During the second meeting, each person came to the meeting with some insights and discoveries in regards to the defence mechanism in animal instincts. We found that there are few different types of defence that different animals have, each with its unique form and execution. The porcupine curls its body into a ball shape in a dangerous situation. Some squids will quirt ink to blind their predators. The poisonous pufferfish will engulf water and increases its size enormously. All these transformations help the animal to better survive from being attacked or eaten by predators. The team asked if these mechanism holds opportunities to be translated into a wearable garment. At the end, we took elements that we enjoyed from our previous sketch two and tried to add more elements to this final project. Once we’ve came into conclusion on what we are heading to, we’ve conducted an informal discussion with an instructor in hopes for some advices and guidances.
After the discussion, we digested the instructor’s comment and are trying to “adapt” to a completely different, yet interesting form suggested by the instructor. The form still contains elements from the previous sketch, but a new spine structure is being added to the back, like a scorpio. Not only did we discuss and explore on the spine structure during the meeting but also brainstorm in some possible interesting materials to be used for this spine structure. There is a question derived from our proposed context – if the user wears the garment in the dark, how can the attacker or anyone be able to see the movement in such a dark environment? Maybe, lights can be implemented into the structure. In order for the lights to work in a subtle manner, the structure should not be intrusive in the morning, but only when the dangerous situation arise. At the end, we were encouraged to play around with the structure using clear, transparent plastic films.
As soon as we’ve dismissed the meeting with the instructor, everyone in the team quickly got together and tried to unify on a solid concept that will fit the form. I took the clear material and tried to prototype the simple spine structure in order to better visualize the idea for the team. It took many sketching, thinking and iterations to develop an sequence of spine sections that will give subtle, flexible movements.