Poor dog :(
I never buy clothes unless I really need to. The last winter jacket I bought (pictured dumped on the left) was around the time I finished year 12. I think to some point that jacket meant the earlier part of my life, fresh out of high school and into uni. The right, is a jacket I bought today for work. Frosty mornings in a decaying jacket isn’t any fun.
Looking back at my old jacket, a lot has changed since then. Lately I’ve given myself a chance to step back, look at what’s happened lately and how much I have changed. Friends have been pushed away and others pulled closer. Things that I’m interested in have been put away for another time when money permitted and time spent more on recovering rather than relaxing.
If you asked me lately how work has been about 80% of the time I would of sighed. To be honest it hasn’t been good. It feels as if they’ve thrown me at something that they didn’t want from the beginning. Its hard to go to work everyday feeling as if you’re always under the pump. To the point where you can’t just disconnect yourself from work. You leave the office and the thought continues with you. Until recently I’ve decided to try and approach it differently, trying to get through the mess and see a light at the end of the tunnel. It hasn’t appeared but I hope it soon will.
Feels like I’m halfway through my year out and it feels like I’m learning what I’m suppose to as a student. Work teaches you to remember that life isn’t all about what you do as a job. It teaches you to disconnect and separate yourself from the industry. Building a resilience against taking your work home with you helps to keep you from burning out. I know that people say you practically live architecture once you study it, but formal drawings, chasing (and getting chased by) contractors and clients are a 9 to 5 formality. Beyond that, they belong outside of your mindset.
Anyway besides thinking about work, beer helps (And venting to the girlfriend)
Final Product -
Fast forward a few days and we dramatically upscaled all those lessons we learnt into a finished product. It wasn’t as polished as we wanted it to be to be honest. But was amazing to push to production and produce something that pushed the perception of nature and weightlessness (Is that a word)
One of the experiences I would never forget: building a concept model to a smaller scale with real wood. I think its easy to dream up ideas and solve them using theory. The group came up with an idea, we built it to our theory and failed terribly on our first go. After more than a dozen tweaks and alterations we were able to build a working model that was nothing like what we dreamed up.
We had a lot of “Ghetto” solutions - quick fixes, tape, glue, desperately trying to make it work. That was the beauty of the concept model - the scuffs and marks showed the rigorous process of design. It made me see a more resolved and practical side of design beyond the non-physics of 3d world.