Form & Visualisation – Project 2B – Thinking Through Making Part 1

For this assignment, we were tasked to make 4 study expressions or sculptures that show a minimum of 2 of the following verbs:


Then making a vessel to be held, worn or carried which incorporates a minimum of 1 detail from part 1.


As a person who prefers making with an end product in mind, this was one of the first few projects which I let myself experiment freely and attempted different things for the first section before deciding on the vessel to be made.

I first did a couple of really rough what kind of sculptures/study objects I had wanted to make.  ((Below is both initial sketches as some that were added later))

Then, I started thinking about the materials to use.  I had wanted to use wood which I thought complemented the twine; the weave material I decided to use. I also wanted to try using metal, as it would have been a nice contrast.

Since this part of the assignment was near/during Chinese New Year, I actually realised that there were bound to be many metal cans left, and perhaps some leftover chopsticks. I thus wanted to see if I could use them in this project.




Slide (Failed)


For this one, I wanted to do slide with metal, and it would be used to connect 2 different pieces of weave together. I first made it with cardboard then remade it with metal. However, it ended up not really meeting the idea of infusing weave and the other material together, and the weave material was only used for the aesthetics. I initially wanted to use metal from the drink cans for this piece, however, the fixed curved shape of the cans made it impossible to get straight sides and I hence used an aluminium sheet instead.




For this one, it was made using two exact pieces that were binded together in the middle to create 3 flaps. I used a thick board and the twine was wrapped around tightly, thus making the piece extremely strong and well bonded.



This was an object which I made solely through experimentation. I wanted to bind 2 chopsticks using only twine and not glue. Here, the goal was achieved, and I then binded the ends and made a unique shape that really interested me.


Puncture & Cradle

This was made using the base of a Coca Cola can, and the twine plaid punctures through the base, and has a button at the end, that is cradled by the curvature of the coke can base. I actually also liked this object and thought metal and twine was an interesting combination.


Bind & Puncture

Twine punctures through the imitation leather to bind it to the chopstick. This was made as I was doing my second part of the assignment, and was also a study on how to fix the imitation leather to the chopsticks.



The binding of two rattan strips by weaving twine between the pieces and around it in the middle. This was also just more experimentation.



Another study piece that had been done midway through my second part of the assignment. I was attempting to bind 2 pieces at the ends and seeing if twine had been enough to join the pieces together, once again using glue only to tape the end of the twine down. It had been sufficient.


With this, my part one was complete and I started to work on Part 2.


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