Our adventure starts with the basic observation of a handcraft work. Mine was the production process of a small accessory which you can attach to your bags, jackets and so forth. What we have to pay attention is the steps which are important, take long time or repeated several times. There we put the process down on paper: flowchart. Then, what we do next is have a model consist of stick elements. It has a close loop so that it means the process is endless; repeated over and over by the craftsman all day long. My approach to that kind of model is like express my process in a way that it makes a whole by its small units. With other words, produce a harmony in the model by its fragmented parts which conserve a rhythm. These little fragmented elements have much defined strong relationship. Also there is a second part; the part which has longer stick forms which express more of the quality of linear elements. Briefly, my design is composed of 2 parts: one is fragmented and emphasized and other is less dominant and rather small. Additionally, we have a controlling system: grid. It helps us have an order, a way of meaning rhythm.
Secondly, we were asked to produce a variation of that model. What is needed to be thought first here is the word “variation” itself. This word means not to produce completely a new think. We still have to consider our design principles and operational flowcharts. The material given is cardboard which has a more planar quality than linear quality. Therefore, we are able to explore the new potentials of operations and produce the model in a different way. My design idea stays the same in this model, too. Having smaller parts define a relationship and they also has a relation with longer elements. However, I define an area which made of longer planar elements which is a “transition area”. A specific are which clearly relates longer parts and small parts. The structure of my model now become more organized which create an overall unity. (Compositional whole)
Another variation which is expected from us has a total specific goal; merge the two previous models. Since that these two models are made of the same operations we have different possibilities about how to merge. We can carefully merge these models in a way that the same operations juxtapose on top of each other or we can just merge two models and after that relate the same parts using other meaning of express it. My attitude is more of like the second one. That way, I had to find other tools to combine and define the parts. This is more of a developed design idea. The variation of similar parts, size of parts and the volume they define are my tools to relate parts. We observe more of enclosed volumes (spaces) that have a proportional relation.
Later we have to produce two conceptual models according to themes. Mines are infiltration and transparency. Well, the main idea here is to understand the nature of these words. The tricky part is that we have to apply these themes to a new variation. What I do is select my theme as “Infiltrated transparency”. So, the whole characteristics of model will chanced according to a design idea. Before starting I pay specific attention to examine the characteristics of the materials we have: the acetate, cardboard and the stick elements. These all have different qualities due to transparency. From opaque to transparent it goes like; cardboard, acetate, stick elements… These explorations are going to be helpful while making adjustments in my model. I choose a different path to follow. There will be the transparency which is going to infiltrate to a certain precision. I determined 3 layers in my previous model and also 3 other which are orthogonal to them. Therefore I obtain 9 squares. Then, I classified these sub-volumes according to their level of transparency. On one corner of the model there is rather opaque area. I make it a total enclosed mass in order to emphasize the 100% opacity level. Then on the following layers there is more like planar elements which have overlaps and positioned in a way that they reflect different depth quality which can be relatable to transparency. The planes are arranged in a way that from different angles we observe different levels of transparency. I use acetate paper which help to define less emphasized volumes in following layers. Then some layers which has reflective quality of being more transparent owing to the volumetric effects. The depth quality here is less dominant than the previous layers. Therefore, we can observe different levels. The last area is the most transparent area in the whole model consisting of stick elements which are positioned in a way that they defined much bigger volumes which are also in relation with the planar elements in the previous layers.
As you can see we had worked a lot. 😀 We are still working because we are going to have jury in a few weeks so we still have things to do. Catch up!