Unit 06 Application, Exploration and Realisation in Art and Design – Final Major Project


This unit gives us the opportunity to decide our own brief for us to complete before our designated deadline. This post will mainly focus on keeping track of what I complete each week by tracking each date for each week. This would help me stay on track on what I need to do to avoid falling behind.


To help us decide the brief, the rest of us had to fill in a proposal form to get us thinking about our brief. Our Tutor wanted us to as detailed and specific as we could. It will be different for each of us, more than usual, actually. It got me thinking about what I wanted to do with my project when we begin. This isn’t going to be a piece of cake, I know it.

Project Proposal


BTEC Interactive Design

BTEC Level 3 BTEC 90 Credit Diploma in Art and Design ( Interactive Media)

BTEC Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design ( Interactive Media)



Learner Name: Farhath Hussain





City of Bristol College



Specialist Area: Interactive Design



Date:     17/03/2016


Section 1


Working title: Interactive Project

Unit 06 Application, Exploration and Realisation in Art and Design – Final Major Project





What you will work towards producing: (Detailed description of your proposal)


For my project, I know that it would need to involve interacting for the project to function. I need to make sure that I could use the opportunity to create something creative and artistic. I need to take a look at the approach at what materials, resources and ideas that I would be able to work with what I could create. I’m always used to creating visuals without any interactivity. I would want to develop ideas and create prototypes before creating the final product. I should make sure that I have planned how it can function too. I would like to work towards creating a piece of interactive art. May be I could tell a story, express a message or make something crafty. For all I know, I wouldn’t really have a clue on how to create the interactive function at the moment, but I can find a solution. Paper Art seems to be something I’m keen on making as it wouldn’t be too difficult for me to put in interactivity. I’m familiar with Paper Art that I’ve seen other artists do.





Section 2

       Influences, starting points and contextual references:

For any source of inspiration, I would need to take a look at where my ideas come from, what type of work has had an influence on my project and what form of media I can use for this project. If I were going take the artistic route with this, I would need to take a look at forms of interactive art made by other people. Looking at some Art Galleries could give me an idea of what theme my project could be in the future. I could look at the mechanics of other artistic pieces to look at how bits and gears were fitted to put together to create the piece. I found two examples of interactive art pieces that are physical, as well as works that are digital or traditional. I’m not sure about what type of theme/topic I would want for this though.

Paper Cuts Exhibition – Somerset House – London from Paper Cuts on Vimeo.

Paper craft by Lisa Rodden


Interactive paper art by Huskmitnavn
Paper pop-up art

Some of these examples of paper art have some form in interactive element for the visuals to be shown. It’s nice to see products made with different techniques. I still found it interesting to look at other interactive art projects that are more complex, but intriguing concepts to them as well.

     Early ideas research and sources: (What are your sources for contextual and personal research?)

I’m thinking of looking at different artists with different styles and techniques. This way I can take some inspiration and be able to create an idea that links to it. I could look at a common theme that these artists have. I could put in my own style along with their influence to create something unique. The examples of artists shown in the video have their own creations with digital and physical elements to them. I would like to explore different forms of media to decide what format I want. I would like to try a physical approach as I have tried traditional and digital techniques for other non-interactive works in the past. Seeing works like this makes the designing process much easier. I have talked with my Tutor about this and we agreed that I’d be better off not doing anything that involves coding. My project won’t be digital, but traditional instead.

Section 3

Intended techniques, non digital and digital processes:

I could take a look at how people have created Interactive art with traditional, digital media and using different resources and tools. I would have trouble deciding between doing something traditional and something digital. I could start off with sketching the designs on pen and paper and either carry on using cardboard, paper or move on to digital resources like Photoshop, Illustrator etc. Paper Art would be nice to create with interactivity. I could use that to create paper dolls and sculptures.

   Timescales: (Please insert weekly targets of what you intend to work on from the beginning to the end of the project)

We have roughly eleven weeks to complete this project as this will need some planning and target setting so ensure that I manage to complete a certain amount each week. I would find this pretty difficult, considering the fact that I have poor time management. I would need to talk with my support workers for advise on what I how I can pace myself. I often end up falling behind on some tasks that I have been set.


Section 4

     Proposed methods of evaluation: (How will you evaluate your project?)

According to my Tutor, the whole class as a group assessment will evaluate this. I would have to deal with it and get it over and done with when the time comes. I would have to make everything is presentable and finished. I don’t want to meet the deadline with an incomplete project. Of course, I would self-critique my work as well. Hopefully, my classmates can give me helpful feedback to let me know what I’ve may be lacking in certain areas and improve. Chances are that I could upload images on DeviantArt and WordPress.


I would like to understand interactive art better by looking at other examples of work from other creators. I had some experience with making interactive projects for other units. But this time I have the choice of my project can be as well as theme. As I plan on doing something artistic for my interactive project.

Massive Balloon-filled playroom

The play area itself

This interactive playroom was made with balloons rather than plastic balls that most children’s play areas have always had. However, the room is full of them, but not to the point where the room is stuffed with them. Adults get to explore the inside and have thoughts of childhood nostalgia, assuming that most of them have been in play areas as kids. This interactive work of art was first made by a British artist named Martin Creed in 1998. I really do appreciate the fact that it’s so simple, yet effective in its’ purpose for triggering other peoples’ childhood memories. I would like to try and create something physical and interactive that some form of impact on the viewer that interacts.


Perception Illusions 

Visual shape-shifting

Peter Kogler had this strange room which affects your perception based around your movement. This is more of a visual example to look at, but it has the type of theme that I would base my idea around, which gets me thinking about how it could be done. It does look like my mind would be confused with how dis-orientated my perception is. Once again, simple, but effective. I would probably have a bit of trouble of making something as a walk-through with interactivity.


Musical Swings

Making Melodies

I remember looking back at this work of art. This looks like something that I would give a try to be honest. You swing  and create a musical note and having more people would make a lot more. This is interactive as well as musical. This had inspired me to make a sound toy based around creating sound. I probably wouldn’t have the capability to make something as complex (function-wise in terms of circuitry and wiring) as  the musical swings.

Paper Pop Art

An example

This is some form of interactive paper art by an artist named Thibaud Herem. This didn’t require any technology to make. It just goes to show what people can make out of basic materials. I’ve never tried this form of media before, but that could change soon.


create your own patterns

An interactive website where you can make designs just clicking the left mouse button and dragging along in any area in the black rectangle. My brother had introduced me to this website some time ago.


So from looking at other works of interactive art, this is the opportunity to start brainstorming new ideas of my own. Looking at other examples has helped me realise that I’m capable of making something interactive that doesn’t necessarily involve technology and that alone gives me more confidence.


I wanted to think of ideas that I could from research. I did decide in the end to stick with paper craft to suit the traditional and physical aspect of it. I didn’t really know what concept I could do with this form of media.


These were some earlier ideas that I had for my project. These ideas were a pretty simple to me they mainly involved some paper and paper tabs for interactivity. Some of these ideas were inspired by Thibaud Herem’s work. I thought that it would be simple  to create and make. I had ideas with making animations and cards with special messages on them. I was quite keen on carrying out this idea at the time. The artist himself had used this form of technique to bring his artwork for the viewers to see and interact with. I thought it would be useful to bring those similar techniques for my concepts.


Some Ideas

I made sure to annotate the designs to give a quick idea of what I wanted at the time. I wanted to create some paper art cards of my own. I had written down more explaining a few concepts based around this idea.

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Other concepts I wanted to explore


From then on  I had to leave my proposal form and move on to designing and developing to wards my final project. I have had to start experimenting on different circuits to find what works and what doesn’t. This was a great opportunity in understanding the interactive side for my final project.

More ideas

I quickly did some sketches of designs that I wanted to apply for the artistic side. I want some ideas how I wanted my product to look. This was all I sketched at the moment. I want to make something artistic and interactive.

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Complete Circuit

I wanted to attempt a full circuit with a breadboard. I wasn’t too well experienced with making circuits, so I asked my Tutor of some assistance. After, some demonstrations, I managed to understand this a little better and soon went on to making my own. This required an L.E.D. light, wires and two AA batteries for this to function.

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LED light from paper circuit

The circuits above and below (images) were used with paper and electric paint as opposed to the usual breadboard. Of course I needed a demonstration as I was new to electric paint. It was easier than using the breadboard circuit at least. I still used the same source of power and source of light for this experiment.

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Complete paper circuit

I knew that one L.E.D. light worked, so why not use more? I wanted to make a traffic light pattern for my own amusement as well as taking a look at the result of adding more.

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Traffic L.E.D. lights

The three images below show an experiment which ultimately failed after  a few attempts and changing the type of metal and coins (to conduct) each time. I found out about this experiment from a Textbook on a .pdf file sent to me. According to the information from there, I could light up a singular L.E.D. bulb with lemons.

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Attempt at the lemon circuit

I was looking forward to conducting this electrical experiment. I was oddly confused to notice that the L.E.D. light wasn’t lit up. Of course, from time to time, I would get my Tutor to look at the problem. They would offer me suggestions, which lead me to conducting the experiments again.

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Switched to copper coins

I ended up borrowing copper coins from my support worker and Tutor. I really had some form of hope that this would work.

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Switched to coil

My Tutor measured the voltage and found out that there wasn’t even to power up the L.E.D. light. I was slightly annoyed that I was supposed to get ten lemons instead of six. I was happy that I gave it a go, but disappointed at the same time.


I had dropped the paper tab from earlier, so there would be some changes. From a discussion from my Tutor, we both knew that I didn’t really have an idea of what my project was going to be from an artistic point of view and how I would go from that point. I did talk with my support worker about this and we ended up looking at older designs I had made.

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earlier concepts

My support worker and I had  looked at the sketches that I had made earlier in the week. We took a look at the origins of where I came up with them. We even included topics of science, paranormal, nature, aesthetics etc. I had a good chance to look and find out what type of theme I could do.

Notes my support worker had jot down

As we were discussing these topics, they were jotted down on a A4 sheet of paper. That way I could look back at what was said and analyse to understand better. It’s quite for me to look back at this and look at the key themes that were discussed throughout the class session of that time.

paper craft bouquet from Banu

I thought that it would be interesting to make a 3D form of paper-craft where you could fiddle and interact with it. I realised with discussing my project with my Tutor and support worker that I have an appreciation with nature and aesthetics as well as the use of technology. From then on I when on to looking at paper crafts that other people have made.

Valentine-themed paper craft from homesthetics

This work as inspired me to continue on with paper crafting flower petals and bouquets with L.E.D. lights. I believe I could accomplish that.

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prototype paper craft

I went on ahead and made a prototype flower using only a pencil to draw the shape and cut them out with scissors. I made a few of them to layer them on top of each other. I really only used other flower paper craft images as inspiration for coming up with my own designs and flower patterns. My theme will involve ‘nature’. I would had fake grass or green paper with some flowers scattered around the area.

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Of course, I wanted to explore more on the flower design. I made a different design and wanted to place it in different visual scenarios. I wanted to be sure that I had a clear idea of what my visual style for this would be to begin with. I wanted to replicate water by scrunching up bits of tissue paper and put it by the side.

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change of ‘water’

I soon decided to ditch that and  go along with the entire piece of tissue paper. I wanted to to try and go for the pond look just out of curiosity. I liked the idea of a fake light-up pond. But I thought to myself on how I would create this and hide the circuitry without making it look transparent. Even if I placed most of the circuit behind paper/cardboard, but the wires would be noticeable.

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false flower pot

Going along with the fake flower pot was supposed to be an idea for me to make an interactive bouquet.

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Added ‘leaves’


I’m working towards my first prototype with visual and interactive elements. I had combined the use of techniques from my early experiments to make a paper field with flowers. This isn’t the final product at the moment. I want a representation of what my final project would look like given that there may be changes in the future. Given that the structure of this prototype isn’t completely sturdy and has been made with papers, circuits and tape. I want the middle of each flower to light up in the final project, but for the prototype I only want to attempt this with one flower. I will make the field more detailed in the final project.

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Artistic visuals

For the prototype, I wouldn’t worry too much on the design of the flowers for my paper field. I plan on making one flower full of colour and light up, making it look lively.

circuit being used/tested

I had put in two AA batteries to test out this circuit to see if it would function. I did realise that the use of connecting paper clips together did work as long as I had held them together.


Prototype design

This is just made to test out for a while when I had two AA batteries to light up the circuit, I was able to use the paperclips as a switch to turn the L.E.D. light on. I was pleased with this simple objective being completed for being interactive, but I realised that this isn’t very stable. This whole prototype could easily fall apart.

I only plan on lighting up one flower whereas the rest will look dark and lifeless. I want to represent and symbolise the nature of plants and the distinction between life and death. This is a concept which I would like to explore. As far is the circuit goes, my tutor advised me to take a different approach rather than going straight forward (light switch).

This video shows a good example of a photodiode circuit, demonstrating the change through the circuit with interaction. I would like to use this mechanic for my project, but substitute wires with copper tape. I would also like to take in the Tutor’s suggestion to create a circuit that lights up through detection. I’m pretty confident with my artistic concept, but I want to experiment with other circuits along the way too. I’m really focused on searching for electronic components for my circuit to use. I know that there are different types that work, but I really want to make sure I can a circuit that simple and organised as well.


I wanted to create the paper flower field concept that I wanted to do last week. I only used A4 paper, cellotape and scissors to cut up and stick the petals together. My Tutor commented on how petals seemed as if they seeped out of the ground and suggested what would happens to the shadows through different lighting. One of my classmates were kind enough to shine their own light.

paper field

This is a complete field in regular lighting. I only wanted to take a look at different lighting that takes different effects. I would like to fit in some L.E.D. lighting for each flower. To do that, I would have to be able to buy electrical components to light up the field.







far left

It was great to experiment with light for my design. At the time, I never really had electric components needed to mess around. I really enjoyed manipulating shadows to create an effect.


Added some flowers

From my old prototype I wanted to take two paper flowers and add them on there for diversity in terms of shape and size. I wanted to develop my visual design some more. I never really had a real final design just yet. I’m sure there’s always room for improvement. I made sure to select the pink ones to continue on with the colour/artistic theme.


Since, I haven’t got a lot of time left, I’m more concerned with making sure I have created an interactive circuit to finish off my project. I have managed to bring all the required components except for the phototransistor. I ended up getting the wrong model number after my Tutor had look through and checked the circuit through using the breadboard. While making a complete circuit was easy, the dark detection wasn’t able to happen without the phototransistor.

breadboard and circuitry

My Tutor soon suggested that I could go and make a switch on a paper circuit as an alternative, since I wouldn’t have all the resources in time. So I attempted to make a switch circuit. Using tinfoil, a 3V coin cell and an LED light. From this experiment, I knew now that tinfoil doesn’t seem to conduct electricity.

Making a paper circuit

I was hoping I would at least get a dim light. I tried to make a paper circuit using only the items I had at the time. I realised that after the attempt and checking through the circuit with my Tutor’s help, I knew that I couldn’t pass the electrical current through the light up the LE.D. bulb.

Failed experiment



Since the last time, the paper circuit had failed I had decided to use copper tape based around the fact that I had heard that it conducts electricity pretty well. The results of this prototype were more successful than the last. I was pleased to see that I managed to make a paper circuit with a switch.

Copper tape being used instead

I wanted to recreate the circuit that failed before with copper tape as a better alternative. It managed to work for a while. I put the cell on top of the copper and placed the folded piece with copper on top to temporarily complete the circuit. Unfortunately, I managed to waste a lot of space on the A4 sheet of paper I used.


Although I managed to make it work. I wanted to be able to light up more than one L.E.D. bulb to make it function as an interactive project. I carried on experimenting back at my house.

parallel circuit

I only used some scrap paper as a base to try out a parallel circuit to light up a few L.E.D.s at a time. I was looking forward to making this a feature to add in. When I tested it out only one of the bulbs lit up. I tried applying more pressure and flipping the coin cell one side to the other.


I was about the pack away for the day, but then after noticing the light source in the bag of cells and L.E.D.s, I wanted to try and play around with the other components that I haven’t used.


Upon packing away the components, I managed to spot the L.E.D.s lighting up all of a sudden. I was confused for a moment there and tried to take a look at the cause of the effect. I quickly realised that by connecting the L.E.D.s and cells together, it creates a circuit as well, but without the switch mechanism.

directly connecting

I had soon went on ahead with joining and connecting different types of L.E.D. bulb to a coin cell. I had used regular L.E.D.s and RGB L.E.D.s for different results. What I liked about using the RGB bulbs was that I could light them up in either in red, green or blue. I had a little fun with messing with different coloured lights.

another one

I managed to emit light easily without the use of wires, breadboard or any other type of complex circuits. This wasn’t the structure I wanted to use in my final major project. I did this for enjoyment and the art of tinkering.

Trying it on cardboard

I wanted to attempt a parallel circuit again, but my Tutor suggested to try a much harder surface to place the circuit on. Using paper was too flimsy for my liking and the circuit malfunctioned from this before.


I wanted to test out the circuit to see it light up. At first, I was only able to make one bulb emit light. I went to my Tutor to diagnose the problem for me as I have had this same problem before. We checked the connection, pressure and after flipping the cell to the other side, the other bulb lit up.


I added two cells flipped on opposite sides. The paper tab is there to act as the switch. When it’s placed on top of a cell, one of the bulbs will light up. The good thing about this is that there won’t be any tangled wires or bumps to hide and also the fact that the entire circuit is stuck in place.

adding the visuals

When I was satisfied with how the circuit turned out to be, I started with putting on the artistic visuals. I thought that it would better for the L.E.D.s to represent the fireflies. This was inspired from a holiday visit. I thought it would be silly to add flower petals to them instead. I deliberately wanted the wings white for contrast and for the flowers to blend in with the ground.



From this prototype, I had some positive feedback regarding the interactive art piece. I was told from my themes of nature, life and death it would have been easier to use solar panels to trigger the lights instead of using the switch mechanism. Other peers have agreed that this concept could be branched out further and develop into something better. A part of me would like to take this into consideration and improve, but a part of me isn’t bothered with this project so much now. I know that I shouldn’t feel that way.


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