I started by brainstorming everyday objects that I see around me in the form of a mind map. Out of all the objects listed, I have chosen eating utensils and keys to develop and research further.

I’ve went to the National Museum of Scotland to see their collections of utensils over different time periods. Illustrations and annotations of this can be seen in the picture below.

I didn’t feel very inspired by the research I did on utensils, so I shifted focus to researching on keys. I have looked at different meanings key obtained in different cultures as well as looking into key’s symbolic meaning in plays/literature to fully dissect key’s formal qualities.

Three initial ideas of how I can re-present the meaning key contains were developed at this stage –