AUTHOR

Tanya Kumar

DATE

17/05/2021

TAGS

Communication Design, Fashion Design, Interior Architecture and Design

Material transformation “ Learn by doing”

AUTHOR

Tanya Kumar

DATE

17/05/2021

TAGS

Communication Design, Fashion Design, Interior Architecture and Design

Learning Design is to create a way of thinking that helps understand and address difficult questions in a creative manner.  This can be done by exploration and experimentation of both material and non material things, being aware of the visual world around you, thinking while making, forming an individual perspective and undertaking self initiated projects

As students transition from school education to Design education they must undertake a year of Foundation. During this year they imbibe how to explore, experiment,  draw, make, communicate, collaborate and think.

The process of exploration and experimentation of different types of raw materials is known as Material Transformation . This activity helps students manipulate a resource’s properties, strengths and weaknesses to create something distinct. It also encourages and pushes students to explore their creative side, develop a sense of aesthetics & creative visualization.

“The essence of this module (“subject” in school parlance) lies in the fact that it is here and here alone that the student has no other recourse than to imbibe this philosophy thoroughly. It is as if by magic that the words reveal their full potential and as the material in one’s hands transforms, a deep understanding dawns on one. The true potential and power of this magic once realised does not easily leave anyone. In fact, the pull is so strong that we see students from across other departments and levels come to the material lab to simply be in its presence. It does not matter if the task at hand is analog or digital, visual or aural, tangible or intangible, the magic beckons.”

In this module the students are encouraged to transform materials using various tools and techniques. In this way, the students are able to understand the proper utilisation of tools and properties of material at hand. . The students are encouraged to push themselves to try out different ideas to the point of surpassing the material’s inherent property and making it do something that it cannot do otherwise. Achieving the impossible becomes possible.

Paper is used  to create wearable art

Newspapers are used to make just about anything, including weight carrying bridges. A simple understanding of the use of material and a bit of structure does the trick.

Hard rigid materials are used to make movable curvilinear objects. One can continuously add a few more twists and turns in this never-ending activity.

However, it is not just hard work here. In fact a lot of play goes into doing this hard work. Be prepared to set yourself free with wild abandon as you immerse yourself in a world of making a mess. Welcome to the POP project, where the students go on a rollercoaster ride of fun and laughter, tears and heartbreaks, ecstasy and exhilaration, resulting in pure joy. The final outcomes reveal themselves to confound the viewer and sometimes the maker too.

In today’s world, especially as we have seen this year, the only way forward is to go digital. Understanding that technically crisp and clear drawings can be shared via email and final outcomes received by courier, is our endeavour as this might be the norm to working in the future. This is covered through a series of CAD backed projects. One can always develop more and more intricate designs and patterns as one goes along.

Besides, all the hard work and play, a deeper understanding of oneself and one’s feelings play an intrinsic role in understanding the world around us. This is essential and forms the core to becoming a sensitive person and a creative designer.

To sum up, I would like to end with a quote attributed to Confucius: I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.

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