CreativEco: Selected Works

Glass Ball of Hope

Art Work

Set of Digital Print 8”x 10”

Darunee Sa-areddee

Albert Laurence School of Communication Arts

Assumption University

In every second the world is changing. Some changes are by natural conditions or other living things. However, no one can change the Earth as fast as human being  and most disasters of our world today are from man creations. Climate change, deforestation, animal and plant extinction are some serious examples for the lost of precious treasure. Man has to concern and respect nature before it is too late.  Development and demolition could happen at the same time. Shortly, the real natural beauty will be difficult to perceive or touch.

Flower represents the beauty of natural living things on earth.  It has been continuously disappeared. The glass ball shields some that remain precious.  This set of digital image was created to remind that all man creations must be accomplished with concern for nature or other living things on this planet.

‘Preserve the pure natural beauty for the fullness of ecology as precious treasure of human kind’

 

 

 


Color, Sign, and Faith

Contemporary Painting

Dr. Pichai Thurongkinanon

Department of Visual Communication Design

Albert Laurence School of Communication Arts

Assumption University

The objective of this creative research aims to study symbolic colors design in mural painting during the Thai early Ratanakosin period (1782-1851) and to create a contemporary painting: a series of color, sign, and faith. This work was inspired by an impression of colors used in Thai mural painting, particularly colors symbolizing basic meaning and colors in communicating the meaning.

This study was gathered from art histories and beliefs found in Thai mural painting as well as from a various methods of colors collections to group colors used in mural paintings. The data was then analyzed to learn a pattern of the color design in recent mural paintings and to create a color design concept for future painting.

The research finding significantly shows that colors design in mural paintings during the Thai early Ratanakosin era was developed from the late Ayudhaya era in traditional art style and beliefs. The design has a clear formalization and unique colors which later became a model of the mural painting in the early Ratanakosin era.

Many color schemes were found in the paintings. Red, green, blue, black, and gold were among the most popular color schemes. Orange and yellow were found in some works and purple was the rarest color seen in the paintings. The so-called multi-chromatic colors were also found in the paintings of this era.

In addition, the symbolic colors are used not only in communicating religious beliefs and Thai literature, but also representing individualism, symbolizing. Level of the meaning representation varied from basic meanings to cultural meanings with some implications. For example, red and black colors represent heaven or universe. Gold color symbolizes sacredness and elite class. The universe in the religious belief can also be presented by combining symbolic colors, space, and the Buddha image. Color design in the paintings of this era also indicates emotions and idealistic meaning as believed by the Thai ancient mural artists.

An analysis of this study provides knowledge of color desgin that can be used as a guideline in creating artistic works. A colleration between colors, space, value, and Sintaw line design are among important factors in showcasing this pure abstract art that uses colors and visual art elements as main characters.

This contemporary painting: a series of color, sign, and faith research was created and inspired by an impression of color design in mural paintings seen at the Bhuddhaisawan Chapel and some other temples. The color pattern was unique and well developed which became an important model of color design in mural paintings during the early Ratanakosin period (1782-1851). The work showed a pure Thai art until the arrival of the Western art that changed aspect of color design in mural paintings from idealistic art to realistic art. Santi Leksukhum said The realty in Thai traditional Art is a belief since ancient times in a vision of faith and also belief in natural reality. By the way the realism art was influenced by the Western art and appeared in the Rama III period but significantly seen in the Rama IV period.

The study is conducted from collecting colors used in the early Ratanakosin’s (King Rama I-III) mural paintings at the Bhuddhaisawan Chapel, Suwannaram Temple and Dhusitaram Temple as well as qualitative analysis, obersations, and a collection of color schemes in the mural paintings. Other elements related to the work in mural painting are also taken into consideration in creating this study, particularly using color design realted to religious beliefs including beliefs, faith, and sacrednes. Some important religious beleifs such as Anatta (Nonself), Sunyata (Emptiness), Aniccata (impermanence) are also discussed in creating this work. It focuses more on a development of a concept in artistic models that enables the researcher to be more creative in their work. The study was inspired by the impression of the colors design used by Thai ancient artists in their mural paintings. Their color design is truly a local wisdom and it has never been studied before.

The purpose of this study is mainly to present color design used in communicating the meanings of faith. Factors such as ancient beliefs, religious beleifs, Thai traditional mural paintings models, and color design in mural paintings are examined. Moreover, a combination of Buddha image, empty space, and symbolic colors is studied for the analysis. The early Ratanakosin era’s mural paintings are the main source of the anyalysis and the findings are used to develop and enhance creativity.

Color design is a factor in creating artistic work since ancient time until now. Colors found in visual arts can drive imagination, emotion, and feeling. Colors can also communicate meaning in basic level and cultural level. Silpa Bhirasri had said about meanings and psycholigical effects of colors that people tried to explain theory of color meanings and its psychological impacts but those theories could not apply to all of us due to cultural differences, environment, individualism, and fashion. The study of this color design in Thai mural paintings therefore focuses on utilizing the local wisdom and Thai ancient beleifs in creating current artistic works that plan to preserve Thai values, beliefs, and identity in the works.

 


Chicken & BEE : good food & organic farm

Interior Architectural Design

Orn-la-or Homsettee

Varaporn Anuntaprayoon

Department of Interior Architecture

Montfort del Rosario School of Architecture and Design

Sustainability for interior design has become an important issue in recent years.  Several projects currently take this matter into consideration.  Chicken & BEE is one type of these kinds of project.  The owner focused on sustainable design and wished Chicken & BEE to be a learning center for local organic farm.  This project is located at central region of Thailand, Samrouyod, Prochuap Khiri Khan province and the area is 12,820 square meter. In general, Chicken & BEE project consists of office, multipurpose space (local learning center area), restaurant and local community shop.  Activity for eco tourism is also an addition objective for this project.

The sustainable interior design approach used in this project concerns mainly with site issues, energy & water efficiency, material & resources, indoor environmental quality (IEQ), space utilization and user involvement.  This also complies with environmentalism theories and the approach was integrated with the whole interior design process namely programming, conceptual design, design development, construction document and construction administration.

 


 

Lost Link in the Ecosystem

Sculptural Design

Klairung Attanatho

Department of Product Design

Montfort del Rosario School of Architecture and Design

Rice is the main agricultural produce in Thailand with water buffaloes long playing a crucial role in rice farming and influencing Thai culture.  The strong relationship between humans and animals has been shown in many Thai songs and folklores about the sturdy reliable water buffalo.  This water buffalo-related culture was rich with interesting tales. The relationship between farmers and water buffaloes has been such a close and strong one with an entire culture rooted on it.  Sadly, this link has been irreparably damaged by the replacement of the noble buffalo by machines, driven by the drastic capitalization of the country.  More than a decade ago, the country’s farmers began using agricultural machinery on a large scale, replacing the water buffaloes as partners in the fields, as machines are more convenient and produce results many times faster than animals with the unfortunate destruction of the ecosystem faster than the old ways.

This work wants to signify the nostalgia of the old-time agricultural way of living in Thailand which was once the truly agricultural ecosystem.  The two water buffaloes were sculpted in relaxing poses, after the long hours working in the field.  The sculptures are in the process of enlarging to the statue size of 6 meters length, to be installed at ‘Issarapab Garden’, Ang Thong province, Thailand, at the end of year 2016. They will both be casted in bronze in a dark gray-brownish color- representing the spirit of Thai farmer’s close friend which was once a crucial part of the backbone of Thailand.

 

 


 

WHIZIO

The Finest Neighborhood Klongluang

Architectural Design

Jaturont Boon La-Or

Department of Architecture

Montfort del Rosario School of Architecture and Design

The Whizio Project is a multiple function program of a community mall and car showroom (Toyota Motor Thailand). The project derived from a new idea to integrate new marketing concept to provide a new destination for the surrounding community and Toyota’s customers.  The branding strategy started with the concept to combine Toyota car showroom, retails, and supermarket programs together with the integration of sustainable design concept in term of controlling heat transfer, optimizing natural air ventilation and natural light, and control fresh air intake and exhaust outtake.  The project design criteria consists of : 1. provide good traffic circulation, easy accesses, and safe parking spaces; 2. everyday’s life one stop destination for community; 3. special occasion meeting place; 4. premium green space design; 5. professional Toyota showroom and service center.   However, marketing and design teams positioned the project between premium and neighborhood convenience.

The main design concept derived from two keywords “Aerodynamic” and “Emotion” to achieve a dynamic, intuitiveness, uniqueness, and friendly-built environment and create the finest neighborhood of Klongluang district.  The building consists of five storey: basement for main car parking; ground floor which contains the main car showroom, sale offices, retails, coffee shop, and supermarket; second floor contains car showroom, customer service and offices, restaurants, and general service workshop; third floor contains executive offices, meeting rooms, Toyota service’s car park, and retails; forth floor contains body paint workshop.  Traffic circulation for car service area is designed in a loop which creates buffer for the function areas.

The main circulation in the middle of shopping mall area works as the main natural lighting intake as well as circulating warm air out through the void. The center void is acting as a small atrium where the green vertical tube is located.  This vertical garden is designed with the concept to generate rainfall atmosphere in the middle, which is surrounded by vertical plants.  The concept for fresh air ventilation is applied in the two major zones: the semi outdoor community mall, and the car service workshops.  Heat transfer prevention concept is applied on the exterior walls and roofs where most effected by direct sun radiation.  Air velocity and natural lighting concepts are applied through the design of facades, roof, and louvers in term of wall openings or transparent materials. However, all the design decisions were made according to calculation, for instance, the workshop areas are designed to operate with natural ventilation 60% of summer and 100% of winter.  The finishes and materials used on the exterior and in the interior of the building were chosen for their durability, sustainability, and low maintenance.

 


 

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