Reflective journal

week 3

22nd September

This week we began 3DDA, starting with architecture and spacial design. We began the task by being split up into groups, then creating large 3D structures from bamboo and cable tires. This was inspired by geometric shapes in architecture that we had looked at earlier on. When we had created our structures, we had to then join them to another groups structure, which created an even more abstract geometric form, this was tricky to do as the structure had to be altered so that it didn't collapse. It was also difficult to work in such a big group, as everybody had an opinion about how to change the structure. However eventually we succeeded and I though the end structure was a successful and  interesting design. We then had to draw the structure from different angles, after this we were asked to draw the structure as a building, so giving it the context of people using it or walking by, and buildings near it, we could also incorporate collage into our sketches. Overall I enjoyed the day, particularly as it was our first day of rotation, and our first day of doing proper work. In the end, we were encouraged to walk around to see other peoples work, this is found thoroughly interesting, to see how different people responded to the same brief, and how everybody had such a different interpretation of their structure and how they visualised it as a building.

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23rd September

Day 2 of 3DDA. Today we looked at furniture design, more specifically, CHAIRS.
We listened to a presentation about the different chairs through history, then particularly at the Robert Day chair. From which we had to change it, creating our own design of a chair. We were given a task to think of 15 designs in 15 minutes, unlike the 30 ideas in 30 minutes task we did at the beginning of the course I found this one very productive, as i had a more casual and impulsive attitude, where I just quickly sketched out different chair designs, i found it an easier task, as i am more of a visual person, so i just drew different chair designs that looked nice, whereas in the earlier task you had to also be thinking about the ideas behind the work and if you were incorporating all the categories. I enjoyed the task as it taught me to be less precious about my ideas. Later on, we took a normal classroom chair and had to create our chosen design from the skeleton of the everyday chair. This part of the task was fun, as i was able to see my idea come to life, and then be able to change and alter it so it looked better, i also enjoyed thinking about the reality of the structure and the support it needed, i had to alter my original design around the materials we had, but i was happy with my final product.

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25th September

Today we looked at jewellery design. I was not looking forward to this as I didn't think i would enjoy designing jewellery. However after the presentation showed all the different types of jewellery, there were ideas that I would of never have thought of, this made me excited to think about different approaches to jewellery, that weren't everyday jewellery that we are use to. We had to design different pieces and then make them out of limited materials. I thoroughly enjoyed making the pieces, and largely made up ideas as i went along, mainly using wire. I found the actual making of my designs much easier than designing, as you can change it to see what looks good on the actual body. I chose to focus on the material wire, which further allowed me to change and mould my design to fit the body, the nature of the flexible material allowed me to be more free during the process of making, so I made many more pieces than i designed, just through the process of making.

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