Thursday, October 28, 2010

Drawing Connections

The final drawings for the bungalow project. These are going to serve as the unifying elements to connect my dual board design and show that I am trying to make a clear connection between the bungalow and the bonsai.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Painting Inspirations

Our next trip was to the art museum next to studio. There we were each assigned a painting to use as our Ranch precedent.  My painting was done by Maud Gatewood when she was still a college student here at UNCG. "Maud painted what she saw and she was a very keen observer," said her longtime friend Dot Hodges, who was also a co-owner of a Charlotte gallery.  Her paintings were always daring like "nothing escaped her curiosity. She loved capturing the moment and she lived for these moments in her artwork.  Her life was simply about her artwork, nothing else mattered. "She did believe there's order in nature," Hodges said. "She would look at things and find the natural patterns." Gatewood graduated from Woman's College (now UNC Greensboro) with a degree in fine arts in 1954. From then on she went to several Universities to teach and continued to flourish in her artwork as one o the most well known North Carolina painters. Her friends would always say, "She lived to paint; she didn't live to promote herself. She felt she was a decent painter, but she just didn't seek out notoriety."

This painting, because it was one of her earlier works, seems to fit her title as an artist at the time. Her Art instructor was said to be cruel and did not let the women venture off into their own art style very much. When looking at this painting, I can see the struggles between what she wants to paint, and the world that is confining her.  It is tough to say how I might apply this to my “Ranch” project.  I feel that it would be interesting to play with contrasting elements to give the room a slight sense of confusion without creating chaos. I want the viewer to feel succumbed by my space, like each space fits into the other to make him feel a sense of “lost” and “wander” I have to play with how I will turn this feeling into something positive. I want to focus on the feelings that the paintings gave me and the fact that it is so different from any other paintings Maud did in her professional career.  It seems as though I might be playing with a play on boundaries with this project because this is the first painting in which she pushed outside of her boundaries as much as she could.

Ranch Exploration

Our New project is the study of a Mid-century Ranch stye home. These are some images of the precedent space that we will be working with. Through these images, I explored the space in small details.




Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Coming Together

My designs have finally made it to my boards!  This collection of drawings and creative layout further fuse my design with the project statement and strengthen my concept of bonsai. I still have to play with minor details but I'm almost there! I can see the finish line!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Branching into Space

I finally took my designs another step further and everything came together through my elevations and sections. These images clearly depict all of the ideas that i had previously discussed and really make my thoughts come to life (or to paper) The drawing style is a mixture of pen, prisma color markers and prisma color pencils. Images have also been edited through photoshop. Photoshop was a key element the the placement of the wall paper and the reflections of the mirror art-piece in the bottom section.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Bird's Eye View

Through this floorpan, i tried to portray, materials as well as the furniture within the context of the space. I feel that the dialogue of the furniture pieces clearly reinforces my ides of bonsai and the elements from the exterior to center of the room. (leaves to trunk)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

refining : revision

These are the finalized elevations of my custom furniture pieces.  I drew them to scale and showed them t every angle to help the viewer better understand each piece and to make it easier for me to ply with their positioning in the space itself. Its like I made my own stencils for design! I feel that these sketches make the furniture look like a more cohesive design and portray my concept.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

ticking ticking....thoughts

Still in my thought process for the bungalow project. Here are a few sketches of what i think my finalized furniture will end up looking like. I still have to figure out how everything will look to scale but i am really pleased with these designs. I was thinking that each piece of furniture would be part of the bonsai tree. When you look at it from the floor plan, the walls and sconces are the leaves, hutch and sideboard the branches, chairs the bark, and table and chandelier are the core. Although these elements have different styles and purposes, I tried to use universal elements to create a cohesive design. My refined ideas are those highlighted in white.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Site and Touch Explorations

Here is a collaboration of my custom materials and textures. I wanted to use a variety of layers, and textures to make the room feel the essence of a bonsai tree. I stayed with the colors of green and orange because they are almost complementary and remind me of the tree.  Bronze is also another big factor in the deisgn thecause of the extensive amounts of bronze used in the arts and crafts style homes and the copper wire used in molding the bonsai tree into its unique desired shape. 

art piece
mirrors give the room a sese of reflection and layering the leaves bring within the tree.  

a gradient of layered ovals give the room a soft effect and the sense of leaf like form.

abstract spaces taken out of the carpet collaborate to correlate to the uprooting of the bonsai tree.

layered color variation of the  ruffles give the chairs a sense of depth and dimension that is found in the bark of the tree.

 wall texture
pertruding paint gives the room a sense of texture adding yet another layer into the space.  

 wall paper
This wallpaper plays with the coper element and reflects on the "subtle shimmer" that leaves portray. It feels like they are structures and if organized another way, wouldn't make sense. Like they all fall to place perfectly.