Illuminated Anatomy

Posted: April 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

We were given an assignment to create a light source utilizing things that we had learned previously in the class. The criteria :

  • Integrate Modular units
  • polyhedral structures
  • integrate a surface treatment
  • integrate a transition in scale

I began with visual research, and some material exploration. This type of research inspired me to use an anatomy book from the 1960s. It belonged to my boss’ husband. He saw that I had been interested in science, as well as using text in art works. I decided to use the pages from this book to create a surface treatment for my lamp. I then started to experiment with different ways to make the delicate paper stable enough to make a polyhedral structure. I chose to use rubber cement to dry mount the pages from the book to bristol paper, this gives each piece a different collage of text and medical drawings. In addition the paper becomes heavily saturated when light shines through.

In my artistic endeavors I chose to utilize concepts that involve simplified and well-crafted design. In this lamp design that I have titled illuminated Anatomy, I chose to highlight ideas regarding science and sustainable material. As you can see I used an old Grays Anatomy book as the focus of my design concept. I chose to sew each triangular panel together to create a polygon.  This polygon was created from a template and scaled in proportion from the original template. The stitches within the design provide stability, linking each triangle together.


I do not impose order into my designs, I simply allow the work to come together while I explore and learn.  The Anatomy book’s text displayed on each plane of the lamp creates a unifying balance, and rhythm to the straightforward polyhedral structure. In addition the text offers a continuity that leads the eye from one triangular plane to the next. The mathematical structure of the polygon creates symmetry, while the collaged medical illustrations counter the organization that the lamp’s polyhedral shape creates. The transitions between text and illustration give the lamp synergy as well as multiple areas of focus.


Modular Relief Design

Posted: March 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

The fist assignment in 3D design was to create a modular relief design out of index cards. The criteria was as follows,

Construct an experimental relief design from a repetition of modular paper units with a dimensional surface.  Your finished piece should hang as a paper fabrication that measures @ 36” wide x 72 “ long ( 1yd. x 2 yds. of fabrication) With a repetition of modular units attached with some kind of secure fastening  made of manipulated white paper planes incorporating some quality of surface texture”.

We worked on this project in pairs, I chose to work with Q who has some more experience with working with paper to create 3D objects. We started by experimenting with the index cards and looking for inspiring photos. like these :


We were inspired by fabrication made in fashion design. For example as you see below clothing made of paper offers a similar look.

We then began experimenting with the way the design would appear if it were in repetition by using sketches and about twenty index card cut outs.

It was simple for us to chose a design and cut out the pieces, with only a minor paper cut or two. The difficult moment came when we chose to use springs as fasteners. They were to heavy, fell apart easily and made messy black smudges on our paper. Not to mention that they are sharp and I stabbed myself in the finger.

the image below is similar looking to the springs that we had found at a local hardware store.

After a great deal of complaining Q and I decided that It would be best to switch from these evil springs to safety. We used pins like the ones below, in gold and silver they worked perfectly. The safety pins were light, fastened nicely, and kept the white paper crisp and clean.

Unfortunately our fabrication did not come out to be the size that we had planed. However, Its whimsical design and pattern work nicely in our modified version of the assignment.

Serial Planes

Posted: March 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

My second project prior to forgetting my Duck:

This exploration was a study of serial planes inspired by the architecture of Zaha Hadid and her recent Exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

For our project we began with first creating three Maquettes out of foam core and card stock.  Each maquette was with a different criteria. The first of these was made of horizontal planes, curvilinear forms, biomorphic shapes and repetition. For this we  also and looked at examples of designer Ron Arad who utilizes a similar stream line style as architect Zaha Hadid.

provided on web site

The second maquette was made with horizontally arranged serial planes. The specified criteria was to : create a simple shape who’s two sides are at a right angle and the third side can vary as a straight edge. Depicting a gradual repetition in a sequenced progression from large to small.

And Finally, a third depicting gradual repetition in a sequenced progression from large to small. These  maquettes were then used to inform my larger project. But first I went back to doing some visual research. 

Although the work of Zaha Hadid and Ron Arad offer a great deal of inspiration. I chose to do  some research of other types of design that could fit this criteria. I feel that Deco Design offers a similar appeal in many ways as you can see below in this simple clock design and the pedant that serial planes are prevalent.

In addition to design elements such as these I looked at the work of artist Richard Serra. 


Barbara Hepworth

I also drew from my own thoughts of the ocean waves and smooth river stones to create my own architectonic design. The design is whimsical. I chose to keep it streamline, as all of the artist and designers that I researched did.  I used new  maquettes ( shown below) to design my larger finished project.

I Forgot my Duck at the Library!

Posted: February 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

Ok here it goes! i am new to blogging but I decided after a struggle with a lion, that I would stick to what I know… Ducks… The video titled, Decoy Duck  is of a wood carved duck decoy, much like the ones that I watched my grandfather make as a child. I can draw a decoy pattern from memory and visualize every aspect of this three dimensional design. I find my fond memories, this video and the pictures soon to follow to be inspiration for my design process This is the type of Duck that inspired my design

example of a duck decoy found on zandkantiques

The criteria for this project was inspired by a company called d-torso these animals made of paper materials are computer engineered and then lazer cut, check out the link … …My attempt is to do this with a ruler, exacto knife, and foam core.

The image below is an example of  my first attempt at creating a duck from paper:

All jokes aside, the process that I am using to create a duck of of foam core is a bit technical and requires some patience on my part. I began with drawings of duck decoys in my sketch book.

  I began working the drawings into design plans that include measurements for the basic structure. I then moved on to making templates out of Bristol paper.


I then used these templates to create a small prototype out of black foam core. The Choice of black foam core was based purely on curiosity. The 3d work that I have done previously has been in white which offers visibility to shadow and reflections. Although the shadow and reflections of white are lovely I am enjoying the playful idea of making a Black Duck. After all Black Ducks found in nature are not black at all.

This is the Drake American Black Duck

My very ruff version

as my duck progressed …

He finally became a perfect maquette and once That was finished I went to work with my best friend Coconut to create a final Black Duck.

And Here It is Finally complete 🙂