The Dream Space Project


Tuesday Studio Session with Colin, Ranbir, Rachel

As a class we looked at a slide show of artists work, this work was of paintings, buildings and sculptures. All of the work represented dreams, and we discussed how we believed each piece of work could be incorporated into dreams. Much of the artists work was made up of different shapes, patterns and monotones, but nothing too specific, meaning we could understand the work in our own way as it was rather abstract. Looking at this work gave us inspiration as to what we were about to do for our next project.

In groups of 5, we were asked to create one drawing, and one model per group to represent ‘dreams’ in any way we wanted. From looking at artist work we had all gained inspiration by this point, therefor we could all put together our own personal ideas to create some stunning work. Here are some images to show our thought process:

Our first sketch model

(Fig.1) A quick sketch of what out dream space model will be. We had the idea of a light box, shining through sheets of tracing paper with cutouts, therefor projecting different images out of the box.
(Fig.2) Tester sketch model: this is the idea of cutting small shapes out of the paper, light will shine through these cut outs to create the shadows onto the paper at the front.
(Fig,3) Playing the ‘shape paper’ into the box mock up
(Fig.4) A more detailed drawing of the box idea, against the prototype of of ‘Light box’ sketch model. By this point we had attached the tracing paper to the front of the box and places the paper with cut outs inside.
(Fig.5) Of course before we went on the create the real thing, it was important that our light projection idea actually worked, and it did! We tested this by placing a phone light through a peephole at the back. The shapes successfully shone through onto the tracing paper!
(Fig.6) More cut outs were made, just to see the effect. Quite pretty. The whole idea is that the box is our brains when we are asleep, and the shapes, figures and forms we see through the light projections are our dreams.

The drawing

We came up with the idea of illustrating a simple doorway image for our drawing, the person looking at the drawing would be the person dreaming and the slightly ajar doorway at the end represented waking up from that dream. Standing before the dreamer is a long hallway which represents how long our dreams actually last, how quickly the dreamer wants to wonder towards the open door is entirely up to them. Behind the slightly open door is a blue sky, representing the relief and happiness from waking up from many of our dreams. We kept the drawing very simple as we wanted the ‘dreamer’ to interpret it in their own way, without being lead to think of a their destination.

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(Fig.7) Initial drawing dream space idea.
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(Fig.8) Brainstorming with the group! It is always good to get everybody’s ideas together and discuss them. The mind of a designer is a wonderful thing.
(Fig.9) What could we dream of?
(Fig.10) The thought process within our group.

The Model

For the 3D model we came up with the idea of blurs and distorted images, as within dreams the people and things we see are most often hard to comprehend or may look as two contrasting things; We brought this feeling to life by thinking of creating shadows. Before going ahead with the real model we created a prototype to see if the final creation would work. Using a piece of scrap card, tracing paper, and the torch from a phone, we quickly made a rough model which turned out just as we hoped.

To create our final model, we got a plan black box and covered the front with one piece of tracing paper. In the center of the box is a slot where three different pieces of white paper can be inserted, all with different cut of images and shapes on them. To finish this model we attached three small torches to the back of the box to create the shadows through to the tracing paper. This had an amazing effect, and was actually much more successful than we thought it would be.

(Fig.11) all photos below are the process of creating our final box. We created it using firm black board with a white interior. Precision and measurements were important for our box to fit together perfectly.

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The final sketch-model images

(Fig.12) The projected shapes here were made by creating random cut outs on the tracing paper on the interior of the box. This piece of paper can be removed and changed simply by lifting it from the top and replacing it with another. These shapes highlight how un-constructed and puzzling our dreams can be sometimes. We added two layers of cut out paper which added to the different strengths of lighting through to the tracing paper at the front, this creates a great effect.
(Fig.13) We wanted to implement human figures into our sketch-model as we always dream about people, but sometimes they can become displaced and distorted within our dreams. I wont explain too much into it, and the idea really is to understand and interpret the project in a personal way.
(Fig.14) We projected light through by gluing three torches through holes at the back of the box. Posh.
(Fig.15) A different shape cut out has been implemented here. We took images of our dream space sketch model in the dark in the ladies toilets so the different forms and shapes could be seen in more detail.
(Fig.16) And again…
(Fig.17) And again…
(Fig.18) The torches

Although there is a meaning to each and every one of the dream space sketch models which were made, the intention is to interpret the models and drawings in your own way. We are all different, therefor each piece will highlight something different to us, this is why it was important to implement many forms within our work as these can easily be understood in our own way.

The final Drawing

(Fig.19) Initially it was out idea to add symbolic images around the doorway to signify dreaming patterns and nightmares, however we decided that this may be too leading for peoples imaginations. By displaying just a simple ajar door at the end of a long doorway, this gets the viewer to think about what is going on in this situation. Does walking down the corridor signify us falling asleep, and the doorway at the end us going into our dreams. Or are we already dreaming? and the doorway at the end signifies the end of our dreams and us waking up? What is beyond the door? Happy dreams or nightmares? It’s honestly up to you.

The Dream space project has been an amazing project to set me off in the right direction as to what the course is going to entail. Different, unique thinking, thinking outside of the box at all times and being innovative and using initiative is what its all about. The project taught me that no thought it too ambitious and to just put my all in 24/7, every idea is worth hearing and being able to work effectively in a group shouldn’t be under estimated. Brainstorming and seeing the dream space projects of other groups was also a learning experience, to see what different techniques and materials other designers used was really helpful, it truly opens your eyes to the advances of the design world.


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