Design is?

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Design is:

  1. Necessities
  2. Considerations
  3. Problem Solving
  4. Quality of Life
  5. Helms
  6. Analysis

Considerations + Technological Precision = Design

Considerations +Technological Precision + Testing=Design Quality 1

The formative process= cracking down aspects

A research car was issued for a longitudinal study

This one the defogger gave it a high safety rating

This one has advanced cargo space

This one parks with ease and has an advanced reverse steering mechanism

This one is a cargo van with a short front end that drives like a small car

This one is a heavier weight and stronger engine is more suited to winter

This one has a low chassie and cannot get through the snow

This one is a light material that dents easily, but has the highest gas mileage due to its light weight

That woman said she could nearly go a month on one tank of gas

The material was barely conductive and could not well maintain heat

The light material she said was the cheapest gas, but the worst in winter

In her winter state, she nearly died twice in the car

Each environment likely needs its own car

The unique radio/stereo company gave the brand its claim to fame, tourists drive them to hear national music

He says it’s not the price of the car, but the “metering” and actually price of it’s gas

She has problems to read the symbols and be knowledgeable about her cars operations, if the word is short why not write it, does direct knowledge improve its safety rating?

The steering was so “soft,” she didn’t feel safe, it had a low safety rating

Design is then the long-term perfection of one model

The development of the design

The more sensitive the considerations

The greater knowledge over time

The comfort

The ideals

The safety rating

The safety rating getting higher and higher

The testing more precise and sophisticated

The design and advancement of the making, of the manufacturing

The comfort of the maker

The measuring of his head space, leg space, the testing of the passenger’s air quality

The visibility, the greater safety rating

Many had died trying until at last greater perfection equaled greater safety, the design normalized and evolved

The designs subsequent value within the transportation for work and within the supply chain created an enormous value

The new design, will they move things without the vehicle, will they move cars without the road, the further considerations.  And advance still the roads?  The heated driveways.  The heated highways.

She considered the dress without the thread, without stitches, with cutting, with fusing?  She placed within the dress a series of holes and the dress wrapped around her body via the three arm holes. 

Fusibles, interfacing?  Fine buttons?  Inlay buttons.  A new high end?  Should we weave the seam?  Should we vapor the seam and fuse.  Stain resistant, endurance?

Making something “purposeful” versus making something intellectual (art) or just beauty. Making something that achieves a point or is made for analysis (type of art) versus something made for a specific purpose with specific considerations. Hence, the dividing line between art and design emerges.

Art and Design

Art & Design

By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

 

Scenario 1

Traveling with a sewing machine and a tool box of art supplies and paints.  Extension cord from the house to sew outside.  Planning a “taller” pronounced “tie-yare,” or independent enterprise in an undeveloped pueblo.  Climbing in the mountains, getting floral dressed, walking in a dry river bed.

Dying cloth with coffees and teas and traveling one hour by bus to get dyes and bolts of fabric.  Getting a large car size amount of fabric delivered from a distributor in the city to make a large amount clothes.

Having dying parties with made up garments then hand painting them.  Memorizing songs, dancing with bells around the ankles (a musician).

Scenario 2

The “art house.”  Dying textiles on the balcony, making up braided hats, making up hand dyed clothes with a seamstress, then photographing people dressed in the clothing, and reserving sets around town.  Making drawings, large photo prints, postcards, which culminate in the full moon bazaar or events in tune with the full moon. Printing on the postcards the upcoming dates of the full moon. Collecting instruments, hiring models, drawing mostly self-portraits, a dress rack of clothes, shopping for fabrics in old jobbers, back drops and an obsession for color photography, making homemade lip balms while maintaining a corporate job in the stock market. Walking to work to stay in shape and playing castanet rhythms on the way.  Studying flamenco.

Scenario 3

Off to school of Art and Design. A collection of research photos.  A taste for photos with white borders.  Sketch books. Silk screen fabric prints for garments, silk screen paper prints for art. Silk screen fabric prints for art too.  Embellishment.  Fashion illustrations.  Making up garments, taking pictures.  Small mini drawings, making printed boxes to put things in, making shoes, making boots, printing techniques, visiting silks in the fabric district.  Collecting sole prints and deconstructing them into new combined textile patterns.

Scenario 4

A pedestal to draw still life’s or a variety of daily objects.  A stage to draw costumed models.  A stage for prosperous zeros.  Collecting and sampling the entire environment in drawings.  Nibs for the garden paintings.  A drawing board and horse in the house for portraiture.  The home office with 5 stations.

 

 

 

 

Book List: Art & Fiber

The Painters Handbook:  A Complete Reference  By, Mark David Gottsegen

Water, Paper, Paint By Heather Smith Jones

Tie-Dye The How to Book Virginia Gleser

Book Publishing Company

P.O. Box 99

Summertown, TN 38483

1-888-260-8458

http:/bpc.thefarm.org

Dharma Trading Co. Fiber Arts Supplies Catalog

Dharma Trading Co., 1994

P.O. Box 150916

San Rafael, CA 94915

1-800-542-5227

catalog@dharmatrading.com

www.dharmatrading.com

Goodwin, Jill  A Dyers Manual. London:  Palham Books, 1982

Museum of Contemporary Crafts of the American Crafts Council.  Fabric Vibrations:  Tie and Fold Dye Wall Hangings and Environments.  New York:  Museum of Contemporary Crafts of The American Crafts Council, 1972

Shaw, Robin and Jennifer.  Batik:  New Look at an Ancient Art, New York, Doubleday and Co., 1974

Toshiko Ito, Tsujigahana.  The Flower of Japanese Textile Art, Tokyo:  Kodansha International 1981

Yamanobe, Tomoyuki, ed. Opulence:  The Kimonos and Robes of Itchiku Kubota.  New York:  Kodansha International USA Ltd., 1984

Harmony Enterprises

512 14h Street

Modesto, CA 95354

1-209-571-2767

www.harmonytie-dyes.com

(to order tie dyes, dye kit and book)

Pro Chemical and Dye Co.

P.O. Box 14

Somerset, MA 02726

1-800-2BUYDYE

www.prochemical.com (more dying instructions)

Rupert, Gibbon and Spider, Inc.

P.O. Box 425

Healdsburg, CA 95440

1-800-442-0455

Batik

The Art and Craft

By ILA Keller

Suppliers

Craftools Inc.

1 Industrial Road

Wood-Ridge, New Jersey 07075

Aljo Manufacturing  Co.

116 Prince Street

New York, New York 10012

Geigy Chemical Co.

Box 430

Yonkers, New York

Ciba Chemical & Dye Co.

Fairlawn, New Jersey

E.I.  Dupont de Nemours, Co.

Wilmington, Delaware

Beckers

Sveavagen 42

Stockholm, Sweden

Boil Proof Color for Cotton and Cellulose Fabrics

Levafix Dying

Veronal Dyestuff

Box 385

Union, New Jersey  07083

Wax, dyes, tjantings, stretchers, dyes,

Tjap

Block Prints

Tjanting Pengado

The Art of Batik By R. Soeprapto

Art and Crafts in Indonesia (Ministry of Information, Djakarta)

Oriental Brushwork  Wang Chi-Yuan

How to Paint the Chinese Way  jean Long

Sashiko   Mary Parker

Lessons in Bobbin Lace Making  Doris Southard

Lacemaking Channerr CC

Practical Skills in Bobbin Lace  Bridget Cook

Pillow Lace  Mincoff and Marriage

The Technique of Torchon Lace Pam Nottingham

Technique of Design Chuny Lace , L Paulis

Milanese Lace Read and Kincaid

Introduction to Honiton Lace Susanne Thompson

A Dictionary of Lace Pat Earnshaw

Lace and Lace Making Marian Powys

Beggars Lace

P.O Box 17263

Denver, CO 80217

Cindys Stitches

588-A Roger Williams

Highland Park, IL 60035

The Lacemaker

7721 230th Ave SW

Edmonds, WA 98020

Lacis

2982 Adeline St.

Berkley, CA 94703

Robin and Russ Handweavers

533 North Adams ST.

McMinnville, OR 97128

Robbins Bobbins

Rte 1 Box 1736

Mineral Bluff, Georgia 30559

Van Sciver Bobbin Lace

130 Cascadilla Park

Ithaca, NY 14850

The Great Lakes Groups

Mrs. Robert A. Campbell

207 Wilson Ave.

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

International Old Lacers INC

124 W. Irvington Place

Denver, CO 80223-1539

The Silk Painting Workshop

Painting, Marbling and Batik

Jane Venables

Decoration on Fabric

Pauline Brown

Silk Painting

Vibeke Born

Authentic American Indian Beadwork

Pamela Stanley-Millner

Diane Fitzgeralds Favorite Beading Projects

Designer Bead Embroidery

Kenneth King

The Kashmir Shawl

Frank Ames

Soft Furnishings By Hamlyn

Complete Guide to Quilting  Better Homes and Gardens

Formulas, Methods, Tips and Data

Swezey and Scharff

Geometry for Dummies

Reference

Ypsilanti District Library Collection

The Big Designers 2

The Big Designers 2

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Necessity is perhaps the ruler of all design.  One example that stands out is a department store concept called “Destinations.”  Destinations represents a formula where designs correspond to events and locations or destinations.  Perhaps Destinations falls under a necessity button and becomes the kind of richness of a necessity met, when you have exactly what you need for a specific purpose.  Destinations because of the level of achievement of necessity, becomes a number one best seller. What destinations could suggest is something like playing the child’s card game  “Go Fish,” does your card match my card, “No, go fish.”

The methods one uses to achieve advanced necessity satisfaction can be lucrative and rewarding.

At this juncture in history, what becomes really evident is how the objects in for example a department store, eventually exit the department store and become the “culture.” A designer’s task is to become a cultural builder, or perform cultural branding.  One needs to be cognizant of “building techniques,” building people, cultures, respect and great nations.  Great designers or the big designers are “great builders.” One good example is a newspaper that desires to achieve something within their community and become a “community builder.”

Early design paid close attention to era and a lot was hinged on how to brand the time period or decade which had wonderful results.  Teapots are a nice case study.  Many teapots appear to fall under “era and charm.”  If one sat down to design a teapot they may study many, many teapots and wonder about the je ne sais quoi of teapots.  Teapots may charm one because the design informs the taste of the tea, they have phallic imagery and divine qualities.

Perhaps one creates an “ideal” and matches their designs to the ideal to achieve a result within their community.  For example, if your community has Paradisian ideals, one may endeavor to make their appropriate Paradisian clothes underneath a Paradisian helm-how the Paradisians became the Paradisians.  Even the school for the Paradisians could become a school for the design of Paradise and the protection of Paradisians.  Designs are buried even there in how the school is designed which will reflect what is contained within the nation or on the planet etc.

So how does one design the clothes for the Paradisians?  There is what they are, what you want them to be, how you want to develop them and how to meet their necessities; or perhaps it’s how you love them, showcase them, satisfy them, beautify them, brand them, even teach them.  A Paradisian may be a values based choice and the corresponding Paradisian clothes may be values based.  A Paradisian may have cultures and subcultures that also informs design choices. Within a Paradisian concept there is probably always nature or natural elements including florals.

The challenge living together with diverse and interesting peoples is with cultures and subculturalization and what that can include.   In an American State such as Michigan where few leaders may have been  directed towards cultural development in particular or some may be engaged in cultural branding.  What could be included are things like sports arenas, specific department stores, outdoor amenities, recipes, holidays, music, the wealth of the people’s accomplishments and ideas like humility or even seasons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

You build it, you make it

You build it, you make it

By, Afua Osei-Bonsu

The abstract manufacturer that desires for example “peace” and comes to realize that peace has tangibility, you can build it, and you can make it.  Other things are tandem with peace like humanity becomes also something tangible that you build and make or a community builder-tangible, you build and make it. Even science often concerned with the search for discovery and the study of the natural world at times could use a build/make formula-if it is necessary one does not need to look for it, but to create it fresh.  Caring, you build it, you make it.  Values you build them, you make them.  Quality, you build it, you make it.

 

 

The Big Designers #1

The Big Designers

By, Afua Osei-Bonsu

The big designers in life very well may be three things 1)necessity, 2)war and 3)just because we could.

“Necessity” it has been said was utilized by Chinese manufacturers and marked the focus of early eras in design and engineering. Underneath the helm of “necessity” most of design falls out.

“War” is another design pioneer that inspires a lot of technologies and teachings.

The third big designer is “just because we could,” that has to do with things like dinosaurs that apparently may have been whimsy of early scientists and according to one scientist, dinosaurs may still be existence on some far off planets.

Still other things in life become big designers such as those things that shape us and inspire change. Perhaps big designers  4) are the “shapers,” like policy, taxation systems, popular culture,  politics, poverty, education etc.

Moving on to the current century with most of necessity completely in existence, a new big designer may be #5) “Secondary Concept” where you make a dress from for example  a sugar bowl, which becomes the secondary design when you look in a former design-in and around it and using deconstruction.

Another big designer is the constant drive to evolve, #6 is evolution.  Evolution inspired most of innovation.  The notch and notch way that one inches upwards using research and development creates innovation formulas and new propelling designs.  With every technology it is as if, we can now achieve this xyz therefore the following must also be possible, and the designer takes a step, then still another step connecting all the dots.  If one can fly, they can place the star on top of the giant tree, if one can vapor they may perform a heart transplant without incision.

Of course we design and redesign necessity in a constant.

 

 

 

Work Up-Is God a Designer?

Work Up  Is God a Designer?  

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

God Design

New Species Design

The Art of Species, Chain of Beauty

Maplication of God

Maplication Subtitles

Creativity Religion

Original Creativity Outline

Briefs Structure

Creativity Theory

Original Tastes

Here’s Lettuce

And The Bird Is Made By Us

Sole Print Outline

Spiritual Time

Prosperous Zero

Self Realization

Humanitarian

Paradise Cities

Intensely Beautiful

Beauty Theory

A Fashion Show

 

 

An Approach to Art Making #1

An Approach to art making can include diverse formulae. One such formula may root an artwork in “research.” A body of research may form the foundation of an artwork.  “Rich” artwork may result from a body of research.  Research may need to employ writing, to develop the artwork or artworks.  Without writing, it is difficult to have the dialogue one needs to be engaged with an art work-before and after the artwork. Research may also involve data collection or formal methods employed by scientists in, for example, social methods or qualitative methods or quantitative research methods. An artist may also utilize methods in investigative journalism.

A second road may be a formula such as “Quepine (QPN),” Question, Proverb and News. Quepine can be a divine formula for beauty or knowledge or beauty from knowledge. Quepine is a formula that may result in sacred artworks and make an artist wise. Quepine can root a subject matter in history by attaching it to the news. News is history. Giving a subject history gives it depth and a road to travel on in time.  News has been a theme in art for a long time.  News is used in wax print textiles, art, and music of certain cultures, especially African cultures, who may name a baby or feature a notable from the news.  In some of the African music, the news may be right in the music. A small rural village may become reliant on musicians to convey the news to the people via songs.  Also, some art schools taught “news” as a way of plucking from current events, subjects relevant to the human condition as was done by a student colleague from the Parisian E’cole de Beaux Arts.  Human condition is not exclusive to the news, but it is a worthy method.  Human Condition was taught, perhaps, as a notch from existentialism and existentialism is perhaps “the root of art.”

Why this writer believes that existentialism is “the root of art”  is the relationship to “art” of the word in “Crackiola,”  “are-tea,” or  “our essence” or the “I AM” which was used by many supercomputers and by the Chinese Manufacturers.  The English language breaks down into codes and root systems.  Secondly, many crucial areas in art are easily organized around existentialism or the “I AM,” such as history, the human condition, social, observational, humanitarian and so on.  Drawing, painting, sculpting and photography etc. may all be existential.

-Existentialism

“Planning” may also be something that architects utilize to build houses and could be a word that artists need. This writer was explained how an architect may have a very detailed and specific set of plans to build an exact design precisely and swiftly with all the electrical outlets etc. An artist may make “plans.” An artwork based on plans may have an interesting result that is often mechanical or electrical or structural. Computer Aided Drafting may be utilized.

Recently, this writer was asked “what are your goals?” and “how will you design your studio?” right after. It was asked in a sewing class and functioned like an epiphany, the student began to develop this wild list of “sewing goals.”

If one picked up a good newspaper or a selection of newspapers and thought about say for example “world peace” or integrated social elements into ones goals their studio may take a different turn. What if one had an “umbrella” under which they were working from? An artist’s umbrella.

-Goals

– Studio Design

-Umbrella

“Technique” is the fourth road. The technique provides an endless possibility. Most art schools provide students with strong technical backgrounds, which always serve an artist.  An artist may choose to hinge their artwork on a technique and be infinite within it.  The technique can be powerful when coupled with for example, “history.” Students of art may also embark on an existential path that explores diverse techniques.

“Studies” are another road that was used in Nikolai Gogol’s book “Diary of a Madman.” Studies can provide a context for future works or larger works or thumbnails or for manifestation.  With studies, one may take it apart in many ways, to ascertain many diverse things. Studies may lead to problem solving or product design or anything in the realm of possibility. Studies may serve government and help people to bridge gaps and jump over fences. In Gogol’s book, “Diary of a Madman,” his main character was engaged in studies and posted an ad in the newspaper to solicit clients for his portraiture.

-Research

-Quepine

-Planning (as in Architecture)

-Technique

-Studies

In the presence of writing an artwork can literally fall- “when it falls.” When one is writing a book, for example, and illustrating pages, drawings are easily pulled from the text.

However, most artworks are “site-specific.” An artist can search for a locale, build a locale or create a site-specific work of art.  Recently an artist went to plan an exhibition and recognized this phenomenon- that in fact, artwork is almost always “site-specific.” Or an artwork can be adapted to space and remade.

Another intersection I find very meaningful is “custom design,” for the artist and for the designer.  Custom design, commissions and site specific art works, bare a relationship. There is a necessity in art to think about space.

Custom Design may be very relevant to artists, who in turn may pursue credentials from multidisciplinary design programs such as “MDP” in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan.  Custom design may involve manufacturing, technology or systems design mixed with artworks. For example “Church Pop,” may be installed in a house or perhaps a fiber art wall installation or a sound system. An artist may need to be an engineer. An artist’s ability to manifest their ideas has often been incongruent. But the creativity of an artist may place on paper, a vision for an entire city or even in exhibition unveil viable ideas to solve the world’s problems.

-When it falls

-Site Specific

-Custom Design

 In the Middle East, it has been said, to employ “finery techniques,” that “fine art should be fine.”  In the Middle East it is commonplace for a lot of people to reside in palaces, which would further create a desire for finery, or art that is compatible with the local architecture.

At the Central Academy of Fine Art in China, they are painting birds and flowers-not exclusively. It was said to me by a Chinese Artist that “birds are always beautiful.” If you choose a beautiful subject, the result is almost always beautiful.

-Finery

Art Relevant Juncture has also to do with relevance itself. It was said to this artist that she has a “relevant” artwork. That “the more relevant, perhaps the better the art,” was said by someone from the University of Michigan.

Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

(Excerpt from “Art Relevant Juncture,” by Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu based on her research about art.

Here Comes Lettuce

Here’s the lettuce man

Getting his award

Step right up

And Mr. Tomato

Take a bow and they scream

Here comes lemon

And their screaming rock star

The artist showcase of

Extreme creativity

And here’s the chain of beauty

Chefs, restaurants and mothers

Who chopped all the vegetables

And their screaming rock star

And in the back row

They pass out

All those people who thought

God left these things

Because he loves me so