Reflective journal

Week 10

Monday 11th November

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PDP

We began the day by drawing texture, we pasted concealed objects round the table, and then we drew what we felt. Then we made a 12 x 12 cm model box, in which we had to create a set or instillation inspired by the textures. I chose a bag of jelly beans. When the tutor first explained the task I thought it would be very hard, but when I began designing my set, I found I had lots of ideas about how to represent the texture of the jelly bean packet.

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The small bits of rolled tissue paper create a 'sea', representing how the feeling when I first felt the jelly bean packet, I though there was a liquid inside. If I had more time and materials, I would of created the balls out of clay or some kind of mouldable material. I would of also made more of them to be more sea-like, which would of also creates a dramatic and interesting set, for people to walk and clamber over. The sheets of laminated paper hanging from the ceiling poles, is to represent the sharp plastic edges of the packaging, I created 3 slides as a link to set designs which often have layers or screens that can be changed. This also creates different dimensions, making it an interesting space to walk through. I really enjoyed this task, the model making was my favourite part, of PDP, when we were doing the diagnostics part of the course at the beginning, so it was really enjoyable to be able to send more time on the designing of my set, considering what it would look like life size, and how people would interact with it. It was also interesting to think about how to explain a texture through 3D design, which is something i have never done before.

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We tested 2 different scales for our models, but when making the model i had envisioned it being a fairly vast space, the second model figure was too big

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Text box

Other peoples work, it was interesting to see how different people responded to different textures.

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Similar to the previous task, today I created a model box, inspired by the texture of an area. We had to find an area and then zoom in then create a model of costume inspired by it. I chose my washing machine, I found it had a very atmospheric feeling that would translate nicely to create an interesting and dramatic set.

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This is my final model, the curve is to reflect the curve of the washer, it is made out of metallic silver card. The scrunched up tissue paper is to create an atmospheric, enclosed feeling for the audience, similar to being inside the washer. It also could link to clothing. The composition is such that there are two curves inside a box, introducing movement as it creates a fluid motion round the box, which could represent the spinning action of a washing machine. In my original designs instead of tissue paper I was going to use wadding fabric, but I like the contrast between the angular lines of the crunched tissue paper with the smooth fluid curve of the metallic sheet.

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After creating my model, I thought about it in context to a real instillation/set. I thought about how people would enter, so I created a wall for the front, enclosing it like the enclosed washing machine, them i added a small circle hole, like the circular door of the washer. I also enjoyed the playful childish element it introduced as the audience would have to climb into the instillation. At the end I added a ladder on the back wall of the room, to illustrate how people would interact with the space, they can walk under the curve, and go up the ladder to the top the curve, then they can go down it.

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