This week’s entry shall be a little longer but lighter to allow myself to see that I’ve actually done something in the past weeks and that I am actually learning. Though I will try to elaborate more, please bear with me since I’ve been finding it hard to articulate my thoughts recently.
To start, let me say that this is a rundown of everything that has happened this month- definitely focusing on the Capsule Collection – with little intrusions from relevant events in the past weeks, as part of my documentation and research for this collection.
Let’s start from the very beginning, which is the selection of theme/topic. At first, I wanted to do something that is inspired by nature. Basically, that’s it. I thought it would be okay to just have something as that, but my professor encouraged me to think of a deeper concept or idea. My thoughts roamed from the topic of “depression” to “Christian church, then and now”, but I’ve finally decided to settle on taking a song entitled DYWTBM (Do You Want To Be Mine) by The Ridleys. it was not just because I liked the band and the song, but i is mainly because I would want to do something similar in the future i.e. take a song as an inspiration, because I believe that songs communicate a lot just as art & fashion does – it carries the culture, values, and beliefs, not only of the singer/band but also of the society they have during the time the song was made. Just like fashion, music immortalizes people and their memories. it evokes certain emotions, a nostalgia to hear a certain song just as it is to see a certain accessory or clothes. Honestly, I thought it would be easy but I’ve never been so wrong.
As part of my research, I’ve asked one of the members of The Ridleys on how he interpreted the song. We’ve also created a word mapping of things we associate with the song. Some of the words were actually literal, images that the song paints i.e. 3AM, holding hands, crowded bar, dark, and music. From this, I started looking for photos of their gigs, as well as some stock photos of a street at night time, as well as of couples, and came up with this:
Just as I said in my previous blog post, my classmates said that the photos were repetitive and I also realized that the board lacks focus. They told me to focus on the emotions we feel after a gig, which I shall say, “3AM Post-gig Feels”, and they also said that I should improve in communicating the intimacy between two people. I revised the board and came up with this:
Honestly, I thought that this looks good – and I still think it does – but I didn’t see that I still failed to communicate the intimacy (just as my professor said, it looks more like self-love) and I still lack focus.
Throughout the weekend, I just tried to bring myself back to those days when I went to lots of gigs – as to what emotions I felt, what I did before, during, and after, and what are the things I said and experienced. I also continued word mapping, and while the words increased, the focus was narrowed down. I’ve also been gathering some of the photos I’ve taken during and after gigs. For now, I am still doing the board, though.
My greatest takeaway? I am fully convinced that the hardest part of being in an art-related program isn’t sketching/rendering, but rather the conceptualization and translation of that concept to an art which should be understood by those who’ll see it.