Shutterthyme's Blog

December 11, 2009

Happy Winter Break!

Filed under: 3-D Design, Introduction to Digital Art and Design — Mia @ 7:52 pm

Snow Cone

Fall semester is over for me and now I have time to connect with friends and prepare for the holiday’s family gathering. I appreciate my class instructors, Matt Jenkins and Dawn McFadden—all they have shared and the patience to review “one more time!” The semester’s experiences have strengthened my art foundation and witnessing my classmates’ creative processes has opened my eyes to new options in personal expression. Thank you, all, and happy winter break!

November 1, 2009

Jen Stark

Filed under: 3-D Design — Mia @ 2:10 am

I considered Jen Stark as the reference artist for my final 3-D Design installation project.  She’s a young artist who works, primarily, with paper and wood. Her hand-cut paper sculptures fascinate me.

Primaries Invert Jen Stark

"Primaries Invert" 12 x 12" each / card stock / 2008

Over and Out

"Over and Out" 19 x 19" / hand-cut stack of colored paper / 2008

October 23, 2009

Planar Structures

Filed under: 3-D Design — Mia @ 1:55 pm
Pavilion Maquette

Pavilion Maquette

Pavilion Maquette

Pavilion Maquette

The third portion of our hybrid project—after clay maquettes and fabric sculpture—is to build a planar structure that includes negative space related to a simplified portion of the previous fabric sculpture.  Three planar maquettes preceded the final foamcore design.  In this final maquette, the interior oval is the negative space that relates to the top portion of my fabric sculpture.


Planar Pavilion

September 26, 2009

Sculpting with Wire, Plaster, Clay, and Metal

Filed under: 3-D Design — Mia @ 2:00 am
Fabric Sculpture Maquette

Fabric Sculpture Maquette

Posterized Maquette

Posterized Maquette

This is the fourth idea for my fabric sculpture project. The clay was formed around a wire armature to create an abstraction of an inverted wine goblet and an egg-shaped place card holder. My hope was to create a mobius strip in the clay maquette. I didn’t quite reach my goal but I like the organic shapes with their contrasting curvilinear edges. After taping the maquette, I can prepare a pattern for a 20″ fabric sculpture.

"Broken Dreams" Plaster Sculpture

"Broken Dreams" Plaster Sculpture

"Broken Dreams

"Broken Dreams"

I’m still cleaning plaster dust from my home workspace! “Broken Dreams” is an abstraction of a sinking sailboat. I had moved to Florida to live on a Hunter-33 sailboat but have since chosen to live closer to my grandson.

Aerial and his Water Lily

Aerial's a Vegetarian

Dragonfly Eyes

Dragonfly Eyes

Water Lily Maquette

A dragonfly wouldn’t be my first choice in sculpting models, but creating a wire insect was our assignment. “Aerial” was constructed from 14, 16, 18, 20, and 22 gauge copper wire. Spiral, coil, and cold connection techniques were used to create a two-part structure. The back wings provide a stand upon which the rest of the sculpture rests.

Copper, brass, and nickel sheet metal were hammered, cut, sanded and riveted to make Aerial’s water lily.

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