Friday, 23 October 2009

Tree Teapot

Finally completed my first piece at art school. We had to design and make a vessel drawing inspiration from anything that interested you. I ended up basing my design on nature inparticular trees, bark, leaves,etc. Not the most exciting subject but I think I managed to inject a little bit of humour into my piece.
I decided to make a teapot and tried to make it look like a tree stump.I made it out of copper and then oxidized and used steel wool on it too give the piece a more tree like appearance. I used the idea of tree roots as the feet for the teapot which I think add a little bit of humour. Almost looks like it's going to scurry away.
Have added some photos of various stages of the making process. Hope you enjoy. First one's a bit blurry I'm afraid it was taken with my mobile.

Brainstorming The Tipping Point

As part of our Design Studies Module we were asked to brainstorm a section of the book The Tipping Point.
My group choose the chapter The Power of Context. These photos show our findings from our brainstorming session.
(Sorry my photos are a bit out of sequence. Haven't managed to figured out how to organise them properly on this yet).
We then had to take this information and individually come up with a spider diagram showing the connection between jewellery design and The Power of Context.
I've also included a picture of the spider diagram I came up with. I chose to focus on ID which then led me into coming up with a bracelet that could hold personal information. It would have a usb memory stick in it and information could only be accessed using a password. If the bracelet was stolen or someone else other than the owner tried to wear it the information on the bracelet would be wiped as it would be able to identify the owners own unique smell.
A little far fetched I'm sure you would agree but we were told to think outside the box and think that anything is possible so hopefully that's what I have done.

Saturday, 3 October 2009

The Tipping Point

Well that's me been back a week at uni after being ill with tonsillitis and flu. Kinda takes freshers flu to a whole new extreme don't you think? Not a good start to my uni experience. Missed almost 2 weeks so now I'm trying to catch up on everything I missed & I'm a little stressed out right now!
Had my first ever life drawing class this week. Really enjoyed it and for the first time in the week I actually managed to relax & forget about the mountain of work I still have to do!!
I also had my first ever Design studies lecture which was really interesting and wasn't at all what I expected. The lecturer also explained how a blog works and why it is useful. This was really helpful as I'm a bit of a technophobe and to be honest when I found out we had to set up a blog I wasn't too keen on the idea but know I'm coming round to the blogging thing.
As part of Design Studies we were asked to read the book 'The Tipping Point' by Malcolm Gladwell, and then make a mind map on the tipping point focusing on the different sections of the book, and then going into more detail on a particular part. I chose to go into more detail on the chapter 'The Law of the Few'. This particular chapter was really interesting as it describes certain types of people that either connect us in some way or can help us. Gladwell mentions 3 different types, a connector, a maven & a salesman. He also goes into great detail about each types characteristics which helps you identify people you may already know with these qualities.
Anyway the pictures in this post are of the mind map I made on 'The tipping Point'. It was a little too big so I tried to zoom in on different sections so I hope you can read it ok.