Ellaine is a 21-year old writing major from the Philippines. She likes nature, bright colors, aliens, and the outer space. This website serves as her space to journal and blog about her newest discoveries in life.

March 23, 2021

I made earrings from a bread clip!

Stage 1: Planning

During the planning stage, I communicated back and forth with my partner, Chelsea, to know about the item she picked for me.

It was interesting because every week my mom gets us a new loaf of bread but it never slipped my mind to save bread clips (which by the way, a name I only found out because of this activity). I was excited and scared, so I went ahead and searched in Pinterest for ideas.

Stage 2: Execution

I checked different websites to see if I could find an inspiration to make this useless object into something functional and fun. I saw bread clips transformed into keychains, chip lockers, and even as a robot necklace. I finally came across a pin by Anna which showed earrings made from a pair of bread clips.

I started collecting the materials I needed for the project. I got a bread clip, a pair of scissors, some cream and glitter nail polishes, a big needle, and dangling earring hooks from an old pair.

I didn't want the earrings to be too big so I decided to cut the bread clip in half. Next, I poked a hole on the center top of the bread clips using the needle before painting them with a thick layer of lilac polish. As soon as they dried, I decided to add some glitter polish on top.

Finally, I carefully inserted the dangling hooks so the earrings can be wearable.

Stage 3: Finished Product!

As someone who enjoys making DIY projects, I really loved the final product. The abstract shape of the bread clip gave the earrings more character and charm, and I can't wait to wear this when my girlfriends and I can finally go out and dance again!

Learning blog # 1

Creating and designing: are they the same?

It's always cool to start a new project, but I ultimately dread the idea of planning and design. Perhaps this is because I am used to beginning projects without a plan (I don't ever outline my drawings/paintings, too). Or maybe, it is because I have always felt like plans are too restrictive--they make me set my expectations too high and when I can't attain them, I end up not finishing the project anymore. It was a good thing that we were tasked to do this challenge, because my beliefs from before might not be the same now.

I learned from this activity that design is creativity with a plan. I am a firm believer that every person in the world is creative, but not everyone puts that creativity into action. Design is a significant part of creation because it grounds our vision and pushes us to be realistic with our creative goals. It preempts the issues that may arise in the middle of execution or production stage, but it is also flexible because it allows us to change our format whenever necessary. For example, I wanted everything to go smoothly when I made the earrings. I laid out a design plan and thought using the big needle would be enough to poke the holes for the earring hook, but I eventually came up with a new plan and used a stapler instead.

I also learned that there is an obsession with originality when it comes to designing. I think this manifested when I was coming up with a plan, and I only realized that young people like me are always pressured to think outside the box and to unlock our creative geniuses. Instead of being motivated to work hard, this only paralyzed me from doing anything at all. But I think, the main purpose of design is function and expression, and if I am able to create something that was inspired from a person in Pinterest, I think that is symbolic of how designing (like creative arts) can be positively contagious.

Not all creative people are effective designers, but all effective designers are creative because they bring into the world a new or modified blueprint that provides opportunities for utility and self-expression.

As for me, I am still uncertain if I am both (or neither), but one thing for sure, this activity brought me a lot closer into finding out.

APRIL 5, 2021

The Mermaid, Fairy, and Elf Podcast Show: A T-Shirt Design

"Designs for communication present affordances that provide possibilities for interaction and constraints that remove possibilities for interaction. There are, in principle, an unlimited number of designs for communication and these designs are distinguishable by considering what an institution, practice, procedure, or technology
presupposes about communication." (Aahkus, 2007)

Design on a Mock-up Shirt

For this activity, I decided to focus less on defining communication design and more with visualizing its purpose. The design shows three characters: a mermaid, an elf, and a fairy which represent communicators that come from different communities, socio-cultural backgrounds, and identities. The speech bubbles contain the word "hello" in different lexical orders - conveying linguistic and communicative differences.

Communication Design in a Nutshell

From what I understood, communication design exists to make communication effective. As easy it is to say communication is the process by which participants exchange information and messages, there are different constraints that hinder that process. The purpose of communication design then is to not remove those constraints in entirety (as socio-cultural and political barriers are integrated in systems that are too resilient to be broken), but to find a way to penetrate those systems and lower the barrier of entry for individual participants and communities. Like the illustration, the characters may not always come from the same background, but the avoidance of chaos and maintenance of harmony in their community as represented by the landscape stems from the continuous attempts to design a method of communication that is accessible, empathic, and inclusive.