Week Review 1/10/17

Unfortunately this week I’ve been struck down with a bug, and had to spend half of my week in bed. My group has been great and very understanding and I can now finally get back to working on our Project.

For Monday we were just collecting a lot of general inspirations and styles, I looked into a lot of different architectural styles and from that started researching more into Gothic and some Arabic architecture, particularly turkish and moorish design. I think that both of these design types have a grandness too them, they have intricate details and both seem to favor the over use of arches, some of the best examples are cathedrals and mosque.

Santa Maria del Fiore   

  1. Santa Maria del Fiore  (Kaminesky, 2017)
  2.  Flying Buttress (Anon, 2017)


3. Player Hall  (Society and Society, 2017)

4. Courtyard of the Lions  (Society and Society, 2017)

What was a lot harder was to try and find examples of interiors for these time periods, I could only find a few resources that gave some insight but this was from websites that aimed more towards recreating these interiors in modern day, so I’m not sure if they have much accuracy or base themselves off stereotypes.

Considering this challenge I feel we’ll need to be flexible with our designs, use what resources we can but not be afraid to experiment with change to fill in blanks or help tell the narrative we want to portray.

Medieval interior design: http://interiordesign.lovetoknow.com/Medieval_Interior_Design

Arabic interior design: http://www.impressiveinteriordesign.com/arabic-interior-design-decor-ideas-photos/

On Monday, Charlotte, Lauren and Debbie were able to meet up and discuss the research they’d done as well as what narrative direction we would want to take.  They came to an agreement with perhaps a Harem from the middle east, bringing in our Arabic theme and brothel themes from before.  Debbie linked me some great articles about Hurrem Sultan who was a  powerful  and influential concubine (and later wife of the Sultan) during a time period know as the  Sultanate of Women (the Reign of Woman) and Haseki  Sultan which was a title meaning the favorite of the Sultan, which Hurrem was.

Currently our idea is to model the bedroom or living quarters of one of the Sultans Haseki’s, showing off it’s opulence. Going further we were debating ideas of possibly an assassination attempt on the Haseki from maybe one of the Sultans jealous wives or another Haseki. Our research revealed that a lot of the concubines were slaves or beautiful women that had been kidnapped from other regions, so this led to the idea of maybe she would be trying to escape from the Harem and back to freedom. We  want to add a sense of life and movement to our scene, not to create simple a picturesque environment but something that seems lived in and too add some character to an otherwise unknown figure.

From there our group was continuing with collecting research on Harems and Sultans, and starting to create some concepts for the environment and layout of our scene. This was mostly done by the other member of my group as I was still sick in bed, they kept me updated with evolving layout ideas and what aspects they knew our scene was going to involve.

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When I was finally able to meet back up with my group on Thursday we were able to finalize the design of our layout and the create a list of props that we’d need to model. Breaking this list down into three categories of essential to non-essential we delegated the props to each other and are now at a position of starting to model.

I personally feel I still need to create some concepts and designs so I can better determine in my head the space we’re working with and the aesthetic we’re working with.


  1. Kaminesky, K. (2017). 10 Gothic Cathedrals of Medieval Europe. [online] Touropia. Available at: http://www.touropia.com/gothic-cathedrals/ [Accessed 6 Oct. 2017].
  2.  Anon, (2017). [online] Available at: https://www.quora.com/Whats-the-difference-between-Gothic-and-Romanesque-architectures [Accessed 6 Oct. 2017].
  3. /4. Society, N. and Society, N. (2017). Moorish Architecture. [online] National Geographic Society. Available at: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/media/moorish-art/ [Accessed 6 Oct. 2017].

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