Today I continued to think about some ideas about my two themes.
One of these two themes is surrealism.
The reason of why I chose this theme is that I realized students are giving themselves many great pressure. This is the main result of social trends. Students have to experience for education at least 12 years, especially of Asian students who are going to attend College entrance examination. Most of them have to study from 7 AM until 12AM every day. At the same time, due to strong pressure, more and more students get depression and other mental illness. In order to reduce their pressure and let them to have time for relaxing, so I would like to design a psychotherapy for them.
Personally, I think I am under great pressure now. The pressure that was me now even more than the pressure when I prepared the college entrance examination. Ask myself, as a desire to enter the university students, the biggest desire is to have a place to get rid of these heavy pressure in the real life. So I want one place which can meet this wish. That’s the whole process that I have thought.
From this process, I have learnt to get ideas from the true life. Try to put myself in my own design. For example, If I happened to design a room for a doctor. I would not design a big double bed because I won’t have chance to enjoy it. I always be very tired and fall in sleep very fast. I would design a bookshelf because I have to always try to learn new knowledge if I am a doctor. I also have to design a television with CD-ROM drive or a computer so I can review the surgical information and videos easily. And so on. The reason of why I could thought these furniture is that my parents are eye doctors(ophthalmologists). I lived with my parents about 20 years so I know what things they always need. And I envisaged that if I were them, I would prefer to have any furniture in my room or what kind of layout.
I think this is the reason why customers always think that some of the interior designers are very intimate. Because they will put themselves in place for the customer to consider some of the details.
During I choose the theme, I realized I should write down what I was thinking and try to catch my jumping minds. Then I wrote down “Tang Dynasty” “Ancient Culture” respectively. Then I found that these two things are the same. They are mysterious, old and gorgeous. It’s the first time that I realized what really made me interested was the mystery of the unknown by recording my own thinking process with paper. Those who clearly do not belong to this era of civilization deeply attracted me. But if I did not record my thinking on paper, I would not re-understand myself. Of course, I will not find my first theme forever. My first theme is witchcraft culture. So I have learnt to write down my ideas for catching my mind, even any wired ideas. From now on, I will try to write something that is presented in my brain whenever I am going to need to extend my thoughts. Maybe there will be an accidental harvest. I also have researched geometric shapes、visual trick、metatron cube and yin and yang as extending.
At the same time, I also thought about using “Fairy Tale”、“Dream” or “surrealism” as my second theme because I chose it for children and students. When we were children, we always dreamed to be a prince or princess to find the true love and be happy forever. But with the age growing, we gradually realized that this is not possible and forgot the initial dreams. I would like to design a kindergarten or also a psychotherapy with this theme to help children’s dream come true. And I also wish they will fell relaxed and ease the pressure of learning. In this place, every child would feel like Alice. They will have an illusion as they are in the white rabbit hole. Although it is not real, even just a lie, I believe it will be a sweet dream.
During the last project, I have learnt how to use google sketch-up and layout to draw some different floor plans. I also made some models by using different materials and some machines. I also did some artist research、book research、material research、restaurant research、concept research and many developments with sketches for that project. In this process, I have failed and also succeed but they all became an important experience for me.
One of my themes is fairy tale. Or may be called Disney because I chose the fairy tale for little children. When we were children, we always dreamed to be a prince or princess to find the true love and be happy forever. But with the age growing, we gradually realized that this is not possible and forgot the initial dreams. I would like to design a kindergarten with the theme as fairy tale to help children’s dream come true. In this kindergarten, every child would feel like Alice. They will have an illusion as they are in the white rabbit hole. Although it is just a lie, I believe it will be a sweet dream.
That was my first thought. But I have to change my theme after I talked my idea with my tutor. He thought that it is too limited to use fairy tale as theme. So it will be very hard to do the research. Then I thought about surrealism as my theme. It not only includes the fairy tale but also can research more than fairy tale.
I have learnt I need to choose broadly noun as my theme in the future. This is more conducive to open up my mind.
Today I have learnt how to draw oil painting in a gentle way.
I used to used natural colours for reflecting a relatively strong contrast between the bright and shadows. But this time, I tried to add white both in the dark side and bright side. This method makes the object more gentle and delicate. By the way, this is another new painting technique for me at all.
I will use this skill to try to draw some perspective drawing for my floor plan in the future when I need to press the gentle of the whole style.
I also learnt how to create new colours by using only three natural colours and white. We all know screens from computers or televisions used only yellow, red and blue to show all the images. So this time, I tried to use these three colours to work, just like electronic screens. I have found red add blue will produce black, red add yellow will produce orange, yellow add blue will produce green. So that it can be created many different kinds of colours to consist of a beautiful painting.
And in the life drawing class, I learned shorthand sketch. That means I have to draw an object after I saw it and I can’t look at it when I was drawing. I have tried to promote my memory about the shape and lines.
As far as I am concerned, I think it would be a great advantage to have this technology for interior designers. If i saw a very interesting design but I did not have a camera to record it at that time, I will record this design quickly with a pen. This way will make me impressed in this design. Moreover, in general, I will not always see my own pictures and I will forget it soon. But if it is painted down, I will often read it and try to remember .
I have learnt how to write bibliography.
If I researched some books, I should write down the author second name、author initials、(date published)、title and publication place. So that I can find the source of this idea when I would like to check the source of idea and more easy to find more things from my research. At the same time, it can deepen our understanding of design style and other things recording the information about the book.
For example, so far, I am most impressed by a book called《flea market style》. This book is rich but not bright colours. When I saw it at first view, I thought it was a book about the Victorian style, because it was looked like come from the 50s. If let me describe, I think this interior style is more like a grandmother’s room. Because I need to record bibliography, I have to read the introduction of this book. By reading the introduction to this book, I have more confirmed that this design style when was it popular. That was very important.
If I researched pictures and information from internet, I should write down the website title, following by the URL and then(the date you accessed the page).
From now on, I will keep the habit of writing bibliography. Just like keeping the table clean and tidy. I will find the important information intuitively and simply. At the same time, it will help us to remember some well-known designer’s names. It is an advantage to always order summary.
This is the beginning of my final major project in the foundation. This time, I have to chose two of my interests to be the themes.
At first, I just asked myself what do I like and myself told me that the SanXingDui Museum was fascinated by me since I viewed it first time. I went to internet and watched some videos with SanXingDui Museum. I also did some simply sketch but my mind was frozen by there complicated documentaries.
After that, I realised I should write down what I was thinking and try to catch my jumping minds. Then I wrote down “Tang Dynasty” “Ancient Culture” respectively.Then I found that these two things are the same. They are mysterious, old and gorgeous. It’s the first time that I realised what really made me interested was the mystery of the unknown by recording my own thinking process with paper. Those who clearly do not belong to this era of civilization deeply attracted me. But if I did not record my thinking on paper, I would not re-understand myself. Of course, I will not find my first theme forever. My first theme is witchcraft culture .
So I have learnt to write down my ideas for catching my mind, even any wired ideas.
From now on, I will try to write something that is presented in my brain whenever I am going to need to extend my thoughts. Maybe there will be an accidental harvest.
Because when you first write an idea, you would think this is your most perfect idea. You even think that this is your final design idea and then it has been drawn out of a floor plan in your mind. But that’s wrong. It is imprisoned your thoughts in the beginning. After that your thoughts have became involuntarily in the local rotation.
Well, today I started to make a model by some pieces of soft wood.