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Critique: Two x Four Project

Last Friday and this Monday we wrapped up the critiques of our two x four projects. The way we chose the projects with similar qualities was fun and made us think about looking at pieces and sorting them into categories. Some were similar and some were very different from the groupings. Our discussion of the projects was illuminating as we discussed our inspiration as well as what we would do differently. Wood shop tales and lots of learning was obvious as we were all pretty fresh to working in the wood shop and how to turn something so rough and utilitarian into something lovely and thoughtful. A challenge for sure! I found it so interesting to hear everyone discussing their work. We were a bit more brave this time and told one another what we thought made the piece work and how to improve the final work and craft. Staining amplifies mistakes. Scale was discussed and we noted the system of scale in the pieces and I love it when the pieces were turned to a different orientation to show another view. It can make such a difference in the interaction of the piece with the surface it sits on.

The piece that Kiah made was simple and complex at the same time. Keeping a simple yet strong design is my next goal. That inspired me… Choosing the correct piece of wood and making a beautiful creation was evident in Matt’s and Elliot’s well crafted pieces. I would like to see the oblisque worked a bit further to enhance the effect of looking up and seeing the massive nature of her work.

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Weekly Wrap: October 25th, 2012


This week we have been busy drawing Nuts Over Greensboro and learning how to add emphasis to our drawings. We also critiqued our luminaire light effect posters and presentations. We showcased a light experience that we will be reinventing and expressing with our luminaire projects. Light can be so many intensities and can be so varied. Making a prototype of our luminaire is next for the project. Thinking of how to create the effect of rain shadows and create the experience for the class will be exciting.

Planning for spring semester is something to consider as advising sessions are Thursday and Friday. Deciding on taking the General Education Credits vs. a cool metal or painting class is a toughie. I feel like I need to be taking a drawing class or at least an online class to improve my drawing abilities to present my ideas more fully.

We had another trade show today and the vendors always surprise me and teach me a lot about the variety of products they offer. I am going to request a few samples from them for projects in the future. The vendors are very generous and give me great ideas of how to use their products in my designs. Love this program!

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Furniture Market Visit

Wednesday we experienced the High Point Furniture Market.  We toured two lighting showrooms and discussed lighting design and options.  It was a lot to take in and if I go in the future I will plan my visit and see what interests me the most and avoid the floors featuring the more ordinary furniture.  I enjoyed the big city feel created in the small town of High Point.  The international visitors and the buzz of deals and paperwork made me feel like someday my designs could be marketed and discussed and fussed over.  We were all like kids in a candy store!  It was a treat to be able to attend this fall’s furniture market.

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Portfolio Is Due…

Gathering my work and creating a portfolio of my work was good for me.  To see that I have really learned a lot and can see the progression even in lettering is encouraging.

Burlap covering felt comfortable to me and I used it to add some character to my Adaam’s cardboard portfolio.  I need a better one someday soon that will not allow the pieces to fall out!

My blog, this blog, is a bit behind on the New York Times Articles but otherwise I feel like I am keeping up with the assignments. Our next project should be a lot of challenge, but also a lot of fun.  Can’t wait!

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Two x Four Project

Two x Four Project

Our latest project involved getting a freshly cut two x four piece of pine and were instructed to find a way to express a system of scale within that wood. We were free to find a system of scale to replicate or create. Simple or complex, systems of scale are everywhere. After orientation in the wood shop we were set free to figure out how to do our project. I looked for inspiration online and looked first at architectural systems of scale in ceilings made of wood and thought originally that I would make a model of the ceiling in our studio. I took photos and thought it would be pretty simple, if I made the cuts correctly. It would have been very safe, but like I said, systems of scale are everywhere and once you are looking for them it is hard to choose what you want to show. Looking online I found other systems of scale that led me back to Japanese architecture in bridges, ceilings and then I saw the Hokusai paintings of waves. The energy in the paintings fascinated me and I decided that I had to attempt to pull out the concepts of the waves as a system of scale. The looming waves about to crash down onto the men in the boat will be devestating. Death is certain. The boat would float to the top, the men will sink to their deaths. Instead of showing men in the boat I decided to add an Albatross, floating on a swell approaching the crashing waves. The bird will survive the crashing, tumbling energy and will pop back to the surface.

My piece was first cut on the re-saw into five 1/4″ pieces. I took it back to the studio and just thought of how to possibly cut just this one piece and get all of the parts I needed to construct the wave. I cut the entire piece layer by layer out of paper to decide how to layer the pieces for greatest effect. They were arranged many times in many ways and then I transferred the drawings onto each piece of wood. Cutting out the rough shapes went fairly well and looked rough, but it was a start and the boards did not break! I sanded and sanded….and sanded. Getting the right smooth waves was important. To hold the piece together I thought to cut pegs from the wood and considered punching holes with the miter.  It looked risky to me and to possibly ruin the wood and have to start over, so I decided to drill and use small dowels that would hold the pieces together and allow them to slide smoothly. After cutting all the pieces and using a small amount of linseed oil it was just the length of the dowels that had to be decided. They are cut in a wave pattern with angled ends, indicating the continuation of the wave from the highest point. I discovered that the piece could be placed in two positions and it is very interesting to consider the forms in each orientation. Photos of my process are included below.

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2012 in Projects