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We needed to draw leaves in a few ways… Negative space, blind contour, shadow and contour.   I was working on a theatre production during this assignment and found 5 leaves outside Taylor Theatre on the UNCG campus and drew them while in the greenroom.  
The negative space drawing seems to be the hardest for me to figure out and perfect, especially when the leaves were spread out over the table.
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we had to design a 4×4 cube that was suspended over an 8×8 square base by straws.  I decided to make a cube that was similar to a puzzle and then cantilever it over the base that I would make look like a topographical map.

I cut each side of the cube into their own separate square and then 1/2″ from certain sides of the cubes, I cut a 1/32″ slit half way down, which would fit into eachother and connect without using any bonding material.

As far as the cantilever, my inspiration was Frank Lloyd Wright’s ‘Fallingwater’.  I wanted to make my sticks support the cube without being too noticeable.  I glued a straw – one on each side- along the bottom of the cube and had it extend to the vertical straws that I cut into chipboard and glued down.

I needed to eventually use string for extra support in the joints and to hold the piece back, so it wouldn’t fall forward.  Also, the chipboard that I used to try to make a topographical map was more difficult to use then I originally thought, and although I scored at least 4 times per cut, the cuts did not come out as clean as I would have liked.  I sanded them too, but I did this after I glued the pieces on top of eachother to make the “map”.  I believe if I had sanded the edges prior to glueing them, it would have had a cleaner look.  I was also informed during critique, that laser cutters for chipboard work best.  I know this for the future.

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IAR 101 – Project #2 – Container

I am pleased in how my second project worked out.  To recap, we needed to take paper, fabric and thread and somehow intersect them.  Originally I had thought I would make it look very primitive, as seen from my previous post showing pictures of my first and second attempt.  I believe I ended up working on this a total of 5 times before I came up with my latest and final design.

I wanted to stay with the burlap, as I think the texture and color worked for me.  I took a 9″ flat round needle point plastic form.  I cut it down to approx. 6″ in diameter and cut the burlap into a circle about a half an inch less then the diameter of the form for the top, and the same size piece of yellow construction paper for the bottom.

I cut grooves into the form where the bamboo legs were to connect to the form and wove my leather thread into I used this same thread to weave through the form to hold the burlap down, as well as making a border around the edges of the form, to decrease the view of the form.  The burlap kept wanting to “bubble” up on top of the form, and I needed to figure out a way to connect the yellow paper to the project, so I took a yellow string, brought it up the middle of the circle, and connected it to each intersection point of the bamboo.  This made what looks like a peace sign on the top, as well as bottom.  This defines the space in which Buddha should sit, as well.

I used the same leather thread and weaved it through the bamboo rods to hold them together towards the top and took another piece of yellow thread and curved it around three times of the tallest bamboo. (I see this as a ray of light coming down for enlightenment.)

Here is the final outcome.  What do you think?

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Foust Building – Design Visualization Sketch

The Foust building is one of the nicest buildings on campus and we sketched it for our Design Visualization class this week.  Now, I am used to drawing buildings with a triangle and a straight edge, so my perspective changed a few times while sketching this, but I think it came out ok… I would like to sketch it at the end of the semester too to see how my drawing has improved.

and, here is the way it looks in real life.. 

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I am having alot of issues with this second project for Enviro Design and I’m not sure what to do about it….

Meet Fred… the Buddha

I have made a “temple-like” container for him…

and after the critique, I decided to try to change the color of the fabric after a few people mentioned that Fred looks like he is blending too much into the fabric.

Here is my updated container….

and the bottom of it……

I can’t really sew, but I did my best to not only sew the fabric into the paper, but also use glue to hold it in tighter…

and then it was mentioned to try something else in second critique, as the object seems to be dictating the way the container is going…  I guess my question to that is…. “aren’t we supposed to be making the container FOR the object?? why wouldn’t it dictate what the container will look like???”

so – I am deciding on whether I should re-work the entire container, or stick with how it was originally, with a few minor adjustments to the fabric and the way it was connected…  We have final critique tomorrow morning, so I think I will take my supplies home and see what I come up with…

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Vanessa had suggested I post some notes I had on lettering from a class I took previously.  I hope it helps you all..

First, here is a picture of my lettering project on 9/10/09:

And now, here are the pages of notes you can all feel free to print out if they help you.

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Blind Contour

I am in love with Blind Contour drawing because it is OK to make it look unrecognizable.  One of our exercises was to draw our hand.  I drew it a few times in different positions and I have to laugh each time I look at it.  This so far may be my favorite way of drawing since there is no way I can be critical about something done this way..

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Give me a straight edge, some lead and a triangle, and I can draw you a floor plan.  I can even do it freehand… but give me an object or person? and I’m like a fish out of water.  My mind has this way of deciding what something should look like, instead of seeing what is actually there so the exercises we are doing in our IARC110 class are challenging to me. 

One of our projects was to draw something upside down and to draw it right side up on our paper.  When I was going through the process, I would look at what I was doing on paper and I’m sure everyone around me could see the huge ‘?’ in my thought bubble above me.  But when I turned that sheet around… to my surprise, it actually looked like something!!  Now, it is not perfect  but that is what I love about it… it is perfect to me because what I drew actually looks like something..  I think my right brain needed to detach from my left brain and drawing from an upside down picture let me look at the lines as just lines – not a tie or a hand or a part of a chair…

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Project 1 – Two natural archives connected by a linear form

When originally designing this project, I had two different materials from what I ended up with.  it’s amazing how your design process can totally throw you in a different direction…

 The project required us to find two objects in a natural setting and attach them in some way with something linear..  I found a bell shaped piece of metal and was thinking about how I could attach it to this cool rock I had. I thought of metal.  I wrapped the wire around the rock three times, to mimic the three sides of the bell object.  Since there was a hole in the middle of the bell, I was going to run the wire through the hole and have the bell standing over the rock… I was not happy with the way it looked, but I loved the rock so I decided to save the bell for another day and look for something else to pair with the rock..

So – I began searching in my yard for something and I found some pretty amazing pieces of wood sticking out of the ground.  I broke off a few pieces and “sticks and stones” came into my head, so I tried to pair the rock with the rock…  Still not happy with it, I decided to search for something else…

I loved the look of the wood (which turns out to be cedar) and I had another piece that was flatter and I went searching again for something… I found a piece of Eucalyptus.  I loved the simplicity of the way these two objects could be combined and I decided to drill a hole in the cedar wood, take a small piece of twine that I found and threaded it through the wood up to the stem of the eucalyptus.  I brought the stem through the hole and knoted it at the bottom which helps support the piece to stand upright. 

What I really love about this object is the process I went through to get the end product. My idea completely changed and my thought process and my ability to adapt to the change surprised me.  I am also very motivated by my senses and the cedar and eucalyptus smell wonderful together. I love the simplicity of it.. how organic it looks – you cannot see the twine without looking closer to the piece..