Being a part of the college workshop after a much chaotic, busy and workaholic routine, I felt refreshed and I realized that all of a sudden my outlook towards what I was a part of has changed. While being a part of the seminar in which Tahireh displayed her works in the form of a presentation, I could feel how happy I was. This happiness was not because I was a little relaxed but this happiness was due to a new dimension that was added to my practice that day. The one that I realized after being there.
I joined work to extend my practice towards a more practical world because I was a little dissatisfied about the extent of practicality that was there in my earlier research project – What is a living room. I wanted to go beyond and see how practical my topic for developing a futuristic design of a residence was. I wanted to know the implications of the current design trends and thoughts followed by the architects and designers practically.
In the next reflection I would probably talk more about my experience at work but for now that feeling of refreshment! I realized that being in a company, although the practical aspects have taken a toll but I was completely cut off from the thought process or design thinking aspect. Everything to me appeared very superficial. I had just two things in mind – either people really only care about making business or maybe I am too slow for generating ideas.
Being a part of the Wednesday workshop on 24th July, 2013, I was blown off by the extent of thought process applied to produce the works that Tahirey had produced. It was for me inspirational – the way she simply caught hold of the electro magnet and ran behind it until she could come up with something. Instantly I realized that yes one needs time to come up with something innovative and it is not merely some minute’s affair.
Another thing that inspired me yet again were Albert Einstein’s words – “You have to stay with a problem for long to have a solution out of it”. Tahirey kept on repeating these words which definitely were true in its sense and were ringing in my head that I have heard these somewhere. I ultimately recalled where I have read it. The whole workshop was magical for me.
I could easily connect with the material that was given to us for producing an artwork. It was so colorful and mesmerizing. The task given to us of bringing out one of our memories to portray our own self made me think in this other direction as well – that design thinking is the most important aspect of developing anything innovative. The purest thing is produced when you think yourself. It occurred to me that only by thinking about my memories, the smallest of elements linked to my smallest of memories, and by staying with that one thing for long, I can produce marvelous ideas and works. Further, by staying with them longer, I can also come up with the ways of how to bring my idea alive and how to spread it across the world. This discovery was indeed blissful.
I realized, that I no longer was thinking about why do I have to do this, what is it that I am going to gain from this workshop, it is nowhere related to my field my practicality or subjectivity. I was happy about this. I was simply taking in what was being given out there with a joyful attitude. I also confronted that this feeling was mainly because I was gleeful to have this amalgamation of acquiring practical knowledge outside and design thinking and development inside of Srishti.
I am happy because the decision that I took after a lot of thought and baffle proved out to be working for me. The act of reflecting on what I went through in the seminar and workshop is further adding up to my happiness because I am again realizing the extent and scope of work that has to be done by generating new ideas – limitless!