Making the Prototype Part 2

Below is a documentation of making my prototype planter. I used materials that were already available to me and it was a pretty simple process.

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I started with a straw that I am going to pierce with a needle. 
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Piercing the straw.
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The completed straw. 
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The pots that I will use for my prototypes, I am using two per piece so that I can make four in total which should be enough to test the different watering ideas I have.
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These are the materials I am using, the straws, the pots and a hand drill.
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Before I drill, I need to mark out where exactly to drill because it is important that everything aligns properly. 
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To make sure the holes are perfectly opposite each other, I used a piece of charcoal to mark the inside of the pot. By holding the put up to the light, I can see the mark from the outside of the pot which I then mark with a sharpie.
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I also mark the inside (not entirely sure why).
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I have then drilled the holes and tested that the holes align. I then glue the pots together.
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I then attach some little pieces of straw at the back to support the structure and also make sure that it stands up properly. 
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The finished thing with soil and cress seeds inside. I used cress seeds because cress can grow in shallow/small spaces (I grew cress in a Kinder Egg one time) and it also grows very quickly (2-3 days).
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Making a Prototype Part 1

As I said in the previous blog post, I need to make a prototype of my idea. I have drawn up a plan in my sketchbook.

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I will use some tubs I had from some microwave cake mix and some straws. I will drill holes into the pots that fit the straw. 
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I will pierce the straw with a needle and then fit the straw through the holes, this will make sure all the holes stay in alignment when glueing the pots together. 
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I will glue the pots together and then glue the straw into place. I will then cut some little pieces of straws to glue to the back of the pots to add some support and also so it will stand up on its own.

I know that this isn’t a perfect prototype because there are a few differences between the idea and this, but I am hoping that it will be an adequate proof of concept for now, whilst I can gather together some more appropriate materials and make something more similar to my idea.

Some Problem Solving

One of the biggest questions looming over this project is how to water the plants. I thought I had figured this out by just leaving holes in the bottoms and tops of the ‘cells’ that align and then the water can get to each section. However after a discussion regarding this project I realised this would not be a very good project. This is because the soil would  have to be very saturated for each section to be watered. This means I need to come up with some alternative solutions.

Below are some photos of my sketchbook pages that show some of the ideas I was having.

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One idea was to have pipes that have lots of small holes in them so that water can reach every level. My main concern is that the majority of the water may just end up at the bottom section. 
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This idea was to with an external piping system. This would likely work, however it poses too many logistical issues about where they would fit and just makes the whole thing far less space efficient which is the whole point. 
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This was a development on the first idea. The idea is that it could stop itself from getting too saturated at the bottom. There would be these small rim type things throughout the pipe and a ball or disc that is buoyant in each section. The idea is that when there is enough/too much water in the bottom section, the ball or disc will rise and block that section of pipe allowing the section above it to hold more water and once that one gets too full and then the same thing will happen and so on and so forth. 
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This is the most simple idea which also might end up being the best, although the other solutions allow the water to be more evenly distributed.

The plan is to make a couple of prototypes that will help test the ideas that I have here and will help me to figure out which one is the best/most practical solution.

My New Idea for Light

My new idea for the light project is to make a plant pot system that makes the best use of space. The photo below explains the initial idea.

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A photo of my sketchbook that explains the idea.

 

The idea comes from the idea that you could have something akin to a living wall but in your home that can also be configured so that you could have it at different heights and widths. They could also be used as conventional plant pots. The thing that I like about this idea is that as long as the base design is sound, it’s then a simple case of scaling bigger and smaller according to people’s needs.

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An example of a living wall in someone’s home. I think this is really nice however, it requires too much free space i.e. smaller homes can’t have this kind of thing. My idea is more easily customised and implemented. I also want to come up with something that is more easily cared for i.e. I wanted the watering side of things to be as simple as possible. This wall looks kind of awkward to water. 
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A larger scale example of a living wall. I think these things are beautiful and do wonders to make environments feel fresh and nice to be in. These kinds of walls tend to rely on climbing plants which is fine although I think it would be nice to have other solutions that allow a different variety of plants which could create more useful possibilities, for example what if we could have a living wall type thing where you could grow vegetables, this would make home growing vegetables a lot more accessible. 

 

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This example shows how easily living walls can be integrated into spaces. 

Starting Again…Again

I have decided to change the idea that Iam doing for my Light project. This is mostly because I’m finding it hard to see where this project is going. I think I had an interesting idea but I was just struggling with it and I think I would like to revisit it, maybe in my own time or something. I have a new idea that I would like to explore that I am more excited about and I have a much clearer idea about what it is and where it’s going and the kind of experiments I need to do to get there.

The Outcome of the Light Experiment

The Setup

To take the photos I wanted for my little experiment, I set up a mini photoshoot in the hallway of my house. Below is a photo of my setup.

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Here I have my paper set, my lamp, a book I used to prop my camera up and my sketchbook with all my reference images. 

My Photos

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I wasn’t 100% happy with how this came out I think mostly because the photos aren’t very creepy and I wanted them to feel more creepy. I think the colours are too warm and I should have made them cooler in editing. I’m quite happy with the composition and fixed camera angle but I think there’s still more tweaking to be done.

Making My Paper Model

I decided that I wanted to make a paper model of my room so that I could try out one of my initial ideas which was to tell the story of this weird recurring dream I get. I wanted to do this by using as little as possible. I wanted everything to be as empty and as plain as possible whilst still making it relatable i.e. people could see what was going on and understand it fairly easily. The idea is that I would use pure atmosphere and light to tell the story rather than dialogue and characters.

The dream that I have that I wanted tell the story of is where I’m lying in my bed and the door will open and there’s a man who enters the room. He doesn’t do anything but it still feels really frightening. I know it doesn’t seem like a lot but there’s a certain atmosphere to this dream that is really unsettling. The idea is that I will take pictures of a ‘set’ made of paper where I play around with the lighting to create atmosphere and give a sense of time moving from day to night.

Below are pictures of the process and completed ‘set’.

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Making some shelves and doors. 
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The desk and door. 

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This is where the shelves and draws are going. 
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The bed where I have tried to make the duvet and pillow look a little more 3D and not completely, unnaturally flat. 
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Close up of the desk and chair. 

I have made this little set of my room. I only has two sides out of four because I don’t need the other sides. The camera angle is going to be fixed to I don’t need to worry about making the rest of it.