I think writing my own brief is a good guide and starting point for my project. It actually helps me to make a conclusion of where is my concept come from and the ideas I explore from different references. And the proposal helps me to make a good plan of the further steps of this project, which help my time management more orderly. And the proposal also can let others be clear about what I want to do, which is good for the tutor learning about my project.
In this project, I found different research references that help me to explore ideas of hair braiding, then I have done a various of sketches and colleges to reflect ideas on the body, which can be developed into jewellery pieces. What is more, I have explored quite a lot of materials for testing with different experiments and figure out what materials are good for making braiding texture. And I also did some technical research of braiding, which are really helpful for finish 3D experiment process of this project.
I explore quite a lots ideas of hair braiding and relationship, which help me find the shape of jewellery design. Then I have done different experiments with braiding technique for testing different materials for figure out the suitable materials for final work.
The materials choice is the most important decision of the project, the material make an influence on my 3D making process. And the material should be suitable for the technique I use on my work. What is more, good choice of materials can also help to reflect the concept stronger.
According to the references I found, I will do a lot of sketches as well as some collages to explore the ideas of design. Then do experiments with different materials with different technique to find out the most suitable plan for the outcome and develop the experiments with the suitable materials.
I have done different technical research for the experiments and I think they are really important for me to develop my technique for the outcome. And the reflection helps me to analyze how different materials affect the experiments to choose the most suitable one.
My final outcome is a jewellery piece wearing on two body. It reflects the close relationship with the jewellery linking together when they interact with each other. People will want to wear it when they are close and love each other.
Before I make the final outcome, I make the model with cable materials and technique of braiding. But I think the cable is more suitable for making huge sculpture than jewellery. After I finished this model, I think the shape that create by cable is quite interesting but not exquisite enough. So I decided to consider other materials.
For the final outcome, I choose to use rubber as a part of my jewellery design, with is the point of braiding idea. It is really soft and quite flexible for me to make the braiding texture by weaving. And for creating the whole shape, I choose plaster bandage and wire net, making braiding texture by plaster bandage.
I have not used InDesign before. When I made the interim poster, I try to consider the images that can help audience to understand my idea and concept of this project and make the poster look clear. Now, I am finishing my final poster, but this time, we are given the poster template. And we are asked to write 60 words text this time, and we should consider more about how to write the words clearly to show them to others.
I focused on doing research in the first week, then I started to draw sketches to explore ideas of the design based on the research reference and the inspiration of this project. After that, I spent quite a lot of time on finishing different experiments for developing the outcome, finding materials and explore technique. And then I used a whole week time for my final outcome.
I was quite suck on the concept idea of this project at first. I actually decided to present the idea of braiding relationship based on the culture. But then the tutor said that this might be sensitive because of other culture. So I design to be more focus on the action and technique of braiding hair. But I have to make the concept stronger, it is easy for me to mainly focus on the technique instead of the concept. Then I try to explore the relationship between people.
I think I have learnt different interesting techniques and I used them in my work quite successfully. And I also learnt to explore materials and analyze them, which I think it is quite important for jewellery design.
I know about that do research from different direction can help my project concept rich and really inspire me for different ideas. And I have learnt different technique that can be used in one idea and come out different outcome.
In this project, I have done different experiment in the workshops, which help me a lot for improving the skills of making, which is one of the most important parts that I should improve it in my further BA study. And I found the way to explore ideas through different directions of research, like primary research, materials research, technical research and so on. I think it is important to learn about doing dependent research for the BA course.
When the plaster was totally dried out, The braiding texture was shown but they look actually quite rough and the surface is not smooth at all. I started to consider how to cover color and look smoother. I used plaster, PVA glue and acrylic paint, then mixed them together and painted on the jewellery really quickly. But after painting the colour, I found that some of the braiding texture was disappeared because the thick layer of plaster. So I used some tool to crave it in order they can be stood out clearly. And I want some metallic colour effect too, so I have a little golden spray paint on top of it. And for the shinning and smooth effect, I paint the PVA glue for the last layer.
I started to experiment for my final outcome. I think the rubber material will have a great weaving effect. So I decided to use them as part of my final materials. I then followed the steps of the video How to tie the basic knots of Macramé. I have tried different types of rubber in order to find out the most suitable one. Some of them are hard to weave because they are too thick and not soft enough. I decided to choose the brown softest one. It is actually really easy for me to make weaving, it soft and have suitable thickness. They help me to finish some successful weaving, they look quite nice and the texture is regular and interesting. Then I try to make the basic shape of the bracelet by wire net. And I consider how the materials that can create braiding texture and look more stable. Then remind me of plaster bandage and carve. They can exactly place on the net and easy to use.
(Afro fake hair/Cable/woolen yarn/rubber/vina mold/wir/plaster)
These are the materials I have explored and use for my experiments. For making choices of materials for final outcome, I do different experiment with different materials. After testing with these materials, I come out with different conclusions of these materials. Some of these materials are quite soft like woolen yarn, and rubber is also quite soft but flexible, they are good for creating weaving textures. But I think rubber can be much easier to stand out the braiding textures. And the cable is also good to braid and stable because of the electric wire inside, but it is thicker and not good to make the detailed braiding textures. And the fake hair already have the good texture itself but the point is I want to create the braiding textures on my own. And I really like the vina mold because it is really easy to make textures and also can be develop into different materials like plaster. Overall, I think rubber is the best material for being one part of my final outcome.
To explore the idea of relationship, I try to use masking tape to link two people together and they are friends. When I gather them together, some behaviors of friendship just come out of my mind, such as holding hands together, saying hi with each other, standing back to back. When I asked them to do these actions, they look happy and didn't feel embarrassed at all. Then I try to link then together with masking tape, like linking neck to wrist, wrist to wrist, wrist to shoulder. They look much more closer after linking with masking tape. And you can see they have connection when they interact with each other. So the relationship is created through the close interaction, and this inspire me the idea of making jewellery that can link with two people.
Create relationship with hands
I try to do some colleges to get ideas of linking people. I try to use also to make printing with the fake hair materials and the texture come out with different colours, which looks quite nice on top of human hands of the images. And I also use fine liner to draw on it. The gesture of human hands just remind me of the form of braiding hair flowing around their hands. The hands are linking together and have a strong relationship with the braiding hair.
Today I need to make a hanger to finish my weaving work. I went to the wood workshop, after measuring, I cut off different size of woods to make the hanger. What I need is the upper part of wood which for weaving can be move out. So I make hollow area of two woods which are for supporting the upper wood. It look really successful after finishing and can be really stable for hanging things. And I think it can help me to finish my further weaving works.
August 15 contextual practice
Today we are asked to make action plan of assessment criteria. Thinking of what should we do and what are we lacking of. So far, I have done different research references like culture, technical research and some artist research for exploring ideas. And I also have done some experiments with different materials. I have tried plaster, vina mold, which is the first experiment I done in this project. But then I think plaster is too easy to be broken, so I turn to some soft materials, like woolen yarn. The technical research I done help me so much for making experiments with the materials. So far, I think I have quite a lot technical references, but I still have to explore more other materials for the best effect for my outcome. And for the concept idea, I want to explore the close relationship between people, and think about how to make jewellery that link with two people. This is also the action I plan to do for the next step.
And we also did the text analysis workshop. We are asked to read each other text and make notes for each other. One of my group mate said my text explores the community and culture around hair care and styling, specifically braiding. And he also mentioned a video of people linking their hair for 17 hours, which produced by artist Marina Abromovic. It is so interesting to share the text relate this project. I get so many inspiration during this workshop.
Today at first, I want to go to the stitch workshop to do some weaving with the hair material I bought before. But I found that the weaving machine was broken so I went to the casting workshop. I want to use the braiding technique to make textures of braiding hair in different kinds of material. So at first O make the braiding by clay, but I found that the shape of the clay is easy to be broken because it is too heavy but quite soft. So I tried to use red vina mold to cover them in order to make a mold so that I can place other material in the mold to create texture. The vina mold is really paddy like jelly. I cut them into small cubes so that I can put them into the microwave to heat them into liquid form. Then I can pour into the box and cover the clay. After it was concreted again I move out of the clay inside and I can see the interesting textures in the vina mold. And I can feel the exactly texture of braiding hair when I tough the mold, which like paste and soft. Then I try to place plaster inside, then it come out the perfectly shape of braiding hair and the texture look quite nice. Although the experiment is successful, I think plaster is quite easy to break up, and it look like a piece of sculpture. And you can feel the sense of weight when you hold it in your hand. So for the net time, I just want to try some soft materials and hope to come out different nice effect.
Today, I went to the metal workshop to do the other experiment for the next test of materials. I try some cable this time after I inspired by the work of cables in the design museum exhibition. I found that the cables can be easy to bent because it is quite soft. And I can also combine three stripes of them to make the braiding. And I also want them be crossed and have the 3D structure to look exaggerate, I used wire to get through of them so that they can be really stable and can be stood in different shape. But if some parts of braiding are quite tight, the wire will be quite hard to get through of them. So I try to make it looser so that the wire can be got through easily. And I also try to use electric drill to twisting wire to create different braiding texture, they look tough and stable, but really hard to band and change the shape.
Today after I borrowing other weaving loom, I started to do some weaving work with yarns and the fake hair I bought from the work shop. I want to present more texture of braiding hair, so I just found different types of woolen yarn, observing the difference of these yarn(colors, textures, thickness). When it was finished it come out different textures combine together. And what interesting is the weaving loom help me to present the differences in different levels really clearly and I can easy to change the yarn to create different texture with the weaving loom too. I think it can also easy to become 3D form with another tough material inside. For this experiment, I make two different weaving works in order to present the relationship of two people, with hair braiding to connect them together. The materials are really soft and easy to make the texture effect in this experiment and easy to come out with different colors.
3D Making tutorial
August 1---Contextual pratice
Today I summit my final proposal draft. And the tutor point out some of the problem during tutorial. The main problem of my proposal draft is the bibliography, he said that I need to change the format into Harvard style. So then I found the reference on the Harvard website and change them into correct format. I found my bibliography look more clear after I refer to the Harvard style.
Today I went to the design museum. It is so interesting to see the industrial design from history to modern time. And you can see the inventions are being improved though there are the same items There are different in different periods. And what amaze me is those inventions are all for human being. Designer improve those designs in order to live them a better life. As the time changes, people will follow different functions they need. So the functions of the inventions will be changed really fast as the time goes. And I think it is really interesting that those inventions are link to human being, which inspire me many ideas of industrial design.
Today I bring my proposal draft for the register and have tutorial with tutor, he have a look of my proposal draft and point out some problems of my draft. The tutor asked me to check the Harvard reference on the citethem right website for my bibliography , which I have not used the correct form. And I also talk about some ideas of this project with the tutor. He said the "Hanging Hair" reference is really amazed him and suggest that I should make drawings based on this reference for the first action. And I decided to check the Harvard reference on the citethem right website first. And then I try to do some sketches of different ideas in 3D form.
Today for doing the primary research , I went to the Afro-Caribbean hair shops. When I came into the shop, the braiding hair products are hanged everywhere in the shop. The shop is full of hair,which looks dazzling and interesting, and when I walk around the shop, it is interesting for me to pick up the hair I like. And I also like the sense of touching the hair, the straight hair are really soft, and the braiding hair have really different sense of feeling. They are tough and you can feel the interesting texture. I decided to buy some for material research and try to figure some braiding techniques.
Today in the morning, I went to the V&A museum, I get inspired by different ideas of the artist work from different field. I found that some of the design can be relate to my theme "hair art" this project, So I try to focus on the material choices of the artist and also the effect and the form that the works come out. The images below is the artist Younes Rahmoun, his work reflects his religious beliefs. His work Hat-light, which is 77 knitted hats each with light in a dark place. It is really attract me because I really like the way that he use light to reflect the texture of knitting, and they show different colour.
In the afternoon, I went to to CSM library to find more references for the theme and explore more ideas and inspiration. I found an interesting Chinese acrobatics called Hanging hair. It show that the performing people tight all their hair up and hanging on the the ceiling. It is so amaze that the human can be hanged up just by the hair. This idea is so interest me so I decided to use this as the first reference idea of my work on the body.
Today, I selected one of the themes, which is Hair"ART". I select this theme because I think it is easy for me to explore a lot of ideas. And there are also many directions for me to do the research as well as experiments. So I started to research online to get inspired and find some references that I possible to explore further in this project. I found an interesting historical research-----the 19 Century African hair braiding. The African braid all their hair together in different individual way, which just like their beautiful proportion, and it remind me they are braiding their friendship. So it come out my concept,which is braiding relationship. And I set up a plan that I want to explore more ideas about hair and relationship for this project.
Today we started the new project, which is the final major project. With my three themes, I have the first tutorial for this project. The first one is acrobatics performance jewellery. I think it will be interesting when I link jewellery to the high difficulty reaction by human body. And the second one is hair art jewellery. I was inspired by the African hairstyle in the 19 century. The third on is chemistry reaction.