my eye to how other people way of lives. There way of creating things from so little really changed the way I look at design.

I have always wanted to travel and to see other cultures and it was nice to feel part of there world. I have really enjoyed the workshop and how they have made such amazing things with so little. They don’t need factories to make there products. They work fast but there work is precise and neat. I am really enjoying work in my artist book and how this trip will change my work in the future. India is a crazy and chaotic place but it is also full of kind and caring people who want you to learn from them and also learn from you.

These two experience have really helped in different ways to influence my practice. It helped me developed within my course and gave me a understanding of other practices and the work they do. I have learnt that graphic design is a big part but when I was in Rajasthan the graphic communication was still the same even know I was in another country and i believe it is a key ingredient in everything.

 

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Rajasthan – Jaipur

I went on a trip to Rajasthan for 12 days and before I went I knew roughly what we were going to see and had an Idea of how I thought India was going to be. The images on google and the things people tell you is nothing compared to actually going there and experiencing the culture. The thing I learnt most when I was over there is how different our cultures our. It want just the amazing sights it was also the way the people were. They work so hard for such little money and working to them mean so much more to them than it does to us.

My first day in Jaipur was one of the most jam packed day. We went to amber forts which was a Palace but the surrounding grounds its self was something else. The doors and inside patterns were just so much more than anything I had ever seen. The repeated pattern that appeared throughout the palace the ceiling the floor and the wall had so much detail in them. Every part of the building was different the patterns changed throughout but every room had the same colour scheme. Next we went to a temple that is over 5000 years old this is a place that had amazing pattern throughout the structure. We also went to see the step well which is how they use to collect water and this structure is amazing in its self because it is the same pattern the whole way down. We also went to the Anokhi Museum where we looked at the art of block printing  from of tradition to contemporary art. We watch the guy make the block prints and also watched there process of how they make there block printed pattern.

 

Day two in Jaipur we went to the elephant poo factory where we spent the morning with the family who make elephant poo into paper. We watched there process and then made our own paper. This was interesting to watch and take part in how they have made a living in make paper out of something you wouldn’t think of having any real use. We then also went to place where they make block printing fabrics and watched there process into making that. They have huge tables with roll of material and have a guy doing different parts of the pattern and they all go down the table printing the continuous pattern. We also went to a pottery place where we watched there process of making pot without electric. We watched there handmade process and how quick they are at both making pots and painting the pattern.

Day Three was a free day but as a group we decided to as a group go to the monkey temple which was a temple but has been taken over by monkey over time. This was a beautiful temple and monkey had made it there home. We also went to the elephant sanctuary were we rode, painted, washed and fed the elephants. This was an amazing experience to see how the people treated the elephants and learn a little bit about how they keep them. I really enjoyed feeding the elephants because you could see how much they enjoyed them.

Day 4 we went to the Jai Singh Observatory was the last outpost of medieval science.  Built by Jai Singh, the first Maharaja of Jaipur who founded the city in 1727, the observatory is one of a handful. We then went to the city palace which kept a lot of weapons and also had a collection of miniature paintings. It was a beautiful structure and amazing art. We also spot of at a cafe that we could view the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) it had a lot of small windows with intricate decoration. This building is beautiful but it has been built amongst the Jaipur market.

Day 5 we went to a museum which was for modern art. We also went on safari where we went from the hotel in jeeps and had two hours in the safari where we managed to come across a leopard and watched it for half an hour where it sat and then climbed up a tree.

I have always wanted to travel and to see other cultures and it was nice to feel part of there world. I have really enjoyed the workshop and how they have made such amazing things with so little. They don’t need factories to make there products. They work fast but there work is precise and neat. I am really enjoying work in my artist book and how this trip will change my work in the future. India is a crazy and chaotic place but it is also full of kind and caring people who want you to learn from them and also learn from you.

Rajasthan – Udipur

From Jaipur we travelled to Udipur. When travelling down I already seen the change in place on my travel down. Day one in Udipur we went to the city palace which was right near our hotel I found with Udipur it was a much smaller place where everything is in walking distance. This palace was beautiful from the inside and out. The beautiful patterns and texture that were throughout the palace. It was also nice to look out from the palace to see the city of Udipur. We also walked from the city palace to the Jagdish Temple the interior of the  temple was amazing. We then went of on our own and went to experience the markets of Udipur.

Day two we went to a school that taught us how to create our own miniature paintings. First you have to draw the outline and then you have to create the shading. We added details and added colour to certain parts of the elephant. Once we had  created our own miniature painting we got to look at the work of there students and the family members. It was amazing to see the level of detail went in to one painting.

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Day three we went to a tie dye place where we watched the process from the women making the pattern to the men dyeing the material. First thing I took away from this is that they do tie dyeing a lot differently to us they add a lot more detail in to every peiece. There process is to create patteren with string and to wrap it round a pinch of material really tightly and keep doing that to create a pattern. The men then make the dye using natural materials. We later that day went on a lake cruise from the city palace and got to see the view and the sunset from the lake.

Day 4 was our last day where we went to another pottery place who uses electric to make his pots on his roof. He was again vey quick at making the pots. We also walked through a vegetable and fruit market where all the local set up store where you can buy there food it was amazing to see all the colour in the streets and how different it was to the part where we were staying that was considered as a tourist area.

The last days of our trip were spent in the lake district of Udipur I felt this place was a lot more relaxed than Jaipur and it was nice to be in the centre of everything and have it all in walking distance. We did many workshops  including pottery, miniature painting, and watching jewellery be made. The part that I enjoyed the most was the tie dye place where they taught us a very tricky art of creating circle pattern of tie dye. Watching them work so fast and then when I tried it was extremely difficult. It is experiences like this which have made the trip stand out to me as they are things that I would have struggled to organise myself just like the gate crashing an Indian wedding and dancing in the street!

 

Rajasthan- Artist Books

Before our trip to Rajasthan we have been given a brief which is to create a artist book that we will take with us to Rajasthan which will document in a multimodal way our cultural exploration of Rajasthan. This book may hold photographic images, material samples, workshop outcomes, drawings, text and anything which may be of significance to my experience of Jaipur and Udaipur, it will act as a journal for my experiences. It will also be AR (augmented reality) interactive, which means I will be able to link digital content such as film, sound or animation with physical images such as photos or drawings within my book.

We will be making the structure of our book before we go so in our first lesson we went to the Library and viewed the artist book collection in there. We were shown books that related to travel so artist that have created books around there travel experience. It was interesting to look at the different way that the books were constructed. It was also interesting to see such a variety of book and the different way people had interpreted the way a book should be. My favourite types of book were the once that every page was different and it had many different openings and place that had other thing that had been collected inside it.

This was one of the artist books that I really liked it’s Archive 1977-2016 by Julia Griffiths Jones. I liked this book because each page was different but it still had a certain style that kept the whole book linked. When flicking thought it I felt as if I was experiencing her journey through the drawings and different thing in it. I want my book to look and feel this way. I want every page to feel different and have that sense of journey as our flick through every page.

This book was by Ottographics and it a journey made by Otto about his pilgrimage in 2015. It contains illustrations of mainly landscapes from the Camino de Santiago. The images are accompanied by text.On one side the book contains short anecdotes taken from conversations with other pilgrims. On the reverse are suggestions about how to prepare for the journey and what to expect. The pages are folded in a leporello format in a hard case. A sheet of strong cartridge paper has been folded and cut to make 24 squares, which either unfold in a page by page sequence just like an ordinary book, or alternatively as a full sheet which  reveals a large landscape over 16 squares. I liked the format of this book because it could read like a book but it could also be pulled out into a bigger poster and have a full image.

 

 

Artistic Books

Today we had a look at books that Tom Martin had made and also showed us different ways to construct a book suitable for travel. I found this along with the collection in the library very helpful to me. I knew from the first day in the library I waned mine to have a lot of compartment because my plan is to collect a lot of the receipt and different thing out there. I want to compare there graphics to ours.

There was one of this book that he made before he went travelling for a year and made the structure of it before he went and had a rough idea of what he wanted to find when he was out there. This book was something I want to do for this trip but on a smaller scale and with more places I can collect stuff in. I think the idea of this way of making a book was better than stitching each page was glued together meaning you can keep adding pages which is what I liked. Also that I could make a cover when I came back to bring the whole book together.

From these examples and my own research I have decided that I want my book to be 6 by 4 so I can fit photo in if I want to. I have also planned to but envelopes and boxes in my book so I can store receipts and other things I collect in. I want one storage for everyday and I want my book so be like a scrapbook so it reads day to day of what happened on my travels. I also want to include videos and make my book interactive so that it plays the videos when I scan it. I also had a idea to make little folded boxes that will contain images of a place at the bottom and when you scan it a 3D image comes up or a video of that place.

Are you sitting comfortably? – Reflection

We have been set the brief to design a chair for a client this chair need to reflect them as a person, using a questionnaire to get the basic information about them to then put into a chair design. Initially I felt this was a hard task with the question we were asking to then put this into a chair design. After putting a mood-board together with everything visual in front of us I found it easier to visualise chair ideas.  With this mood-board we both came up with a series of separate ideas, I felt this work best because we had a variety of different ideas that we could then take series of part from different designs. Whilst we were design our chairs we also made wire and mont board models of a few design to get the feel for what they would look like 3D. We then decided as a pair we were going to start designing this one idea digitally on CAD. Once we had this version that was visually 3D we got feedback from Richard and he felt that this idea was to boring and that we had many other idea that had a lot more potential. We went back to the drawing board and looked back at our mood board and tried to link our designs with what she had said about herself. I then suggested that we used the design that felt most like a beach chair as she loved beaches in India then ones we had this design to make more of the parts link. We discussed that we were going to make the arm/legs look very boho. The slats were made to give that deck chair beach feel. We also thought about her love for bands especially LED Zeppelin and how we could use Robert plants symbol to create a pattern to Laser cut on to the slats to create a surprise as you wouldn’t initially be able to see it. When it came to making and building the chair Josh my partner created the chair design on CAD so we could see it in 3D  to make sure this was this design we wanted to go with. Once we had the finish design we transferred it to Illustrator and i mades sure that everything was joined up and that the extra part fitted within the size requirement for the wood. We then took this illustrator file down to the fab lab where they cut our chair out. We then together sanded all the parts down. I created a pattern using the lead singer of Led Zeppelin symbol because that was her favourite member and made this into a repeated pattern that we could then use on some of the slats. When it came to laser cutting we choose to laser cut 6 off the slats and wanted the pattern to be randomly placed along the chair so that it looked different from any angle you looked at.

Overall I think this project went well I think me and my partner worked well as a team and came together more when it came to the actually making of the chair. At first I found coming up with idea based of the clients interview hard. When I got into it I found it easier to come away from using the obvious. As a pair we wanted the chair to hint at things but not be obvious to other people. We also decided we wanted to include more than one of the thing she mentioned. I picked up on the fact she loved Indian Beaches so when it came to picking a design I wanted it to have a beach like chair feel to it. We used bo-house architecture for the side of the chair and the pattern was inspired by Lead singer of LED Zeppelin.

 

Chair Designs

From our research into our client we decided to start drawing ideas separately and then come together at the end to refine our idea. From the client I wanted to but the idea of storage into my chair as when we asked about what she wanted out of the chair and she said she would like storage or a place to put book and magazines. In my idea I tried to play around with the idea of a shelve or bookshelf to incorporate in my design. To also keep in mind the fact she loves India and maybe have the chair inspired by India.

From our drawings we came up with the idea of having a simple chair with a shelve underneath. When getting feed back on the digital version we were told it was very boring and too much of what she asked for. That no really design had gone with it. We went back to look at old design and went with a old version that we could change slightly too look like a beach chair because she loves the Indian beaches.

We also wanted to look into using a pattern which was on the chair that linked to the gigs she liked. So we looked up the symbol for led Zeppelin and used his feature for a pattern.

I used illustrator and used the pen tool to copy the image and make it my own. I then used the feature and flipped it in different ways to make various different patterns. I wanted to find the one that would work the best on a chair and looked the most stylish.

My favourite one is the first and last one because the work well when multiple without looking boring and reputable. With this design I have used two feature together to create a flower like pattern. I think this will work really well engraved on the wood.