I'm always fond of the first project of every term. I suppose the intent is to ease all of us back into the swing of studio life with a, hm, free-spirited project and then to obliterate the cheer by throwing a high rise office building at us. But no matter, let's go back to the cheer. This term, we were to go frolicking through the local forest with a sketchbook and camera and capture a phenomenon to analyze, dissect, reiterate, and capture into ultimately five drawings and a spatial construct. It was essentially a practice of lateral thinking but, considering that all of us had just come back from four months of office work, it was a rather lofty task than not.
My phenomenon was a tent caterpillar web:
I was initially interested in the varying opacity that the webs created through different densities and tightness but eventually ended up broadening my scope to the relationship between the webbing and the tree limbs--that is, the relationship between the thing and its armature, where one could not exist in a specific form without the other and vice versa.
I kind of went crazy for the construct part of this project. I wanted to build on this parasitic nature of my phenomenon but was having a hard time conveying it in the size restriction that they had set out (300mm*300mm*300mm):
So I blew it up to this:
The time it took for me to regret going to this scale: about 20 minutes in.
The whole construct took roughly 30 hours. It probably took a lot longer than it would have if I had not freaked out near the end and snipped a spinal piece in half, further complicating the whole build. I also started getting really nervous about the fact that I basically brushed off their size restriction. There is this silent objective that my whole class has, where they want to be That Person (who builds a 1:1 model) or The Badass (who makes a site model out of ice) but honestly, it's not as exciting as they make it out to be. It's just really nerve wracking and expensive.
Oh, and here is a little timelapse movie of the whole trauma. One of the interesting things that they brought up during the final review was the fact that I myself as the builder became part of the "obstruction", where I was building around myself and shaping the responsive fabric.