Tuesday, September 28, 2010

12 Twigs project- Studio 101

For this assignment I had to pick 12 twigs and make a container, sanctuary, compartment for the twig; or perhaps it is better explained as giving 12 twigs a place.
In thinking of which twig I would decide to use, pine needles came to mind. Though some may argue that pine needles are in fact a leaf, I say that they are twigs. I consider them twigs because of their flimsy character and because of their small size. I was drawn to the pine needle also because it is three little "sticks" connected together at one end to make it one. Because of this unique figure I was able to have the project look as if more twigs were used, when in fact it was really only twelve.
According to Stoel I can make numbers go from 0 to 1 to 3, but I think I made my magic skills work.
Hope you enjoy and feel free to post letting me know if this project was a success to you. 

Parti board display of initial ideas

Idea to use and incorporate thread to compliment twigs.
Braiding the thread to make it three in one like the twig.

Below is the first model in designing process:

Second idea in design process:

Idea was to combine the twigs together and have them hang by fishing string.

Third Idea:
was to reincorporate the green leaf twig and add a transparent box to "enclose and preserve" the attachable ends. I would still have the twigs hanging by fishing string and it would be braided.

The final Idea was to simplify the model by removing the green leaf twig. This allowed more emphasis on the pine needles and the unique shape they formed. I also decided to make the box covering a half sphere with a more textured, but still transparent paper. The last correction or change I made was to not braid the fishing string. This allowed for the fishing string to be more invisible and so the models plays a trick on gravity.


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Leaf Sketch- Design Visualization 110

September 2, 2010
Location: Back porch of my apartment
I think this is my most successful leaf because of its 3 dimensional look. 
It looks like it comes off the page. I also like the gesture look that it possesses and its 
crinkly look.  

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Place/Making Leaf Project Process

My Process from the beginning:

When first given the place/making assignment, I had the idea of simply making a series of holes on a sheet of paper. Each hole would have its own unique size. The leaf however could only fit in one of the holes; the one it fit into. But, I had to question where would the holes go on the paper and why would they be there. The leaf I first chose for the assignment was small and had a curvature shape. This shape could be represented in the placement of the holes. 

This idea soon led me to understand that what I was actually wanting to do was conceal the leaf within the paper. Why celebrate the leaf? In the wintertime leaves seem to "disappear" off trees and it makes one                        search for it. That is what I was wanting to accomplish with my project.

Having that mindset, I decided to make a box for the leaf. On this box, would consist of a hole, so one could look down inside and see the leaf. My first construction was made at the first group meeting in which we had two minutes to make our object/product. However, it was proven to not be "quality" made when Tommy picked it up because it broke. So I constructed a more rectangular box with the leaf design on the front. This leaf design and rectangular box idea came from a reading I did on ancient Egypt and the history and discovery of pharaoh and kings tombs. This model was more detailed and thought out, but I still thought something better could be made.

I sketched an idea of another type of "tomb" I could make that would relate more to the leaf. This design had the rectangular box become the shape of the actual leaf. This was a good idea, but it was very difficult to construct.

 I started to get frustrated with my ideas and sought to find a whole new approach. This led me to making a paper shaped bird. The bird would hold the leaf in its mouth. It is something we often see with government and also with the story of Noah's Ark. I thought it was a start to something, but after constructing it, it really didn't look well. It also had no real significance to the leaf.

So I move back to my idea...

Constructing paper to hold a shape without using any adhesives was a challenge. So for my next idea (still with the box concept), I pondered on ways to make a "place", which for me was a somewhat enclosed box. To have better construction and stability I chose to go with an origami style approach. With this thought, I made a series of boxes with different dimensions and some with slightly different styles and uses.

 The picture above shows the thought process and steps of progress towards getting close to my final idea. The first box I constructed is on the right and each idea after is followed to the left in chronological order.

I really liked the first two boxes I made. They were the same design just different dimensions. The triangular flaps each had two parts to them, just like the leaf I had chosen. When the flaps were folded in and the leaf sat on top, it made one not only have to "search" for the leaf, but were also attracted to it with the triangular lines on the flaps all facing inward. Though I liked this, I tried to experiment other ways to use the flaps. Perhaps have them all hanging out, or just two like the leaf has two connected together, or have it a new different design all together.
Here are close caption views of the models grouped in their similarities in chronological order:
Why should the box be cubical? Would it have better aesthetic if it were a rectangle?

Here is my quick discovery that a rectangle was too bland for my leaf and in no way complimented my leafs shape and structure. The cubical shape didn't compliment either.

I experimented with different shapes. I did further research on my leaf as well.
In research I found that the name of my leaf was a Fire-powered Nandina. The leaf starts off green in color, then becomes seasonal (on fire), and then will eventually die (go out). This is like a torch. The fire is inflamed and then eventually dies out. Why not celebrate the name of the leaf, give it support to withstand what it is meant to do, and still hide it so one has to find it? But once the leaf is found, one can see its flames and becomes empowered and ignited themselves.

Below is the construction ideas and processes for my final:

The final product of this project can be found on the blog posted prior to this one.

Hope you enjoy and become "inflamed"!


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Place/Making Leaf Project

The Final Place/Making results 

Front views:

Angle/Side views:

Back views: