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SPACE AND MATERIALITY- WEEK 13 AND 14

WEEK 13:

We started working on our mock model, we used sunboard for this. Using our measurement sketch we quickly cut out the pieces and put it all together.

As we had our concept ready, we just had to figure out our joinery(without the use of glue or nails). We started researching about various kinds wooden joineries, we found multiple joineries and started recreating them using compressed thermocol, so we have a better idea on which joinery to use for our final installation. Our experimentations are attached below:

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SPACE AND MATERIALITY- WEEK 11 AND 12

WEEK 11:

After doing a lot of research, visiting the religious place of our choice(St Thomas church) and analysing the space, we got back to class with a ton of information. Each of us individually discussed our experience with the faculty. I was grouped with two of my peers since they had chosen the same religious place. Once this was over we spoke about mapping and how essential it is for our final model. We were briefed on what is mapping and how it is done.

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SPACE AND MATERIALITY- WEEK 10

For this class each of us were asked to pick a religious place of choice and study the place in terms of the five senses, the aim was to get a larger understanding of the five senses. After choosing our place of choice we had to make sketches, bring audio and video clippings of the place along with photographs that capture the essence of that space. I chose St. Thomas church, located in historic center of Mumbai, Horniman circle. I did a lot of research before actually visiting the church. Named in the honour of Saint Thomas, the St. Thomas church is 299 years old. This church got the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Conservation Award. The whole church is made of neoclassical architecture.

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SPACE AND MATERIALITY- WEEK 9

Week 9 was the start to a new project, this time the assignment was bigger and better. We were briefed that this project involves working on a larger space unlike our previous street vendor project. We started talking about the different kinds of senses, sight, smell, taste, sound and touch. Five of my peers were chosen to describe a particular scene they’ve experienced in terms of  one sense each and we were asked to close our eyes and envision that scene. Doing this gave us a better understanding of each sense and how important they are. Later we were divided into groups of five, each group had to take up a particular space in the ISDI campus and describe that space in the terms of the five senses. Continue reading “SPACE AND MATERIALITY- WEEK 9”

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SPACE AND MATERIALITY (WEEK 7 AND 8)

For week 8 and 9 we had to make an abstract hand gesture using the material of our choice but we had to in cooperate an element of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, it could be a word or a sentence. I chose the word TRAP, the context was, Jonathan shouldn’t be trapped in a seagulls body. So I decided to make my hand gesture using wood and wire. I first made some sketches with measurements and then went ahead with my idea. I used the wood cutting machine, the drill and pliers for my gesture.

 

Rough prototype

 

For week 8 I made my final prototype, first I made sketches with dimensions then went to the workshop to make it using wood(mdf) and wire. At the workshop, I used the wood cutting machine to cut the wood and the drill machine to make holes and used loops of wire to join the pieces of wood.

 

Later we had jury, we had to present our work like a process. It went from failed prototypes to my my final prototype. We were assessed on our presentation, neatness, ideation, sketches and process.

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SPACE AND MATERIALITY – HAND GESTURE PROTOTYPES (WEEK 5 and 6)

Our assignment was to focus on a particular hand gesture and make abstract prototypes of it. We were given the freedom to explore different kinds of materials and choose a material that we were comfortable with. I had already done a lot of research about different kinds of foam, so I decided to choose foam for my gesture prototypes. I made three prototypes, each prototype had different kinds of foam, they varied in density and colour. My explorations are attached below :

  1. USING WIRE :

For the first prototype I just used wire and high density foam . By inserting the wire into the foam, I was able to bend it to get the required shapes and put it all together to achieve the gesture.

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In the process I understood that foam shrinks and deforms and adjusts itself to the wire. The wire gives the foam flexibility and the ability to retain its curvature.

 

2. USING SLIT JOINERY :

For the second prototype I wanted to explore different kind of joinery, make the foam stand without glue or wire. So I used high density foam for the fingers and soft low density foam for the palm. I made blocks of foam with slits to make the fingers and attached it to the palm.

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The second prototype helped me understand that light weight helps the fingers stand up and not droop down. The foam I used for the fingers were very strong and sturdy so the interlocked blocks stood in place.

 

3.USING SLITS AND RODS :

For the third prototype I used thin high density foam for the rods and soft high density foam for the fingers and palms. By making slits on the soft high density foam and inserting thin rods I was able to bend the soft foam and get the desired shape.

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This prototype helped me understand that smaller the slit and rod , lesser the curve. So for the palm I used deeper slits and thicker rods to make a bigger curve and for the fingers thin rods.

 

REFLECTION :

Initially I thought it would be impossible to make foam stand on its own without the use of wire but after exploring the material and ideating, I was able to make two prototypes without the use of wire. The assignment helped me understand foam better and also explore the possibilities.

 

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SPACE AND MATERIALITY – ABSTRACT SKETCH

For this session we focused on abstraction . Each of us had to take a photograph and create an abstract of that photograph , we had to use basic shapes like squares , rectangles , circles , triangles and also lines and dotted lines . It was interesting to see a basic photograph turn into something so different just by using a couple of shapes . To abstract the photograph attached below , I used bigger shapes for the branches and various sizes of triangles to make the leaves .This is how I made my abstract :

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MY THOUGHTS :

This was a very new experience , it was captivating to see how a normal image can be made abstract by using basic shapes . I learnt that abstract is art that does not represent external reality but gives us the same effect with the help of shapes , textures and colours .