Week 9 – STUDY – Semester 2

CLASS NOTES & MORE:

16.04.2022 – Tutorial Notes

This was my last tutorial for this course – the time goes way too fast! During this appointment we discussed how to tackle my project during The TAKEOVER, as well as some changes thanks to which I can be more efficient. I decided not to include the three final areas of the house in this project. The reason is twofold – I wanted to have more time to catch up with posts, but also I wanted to use these rooms during The TAKEOVER. The idea is that I will write three of these chapters based on the suggestions of the onlookers (their input on the cards). These chapters are going to be the epilogue to my story, told from the point of view of Jenny from years later. During the last hour, I plan on gathering people to do a workshop, where people will be able to design their own rooms and characters, and perhaps even think up a story for them….


PROJECT:

PROJECT SUMMARY:

My project is a process of creation of a story inspired by research, as well as by my family members and memories. My aim is to educate myself and broaden my horizons – that’s why I decided to collaborate with my friends and colleagues and collect their responses.

These responses collected on my research cards will then be turned into inspiration for my story – the house and character designs, as well as the chapters themselves. Through trial and error, I’m still learning the best ways of creatively challenging my peers, as well as incorporating their feedback into my project.

As it’s my final semester at Aberystwyth University, I decided to come out of my shell and make the process much more external than all of my previous projects.

The climax has been reached. What will be the outcome of this silly argument?

16.04.2022 – Reflection

What is a study?

To me, a study is sort of a liminal space. It is a place where you can get fully engulfed in your project and hobbies, forgetting the track of time. Once you get in the creative zone, there is no way out.

I see it as a place full of unfinished artworks, crumpled pieces of paper that won’t fit into the trash can, self-discovery and patience. Similar to the library, it’s a quiet place with a powerful purpose, and provides one of the best ways to escape from reality.

16.04.2022 – Research

Article used for this research:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Study_(room)

The study is a room mainly used for paperwork, computer work, reading and indulging in hobbies. It comes under many different names, such as: den, home office, parlour, and home library. In my project however, these will be separated into two rooms.

Typical study furnishings and equipment include: desk with a chair, a computer, a lamp, bookshelves and file cabinets, but depending on one’s hobbies may also include sketchbooks, an easel, canvases, collections and others.

Historically, this room was reserved to be used by the head of the household – the father. It developed from the Renaissance’s closet/cabinet, which was a private room typically reserved for a man.

The study as we know it was popularised quite recently, and the Internet greatly influenced that transformation. It has allowed the possibility of remote work, which started booming after the spead of Covid-19.

17.04.2022 – Research & Experimentation (Cont’d)

23.04.2022 – Group Experimentation Online Edition

24.04.2022 – Character Design

Michael Przybylski

24.04.2022 – Room Design

A Lifetime To Remember – Chapter 9

“That’s about it for this floor.” Explained Mrs. Przybylska as she and her guests made her way up, back to the ground floor. “Next up we have the study, unused children’s room and the master bedroom.”

Mrs. Przybylska guided them, as they ascended the stairs towards the final floor. Jenny noted that the corridor resembled its first iteration (on the ground level) quite well, and there wasn’t that much to note otherwise. Stanisława gently opened the first white door accessible from the corridor to reveal a dim-lit, dark room with a calming, yet mysterious atmosphere. The walls were decorated with various portraits and sketches, all signed by one of the two present signatures. Among the equipment were a stereo player, a comfortable couch, a desk with a computer and some files neatly placed next to it, and finally, a huge bookcase filled with various files, cd’s, and old sketchbooks with some painting equipment.

All Jenny could say about the room, was that it felt normal, yet had an overpowering atmosphere of focus, if she may phrase it so. It wasn’t over-furnished like any of the other rooms, which improved its functionality greatly. Jenny could already imagine herself filling out paperwork accompanied by her favorite music, and Anna nagging her to do something fun instead. Another impulse of pain went through her chest, as she realized, that the future might not be as bright as she kept imagining. It wasn’t always like this, she thought. A conclusion was almost around the corner, she knew the answer to all their problems…

“This room is very strongly connected to him too, but possibly more so to my son than to my husband.” Stanisława replied to Anna’s question, shattering Jenny’s train of thought. “These are Darek’s.” She said, pointing to a few of the portraits. “And the sketches are Michael’s, my son’s.”

Jenny decided to give the art another glance. Among the paintings, she spotted one familiar face, albeit much younger – the woman that visited them earlier on, was smiling along with a young boy – presumably her brother. The sketches consisted mostly of industrial architectural concepts; however, Jenny once again spotted a familiar face – Stanisława’s charming smile was identifiable even on her young counterpart’s bright face.

“He’s a freelance developer, so he would often drop by his kids and spend some time here, working on his games and whatnot. Always sipping Coca-Cola and listening to radio!” She chuckled.

Stanisława glanced at Jenny, her pleasant smile shifted into a worried frown as she noticed the woman’s conflicted emotional state. She approached the girl and laid a hand on her shoulder to get her attention.

“Listen, girls… There are still three rooms to go. I really grew to like you, and I wouldn’t want anyone else to inhabit my house at this point. I know we barely know each other, but it pains me to see such a lovely couple torn over such a silly dispute. We could continue pretending like nothing happened, and listen to more of my stories as you both drift apart even more, or I can leave you alone to explore the last three rooms on your own. I trust you, and believe you deserve to be left alone in order to talk things through.”

Anna looked at Jenny, and Jenny reluctantly shifted her gaze to her girlfriend’s. Their eyes were fixated on one another, almost as if scanning for possible threats and dangers in the depths of the sea of misunderstandings. They both nodded slowly, and Stanisława, content, left them alone.

TO BE CONTINUED DURING THE TAKEOVER…

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