3D project 4 間: Ma’s City Of Voids / Individual and Group Moodbox

Individual moodbox

I decided to base my moodbox off the second sound that my group mates and I created.The sound is below.

To this sound there are 3 parts:Wooden beat 4 counts,a constant scratchy sound and one count of a ringing wind chime like sound.I decided to create a tall rectangular box to create and environment that produced echoey sounds similar to the sound that we made.I lined the inside of the box(Dominant) with sandpaper to mimic that scratchy constant sound and filled the inside of the box with rice.The rice is the SD portion of the box. It also is at the base of the box as it is a lower pitched background sound.

Next to represent the 4 wooden beats in the soundtrack,I used toothpicks and pierced them on each of the four sides of my woodbox ,each tooth pick progressing higher and higher on each side towards the metal ball.In order to see each toothpick,you would have to rotate the box which also agitates the rice producing that extra “shh” swaying  sound. I chose to use wire to create a ball (SO) represent the metal chime like quality the sound had. It is high pitched ,thus it is hovering over the box.Also it is one count,so I kept the metal ball to one as well.

Side view of toothpicks progressing higher up the sides of the box

Top view


Green strips of paper-Subdominant,Mesh wire-Sub ordinate

Metal coil-Dominant



2D project 3: Ego (Final)

 Colours and what they mean

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RED. Physical
Positive: love, passion, desire, sexuality,Physical courage, strength, warmth, energy, basic survival, ‘fight or flight’, stimulation, masculinity, excitement.
Negative: Defiance, aggression, visual impact, strain.

Red is a powerful colour. It has the property of appearing to be nearer than it is and therefore it grabs our attention first. Its effect is physical; it stimulates us and raises the pulse. It is stimulating and lively, very friendly. At the same time, Too much red causes loss of temper, agitation, anger, and overbearing, demanding, and oppressive behaviors. To get out of control emotions under control add green, the opposite of red. To get rid of exhaustion, add more red.

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BLUE. Intellectual.
Positive: Intelligence, communication, trust, efficiency, serenity, duty, logic, coolness, reflection, calm.
Negative: Coldness, aloofness, lack of emotion, unfriendliness.

Blue is soothing; You see blue on a lot of websites because,it is the colour of trust. Blue is the colour of calm and serenity, and as such inspires security and a feeling of safety. However not all blues are serene and sedate. Electric or brilliant blues become dynamic and dramatic,it affects us mentally, rather than the physical reaction we have to red. Blue represents both the sky and the sea, and is associated with open spaces, freedom,imagination, expansiveness, inspiration, and sensitivity. Darker blues tend to be more sombre, heightening the security aspects, which makes them an excellent choice for professionalism and lighter, soft blues will calm the mind and aid concentration.Too much blue can create feelings of melancholy, negativity, sadness, self-righteousness, and self-centeredness. It can be perceived as cold, unemotional and unfriendly.

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YELLOW. Emotional
Positive: Optimism, confidence, self-esteem, extraversion, emotional strength, friendliness, creativity.
Negative: Irrationality, fear, emotional fragility, depression, anxiety, suicide.

The yellow wavelength is relatively long and essentially stimulating. In this case the stimulus is emotional, therefore yellow is the strongest colour, psychologically. The right yellow will lift our spirits and our self-esteem; it is the colour of confidence and optimism. Too much of it, or the wrong tone in relation to the other tones in a colour scheme, can cause self-esteem to plummet, giving rise to fear and anxiety.. A dull or dingy yellow may represent caution, sickness, and jealousy.

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GREEN. Balance
Positive: Harmony, balance, growth,refreshment, universal love, rest, restoration, reassurance, environmental awareness, equilibrium, peace.
Negative: Boredom, stagnation, blandness, enervation.

The color green has healing power and is understood to be the most restful and relaxing color for the human eye to view. Being in the centre of the spectrum, it is the colour of balance – a more important concept than many people realise. When the world about us contains plenty of green, this indicates the presence of water, and little danger of famine, so we are reassured by green, on a primitive level. Green is soothing, relaxing, and youthful. Green is a color that helps alleviate anxiety, depression, and nervousness. dark green represents greed, ambition, and wealth, while yellow-green stands for sickness, jealousy, and cowardice, and olive green represents the traditional color of peace. Negatively, it can indicate stagnation and, incorrectly used, will be perceived as being too bland.

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VIOLET. Spiritual
Positive: Spiritual awareness, containment, vision, luxury, authenticity, truth, quality, royalty, nobility, creativity .                                                       Negative: Introversion, decadence, suppression, inferiority.

It takes awareness to a higher level of thought, even into the realms of spiritual values. It is highly introvertive and encourages deep contemplation, or meditation. It has associations with royalty and usually communicates the finest possible quality. Light purple or lavender is a feminine, graceful, elegant color that has long been associated with refined, wealthy women.  Dark purple hues evoke feelings of gloom, sadness, and frustration. Bright purple hues suggest riches and royalty. Excessive use of purple can bring about too much introspection and the wrong tone of it communicates something cheap and nasty, faster than any other colour.

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Positive: Physical comfort, food, warmth, security,playful,energetic passion,sensual, abundance, fun.
Negative: Deprivation, frustration, frivolity, immaturity.

Since it is a combination of red and yellow, orange is stimulating and reaction to it s a mixture of the energy associated with red and the happiness associated with yellow.Dark orange may represent deceit and distrust, while red-orange relates to passion, pleasure, desire, aggression, domination, and action, and a golden orange often stands for prestige, wisdom, illumination, wealth, and quality. A light orange or peach color tend to be more friendly and soothing.Studies show that the orange color can create physical effects such as increased hunger and heightened sense of activity. It is a ‘fun’ colour. Negatively, it might focus on the exact opposite – deprivation. This is particularly likely when warm orange is used with black. Equally, too much orange suggests frivolity and a lack of serious intellectual values.

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Positive: Physical tranquillity, nurture, warmth, femininity, love, sexuality, survival of the species.
Negative: Inhibition, emotional claustrophobia, emasculation, physical weakness.

Being a tint of red, pink also affects us physically, but it soothes, rather than stimulates.Pink, a delicate color that means sweet, nice, playful, cute, romantic, charming, feminine, and tenderness, is associated with bubble gum, flowers, babies, little girls, cotton candy, and sweetness.The color pink is the color of universal love of oneself and of others. Pink represents friendship, affection, harmony, inner peace, and approachability. However,too much pink is physically draining and can be somewhat emasculating.

With this Information I proceeded to conceptualise and choose the colours for my compositions.Keeping in mind to use different colour harmonies to bring out the emotions I am trying to convey.My approach was to use humans for the “me” column , Body parts to represent the settings and animals to symbolise the outcome. The colour harmonies I chose to employ for this project would be :Triadic, Analogous ,Monochrome and split complementary.I also chose to keep each composition monochromatic as well , In order to be able to include more details and increase my speed as I was using watercolours.

For each of the compositions, I found a reference picture and added my own spin to them. For example for my hand composition, I was inspired by this picture..so on and so forth.



Ms joy stated i should have been more clear with my final row,which is the split complementary row.I should lean my colours more towards blue green instead of the blue that i used in order for it to be more split complementary in nature.With that said, She also commented that my eagle was more clear and she could see the effort put into building the layers of the water colour.

3D project 3:Mnemosyne’s Scent

In class we were introduced to planes .Using three strips of paper with varying widths we were tasked to come up with a 3D sketch model incorporating the different types of planes: Bent planes,grouped planes,curved planes ,straight ,twisted and broken planes.We had to also keep in mind the voids and try to create contrast between the size of the voids. Also we had to ensure that there was a dominant,sub-dominant and sub ordinate strip.


I was playing around with the different types of planes and wanted to incorporate a straight plane(SO) a curved plane(D) and a 3D bent plane(SD).Piercing,wedging and Tapering the edges of the strips of paper gave the final sketch model a more polished and exciting look.The curved dominant strip travels diagonally across the base and the SD and SO strips are rather angular compared to the D strip giving the 3D model more interest.

Front view

Side view - Contrasting voids

Mnemonic devices are techniques a person can use to help them improve their ability to remember something. It can be a song, rhyme, acronym, image, or  in this case a scent. When you first smell a new scent, you link it to an event, a person, a thing or even a moment.These scents are linked with how we remember things and can trigger the brain to recall memories/experiences .Your brain forges a link between the smell and a memory – associating the smell of chlorine with drowning multiple times in a pool in my case, and coriander with receiving a warm home cooked meal . When you encounter the smell again, the link is already there, ready evoke a particular memory or a mood.

We were tasked to choose two scents and create a sculpture based off them. The scent that I liked was coriander and the scent that I disliked was chlorine/bleach. I began to brainstorm and think of words that will help me visualise a form/shape to the scent.

For the coriander component, I chose to represent the “surrounding ” nature of its scent.The SD wraps around the sculpture,then i proceeded to slice a little portion off the SD to act as the SO . Also making sure the plastic was clear as compared to chlorine as i wanted to represent the clean fresh smell of coriander.I created a curved plane from the top of the water bottle and manipulated it in a way such that it would curl more tightly in the centre to represent the persistence of the smell. The curve is moving in from the outside and staying in the middle. Using clear thread and wedging ,I secured the curved plane applying the rule of thirds.

After drowning many times,  I observed that  the scent of chlorine lingers at the back of my nose/throat for a long period of time.To represent that in the sculpture I made sure that the strip was wide,substantial in size,and sandpapered down to create a rough texture to mimic the burning sensation  at the back of my nose.I soldered holes throughout the strip to bring out how the smell is piercing .

I soldered the chlorine component to the coriander component to attach them together which resulted in my final sculpture.


4D Project 3:Impossibilities of being

For this project we were tasked to create a 1min video and soundscape to depict a location that we have never been to before. After brainstorming a list of places, I finally chose for my location to be the suitcase.


My plan initially for this storyboard was for the subject to explore the suitcase as if it were a spy movie using a mix of photography and illustration. In class ,we brainstormed the different types of sounds we could hear in the named location. Some examples are,

  • keys
  • wheels rolling
  • airport PA system
  • clothes rustling
  • zippers
  • liquids
  • Ziploc bags
  • conveyor belts

In order to create the soundscape, Ms Lei recommended layering sounds and to keep in mind the background,mid-ground and foreground noises to create sense of space.For the storyboard, she recommended including a mix of close up shots and wide shots .After storyboarding I realised I could not produce the video effectively, So I decided to change the idea to me being kidnapped in the suitcase. I imagined the suitcase to be a dark,scary claustrophobic space and wanted to convey that in the final video.I collected a bunch of sounds found online and started by piecing my soundscape together on audacity and then basing my video off of it.

Scene 1:Locking up of suitcase

BG: Airport announcement system , People chattering and walking                                                               FG: Keys and lock                                                                                               Close-up shot

Scene 2: Suitcase Being taken into the departure hall

BG: Same as scene 1                                                                                                  FG: wheels of luggage rolling
Wide-shot- Provides more information that it is happening at an airport

Scene 3: Struggling within the suitcase

BG: Muffled wheels rolling
MG: music to induce fear
FG: Clothes rustling,Breathing,whimpering

Scene 4: Escaping the suitcase

BG:Muffled wheels rolling
FG:nails scratching against nylon
Close up shot

Glimmer of light to show suitcase is being opened

FG:Zippers being opened ,Gasping for air



To create the soundscape i pieced together a few sounds i downloaded and adjusted them to how loud or soft i wanted the, at different scenes using the effects found on audacity. Also keeping in mind how the distance of the sound would affect the loudness and how different the sounds would be if i were listening them from inside the suitcase (muffled).For example the background sounds will be much quieter as compared to the foreground sounds.


For the video i took burst photos of an action,like rolling a suitcase and chose a few in-between pictures and assembled them to match the scenes in the story board. I was inspired by stop motion animation videos,where multiple photos are taken and objects are moved between frames, creating the illusion of movement.

For the scenes inside the suitcase,i took photos of the suitcase with clothes inside to act as a background.Then i took burst photos of myself in a position where it seems as though I’m in a squeezey place and struggling.Then i proceeded to photoshop myself into the background picture.


Ms Lei Pointed out that the struggle scene was a bit too long and to include the subject coming out of the suitcase at the end of my video.My classmates gave more ideas for sounds like the conveyor belt and throwing of the suitcase.