For this first Field module, I choose the option on Synergies between materials and technologies. I read the programme for the option and I thought it was most suitable for me because of the involvement we were going to have with the materials and the study of their new technologies. I enjoyed this option of Field very much. It gave me a great opportunity to play with materials and learn about them. It was also extremely helpful seeing how other people from other areas work. Since I don’t have an art background, looking at the approaches that others take in their work is great.
I felt more committed and involved in the processes that required my hands and head in them (not literally). Like the slip decoration and the pewter work. However I am most interested in furniture making and interior design and therefore was great to learn about the CNC machine and to see it working. This, has led me to look at other CNC produced furniture and ways and materials of and for doing it and it’s an area I would like to further develop.
So I went onto do the research about timbers, finishes and design techniques. At the same time, I borrowed a book on Sustainability in Interior design by Sian Moxon. This one looks at the impact of construction and materials used. It gave me the idea to write my dissertation for next year. It felt like something in my head clicked and it made sense.
I believe in re-using and recycling. Even though I am making in university, I think the issue comes to making with new materials instead of the ones that already exist and where and how these materials are gathered from. I have been looking at the technologies and the research that has been put onto developing new and more sustainable ways of producing materials.
I am currently working on two projects for which I am using recycled materials. One is making a medal for which I am going to use glass, metal (from tins and cans) and possibly clay. The second project is a deck chair made out of reclaimed woods.
As well as the techniques and the processes we have learned about, this option has opened a big window for me in looking at recycling, re- using and really being concious about materials. I would like to keep experimenting with softwares such as Rhino (used for designing for CNC) and keep coming up with ways of involving re-used materials.
Overall, this option was very enjoyable and informative ; from the content we were given by our lecturers to the things I found out myself reading about.
Here are some examples of the workshops we took part in: