These photos are two different angles of my project showing dialog between planes and skewers. Six planes were flowed to form right angles, wholes were punched into the paper for the skewers to be driven through six layers at different angles forming criss cross design leaving two open spaces for dialog between the sticks and planes. The next few drawings will show the process.
In most of the class projects dialog was created with the duplication of the designs twin spacing with relationship to the planes and the sticks.
How is the idea of system generated?
Mostly the design of the planes and skewers mimic each other giving a support system the planes need the support of the skewers and visa/versa. As in Greg Hickman's design the skewers were as much a part of the design as the planes of paper the skewers coming to point in a circular yet pyramid design also supporting the planes.
How does the joinery support the project concept/strategies?
In my project the skewers were the support system as well as part of the design.
How is scale utilized in the project?
Most the projects were in proportion in relationship to the size of the skewers and the size of the planes in the design constructed.
How do two-dimensional images add to the understanding of the project ?
The projects theme was dialog and for the most part in all the project produced onecould actually sense the energy of dialog in the design. One classmate in particular madeher design from the precedent of YI and YANG which the skewers not only supportedthe design but contributed to the dialog in her design giving it estectic appeal.
How did the initial project evolve?
For myself I needed to figure out something I could produce with one hand so I actually just started to play with the papers and sticks then I knew I could not use glue successfullydue to my injured hand. I was able to make the design first then I looked for a structurethat resembled what I had produced. This was the ceiling of the Student Lounge at the University of Texas, in Austin, Texas.
These photos show my process at coming to my final project unity between 12 skewers and 12
4 by 6 cards of bristol board paper. my first attemp was to unite the skewers and papers as a wind mill effect folding the cards around the skewers attached in the center with glue. Second attemp was to more methocologly design eight then four skewers in a circular pattern opposite a rectangular base card two cards glued together to form two sets of four card one turned to the right the other to the left forming a vortex in the center with the skewers. Each card was folded and turned at an angle with the skewer points showing at the tip in the center is four skewers twirling in the directions the covered skewers are flowing giving this design unity between the skewers and cards.
My project for twelve skewers and 4 by 6 " paper was based on a wind mill. Looking around the classroom this morning I did not find any similar projects except one which was Sydney Gaskins. His project if held up vertically had a some what similar concept his skewers twisted in the center to form a vortex the sides of this project radiated in unites of four 'showing unity and repetition of same rectangular sides where my design the skewers where circularly placed in a rectangular card top and bottom of the unit between the two cards the skewers twisted forming this vortex in the center. This project had similar and opposites unified into one unit. Another similar project was Charise Allen a bowl shaped project where the paper swirled into a bowl shape with a vortex at the center of the bowl formed by both the paper and the skewers. The skewers penetrated the corners of each paper and crossed over one another to form a copy of the shape of the bowl like structure giving this a spiral flowing effect. Like my project the skewers are supported by the paper
These photos shows the front and back sides of my stick project A Corral For Twelve Twigs. I used Milk Weed Plant Twigs that had died which I found along a ravine in front of my house in Greensboro NC. These twigs are long reeds which I cut into several sizes at a slant at the tip to form 90 degree angles when glued together. Then arranged three twig angles in a graduated position, large to small in a single band of black construction paper. I choose the color black to compliment the natural silver color of the twigs. There are two bands intersected one into the other band making the twigs parallel each other. The ends of the twigs protrude from the sides of the bands. This allows the project to be supported by the legs. I found This arrangement caused the negative space between the angles of twigs to cast a shadow when placed on a light colored plane.