Foundation 3D Assignment 3: For Emiko’s Kind

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Part 1:

I first experimented using various types of pasta to emulate the images that I found on Pinterest that I found interesting. However, I was not so keen on using pasta as some of my other classmates were already using it and as a result the forms looked rather similar. I wanted to try a different type of module to explore the different possibilities.

I then found an image of a microscopic view of snow crystals, the form of which I thought was very interesting. Hence, I used pumpkin seeds to emulate this form. The result turned out better than expected and I liked the depth and multi-dimensionality of the form.

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Part 2: Upon receiving the brief for Part 2, I came across a few images of these spiral metal sculptures by Richard Walker on Pinterest that I had actually saved as inspiration for Assignment 2B. I thought that it would be interesting to incorporate/tweak this shape to fit as an arm band.

Cooling devices were also researched to see which could fit into this spiral shape. Flat panel radiators and circular heat sinks were considered, as well as metal which could be used as a base material. (See Figure 2 for further explanation.)

In terms of the colour scheme, research was done for what colours would fit into 23rd century Bangkok. I was heavily inspired by Thai architecture and traditional garments and ended up selecting red, green and yellow/gold to be the main colours of the arm band.

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I sketched out my original idea of the spiral, as well as a circular arm band which would be able to include the heat sink (see figure 3 for more elaboration on sketches).

I decided to settle on the spiral arm-band idea as I preferred that form more and fashioned it to fit a ‘luxury piece’ concept that Emiko, in the setting of the story, might have wanted to buy it when she had been back with her original owner.

I made a mockup using paper and wire as the base, rhinestones, bluetack as the silver beads, and pistachio shells that had a similar build to the pumpkin seeds but were much lighter (please refer to Figure 3 for details).

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The final piece consists of aluminium wire as the base, encrusted with rhinestones that would transition to silver beads, that would transition to the pistachio shells at the end. The rhinestones used were only either red, yellow or green as per the colour scheme I had settled on.

How this would work as a cooling device:

  • Flat panel radiator, bent into a bangle around wrist
  • Spiral form that promotes air flow
  • Base made of metal, conducts heat away from body

Difficulties I encountered while creating this was that the base material, aluminium flat wire, was really soft and malleable and it would change its shape with the slightest finger indent. As a result it was difficult for me to maintain or control the shape of the spiral.

Another difficulty was finding out how to incorporate the organic modules (the pistachio shells in this case) without it looking too out of place. To attempt to solve this problem, I created the gradient of smaller items on the base to be gradually transitioning to the next item in terms of size.

Figure 4 depicts the final product. Given more time, I would have tried to find a mould to wrap the metal base around so that the lines of the form would be cleaner. On hindsight, I should have tried to find smaller seeds/shells so that the jump in size from the beads to the shells would not be so obvious and out of place, or at least paint the shells silver to make it look cohesive.