Overall this field experience was very positive as i have been introduce to a lot of new areas such as wood and metal work and also stitch which has open doors for me as i am interested in varying the materials i use with my work, as i feel that the material choice is a big part of communicating meaning as an illustrator. Although the brief was daunting at first as i have little experience with constructing and the soft wear that is used, but being paired up with a product designer made the project a lot more accessible for me, as i learnt a lot from the way that he worked and the processes you have to go through to come out with a final product.
Some of the challenges to this project was sometimes reining in ideas as an illustrator you dont really have to many boundaries, but in a professional sense we would do so it was good to learn from this. But as a product designer there are logistics to think about and also practicality. We were also only given a certain amount of wood of a certain thickness, therefore adding to the pressure of what we could do as some parts need to be double the thickness for added strength and so on. And being able to perform this in constraint of time was a useful skill to practice.
One angle of the project i enjoyed was making the chair for a client and linking there personality and experiences to the chair. Which i think we achieved as our client David Wrenne was able to pick out his chair and felt a familiarity with it just from the information he had given us from our questionnaire, and also just by spending some time with David think really helped build up the connections we used in the style of our chair. This showed we had really engaged with our client and how we communicated his persona.
As an overview of the project its seems there is little in common with illustration which is true in the way we work and the atmosphere in the studios. Illustration allows for more self expression and freedom, but i quite enjoyed the subtlety that product design uses to distinguish designs apart but they also have to be very practical. Which is something i have learnt from as something can look beautiful and yet be useful too. Bringing two things together like this is also something i like to do in my practise with my material and concept so it shows there are overlaps that all disciplines share, which can be learnt from and brought back to my own just with a different view point.
This power point presentation was very useful, as it allowed me to round up all my work from the lat term and this term and gave the ability to see links that were not obvious at the time. Which is what i think is helpful as sometimes you just need to do the work, and analyse it later allowing for certain element to show in your work. I think the main thing ive seen in my work is how i really enjoy process and getting in to other materials, and using these materials to communicate something with in them selves, and using them in a way that supports my concept. And just learning different techniques opens pathways to how i can applied illustration in a more diverse way. Both ceramics and stitch is something i would i like to continue with and see what effect i can create.
Once we were sure all our measurement were correct we were able to construct our files to got to the CNC cutter as Huw had more knowledge of the software he took the lead in constructing the files. I then decided to make us some cushions for our chair it was a process i really enjoyed first was the mock up so that you dont waist any of your chosen material, and also so you can know what mistakes not to do on the real thing.
The process was fairly simple and as i had two pillows i could make the cover around them, first was just to cut a square of material that was the size of the pillow, then cut out another piece adding 7 cm for the zip. You then cut the larger square in half and iron one a 3 cm fold and the other half a 1 cm fold. You first stitch the zip to the 3 cm fold as this is going to be the side which hides the zip then attach the 1 cm fold.
Then to the other square that is the size of the cushion add the ties making sure you have also folded the ends sewing a little square on each end.
Once the ties are attached make sure you put the two side face to face, with the neat side of the zip and the ties facing inwards then sew continuously around the edge.
me and Huw discussed together to come up with 3-4 designs for our chair trying to include things that would resonate with David and match his persona we agreed that there should be a strong sense of Bauhaus in the chair and that will mainly come from the curving long legs, so David can be reminded of his love for Berlin. He also mentioned how he likes to chill out in his his spear time and how he prefers a more laid back chair, so we also want to include that. Also just looking back at our mood boards and questionnaire to see if there are any details that can be added, such as the myth of the giants causeway i quite liked, as its based in Ireland and the structure of where the myth originated is very interesting. And could be used for some decorative purposes.
We also had to refine our model from one of our chosen designs we first did this in paper at fifth scale then Huw made one out of foam.
Our final design includes a large tennis ball as support for the leaning structure, as David loves tennis and it is also practical and unusual. We then had to make a 1:1 model made out of cardboard, this was very helpful as it allowed you to see if all measurement are correct for the final chair.
From our line drawing we then had to develop them into continuous wire models, known as dirty models, i liked this hands on approach, bending the wire and seeing what effects and shapes you could achieve. This is all development of our ideas with always keeping our client in mind and thinking of clever ways we can introduce there persona into the chair. After talking to David its clear he likes stylish things, as he loves the culture of Berlin and appreciates many chair designs in the Bauhaus. With there continuous line a slick design which is something we plan to incorporate in our chair.
These are some of my outcomes it really helped to think in simple shapes it also helped to see how they stand structurally. it was also a very useful technique for incorporating the Bauhaus style.
We were also told to make card models of some of our design ideas and also to show the plains of the chair, and as David told us he likes to chill out and be relaxed, i chose to do a more slouched design as semi recliner. This may be something we introduce to our final design.