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MICRO AREA

After hours of brain storming over all the 50 problems regarding the mall, I finally chose a micro area of concern for my design intervention: the paintball game that I had experienced. In my opinion, the whole experience was a disaster, but that’s just me so to quantify more on what I am saying, I took a survey in the mall asking people if they have had faced the same problem as me. And unsurprisingly, they actually had faced the same bad atmosphere of that area. When asked for more reasons as to why they think that, these are the reasons that I got: the infrastructure is not good, no positive vibes, no enjoyment, expensive and give less time, not proper safety, no attractive interior, roof is open, no sounds effect and lighting, Everything was really mismanaged, didn’t even have locker facilities, the clothes and gloves was not in good condition.

The reasons given by them are all very factual and I wholly agree with them, therefore I have chosen this area.

BRAIN STROMING

Dear readers, this is my fourth entry for this project. Yesterday, at the mall my overall experience was insightful. There were certain good as well as bad incidents that happened but overall I am still happy that I got this opportunity. So finally today in class, all of us sat down and started brain storming on the various problems that we observed yesterday at the mall. We listed out a couple of points here and there and by the end gave a presentation in front of the whole class. We were really happy when our classmates and mentor gave us some valuable and substantial suggestions. In the end, we narrowed it down to the following problems: there is no takeaway system in this mall, parking area should be increased by auto lift and sometimes we can’t find the parked cars so we can design the application or some device to find our cars, open food court area should be covered with some shelter or provide some fans, game zone blue express should improve the arrangements and utilise the area and give some good lightings, all the floors should provide maps, in the food court there should be a screen displaying the food menu of all the available joints in the food court, some sitting arrangements should be there on ground floor, washroom roof should be changed because it is too risky, ccd should have some shelter for afternoon time, home centre packaging should be changed, paintball interior is not good, PVR should provide lockers, clairs counter is not visible and attractive and spar arrangements are too bad.

NET VISIT TO THE MALL

Hello! This blog will speak about my second visit to the Pacific mall. We visited with a much clearer head and with our mind set that we only have to observe visual culture, people/social culture, product culture, ambiance & environment, objects & material, process & working of the mall and market merchandise. For the first three hours, we were busy completing the above list but then we finally got to the fun part! Or what I hoped to be fun but instead had the most awful experience. And all thanks to the paintball game that we went to.

The whole area had a very bad vibe. It was not at all shaded which led to heavy sweating and aggressive behaviour on our as well as the worker’s part. The atmosphere of the place was really degrading as well. Everything was really mis managed and what appalled me the most was that they weren’t even providing us with proper safety precautions, like literally they just provided us with a helmet, chest pads and gloves. They didn’t even have locker facilities which I think is a must for a sport of this sort where people can keep their valuables. But fortunately, they still had the decency to give us proper instructions before the game started.

This was the first time when I had actually observed people, space setting and basically all the aspects of a place for the very first time. And unfortunately the experience was not a good one.

FIELD VISIT TO THE PACIFIC MALL

This was my first visit to the mall. The entire class has to go to the pacific mall and observe the visual, social and product culture. My group and I went to Pacific mall and observed the culture of the mall, also the sound culture and the body language of the people. Pacific mall is located in Tagore garden, Najafgarh road, Subhash Nagar ( metro station), New Delhi. The mall is with over 130 international and national brands to choose from pacific is the new landmark of India’s shopping capital.well, it is connected both to the public and private transport. The mall has three floors and it has underground also. underground, ground and the first floor is all about shopping, the second floor have big food court and games zone and the third floor has PVR, Haldirams, looks salon etc. we get everything under one roof. Its got all the brands like Tommy, Zara, mango, forever 21, Da milo, etc. we can do grocery shopping, we can sit in cafes and we also get sportswear. we observe the problems like there was the setting problem in the mall, the floor was also so slippery and much more. It improved my observation skills. But we were not clear about the briefing and we started on a very ambiguous note where we thought we have to search the opportunity areas but we did something else and we required to go two-three times more to reach that step. 

design process

As the new project has started I am very excited because this time we have to step out from the classrooms to study. I have been given the project where all the subjects are interlinked.This project is to create and develop our sensitivity as a designer and encourage us to take the responsibility in identifying issues faced by society and culture in a macro/microenvironment. we will use basic research methods for collecting information and then apply the design process to formulate potential design proposals and solutions. we got pacific mall as our macro environment.

ESSENCE & INSPIRATION

Art inspires us every single time. Every art and craft has its own essence. Bandhani also inspired me in different ways.

though Bandhani is all about colors and patterns. My essence is to show continuity in the bandhani craft and to add to that, the visual and tactile texture of bandhani. To provide future i would be exploring the essence visually and in different material.IMG_1912.jpgScreen Shot 2017-02-22 at 11.08.51 AM.png

PROCESS

 

Now, its time to tell you about the process of bandhani, first collect the material like white cloth, fabric color, oil paints, pakka, kaccha color powder, pebbles, coins, marbles, wool, thread, needle and hot water. Take a fine white “malmal” cloth, then plastic shapes with pinned holes are placed. The desired pattern is transferred onto fabric with fugitive colors as per your choice use marbles, pebbles or coins and place them on the rough side of the cloth on a design. now pick the cloth with the marble and tie a thread below the marble tightly. repeat the same with the rest of the marbles to create the pattern you have in mind. knots called bhindi are made according to the pattern.prepare the dye in hot water with your selected color. use as much color as required depending on the shade you want and the quantity of water used.The cloth is dyed with dark colors and then is kept and soak your cloth in the dye. dip for 10-15 min. let it dry then take out the marbles or wool. wash the cloth in soft water or in a color fixing solution.

COLOURFUL BANDHANI

Hey! have you ever visited Jaipur? The city also known as The Pink City, doesn’t only covet pink walls but a host of colorfull crafts to add to its cultural heritage like blue pottery, block printing, mirror work, Bandhani etc. let me take you on a journey of one of the fascinating craft of Bandhani.

Bandhani is a type of tie-dye textile decorated by plucking the cloth with the fingernails into many tiny bindings that form a figurative design. The term bandhani is derived from the word bandhani that means tying up. The colors used are red, yellow, green, black, blue and pink in the bandhani. The bandhani is done in Gujarat and Rajasthan. Bandhani started some 5000 years ago.  The bandhani work of Alwar was described in enthusiastic terms by Sir Thomas Wardle in 1886. The products produced by this method of dying are wonderfully soft and pleasant.

The city palace museum in Jaipur, where generation royal belongings are now kept, it contains a large number of tie-dyed costume pieces of all types and in a variety of designs and also the Victoria and Albert museum’s collection of Lahariya turban cloths.

The art of bandhani is a highly skilled process. The technique involves dying a fabric which is tied tightly with a thread at several points thus producing a variety of patterns like Chandrakala, Pavan bang, Shikari etc. Of course depending on the manner in which the cloth is tied.

Bandhani is divided into four parts first likhai is done then bandhani then rangai and then finally tipai.

There are the different type of dyes like vat dye, direct dye, naphthol dye and procion dye but in bandhani direct dye is done. Soon I will tell you how bandhani can be done at home in my next two blogs.