Thursday 10th September
I've only ever moved twice in my life. I lived in Belgium until I was 11, after which i moved to my place of origin, India. Eight years down the line i've come to this beautiful city - London. Moving for me has always allowed for me to introspect on the kind of person I wish to become and whether I'm proud of the person I am. When i moved to Bombay from Antwerp in 2008, i was a young naive girl who hadn't seen the reality of this world. I lived in somewhat of a fairytale, amidst green land and blue skies. My naivety took the better of me, until i landed in Bombay, now Mumbai. Much of my knowledge today comes from my experiences through my years in Belgium and India.
The contrast between both Antwerp and Bombay startled me initially, my naive mind wasn't able to comprehend the [major] differences between both cities. Antwerp taught me patience, love, composure, and the ability to give limitlessly and Bombay fostered my ability to show compassion, gave me the ability to understand human emotions better, taught me empathy as well as taught me about the realities of life, that were often disguised while i lived in Belgium - this made me a far stronger individual. Now that i am in London, i am really looking forward to exploring this world and understanding myself even better, through introspection and the art i create at CSM.
As i walked into the CSM doors and added to the influx of students waiting to walk into their designated classrooms, i suddenly felt a force of questions coming my way and felt my heart rate hasten. It was an amalgamation of various different emotions, such as, excitement, fear, perplexity and some nerves building up.
As i entered the class of D3 and D4 students, i took the first seat i saw. I sensed that everyone was in the same boat as i was in and it almost felt comforting. Soon after we settled into class, our tutors began talking to us about things to expect from our classes and what they would expect from us at CSM. After a short introduction from each of students via an icebreaker, we were divided into groups of 5 and were introduced to the 'Ideas Factory' project.
The tutors printed out sheets of paper which consisted of a 'practitioner', a type of 'material' and a 'process' and assigned each of the groups one of each, randomly. This was as a practice round before we started the actual project. Our group got Henrik Vibskov, Concrete and Folding. Each member of our group brainstormed and came up with some great ideas and went into the depth of the three components. Initially, i was a little hesitant about whether working in a group for research would be conducive to the final project, however i realised how it was far better than i expected. Sharing ideas with the group actually allowed our ideas to go far beyond their initial standing and we ultimately realised that brainstorming and discussing really helped the final outcome.
For our actual project we collectively decided to choose, Mary Katrantzou, Rubber and Weave.
Group Brainstorm [Ex.]
Friday 11th September
Today, we had a lecture in the morning and my library session with my group was 3:30 onwards. After my library session i sat outside the cafeteria and started my research for the Ideas factory project. I started of with Mary Katrantzou and her larger than life garments filled with colors. As i decided to start early on the research and decided to stay on campus conducting the research, i thought going to the library early on would be beneficial. After starting research i started brainstorming.
Saturday 12th - Sunday 13th September
Over the weekend, i stayed home and worked on my sketchbook and looked at helpful internet resources.
Monday 14th September
Today i spent the morning and afternoon in the CSM library. I gathered a lot material to further help my research. I sat with a friend on the ground level of the library and began doing further research about Rubber and Weave. I came across some interesting interpretations of weave and rubber. I realised that they really go deeper than we would normally think they go. Rubber represents so much more than just daily appliances and wear. Rubber can symbolise strength between two bonds, a journey that encapsulates the bondage of fragmented pieces [in this case, latex], it also depicts how rubber has the ability to bounce back from adversity. After reading into depth and drawing my own conclusions, rubber had an entirely new meaning for me. Similarly with weave, i after doing deeper research i realised that we are the weavers of our lives and the thread represents the energy and intuition coming from the soul. The entire woven fabric is interconnected, this is further indicated by the fact that is one thread is loose, the entire fabric gets affected and begins to fall apart. I found this was really interesting and finally found a connecting point for weave and rubber, and that being: a relationship.
Tuesday 15th September
Today, i found class very insightful and rewarding. I had conducted my research on my three components: Mary Katrantzou, Rubber, Weave. We were given a large sheet of paper and as a group we were asked to write down all the key concepts that came to mind when thinking about each of the 3 components. I found this was a nice way to gain further insight from my group members as well as narrow down my thoughts about the 3 components. We listed down some interesting concepts and ideas which fostered the development of my idea for the final outcome. After we listed our ideas we moved on to another approach to develop ideas - 30 drawings in 30 minutes. To be honest, i didn’t find it very easy as i am used to taking time to formulate ideas while being inspired by things around me. I enjoy being immersed in my thoughts. I guess, this approach was a new technique which forces ideas out regardless of how unsubstantial they may be, because after the ideas are out, you only have time to expand upon those ideas.
I enjoyed trying a variety of individual approaches today. Todays class was based upon responding to the research we collected. I realised how instrumental the research we conducted was for our lesson today, as it informed our ideas and allowed us to expand upon them. Even though each of our group members had the same base/foundation [Mary Katrantzou, Rubber, Weave] we all have different interpretations of the same components, i believe this is due to our experiences. I believe our experiences shape our thoughts and thus, we are more inclined towards a certain idea. This makes us unique and makes our work interesting, individually.
Once i thought deeper about the information i had gathered about my three components, i came down to three main ideas that interlink all three factors: comfort, the act of moulding and confidence [the 30 drawings were based on these 3 key words]. After i looked at the drawings i had created, i was very inclined towards the drawing of the sleeping chamber that i had created. When i was drawing, i was thinking about how sleeping positions are so definitive of our personalities and depict our subconscious comfort with the world and our lives. I thought about how i could mould the sleeping position of a person and have that be their niche, their place of serenity.
Later i began to consider ideas of balance in relationships. This idea came from weaving. I believe the weaving depicts the marriage of two components, the act of binding. The intricacy and complexity of woven threads reminded me of a relationship, the fact that two individuals are bound together for life. When i thought about rubber, i realised that rubber symbolises something that holds two things together. Allowing them to move apart but always pulling them back together. A gravitational force. It has the ability to bounce back from adversity just any strong relationship. In my opinion, rubber also represents a transition/journey as it goes from being fragmented lose liquid (latex) and is coagulated with acetic acid which thickens it and later though processing it comes to its fine, flexible and comfotable state, much like a relationship. Katrantzou also inspired this as i believe her clothing is very unconventional, however she normalises her clothing by integrating components of her garments into her environment as well as moulds her models body through her digital prints and sculptural garments. I believe this is important as the sleeping position is moulded into the rubber and would beautifully cast the shape of the body, providing for most comfort.