Assignment 2B – Thinking through Making

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PART 1: Designing through Details

4 prototypes that convey verbs; cradle and lift.

Cradle Prototype 1, 2, 3

Lift Prototype 4

PART 2: Thinking through making

Borrowing the fanning out motion of prototype 3, I found that a collapsible dome-like structure seems promising.

Idea 1: Collapsible bike helmet; aborted idea as similar products are already present in the market.


Idea 2: Customisable backpack/ tote bag that utilises the collapsible dome structure; pursued this idea as there was more to explore.

Prototype (made out of card paper)


Final sketch of product



Challenges faced


Final Prototype


Orthographic Drawings


Assignment 2A – Weave object & Weave Technique studies

2D Final Weave

22 x 20cm weave pattern (click on image for enlarged picture)


Tried other methods of weaving, hexagonal pattern, but found the rattan to be too thick.

Threading the rattan through the vertical rattan, alternating between the top and bottom rattans.

Tools used; scissors and ruler. Measured the rattan and cut them into even pieces before proceeding with weaving.


3D final weAVE

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The entire 3D form had been built based on a frame of 6 x 6 strands. Placed to form a rectangle, we then started weaving from the middle out, using the mat pattern.

While we had initially attempted the hexagonal pattern, the rattan had been far too thick and the pattern thus did not show through since it could not form clean tight triangles.

The base of the 3D structure was completed to become about a 27 x 20 cm piece. The sides were continued by using long pieces to weave circles around the 24 standing strands.

Initially, it had been extremely difficult to weave. However, after soaking the rattan in water, it became softer and thus was easier to weave.




Combine the base and surrounding panel by weaving through the tall vertical rattan

Adding the second layer of rattan of a different material. Trying out the weave pattern with other mediums


Group members: Tay Jia Eenn and Tjoa Wei Lin. (Click on link to access her oss page)

Assignment 1: Axonometric Drawing – Castle on the hill

With the task of creating a structure out of a minimum of 15 pieces, I came up with a castle-like composition when I saw the door lego piece.

Since the lecturer often made references to lego instruction manuals during class, I took inspiration from vintage instruction manuals for kids and came up with a counterfeit brand,  “YAGO”.

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Isometric Drawings of lego pieces

Process of digital rendering