Project: William Morris Project

Expanded Artefacts: Designing Experiences
Produce an interactive experience for the William Morris Gallery to engage the general public and the local community with the work and the ideas of the designer and activist William Morris.

Cabinet of Necessities – Final Outcome

This is the final presentation of Cabinet of Necessities. I really learned that by prototyping, we tend to learn the most through making. Every object used in our exhibition is less than £2 with the “cabinet” being recycled cardboard boxes. The purpose is not only to keep budgets low but to also keep the prototyping and making process evident in the final presentation. Only when the lights turn off when you see the bare skeleton of this project is merely recycled objects. In the evolution of the iteration process, you can see that we’ve gone from… More

Projector x Prototype

Yesterday, Audrey and I made a projector and tested out a few different plans for the exhibition using all the prototypes, objects, and discussed how to bring all of it together to do our final exhibition. A few problems and challenges raised when we did this: Size of the cabinet will depend on space given in gallery The projection must be matched EXACTLY through mapping and may need to be adjusted on exhibition day Video seems to be the most interesting projection compared to images Surface area of objects can change the presentation majorly Material for cabinet: if we use wooden cabinet… More

Prototype 1.2

By going back and thinking about the main goal of this project, I was able to simplify by focusing on what this project is trying to say. I chose to do this prototype of shelves on a wooden backing that mimics the shape of a house like the Little Free Library. There’s space for 5 objects of necessity as well as space at the bottom for books. More

Interim critique feedback

Today we got some feedback on Cabinet of Necessities from Eva, Nicolas, and William Morris Gallery curators. We discussed the objects we choose to use in our exhibition and how we would curate objects. (This connects back to Chloe Meineck’s talk about curating objects) Should we collect the object from specific people from the survey, Salvation Army, or make then through 3D printing etc.? Also we talked about whether the idea of  having real AND projected objects along with objects of necessity AND memory would be too much. This may actually create a hierarchy that we do not intend to… More

Music Memory Box – Chloe Meineck

Today, Chloe Meineck talked about her project: Music Memory Box which closely relates to my Cabinet of Necessities project. The theory behind Studio Meineck is co-design; designing with people and not just for people. She works with the public and asks the public to make their own box. One thing that had been mentioned is that when she was creating this project, people bring a bunch of objects but don’t know how they will tie into the person. This is when curating the box comes in and she works with the public and family of dementia patients to pick out the… More

Exhibition space, survey, projection prototyping

Been using Mad Mapper to create some cool projection effects in order to project into our cabinet. I also found a way to project objects as if they were holograms and will be using this to project the sentimental objects while necessity objects will be physically made. This plays with the reality of the exhibition and the audience will be able to explore both worlds in one. Below are plans for the cabinet. However we are also thinking about finding a cabinet so that there’s no new materials used in the production of our exhibition.        … More

Survey and projection prototype

This week we continued to collect more data from the community through a survey that asks residents of Walthamstow about their most sentimental and necessary objects. We also asked the public about their attachment, whether physical or psychological, to Walthamstow. We got very mixed and personal responses and started to feel that our project could really do something to tell the story about people in Walthamstow. The most exciting is that residents started chatting with me about their stories, creating conversations. Some wanted to get involved, some were artists living in Walthamstow. I reached out to the Little Free… More

Display of objects

This week, we presented our first physical prototype of the exhibition display we plan to have and also named our project Cabinet of Necessities. The idea is to focus on memories and stories told to us through residents of Walthamstow and translate them into objects. In our research, we’ve also been visiting second hand and antique markets to see what people have decided to put up for sale.         In order to understand exhibition design more, I’ve read Narrative Spaces: On the Art of Exhibiting by Herman Kossmann, Suzanne Mulder, and Frank… More

Iteration

Currently trying to work out the focus of our research topic for the William Morris Gallery exhibition. Trying to think about exhibition, interaction, tying in William Morris as well as the Walthamstow community can be quite the challenge. However, it looks like we’ve decided to focus on a few main themes: sharing, community, culture, craft. These themes seem to be the repeating backbone of our project through 3 major iterations. In the first ideation stage, we found 2 standpoints that were interesting. One being the patterns found throughout the borough and the culture. The other was the sounds and conversations… More

Primary research review

After presenting some of our primary research and where we’d like to go with it, we are now focusing on process and community issues. In order to work with the DIY culture in Walthamstow, we are looking to contact the Blackhorse Workshop to work with them. Paul Bailey’s presentation on design research: Analyze research Find an angle/issue/build an argument Develop a meaningful idea Connect to contemporary issues, address present problems Anticipate upcoming trends and make proactive approach for the future We can use these starting points to think about where to go with the next ideation stage of our project. More