Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Calendar for Remainder of Fall 2014

Monday, Oct. 27
Two (2) completed soap carvings due by the end of class.

Wed., Oct. 29
Begin Stacking Assignment. Need Rives gray paper, wood glue, scissors, exact knife, cutt matt AND a fruit or vegetable. See "Stacking Assignment Guidelines" to the right to get all info.

Monday, Nov. 3
In Class Work Day for Stacking

Wednesday, Nov. 5
In Class Work Day for Stacking

Monday, Nov. 10
Work Day for Stacking

Wednesday, Nov. 12
Begin Poetry Garment

Monday, Nov. 17
Work Day for Poetry Garment

Wednesday, Nov. 19
Work Day for Poetry Garment

Monday, Nov. 24
Present Soap Changes to class. Not presenting on this day is an automatic 5 points off of the the soap grade (It's About Time is the official name for this assignment).

Wednesday, Nov. 26
Work Day for Poetry Garment

Thursday, Nov. 27 Thanksgiving Holiday

Monday, Dec. 1
Work Day for whatever you need.

Wednesday, Dec. 3
Last Day of Class
1. Images of Poetry Garment on your blog. Present images to class.
2. Poetry Garment (the actual piece you made).
3. Paper Stack of Fruit or Veg
4. Paper Stack of your own design.

Final Exam for Section A, 9 - 10:00:
Wednesday, Dec. 10
9:00 - 10:00 am

Final Exam for Section B, 11 - 12:50:
Wednesday, Dec. 10
10:15 - 11:15

Blog Due:
Monday, Dec. 15
12:00 noon

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Martin Tomsky, Artist

Laser-cut Wood (note, not balsa, but you could apply this concept to balsa).
Source is Lost at E-Minor

Monday, October 13, 2014

James Mattson, Student Work

In this assignment I covered my body with a surf sock. The aim of my pictures were to portray organic shapes with as little resemblance to the human body. My main focus was to capture postures that would prompt the viewer to ask, "what is that" or "how did he do that". With slight wrinkles and shadows the viewer can infer the figure of a human body. 

James Mattson, Student Work

Observe from life. Use a plastic animal as a source and carve two proportional forms from soap.

The images below are selected images from the changes made to one of the soap carvings. Students were asked to make at least eight changes. The result is a form entirely different from the original. Final solution is to be mounted. 

James Mattson, Student Work

The objective of this assignment was to stack paper in a fashion that would resemble the fruit of choice. I chose a coconut for its wood like texture and its ability to keep good for a while. The process involved stacking cut circles, wood gluing, and sanding. The biggest challenge was, to keep the original texture of stacked paper or to sand down to the approximate size, shape, and atrributes of the chosen coconut. 
Rives Gray Paper
Wood Glue 

The process of my inventive paper stacking involved using the scraps from the cut circles of the coconut stacking. I wanted to somehow use the excess paper to create an object that would oppose the shape of the coconut yet still have an organic origin. Creating two organic shapes that are visually opposing yet made from the same paper and bezier curve was fascinating to me.

Rives Gray Paper
Wood Glue 

James Mattson, Student Work

For this assignment, inspired directly from the work of Dinah Fried and her book Fictitious Dishes, I chose the short story The Lottery Ticket by Anton Pavlovich Chekhovs. 


Elements from the story:

Paper molds and sculptural forms made from newspaper and water. No adhesives used. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Qiyun Deng, Designer

What happens when anything disposable becomes simply too beautiful to throw away? This is the main question behind a fresh design project by Qiyun Deng, a graduate of ECAL (University of Art and Design Lausanne), who has given tableware utensils the touch and feel of real vegetables and fruits. The ‘‘Graft’’ tableware set was Deng’s graduation project for her Master’s in Product Design (2013), and is an impressive set of forks, knives, spoons and serving bowls that look as if functional objects have been humorously grafted out of farm produce. Deng first copies real plant textures with resin in order to study them, and then imagines how each vegetable or fruit should be used as a piece of tableware. Although we don’t see ourselves picking out any celery forks from our back yard any time soon, we can certainly use them for the garden's compost, since Deng’s Graft tableware are made of biodegradable PLA bioplastic. The products are still in their development phase, they should reach production phase and become commercially available some time soon.

Qiyun Deng is a product designer from Foshan, China. She currently lives in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Text and image source Yatzer. Link here.