MA’s Obscure City of Voids // Individual Moodbox

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With the other members of Group B, we created 2 soundscapes:

Sound A 

Sound B

I’ve selected Sound A as the basis for my individual moodbox.

Here is a video of us playing Sound A and the instruments involved:



Gaia Final Model – Flying Soba

“Flying Soba”

Why Soba you ask?

Soba is commonly associated with summer in Japan. Eating cold noodles in a hot, sunny day, who would not want that?

So why did I choose Soba when my theme was winter?

Winter in Japan falls from December to February with many festivals happening during the winter season. After some research, I found an interesting Japanese custom where they eat Toshikoshi soba noodles on New Year’s Eve. This custom derives from the belief that the thin, long noodles symbolises a long and healthy life.

Why “Flying” Soba?

Why not?

I was inspired by the recent trend of flying noodles.

After Project 1, I thought that I was overly ambitious in trying to create a dropping marble effect which proved my demise. However, I think if I am not ambitious and do not attempt to step out of my comfort zone, then I will never learn. Hence, I decided to take on the challenge but also trying not to repeat mistakes from Project 1.


I wanted to challenge myself to create the model entirely out of food. This proved to be quite a feat as most food does not resemble a cone, cylinder or a sphere. Hence, I selected my ingredients carefully and moulded this ingredients into the shapes required.

Dominant Cylinder – Soba noodles

There were plenty of videos on YouTube showing how to create flying noodles. Unfortunately, there were no videos showing how to make “slanted” flying noodles. So, I attempted this, without knowing whether it would be successful. During my experimentation, I managed to keep the noodles floating.

That was me, when the model stood on its own

I wrapped the soba noodles around the support to resemble the shape of a cylinder. In order to keep the structure standing, I had to use a clear thick straw which was poked into a potato, that acts as a sturdy base.

For the noodles, I used the dry soba noodles. I boiled the noodles and proceeded to leave the cooked soba in ice water to stop the cooking process.


Sub-dominant Cone – Ebi tempura

I thought an ebi (prawn) tempura resembled a cone. In order to ensure that the prawn remains straight instead of curling, while frying the ebi, I poked a satay stick through the prawn. Below was the tedious steps I took in order to make the ebi.

Subordinate Sphere – Quail Egg

To ensure that the egg is a subordinate, I used a quail egg instead of a normal egg. Usually quail eggs are in an oval shape. In order to shape it into a sphere, I wrapped the egg in cling wrap and moulded it into a spherical shape.

Initially, I wanted to create the soft runny egg yolk like those Japanese eggs you can find in ramen. However, I realised that in order to attach the egg to the model, I would have to poke a toothpick into the egg. Thus I did not see a point in doing so, since I would need to poke through the runny yolk.

Sub-dominant Something else – Wooden Chopsticks

Since I was creating flying soba, I thought the addition of the wooden chopsticks will give it a nice touch as now the chopsticks also appears to be floating in the air. I chose a wooden chopsticks to blend it together with the branch and acts as an extension of the branch. However, I think I could have made this more apparent by painting the wooden chopsticks the same colour as the branch.

Dominant Branch – Upright Branch

The flying soba created a vertical extension. I chose to utilize the upright Ikebana style and use an even longer branch to challenge the verticality of the flying soba. The height of the branch was around 2.5 times higher than the flying soba.

To suit the idea of winter, I chose a barren branch with no leaves. I added the cotton balls on the branch to represent the snow in winter. 

2D Sketch Analysis of Final Model


I am super glad that my model manage to stand. To be completely honest, I thought Murphy’s Law would strike me, and my model would topple during the presentation. I think I was (still am) traumatised by what happened in Project 1. Learning from my mistake, I secured it properly. And, Yay it worked! All in all, it was an enjoyable experience being a chef and a florist!

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Research –

2D Sketch Models –

Gaia 2 Sketch Models – 2D Sketch Analysis

PS. One more final post to come

1st Sketch Model

For this sketch model, I decided to challenge myself by using the sphere as my dominant. My sub-dominant being my cone and subordinate being my cylinder. I pierced the subordinate (cylinder) through my dominant at an angle. After which, I placed my sub-dominant at another angle facing away from the subordinate.

2nd Sketch Model

For the second sketch model, I used a cylinder as my dominant with the cone as a sub-dominant and sphere as a subordinate. I wedged the dominant (cylinder) into the subordinate (sphere). I think I could have made the subordinate even smaller to differentiate it against the subdominant. Nonetheless, I decided to work with this sketch model for my final model.

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Research –

Pandora: Final 3D Model – Discordance



2D Sketch Analysis


Diagonal Slants

Being able to work with diagonals was a blessing however, it proved to be tedious. Since I was working with diagonals, I thought why not use it to my advantage and create a structure in which something can roll through all 3 boxes. Hence, this rolling action emphasizes the diagonal dynamics of the structure.


I wanted to display the idea of discordance by having the dominant placed over the sub-dominant or subordinate. However, it was not possible for the subordinate to withstand the weight of the dominant and sub-dominant on its own. Thus, I used the sub-dominant as my base.

I carefully selected the sub-dominant, which is the only box which was not made from scratch. Using the sub-dominant as a gauge of size, I crafted the dominant and subordinate boxes to appear more/less than half of the size of the sub-dominant.


To further induce the sense of discordance into the model, I chose to use 3 CONTRASTING materials for each box that you don’t usually see together.


Using an opaque black corrugated board, I created a box of a much larger scale than the sub-dominant. I chose black to give it a huge contrast against the transparent sub-dominant. Adding leather over the box gave it a new dimension and texture from the other two boxes. Initially I wanted to use fur to give it an even greater texture, sadly broke Fizah couldn’t afford to get the extravagant, luxurious fur.


I decided to go with a transparent plastic box. Transparency can sometimes be associated to the material being less sturdy and lighter in WEIGHT. To elaborate the idea of discordance, I wanted the base to be transparent to give it this weaker and light dynamic. Adding marbles will help to stabilize the structure and give the sub-dominant some WEIGHT.


I found it hard to find the right material for the subordinate. I experimented with using thin wires and satay sticks but to no avail.

I kept searching for a material that would be suitable, and soon my hero came along.



Wire mesh to the rescue.

The wire mesh gives a stark CONTRAST to the leather dominant and transparent plastic sub-dominant. In terms of colour, it is silver and shiny which is different from the other two. The leather box is opaque and the plastic is transparent, so I wanted the sub-dominant to be see through but not completely.

Methods of attaching boxes



“Hidden Slide”

A slide for children to play in the park. The actual slide is hidden in a big box as an element of surprise so that the children wouldn’t know where the slide is going.


“Coin Bank”

A glass transparent coin bank so that we can see how much we have saved up and break when you need money.


Some challenges I faced was the sizing of my boxes. Cheryl explained to me how my boxes were initially too similar in size and hence, we’re unable to differentiate between the dominant, sub-dominant and subordinate. This was difficult because I was constraint to the sizes of my boxes, however when I was able to use any materials I wanted, I could control the sizes better and easier.

The other challenge was choosing the right materials that matches with the word “Discordance”. What and how do I relate the idea of discordance into my materials? After a little brainstorming, I came up with the idea to use 3 different materials so that each material CONTRASTS with each other in terms of texture and colour.

I believe I could have improved on the craftsmanship of my model. Unfortunately, in a sudden turn of events, the model wasn’t able to stand on its own even after putting in a lot of marbles. This could have been due to the sheer weight of the dominant which the sub-dominant could not hold. I think I could have used acrylic instead which is much more studier, and would prevent the structure from falling over so easily. Nonetheless, I will take this as a learning curve and will not repeat the same mistakes smile

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3D Sketch Models

An Object that I Found 3-Dimensionally Interesting

3D Sketch Models

The word that was given to me is DISCORDANCE.

I was slightly troubled with the word that I got. Everyone else seemed to get pretty straightforward words, but mine was a word that I couldn’t even understand. I created various models that would illustrate a “lack of harmony”.

Version 1:

3D Sketch Model 1

3D Sketch Model 2

After some consultation from Cheryl and the class, I found out that I could use more angular shapes to illustrate the word discordance. The boxes that I used were of similar sizes and I should choose boxes of various sizes instead.

I also thought that I did not understand discordance enough, hence decided to search it up a bit more.

“Discordance “

  • Normal terms – Lack of agreement or harmony
  • Geology terms – lack of parallelism between adjacent strata, as in an angular unconformity.

Curious, I dug a little deeper into the geology term and here was what I found.

From there, I created new Version 2 models.

Version 2

3D Sketch Model 1

This model was created based of the usual meaning of discordance. I placed the dominant box as the centre whereas the subdominant as the anchor to hold the model in place. For both dominant and subordinate, I angled it to give it the discordance/disharmony/angular effect.

3D Sketch Model 2

For this model, I decided to recreate the geology term instead. The orange box and white box forms an angular unconformity similar to the sediments in a discordance deposit. I used the subordinate as the anchor for this model. Notice also how the Dominant, Sub-dominant and Subordinate changes from each angle. This was done on purpose since my term is considered a “Rebel”.

An Object that I Found 3-Dimensionally Interesting

The object that I found interesting was a slingshot. I believe I got it during the SG50 celebrations together with some other traditional games.

What interest me was the shape of the slingshot. When divided by its principal axis, both sides are symmetrical. The dominant of the slingshot is the wooden areas, sub-dominant is the blue colours and subordinate is the red band.




Here is an image of the side profile of the slingshot.








Let’s divide the slingshot into 2 parts; the upper half and the lower half.

In the upper half of the slingshot, the negative void takes up half of the volume while in the lower half, the positive mass takes up the other half. Hence there is a cluster of similar volumes of a half-half ratio.

Some other details I found interesting was the additional details such as the grooves. Even though there may not be an ergonomic purpose to the grooves, I thought it served as a good aesthetic compared to just using paint all over the slingshot.








Also, the handle of the slingshot was designed to concave inwards, which was an ergonomic design allowing for a better grip as compared to a straight cut handle.