Thursday, October 30, 2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Monday, October 13, 2014
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.
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
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 PaperWood Glue
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
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.