**Unit2 Critical evaluation

I chose the course of Designer Maker to complete my academic education with the set of skills that would allow me to take ownership of my own work from start to finish; from the first concept that drives the design to the very moment when that design sees the world as a material object.

As a graduated interior designer I had worked in a interior design studio. That practice gave me a very useful inside of the trade from the designer side regarding project design tools and processes but it didn’t helped me much with the skills needed for the actual process of making any of those designs, which I thought I lacked a great deal of confidence of.

If I wanted to eventually produce my own designs I would need to definately get my hands on. Doesn’t matter how fluent I could be on paper, the full process of creating an object it will always require an understanding, also, of the specific ways of working with the material which is going to be made of, as I was about to learn during the course.

With this Ideas in mind I was bound, about two years ago now, to enrol in an challenging experience where I put myself out of my comfort zone, even though always covered by the experience and guidance of both teachers and  other colleagues.

I decided to work on the possibilities to translate traditional Kashubian visual language into contemporary design as the subject mater of my project for the course, as a natural consequence of my personal interests. Since my first contact with Kashubianfolklore long time ago, I was very moved and intrigued by the originality, and charm of the crafts from this region of Poland. But first, I had to get familiar with the elements of this crafts including the work with wood as one of the most common material used by them and the one I intended to use too.

During the course I developed my research practicing different ways to work on wood in series of testing exercises. The progress of this research it would be recorded in my project blog online so i could use it to keep track of my work and as a tool for  decision making.

With this exercises I intended, in one hand , to gain confidence in the basics of ”making” on wood and in the other hand to translate the ideas behind  the Kashubian visual language

all of which has helped me to understand a very particular visual language based originally  in the repetition of very schematic, natural shapes to create patterns but that has also evolved to more narrative compositions holding the stories and myths of their culture.

During our course  , in the 3D studio I’ve been testing and trying a variety of techniques for wood decoration . Until it provide me to laser technique that opened me eyes for a really potential and  source of design making, and it gave me an idea how to develop my drawing skills in innovative methods. By working and building from wood after while i’ve manage to learn how to work, treat objects as furniture in matter of time consuming and finishing. I have also learned to be even more patient than i’ve been with drawings. Work with wood teaches me to  analyze and avoid  mistakes that are easy to make with this material.

Practice by talking with tutors and my colleagues from university teaches me how to be critical to my own work but also that shearing ideas with others can evaluate into something different and definitely better level. It also showed my ability to articulate  my project interests and concerns to an outside audience. It also help to outline the most important aspects of furniture making as; practical sense, purpose and the reason why we are doing it. Developed and refine my working methodology and visual language. 2 years of practice build up a portfolio of work that reflects technical competence needed for future career.

The knowledge and understandings I have gained so far have given me more confidence  in my own process of  making.Following professional carpenters work teaches me to be more respectful for material i work with and to be open for suggestions.

After graduation i am planning to stay in London for while and i would like to work a bit more with wood and make series of customized furniture in the same method. My long term goals are producing furniture and households objects for a individual customers. After last show i had very good answer from audience with the questions of continuing my work also in different materials to make other products. I consider to work in the same technique of laser cutting but in textile. I am going to upgrade process of my design work in different media and also I am planning to open studio-workshop for people to see how the process of making looks like and also to sell my costume designs in there. I want to move into professional exhibitions and shows to present my work around the Europe.

Blog that we have been told to do in my opinion helped a lot to our personal development, it helped to see our process of work in different stages and to hold our thoughts of our good and bad moments. Documenting and reflecting my work during all that time provided me to understand critical and contextual aspects. From the project proposal  to all my way of trials and wrong decisions it leads? me to the final outcome. Looking back on my work plan, I can see that I am on track with ideas i wanted to achieve but also it shows a bit chaotic and  abstract route i went trough to achieve the aims .I think the most important part of my blog it is unit 1 were i still didn’t know how to deal with my work and what exactly i wanted to achieve. I can see that i’ve been challenging myself and sometimes getting lost and out of focus area but then i determined myself to get back to the main point. In my opinion blog is helping not only to develop my own project but also it works like collaborative project . We help each other by shearing notes ,comments , ideas and also works as promotion for our potential customers.


Folklore in fashion

The biggest fashion designers taking their inspirations from slavic folklore motifs . Folk art has a lot to offer. It is valued primarily for vivid colors and rich ornamentation. Most of the motifes we can see in Russian, Ukrainian and Polish folklore.

The collection of Valentino prepared for spring / summer 2015 appear threads folk.

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**Unit2 Presentation

Short individual presentation about the development and context of my practice.

Since my first contact with Kashubian folklore on holiday visit to the polish folklore museum in Krakow, i was very moved and intrigued by the originality and grace and charm of the crafts from this region located in north of Poland in the scenery created by the Baltic sea and ancient forests.

Kashubian people are strongly attached to their own distinctive traditions including; music,dance, clothing, food and a great varaiety of crafts. After this first contact I got myself more into it by reading, following kashubian folklore on the internet and any ocasional exhibition i could attend and even visiting few local archaives. All of wich has helped me to understand a very particular visual language based originaly in the repetition of very schematic, natural chapes to create patterns but that has also evolved to more narrative compositions holding the stories and myths of their culture.

As a designer maker I am interested in the posibilities of translating traditional Kashubian visual language and crafts into contemporary design; but first i had to get familiar with the elements of this crafts including the work with wood as the material i intended to use in my project and also to get a deeper understanding of the ideas behind this language. By practicing different things in a series of testing exercices. The progress of this research it would be recorded in my project blog online so i could use it to keep track of my work and as a tool for desition making. For the purpose of this presentation I have selected some of these exercices to introduce the key element of my research which i believe will help to understand the path that i have followed. The first test i have choosen illustrates the idea of multiplication of single elements to create patterns as well as the use of color to introduce accents that can suggest different reading of the composition. Dinamism is another idea connected with the use of patterns and always present in Kashubian crafts. This exercise  tries to go further by using mobile elements to create a pattern.

This two exercises illustrates my first steps working with wood and using simple patterns as one of the basic elements of old Kashubian crafts. I am still quite far from the gracefull lines of more refined samples of Kashubian folklore and way more far from the posibility of using that refined language in a narrative composition.

I needed to find a way of working with wood more eficiently so i could use more complex deisgns without compromising the end result in a reasonable time in terms of productivity. Using the resources on hand i found laser cutting was the answear.With a background as an illustrator my research was much farther achead on paper that it was on wood. Laser cutting helped me kind of bringing it all together. Now i could use hand drawn designs in the way Kashubian folklore does on embroidery, as one of their finnest crafts and translate them onto wood. The challenge of this procces was the need of a digital version of the original hand made design ready for laser cutting:

The original drawing is first scanned in high resolution. This scan is imported onto a vector drawing software to be used as a template. The design is then drawn again using vectors and quite a lot of patience just as a emroidery making. This vector drawing is finally use by laser cutter to translate it on wood.

Once i got more familiar with this technique i could finnaly focus on other ideas of my interest behind Kashubian visual language. As i had decided my final project to be presented as a piece of furniture (a cabinet) i felt that my design should include volume and sense of touch as the esence of any tridajencional object.

The next exercices are exactly about that, using the posibilities of laser cutting for just marking the wood or actually cutting  through it as well as different ways of assambeling the cuts. Thanks to these exercices i could notice that different patterns of similar graphic style could be mixed and somehow still create the idea of a pattern. This opened the door to narrative compositions made of different individual elements not necesarly working as a pattern in terms of repetition but still fluid and connected as patterns are.

This is the main idea I am working at the moment and hopefully will come to complete the final cabinet that i have designed as a personal interpretation of the old Kashubian „ Kufer’’ used to hold the dowrles of young Kashubian girls.

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blue like Kashubian sky…

Next step after soft sanding laser cut plywood i was painting the surface with picked before shade of blue color that remind about Kashubian region. I had to admit that normally i have a lot of patient do draw or paint small and detailed pictures as with this one i was getting very nervous and it took me long hours to finish it. After the paint dry i had couted the surface with few layers of transparent water based varnish.

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laser cut test

Today i did some laser cut test with my pattern and i decide to use my oak wood for a bottom part and the top part very thin 1,5 mm thick plywood board.

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I think the result of cutting is quite good , now i have to clean the boards  with small grain sand paper to remove the burned part out. Next step will be paint in blue. I choose blue as a color used in Kashubian culture from ages, color that presents the natural beauty of that area their lakes Baltic sea and blue sky…

Whit sunday, whit monday – Pentecost

Whit festive days  is the popular name of the Church Pentecost. This feast is celebrated fifty days after Easter, in May or June. In the tradition of the folk festival that ended a series of spring holidays and summer. It was beginning –  a time of transition, therefore, important for the world of plants, animals and humans. In the rituals of Pentecost,  were many elements from pre-Christian times of a ludic and magic-cult. An inseparable symbol of Pentecost was green, especially sweet flag leaves lat.’Acorus calamus’

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Traditional house decoration with green tree branches.

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For laser cutting preparation also took a little while to seperate what it has to be cut through and what just engraved. The problem was also included in the material of which thiknes should i use to do it properly to show to idea of sort of 3d pattern. I wanted to use two layers of wood that the top one would be as a component, frame for the drawing on the bottom.

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character explanation.