Jumanji Ready – Prototype 1 Process

Hello everyone!

This will be a documentation of my pre-rattan bag brainstorming process. This is made to test out the length I could go to weave the structure together in place.

First, a wire model is made so that it acts as a “skeleton” to my bag construction. Then, a string is threaded throughout the circumference. In order to weave in a convenient manner, I had to tie the prototype up to a string and have it attach in midair to that I could interlace in and out quickly and easily.

In this picture, you see a knotted out which acts as the base of the bag.

The in and out weaving method:

Finishing up with the stringing process:

 

 

The end product of Prototype 1:

Made entirely with wires and brown strings/paper to satisfy the whole neutral aesthetic of the bag.

 

Click here to view the final prototype.

See you in part 2! Ciaos!

Mnemosyne’s Scent: Final

WELCOME TO: THE GARDEN OF EDEN

This is a project done by Zhenqi and I.  Before anything else, this is both of our Mnemosyne’s prototype:

left scent: diffuser & ex bf’s jacket right scent: softlan & iodine solution

 

Our idea on Garden of Eden?

https://medium.com/@dropeik.com/the-dangerous-naivete-of-back-to-the-garden-environmentalism-8dec07190b8a

These are the main characteristics that define the Garden of Eden:

  • Etheral 
  • Magical
  • Delicate

 

Based on our previous prototypes, as well as the overarching theme, we worked towards creating our final 4 statements of accessories.

Our Colour Scheme :

  • SILVER
  • BLUE
  • GOLD
  • TRANSPARENT (Plastic)

 

1. THE HEADBAND

Incorporating the design concept from my previous prototype, we re-created a headpiece and injected the “ETHEREAL” element into it. By using slightly more exaggerated differences in the length of plastic and the involvement of dried scented flowers that smells like fresh morning spring.

2. EAR CUFF

Our initial idea was to make use of melted plastic as the foundation of the cuff. However, we realised that the metal wires were just as handy and malleable! Hence, we tweaked the wires in several different directions so that it forms a nice flowing arch when placed on the ear of the wearer. In the later part of the development, we stuck on dried flowers into the loops so that we can keep the overall theme in check.

3. BROOCH

This is a fashion accessory that is to be pinned on the chest of the wearer. In this scenario, the wearer will be wearing a “white robe” (or rather curtains lol). This piece is made from melted strips of plastics alongside metal wires at the stem of the product. If you observe closely, the flower on the inside of the metal wires is dangling on a thread. This is adapted from our previous prototype, where the central piece appears to be hanging on a piece of wire.

4. THE BELT

This is the concluding piece of our accessories collection hehe. We wanted to come up with a comprehensive set of apparel, so hence we made a belt too! This will hold the white robe in place together, all in all creating a more aesthetic and put together look for our wearer. We coiled the wires repeatedly and adorned it with more blue/gold/silver flowers! It looked so cute!

up close and personal

 

ALTOGETHER NOW! 

 A collage of all of our apparel design!

 

SOME TRY ONS

Awkward. Sorry 🙁

We also made some amendments to the ear cuff along the way! 

 

 

Alright, ciaos!

 

Mnemosyne’s Scent: Research

Hello, World! cool

Some learning points from today’s lesson:

Basics of Planar Construction – 

2D STRAIGHT AXIS: A flat plane

http://rebloggy.com/post/architecture-cinema-norway-1960s-concrete-brutalism-brutalist/108150508051

 

2D CURVED AXIS: Just a singular curve without other folds

https://pixabay.com/p-254862/?no_redirect

 

2D BENT AXIS: A folded plane

https://www.albinaco.com/specialty-steel-bending/multi-plane-bending

 

2D COMPLEX AXIS: Consist of more than 1 axis in a plane

 

GROUPED PLANE: Consist of more than 1 type of folding method

 

3D TWISTED PLANE:

 

3D CURVED PLANE:

 

My Plane Construction Process –

Phase 1: Selecting the dominant piece to be
placed as the base

 

Phase 2: Experimenting with the art cards through Piercing
and Wedging
 
Phase 3: Establishing the structure

Phase 4: Exploration of the final bit and pieces
(What it might potentially look like as the
end product)

  

 

Rough Sketch Analysis of Plane Model:

REJECTED STRUCTURE:

The feedback was that the SO was still a little too long in comparison to the SD. & the SD is still on the long side in comparison to the D. I hence proceeded to trim down the length of my paper strips and it brought me to my final structure!

 

THE RECTIFIED CONSTRUCTION:

The overall balance looked a whole lot clearer in this structure. D, SD, and SO can be easily identified with just one look.

 

More to come in the next post – Creation of Mnemosyne Structure

Toodle-oo~

Gaia’s 生け花 – Development and Outcome

Hello, Cheryl! Hello, World!

Elements found on the Ikebana are called shin, soe and tai. Which translates to Dominant (D), Sub-Dominant (SD) and Sub-Ordinate (SO) respectively. The longest branch, called shin, represents heaven. The medium branch, soe, represents man. And the shortest branch, tai, represents earth.

 

// Concept 1:  The Spirit of Fukuoka, Japan (福岡)

https://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Spend-a-day-seeing-the-past-and-present-of-the-great-city-of-Fukuoka.jpg

Fukuoka is one of Japan’s top 10 most populated cities, often known as the “Liverpool of Japan”. It is home to many of the most famous food in Japan (e.g mizutaki, ramen noodles), one of the city’s attractions in Fukuoka is their variety of outdoor food stalls that decorated the river bank.  These food stalls are known as Yatai. Many tourists came from all over the world to visit and experience this food trial.

 

LIGHTS  ライト

Port and tower at Fukuoka, Japan.

https://blog.gaijinpot.com/yatai-fukuoka-street-food/

http://art8.photozou.jp/pub/173/14173/photo/12082871_624.jpg

The LED lights beautifully decorated the river bank, and it gives off an outburst of a modern vibe, bringing life to the night sky. This is one of the must-go places in Fukuoka, a chance to watch and experience the Japanese culture and to dig into some of the most delicious food in Japan. I feel that the light element really gave the entire aesthetic a big push and is one of the biggest highlights of this place, hence making it look so photogenic on any camera.

 

FOOD  フード

https://blog.gaijinpot.com/yatai-fukuoka-street-food/

Food brings people together. The 150 Yatai stalls along the river bank are famous for their various dishes, and one of it is the Japanese Soft Serve and Oden.

 

WINTER IN FUKUOKA –  

http://favimages.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/japan-fukuoka-snow-landscape-winter-hometown.jpg

http://ishikawakanta.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/20170212hassel-12-1280×1280.jpg

By this time, the leaves have fallen and the tree is stripped bare. The branches are covered in thick layer of snow, which make the trees look like they have white leaves. The branches are curvey and organic in shape.

 

//Artist Reference: BAIKO 

cr: http://zen-images.blogspot.sg/

http://zen-images.blogspot.sg/

http://zen-images.blogspot.sg/

 

IDEATION:

For my final Ikebana Model, I decided to incorporate the main elements that represent the Yatai stalls of Fukuoka. They are Lights, Food items & lastly, a tree branch that looked like it had braved through winter.

This! >>>

 

// The Assembly

 

// Final Ikebana Model:

Color Scheme: Muted, Earthy tones (Blue, Brown, White, Cream)

Rationale: A winter representation of Fukuoka in a whole. The cotton wools at the base represent fallen snow, and the cotton balls (sphere) represent accumulated snowflakes on the branch. The ice cream cone and marshmallows (cylinder) signify the Yatai’s tradition. However, I am unable to hang ramen noodles and dango (ダンゴ ) on the branch since they do not constitute to the winter theme. I thought the colours of marshmallows and cone would better compliment my ensemble. Ice cream reflects about the harshness of weather in temperature during winter. The blue LED lights (sphere)  brings about the distinctive spirit of Yatai stalls along the river bank, also adding on to the overall winter mood.

Feedback: It was said that I could better portray the pattern of fallen snowflakes by reducing the amount at the bottom branches (since the top part should look more densely covered in snow).

Rhythm of Flow:

Dominant: The Branch

Sub-Dominant: Fallen Snowflakes AKA Cotton balls

Sub-Ordinate: Cone & Marshmallows

 

 

//Rejected Ikebana Model (Documentating my attempt):

Elements: Wooden Spiral Piece, Cotton ball, Ice Cream Cone, Shaved Ice Ball (On the cone) and the Wooden piece I found interesting

Dominant: Wooden Spiral Piece (implied cylinder), Wood/Branch (cylinder)

Sub-Dominant: Ice Cream (cone)

Sub-Ordinate: Iceball (sphere), Cotton snowballs (sphere)

The reason why it’s rejected: I find that it somehow lacks the Ikebana essence, but I am still going to document it anyway since it has already been assembled. The structure looked too static and curated, hence this leads me to create another design.

 

//On that day:

That’s all folks!

バイ~

 

Gaia’s 生け花 – Research

❄WINTER WONDERLAND❄

https://media.giphy.com/media/14wT2CxmGHbdvO/giphy.gif

Hello, World.

Winter to me is a symbolic representation of Cold with Christmas vibe creeping in. This holiday is also known as the festival of light. It is the coldest season of the year and the season that comes after autumn. The colours representing winter would be Blue, White and Grey.  I would associate minimalist and zen-ness to an Ikebana ensemble.

// How do trees look like under such harsh climate? 

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/b7/a5/f8/b7a5f8b934f7248b7b5df362f6c3089d.jpg

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/b7/a5/f8/b7a5f8b934f7248b7b5df362f6c3089d.jpg

https://img00.deviantart.net/10a7/i/2005/341/0/7/winter_trees_by_psykorigide.png

 

// How my Branch looks like:

This is the chosen branch because it looks really unique! By unique, I mean how the colour of the brown is not overly dark, and yet it brings about the feeling of a barren tree during winter. Unlike other branches/twigs, this one has a nice structure to it. Even the twig has tiny “holes” which adds on to its perk. This is the little perfect branch that will represent my Ikebana!

 

// Some Research on Winter themed Ikebana ensemble:

 

// Some core characteristics that ties in with Winter:

  • Branches are BARE
  • Fallen Snow
  • Zen, Clean ensemble
  • Almost White-Out

 

// Mindmap & Ideation

 

// My Color Scheme (Neutral, cool hues)

http://www.bhg.com/decorating/color/schemes/nature-inspired-color-palettes-281474979472421/#page=14

 

//Winter Moodboard:

http://www.hueandtonecreative.com/blog/2015/12/1/mood-board-fallwinter-chill

 

// Guide to Ikebana-ing (Note to self)

http://www.wingsnthings.ca/ikebana.php

 

Alright! Time for development.

Ciaos!

Week 2 – Further Improvisation on 3D Model

Hello, World.

(Oh no, I suck at doing intro, let’s have a cliche one k) Continuing from previous week’s progress, we have now come to the improvisation phase!  To recap, the assigned word was: Half.

I searched it up on google and its definition came up to – “either of two equal or corresponding parts into which something is or can be divided.” 

 

Presenting our first 3D model: The Human Barricade

Applying what I have learned from today’s lesson, I registered the ‘Wedging’ and ‘Piercing’ concept into my first 3D Model. The little gap on the Dominant foam gives it an interesting visual, which is known as the Void (1/3 unoccupied). Additionally, I added in a horizontal foam that brings about the pierced through concept. Overall, the key idea was to develop into a Human Barricade alike structure that can withstand heavy weights.

 

 

Presenting our second 3D model: The Wing Chun Wooden Dummy 

(Damn this is so unlike me…) Anyway, had one of the Sub-Ordinate foam pierced through the body of a Dominant foam. It was a lot of reshaping and cutting and slicing down before I manage to settle with this one. Hmm, on second thoughts, I might need to shave one of them down further. We’ll see…

 

& lastly, here’s the 2-Dimensional Sketch Analysis!

 

In summation, some of the key pointers I have acquired through this lesson were:

  1. Cantilever: A long projecting beam fixed at one end, used in bridge construction
  2. Gestalt Principle:  Where the sum of the whole is greater than it’s part
  3. Wedging: Cutting out a section, wedging another object in between the cut-out
  4. Piercing: When one box literally go through another
  5. Cradling: When an object is stuck between 2 others

 

(Happen to suck at doing an outro too, so…)

Toodles! wink

2D Sketch Analysis & 3D Models

A 3-dimensional item I found to be interesting:

• KNOTTED BANDANA •

Bandana is a multi-functional item. The possibility is endless. I can choose to style up an outfit by having it wrapped around my head or it can be used as a decorative piece on any handbags. Have an open wound? Well, fret not. It can be used as a bandage as well, so use it to dress your wound in time of crisis! This is why I am so intrigued by it.

2-Dimensional Sketch Analysis:

  • Dominant: Band of the bandana
  • Sub-Dominant: Knot
  • Sub-Ordinate: Ribbon
  • Texture: 100% Pure Cotton, Opaque
  • Void: The negative space between the batik patterns

3-Dimensional Cardboard Models

Central Theme: HALF

#01: 

 

#02:

#03:

 

3D Models Sketch Analysis: