Trial And Error

At college, we showed one of our professors the areas we could possibly improve. She found the potted area to be interesting but thought it was much too small for five people to work on. She asserted one could only beautify it and that was a one person job or maximum two.

We moved on to the other area we had selected; the bag shop. My professor was not too keen on this one either. She explained that working on finding ways to solve a street vendor’s problems by making his base even more stable was not ethical at all. We would, in a way, be helping him sell his products illegally. She suggested that if we must work on a street vendor, we should find ways to set him up in a less permanent manner. We may possibly install a pushcart and then, find ways to improve the arrangement.

We asked her to give us some time to get back to her. We wished to go back to Janpath and look again. And she agreed.

Here are a few pictures of the market for your viewing. If you find something we could improve, please let me know by commenting below! Thanks!

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Our First Findings

 

The first time we visited Janpath to search for our micro area, we came across a number of shops or spaces that required improvement. One of those was a shop that sold ladies’ handbags. The vendors were unauthorized but in spite of that they used the branches of a tree to hang their merchandise. This seemingly helped the appearance and charm yet hanging bags on trees did more harm than good. The tree could easily wear off the bags considering it had a rough and gooey surface; also there were insects and birds living on the tree, which meant more problems with maintaining the quality of the bags. Moreover, the vendor did not have enough space for storage and stacked them in an unkempt way at the back of the shop.

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The second place we noticed was a potted area in the middle of the market that was “secured” by placing chains on either side. In my opinion, these pots were stationed there to prevent street vendors from creating a base there. We chanced upon a government official who worked at the building right above the area. He stated that the pots had been placed to beautify the area and since, people steal these pots at night, they recently placed chains to protect them. We found this space to be really interesting and decided to consult our teachers and start working on it.

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The Potted Area

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Another Angle

Week 2 Essentials

The end of week 1 saw us scrutinizing our macro area in order to progress to our micro. We were required to form a task sheet for the forthcoming week, make sketches and doodles along the way and create a material board. Here are some of the sketches I prepared:

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A general map of the market that will soon be polished and magnified(where required).

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And below is the link to the task sheet for week 2, which got extended to week 3.

Micro task sheet

 

 

The Big Picture

Janpath, a well-known market located in Central Delhi, near Connaught Place was collectively selected as the area for study. Now, the students were required to explore and survey Janpath and document their observations.

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A Peek Into The Inner Lane

As I stepped into the market at 11 am in the morning, the market looked vacant and relaxed, opposite of what it’s known for. Slowly, vendors were coming to work, cleaning their spaces and arranging products. No one was much concerned with trying to sell us anything at this point, but just prepping for the day. Clicking pictures and doodling away, the clock soon struck 1. I noticed a significant change in two hours. The market got crowded and the vendors were pleading people to purchase their products. I saw a number of Indian women in their early twenties looking to find the best cheapest product. The products ranged from western clothes and junk jewellery to artificial flowers and old books. This of course was the situation on the inner side of the market. Outside, it was a whole other story. Small, identical boutiques that mainly catered to the needs and prices of tourists, stocked merchandise that strived to catch the “essence of India”. The merchandise included embroidered linen, Indian handicrafts, silver jewellery and souvenirs.

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Symmetrical boxes

These were my early observations of the interesting Market! Read my next post for more!

Weekly Essentials

My class decided to work on Janpath, a famous market in New Delhi, popular amongst both tourists and Indians alike.

Before we commenced fieldwork , we were required to create a mind map and also, a task sheet for what we planned to do once we reached the site. So, first my group created a mind map on a rough sheet and then, I faired it out online on a site called mindmapfree.com

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Mind mapping!

We created the task sheet as a group on Microsoft Excel and the link is right below.

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The Transition And Thereafter

The third module called Introduction to design tools and techniques, came to an end. It helped me understand the process of design and ultimately, enabled me to arrive at concrete outcomes using my understanding of various materials

Now, my fourth and last module of this year begins. It is called Design Process. And it requires the students to take a sequential approach and implement our learning of the foundation year. It is a self-driven module in which we are first to research and collect information; then, use design process to construct possible design solutions.

Before commencing with the module: Design Process, a prerequisite was to identify the differences between design, art and craft and design, decorating and styling.

Art, for me, is simply a manner of human expression. There is art of living, art of swimming, art of anything, really. Now, design is also an art, but it is art with a purpose. It is a layout, which is the way in which the parts of something are arranged. When one parks his or her car parallel to the sidewalk, it is practical therefore, it is a good design. If she or he parks it halfway across the street that disturbs the traffic, then it is a bad design. Now, craft is creating art or design, with the use of hands which may or may not have cultural significance.

Moving over to difference between design, decorating and styling. Design is, as I explained earlier, a layout whereas styling is designing in a particular manner or form. Lastly, decorating can be described as beautifying something by adding objects or even, pictures.

Now that my concepts are clear I can commence with my process of designing!

Thanks for reading my blog, Hope you enjoyed it!

 

Knowledge Has A Beginning But No End

The week of submissions. Tension and work grinding us down. Our minds giving in to the pressure. But, I am glad that at least my work is complete. We had to create minimum five swatches and I made 6. And I made sure I finished my blog, logbook, sketches and boards!

 

Researching and Learning about Pop Art, has been a very special journey. I learnt a lot, not only about different personalities but exactly how  Pop Art came into being and how it’s still affecting the society today. I am very Thankful to my teachers, Ms Astha, Ms Rikimi, Ms. Asha, Mr. Shovin and Ms. Deepti for helping me learn and understand the process of creating a product. We have learnt everything in such detail that it would be impossible, at least for me, to abandon my learning.

 

Tracing back, we started with the research, a 4week long research period in which we had write down whatever we found, wherever we found it. Then, we were asked to create a blog, to document the process that could be viewed by teachers and students alike. Once research was over, we created different design boards, mandatory for any project we take up after this. We created a visual board and sketched our ideas and designs. And then at the end, we used various materials to design and create our products; summing up everything we absorbed throughout this period of learning.

 

Now that my journey is coming to an end, I’d like to thank you all all for reading and liking my blog. The journey wouldn’t have been the same without your interest and enjoyement! Thank you again and all the best for your future endeavors! Bless up!