Today was the last day of our collaborative field project, and the only task we had left to do was to present our work/ideas to the larger group. Each groups was given about 8 minutes to tell the larger groups about what they’ve created, what their ideas were and how they have managed to produce an outcome. We were asked how well our groups worked together and what were the best and worst parts.
I really liked my group. We worked well together to come up with an ideas, given that none of us had been previously working on anything similar; but we managed to come up with an overarching theme, culture. Coming up with an idea after that seem relatively easy, but this was broad ideas which we then needed to narrow down and pare back so that we would be able to complete everything needed in the time frame. I think we did this really well. We each continued with our own research so that we had more specific ideas of what we wanted to create and then we compared and helped to develop those ideas so that we could have one idea that all of us really wanted to pursue. The two tutorials we had were really helpful with giving us ideas on how we might need to tweak this or that within our work, and it was also really helpful to hear what other groups though of what we were doing and their suggestions.
Each member of our groups had their own work to do but we managed to successfully combine all of our different disciplines within this project so that all of us had equal parts in the work/creation of work. I really liked seeing how the others in my group thought and created work differently than I would and even though I didn’t like the idea of collaborative work when I started in this part of the project, in the end I really liked how we were able to work together and come up with really good ideas and outcomes in such a short space of time.
I think our biggest strengths were:
- Our time management. Having all our work completed and on display the Friday before presentation.
- Our ability to communicate with the other members of our group.
- How we were able to combine all our different disciplines and talents into our presented work.
I think the only problem we faced was decision making. Having to find the fastest and yet the best was of creating our bench was a challenge that took longer than expected because we all had different ideas on how it should be fitted together. In the end we just stood back and listen to each other and we managed to sort everything out and have everything completed in time.
Yesterday my group got together so that we could assemble our bench. Having all the component almost completely finished, we set about trying to figure out how we were going to put them together. The only thing that would help was putting the pieces together and seeing if they would work, so that’s what we did.Using double-sided tape and cellotape to hold the pieces in places we were able to see what we were working towards. This is where we hit some walls. Firstly we needed to find a way to get the seat to stay in place and not collapse. We used thin pieces of wood on the back pieces, into which the seat would slot. This worked, but the seat was to wide and the curve to heavy for the seat to stay erect. What we needed to do was to decrease the size of the angle at which the seat is based so that the two back piece were closer together and more stable.
Once that part was completed we decided that were going to cover the newly sized seat with our Indian inspired fabric. With the added weight to the fabric onto the seat, it was slightly heavier and we need extra support to keep the seat erect; we needed more stability and this came in the form of extra legs. This involved a trip to Wickes so that we could find the right kind of decorated wood to go with then bench. Once this was completed it was on to the next wall. We need to assemble the actual pieces. Choosing how we would do this, with what screws or bolts, if we need washers and would it be better if we did it this way or that way. In the end we managed to all agree and viola! we created our bench.
In the midst of making the bench we also need to create our mood boards, these were going to be filled with patterns from Indian cultures, colours and some samples of what we’ve made so that it would convey multiple ideas of what we have been looking at and what we could create given a longer project time. With two A2 mount boards, we started to place all the things we have together for our mood board onto the boards, combining colours and materials and samples together so that they colours and ideas flowed evenly across the two boards.
With almost all of our work completed, tomorrow we will be going in to set up our work ready for display and presentation on Monday.
Having prepped a screen yesterday, today I used Sarah’s Indian pattern design to create samples for our banner and for our mood board. For these examples I used two different coloured cotton fabrics; yellow and brown, as well as calico fabric. Yesterday we had talked out the kind of colour scheme we wanted to work with, and after discussing we decided to use earth tones, because they feature heavily in most Indian fabrics. So using brown, yellow, and red printing inks, I mixed these on the screens to print with multiple colours, as well as printing the singularly. Mix and matching the different coloured fabrics with the different coloured inks.
Once I had created quite a few sample I took a break and then managed to hoodwink Elliot into helping me print. Once he was set up on the screen, Elliot also started mixing colours with fabrics and we ended up with an even wider range of samples. Using not only earth tines but experimented with a few colours that are outside our planned colour scheme just for further reference.
Once I got home and all the prints were dry, I set up my sewing machine so that I could hem the edges of some of the samples so that they would be neat and not fraying, and ready to our on our mood board. While I was sorting the edges of these samples, I kept thinking about what Helen said during our tutorial, about how a lot of Indian fabrics are embellished, so I started to experiment with some free-machine embroidery, again using gold thread to match with the colour scheme.
I plan to look at the different types of Indian embellishment and see how I can work with this.
After a productive weekend of researching Indian culture, looking into the meanings behind the colours they use, as well as looking into what occurs within Holi festival, I was ready to start the final week of this project. Well the final week of being able to make our maquettes. My groups got together this morning to discuss ideas for what were going to make and how these little models are going to look. Experimenting with fabrics, illustration, metals and cardboard we created a few little samples ready to take into our tutorial meeting later that morning. The feedback we received was really good, we have a developing ideas that’s going on the right direction and we are able to visualise the outcome we aspire to. We took in the advise from our last tutorial and looked at moveable furniture that could be used to bring culture awareness to the people with our city. The furniture’s would be displayed in correspondence to different Indian festivals or events during the year.
Even during this tutorial we were still coming up with ideas of how we could make these maquettes, and we had a meeting after the tutorial so that we could further discuss these ideas. Starting with what maquettes were actually going to make, we decided that we were going to focus primarily on making a really polished scale models of the a bench we had designed, incorporating laser cutting, wood and fabrics together to created a lovely cross-disciple piece of work. we also had the ideas of creating some fabric samples that could be translated into banners that would then be used to decorate the city. For this we decided that we were going to use one of Sarah’s illustrative deigns. With this we have the ideas of accompanying mood boards showing the different styles of fabrics ands materials that could be used, as well as those which we have used, as well as some notes on these. We also plan to display a few of our better sample maquettes to show how our ideas have progressed.
So with all this in mind we started to being with the creating of these examples, We each went off to find out the best way to do what we wanted. I went down to the print room to find Steve and fix a screen for scree-printing. After stripping, washing and prepping my screen I was ready to oil up Sarah’s design, expose the screen and tuck it safely away in the drying rack ready for printing tomorrow.
so after a very proactive day I’m hoping tomorrow goes equally as well, as I hope the rest of the week done. And if my group and I keep working in such an effective manner, we should be able to produce some really good work by the end of this!
So after my little banner experiment this morning I finally got dressed and then I went to meet my group to swap our ideas. It was a good meeting, we talked and discussed ideas on what we’re going to do next week in regards to creating our maquettes, and what we’re going to in preparation for Monday. We looked at the work we did in the beginning of the week and the ideas that we put onto our mood board and talked our them through. I like our little group, we seem to get on really well and each want to contribute so that we have a well-rounded and cross-disciple outcome.
After our meeting I was taken with the ideas of, making a miniature model of one the awnings I had designed. I don’t know what it was about today but I kept having sudden bursts of inspiration. I started my second little adventure of the day by thinking of how I could make the frame of my shelter. The result was wire. I had thin flexible wire in my little stash of goodies so I started to mess around with making my little wire sculpture. Let me tell you it wasn’t easy, my wire is so flexible that I swear it started to bend the wrong way just to annoy me. But I persevered and in the end I made it!
After I made the frame I then had to think about how I was going to make the cover. The think with my sudden ideas is that the finished idea pops into my head and then I have to try to figure out how to make it. Firstly I had to decide on what fabric I was going to use. I had the choice of either using fabric that I already had in my hand little stash or I could print or embroider and create my own patter. Feeling impatient again I wanted to be making my covering at that second so i chose my most Indian looking fabric and started to pin the fabric together in places so that I could create a structured covering. Folding the fabric diagonally I sewed darts into the fabric, not starting at the centre because that is where the top of the frame would rest under the fabric. I did this on each corner of the fabric until I had a triangularly shaped covering.
My vision was coming together. After I had stitched the darts into place I ironed the seams and then pressed the edges of the covering so that I could then hem the edges. At this point I was really happy with how things were looking, and I’m not going to lie was quite excited as well. I then stitched the covering onto the frame so that it would stay together and then I hooked the wire legs of the shelter through some cardboard so that it was sturdy. I really love this little maquette, its a really good example of what my idea are suppose to look like and I think it translates them really well.
Today I was meeting up with my group to discuss ideas of what were going to be doing the following week. Before I even started to get dressed to meet them I was struck with an idea that couldn’t wait. Having been looking at shelters and banners, I was suddenly struck with the idea of making a miniature banner. I don’t know where this idea came from but I was going to embrace it. Whipping out some fabric from the little stash in my room I used my lino cut to print a pattern onto the background, again using acrylic paint. Using a hair dryer because I was being seriously impatient, I dried the paint so that I could start embroidering!
I had a sketch of and idea for a banner in my sketchbook so I took this and started to transform it into being. Because I was making such a small banner I decided to start off with the easier typography I knew, my own hand writing. Even with this easy advantage it was not easy. Having written the wording out first with a disappearing marker I still messed up and started to shout at my sewing machine. But alas, we’re friends again now.
After I had embroidered my writing onto my fabric I thought about how I could turn this (lovely) scrap of fabric in a mini banner. Using my iron I pressed the side edges so I could then easily hem the fabric. I then did the same to the top edges of the fabric but this time leaving room so that I would be able to thread wire through the top and bottom so it would look like a proper banner (inadvertently making it even more adorable!) suffice it to say I was in love with my little sample, it may be a bit messy and not as perfect as I would have wanted it but its a really good start and it shows my ideas in a much more tactile way than a sketch.
Having already decided on which question I was going to answer in my essay, I was quite looking forward to gathering all the information I could that would help me, and this lecture was one of those helpful nuggets of information. This week we were looking at Surrealism and its foundation, Psychoanalysis.
Surrealism emerged onto the art world at the start of the twentieth century and was heavily influenced by the revolutionary psychoanalytical work of Sigmund Freud. Surrealist artists were concerned with the representation of the unlimited human imagination in art which was classed as highly innovative. Shocking and bizarre are two words often linked with Surrealism and this was certainly true of the work of Andre Breton and Rene Magritte, to name but two of the many artists involved with the Surrealist movement. The movement found its leader in Anfre Breton who wrote a number of manifestoes highlighting the aims of the movement. Breton himself was bit of a control freak which I find somewhat at odds with the idea of irrationality of Surrealism in embracing the liberation of the unconscious.