Bean Bag: Week 3 (and a half) + Final reflections

We took the glued parts (eyes) to Abdul Kader (tailor in Fashion Design) so that he could stitch the black parts of the eye on it and stitch them together. He told us to cut and  glue the black bits of eyes where we wanted to on the fabric, so that he could just stitch over it:

 We left the cutouts on his table when he wasn’t available at the same time as us and left a thank you note. We should have also written a note reminding him what was needed because he’d forgotten and unfortunately had to reopen the stitches and restitch the cuts.

We went and got the eyes stuffed as soon as we got the chance (at the upholsterers place). They weren’t as round as we’d imagined, but we didn’t get it stuffed extra because then it could get heavy and lose it’s softness.

Next came attaching magnets onto the bean bag. We had to drop that step because the eyeballs had become too heavy, and the magnets didn’t hold. We also found that most people that walked into the room were more interested in tossing the eyes around, instead of placing them on the bag.

The final step was to get the cover over the lining part and fill it some more. And we were done.

Final Result!
interactiveblobbeanbag interactiveblobbeanbaguser

The blob turned out to be far larger than we imagined. It was also a much larger success with the people than we’d anticipated. Because of it’s huge size, sitting on it felt like sitting on a cloud, and then getting hugged by the cloud, because it would fluff up on the sides. The critique made me see the ‘product’ potential of the bean bag. We’d made it for a very personal purpose, to fulfil our own wants, but then a lot of people said they were interested in buying it.  It now is a multi-people, interactive, playful beanbag/bed. Something very 3jeeb!

I entered this project thinking that I’d be learning a lot about sewing. Instead I learnt a lot about driving in rush hour in here.
I also learnt a lot about keeping tailors/people–you’re–relying–on on their toes to get the job done in time.
No matter how much planning and testing we’d done with the magnets, at the end of the project they didn’t hold. Some things just can’t be 100% tested.
I also learned that answers can come from the most unexpected of places (knowing where to buy eps beads from the upholsterer and not anyone in university).
I learned useful skills like breaking magnets and cutting fabric…and making a mess effectively filling eps beads into something.

Most of my struggles were to do with the amount of time that was spent in getting materials and navigating around the country to get those. Making decisions wasn’t very difficult since the physicality of our object guided a lot of the decisions, even the concept.

Making decisions was also simple because of the collaboration. Luckily for my indecisive self, Amreen is a quick-thinker and was able to make a lot of on the spot decisions. Other than that, working on a decision/solution together got us to a good answer, quickly (two brains deciding). The collaboration went smoothly. The only times things got a bit tense was when one of us simply wouldn’t understand what on earth the other was explaining. But somehow we were able to get our ideas across to each other (repeating the same thing again and again in kind of different ways). It works.

The only thing I’d like to ‘fix’/improve about the bean bag is how the eyes have a potential to get lost and don’t really have a secure ‘resting place’ when the bag isn’t in use (on top of the bag isn’t secure). Perhaps we could’ve designed a zip system where the eyes could be stored inside the bag or in a pouch on the outside? Although, opening the zip and storing inside could still work. But then that’s not as cool as the magnets would’ve looked (if they’d worked). I really wish I could find and try stronger magnets


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