Assignment 3: Morphogenetic Construction

For assignment 3, we will explore the relationship of the unit and how unitary elements operate as cellular building blocks towards the growth of complex organic structures.

For our individual research and analysis, I have decided to go with the SEM of Tears where we did a PowerPoint presentation slide!

slide1 slide2 slide3 slide5 slide6 slide7 slide8 slide9 slide10 slide11 slide12And the video which failed to play during presentation entails the tear extraction process by the creator of these SEM and how the crystallization is formed:

Construction of Model

So my initial idea was to create the units using egg cartons, but Mr. Peter suggested a better readymade/material can be used to recreate the units as the egg cartons did not really look like the units.

So after much brainstorming, I have decided to use the plastic used to create the previous assignment to create my childhood ‘Fortune telling paper’ toy, as the top view resembled the top view of the unit.


The X in the middle resembled the unit of the image I wanted to recreate



As the SEM of the reflex tears has different repetitive units, the second unit I have decided to go with using Transparency paper to create origami paper box to recreate this unit:

Origami box

Origami box


By stacking a smaller box into a bigger box, I was able to create this structure.


Using wires to create this frame, so that when I hang the units, the 3 Dimensionality is enhanced and they are more interactive and flowy. By adding strings across the strings, the units are more connected and flows rhythmically (like liquid), instead of giving an airy feeling.


I was inspired by the baby toy to create the

Today, our class brought the ready-mades purchases from 30 Kelantan Road last week! As we are going to create living organisms with the ready-mades.

Mr Peter mentioned, ‘Less is more’. So the lesser connections between the ready-mades, the better.

In a moment of folly today, I forgot to bring the items I bought from 30 Kelantan Road… But that is okay! I will just make do with what I retrieved from my dad’s tool


These are the materials I brought from home, hoping that I can create magic from scrap.

After reviewing our ideas with Mr Peter, we went ahead and got our hands dirty when he gave the green light!

The coffee bean strainer resembled a braised duck head at first glance to me because of its color and holes in the right place that resembled a duck’s nose…

Image result for brown duck

Hence, I made a duck from a coffee bean strainer and a light bulbed shape bottle I got from a flea market at Tanjong Pajar railway station.


My second animal is a Butterfly. Made from cut cord and a rusty immobile door hinge.


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The holes for the screws resembles the pattern on a butterfly.

And my third animal is a Seahorse! Using a long screw as it’s snout, a hose tighten-er as it’s body and… and unidentified electronic object as it’s face.


Front View


Side View


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It was a fun and creative lesson today as not only I felt that I was pushing my boundaries for imagination, I felt that I was trying to see non-living mechanical objects into something that is lively and alive!