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This is my attempt at interior decorating above the mantle piece. I was trying to attempt the golden ratio or also known at the divine proportion. The definition of the golden ratio as cited from Maths Is Fun website is “dividing a line into two parts so that the longer divided by the smaller part is also equal to the whole length divided by the longer part.” (Golden Ratio, 2009)


The golden ratio plays a huge part in the design principles and elements because it is designed for aesthetic reasons.

What I had set out to achieve was utilising the width of the mantle piece by giving it the height and implement various shades of green. To break the colours up, I added the white round platter and the mosiac with the white background hopefully it would featured the green pieces prominently.

The overall piece is designed to have harmony, proportion, line and colour. The eye should follow the line by working from left to right and smallest to largest.

I believe this part of learning is about praxis – putting theory into practice. As Sue Starcken from Edith Cowan University quotes “the process by which a theory, lesson or skill is enacted, practiced or realised. It is a practical and applied knowledge to ones’ actions. It is a ‘balance’ of theory and practice.” (Starcken, 2010)

This piece is just a trial and error process to get the right combination. It’s also about learning to have ‘an eye’ for design detail which comes with lots of practice. I’m going to use Robert Sternberg’s 3 facet model as my creativity theory which consists of Intelligence, Cognitive style and personality/motivation. (Davis, 2004)

The Intelligence in this piece is on problem solving, knowledge of design principles and elements by using mental representation or fluent thought and decisional skill. (Davis, 2004)

The Cognitive style is doing things my way and with interiors it doesn’t tend to be pre-structure and lastly, the personality/motivation trait is the willingness to grow in creative performance and risk taking. (Davis, 2004)

What I hoped to achieve in this piece is an understanding about my theory of creativity as part of my growth as an aspiring designer.


Davis, G. A. (2004). Creativity is forever. (5th Ed.). USA: Kendell/Hunt.

Golden Ratio. [n.d.]. Retrieved from the Maths Is Fun website: http://www.mathsisfun.com/numbers/golden-ratio.html

Starcken, S. (2010). CCA 1102 Lecture notes. Retrieved from Edith Cowan University, School of Communications and Arts website: https://lms.sca.ecu.edu.au/units/CCA1102/ri_102/ri10_102.pdf


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