After the assessment of last module, I realized a lot of problems in my project idea and study plan.
Firstly, I combined two big different topics: gender and structure (based on lizard skin), but their connection was way too weak. Post gender is a concept I still couldn’t define it, my thinking and understanding on this concept is still very immature. The continuous structure inspired from lizard skin is considered more complete, with the idea of translating the skin, this topic is more proper to be my current study object.
So I decided to make my project study specifically on the lizard&structure, and the whole research would be much more focus on the original inspiration—lizard skin and structure design.
Another important reflection of the first module is that I need to rethink about hand-made and technology-made. The truth is I think a little on this issue, and made a sample by hands which could be well designed by technology. The structure could be better designed by 3D print, so if I’m going to make an even and regular structure, using software is a better choice. But the lizard skin translating could be worth making by hands. Doing more experiment on materials, colors and figuring out how to put the translated skin on the surface of structure, these works need hand works.
Which kind of design could be more suitable for hand-making? Which could be more for using technology?
The new technologies could help us finish some making process perfectly, then using hand to try to finish the same thing is becoming meaningless. Hand making process has its precious points on other aspects. Some explorations on materials, shape, surface, texture, emotional expression…they are always worth experimenting by hands.