Reflective Journal: Week 1

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Thursday 11/09/14

After yesterday's introductory lecture, today was our first lesson. Finding the room was simple, which has made me feel a lot more comfortable right away. This morning after meeting new faces whilst waiting for our tutor, Katie arrived. Our first task involved interacting with one another, by telling facts about yourself to a partner. It was quite interesting actually. We then explained these facts to the rest of the group, which did break the ice quite a bit. Next, the brief of our first project was announced. A research task. We were given a list of practitioners, materials and processes. To familiarise ourselves with the list, we walked around the building and took pictures of anything which could relate to any word on it. Above is an image of a tyre which relates to the word 'rubber'. With these images that were collected, quick, expressive, drawings were completed. 12 drawings all based on a different word, words such as: 'metal', 'repeat', 'stone' and 'wood'. As the end of the day was approaching, Katie set us work to finish the research task. Over the weekend, these drawings were to be completed, and one word from each block on the list (ignoring the fashion and textiles row) had to be researched. I left feeling excited. We hadn't done anything strenuous today, which was expected for the first day. But, I've enjoyed it and am ready to get stuck into each project.

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Friday 12/09/14

The research task requires us to gather information from books, websites and museums. Today, I have visited the V&A museum. Whilst there, I chose the words from the list which I will research. From the materials list, I've chosen: bone, ink, paper, stone and feathers. From the process list, I've chosen: amplify, cover, hang, repeat and touch. I found the trip extremely useful, collecting images which are relevant and drawing from various objects in the museum. Not only was it productive in gathering photos and sketches, but for information too. This is where i gathered a lot of the information of each word I have chosen. next, I plan to present this research in my sketchbook.

Below is a photograph from an exbhibition at the V&A museum. The exhibition is called Disobedient Objects. This particular piece is made from paper mache, which is one of the words I have chosen from the list.

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Weekend 13/09/14 and 14/0914

Lots of research has been gathered. Now for presenting it all in my book. I've started with practitioners, these include: Meadham Kirchhoff, Daniel Eatock, Andreas Gursky, Stefan Stagmeister and Henrik Vibskov. This is my favourite part  of researching. I like to gather it in my sketchbook all in a way which is visually exciting and easy to follow, but gives lots of information. On Saturday, I worked on researching the practitioners further, then finally added it all into my book. This took most of the day, and I was pretty tired by the end of it...so that was Saturday done. Sunday, I collected all research for the matrials and processes, then recorded it all in my book. Although I have collected lots of research through books and the museum trip, I've continued to add more from relevant websites. By Sunday evening, I had finished my research. Next, I began to complete the sketching task from images we had taken. This didn't take too long, because the purpose of this task was to be quick and expressive. After this, I was done! Up to date and ready for the following week of work.

Above is an image from my sketchbook of the research based on Meadham Kirchhoff.

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