Category Archives: Aesthetic Genre

Looking under the Microscope SEM (Project 3 – SEM)

To recreate the SEM texture of an object

We had to recreate the texture and feeling of an object: to which I picked the human skin; for its coarseness and rough texture is interesting to experiment around with. I went along the lines of wanting to use food as a material since it is an area that I haven’t quite explored before yet.


SEM of Human Skin

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Gathered some foam board and felt paper to experiment around with. I went with orange skin as the medium as I feel its undulations and roughness is best representative of the human skin’s characteristics.
I tried attaching the human skin together firstly through white glue, before I felt that the stickiness of it is not firm enough to hold the pieces together.

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In the end, I figured that using the glue gun would be a better alternative.

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Done with the human skin area, I figured I should venture a little more with the materials I have on hand.


Added the felt paper at the back like a backing to the skin; acting almost like the human muscle structure beneath.

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It is definitely an interesting and different kind of project to endeavour; never quite did a project with actual food before so it was eye-opening. The glue acted as a deterrent for ants, and I suppose that orange skin is perfect for repelling ants as well.

Stringing together a Sculpture (Project 2 – String Sculpture)

To connect strings together in an interesting manner –
I bought some flexible mahjong paper to test out a more flexible material for the strong sculpture; tested out an outrageous colour of yellow to try something out from my comfort zone.

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The first Prototype didn’t turn out as well as I had expected with White Fishing Lines – they were hard to prick through the paper and to use as a material for sewing. Decided to go with something softer and more bendable.

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For the second prototype, I liked the feeling of strength that the horizontal lines gave. They also lead our vision in straight lines; an easy focal point. I went ahead and picked up the black and white strings to use for the final product from Daiso.

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Third prototype – tested the usage of straight instead of leading lines. I liked the effect, hence I adopted it for the final product.

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And finally, the final product. I used the plastic sheet for its malleable flexibility. Its a challenge to predict and balance out the tension in order not to overtax certain areas of the plastic. Counteracted some of the faults and collapse of the structure by increasing a separate section of tension to the structure.

All I can say about the project, is that to balance and create an appealing structure at the same time is challenging; whilst looking organising yet interesting to look at.