Check out the other relevant links!
Research on vampire bats here!
The Vampire Bat Prototype here!
Amanda’s post here!
The Moo-ving Digestive in action here!
For the vampire bat prototype, I decided to focus on the bat’s wings, since it is very much different from the wings of birds. Yet, it is similar to the human hands, but with web, forming the wings. What I brought forward to this project is the hinge mechanism from Project 2: Kokopelli!
This is what I got!
For the first project for Form and Visualization, we got to look back and revisit the Pandora project we did back in Semester 1. For Pandora Revisited, the words I received were pack, skew and reflect.
There are many combinations of arrangement for my module that I find amusing! Below are some combinations:-
Do view my final product + explanations here!
View my Proposal here
Initial Proposal for Consult 1: here
Using Gudak, the mobile application, I created a mock up of the ideal outcome using Photoshop.
Double exposure on automated film camera: link
How to get the leader out of the canister: link
Inspiration on how what I should shoot: link After looking through the site, I decided to take my shots in natural lighting with a subject matter, the clock.
A million times by Humans: link
For the first lesson of Project 3, we were to bring two scents along with us, one that evokes a pleasant memory and the other one that evokes an unpleasant memory.
Here are my scents..!
The scent that I brought that evokes a pleasant memory is a perfume from The Body Shop.
The perfume was the very one I wore for my first date. Then as an adolescent, I often look up to my mom in terms of dressing up and even learning how to put make-up for the first time. I knew I had to dress up and that also means smelling pleasant. Instinctively, I went to my mother’s cupboard of perfume and picked a random one.
Hence, this scent has since reminded me of my first date.
The scent that I brought was the scent of moth balls. (My roommate happen to have them )
When I was very much younger, at the age of 5 to 12 years old, I was left alone at my grandmother’s house very often. This is due to the busy schedule that my parents had and I remember the lonely nights I had to spend over at my grandmother’s place because of that. As an elderly, my grandmother loves to place moth balls around the house to keep it smelling fresh and to remove the water vapour in the air that causes things to get mouldy. Hence, the iconic thing about my grandmother’s house is the smell of moth balls, especially in her room where I use to spend the night. The smell of moth balls brings me back to the unpleasant childhood experience I had to go through being left alone at my grandmother’s place. (Even so, I really love my grandmother! She watched me grew up!)
During class itself, we were taught the difference between 2D Planes and 3D Planes.
2D Planes Side View – A line
3D Plane Side View – Looks much like a ribbon
|Straight Axis||Curved Axis|
|Bent Axis||Broken Axis|
|Curved Axis||Twisted Axis|
|Complex Axis (Combination of Curved & Bent)||Grouped Axis|
Thereafter, we were to construct a 3D model that consists of a dominant, sub-dominant and a sub-ordinate using strips of paper of differing widths.
Since we are required to describe scents in a manner or two, I decided to research on the ways I can use adjectives to describe them.
You can view the full PDF here: Intangible touchable scents
the full PDF can be viewed here: Playing with Planes
Final Product presented on 16 October 2017
Before going head-on in approaching the project, I did some research!
Also, view my work process here!
Final Product (As printed on a tote bag)
The idea behind this piece is to bring out the irony in the way we face challenges in life.
This design is based off a true story about a World War II Japanese soldier, Hiroo Onoda, who was ordered to not just fight, but also to stay alive. He was assigned to fight in a forested area in Western Philippines. He escaped capture and stayed in the forest for 29 years even after the war ended. He survived through stealing food from the farmers or look for random food in the jungle. (View his full story here)
I had initially taken the quote very literally and after a consult, Joy told me about Onoda’s story. I thought this quote could resonate with how he was feeling while being trapped in the jungle and tie in well with his story as well.
Thereafter, I decided to tap on the phrase “You Are What You Eat” for this composition. By using food to depict the forest brings out the idea of Fantasy. Just like Onoda’s hunt for food everyday, unpredictable, I decided to use random food I can think of to add to the composition, as well as the size and shape of it.
Ice cream cones are used to depict the dense vegetation in the forest and the fusilli noodle depicts the forest bed, since fusilli pasta are always served flat on the plate.
Notice the Japanese flag at the background is used to relate the composition literally back to the quote itself. The off-centre placement of the flag is to capture the movement of the moon setting or the sun rising. I overlayed a cookie in the circle of the flag to further blur out the interpretation of the background. Is it a Japanese flag, a sun rising, a moon setting? Or all of the above?
This piece challenges the idea of doing good or what is convenient.
The White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland is incorporated into this composition to borrow his character to further help the audience understand this piece better, or resonate with them better.
The stairs that seems to be limitless brings out the idea of infinity in the quote. How I wanted to further work on the word “infinity” is to use the idea of Heaven and Hell, two extreme opposites.
This piece strive question its audience, do good or do what’s convenient?
The idea of heaven and hell cannot be represented, except by tapping on the common stereotypes that hell can be associated with extreme heat, and heaven with the sky. Hence, I tap on that as an apparent way of portraying both complete opposite elements in one composition.
In Alice in Wonderland, the White Rabbit is someone who is constantly afraid of offending people and he is often put in a dilemmatic position as to whether he should help Alice out in Wonderland and risk offending the Queen or leave the poor girl alone in a foreign place. Tapping on this character of his, I thought he will be a perfect subject matter for this composition as we talk about doing good or doing what is convenient. He could choose to help, and take a step closer to heaven, or be indifferent and take a step closer to hell.
As I approach this quote, I first brainstormed what the “war” of reality is? Global Warming and Climate Change then came into my mind (perhaps it is because I was a geography student? HAHA)
Playing with the past and the present, I portrayed comrades, used to fight war in ancient time, saving the reality today.
The comrades from ancient times coming to “save” today’s day might be more accurate than you think it is.
They are riding on horses and not automobiles that we use today, eliminating the release of harmful gases to the atmosphere. Moreover, their military weapon does not consist of chemical weapons, guns or rifles, depicting a very manual mode of fighting the war of today.
Overall, I approached this project afraid because I was very unfamiliar with the concept of surrealism and having to study and produce relevant works was a challenge for me. Even so, I really liked the idea of using movie quotes and then giving them our own taste to it! Also, although it was also my first time silkscreening, I thoroughly enjoyed it and despite the long and tedious process, it was one filled with anticipation as we go one step closer to printing our designs onto the tote bags.
Here is a full PDF of my final works!