Paper Making

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I have just attempted to make a sample of paper from recycled magazines. To start, i cut the magazines into small pieces and added water. This had to be left for a couple of hours to soak until it had gone soft and mushy. While i left the scraps of paper to soak, i went to buy a small hand blender and a splatter screen. I then used the blender to blend the mushy paper scraps into a thick pulp, and pressed them onto the splatter screen, which acted as a cheaper alternative to – and was more accessible than – a mould and deckle. Once i had squeezed enough water out, the paper has to be left to dry. From researching online, this could take up to a few days to dry.

The paper is looking an overall grey colour as i had mixed lots of different coloured paper. I would like to pick specific colours to blend to create an overall colour taken from the tree forecast for earthed and inspired by my satellite imagery. I am happy with the speckled look that it has as i feel it is a camouflaged pattern like the patterns seen in earth.

I don’t have much time to complete my 10 samples for this project, and this is very time consuming. I wanted to use this as a test piece and wait until it had dried before i continued to experiment further, however, I’m going to have to make some more now to save some time.

Biodegradable textiles project

Here are some examples of some pieces that i have made for my Level 5 Field retrieval project; Biodegradable textiles for lingerie.

These have been inspired by ‘natures veins’ such as rock and sediment layers in earth, camouflaged patterns and ariel views. I have recycled paper magazines and manipulated them to create patterns by tearing, cutting, layering and weaving them. My next aim is to make my own sheets of paper. I would like to turn the recycled magazine paper into something thats completely unrecognisable as they once were. By putting the paper into a blender and making a pulp, the prints of the magazine will not be seen anymore, hopefully producing speckled patterns like what can be seen within natures grains.

Field Level 5 Completion


As discussed with Sally, i will be undertaking a new project in order to complete my level 5 Field module. This project will go under the theme of ‘Biodegradable textiles for lingerie’. I aim to create a minimum of 10 samples, drawing inspiration from my subject module theme of ‘Satellite imagery’. I will also be supporting these designs with CAD visuals in order to provide a visual representation of what these samples may look like on key pieces of lingerie for Autumn/Winter ’17/18.
I have chosen to use paper as my biodegradable textile for this project. I have collected free magazines from various high street fashion shops which i aim to manipulate into various textures and patterns inspired by WGSN’s women’s textile’s trend forecast for Autumn/Winter ’17/18, which i have previously researched within my Subject Module. Techniques that i will use will be: collaging, cutting, layering, weaving, stitching, and folding/pleating. From this i will be creating designs that reflect patterns taken from WGSN’s Earthed trend forecast such as ‘Chameleon stripes’, ‘Camouflaged’, ‘Raw grain’, and woven tweeds.
I will document all experimentation in an a4 sketchbook, as well as keeping a diary on my blog. Finally, i will professionally mount my 10 designs with supporting CAD visuals.

What if?

Design futures proposal

What if trees were radios?

what if trees could emit radio waves and microwaves?
what if we replaced all technology with trees/plants?

would trees still look like trees?
would spaces be divided by music genres,  common interests wealth?
would we replace all radios/televisions, mobile phones with plants?
would the texture of trees change to release music?

would trees still look like trees? would the texture be changed to a speaker texture in order to pass sound?
visualising sound waves/radio waves

Light painting wifi by Tom Arnall, Elinar Sneve Martinussen and Jorn Georg
Using light to paint visualisations of Oslo’s wifi network.

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Janne Parvianian light art painting photography – ‘The future is now’.





Critical design
Using design fiction and speculative design proposals to challenge conceptions about the role that objects play in everyday life. Duanne and Raby are a company that has popularised design fiction and describes it as an attitude and a position rather than a method. They use design as a medium to stimulate discussion amongst designers, industries and the public.

Science Fiction vs Design Fiction
Problem Solving – Problem finding
Provides answers – Asks Questions
How the world is – How the world could be
Fictional functions – Fictional Facts

We have been asked to propose a ‘what if’ scenario of our choice. We should imagine a fictional world in which this scenario exists and propose some design prototypes. This scenario could be in the form of narrative boards, illustrations, installations, short films, critical design objects, renders, prototypes, ect. We should present something that is unfinished, as the aim is to raise discussion and debate within the rest of the group.


Accessories for Lonely Men

Noam Toran designed a collection of objects that function as a replacement of a previous woman. The products include; Sheet Thief, Cold Feet, Chest Hair Curler, Heavy Breather and Shared Cigarette.

'The objects propose that most forms of human intimacy are crude enough in their physicality that they can be replicated with electronic objects, and are meant to question what we think we miss in a relationship; the individual or the generic traces they leave behind'

Did somebody call a doctor?

For this field module i will be learning about what it means to study a Doctoral Research Degree and how i might prepare for one in the future. In the next coming weeks i will be meeting Drs within the art school and listening to their stories on becoming one.
Although i wasn’t able to have an input on what i would have liked to study for field this year, i am glad that i’ve ended up in this group. I had no idea about post-graduate studies or what possibilities are available after completing my under-graduate degree, but todays seminar was full of useful information and I’m beginning to have an insight as to whats available to me in the future.
By the end of the project i would have created a short presentation on my own ideas for a possible research project.

What is a ‘PhD’?
‘PhD’ stands for ‘Doctor of Philosophy’. It is a type of degree that involves carrying out years of independent research on an original topic.

Before next session i need to come up with an idea for my own research project thats within my interest and present it to the group.