Reflection on Room Ekphrasis project

 Room Ekphrasis project reflection

/This is my final article/

The warmth of New York

Yiren Zhou

Jan. 28. 2018


Sitting at my favorite place of the room, that is the corner surrounded by window. I started to play one of my favorite music, lonely from John Waits. His magnetic voice is so deep, so deep that I was like being drawn into endless sea waves. I always put on my hand-woven gray and white blanket, I like the feeling of wool keeping touching my skin, it is a little bit itchy, but very comfortable.


I always sit on the chaise longue and watch the sunset, sometimes sunrise, if I get up early. There are many thin hairs on the black cover of the chaise longue. The black cover makes these white hairs more eye-catching, even seems a little bit dirty. This is actually not a well made blanket. It was made by the cheapest wool I bought on the internet, but I always wear it, it becomes a habit, every time I feel cold, I will think about the blanket. It is company for me in cold New York. The most comfortable gesture for me is to lay on the chaise longue, and put my feet on the round wooden table. There are some scratches on the edge of the desktop, because I move the table all the time, and things on that table change all the time too: candles, socks, and today is my medicine for the throat.


The lamp is the only illumination in this room. I like the warm blurry light from this lamp, there is a hallo at the edge of the light. It looks like a rainbow, a rainbow of my own. This only lamp in the room can slightly illuminate every thing. It illuminates the wall that I used to want to filled with fashion painting, but now it is covered with many word lists. It illuminates my white wooden table where always accumulates with different kind of things: my lipstick, my books, and my watercolor brushes. My parents always tell me to sort out my room, I used to ignore their words, but now I sort out my things every week. I miss my parents’ complains, and I miss their nags. It illuminates my jewelry boxes under the windowsill next to the air conditioner. Some of my golden jewelries will reflect the light, and they look like little stars be trapped in acrylic boxes.

The air conditioner starts to scream again. The tick-tuck sometimes is harsh, sometimes like music, and it has rhythm. The sound form the fire truck also began to maneuver in my ear, I hate these two sound play together, they are just so annoying. however, when they stop, I start to feel I miss something.


My bed faces my desk, the desk is a reminder for me, to remind me what to do on every morning. Not like the flat clean white sheet in the hotel, I prefer to keep my quilt loosely on my bed. The corner of the quilt hangs on the bedside. The quilt prints with tropical plants in low saturation. I always feel relief when I see the tree because this is one of the most rarest thing in New York. I lay on my bed,I put my head on my white pillow which contains the light sent of lemon. I feel I am sinking in the mattress. I can see my best friend every time when I turn my head, this is a ting sheep I bought in New Zealand. She has been with me for seven years, his white fur start to be beige right now, and there start to have line balls on her nose, I always try to clean them up but I never did.


I close the only light in my room, now I am able to enjoy the most beautiful part in my room. I turned my head to another direction, I can see New York shines in the darkness. The only thing I can hear is the sound of my peaceful breath, and the only thing I can smell is the sent of lemon. I start to feel New York is not cold and lonely anymore. The night is not totally black, but deep blue with purple. The poles on buildings look like unicorn’s angle, the only difference is that these poles shine in different colors. The light rends the sky. The frame of these buildings are blurry, different kind of warm light boxes combine together. The whole city feels like be embraced by warm. The light boxes are in different shapes and brightness, some are dazzle, but some are gentle. Lights keep flashing. Some lights extinguish, some lights ignite. May be there is someone who can’t fall

asleep, just like me. Sometimes there are horn voice, but I don’t think it is annoying. I feel this city is alive, it is not lonely, and I am not lonely.

/My reflection/
I think it is a new but amazing experience for me to write an article in this way, I think it is also a lesson for me. I learned to observe things in details, and write them in details. Actually I thought I could not write an article about my room in 750 words. I was worried. However, when I started to observe my room, and really feel my room, I think 750 words is totally not enough, and I realize a room contains so much of my emotion. I think one hour was totally worth it. I wrote about 5 pages note based on my observation. I didn’t have the chance to write all details in my room, so I chose some important part in my room. I think I should have write notes in a simple way, since I lose much time on writing the note. There are some deep information are lost, or say I could have write more deep feelings.
About time of writing, because I wrote many notes when I looked at my room, so I finished the article very quickly. I used one and a half hour finish the first draft. However, I think I should have spent more time on checking gramma mistakes. I did checked my article after I finish it on the second subway brochure project. I corrected many gramma mistakes, and reorganize the article. I think it is a good habit.

Platonic solids model making


Platonic solids model making


I want to create a platonic solid diamond. Here is my sketch.



I use half shape of pentagon, and create the bottom sharp shape.



Then cut them out 





I slightly cut fold lines, and constructed them.



Then connect these two parts together.




Subway: Light

Bridge 2A- Subway Video and Animation

.Here is my link of my final project.

 My inspiration comes from lights in the subway station, I really think all lights in the subway station were considered thoughtfully before place them: the place, the direction, and the color. Therefore, I want to express lights in a new way, so I used special lenses to shot the video, and light is displayed from new perspective.  I also want to create contrast, for example, color contrast: blue and yellow, also brightness contrast: bright with dime.
Also, I want to express subway lines in an abstract way, I think subway lines are similar to lights. One brightest spot spread out, and create its own system. Therefore, my image for subway system likes scattered light, but you can still find the feature of subway lines. Also all colors come from MTA official color which match the light color in the video.





    My inspiration comes from lights in the subway station, I really think all lights in the subway station were considered thoughtfully before place them: the place, the direction, and the color. Therefore, I want to express lights in a new way.



with music

Soft Structure, Third assignment

 Soft Structure:

            third assignment

/Bag making/

This is the sketch of my design

Mood board

I want to combine white denim with eyelet together, also leave the edges of fabric be rough.

I made the pattern first

before make the big model, I made a small smaple

then make the actual size model

After making the model, I found some problems with my pattern, so I made some small changes.

  1. Make the shoulder strap longer for 2 inches
  2. Change the shape of the bottom of the bag

Here is my final model

The mini bag can be placed in different ways.


Then I place my pattern on the fabric, and cut them all, also mark some signs.



Then I practice place the zipper.

Here is my small sample of the mini bag.


before I start to sew, I overlock al eh edges, and make marks

I place my pocket before assemble all piece

Also the handle

I cross sewing the handle, in order to let it be able to handle heavy weight

also place all gromets.


assemble the bag

and iron it order to make inside part be flat and clean, also easy to sew the edges

I also double sew the heading in order to make my bag be more strong

I constructed the bottom of my small bag.

 and cut the extra edge.

Add claps in order to hold the bag tighter

Last, make rough edges, and clean all seams.

Here is my final and details


Maps/Diagrams of rooms

First project

Maps/Diagrams of rooms


These are my first draft

Second draft

I made several changes

  1. Clarify the meaning of different elements
  2. Change the layout ( including titles and diagrams)
  3. Clarify locations of rooms.


/Room at NYC/

/Room at Hangzhou/


I want to use similar elements to express different systems. I use different colors to express different smells in my room at NYC, also use different colors to represent different emotions in my room at Hangzhou. The darker places means the feeling or the smell being more fierce. I use a variety of ways to express colors, like using digital ways and water color. Colors blend together at their edges because I think no mater feelings or scents, they are always combined. For lines, the amount of lines represent different things. Lines in my NYC’s room diagram means the level of my emotion, and audiences can compare the level of my feelings clearly. Also in my Hangzhou’s room diagram, curves are in different thickness and amount, because people can distinguish the meaning of each easily in this way.

At last, I found an interesting result when I compared my room at Hangzhou and NYC. I found that I place furnitures in similar places in these two rooms unconsciously. I did this because I have strong emotional connection with my old room, and I am already be familiar with the placement of furnitures. Therefore, I use the red pen to mark the similarities between these two diagrams, also point out the connection between these two rooms.


/Room at Hangzhou/

/Room at UYC/

At last, I wanted to make the diagram be more diverse, so I combined two diagrams at one picture.


Comments about Arakawa’s work

The diagram that I choose is about lemon. The first reason I choose this picture is because Arakawa’s work usually doesn’t be so colorful and abstract like this. There are many questions under the painting, one of them is “How not to think in terms of estimation but to deal with ambiguous zones as basic units”. I think he really obscured the boundaries and standards for people to observe things.  Lemon as a object has many possibilities, but we won’t observe or think about it carefully. We don’t regard things about lemon as a accurate standards normally, I think because we “believe” it is not a unit nor a standard. I think he made this diagram not just to point out the possibilities about lemon, but also question audiences’ “believe”, and let them think about the boundaries which limit their imaginations.