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My process of coming up with this final idea has been long and rather stressful, but I am finally happy with the outcome of the final idea that I am planning to produce for the end of this year.
As an end result I am hoping to have a contemporary, easy portable, playful, convenient and usable piece of work. I would imagine the lampshades I am going to produce would be sold separately and would be made for mass production at the stores like habitat or lighting stores and contemporary household stores.
The lampshades I finally set my heart to are initially inspired by chakras but I have decided to cut the seriousness about it and concentrate on their colour instead, as this always was one of the main matters that attracted me to go into spirituality subject. I failed to recognise for a long time what has attracted me to chakras and the ideas that I was coming up with, I struggled to find the sync between the ideas and the concept that I was going with.
I am a big nature lover and a fan of Victorian era co I came to the conclusion that I should combine the three elements together to create one outcome. This way I would enjoy making work and my final year. At first it seemed impossible as chakras does not have much in common with Victorian er, however once I have recognised which factors I am mostly attracted to from the three subjects that mostly influence me at this time and are important to me I have come up with a clear image of what I want to achieve for my final piece of work of the year.
I found my fascination of acanthus leaf since last year as well as rococo style, so I decided to have lase cut out of acrylic prospects acanthus leaves. The colour of the acrylic prospects will be based and inspired by the chakras colour, as I come to understanding that the colour is the main factor that I like about them. I like my lampshade to be easy build and easily portable, so any age person could manage to build it and take it apart and bring it with them if on the move due to circumstances. To do that the shades will have to be flat packed and easily assembled.
To join the laser cut acanthus leafs I will have acrylic rings joining them together, so it just slots in each other. I also going to have the shade I have been working on in while porcelain in the middle of the acrylic structure. The porcelain shade is going to be plain white and I am still debating on the glaze. I am aware that the glazed item would be more protected from spillage accidents or even long term hanging as the air caries dust, I take in consideration a smoking environment, as if the shade hanging over a long time it would get yellow coating.

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Lamp-shades

This year for my project i want to work with light, so i thought of making a lampshade or a chandalear. Here is some inspirational lampshades that i like.

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I like these because it is colourful and vibrant, has the ‘retro’ feel to it. Perhaps it is not the most creative shades but the colours do compliment each other well.

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These light are more of intalation in a way than mood setting household light, i do think they are fantastic and would be perfect in a ‘chill’ room, i would like them smaller though than so oversized. i found these at http://inhabitat.com/the-best-green-designs-from-wanted-design-2012/
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On this one i love the way the light reflects on the wall. Seems clean and simple design.
http://www.dore-kau.com/beautiful-unique-table-lamps-living-room/
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once again i do love the effect it gives on the wall.
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here is another light fixture that i really like, reminds me of elegance and glamour, abot of 1940 perhaps. http://loretta219.rssing.com/chan-35827205/all_p1.html
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These are stunning, i love the black marbles and the diamontis, also very settle shape. http://1decor.net/lamp-made-of-marble-and-swarovski-with-unique-design/
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These are created by Spanish designer Miguel Angel Garcia Belmonte, he used traditional techniques and naturtal materials to create thsese contemporary lighting design. it is very athmosphese setting with the settle light shining through each shade. I do really like them, also loving the simple shapes.
http://www.contemporist.com/2015/03/04/a-warm-glow-slips-through-the-porous-skin-of-these-ceramic-lampshades/
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http://plumen.com/2014/06/flat-pack-designer-lampshade-2/
I think this is such a cleaver design! easy portable and contemporary looking shade. This is not only smart but very conviniant.


Statment on the piece

I have decided to combine my interest of nature and spirituality into one piece. For this year project I am creating a lampshade based on chakra which each of us have, weather we believe in it or not. There are seven main chakras in human body which are as disks of invisible energy that runs throughout the body. Each chakra represents different aspects of living and it runs from the base of the spine though the crown of the head. Each of them have a different colour; purple- crown; blue- third eye, light blue- throat, green- heart, yellow- solar plexus, orange- sacral, red- root, which is also an aspect that attracted me to the subject. I personally relate positive energy to nature so I have decided to incorporate acanthus leaf within a design, which would also relates to my interest of Victorian era style that I have developed throughout the course.  The shades will contain laser cut acanthus leaf out of acrylic sheets which would be the colour of the chakra, within the frame I am planning to have rings joining the frame together and a white porcelain bowl shaped shade inside of the frame. In order to set the mood I am going to use a warm while bulb to compliment the shade as well as give relaxing atmosphere. I am looking into most convenient way to build the shades, so the lampshades I am going to complete is going to be a foldable design. I am trying to find an easy way to put the shade together which would be easily portable and suitable for any age group to do.


Chakras

The Importance of the Main Chakras in the Body

These swirling wheels of energy correspond to massive nerve centers in the body. Each of the seven main chakras contains bundles of nerves and major organs as well as our psychological, emotional, and spiritual states of being. Since everything is moving, it’s essential that our seven main chakras stay open, aligned, and fluid. If there is a blockage, energy cannot flow. Think of something as simple as your bathtub drain. If you allow too much hair to go into the drain, the bathtub will back up with water, stagnate and eventually bacteria and mold will grow. So is too with our bodies and the chakras. A bathtub is simple; it’s physical so the fix is easy.Keeping a chakra open is a bit more of a challenge, but not so difficult when you have awareness. Since mind, body, soul, and spirit are intimately connected, awareness of an imbalance in one area will help bring the others back into balance. Take for example, a wife, who has recently lost her husband. She develops acute bronchitis, which remains in the chest, and then gets chest pains each time she coughs. The whole heart chakra is affected in this case. If she realizes the connection between the loss and the bronchitis, healing will occur much faster if she honors the grieving process and treats that as well as the physical ailment. – See more at: http://www.chopra.com/ccl/what-is-a-chakra#sthash.R2obsGeL.dpuf

What is Energy & Why does It Affect Our Chakras?

Sunlight is our main source and provider of light, heat and energy. Not only does sunlight sustain all life on Earth, but also it sustains the Earth itself. It provides plants with the energy for photosynthesis, which in turn sustains the lives of all animals and humans. Sunlight consists of energies in the form of the electromagnetic waves and part of this electromagnetic energy includes cosmic rays, gamma rays, x-rays, visible light rays, infrared rays, micro waves and short and long waves (radio waves). We utilize many of these energies in our daily lives; however, we seem not to put much emphasis on the visible light rays. We refer to them as the visible light rays because of all the energies mentioned above we can see visually see light rays. By holding a prism towards the sun, we can break down the visible spectrum of light rays into seven different beams of color. Light consists of the seven color energies: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. We can see these seven colors in a rainbow, drop of rain or dew and even in a snowflake.

Color and light are inseparable. Each color of the visible light rays has a different wavelength and vibrational frequency, which affects us differently. Red has the longest wavelength and the slowest vibrational frequency, which we innately recognize as warm and stimulating. Whereas, violet has the shortest wavelength and the fastest frequency that we recognize as a cool and calming energy. We receive light and color information through our eyes, which then stimulates the retina and its cells, rods and cones. These impulses, which travel through the optic nerve to the visual cortex of the brain via the pituitary, trigger other glands and their hormone secretion to various parts of the body. Many body functions are stimulated or retarded by light and the different colors of light and thus affect our chakra system.

Since light and its colors physically affect glands and hormones, they will also have a marked influence on our moods and feelings. Science has proven that certain colors can calm the mind while others stimulate mental activity. We need light energy for nourishing our brain, our emotions and our physical body as well as our light bodies and especially our chakras. Light can also enter through our skin and our breath. As well, we can receive additional color energy through a balance of various colored foods, herbs, vitamins, aromatherapy, sound, minerals, clothing, decor and color bathing. http://chakraenergy.com/intro.html

Root or Base Chakra
Colour Association Red
Sanskit Name Muladhara
Location Base of spine, coccyx
Lesson Survival–The right to exist. Deals with tasks related to the material and physical world. Ability to stand up for oneself and security issues.
Imbalances Anemia, fatigue, lower back pain, sciatica, depression. Frequent colds or cold hands and cold feet.
Root Stimulants Physical exercise and restful sleeps, gardening, pottery and clay. Red food & drink. Red gemstones, red clothing, bathing in red, etc. Using red oils such as ylang ylang or sandalwood essential oils.

 

Spleen Chakra
Colour Association Orange
Sanskit Name Svadisthana
Location Below navel, lower abdomen
Lesson Feelings—The right to feel. Connected to our sensing abilities and issues related to feelings. Ability to be social and intimacy issues.
Imbalances Eating disorders. Alcohol and drug abuse. Depression. Low back pain. Asthma or allergies. Candida & yeast infections. Urinary problems. Sensuality issues as well as impotency and frigidity.
Spleen Stimulants Hot aromatic baths, water aerobics, massage.Embracing sensation (such as different food tastes). Orange food & drink. Orange gemstones and orange clothing. Using orange oils such as melissa or orange essential oils.

 

Solar Plexus Chakra
Colour Association Yellow
Sanskit Name Manipura
Location Above the navel, stomach area
Lesson Personal power–The right to think. Balance of intellect, self-confidence and ego power. Ability to have self-control and humor.
Imbalances Digestive problems, ulcers, diabetes, hypoglycemia, constipation. Nervousness, toxicity, parasites, colitis, poor memory.
Solar Plexus Stimulants Taking classes, reading informative books, doing mind puzzles. Sunshine. Detoxication programs. Yellow food & drink. Yellow gemstones and yellow clothing. Using yellow oils such as lemon or rosemary essential oils.

 

Heart Chakra
Colour Association Green
Sanskit Name Anahata
Location Center of chest
Lesson Relationships–The right to love. Love, forgiveness, compassion. Ability to have self-control. Acceptance of oneself.
Imbalances Heart and breathing disorders. Heart and breast cancer. Chest pain. High blood pressure. Passivity. Immune system problems. Muscular tension.
Heart Stimulants Nature walks, time spent with family or friends. Green food & drink. Green gemstones and green clothing. Using green oils such as eucalyptus or pine essential oils.

 

Throat Chakra
Colour Association Blue
Sanskit Name Visuddha
Location Throat region
Lesson Relationships–The right to speak. Learning to express oneself and one’s beliefs (truthful expression). Ability to trust. Loyalty. Organization and planning.
Imbalances Thyroid imbalances, swollen glands. Fevers and flu. Infections. Mouth, jaw, tongue, neck and shoulders problems. Hyperactivity. Hormonal disorders such as PMS, mood swings, bloating and menopause.
Throat Stimulants Singing (in the shower), poetry, stamp or art collecting. Meaningful conversations. Blue food & drink. Blue gemstones and blue clothing. Using blue oils such as chamomile or geranium essential oils.

 

Brow or Third Eye Chakra
Colour Association Indigo
Sanskit Name Anja
Location Forehead, in between the eyes.
Lesson Intuition–The right to “see.” Trusting one’s intuition and insights. Developing one’s psychic abilities. Self-realization. Releasing hidden and repressed negative thoughts.
Imbalances Learning disabilities, co-ordination problems, sleep disorders.
Depression Thyroid imbalances, swollen glands. Fevers and flu. Infections. Mouth, jaw, tongue, neck and shoulders problems. Hyperactivity. Hormonal disorders such as PMS, mood swings, bloating and menopause.
Brow Stimulants Star gazing. Mediation Indigo food & drink. Indigo gemstones and indigo clothing. Using indigo oils such as patchouli or frankincense essential oils.

 

Crown Chakra
Colour Association Violet
Sanskit Name Sahasrara
Location Top of head
Lesson Knowingness–The right to aspire. Dedication to the divine consciousness and trusting the universe. Learning about one’s spirituality. Our connection to the concept of “God” or a higher intelligence. Integrating one’s consciousness and subconsciousness into the superconsciousness.
Imbalances Headaches. Photosensitivity. Mental illness. Neuralgia.Senility. Right/left brain disorders and coordination problems. Epilepsy. Varicose veins and blood vessel problems. Skin Rashes.
Crown Stimulants Focusing on dreams. Writing down one’s visions and inventions. Violet food & drink. Violet gemstones and violet clothing. Using violet oils such as lavender or jasmine essential oils.

 


Research & Development questionnaire

To understand where we stand in the world with our work we have been provided with the questionnaire to complete.

  • Identify three key values in your own practice?
  1. Up-cycling
  2. Textiles
  3. Aesthetic look/ elegant

I have developed a big interest in up cycling items, and to the phrase that ”one mans trash is the other ones treasure”, so for this year and my practice after I would definitely say it is important to me. I enjoy textiles a lot so this would be included into my values as I enjoy making soft furnishings. This would most likely include screen printing and embroidery work. As for the aesthetic look, that is more what I believe is beautiful and pleases my eye. The items I make I do try to make them with the smooth finish and eye appealing. My most inspiration that I am attracted to is 1700s more of Victorian era rococo style patterns, furniture, and ornaments. However that is only an inspiration and I am hoping to develop an individual and contemporary look based on the style that intrigues me.

  • What is the purpose/function of your practice?

The purpose would be that I am turning unused, unwanted item into eye appealing, new looking one. Giving a new life and a new beginning.

  • Who is your audience/user?

The audience could be anything above 18 years of age however realistically I would aim for anyone 25+, because of my style inspiration choices and because over 25s tend to have more stability within their life and would be prepared to pay for an item(s)

  • How do you access them?

The most powerful thing this day – internet

  1. Online sale / through my website
  2. online sale as Ebay or Etsy, Pinterest (shop.com board)

I would attend craft fairs and exhibitions where I can showcase and sell my work. I would look into local craft fairs at the beginning and depending on the income I would apply to sell my work around different fairs.

http://www.craftfairs-wales.co.uk/  here is the site mainly aimed at crafters and craft fair organisers, it is a simple way to find a right fair to attend  around Wales that interests you.

https://www.stallfinder.com/event/county/south-wales/0/

https://www.ukcraftfairs.com/local-crafts/wales

http://www.craftfolk.com/Craftfolk%20Take%20Part%20new%20page.htm

http://www.artquest.org.uk/articles/view/opportunities

http://ccskills.org.uk/careers/jobs/any/craft

http://ccskills.org.uk/careers/jobs/details/reupholsterers-loose-cover-makers  Reupholsterers & Loose cover makers job opportunity that would interest me, although they are looking for experience which I am hoping to gain though this year.

http://culture360.asef.org/opportunity/brooks-international-fellowship-programme/ this would interest me as an opportunity too however I do not have the experience required yet.

  • What materials and processes are important to your practice?

Materials that is important to me would be textiles, wood. The most processes I enjoy and are important are the screen printing onto the fabric, fabric dye, embroidery and sewing. I enjoy working with wood although I am not sure how could I corporate wood work into my work.

Lazer cutter is important and I would like to corporate that into my work somehow.

  • What skills do you want to progress to a professional standard this year
  1. Upholstery
  2. sewing
  3. Fabric dye and screen printing
  4. Design making
  5. Vectorworks/AutoCAD 2D/3D and Sketch Up
  •  Where do you situate your work/practice within a professional context?

Not sure.

  •  Identify 3 professional practitioners/ environments that work in the contexts identified above

http://www.houzz.co.uk/photos/23003484/velvet-pouffe-fluro-fusion-collection-contemporary-floor-cushions-and-pouffes-other-metro

  1. http://www.shannongowen.com/artwork/

I really like this artist and the way she work. I like that she uses found items and builds collages using textiles.

http://cover-magazine.com/news/smithsonian-yarn-bombed-mark-opening-sackler-gallery-art-installation/

2. http://www.aurorarobson.com/sculpture.html an artist that works with plastic

3.https://the3rsblog.wordpress.com/2011/02/15/project-15-week-19-recycled-plastic-bag-pendant-light/

Where/how do you see yourself working in 5 years?

Working with council helping unfortunate adults and teenagers to gain skills, teaching them craft and how to decorate their home with minimum to no budget.

Possibility of making soft furnishing as a side job.

  • How do you know if you work is of a professional standard

Good quality, creative,

  • Where can it all go wrong?

No passion in what you do.


Subject – overall experiance

At the beginning of the year when the subject guidelines have been given, I didn’t feel very interested in medal making as the first impressions were that is going to be boring. however after the research and finding out that it doesn’t have to be out of bronze or look like an ordinary medal, I took hight interest into it. at first ideas were vague but as soon as I found a theme I was passionate about, everything start falling into places. I took a subject of my medal theme about life and how we get lost along the way in life sometimes and how it is important to keep the personal confidence and keep seeing for your purpose in life. How it is important to live a full life and enjoy everyday. My main medal that I personally like the most the wooden compass of life which works as a compass too just not an ordinary one 🙂 The pewter medals come well too and I am happy with it. I do like how my experimental pieces of work became my final piece. I believe I will be using this technique again again.

As for seed project first few sessions really stressed me out and I was rather worried on what to do. As I didn’t particularly want to submit anything for any live project and ididnt feel very interested in them. I did find segna the light project quite good as I like working with light however I am not very deep thinker so I couldn’t come up with interesting enough concept for it. So then I have moved to design consequences as this is more of an open project which I can discover my likes invite process. I decided to look at recycling as this is something that always interested me. My first research didn’t really ‘grab me’ that much but I felt quite close of working with textile.I actually enjoy textile work even though I don’t do it offten. Holding that tough I decide to look at recycling old clothes or fabrics etc and making it into house furnishings – cushions, throws and door stops also possibly a wall hanging. Having that in mind it didn’t seem enough for seed and it felt like primer work instead of what I should be doing now. So with some advice I decided to look into upholstery and go back to research about home ornaments/furnishings. From my research I fell in love with rococo style, upholstery and certain patch work using recycled materials.

From that I decide to go on the hunt and see what I can find for free or at least very cheap that also suits my needs. I found a recycling centre in Newport well….in other words a place where all the rubbish gets taken into 🙂

As I asked so nicely and dropped a student  liner. The workers there eventually opened the skip where they keep trown away furniture and some other household stuff. That must of been my lucky day as as soon as they open the door, there it was a perfect wingchair. To also how with that not far from it there was a run down lamp which I found it cute even tho it was very dirty.

From that moment my designconsequences project came to life and I was finally confidant in what I was doing. I did come with few difficulties along the way however I managed to come around it just in time for the show.

Over all experience this year is quite positive and I do feel myself growing. Looking forward new challenges next year.


Live projects that would suit me

Looking of live projects is quite a hard matter for me as even if i find a project i might appeal i do not feel confidant enough to even think about entering. Also the truth is i do not see myself as an artist of any form. Although as it is one of the requirements i am looking into the live projects/ exhibitions would be possibly appealing to my practice or my interest. My main interest which i kept developing through out my course without realizing, is recycling. I love working with used materials and explore the ideas of what is possible to do out of something that once was. Also my interest is in home furnishings or home ornaments.

So looking at my interest and my previous work i decided to look for any projects or exhibitions on recycled material or home furnishings. I don’t seem to across many, perhaps i am not searching right? however i did find an open exhibition that welcome any artist and their art. It is by Mall Galleries – federation of British art. They welcome any contemporary figurative art by living artists. No matter what is your skill, is is possible to apply. So i guess that could be an option for me.

http://www.mallgalleries.org.uk/call-for-entries/open-exhibitions?gclid=CjwKEAjwhbCrBRCO7-e7vuXqiT4SJAB2B5u7tLv7RnHidecVBz_cd4rBSofpUn1LVTYEvOpzx170VRoCYULw_wcB

Makers market is al well interesting as its a perfect opportunity not only ow off your work but also sell it and make some money.

http://www.craftscotland.org/community/event_details.html?apply-for-the-makers-market-2015-at-oriel-myrddin-gallery-wales&event_id=5129

I come across a brilliant site with a lot of opportunities listed which are open to apply and show off the work, i big list which would suit many. This is very useful i believe for future reference.

https://www.isendyouthis.com/opportunities.aspx

This is another great site for opportunities that are suitable for my practice.

http://www.designfactory.org.uk/news.php?filter=Exhibition+Opportunities

Wales spring fair would personally interet me as it an open craft fair where any kind of designer maker can showcase their work.

http://www.greetingstoday.co.uk/exhibition_diary/uk_dates.aspx

As for the medal, i was quite nervous to show off my made medal at Cardiff down the Bay, but once it was there i was quite proud of it. I think it looked great. So as i didn’t submit my medal to BAMS tis year, which i wasn’t even planing to, however next year i am going to try and submit a bronze medal followed by the same theme i have made his year.