Hooke Park, an Architectural Association site based in rural Dorset, surronded by conifer and broadleaved woolands, the primary material for the association’s experinmetal timber structures.
Each of the indivdual organic, rural buildings are designed using abrnomal abstract and geometrical shapes, using various timber joining methods for the required shapes creation. These structures were a valued personal inspiration aiding research, study and overall experience of the structures, by questioning and investiagting the various timber and joins.
I aim to use wool, rope or fabric to create crochet works for the internal structures walls or wall panels to illustrate my crochet ability in developing my textiles craft. The crochets purpose creates texture and pattern, engaging the viewers’ senses by presenting softness and need to feel and touch the work. Crochet is an ideal technique to create many layers to form large scale shape works and to symbolise the home craft technique that has been used by current and previous generations of my family.
I started expeirenmenting with chunky wool to create a small scale model of a tree with frayed edges. I wanted to incoporate trees into my structure, as the trees remind me of my childhood when going out for walks, discovering the Somerset landscape.
Small scaled test pieces- circular crochet using rope.
Wool and recycled fabric crocheted and tied to metal rods. Allowing experimentation of crochet attachment on a metal frame.
When analysing the metal and wooden models, I selected wood as my structure’s chosen material as I love the organic and natural effect the wood offers. I grew up in an environment surrounded by trees, fields and wetlands, the wood material closely associates with my memory of the Somerset landscape. This allows materials to become an important sensory factor. As a child, I loved constructing small wooden play dens so building a life size structure evokes the feeling I am ‘rebuilding my memory’.
The repeated rectangluar block shapes signify Plymouth’s building layout and how the houses are formed using the same shapes and layers in creating rows.
The angluar skyline (roof) abstractly represents the formations or outlines of Somerset hills, attached with wooden beams slopping down representing the different hills formations.
The majority of the angular shapes are inspired by Plymouth’s architecture.
The curves shown at the structures entrance represent the Somerset Levels reedbeds (moors/wetlands), common to the Somerset area.
I experimented with two materials wood and metal, to help understand which material would be best suited to hold the structural shape. I worked with thin metal rods using the brazing process to construct and braze the rods together, showing my ability to craft, design and build.
Deciding on the scale of the space allowed me to focus on the structural shape to create the sensory experience. Refering to the shapes of Plymouth and Somerset, I drew sketches creating open, enclosed spaces and slopping roofs to change viewers movements when exploring the structure.
Before deciding on the shape of the structure, I started of mapping out the required space to build the structure. My aim is to allow space for viewers to wander internally and externally around the structure, viewing all directions and persepectives.
Following my previous experienmental test, I found the room spacing was too confined and I needed an larger open area to map the space needed. I used bean canes and coloured string to map out a rectangluar shape space, consisting of 3 metres in width and 6 metres in length.
At the begining of this project, I started by mapping out a large shape using masking tape on my living room floor, to test out the scale and how viewers can move through the space and shape structure. Aiming to create a time based journey and discovery, forcing and controlling the viewers’ movements through the enclosed and open spaces.
The final exhibition project is going to continually investigate the notion of interaction and space and the study of form, reflecting sense, emotions and memories to provoke interaction and perception. My aimbition is to create an indoor, social structure exploring the idea of movement and senses for the audience to wander, sit and be immersed by its forms and materials.
The importance of form helps us to visualise our memories and places we have seen. I wanted to incorporate this idea into building a structure, using shapes and colour to symbolise my memories of the two places I live in (Plymouth and Somerset). I like the idea of ‘Living in a Memory’ how shapes become visual gestures, in reminding us what they represent whilst also creating new memories.