MDes – Cardiff Made Light Exhibition

I have a been considering previous sketches for my planning of my piece and the materials I should use.

Because the room’s skirting board is very awkward and my initial idea was to make a LED structure flushed against the floor and wall, therefore I had to change my design ideas.



I was thinking about what way I could create a wooden sculpture that I could place on top of the skirting board and also flush to the wall. I decided I wasn’t going to take it all the way down and illuminate LED’s from the bottom also -for greater effect.

I have bought LED strips and stuck them on the wooden structure I have made in woodwork.

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After that I had to make a choice about what to use on top of the LEDs to diffuse the light. After all I was looking for a natural light effect and as least artificial appearing as possible. The colour of the LED’s was also important for me. I needed to make sure they were not coloured but pure white, like daylight. I didn’t want a sunny/warm effect either.

Going back to the diffusion of the light I have started placing a sheet of fabric over the LEDs but unfortunately the fabric made the whole thing wasn’t appearing diffused but rather was highlighting the flaws and I wanted the opposite. So after practicing with other materials I found a simple white baking sheet to work as good as a opaque white acrylic – but nowhere near the price!


Cardiff M.A.D.E Light Exhibtion

So I have been asked to take part in a light exhibition for the Cardiff Made Gallery. I really want this to become an opportunity for me to produce something that will also impact my MDes research.

I have been thinking about ideas and sketching up what I would like to try out. I have a whole loft space with no daylight distractions and I will focus my work on artificial light and the interior design of the room. Below are some sketches of my design.


Reflecting on ideas


Above ideas have been wrote down in my notes a while back and I wanted to explore if any of them still stand out to me or if I can think of anything else.

I have realised that I haven’t really looked at interior design work and how that could be incorporated as a design project instead of me thinking of my piece being a thing. Light has a great impact on how we perceive the space and with my research of daylight maybe I can combine it together and work towards something that will explore both.


This is a ‘Museum of the City’ in Cassino, Italy – light phenomena

Idea generating MDes

Brain Storming

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I have decided that I want my project to be based on light design. I have current ideas based from my previous research about daylight:

  • I have an interest in the differences on how artificial light vs daylight impact us as people?
  • Illusion with daylight? – Daylight entering a room provides information or signs of things beyond the room’s parameter. These signs give us a subconscious feeling that our perceived space is larger than the physical room. 
  • Being removed from daylight can cause us to feeling lonely, enclosed – especially at night.
  • With subconsciousness affect of daylight I want to try to recreate the positive sensation of daylight.. is this possible?



Context MDes – Tutorial notes and additional ideas


Richard Gregory videos


Very interesting videos which state the fundamentals for illusions and altered perceptions through theories and examples.

Also I am currently looking at office spaces where you can find a space for more productivity. As I have mentioned in my notes I am interested in experimenting with light in order to achieve an illusion in order for people to feel like they are alone so maybe it could help them concentrate thus improve productivity. Although the following examples don’t have much in common with light design the whole research is as vital.

Personally the ideas are very futuristic and crazy!

MDes : What to research? / Reflecting on previous ideas

Last year majority of my work was based on ‘Light and Space’ art/design. Maybe I should continue those ideas as they were very interesting and I know a bit about the subject… or should I decide to research something brand new? 

  1. Daniel Rybbaken ‘Daylight Entrance’ 2008 – 2010

‘This project is a continuations of the thoughts and ideas behind Subconscious Effect of Daylight and Daylight Comes Sideways..’

A piece where the artist has placed a LED panel of light behind a canvas to create an uncanny replica of a daylight. Personally I really love this piece. The light really does look natural as if it was really coming from a window, the idea of re creating something so natural into an artificial object is purely amazing. I think it visually looks beautiful.

There is something interesting about daylight and especially trying to replicate it – WHY

I really want to try and play with daylight, how it affects us our feelings and how flexible is it to work with? What could I possible accomplish from it?

2. My trip to Ghent Museum when the ‘Lightopia’ show was on back in 2015 -sparked a passion for this kind of design. Since then I have researched the show’s book collection and have intensively gathered some new ideas and understanding for light design. But not only that, I have to really think about my goals and what I want to achieve from my work – what kind of work do I want to produce?

3. Looking back at my undergraduate work and what ideas have driven me.

‘I decided to video this experiment and to my surprise the videos depicted something that cannot be particularly seen with naked eye. I could the light travelling from A to B which exists but cannot be seen unless you alter the space.

The projector’s light is far too intense for a naked eye to be viewed, therefore the experience wouldn’t be the same if I created an installation purely concentrating on watching the light travelling through fog from the bulb. I could feel uncomfortable after a while of watching it myself.

Not only did I catch the visible light I also caught particles of tiny dust that are illuminated by the light creating a beautiful yet uncertain image.’  

I think the ideas are still very interesting – the idea of not seeing what is happening in space unless you alter the space – but it does need more clarity and further development in order to be a valid project.

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To see the documentation video click here 

4. Last years’ project about illusion is still something of an interest to me. Artificial light has many properties of being altered and created when you need it. By using video softwares and editing the moving image you can achieve illusions that have impact on how we perceive the space. How come this happens and has such a big impact on our perception. Maybe this experiment can be used in a way that is more adjustable to certain needs eg. maybe creating cones of light that help productivity? Maybe some intensities of light could make someone feel like there is nobody around them and help them concentrate – could be used for people with anxieties and ADHD’s..

‘The aim of these simple installations was to find out how simply you can change the perception of a room through the projected light which was moving.

By staring into a blank space with lines going vertically towards the middle point of vision made the room appear curved and much smaller than what it was originally. They felt lifted up and above their own reality into another dimension. This proved that light is such a powerful way of manipulating a given space.

In Turrell’s works two-dimensional light plays the lead role in a space thus changing it into a three-dimension field of immersive vision. What I have been trying to achieve was a manipulation of space and light in a way that it is kinetic and that movement changes the way you perceive the space and at times makes it virtual and three- dimensional.

Although this was only an experiment of how our visual field of view when altered changes how we perceive things, I found a lot about the mind and body and how they are affect by change of visual senses and I do hope to experiment with these ideas furthermore.’

You can view the video here 

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