3D MA City of Voids – Research & Process (Individual)

So in this lesson we started touching on MA City of Voids idea. This final project is a group work and my teammates are Bala, Azizah and me. We had to come up with 2 sounds using the objects and instruments below:

These are the sounds we created from it:

1st recording:

2nd recording:

I chose to focus on our 2nd recording. Using the Audacity app like we are told to, I studied the pitches produced by those sounds and made use of the “thick lines and long lines” seen in them to create my forms in my demo mood box.

Graphical annotation of our 2nd recording sound in space.

I also looked up on the kinds of modular structures to understand more of what is preferred when creating the mood box based on my sounds.

The ones below are a few examples that attracted my attention because of how each are unique.

This is one of my references as I loved the curved idea out of the modular structure. Hence my idea of making a wave-like thing in my mood box.
I used this as another of my reference as I was intrigued by the square formations that seem like it’s jutting out of the walls at different places and looking like it’s a music of it’s own. Hence thinking of using my LEGO as part of my mood box.

I wanted to use the colour scheme as seen below, it just felt right according to the music played in the recording – soothing (hence the light weight gold that could be folded like waves and looks smooth), but the sounds after ends up being sudden (hence the long silver metal jutting out), and then something rough and rushed (LEGOs to be placed in certain areas to represent them).

In the process of making, I used thin bendable gold brass foils to create the sound waves hence the bending of the foil is needed here. And the thick silver metal looking like it strung out in the middle as it shows the short note after the end of 2 intervals in the recording. (seen below)

Initially i wanted to use the blue legos as seen above to make the second SO, but i felt that it doesn’t go along with the rhythm well and also like our prof advised, maybe it will be better if i replace it with something that looks like a spring.

So i made use of a thick wire that i had and tried to make a spring look-a-like:

And yep, I prefer it this way. When I listen to the recording again, it suits alongside the last SO. ūüôā


3D Mnemosyne – Pair work process [II] and Final

In our next Mnemosyne task, we were all paired up and my partner is Alina. We were told to make use of our mnemosyne bottles to create a new work with our partner, something that is WEARABLE. HAH, that one got us shook.

For our work, we decided to incorporate a few parts of our bottle design and take that into consideration when making a new work.

This is Alina’s bottle design.
This is mine.

So we decided to create a ‘top’ incorporating the things we learnt before on planes such as twisted, bent and curved planes.

We chose to use 2 good scents:

  • caramel scented (mine)
  • argan-olive oil (Alina’s)

Our bad scent:

  • the smell that lingers in a dentist clinic

The materials we used:

  • white silk (for Dominant portion)
  • olive green cloth (for SD portion)
  • white cloth; extra
  • thin bendable gold-coloured wire (for SO portion)
Materials used that is not seen inside: gold wire as SO to attach the top together by the back in a curved loop.

So we made a mock up of our top first by using art card.

The structure of the top.

Twisted plane over the shoulder.
From the front to the back, it curves, and then the ends curved outwards into a complex plane.

Then we  began with the real thing where Alina came up with the suggestion of gluing the white silk so as to make it wearable and not flimsy.

Soaking the white silk into the load of white glue.

We also needed a hanger to clip on our silk and let it dry according to the shape we needed for our top.

We placed a hard wire behind that helps to act as the spine to our flimsy cloth, so as to create the structure for when the cloth dries up.

Folding it carefully and according to the body shape as the structure for our top.

While waiting for the cloth to dry, we did wire structuring for our SO to connect the front to the back by the shoulder.

And so made 2 of those thick wires and we pasted them in such a way that we can make a bigger surface area to create the structuring of the SD part of our olive-green cloth, over the shoulder. (as seen below)

All of the above led to the final product:


I love the outcome, happy to say that it looks legit and wearable haha, considering the planes inside too to create it.

YAY and we are done ūüôā

3D Mnemosyne – Process [I]: Scents portrayed in forms

We were suppose to come up with 2 forms out of the scents we talked about in previous lessons. So my good scent was something like caramel/vanilla (because it’s buttery-sweet and I loooove sweet smell, like as if they can be eaten), and my bad scent was smoke (because it reminds me of how my sister started smoking, and how my dad’s not quitting).

Based on the figure below, taking on the shape of a smoke is the form on the right – it is curved/slanted and can be said that it has no absolute shape, because it’s suppose to represent smoke and it somehow fades into air (as seen from the curvy thin strip growing at the top of it). It also has white ombre in some parts to show the smoke-like portion.

For my caramel/vanilla scent, we look at the form on the left. The white/caramel-coloured top is suppose to represent the vanilla/caramel melting and dripping. The reason for the holes I created was to simply represent the smoke creating holes into my good scented form.

Here’s the reason why:

My caramel scented form, is suppose to act as the dome that covers my smoke scented form, in a way to show that my good scent is overwhelming and able to cover the bad scent.

But of course I want my two forms to come as one – a whole figure itself, hence I showed the slight effect of my “smoke” here managing to create holes in the top part of my good-scented form. This is the part where my vanilla/caramel (white part above) drips down, as an idea to show that either way, my good scent will cover up those holes (voids), and will eventually overpower my bad scent.

I created all of the above effect using the heat gun. The slow movement across a small bottle (for the smoke form) to create the “smoky” white look looping around it. ¬†And also melted the bottom part of a big bottle (for the dome-caramel-scented form) to create like a…sort of, small-becoming-larger-at-the-top kind of dome.

From a small bottle, white effect in certain places but not so overwhelming to keep the smoky effect. To portray my “smoke” scent.

For the vanilla/scented form, I tried melting wax to get the melting effect but it wasn’t too successful.

The wax couldn’t be maintained there, so in the end I just painted the top white and burned bit parts of the sides to make it look slightly “caramelised”.

ANYWAYS……I made another form out of both the good and bad scents. This is the other one.

Under good lighting.
Under certain lightings, but I loved the tinted light below and how the curves on top looks more prominent. I couldn’t pick haha so I put both pictures here.

For this, the bad scent starts off from the bottom,¬†as seen from the holes and white portion, slowly digressing to the good scent as it spirals upwards, hence looking like a thin twisted strip of spiral as it is suppose to resemble a “caramelised” thing (like the ones we see on cupcakes, an edible caramelised strip added as a deco).

In my next post, it will be on me and my pair’s works and scents combined together to make 1 work that’s wearable! Let’s see how that goes.

Gaia’s Ikebana (II) – research process

I was given the theme Spring.

When it comes to Ikebana, it is not just some flower arrangement, but it is “the art of Japanese flower arrangement, with formal display according to strict rules”.’

Before doing my final Ikebana, I researched more on the spring season in Japan as I wanted to know more about it first – like what are it’s features in the flowers that bloom? what kind of flowers are they? when do they take place during the seaon?

I didn’t want to just know what an “ikebana” is, I wanted to know how to make a good one by incorporating the different features of the each blossoming flowers in Japan and what’s so special about different ikebana styles, hence¬†researching on what I had to. The picture below are my initial ideas i came up with on the day we were given the Ikebana task.

My moodboard – mainly for colour and flower features.

The picture above are the kinds of flowers that bloom during the Spring season in Japan. Notice that I did not include any other bright colours such as yellow (which also blossom during Spring there) as I wanted to focus on these colours for my flowers in Ikebana. And also looking at some of the plants that simply fall elegantly with flowers¬†clinging onto them –¬†that’s one of my inspiration when making one of my Ikebana works.

So I wrote all of what I know down on my sketchbook.

From there I went on to see the kinds of ikebana style i wanted to make. So i searched up a few and these few caught my attention.

I was also interested in some other artist works such as Andy Goldsworthy and Jordyn Miley. This is because it shows the amount of patience they had to make unique sculptures out of branches and twigs and basically nature, without destroying much of their initial stage, which is what I am trying to do when making my ikebana.

For Goldsworthy, it’s because¬†he made use of nature ONLY without destroying¬†the aspect of it¬†to create such an interesting sculpture, a land art. He would work with nature alone and not use other materials to say for example, stick them together to make a sculpture. An example would be the one below.

Woven branch circular arch

For Jordyn Miley, she does abstract nature weaving like the one below.

So the rough ideas I got from these was that, hmm maybe try weaving branches or twigs together to make a sphere? Since we still needed to incorporate spheres, cylinders and cones. And that itself could be my dominant, while the little flowers could be my double SO(s). And what if i also used pebbles instead?

I got alot of inspiration from all these and there was so many “what ifs” so I thought why not try making 1 first and see how¬†it goes then maybe make another.

These are my final outcome ideas:

Stay close for the upcoming post where I will share my final Ikebana work (or should say “works”)! TEEHEE.

Gaia’s Ikebana (I) – exploration

WOW new stuff.

I missed out on the¬†previous lesson where¬†the class was told to explore¬†circular cuttings to get spheres, cylinders, and cones. So that’s one thing¬†I learned from my friends when¬†I caught up with some of what I was missing out. And I panicked. Because foaming curvilinear volumes??? (When¬†it took me so long to¬†even get my cuboids right in the first place)

Apparently we are using the same method, just on curvilinear volumes this time. So we have to input the same method of D, SD, SO and y-axis to x-axis. But this time, it can’t be perpendicular and instead diagonally. Of course, there’s more I have yet to learn on this because I was slightly confused at first, but I think I got a slight jist of it now. (will consult on this soon!)

YAY with the help of my kind friends, I learnt how to sculpt cylinders and cones using foam!


If I have a favourite CUPCAKE, this is what it will look like:

D: sphere            SD: cone         SO: tiny cylinder


My ‘Sam’ satellite. Orrr mini speakers.

D: cone       SD: thin cylinder      SO: short but thick cylinder


Only after this whole post¬†I realised my¬†1st structure was off – my D and SD looks the saaaameee, the same kind of volume¬†ūüôĀ I think I should have cut the cone to be a little smaller but bigger than the SO. Or¬†I could turn my sphere to the smallest size so it can act as the SO instead and my tiny cylinder can be my SD. (I still have yet to learn to sculpt a sphere hmm)

Then I also realised in my 2nd structure, the cone lying on my small cylinder creates a right-angle, making¬†it perpendicular? It shouldn’t be perpendicular. Maybe I could have just cut the bottom of the cone a little bit so it doesn’t touch the ground and still stick at about 1/3 of it’s height.

Ahh I still have so much more to learn and figure out, because what about the radius too? I’m pretty sure I have to take note of that next time.¬†I’ll be sure to clarify more tomorrow during lesson.

[Will leave this space to add on for improvements based on the above structures after consulting]



3D Pandora – Final ‘Counter-Balance’ Structure

I already posted my process to getting to this. This is my final ‘Counter-balance’ structure.

The all-sides view of the structure and showing that at least 4/6 of it went right.


The reason why I wanted to use a metal rod for the SO was because metal can easily be the backbone of alot of things. And the material of this metal is specifically aluminium as it is known for not rusting or corroding easily. Hence if it touches water, it won’t rust.¬†IN ALL HONESTY, this¬†was hard to create to balance it well. I had to get the right measurements for everything. I thought of making it into a floating building, or a hardy bar soap dispenser. undecided

3D Pandora – Progress Towards Final ‘Counter-Balance’ Structure


PREPAAARE, a really (thought-through and reflective) long post incoming.

In last week’s lesson, we went through each and everyone’s boxes and consulted our professor. After my consultation for¬†my ‘counter-balance’ work¬†I went to make some changes to my boxes.¬†So there are two structures that I’m planning to create (as seen below):

In my 1st structure, I went to make changes to the SO and SD to make my D block more dominant, and basically make an interesting counter-balance figure. It was quite hard to ensure that my figure balances as my D foam block was thick, tall and mainly weighs more than the SD could handle. So I decided that the D block had to be lighter than SD and the SD had to be heavier to be able to support the whole structure.

In my 2nd structure, I went to also make changes to my D and SD by making the D thinner and choosing an acrylic slightly longer to try and support the D and SO.

Of course taking into account of the length and width of the blocks too, it wasn’t easy. ESPECIALLY when we have to start including the materials we want to use.

So in this post, I will be sharing a few of my fails when creating structure 2 and structure 1 with other materials. And then I will show how I finally made progression towards a successful structure through structure 1 draft model (as I shifted more of my focus onto it).



I started by trying to come up with a good structure using wood and acrylic and aluminium metal for structure 2. The wood for my Dominant block, the acrylic for my Sub-dominant block, and the aluminium metal for my Sub-ordinate block. Here below are some progress shots.

It was definitely tough to cut out the portion of the wood that I wanted, despite using a saw because there are some problems I encountered while doing so:

  • some parts of the wood are made harder hence harder to have a clean cut
  • when cutting through them, it is hard to maintain the same measurement at the length and the width
  • it is EVEN harder to¬†carve the¬†middle of the¬†wood out to turn it into a frame!!! ūüôĀ

When I was trying (very) hard to¬†carve it out, the thin portion at the sides starts to break and I’d have to super glue them back together. And even though it works and everything finally looks like a frame, I still had to do some wedging at the bottom of the frame to insert my medium acrylic block for my SD.¬† But the chaos happened here: my saw couldn’t wedge through the hard part¬†of the wood properly and I ended up cutting the space for my SD a little wider. ūüôĀ

This in turn could not let my whole figure balance, unlike my foam model, as it was too spacious there and the acrylic could not hold the wood frame better.

Seen here below shows that I had to balance it by holding it unlike my foam model which could just stand/balance on it’s own. I haven’t even wedge¬†the side (like seen on the foam model) to insert my aluminium metal as my SO because i know it still wouldn’t balance if the wedging is too spacious below (it can’t hold the whole blocks above).

Conclusion: Failed attempt at structure 2.

So instead of wasting time on finishing it and since I knew what my problem was in that structure, I decided to just move on to doing the other structure. STRUCTURE 1.


My initial idea for this¬†was to create perhaps a ‘bar soap dispenser’ strictly for 1 person use only (mainly for people who is allergic to sharing soaps). I wanted to create it using this interesting coloured-hardy soap bar I found in store as my Dominant. (seen below: the kinds of coloured sticks for soap)

So I tried and as you can see in the¬†figure below¬†when I’m holding it, it’s a mini model.

Now why this one failed too:

  • Yes it could balance like you see it balance in the first picture BUT only for a first few minutes
  • This is partly due to the veryyy thin and small Sub-Ordinate which was just a thick wire stick into the D and wedged into the small-based SD. There’s no good material to create a good support there.
  • The soap is not hardy of a material enough, it will¬†slowly tilt¬†to the right when not handled with care or moving¬†around¬†while holding it¬†and then fall off, hence not balanced at all on it’s own. I’d have to hold both the SD and D together.

Conclusion: Failed too due to fragility of soap that i bought – could cut through so easily it will fall off. Defeats the purpose of me wanting it to be soap bar dispenser if it’s not hardy enough.

I decided to redo by using other materials and not to make a small-scaled structure. This time, I tried using wood for both¬†D and SD. I chose a kind of wood that’s not so heavy-weighted so as to balance it off in the end of counter-balance.

The process that made it hard to work with was¬†wedging a small deep hole in D¬†to insert my long thin but HARDY¬†aluminium metal rod into it, and also into the SD which acts as my base. Hence desperate times calls for desperate measures –¬†if you cannot create a deep hole, you hammer the rod into it to force it to make a deep hole.

Progress shots while making use of other materials and not soap.




Continuation of this will be on my next post where I will go into detail on this final work. See ya there! laughing


Interesting 3D object

issss my little glitter green house.¬†¬†ūüôā

We went through this object and other 3D objects as part of last week’s 3D lesson. Here’s my 2D Sketch Analysis.

Now when looking at 3D objects, I will try and notice the 3 important things i learn about the details in a 3D object:

1) Dominant (the colour/part of the object that occupies the most)

2) Sub-dominant (the contrast of Dominant, bringing out the quality of Dominant)

3) Sub-ordinate (finishing touch = e.g the brand name/special point)

But when it comes to my object, we also have another learning point which is the term called “Cluster of similar volumes”. Because we see that even¬†on their¬†different sides, they each share¬†similar volumes. (However i’m not quite sure if the dominant and sub-dominant rule still apply¬†to this) I learn that there is a void here too –¬†in the space where the small circle is and outside the circle itself that’s within the triangle (see SIDE picture). The little circle inside could also be the sub-ordinate (SO) as it is the only special looking thing that looks different from all the parts that has angles.

On another note, I initially wanted to bring a different 3D object for the lesson for analysis as it looks simple but the inside of it is not? It intrigues me haha i shall show it here. (pictures of it seen below)

From top to bottom: 1) front view 2) top view 3) bottom view

It’s a glass-like material, transparent and ¬†a small¬†rectagular cuboid. BUT what i realised was that, it wasn’t just a normal cuboid but the magical ‘pegasus’ feature inside was also built in as a 3D thing. It doesn’t appear flat and it has various dimensions represented, hence having this structure of a pegasus. I would insert a video in here to better show how it looks like but i tried and was still unable to post the vid despite the fact that it has a lower mb so i guess i will bring it on the next lesson to explore more about it. I’m guessing the same “rule of thirds” applies to this too. ¬†ūüôā

(also i will be putting up my 2D sketch analysis for the box-making session we had to do after this post heh)