Exercise 4.4 Material resource and preliminary sampling

As with much of this assignment I do feel I have felt incredibly stagnated throughout and retrospectively can now see that this is reflected in my choice of materials gathered for going forward:



Old samples from earlier courses

Old sketchbooks and sketches

Excess fabric samples sent by suppliers

Scraps of fabric left over from both OCA and non OCA projects

I do appreciate that I have not been able to gather widely both for financial and ongoing health reasons but this has forced me to also really look around my home and use what is available to me and what I also feel will be suitable going forward into Assignment 5 – apart from the lutratur and Tyvek the materials included in this list have been used earlier in this assignment but I want to explore further combinations and possibilities that at this point have not yet been considered or come to mind.   I do realise that this list and selection is far from exhaustive and will be looking to add further recycled papers to this selection although the sketches and sketchbooks do create the foundation on which I can build and explore three dimensional shapes and using the Tyvek and Lutradur to create distortion and destruction.

The preliminary sampling is a direct development done in Exercise 4.2 but incorporating lutradur and Tyvek with relevant heat treating after stitching and hence a process-led approach was taken as I felt the earlier samples had given a clear path to follow for this stage and hence there are only two very basic sketches.

The introduction of Tyvek and lutradur strengthened the sketchbook card pieces whilst also enabling  varying degrees of distortion to the shapes which could in turn be used to enhance the narrative further – in essence this distortion or destruction has the potential be to perceived as the destruction of cells or molecules due to disease.  These preliminary samples will no doubt create further ideas, thoughts and developments of concepts which in turn will be organised and collated into a mind map or Gantt chart in due course.

The final sample I have not included in my physical submission of this assignment to my tutor due simply to not being able to find an appropriate sized box prior to posting.  The sample simply consisted of 8 hexagons cut from sketchbook pages, topped with Tyvek and stitched into a very early conceptual model molecule before being heat treated to distort and decay the Tyvek – this in turn has distorted, as I now expected the shape itself which I find incredibly intriguing and is something I finally feel excites me in this assignment!  The model has a degree of flexibility and could be crushed (hence wanting that small box) whilst now having a more textural appearance and feel – texture is something that has been missing throughout Exercise 4.2 as a whole and I now feel this is something that really needs correcting but in a measured and considered way. The contextual research will dictate how important texture is to these models or whether it is simply a secondary issue or an added bonus – the distortion however I feel could be vital as it creates new possibilities for the models with a degree of unpredictability that I want to try and control or harness.


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