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: Ideation + Development

Scents can bring back memories or set the mood. Here we have 2 scents, one pleasant and one unpleasant. Let’s get it started!!

PLEASANT MEMORY: 

https://katiescarlettblog.files.wordpress.com/2016/09/img_1912.jpg

AROMATIC ROOM DIFFUSER laughing

This is my all time go to scent for room diffuser. I swear it makes nap time x10 better. I am in love with how every corner of my room has this floral/woody scent. It makes my room feel soooooo cozy and warm. Since I spend a whole lot of time in my own private space, hence I love having a diffuser around. It just makes things a lot better for me. It puts you in the mood you know! Breathing in this scent reminds me of home, my own comfort zone, this is the reason why I pick the diffuser.

A simple mind map to illustrate my idea

The texture of material: Smooth, Carved, Angular, Rigid

The texture of scent: Top note is actually Spring Daisy scented whilst the Base note is Sandalwood. As for the texture, I’d say it is MELLOW AND SOFT

Colors I associate with it: Transparent, Clear, Light

 

UNPLEASANT MEMORY:

A JACKET LEFT BEHIND BY MY EX-BF cry

It has stayed in my closet for quite some time already, but arguably, it still more or less has the scent of his cologne (if you inhale deeply). Though it triggers some bad memories every time I attempt to do my Mnemosyneyne assignment, well the rest of the time, it is just another piece of cloth to me, so I have never thought of throwing it away. What a waste!

A simple mind map to illustrate my idea

The texture of material: Soft, Smooth, Cellular, Rainproof

The texture of scent: Manly (mainly the cologne hahaha), Musky

Colors I associate with it: BLUE – because it is the color of melancholia.

 

PROCESS OF THE MAKING

Collecting variations of bottles in terms of shapes, sizes, and colors.

My photogenic classmate

Then, execution! I started by cutting up transparent bottles into strips/cubes. These are meant for the structure design for PLEASANT SCENT! I chose to use transparent plastic to realise my idea of “Transparent, Clear and Light”. 

Moving on, I went ahead to construct the skeleton of my “Halo”/ Christmas wreath thingy using wires provided in the 3D Room. Yes to saving money on resources! Then, I use the heat gun and melt the individual pieces of plastics so that it shrivels up aesthetically.

Subsequently, I make use of a piece of available blue plastic and started crafting my design for “unpleasant scent”. Like I said, I relate BLUE as the color that represents my emotions whenever I smell the jacket. Thus, I thought the color would best fit in this scenario. Using the tool that burns hole, I started by mimicking holes that signify the texture of the fabric.

As such!

http://seedmagazine.com/portfolio/22_library-of-lungs.html

 

And so, we get our final product!

RATIONALE:

Positive Scent: Choice of color to be transparent white since the idea of transparency indicates lightness and airiness. Just like the characteristics of evaporated scent being diffused into the surrounding air.  The irregular shapes of the white pieces is supposed to indicate a dispersal of scent that reaches all corners of the room, hence the circular arch.

Negative Scent: Blue, prior to what I have mentioned above, is a reflection of my true emotion whenever I pick up a whiff of that familiar colonge (regardless if it is from the jacket or not). The holey texture on the plastic is meant to replicate the texture of a cloth (up close on microscopic view). And the idea of it hanging by a thread is a depiction of my feelings from the old time past (which I will not go into hehe). The little spherical ball inside of the blue plastic structure represents my heart – caged.

Well on a lighter note, positivity always overwhelms the negativity anyway! So this is why the structure of the positive scent goes over and beyond the structure of the negative scent.

FEEDBACKS FROM CHERYL:

The transparent plastic can afford to be A LOT MORE winding in several directions. Thinner metal rod perhaps? 🙂

PHOTOSHOOT OF MY STRUCTURE:

I love how the transparent portion takes in the light and created this cool blue hue.

Figured I could play with the temperature of lighting to create a different mood. What do you think?

 

Okay, ciaos!

Thanks for reading.