I then decided to embellish the leather sting lacing some more by add strings of plant leaves, in order to add a bit more structure.
I still am deciding whether this is too much for the embellishment, or whether it just enough?
Today, I deconstructed the overall piece as I wanted to see other alternate ways on how I can embellish this twig.
I started to look at leather, and string. As leather is a durable and strong material this was the main reason why I interested in this material.
I started to attach them on today.
Today, I put the weaved structure on the body and realised that it 'hides' the face too much, so I decided to remove it and thought it looked much more effective.
Today, I experimented with embellishing this structure and seeing if it would look like more of a structure with the use of more natural materials; i.e. leaves. I know i've used this material in the past but I wanted to see if I could extend the use of it a bit more, and experiment more with it.
Today, I experimented with the attachments/ and placing of the different twigs.
I altered the placement of the main base to see whether the structure of it worked visually as a house structure?
Overall, I think I was relativity successful of building it towards the fitting of the shoulders.
Today, I altered the structure around the body, and experimented with different positions.
I then tried to embellish the wooden structure, with palm leaves in order to connect my mums side as well. As I was ashamed of my other background when I was younger. I like this attempt of embellishment as it adds more life to it?
Today, I went on another walk to scavenge for more material due to all the hardware shops being closed. I found a really interesting piece of wood. I found it interesting because, the bark pulled straight off, like a casting. Maybe this will inspire me later on in the making process?
Today, I went on a walk today to find more inspiration on my material choice, I picked up specific wood pieces that interested me.
I finally arrived back at home. Today, I've been experimenting with the attachment of the branches. I was planning to use the nail gun in the wood workshop back in London, but since I'm back home now I have to alter the way that the wood is connected.
Today I experimented with string, although the holding is not that strong it works as an alternative. I looked at videos of types of ways of knotting/securing two objects together.
Lately, I have been finding it really difficult, as the past few days I have been busy moving out of London. But, soon as I get back home I will continue this project.
I have been planning to stick with the material of my branches as this source of material is the most reliable during these particular circumstances.
Today, I tried to accomplish and finish all the branches I collected. I found it difficult due to the time restrictions of the school closing down, but i managed to finish it in time.
I also had a discussion with Nicola. We had a discussion about the choice of material, as she was telling me how branches have a meaning towards nature, not housing structure. This made me wonder whether, I should cary on with the branches from different locations?
Today, I discovered that carving the sticks was very time consuming... however I managed to complete 12 branches.
I found the sanding with the electric manage somewhat challenging due to myself not being so strong.
Today we found out that the coronavirus might affect our studies, as there is a potential that schools might shut down in order to slow down the spread of the virus.
So, today and tomorrow I plan to finish sanding the wood branches I collected.
This whole uncertainty of everything is making me feel anxious towards what my final outcome will be but I plan to persevere through this and create an outcome that I am proud of.
Today, I collected sticks and branches around London.
I then took them to the wood workshop and carved the bark off and sanded till smooth.
Today, I went to b&q just to look at the birch wood, that is pre cut. I liked the edges but wanted to experiment with something with m0re 'life'.
I plan to collect wood pieces from my home back in Warwickshire and pieces from London; some how interlink?
I went to the wood work shop when I was at archway. I played around with the structure of a house, i.e. I focused on the roof of the house.
Today, I was brainstorming on materials. Although I liked the structures lines of the wood from the workshop, I thought it would be more interesting to get a personalised/ deeper meaning material. Today I started to think about, fallen wood twigs/branches from locations that mean a lot to me.
Today, I started exploring the structures I made in the wood workshop on the body. I experimented the positioning of the body. Although, I thought the positioning of the objects looked relatively effective on the body I did struggle with finding ways on securing the structures to the body? Am I making the process of the building too ambitious, is it too big? I am setting my goals outside my comfort zone as I am used to making pieces in the smaller scale.
Today I went to the workshop and explored with the materialisation of wood and filler. I liked the organic look of the wood, as wood protects us and acts as out shelter. However, I thought would it be too simple? Should I think of another material like concrete?
The only thing that I would be worried about is that I have never really worked with wood before within my previous projects. Is it too much of a risk to work with a material I have never really tried out before?
Today, I further developed the idea of house frames, as moving around different places made me feel a lack of belonging, however my home made me feel safe. The house frame acts as a sense of permanency and foundation.
Today, we altered the three objects we made and put it on the body. I found this interesting as changing the positioning of the piece makes a complete difference. My favourite piece was the wooden one, as many people said it portrayed the word permanently very well.
Today was a making day. We started the day off by choosing three words that best describe our project. I chose the words; united, permanent, and community. We then had to draw 5 outcomes for each word that best visually portrayed these words. The next step we had to do was chose the drawing we thought was most effective, then following making the drawings.
I got criticism on my tea 3d outcomes. as I got rated a 2/5. I do somewhat understand why they rated this score for me... I will learn and adapt from this.
Today, we just carried on with our research. I wanted to find ways people adapted social isolations into having a sense of belonging. I started brainstorming; I wanted to look at how society altered their surroundings to feel welcomed.
Through; music, news, communities, tv shows/ movies, tabloids, parades, etc....
The day started off with hot seats; I found this relatively useful as my peers gave me relevant ideas and subjects to research.
Today, we also had to expand the basis of our research. I discovered that my original title was too long/very vague. I had a discussion with Nicola, and she helped me narrow the basis of my initial title. My original title was; fragility, exposure, and destructibility, but now have decided to do it on a sense of belonging. We decided to change it as it would become a more personal project to me.
Section 1: Project Review
6-8 Sentences (150 words)
What have you learnt?
- The use of Resin; Transparency for colour?
- Metal; Spot welding, soldiering to achieve structure. Large pieces, interaction between form the body / 3D
- Handmade craft
- Metal- Soldering, with fine metal- very difficult to go large with soldiering- delicate and intracity
What motivates you?
- Contemporary, Emotional and Intellectual depth
- Kerriane Quick: Alters the meaning between the source of the material and its final state
- Narrative - Poetic
- Story Telling
- Identity / Self expression
This all comes through research and enquiry.
In the future.... (two sentences)....
- Contacting stylists, with regard putting your work where?
- Exhibition, story between 2D and 3D objects; where is this happening? What are your aspirations in life?
- In the future I want to be a London based jeweller; within fashion and music.
- Exposure on social media, high end publications
TWO PROJECT PROPOSALS:
Fragility, Exposure, and Destructibility:
In life we are often exposed to many situations that make us feel fragile. It can be a destructive manner towards our overall wellbeing. Since mankind began humanity has constantly been oppressing our companions. From the long journey of racial discrimination towards the coloured, to the oppression of women. Overcoming the anxiety, fragility and vulnerability that comes from racism. The multiculturalist and antiracist initiate in education emerged in the 1980s. This intervention was very much needed. However, there is a question of culture? Racism and sexism causes negative socialisation. But how How do we organise our perceptions of the world? Questions have been centred around the function of visual conventions.
In this project you should find ways, to display the emotions of fragility, exposure, and destructibility and how they are overcome. The design proposal and final outcome should be a personal response to a type social segregation, or imbalance in humanity. It must communicate your personal response towards this social inequality. Consider how you could connect your response to a piece made for the body.
Home? / TTC? :
Growing up I never really felt like I belong anywhere. As my mum was from the Philippines and my dad was from England. Nowhere really felt like my true home, as moving around made me feel unsettled.