The purpose of 3D Design is to transfer students from 2 dimensional to three dimensional thinking. It’s challenging because you when things are 3D they generally should be designed to view from all sides.
Here are my 5 favorite projects in chronological order, with the ideas behind them, the most difficult think about creating them, and my inspiration.
Purpose: To de-emphasize the corner of the cube.
Idea:I figured that if I tried to distract from the corner and leave it blank, it would become a resting point for the eye, making the corner more obvious. So, to distract from the corner I decided to camouflage it.
Difficulty: The most difficult part about creating this piece was cutting clean, identical shapes over and over again.
Inspiration: I wanted to play with light and motion, so I wanted it to look like it was expanding or exploding. The design on the corner was inspired by aztec patterns.
Purpose: To use line in three dimensions that starts or ends on a base.
Idea: To show the geometric framework in smooth ballroom dancing.
Difficulty: Understanding and cutting the angles correctly and in the correct orientation.
Inspiration: Since I’ve become a dedicated member of the Mississippi State Ballroom Dance Club, it was natural for me to combine the two arts.
Purpose: To design and carve a piece to be viewed in the round.
Idea: To play with how light can emphasize shape and surface quality.
Difficulty: Understanding where to carve out of a block in order to achieve the desired shape.
Inspiration: Jean Arp, an abstract artist.
“Around the USA in One Sculpture”
Purpose: To transform an every day object (the book) into a sculpture.
Idea: Honestly, I just wanted to have an awesome camera sculpture for my house.
Difficulty: Crafting and designing in a way that did not become “cliche.”
Inspiration: My collection of antique cameras, particularly my Polaroid Land Camera.
“Framed and Forgotten”
Purpose: To cover an every day object in fabric that changes the color/texture of the object in a way that challenges how you view it.
Idea: To create a piece that does not draw attention to itself but contributes to the environment. Too often we will frame artwork and over time it becomes just a piece of the environment, no longer being appreciated or viewed for what it is.
Difficulty: Sewing straight lines. If you think that drawing a straight line is difficult, just try sewing one!
Inspiration: Observations of my every day life.
Thanks to professor Rowan Williams for teaching me so many different crafts and encouraging and challenging my concepts!