Tuesday, December 8, 2009

studio project 6: luminescence

My intention for this project was to capture the way sunlight illuminates clouds during a sunset.
Ideation # 1:

I made my luminaire with white printer paper, watercolors, and polyester fiberfil for stuffing pillows. In this first ideation, I painted three 8.5" by 11" pieces of paper with watercolors (yellow, purple, and red), formed them into a spherical shape with glue and other strips of paper, and used spray adhesive to attach the polyester fiberfil to the outside. The paint is only on the inside, facing the bulb. I left the bottom of the luminaire open, so the lightbulb could be removed.
I was very happy with the effect, but the luminaire resembled cotton candy moreso than it did a sunset. Not my intention.
Ideation # 2:

For the second ideation, I ditched the purple and stuck with the yellow and red, but I also blended them to make orange. I wanted to achieve a gentle transition of color from yellow at the top to red at the bottom, but didn't succeed. I also added more paper at the bottom, intending to make it easier to close the bottom of the luminaire off with string, which could be removed if so desired. However, I didn't think to paint the extra paper, which became obvious when I saw the luminaire in the dark.
Ideation # 3:

For my final ideation, I was very careful to make the transition of color as gradual as possible, making the yellow lighter at the top. I was pleasantly surprised at the results.
Unfortunately, a photograph doesn't capture that transition very well. In real life, the luminaire is almost white at the top and gradually deepens to a richer yellow, then to orange, then finally to a vibrant reddish orange at the bottom. I tied the end off with a twistie tie, which worked better than a rubber band but still not good enough. The issue of closing the bottom of the luminaire in a non-permanent way is the one unresolved aspect of the project.
Project drawing:

Materials: canson paper, pastels, and foam board.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Alas, I have missed two days of school because I'm sick, and I'll probably miss tomorrow as well.

I've worked on my luminaire project a little bit, but need to work on it more. If I do miss school tomorrow, I'd like to bring in something nice for Friday.

I really don't want to be behind.

And as far as IAR 110 goes, I don't know the assignment that is due on Thursday... Just waiting for responses to my emails.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

just a note

I'm planning to soon post pictures of some of the projects that aren't on here yet - sticks and cell phones, junk drawer drawing and shadow boxes, floor plan, etc. Some were from a while back, but I've neglected to photograph them.

I just have to remember to bring a camera to school.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

studio project 6: luminescence (ideas)

An image similar to what I saw (minus the ocean part):

(Of course this website just had to cut off the right side of practically all my images.)

Images from the web for further inspiration:

Thursday, October 29, 2009

studio project 5: dialog

Sketchbook ideas.
Graphic. The concept of body and soul.
The poem fragment reads:
"The Spirit lurks within the Flesh
Like tides within the Sea
That make the Water live, estranged
What would the Either be?"
-Emily Dickinson
I boiled 12-inch skewers and let them dry in a curved position.
(I can't remember which ideation these were for....)
Always make extra, because you just never know.
First ideation.
Second ideation.
Third ideation.
Fourth ideation: I only made the base again and reused the skewers from the second ideation, because they had a nicer curved shape.
Front elevation.
Right side elevation.
Section elevation.


Project 5: Analysis of classmates' work

Ebony’s project and Cassie’s project are similar in that they both position a larger space above a smaller space. Space is enclosed within.
Ebony’s concept was big versus small, while Cassie’s emphasizes negative space, clean lines, and repetitive pattern.

In each project, the two spaces are similarly shaped – the smaller mimicking the larger, with the same number of sides. Skewers are placed only at the corners and are pierced into a square base.

Ebony’s spaces are hexagonally shaped (6 sides each). Cassie’s spaces are six-pointed stars (12 sides each). There is a greater difference in size between the two spaces in Ebony’s project than in Cassie’s project. In Ebony’s project, the two shapes are oriented in the same position, while in Cassie’s project, the smaller shape is rotated in relation to the larger. In Ebony’s project, the smaller space sits on the base and there is a gap between the two spaces from a side view. In Cassie’s project, the smaller space is elevated slightly above the base and there is no gap between the two spaces from a side view, which makes them appear more connected. In Ebony’s project, the skewers are integrated only into the larger space and are doubled up in the corners. In Cassie’s project, the skewers are integrated into both spaces. Ebony’s base is thicker.