Reflective Journal

by Shengyi Chen
Tags: Reflective Journal

11/09/2014

Today was my first day at CSM.Six of us were divided into 3 small groups each group has two people to disscuss a topic,then we shared our ideas with others and made a mindmap. The integration and extension of idea is required.But the presentation of our group is almost about what the work is and how can we do it,but we forgot why we do it.what's the meaning of our outcome.so what can i change to improve my approach to presentation of ideas is to present more about the "why" and we can do more visual presentation to make our presentation more clearly.

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12/09/2014

The first thing I want to say is I am really really like the library in CSM, especially I found some anatomy books,that's really made me very exciting.Today we spent the whole day to do research for our task,the same as yesterday we were divided into 3 small group,each group has two people work together to finish one research.My group's research is about the material---Feathers.It's a big challenge for me because it is very tough for me to find some books in the library about feathers,the books are all English,so it took me such a long time to find some books about birds,Fortunately,I found some useful information about feathers in those books.And before we left the library,I found actually i can use the COMOUTER to search where is the book i need!!!That's really sucks!But I am still very happy because however i achieve my goal today:)

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16/09/2014

Hey!Today we were in small groups again but not the group the first we were in. and we need to present to others in small group one by one. and I am soooo tense!!! I even can't speak when my turn.I think I need to practise more because I am so shyyyy!and I just presented what my idea was and I didn't present why this idea and how it works for.I should improve my presentation skill!

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25/09/2014

Today we tried to do some printing.We need to use the print to change the image's meaning or use image and print to communicate.I think the the best part of my work was that i use the print to make the image had a very strong communication.and also knew that Graphic communication as the name suggest is communication using graphic elements.these elements include symbols such as glyphs and icons,images such as drawings and photographs,and can include the passive contributions of substrate,color and surroundings.If i redo my work i will change the image i use and try use different way to do my work such as use the color to make the image's communication more strong.and i will change my start point maybe i can think more about identity.

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15/09/2014

Today my group shared our research together and it's very exciting.Through others' research I made my research more comprehensive and also because of the new research I excogitated more idea about my work.That's really helped me a lot.From others' research I also learnt some different ways to do research and this made me realize that research can be done so fun and easy.

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22/09/2014

Today we started a new project about Graphic and Communication.We worked as a small group with 3 people.That was quite fun! First we combined our idea together and we separated our job to finish this one day task. And I am thinking about if i can redo our work what i want to change. I think I gonna change the enviroment maybe at king's cross station because there are more people there and can made the "social fabric" more social.

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29,30/09/2014

This week our course was Fine Art.The first day we try to describe our object which was confused me a lot at the very begining.How to use drawing to describe an object?Although this problem took me a long time to figure out.It is very helpful for the next day's project.The next day's task was the try to describe how human's behavior reflect the human being.My start point of this task was death the special death of human was smoking.So I use cigarette as the material.Review my work,if something i can change i will change my start point.maybe use commumication and language as the start point cause the commumication and language are the most intuitionistic and special way to describe human's behavior.And i also need to organized the time very well.The third day of Fine Art.I changed my start point. I tried to use commumication and language as my project's start point.The task was describe "human being being human" to alien. So i tried to use visual commumication to describe my work.My inspiration was from GROP CIRCLES.So i used GEOMETRY and HUMAN BODY to describe this work.My favourite part of my work was my idea combine the geometric with string lines.It really shows the human ergonomic.What i want to change was i should make the visual of the human body more stronger maybe use colours.

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06/10/2014

This week we start to study Fashion and Textiles.Today we were asked to use some objects to build a structure.and then we start to do some some drawing which was very quick and we were asked to change different visual angles and just draw some small parts of the structure.it needs to be very attentive.and in the afternoon we were asked to use the drawings which we done in the morning to make some patterns.And i think i need to improve my work because my work is so materialization and it just like a drawing and i also got the feedback from the tutor. the tutor just use a part of my work and my work looked much much better than before.If i can redo my work i want to change my fodders and use it to create some other patterns.

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14,16/10/2014

Today is product design.we were asked to design a chair.i think i am too slow to finish my work.I am quite interesting in 3D design so after class i talked to the tutor and she gave me a lot of useful advices about 3DDA.

Today our brief's title is 'wear it'.and it's about jewelry design.we need to design something on the body.This is my favorite class.The first time i think jewelry design is using very expensive stone to make some very beautiful design.but the tutor told us jewelry design is about the relationship between body and object.it's not like the traditional jewelry.At the presentation.i got some feedback from the tutor.the tutor think my work is a little bit traditional.and i really like this course so i redid my work.this time i am not think how to make the jewelry looks like jewelry.i try to think about the connection between every parts of the body.and i try to think more about the word ‘suspend’, ‘balance’, ‘connect’, ‘surround’.when i changed the way i used to think i got a lot of new ideas.and now i know jewelry not must be the very gorgeous which sell in the shop.The relationship between body and objects is the most important thing.and jewelry design can be freedom and interesting.

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3DDA WEEK 9

This week our brief was Structure and Surface.The first day we sketched at least 5 ideas and  made some models.I really enjoyed the model making process.But we need to develop our ideas from the model that we made.When I finish my model making I really didn't how can I develop my idea.Fortunately,the model making material is clay which is very tricky.I just put the model on the table for a while due to the gravity,the form changed.It polymerized at the bottom of the model.So I tried to re-sketch the model and I realized that my product design have something need to develop.The massage product needs to fit the users' hands.This time made me really realized that the effect of model making.I used to think model making just to explain our ideas and now I know that model making can give us a chance to see our idea in a three dimensional way,and through the making process we can find something unexpected which might change our ideas or develop it.The second day we were still made the models and this time I changed the material and expected something would happen.I tried to use a kind of thick paper but it couldn't fit the body very well.So I asked tutor for some suggestions and the tutor said it doesn't matter and I should use this model and some drawing to show how it works on body.When I tried to use this model on the body to show how it works I realized that the first time the material I want to use to make the final product which is ceramics can not work cause the ceramics much thicker and harder than the paper.It will not work at all.So I spent the Wednesday in the library tried to find a kind of material which can fit my design.But unfortunately,I didn't find any material can be used.Then I asked my father who is a constructor if he knows any materials.Thanks God!My father do know a kind of chinese new material which has a lot of good functions can fit my design such as light,thin,expressive...the most important thing is the material looks exactly like the ceramics.And this time I know some times we can not work alone we need to ask others' feedback.And some times it might help us break through bottleneck.The third day was really exciting!We were allowed to use the workshop to make the model.I went to the plaster room.The first time I thought the plaster would be very easy to control and I was worry.So the plaster model making was failed I was really upset.But the good thing is I have a experience of making plaster and next time I will be better.During this week,I've got some really useful experiences and knew more about 3DDA.

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Fashion & Textiles WEEK 10

This week we used a tailored jacket to design a new piece work.At the first ,I don't know what to do and how can I use this jacket to make a new piece work.But I think make some model will help me just like what we did last week.cause last week I found model making can help me develop my ideas and this time as I wish,after some model tests I finally found a really good sample.I thought the only challenge  of this week for me is the way  to work on the fabric.It's really hard for me cause I never did these before the course.If I can change the final work the thing I want to change is I want to try a different model test ,cause I want to change the place on the body.Maybe some unexpected shape will appeared.About the textiles I wish I can use some more different materials to design the samples.

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18/09/2014

Today was presentation day. I still have those problem and I really don't want to talk about my presentation.But I still learnt something from others' presentation.Some people's presentation was fabulious!They spoke and also used body language to explain their idea which made the explanandum clearly and lively!This is very tough for me.Although it's very hard for me to present by speaking.I think I can use more visual presentation.That might be a good way for me.

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07/10/2014

Today we were asked to use some very interesting items to dress up the models and then we did some very unusual drawings which is very different from the way i used to draw such as blind drawing or use collations .that's quiet interesting because i didn't know drawing can be such fun by using different ways.I have to say today was a quit rich day we did a lot of drawings.at fist time i am quit rigid and then the tutor told me i need draw more relax and free.and today's course changed my mind about fashion illustration.in my opinion fashion illustration must be very beautiful.but now i know drawing is not about something very beautiful.The most important thing i learnt today is DRAWING=OBSERVATION.

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23/09/2014

I think the challenging for me today was to think about how to make the letter more special more meaningful and more creative.because at the first time my mind has gone blank.And the mainly challenging for me was how to come out some ideas in a very short and with some limit condition time.And if i can reworking my work I will try to do something more graphic because my final work is 3 dimensional!

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13/10/2014

This week is 3DDA.Today our brief title is 'build it'.we were asked to work as a group and build a structure.and we were asked to draw this structure and try to design a building.This is my first time to do something like this.It's quite hard for me at the beginning.but i am really enjoy the structure making process because i can try different way to make it and i really like hand making .i think the best part of this project is the structure.if i can redo my work i will try some more different structures.and i will change my way to design the building maybe try to use images to make the design more interesting.

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09/10/2014

Today we were asked to do some sketches about buildings outside and the we use the elements from the building sketches to make some 3D shapes on models.it's quite like 3D design.and then we did a lot of sketches about the models.i think it a little bit boring for me but i am quite enjoy the 3D working process.

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17/10/2014

 Today is language class,the tutor taught us what is reflective journal.

the reflective journal is  about values,believes,identity and who u are when u do ur work.

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