3D #3A – For Emiko’s Kind

Photo credited to Robert Dash

Link: http://theweek.com/captured/600421/sinister-beauty-plant-cells

Dash uses a scanning electron microscope (SEM) to produce the micrographs.

Plants ‘breathe’ too, but they do it through tiny openings in leaves called stomata (singular: stoma).  open and close to allow the intake of carbon dioxide and the release of oxygen.

The gas exchange that occurs when stomata are open facilitates photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the process by which plants convert sunlight into usable energy. During photosynthesis, carbon dioxide is taken in from the atmosphere through the stomata and oxygen is released as a waste product.

To replicate this pattern, I used three different type of beans, red bean, barley  and roasted barley bean, attaching it to a bread as the base.

The unique shapes of the beans, and the hilum(the scar on a seed marking the point of attachment to its seed vessel) of the bean mimics the stoma opening.




I chose the first dance video, AMA, a short film performed and directed by deep sea diver and underwater filmmaker Julie Gauiter.

LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdBuDg7mrT8

The task of the project is to make 1 mixed media sculpture, consisting of 2, no more than 3 main materials. The model should contain minimally 1 curve element (planar or volumetric). The sculpture should capture the mood and/or essence of your selected Dance piece.

The sculpture is not a literal representation of a scene or a dance pose.

Ideation – Woman in the society

Women play a vital role in Human progress and have a significant play in the society. However, women are still considered inferior to men even though women have achieved greater heights in all fields, there are just a fraction few. Unfortunately in may instances it is parents who are to blame for instilling value of being submissive  onto a girl. 

Girls – we are being sheltered and over protected in an authoritarian manner. No boyfriend before 18, no clubbing and drinking, come back before 12. 

Girls – we stuck at the fine line between Protection and control. 

The key words that I choose is protection and control. 

The difference between control and protection

Control provides a form of protection, is a degree of resistance – no freedom, keep you  safe, no space to grow.

Protection – a certain degree of freedom, you can do whatever you want, there is a protective circle around you but it doesn’t constricte you, when it move, it move with you.


I have developed two model that express the fine line between Protection and control. 

1,  The Hanging Sculpture

Material – wire x stocking x stone 

The stocking symbolised the idea of protection and the wire symbolised the idea of control, the manipulative parents trying to control our life. The stone represent, the girl. 

What I dont like about this model – Can’t really show the fine line between protection and control 

2, The Grounded Sculpture

Material – paper x stocking

The paper sculpture symbolised the idea of protection, and the stocking  symbolised the idea of Control.

What I dont like about this model – Aesthetic – is bad, and its hard to work with stocking.

Inspiration – The Wire Sculpture of Ruth Asawa

The essence of Asawa’s art in wire has to do with transparency and interpenetration, with overlapping, shadow, and darkening. Her forms appear simultaneously inside and outside, sometimes revealing their inner space, sometimes their outer. 

This shifting perspective makes the forms dynamic, and gives them a quality of vision-in-motion. Hanging individual works in series adds further layers of complexity, as the overlapping compositions become artworks themselves, which change as the viewer changes position.

Final model – A Hanging Wire Sculpture

Bottom- Protection
Middle – the fine line between protection and control
Parents have the control over the wire you attached to the Stonethe girl.

When you started out, you can be anywhere, but your parents decided to pull you up or down, if you go down which is where protection is, where you have the space to grow, opportunities, everything you need, you can move freely, you are protected but not restricted, cause you have the space, freedom. 

Move the stone down – more freedom
Move the stone up – more control 

But then if your parents are very straight, it view you in and now you feel constricted, not enough of space, freedom to grow to fully show your capabilities. 

In the middle, the fine line between control and freedom, since we are young, we dont have the control over our string, we dont have a say of you wanna be lower down or higher up, its entirely depends on our parents who are in control of it. Parents do it with the best interest from there heart, but they do not see the other possibilities. Some parents just don’t see it.


Thanks for reading.

3D 2A – Polyhedron Dreams / Final Model


The choice of materials used were, cardboard and metal wire. The metal wire coiled around the planar model and it pointed diagonally. The flexibleness of the wires enhances and extend out of planar model to symbolise the implied motion of a theatre, music, sound waves, echo, where its amplifying.

Unfortunately, after a few attempts of trying to make the planes stay on it  own, it  fail badly, the weight of the wire is heavier than the cardboard, thus will topple eventually.

Final Model

So here’s my final model. I chose to use a thicker cardboard and thinner metal wire for my final model to counter off the weight which is able to stand itself. The black colour cardboard  helps to create a contrast between the metal wire and the planar model.

More wires were then added to the model to imitate the idea of music travels from the process model. Small planes are then added for the final touch to link both the wires and planar model together. As it ties both together, it makes the whole model look more coherent.

Overall I think I have achieved what I wanted and conveyed the message behind it. I would like to try to construct my model with another material(acrylic), and use a mixer of different thickness of wires and probably enlarge the size of the model to create a stronger visual effect.

Thank you for reading. 

3D 2A – Polyhedron Dreams – Research


I selected tetrahedron to make my reference model out of chopsticks.

Playing with the idea of symmetry, the random idea to create a model which you will see a triangle from all different angles. Layering of the different sizes of planes helped to make the entire model look less rigid and static as well to give it variation.


The planar model that I chose it somehow resembles the Sydney Opera House, so I decided the visual aspect of the model was inspired from theatre. I found some inspiration images for reference. It depicted the idea that I wanted to bring across. The use of extension of  planes and the wires exploding out from the edges of the planes from my initial process model.