Reflection – Museums project

PART TWO, Museums project’s reflection


I do not see this project as a success. However, there is a lot to learn with it.

First of all, the research. I would say that the research was the best part of the project because I was able to take a tour at the museum, take loads of notes and gather a lot of useful and interesting information that I wouldn’t have if I was alone.

I sketched quite a few things and details that caught my attention but I could have drawn much more and after I had the sketchbook and the research I got lazy. I thought I would have time to come up with a product, but I didn’t. By the time we had to have all the sheets ready to send them to the museum I only had my A1 research sheet. That turned the possibility of my product being chose impossible. I didn’t have any product.

After that I just lost motivation and let time pass without doing much about the project and until now I don’t have a product. Now I see that I really have to put myself into a project when I receive the brief. Otherwise it will be really hard to catch up.

Next time I really have to change my disposition and attitude towards the project and start it right away. Having ideas fast can be hard but letting time pass sure doesn’t help it.


Research – Museums project

PART TWO, Research museum


The research in particular went well. I took a free tour with a couple of other people visiting the museum and went to the shop to ask a few questions.

  • What’s the product that sells the most
  • What’s the one that sells the least
  • What does the shop need?

The answer I got:

Small objects sell. There is two kind of people that visit the shop: older people and they usually buy really expensive jewellery and school groups (teenagers) that buy smaller things. Top products: Instruments (flute or anything that makes noise)

During the small during I was also able to gather some information:

Pitt rivers is an industrial style of architecture. Pitt Rivers changed his name in order to get inheritance which enabled him to gather the collection. The museum is used by Oxford university for anthropology lessons.

After the introduction we went through North east Japan masks. Not theater type masks. I found out that there were 5 types of characters and masks: Men, women (jealous  women look like demons), gods, elderly and demons.

Following Japan we were taken to the last floor. There we could clearly see the largest piece in the museum. It’s a 11,3 meters totem from Canada made from a tree in the end of the 19th century. It was used in a particular event – a celebration, adoption of a baby girl. The guide then told a small story of why there are no frogs in Hihida, Gwaii. Because the only time a frog went there he was bitten by a bear but that bear didn’t eat him because he tasted terribly. The frog then came back and told his “mates” not to go there.

We went down the stairs and looked through the Samurai Warrior costumes. Samurai were a group of people, 10% of the population in Japan. They became bureaucrats. The armatures were only used for ceremonies but one of the problems was that the armature would jeopardize their mobility. They used to use flags on their back to distinguish which side they were on and there was always one man carrying a box with a spare pair of shoes to the battle.

At last, we were shown one gun designed by Pitt Rivers himself  that was used in 1860 in the american civil war.Pitt Rivers joined the committee in 1851.


Museums Project – Product ideas

PART TWO, 1st project after assessment

The first stage of this project was sketching. I sketched a few things I liked at first and only after I researched about the museum.

Between the Natural History Museum and Pitt Rivers we had to create a product that the store would sell. The Natural History Museum looked really appealing to me because I just love animals and specially drawing them. However that’s inside my comfort zone so I decided to go for the Pitt Rivers museum where I ended up finding a lot of patterns, colours and Egyptian figures that got my attention. I also thought that most people were doing the Natural History Museum so my choice was made.

Inside the Pitt Rivers there are a lot of drawers and closets and it has 3 floors so I find it a bit hard to develop a product based on such a great and big collection. Therefore the next step will be to minimise the amount of pieces or patterns I want to work on.

After a while wondering around the museum I got really into the Egyptian figures and started to sketch more that.

So I began to think about products and there are a few characteristics I want my product to fulfil, it has to be:

  1. Cheap (or available for every social class)
  2. Practical
  3. Useful
  4. Made for a wide range of ages
  5. Visually pleasant

I researched on useful items and products (on my journal) and then made a small research between relatives and friends to gather information about what they would buy at a museum store. (It had to be an object since I’m in 3D).

My first idea is yet to be developed but I would like to make a lamp with Egyptian patterns or something that connects Egypt and light in some way. I’ll soon present my A1 research sheet and the idea development one.