On Tuesday 17 November, we had our Personal Projects WIPE. WIPE stands for Work In Progress Exhibition and it's supposed to give us an idea of what the actual Personal Project Exhibition might feel like, as well as an opportunity for feedback from different teachers and our peers. For my project, I am making a line of clothing out of previously discarded material to bring awareness to fast fashion as it is a major (lesser-known) issue. In order to prepare for my booth, I defined my title, topic, global context, exploration, goal, product and wrote a description of my product. I also printed out some of the inspiration pictures that I have for my designs in my progress journal. Since I had done my research previously, I did not prepare specific dialogue as I was confident that I would be able to speak about my project and answer questions that I was asked. Overall I think it went pretty well and I’m looking forward to continuing work on my personal project.
I was anxious during my work-in-progress exhibition. My personal project was a poetry book advocating for mental health, such as stopping the romanticization of mental illness on social media, the non-linear path to recovery, the stigma attached to speaking out, and so on. Since poetry is a niche subject, I was worried that people might not care about my product. However, I realized mid-way that this is an opportunity for feedback instead of worrying about other people’s opinions, so I slowly became more willing to present my work. Now, I’m planning to add tidbits of practical advice at the end of each poem so it can help someone who was in the same position I was years ago.
Right after knowing about the WIPE, I had no idea what it would be like and I was slightly panicking. I became even more panicked when the printer in my house broke three days before the actual presentation, so I had to compile all the images and text that I wanted to print into one document that I sent to an external printer with only a vague idea of how large it would be in proportion to the massive poster paper. I first drew out a rough sketch of what the completed poster would look like with a pencil. Then, I pasted the images and finally wrote the text.
During the actual presentation, I relied heavily on my improvisation skills. I mainly talked about my goal and how I planned to achieve it through my product. Since my product was an animation, it was the perfect transition to be able to direct the viewer to my animation, which offered me time to regroup my thoughts.
As I introduced my product more, I began to talk more smoothly as my confidence grew. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a lot of feedback on how or where to improve but I was happy to hear that many were impressed. All in all, it was a satisfying experience.