Sharing research ideas – feedback session and continuation of work.

Firstly I get feedback from my classmates – in pairs and then as a presentation in a group of six (although we were presenting the project of our partner, not ours).

Feedback from my partner and my group:

The project is interesting, because it relates to a personal topic. I was told to continue with the idea but not to stay in medival times for whole duration of it, as this would be boring if produced as an armour. I agree with this and it is also what I want to do, to push it somewhere else. I do not want to make an armour but use it’s structure or shapes that would give the feeling of protection.

In order to achieve this shapes I will need to work more in my sketchbook. I have some samples and manipulations already, but I should have more. I need to focus on sketchbook and making more than I did.

The competition of pair that has best project was not won by me, so I was researching for my friend from the course as a helper.

Feedback from my tutor:

-       To the project brief: add artists and/or designers that inspired the project most.

-       Mention more the actual concept than the journey before it – pollution of the air, armour and protection

-       Think about modern techniques based on old yarn manipulations (this also links to the idea of technology as a set of rules that I was reading about at the very beginning).

-       The concept is interesting but I need to push it somewhere else from the idea of armour. The Arts and Crafts movement that I wanted to research is a nice reference but I should use it only as a reference not as a final way of going with it.

-       I have done enough of research to start sketchbook work. I should start making as soon as possible so preferably have some primar samples now, next to the collages.

-       I should carry on research but work more in the sketchbook now.

-       I could look at crocodile stitch (although this one is difficult, so I should be prepared for few failures at the beginning) and sprang (an ancient method of making net which connects to the green net I was using).

-       Idea of showing the age of techniques – making things look older or have a kind of rusty effect. (it seems intriguing especially for mark making, so maybe I will use this idea just as mark making reference, I do not know now, I will have to try it out).

-       Check the technique of Sprang - oldest known technique of making fabric.

Reflective questions that I was asked by my partner today:

Where you see yourself taking your research next?

I see myself looking at Arts and Crafts movement and the ideology of craftsmanship as a way to reduce pollution and give another trajectory to the speed fashion. ( That was before I was told to research more about the general idea of protection than the actual idea of Arts and Crafts, so now I think I could look for more technological information about protection against air pollution any anything that I will find that is connected with it).

What are your main sources of primary and secondary research?

Main source is my home town – Cracow in terms of the air pollution, place where my grandfather had his resale shop and glass house, as well as in the meaning of craft and mass production. Secondary research is mmostly books and online resources such as tutorials on techniques or specific images that are not available in books.

How will you begin to develop your research into making?

Making samples in response to the mark making ideas and then turning them into on the body manipulations. It is always quite hard for me to move from the stage of just free experimentation onto the work on the body, especially when samples are quite textural and rich in details that are not easy to reproduce. Last time I found it effective to do a “sample of all samples” so do a kind of skelethon of a sample and try it on the body. Also doing pictures of a person that holds the sample above in a distance so that it is well visible and looks bigger is an effective way of enlarging samples without the actual need of making them.

I am sure I do not want to make a piece which would resemble armour at the first glimpse, rather something that would have certain shapes or qualities that would remind me of armour. At this stage I can not really tell what that would be because it is a matter of experimentation that is to be done.

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