As Friday’s go, today was quick and painless! Had a lecture with Johnathan for Change by Design. I was curious as to why we were to bring starburst sweets but thinking of how we are to change our way of thinking I assumed it was to do with colour association. Thankfully the lecture was a lot more interesting and in-depth, there was a consistent flow of interesting information which kept me intrigued throughout.
The main topic which caught my attention was not just blogging but how to network, our guest speaker spoke about how experience and how networking forwarded her in her academic career. She answered my question, how to gain followers, well and in terms I understood. Talk to people, comment on other people’s blogs to grab their attention and interest them enough to look at my own, other ways are to use tags in my posts which will appear in google searches.
Another point about conversation was made, redundant and entropic phrases – redundant being how you phrase a sentence/question with whistles and bells – entropic, the main reasoning and point of key information. As well as being amusing the comparison between Chinese and English language was an eye opener. The example given was an english question;
‘Are you gaining weight?’
Chinese phrasing translates as;
Following this I found myself noticing the small graces I add to my sentences to put others are ease for example I will call a friend; my dear, my love, sunshine etc, some people in the past have found these to be diminutive terms and seeming patronising as opposed to the good intentions of which I use them. In future I should be more careful with my redundant chat!
This afternoon I crashed a Product design induction for woodwork, I thought it was excellent, the facilities, the lecturers and materials. Made me upset and jealous that I’d probably not get the opportunity to use them.. Since I am doing a project on natural pattern I thought it would be valuable to investigate natural and man-made materials like those found in a wood and ceramics workshop. Note to self: find an excuse to do wood work – Change by design? I could make a…
Might resemble something like a wooden/iron maiden.
Brainstorming workshop to round off the day, we were set into groups and I met people I would be working with over the coming weeks, little intimidating but a learning curve will have to be conquered as far as pubic group work is concerned. The tasks set were to brain storm fast a furiously about random topics just to break the ice.. All in all enjoyable to meet new people who have similar interests. I have a brief to read over regarding 3D objects, seems vague but the best briefs are so you can interpret them in your own way.
First attempt using post-its: everyone jots down ideas and sticks them to a board.
One person scribes the whole brain storm while poeple fire off ideas no matter how ridiculous.
For our Change by Design unite I was required to read the book; The Tipping point by Malcom Gladwell, I realise this book was an attempt to broaden our horizons as designers and to convey how a small idea can branch out and influence the world however, the book itself I found rather dull. Yes, it was full of interesting fact, some of which I have already began to tell my friends, but I found the writing style flat at times. The point of the book was evident and clear and served it’s purpose well as an example to use when mind mapping. After a while I found myself going round in circles rather than branching out to new points.
The mind mapping excercise was a success as I can now easily recall areas of the book I couldn’t after finishing it, this might have something to do with not enjoying it as much as other social science books such as Stanley Cohen’s: Folk devils and moral panics: the creation of the Mods and Rockers.
The opening chapters of the book started on a high note and I slowly felt the tipping point of my lack of interest. The topic itself should have been exciting and held my attention all in all I gave it a 7/10.
For our assignment we were asked to create a mind map focussing on different elements of the book we could remember, we were to show this via the new mind mapping techniques we had learned in Friday’s workshop.
Then we were asked to create a second going into further detail, at this I felt rather laboured as I had already lost myself in a lot of detail in the first attempt and felt I was repeating myself. I do think I have analysed the key points ‘Law of the Few’.
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Over the weekend I was still piled under my own research looking for different avenues to take our project brief: ‘Natural Pattern’. A particular plant took my interest however it was difficult to sketch without losing the main delicacy and information. The blossom reminded me or brain stems or nerves, this made me think of memories and connections made in the brain.
Re-Put something back together
This was also difficult to document; from there I was led to the cardio vascular system in human anatomy. As I had already been interested in structure it seemed to fitting to look at the structure of the spine.
Monday 19th September we went to Kelvingrove to further our investigation in a hope to find some source of enlightenment. After sketching as many skeletal structures I could find I was lead to horned animal skulls mounted on the wall; this automatically rang bells. Alexander McQueen! The guru of combining the natural world and fashion, his collection Savage beauty displayed several horned shoulders and tribal/nature inspired designs.
Struggling for things to be interested in I was lead upstairs to look at butterfly cases, this seemed like an obvious choice for natural pattern and colour but it was a good opportunity for delicate sketches/paintings. Throughout these sketches and looking further into the detail of the wings I saw similarities between the shape of the wings and the pelvis of a human skeleton.
As a different way of showing the complexity of the structures I adopted a quilling technique to create interesting line within the shape.
Quilling was fun but horribly time-consuming,
Following our trip to Edinburgh botanic gardens I began on a rampage of research to find a theme relating to what I had discovered in the undergrowth. The majority of sketches I had produced throughout the day were heavily inspired by structure; paying attention to the different stems which shed their primary leaves in comparison with consistent regenerating leaves or nodes. From these sketches I experimented and developed the image with various drawing techniques, focussing on bleeding colour/paint and drawing in the detail with a fine liner.
Investigation of wood grain.
During the trip I also took an interest in the weathered and understated plants, one particular leaf beckoned me to recreate or draw-with-fabric. Not as a developed sample, just thinking of ways to transpose the image into a textile design.
These samples are taken from the image at the top of the page, the first sample is also achieved using water soluable fabric, the second sample is loose knitted detail stitched on the back of a structured piece of scrap fabric then both dyed.
Despite not wanting to use a floral theme, I decided to broaden my foundation of research by including some small investigations and also a small fabric sample.
Painted fabric on wadding with stitched in detail to show folds and texture.