Wednesday, December 9, 2009

VII. "Floating Intention"- SPIDERBOAT

I enjoyed this project. It was exhausting-- we had to stay in the 3D labs pretty much every day until midnight-- but construction was just fun. Plus, it gave me the opportunity to exercise my inner math nerd.

On the first day we came in to work, we had to trace our shapes onto the wood so that we could cut them out. Piece of cake, right? Not exactly. we only had this layout to guide us, on which I had written the measurements of each piece-- how long the sides had to be-- but nothing else. What's more, I'd used an absurd system which required us to do a conversion every time we wanted to draw a line. We basically got nothing done that day.

But then I went home and made THIS because math is your friend! First I converted all the lengths into inches for easy readability; then, using the Law of Cosines (which is definitely my BFF now) I figured out what every angle would have to be in order for each shape's lines to match up. This next day, when we went back to redraw it, and it worked brilliantly.

It was pretty much smooth sailing from there. First we cut out the shapes, then, by a system of measuring angles as we went, we slowly pieced it together. We only ran into one problem, with the back pieces, that required recutting (I have no idea why it didn't work. In the model it works; in the math it works. It should have worked. but oh well, it worked in the end).

On Bayou day, we were awarded for all our hard work by the boat not sinking and not tipping over at all; in fact, it floated wonderfully (although rowing it didn't quite go so well). Spiderboat's design was one of the recipients of the "Most Creative Design" award. Hard work paid off.

VI. Toy Project - "Muto"

my toy is a fully customizable creature called Muto (Latin for "I Change"). Its ears, mouths, arms, legs, and tail can all be removed and exchanged for other parts, so you can make a creature that's entirely your own. Once you find the combination of limbs that suits you, you can paint it! No one else will every have a creature just like yours.

I made Muto out of Super Sculpey and lots of tiny screws and nuts. I then painted it with acrylic. The box was designed and drawn digitally (primarily in Photoshop) and was then pasted onto the box, which I constructed out of thin pulp board and mylar sheeting.

I'm proud.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

V. Foam Subtractive

The object of this assignment was to choose 2-5 functional objects and select elements from each of them to combine into one nonfunctional object.

These were the objects I chose.

favorable characteristic:
Smooth, continuous forms
parallel lines (order, consistency)
variation of thickness (lines plus masses)
activation of negative space through overlapping, overturning elements
warm, natural finish

in inventing my piece, I specifically tried to use the base of the coatrack, the bulky vs. linear quality of the barstool, and the curvaceous quality and wooden appearance of the chair.

pre-covering images:

Sunday, October 4, 2009

V. Form Follows Function? Words

Form the shape, visual appearance, or configuration of an object

Negative Space the areas surrounding and within an object; areas of no mass

Repetition the use of repeating elements in a piece of art, often in order to add coherence, rhythm, and/or movement.

Rhythm defined as a "visual tempo or beat," rhythm is closely related to repetition and usually involves the repetition of shapes and colors to create movement.

Emphasis a device (principle) used to draw the viewer's eye to a focal point.

Pattern a design created using repeated elements

Tension a mental, emotional, or nervous strain. In art, it may refer to the use of "unbalance" to create a sense of instability or precariousness and so engage the viewer.

Textural Animation The use of textures to give life or new meaning to an otherwise nondescript form.

Characteristic Textures textures that add to or at least do not conflict with a form, but appear as if they could be natural.

Contradictory Textures textures that stand, whether functionally or visually, in complete contrast to the form they cover

V. Form follows function? Research

Five objects, 25 unique examples of each.




Coat Rack