Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Studio: The Gram Bench.

My current project in studio is to create a bench that will go somewhere in our department's building. I want it to stand out from what is currently in the building...a lot of hard edges and "cold" materials. There are student-made benches that are pretty cool, but not especially comfortable. I also want my bench to be interactive - to evoke a sense of 'play' with the user(s). Modular forms have been heavy on my mind this semester, probably the result of lots of paper-folding early on in the Fall. I especially love tangram puzzles now, and enjoy the possibilities that come out of different transformations using simple geometric forms.
My first models were very crude...I used tape and cardboard. I then thought about several factors that might impact the final design: materiality and the weight thereof (would they be too heavy to move around?) Would the edges be too sharp? Would the size be large enough to sit on even when parts are taken away? What if there was a cut-out pattern? What if there was upholstery?

And I obviously ended up with upholstery. I will further explore the details that go into constructing a plywood, upholstered frame and a slipcover for each part. I am very happy with the direction of this project and can't wait to get started on the real ones!

Weekly Sketch: Around the House.

This week we are working on Section drawings in AutoCAD. As a supplemental activity, we have been asked to draw sections of objects found around the house. I chose a candlestick (which I sadly broke right after drawing), a picture frame, and a camel saddle. Everyone else has a camel saddle too, right??

Sunday, February 22, 2015

CAD Project: Walls, Windows, Columns and Stairs.

I'm making some good progress drafting today. I am starting to love using the layers - in the past I don't think I have utilized changing the colors around so much. This is helping me "map" out the drawing better. Very happy with it so far.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

CAD Project: Setting Up Layers.

Can I just say how much I love professor-created tutorials? Step by step instruction (that you can hit pause on and replay) is exactly what I need when it comes to mastering software like AutoCAD. So far I have set up my properties and layers. I'm hoping this assignment helps refine all the messy self-taught skills I have been using so far.

Weekly Sketch: Snow Days.


I am busy further developing my geo-floral containers for studio. My hope is that the craftsperson I have contacted can help me take this project all the way - working with porcelain to slab-build pottery is difficult! What happened to the days of play-dough and zero responsibility? Ideas are only ideas until you figure out the ins-and-outs of the process.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Weekly Sketch: A Circus.

This week's weekly sketch is an entry in a local contest for Valentine's day. It had to be circus themed -  and mine reminds me of the circus themed shower I threw for my sister when she was pregnant with my first nephew. I've been giving him stuffed elephants ever since.