In this contextual session, we discussed the ideology of utopianism/dystopian and how design can be influenced by this ideology. utopian can be described and compared to many places or mindsets such as dreamland or heaven. While dystopian can be described as an unwanted world or hell. These terms can be included in arts and modern days design such as Elon musk invention. All of this ideology can be in the form of illustration such as a cartoon shows "Rick's and Morty's". This session helps understand how design can be influenced by different's factors.
- dreamland - Hell
- heaven - Unwanted world
- futuristic - war
- Oasis - modern-day
Finishing up the casting of my final design by scraping and tidy up, this is the final process before firing. I created different types of vessels to contrast with my main pieces which are a tea jug.
simplicity and traditional
Extra materials that will be included after firing:
Keep it simple and bring out the concept that can be seen through the pieces.
Try dig into more researches and explore different designs.
In today's session, we started and explored slip-casting on different mold. We play around with different mold and develop our understanding of slip casting. Some of the molds needed more time to dry out due to their shape and texture, having a chance to play around really help us to create an estimation of time needed on different mold.
We had a brief on our vessel project, where we were assigned an item/object and solve how we going to contain, slice, pour, and etc. The item I received for this project is loose tea. The brief also explains how we could include extra materials that are listed in the brief. There is a tutorial on slip casting in the morning and research activities in the afternoon as we prepare to use the workshop at kingcross on Tuesday.
Continued from last week's progress, I started to develop my sketch model by re-design the lay-able part of the chair, where I wanted to show how this chair represents the word "movement". After exploring different ideas, the finalized with the design that is inspired by REG BUTLER sculpture "girl on the round base" where the sculpture show movement in human body position.
Tips from the tutor's:
- Use references from primary research
- explore how human body move
- Try to play around with sketch model's
Although with limited usage of workshops, I was able to make a sketch model out of metal. Later I used paper to create a structure beneath the metal model, which add and create dimension into the chair. This sketch model is inspired by the human body position and compatibility of this product. The structure also created flow/wave-like forms, which represent the word "movement".
Using our quick sketches from the previous class, I started to develop the design and created a sketch model with cheap materials; papers. We also explore range of materials that can be used in this project. With the tutor’s comment, I was able to select 2 designs that can be developed in the workshops.
needed to complete and developed:
- range of materials
- explored on different design
- more research on an artist
This project's purpose is to design some tools for a client/partner which is based on their hobbies, activities, behaviors, and etc. This project helps us focus on the struggle that the client faces and how we can consider the issues that may prove interesting to explore through design.
My partner for this project is Mingyan Ji, and after we had a discussion this is the struggle she faces:
- Lunch box
- water bottle
- personal space
- accommodation limited space
This is the first session in making the final design that was designed throughout the weekend. The concept I came up with is simplicity and traditional. In my perspective, loose tea represents the cultural aspect of people who drinks it. There's different influence on drinking teas in a different part of the world. Asian drink traditional teas to calm and improve their internal health, European drinks tea as part of their culture, and etc. My design will focus on extra materials that I'll be using which is wood. This will keep my design simple and represent the culture of drinking tea's.
Today is our first session in the ceramics workshop, where we divided into 2 groups for the morning and afternoon sessions. We were introduced to mold making and basics into ceramics. During our afternoon sessions is where we developed our design and researches.
- mark a ceme line on the vessel's
- build a block of clays around the vessel's
- surround the clay with woodblocks and secure it with bands
- pour in the mold and wait for it to dry
- remove the blocks and clean the other side with wet soap
- coated 3 layers of wet soap
- repeat the blocking and pouring process
My work on this project is a chair that represents the human body movement, where there's two-seat, one which is a lay-able seat. The design is meant to create flow and support human body position such as sitting and lying down.
Crit today allows me to see other design that expands my perspective on how a concept can be represented by product and ideas. This project actually gain my interest in product design, to explore deeper into this course. Listening to our peers feedback on our work helps me to develop what I lack and need in PDC.
I choose metal to create this chair because simplicity can bring out the flow design of this chair and doesn't distract the design itself. The workshop session was a success as I'm able to create a movement similar to the design. But the struggle in this project is a limited time in the workshop.
After progressed tutorial passed, I have been diagnosed into the PDC pathways which will involve specialist projects. The first project is called “Movement”, where the based for this project is to explore various types of movement and create a design of a chair based on research and concept. Just like part 1, we brought in research and did a quick sketch of ideas.