Food for thought
For beginning of the research I chose picnic for my starting point.
I went back to my group research, which we been working as a group research and analyzed the history of picnic. Key aspects of my research include, where picnic has come from and what is the difference between picnic and alfresco dining.
For secondary research I visited many places such as; Manchester art gallery, Liverpool privet galleries and Liverpool Tate.
Drawing the objects from the places I visited helped me to generate my ideas. From the sequential objects drawing I found an interesting subject to start to developing my ideas. Blanket was a subject been chosen from picnic.
The idea is to design outdoor seating inspired by blanket and the blanket be a table as itself and also the corner of the blanket work as its legs. Drawing forms and shape it in different angels informed me many ideas and ideas became such oval, square and circle base.
I developed my ideas by transferring the shapes, which I drew before and made them as a sample by improving them step by step.
Experimentation started with different materials and technique.
Acrylic. Metal and fabric were the experimental materials.
I made a base as a holder to put the object on, for the metal I pot the piece of metal on the base and try to bend it from all the sides with hand first and used hammer for essential arias, or for the acrylic I left it in oven for 15 minutes to het it up and then formed it on the base.
Each one had positive and negative points to use them. In acrylic it is quite easy to give it shape but you have to be very quick as it goes cool down very fast.
It is impossible to use wood for this kind of shape and forms because it is not as bendy as it needs to be.
I found some kind of glue such as PVA and special fabric’s super glue to dry fabric and make it hard and solid but it is not practicable as it is because it will lose the shape after it gets wet.
However, there are some solutions to me it waterproof such as; wax and rasin cast.
The more practicable material is acrylic. Acrylics can be very bendy when it hits up in 200 degrees and it gives me a most likely the shape which I expect to.
I’m still doing more experimentation to make sure which one of these materials will be good enough to make it as a maquette and actual size.
At the end I have looked at different type of blankets pattern and design, and design some patterns, playing with lines and colours to achieve my own created design and it will be applied on the final outcome with vinyl.