As I'm looking through the Stage props books. I found that I'm really familiar with some of the techniques in the book. I used the techniques when I was In A level. I was really enjoy using those techniques. It becomes on of my interest. These books are really useful for Prop designer and set designer. I really enjoy reading the books. I'm sure I will use these books for my future development.
Little about me and my works.
Name: hongru zhang
High School: St Bees School. Cumbria, UK. Subjects: Art, Math, Business.
Foundation: Central Saint Martins. Course: Performance Design and Practice.
University: Central Saint Martins. Course: Performance Design and Practice.
I decide that I want to get into Art College when I was studying A Levels in Uk. It’s so much different with what I learned in China. I really like the ways of teaching in the Uk. It’s makes me think more and let me decide what I want to do. I have an interests of painting and making Three Dimensional works. I enjoy making and experiment with different materials. My thought was to be a Fine artist and I want to choose Fine art as my main course for University. But After I Had a contact with PDP, I thought Fine art is not the only thing I want to do. As I’m developing my Skills and knowledge of Pdp. I start to enjoy studying Pdp. It’s interesting and I can also make and create works that I love in Pdp. So now I want to be a Set designer.
When I was studying in High school, I don’t like to work collaboratively. I enjoy more to work by myself. I enjoy to paint or working my projects in a room where is only me in. But when I study in Performance. I start to enjoy working collaboratively. Because Performance is about collaborate with people. I found that I learned more by working collaboratively than working by myself. I start to share my ideas and get feedbacks from my group mates. I got more informations and skills from them.
The material for this mask are waste card box and plastic bags.
I found a book called Immersive Theatres. There is a page about the difference between Traditional theatre and Immersive Theatre. I found it's useful. I might use it for my future development like which kind of theatre I would like to use for my performance.
I've been to some performances and some of them are really traditional. Audience seat in front of the stage and just to watch the performance. The others it like to engage with the performers. It's more interesting and you never know what performance the audience will create. I like both ways of the performance. I think as I'm developing my works and ideas, I will see which one I like more. Or even both. It's depends on what performance I will create.
Foundation: Gin Lane to Beer Street
Foundation: A Clockwork Orange
I love painting and I always want to link the painting idea to the set designs. I found this book about Hockney's set designs. He uses painting to create the set design. I really like his set designs. The paintings and drawings on the set design looks unreal but when the performer comes in it make the set design comes alive. The lighting on the set design makes me feel it's a different world.
Design for the Bedlam scene from Stravinsky's opera. The Rake's Progress 1983
The spider sculpture was inspired by louise bourgeois. I love her works. The installations and the sculptures are fabulous. I always thinking if there is a performance in her installation works. It would be very interesting. I used willow and newspapers for this piece.
Foundation: Gin Lane to Beer Street
This is a project I did when I was in foundation. The project is about a Book Called A clockwork Orange. We developed our own theme and ideas from it. I enjoy the process of making the costume. The name of my costume is called Mask of Shame. I want to explore the shameless of a criminal. The materials I used is pipes, fabrics and wast boxes. I always think about sustainability for my project. I used the wasted boxes for some of the masks. I don;t like fabric costumes. I like to make sculpture costume.
I enjoy making model box and building set designs. Looking at the model boxes I made. I think I'm a good model maker.
We had lighting workshops in foundation and also first year. I really enjoy the lighting workshop. The light can change the mood of the space and also the models. It's very good to experiment the lights on the models. I brought the set model to the lighting workshop. I experiment the lights on my model. It's really good for my future development. If I'm working for a company and It's always good to show them the models with some lightings on it to shows the mood of it. And also shows the changes of lighting for each scene.
Walking Past Le Rossignol. Performed at the Metropolitan Opera House, 1981
I really like the mask patterns in the performance Le Rossignol. In Chinese opera each mask represents a specific character and different masks means different mood.
If I'm using his techniques of painting set designs. I will add my interest in. I might end up with making a three dimensional painting set and with masks on. I also like the colours he used, I always worry about what colours to use for the set designs or other kind of works. Some time the colour will change the mood massively. So I should always text and doing experiment of it. Not even choosing colours but also on other things. It's one of the ways to developing ideas.
Looking at My past works I can see I'm really good at making things and experiment with different materials. I built a big spider when I was studying in A Levels. I made a mask costume in Foundation. The costume is like a prop costume. I also made a prop for a project called From Gin Lane to Beer Street. I enjoy the last unit of my first year which I made two small set models. I found out that all the stuffs I made has some connection with Set design. When I’m searching for books about Set design, I found one particular book that I really like and enjoy to read. It’s called Hockney Paints the Stage. I really like the way he uses painting for the set design. I enjoy painting and I would like to use this idea for my future development.
I was taught to make small models of my work during the developing time when I was in Foundation. First I hate doing it because my ideas always change and I think it's wast of time. But after I made the models. It give me a much more visual way of my work. It also shows me where needs to change. I think it's so helpful. It's gives me more ideas of the size of the model and it's always better to have a model. Because it explains my ideas and some time I don't need to talk about my work.