my dialog is between the larger and smaller diamond. although it looks like the larger one is supporting the smaller, the opposite is true. The larger box is suspended by criss-crossed skewers punctured through smaller box (which is glued to the bottom corner with tacky glue because it is drawn to the center naturally). I used the system of a grid to help the two pieces better relate to eachother, and i purposefully choose the smaller box to be situated on the bottom of the larger one because my precedent was the glass louvre entrance (so it mimics a passageway for people to enter).
How is dialog created? Dialog is created through a sense of space between two objects. This relies heavily on scale and proximity. In some projects the planes are very similar but the skewers tell the story. One project had the precedent of the homemade walkie talkie of two cups and a string, and used the skewers in a very chaotic but kinetic fashion to create dialog between the two planes. Others compare or collaborate two different sized (or shaped) characters for a unique conversation.
How is a sense of space/place defined?
Space is extremely relative. The spaces that "counted" were usually distinct spaces that dominated the dialog. These primary spaces that were more enclosed tended to attract more attention because it draws the eye in, but negative space can count as well although they are often secondary. Many projects seemed to have two spaces until you laid it a different way and saw it from a different perspective.
How is the idea of system generated?
The parts of a sum equals a system. To create a system for dialog many projects relied on the infrastructure and support as their framework. Some projects used repetition to create a grid to connect the different parts. Others used a system of positive and negative space. Even though dialog is seen as two spaces they work together to become more than they were by themselves.
How does the joinery support the project concept/strategies?
Joinery helps keep the shape and allows it to be more sturdy. While holding the paper or skewers in place it can add tension and help define the dialog more clearly. The structure also helps create a system, some joints are glued together while others directly pierce the planes. The joints can be used to create overlapping, or the skewers can even be broken themselves to develop more original angles.
How is scale utilized in the project?
Scale helps determine space, which is crucial to dialog. Comparing one space to another says a lot about the type of dialog, and communicates different things depending on its size. One project in particular was even able to change the number of spaces when the scale was changed.
How do two-dimensional images add to the understanding of the project?
A two-dimensional figure can highlight details that you might of missed in a more "busy" project. This enables you to study the spaces more carefully. Pictures can help you understand how to map out your three-dimensional project on paper.
How did the initial project idea evolve?
Many projects were based on a precedent--something else where two spaces have a relationship. Some projects took the idea of a conversation more literally, describing an emotion between two people or the actual personality of the people themselves.
I don't have my original model but here are the sketches i took of it. My precedent was an infinity symbol and i tried to create one using the skewers to connect the bristol, but had trouble created a smooth figure eight without being able to cut the paper. I also needed to push behind my precedent and make something more original.
i decided to try something new, with two opposing spirals adjacent to eachother, supported by two skewers which would lift the front of the model to give a more flattering angle. I did have a lot of craft kinks to get out, making the spirals smooth and even. The skewers holding them together didn't help.
my final unity project. I tried to have the two support skewers going through the spirals the least amount possible, so it would not look as forced or messy. I made the spirals tighter and one larger than the other to show expansion and contraction. I also made the skewers going in the same direction but pushed to different extremes of the sides to give it a more continuous upward motion.
I compared mine with Katie O' Boyle's project. The precedent for my project was an infinity symbol, and her connected circles resembled a figure eight shape which is very similar. We both used full circles to capture a sense of unity, but at the same time our projects were very different. O'Boyle's was on a triangular ray with three little circles encased in three large circles between the angles, while mine were a small and larger spiral with the skewers holding the pieces of paper together. Her paper was smooth while my paper was textured due to scoring (to give it a more geometric shape and make the paper work to be more pliable with the skewers).
According to the Gestalt principals, we used very different techniques despite our outcomes being visually relatable. Our use of proximity was expressed differently--O'Boyle's project demonstrated close edge relation and combination while mine used the element of touching and overlap. Pattern-wise O'Boyle's focused on alignment, mine using continuation. Both of our projects embraced some form of similarity with our circles as a way to highlight unity.
my first prototype was experimenting with how i would want my box to "peel." i fringed regular paper and it was a hot mess.
my second prototype tried to streamline the look, making it sleaker and cleaner. although it looks "nicer" it did not convey the dead peeling bark that well, and i choose to go in a more planned randomness.
my final project. i used cardboard to since it peels easily and it has a more natural look to it. it blends in with the twigs so it is part of the twigs in a way. the twigs also are coming out of the bottom so it is not as vaselike as before. I used a brown band as my binding agent to make it more part of the project and give it a sense of place.
"I don't want to have to do this living. I just walk around. I want to be swept off my feet, you know? I want my children to have magical powers. I am prepared for amazing things to happen. I can handle it."
-me and you and everyone we know.