I felt like I did a good amount of research and work for the Initial Ideas. It made me reflect on how vital research is to help you develop an idea and to present wok to a high standard.

It was interesting to see how people had done different amounts of research and styles. I felt the research I did was the foundation of further developing my idea. It was fun to watch other people showing their presentations there was a wide range of ideas from looking at emotions and creating a mask, having smelly inflatable rubbish, a maze formed of shadows, frozen fruit, jewellery made from ice, wigs with embroidered pictures to a platform that looked like a mirror but you could put your hand in. I found some aspects of the ideas interesting, the most interesting I found was the hair idea, I suggested that you could also do it on real hair and fit it in as some people may not want to wear wigs. Overall none of the ideas really excited me, some I didn't understand, maybe because they weren't explained very well or I didn't like the idea or the final outcome. Some ideas I felt were better than the others like the inflatable rubbish had interesting aspects and I liked the style of the picture that he drew for his presentation. It has been a good experience as I haven't had to come up with a developed idea so soon but have been able to work up to one over a couple of months. From the presentation it reiterated the importance of having visual imagery to enhance the work. I was on the panel for a while and had to give my ideas, on the ones that were presented during this time I didn't like the ideas, as some of them didn't seem to be fully thought out or have a critical approach. For the initial ideas we could have pictures, information and we needed to show that we had really analysed over the idea. Although the ideas were interesting I felt that they should have more of critical analysis and that they should have more of a message behind them, as some people were like: 'this is what I'm doing to do' but without explaining why they were doing it. Some concepts were not fully explained. For example a girl made a necklace out of ice without explaining fully why she was making a necklace out of ice. For me I am interesting in work that has a message behind them. Some concepts say 'this is the concept' without saying what the resolution is or how to overcome it. I like concepts that are well thought over and complex that makes you think about it and be evaluative and question the designers intentions and the intentions of the enviroment and aspects of the world that reoccur around the body. During the day as a group we went to the exhibition that is held in CSM, it was interesting to see what the students of CSM had made and also to read about there concepts as when you go into a gallery you find out a little bit of information but then it doesn't go into detail whereas it did at CSM. The exhibition was called expanded boundaries which states 'design too often tends to circle around itself playing out an internalised set of concerns, often to known audiences. Expanded Boundaries suggests a broader and actively outward engagement in which the methods of design are taken into other areas- not as subservient modes of communication- but as catalysts and vehicles for new collaborative ways of thinking and acting. Once design escapes its self- defined boundaries, it find new potential. The work was interesting to see, but a lot of it I had to ask, was it good or interesting enough to remember, as artists we look at so many different galleries and works of art, were not going to remember it all, I feel people need to find a way to make themselves and theyre style stand out and be different from all the other artists- to be rememerable. The only artists work that really stood out to me was by Gigi Barker who did MA Design: Ceramics, Furniture or Jewellery 2014. Her piece was called 'A body of Skin' - A body of skin explores the intricate subtleties and varieties of the skin surface and the volumes of the flesh. The chair is recognisably a body but it is not a literal boday. The dress unfolds in what seems a swathe of voluminous skin. These volumes speak to an owner but we cannot locate the body parts nor name the elements. In order to sit on a chair, physical contact must be made with it's skin and in so doing a connection is formed. This connection questions the relationship and level of comfort we have in our skins and with another. Silicone is the base material in all pieces, its visceral quality instantly evocative of skin. Impregnated with scent and infused with pheromones the silicone challenges the boundaries of the objects relationship to the user. - materials: silicone, scent, pheromones.  

I really liked her concept as well as the art she made, both were aesthetically pleasing. When you look at someones work you can like what it looks like but not the concept or the otherway around, whereas with her work I liked both the concept and her outcome. I liked the seat as they looked weird and quirky, they stood out from the rest of room, however I didn't like the dress as I felt it made the whole piece look more ordinary, as when you are confronted with these objects at first you have no idea what they are or what they are about, but when you look at the dress, you know it is a dress, it is not so surprising, I felt she shouldn't have had the dress presented with the chairs or right next to them. It made the objects seem less exciting and wacky. I liked the textures of another art piece in the exhibition but then the concept didn't excite me. 

Fine Art specialists have been told to look on study information on Moodle in preparation for next week when we start our first brief. Also to visit atleast 2 art galleries by the end of next week.

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