Archive for March, 2012

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.