A Semester’s Worth of Work

May 8, 2008 at 6:17 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Now that the semester is FINALLY over (handed in my final assignment less than an hour ago!), I have some time to post the rest of my Metal Arts projects before I pack-up and head home for the summer!

Rico Eastman Maquette
Project 1: design and fabricate a wearable maquette, based off of a large, outdoor sculpture. While doing research, I was inspired by Rico Eastman’s nifty lincoln-logs-esque sculptures, and decided to make a shoulder-piece based off of them. It’s really just aluminum sheeting cut into rectangles, hammered into curves, and notched so they slot together. The piece isn’t fused together, it comes apart. Post-grading, I made a Euro 4-1 chain strap to hold it on the body. Someday, I’d like to make a whole outfit/armour set to go with this.

BTW, this is when I discovered that my camera broke, so my friend, Linny, took those photos for me. I waited until the last second to take photos of the rest, using my new Cannon Powershot!

Life Box
Project 2: Make a dispenser/container for something intangable. I chose life, and made a planter in the shape of a sun (or a fried egg, depending on how you look at it, but the intention was a sun!) I actually wanted to make a dispenser for “The Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything”, but my teacher said not everyone would get the reference 😦 Oh well. I’ll hopefully get pics up when I finally plant something into this, since part of the inspiration for this was the contrast of soft soil and metal.

Chakra Headdress
Project 3: Bezels as wearables. I might have lied, in my last post, because this could be tied for my favorite project. I am really, really proud of my bezels and I hope to have the opportunity to make some again.

Anyway, this project involved a set of 3-5 bezels, set into a wearable, with thought to how the wearable could be displayed off the body. I bezeled a set of clear glass taxedermy eyes, which I painted. From top: The Chakra for the Third Eye (set in sideways! Oops!), A Native American God’s Eye Design, and some clouds. I made a chainmaille headdress, so the bezels can be worn on the forhead as a “third eye” sort of gem, with metal feather-shaped pendents in the back. When off the body, this piece can be strung onto a hoop and hung on the wall, like a Dream Catcher (hence the feathers, which are traditional Dream Catcher danglies. I still need to get a hoop of the right size, BTW)

That’s really it. Doesn’t seem like a full semester’s worth of work, but it really was. I’m kind of sad that I don’t get to take Intermediate Metal Arts in the Fall, but other things overlap with it, so my plan is to take it in the Spring. Blah. Okay, I’m off to clean and move home for the summer!

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