Every assignment and lecture inspires me. It gives me new eyes that enable me to see objects in different ways. The last lecture about “art and design” was particularly inspiring. It had given me the answers to many of previous questions I mentioned. The lecture not only reminded me of some projects I have done in RISD, but also the purpose of being here. Before coming to RISD, I studied hotel management in Switzerlandand. I had not been exposed to the world of three demensional design. I came to RISD thinking of going into the fine art department. However, my foundation 3D class opened a new door for me and changed my decision. There was a project using recycled materials innovatively to design a new product. I chose plastic water bottles because they were free and easily accessible. I only used the bases of the used water bottles to make a chandelier. I was intrigued by the transparency of plastic bottles and how light interacted with the bottles. By adding a simple light to my plastic chandelier there was a manipulation of reflections. This project played a crucial role in me becoming a designer. It enabled me to approach ID in a new light. It gave me a new found view on how I percieve objects. My aspects and definition of design have been forever changed. To make a beautiful, functional and emotional product using recycled material never crossed my mind before. It was a transformation of ordinary to innovation. For the first time, I felt the pleasure of making something and I wanted to keep it. Stuart Haygarth’s chandelier reminds me of this project (http://www.designmiami.com/forum/downloads/i.com/forum/downloads/i.com/forum/downloads/).
Another joyful experience came to me during winter session. I took the “Search for innovative furniture” class, which was pretty much the same process as the foundation 3D class. I chose vinyl tubes and explored them for more than 3 weeks. First, I experimented so many different and complicated things. Then at the final stage I decided to use the material itself and make an organic, functional and expressive lamp through a different way. Innovation to me had always been about new technology and new materials, but this class taught me that innovaton could be achieved by designers using the ordinary and approaching the problem in a new mind set.