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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..

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