week 22 - 19/02/15

After being sick for awhile, I finally was able to collect my research and get it onto Workflow. I'm really worried about falling behind on this project, since it hasn't been as successful as I hoped at the start.

I tend to be a procrastinator and really put my work off because I always think there is time to catchup. While, I usually do find the time, it sometimes means I'm working into the wee hours of the night. The timetable/schedule that I have made is really straightforward so I really have no excuses. I need to remind myself throughout the project to checkup on my schedule daily to manage my time accordingly.

Week 22

16th – 20th February

Reading Week - Self Directed Research

-visit FOREST (Scandinavian Furniture Shop in London) to collect primary research and evaluate these findings

-research the climate, landscape, seasons, animals, insects, vegetation and sustenance, conservation efforts vs. deforestation, natural materials found in Scandinavian, Canadian, Russian forests

-research natural and man-made structures of the forest

-research recreational and industrial activities in forests, how indigenous people lived off the land (tools, practices, materials used)

-conduct interview with Jacqueline Rano, resident of Swedish Boreal forest and outdoor enthusiast

-conduct interview with Madeline Buscilla, resident of Canadian Boreal forest and outdoor enthusiast

-read books, e-books, magazines, articles,exhibition catalogues related to theme

-evaluate in reflective journal

Week 23

23th – 27th February

-research products and furniture used in the forest

-further material research

-research forest related design references on DesignBoom, Dezeen, Trendland

-research furniture and products used in the home that use materials from the forest, or inspired by forest

-research Canadian, Scandinavian, Russian art + design precedents (Hudson’s Bay Company, Arne Jacobsen, IKEA)

-collect information on design traditions and practices from proposed countries (Modern Scandinavian Design)

-start initial design ideas (20)

-present research and initial design ideas to peers and tutors for feedback

-evaluate in reflective journal

Week 24

2nd – 6th March

-visit design shops to look for Scandinavian designs

-secondary research for any additional areas based on design ideas

-develop design ideas further

-experiment with materials in workshop

-create models for potential final ideas

-present research and models to peers and tutors for feedback

-evaluate in reflective journal

Week 25

9th – 13th  March

-develop design further for chosen final design idea

-experiment with materials in workshop

-have final drawing with measurements to help guide production process

-start creating first prototype for final design

-present prototype to peers and tutors for feedback

-evaluate in reflective journal

Week 26 16th – 20th  March

-create second prototype for final design

-make changes if needed

-present prototype to peers and tutors for feedback

-evaluate in reflective journal

Week 27

23th – 27th March

-start to create final model with proper material and to the specified dimensions

-present prototype to peers and tutors for feedback

-evaluate in reflective journal

Easter Holiday

Week 1

-travel to Norway to visit Boreal forest and collect observations and research

-evaluate in reflective journal

Easter Holiday

Week 2

-ensure all work is up to date in sketchbook, Workflow

-evaluate in reflective journal

Week 28

13th – 17th April

-finish up final model with proper material and to the specified dimensions

-test final model

-start A2 sheets

-evaluate in reflective journal

Week 29

20th – 24th April

-update final drawing based on the latest model

-produce digital drawing in Google SketchUp

-photograph final product and put in context with final visualisation

-finish A2 sheets

-evaluate in reflective journal

Week 30

27th April – 1st May

Setting up the Exhibition on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th April.

Final submission deadline for Part 3 Assessment is Tuesday 28th April, 4.00pm

Resources required:

I will need support when it comes to working with natural materials like leather, fur and resin, and developing my making and joining techniques with these materials. It is likely that I will need to use all workshop spaces at some point to conduct experiments with these different natural materials. When it comes to sourcing appropriate materials, I will also need assistance in this.

Assessment evidence that you aim to have:

At assessment I will submit a finished product that is not only aesthetically appealing, but is also functional. I will document my research, development, and experimentation in my sketchbook and my information file on Workflow. I will also produce a series of A2 sheets that are an edited version of the highlights and processes of my unit 7 project. My work will be analysed and reflected in my reflective journal on Moodle. At the end of this project I will be able to provide an updated and completed bibliography done in Harvard style Referencing.

 

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