Llio Davies – PDP 

Creatively I have gained confidence in my work after good feedback from tutors, I also gained confidence through a Student Design Competition where my design was highly commended. As it was a design competition, my time was spent purely on design rather than making. I spent a lot of time using CAD software such as Rhino and my skills improved greatly, this is my main method of quickly visualising my work now, it also helps me quickly analyse my ideas and experiment with various textures and scale. I do enjoy the making process but spending more time on designing made me realise the outcome of my work are far greater and I save a lot of time. Making is the most enjoyable process for me but it’s the most time consuming. In terms of making, this year was the first time I stared using Porcelain and I’m very happy with my progress in understanding and experimenting with the material, I’m looking forward to experimenting further with making techniques such as the plaster lathe and slip casting. 

I still feel like I need to gain more confidence in my academic writing as I’ve always struggled with this aspect of my study. As I am dyslexic, I struggle with processing information while reading and explaining my thought process. I found a meeting with a dyslexic tutor helped guide me through some techniques I could use to stay organise, such as using OneNote to organize all my research and software such as Sonocent Audio Notetaker to help me take notes during tutorials and lectures. I found OneNote especially useful as I could easily organize research into chapters, download and highlight articles to gather information and have them easily accessible. It could also highlight key words in various documents and the same time which saved me a lot of time scanning through multiple articles to link research together.  

I chose to write about a subject which would interest me and help give context to my Subject work. I have always been interested in factors which affect our working environment as I am always curious to see what my future working environment will be. Currently in my subject work I am focusing on creating forms which helps calm us in environments such as work. This interest came from an experience during my second year field project where I was on work experience in a workshop. I always believed I knew the working environment I would be most productive in, a quiet and interruption free space to focus on work, I quickly found myself lacking in motivation and creativity. I realised I work well in the studios in university and this is due to our co-working environment, often I come across conversations which inspire me and seeing the various work people produce motivates me to make and design more. After I started researching I realised there are incredible examples of co-working environments, one of my best find was an article in the Director Magazine which gives inspiration, advice and expert opinion to businesses. They recommend the Moneypenny building situated in Wrexham North Wales which is where I was born, I often think of North Wales as being out dated, especially in regards to working trends. This made me hopeful that businesses are taking worker environment seriously and they’re realising the benefits, Monneypenny was also a great example of how any business, regardless of their size can influence their working space, there is no need for extreme expenditure to create extravagant environments such as the ones Google are known for  

In my dissertation, an aspect of my research was looking at how physical elements of a room could affect our productivity and creativity. I first came across the cathedral effect during a tutorial where we discussed how shopping centres are designed to influence consumer spending, this started my research into physical aspects of a space and how they can affect us. I really enjoyed researching into the various physical aspects which can influence our productivity such as noise, lighting, colour and space. This is when I came across philosophers and architects such as Jumani Pallasmaa, Edward Hall and Gaston Bachelard. I spent a long time depicting their theories, I struggled especially with Gaston Bachelard as he questions phenomenologically the meaning of space through poetry, I struggled mainly with the vocabulary in the book. I found their theories fascinating, I related especially to Pallasmaa’s ocularcentric culture, I started to take notice of it in my day to day environment of how visually focused we are. After this I decided to focus on my other senses such as hearing and touch. I have been meditating and practicing yoga frequently through the process of dissertation, I have definitely realised it’s benefits of helping me be more aware of my surrounding and gaining control of my environment.  

Constellation has definitely helped me improve context for my subject work, I have learnt how to research more efficiently which has made the process more enjoyable. During my previous subject work, I have focused heavily on the making and designing aspect, but now my work is always being designed for a purpose. While researching I have come across future trends of materials, this helps me design purposely for the material and also widens my knowledge into the future market of art, design and making. It has also expanded my knowledge of materials which helps with discussions amongst students and tutors discussing future trends. Constellation and Subject have had a strong relationship for me, they have definitely informed each other especially this final year. 

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