Monday, March 14, 2011

Blog Post 7: Comftorable Spaces (History and Theory of Design)

On this day we were to find spaces that are to be considered happy spots for us on campus.  From all the different spots visited, I chose this courtyard behind the Weatherspoon Art Museum.  This spot brings special memories for me when I first moved to Greensboro.  My first visit to this space was during the summer, when flowers were in full bloom.  It makes for a pleasant and peaceful spot for me with all the greenery and sculptures.  When I step into this space it is a full experience for the senses and it always inspires me in some way.  There is the fresh air lightly blowing and tickling the hair on my skin, the smell of plants and nature in the air fills my lungs.  There are also many places my vision catches as I examine my surroundings and take in every little detail from the brickwork patterns to the layout of the space and its sculptures and awesome gate entrance.  The sound system that changes periodically with different sounds, such as crickets fill the air which brings back memories of summer nights when I would leave my window open while sleeping and could hear the peaceful chirps of crickets in the night.  I am a lover of nature and all things involved with gardening which influenced my decision on this particular space.  It is like stepping into another world, you almost lose yourself in the space and forget for a moment you are on campus safely enclosed from the outside hustle and bustle of everyday life and traffic in Greensboro. 

Environmental Design II : Color Week Project

For color week, we were to find color combinations that complimented each other through a series of assignments.  We observed what colors would look like if you were to put a lighter/darker shade of color over the same shade.  Here are some pictures of my designs of the colors I chose to work with. With the first project we were to choose a shade and show how it goes from darkest to lightest with a shade that showed the transition in the middle. Then we did a color chart with carefully chosen hues that went from the darkest area of the color wheel transitioning to the lightest.  The next was a representation of the different seasons.  For this project I decided to go with a weaving technique to tie the colors I used together.  Each box of weaving represented each season.  This project was very fun, and I learned a lot about the color process. Each project was carefully constructed, measured, and cut carefully with an X-acto knife.