3D Final Assignment – CDL (research)


I came across Elisa Strozyk because of her interesting use of wood as textile and her ability to make wood look like fabric from the folds created which creates sort of a softness to wood which is known to be quite rigid. It resembles crushed paper to me too.

It looks and smells familiar but feels strange, as it is able to move and form in unexpected ways.

The processes to transform wood into a flexible wooden surface is its deconstruction into pieces, which are then attached to a textile base. Depending on the geometry and size of the tiles each design shows a different behaviour regarding flexibility and mobility.

I tried modifying her technique and use wire mesh instead of cloth to follow the CDL brief as the materials used must be durable as it is an outdoor structure. Also, a crushed paper ball has an irregular shapes from where the paper bends, I cut the basswood into irregular geometric shapes similar to those on the paper.

Then, I hot glued gun the flat surfaces onto the mesh and arranged the so that it would fit and create folds so that I would be able to fold it into a ball. 

However, after completing a section, the mesh was too stiff to bend and maybe I did not leave enough spacing in between the wood for the metal to bend so I scrapped using this technique. This whole project is quite trial and error based as it is my first time using wood.


3D Final assignment – CDL (research)

I wanted to do the lotus flower sculpture but Peter said it was quite boring on the form and it was true so I reverted back to my trash ball idea. 

I found some interesting sculptures that played with geometrics shapes and lines.

Helen Stewart

Tracy Featherstone

First sketch of the geometric trash ball on the left and second sketch on the right.

Third sketch.

Sample model made out of styrofoam.

After making the sample model, I felt that even though the form was interesting, the whole design looked rather convoluted and did not really suit this project. So it is back to brainstorming again but I have decided to retain that geometric feature which I think would work really well with wood.