Watching peers interact with my blind

I noticed that my peers were getting confused about which blind cord/tag to pull and I immediately started to think of ways to simplify this. I thought about making the tags  more obvious or completely taking away one of the blind cords. However, I later started to think that this confusion actually plays to my piece and helps to communicate the feelings associated with hoarding/minimalism. This is because it reflects the inner turmoil people experience when trying to dispose of a sentimental possession. I am going to keep both of the cords hanging, however I still need to think of a way to make my tags more meaningful.

Resolving my final outcome problems by speaking to peers

I made lots of crucial changes to my final outcome today and I am really pleased about the way it is developing. When feeling very overwhelmed by research and stuck for ideas, I took my laptop to a group of my peers that I don’t usually talk to about my project and they helped me to join my ideas together by looking through my blog. I chose to show them my final outcome designs, as I now have over 15 and each has interesting ideas, but not enough to make up a meaningful final outcome. This was a really effective way to push my ideas forward, as we were able to pull aspects of each design together to create a whole new installation idea. Ruth was especially helpful, as she suggested using a vertical blind to stitch my possessions into and the actually installation was the main aspect I was struggling with. In my new design, viewers will be able to pull the blind to minimise all the stitched possessions, as the possessions will turn away with the blind and the viewer will have a clear view once this is gone. I think this is an effective way to communicate the idea that clutter is a barrier and that removing it allows us to see life more clearly. I also think it will be effective to have an interactive piece, as I hope that the viewer will consider the role clutter plays in their lives when pulling the string. I now need to consider how and where I will install my blind, as there are some limitations which I could encounter, such as not being able to attach the blind railing to the ceiling.

 

Reviewing my textile test samples and final design ideas with Sorrel and Dave

Even though I had 4 final outcome designs, there were two that I was leaning towards and Sorrel was pleased with both. To help choose between the two ideas, Sorrel suggested visualising both with some quick test samples. This was a really useful activity, as I ended up combining features from both designs to generate a new idea. I was really pleased with the outcome of my textile possession test samples, as I think they look polished and ‘final piece ready’. I therefore thought the most effective idea was my interactive installation design, in which people would be able to move my textile possessions. Having said that, Sorrel and Dave recognised that my idea still needed pushing further by highlighting the minimalist possessions in some way. We decided that an effective way to achieve this would be to print the minimalist possessions into a piece of fabric and then attach the ‘clutter’ with velcro or magnets so that it can be removed. I like this idea, as it links to my research in which I removed possessions from my room and I think it will look visually interesting. I now need to start making more possessions so that I can decide if this installation will be visually effective enough.

Reviewing my new final outcome idea with Sorrel

I was pleased that Sorrel thought my new idea was a step forward, however I realise that it still needs developing over the weekend. I would like to make my piece interactive, as living a minimalistic lifestyle is very much about personal choices and I will be interesting to see how people’s decisions effect my piece throughout the course of the exhibition. My initial idea was to have two velcro boards and a box of handmade velcro possessions beneath. By asking the question, ‘what couldn’t you live without?’, people would be encouraged to add the possessions to a  board (with one board representing what you need and the other containing clutter that is not needed to live). This was my initial idea because I thought it would be interesting to see if the board  representing what you need to live would remain minimalistic. I haven’t ruled out this idea, however I am unsure how many possessions I would need to make and I think I could develop the idea into a cleverer outcome. After looking at visuals of interactive exhibitions, I am beginning to think of ways in which I can incorporate string, as this is a very versatile material that people would be able to wrap around or pull towards possessions. Tomorrow morning I aim to create some quick textile development pieces of possessions to see which technique works best, as I feel this will help me visualise my final outcome more clearly and hopefully come up with some installation ideas.

Finding visuals to help think a more meaningful final outcome idea

  • Create a long fabric wall hanging to show all the possessions I have disposed of

Interactive piece with flaps to hide possessions > when all flaps are down, the piece would be very minimalistic

  • Use string to create an interactive piece in which people wrap pieces of string around possessions

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  • Interactive piece in which people can move possessions around a magnet or velcro board
  • Juxtaposition between hoarding and minimalism
  • White on white > minimalistic effect
  • Cutting away/ letting go of possessions

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Tutorial about my final outcome idea

My tutorial gave me a bit of a shock, as Sorrel informed me that the final outcome design I have been working on isn’t meaningful enough and needs completely changing. I now realise that I was choosing the easy option, as my curtain idea was too obvious and didn’t link to much of my research. Dave gave me the idea to stitch possessions into a tablecloth, with one half being cluttered and one minimalistic (showing 5 possessions that are essential for living). I didn’t feel very enthusiastic about this idea, however there were parts of the design which really interested me. I think that using white on white would be an effective way to represent minimalism, as I could use different shades of white fabric and thread to create very subtle imagery. I also liked the idea of physically cutting the tablecloth to separate the ‘hoarding’ and ‘minimalistic’ sides, as I think this would be an visually engaging way to represent the process of letting go of possessions. I am beginning to think that I could use this cutting idea to make my piece interactive, as I found that the most memorable pieces on the Liverpool trip were the interactive installations. After my tutorial Sorrel suggested finding a range of visuals in art books to give me inspiration. I am hoping this is useful, as I have been finding very familiar artists when carrying out internet research and it would be useful to discover some artwork that is less well known, as this is more likely to spark new ideas.