Final Project Report Part 1: Japanese Jewelry Box

For my final project, I chose to design and fabricate a Japanese style jewelry box. I began with the idea of creating a mechanical puzzle. I did research on some common puzzle solutions, but most of the puzzles that I found and considered to be interesting involved fabrication methods that were too far out of…
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Final Stretch Progress: Japanese Jewelry Box

Final cuts on wood pieces At this time I have made it nearly all the way through the construction of the box. I have completed cutting each side of the box to the correct size using a handsaw and sanded each of them down using a power sander. It is a bit difficult to see…
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20th Century Design Movements

The most closely related 20th century design movement to the design of my jewelry box is Art Nouveau. The trees and flowers, combined with the smooth flowy lines, resemble those often used in the art of the Art Nouveau movement. It also fits into the Arts and Crafts design movement based on its simplistic, blocky…
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Upcycle Final Report: Steampunk Jellyfish

Inspired by the giant, steampunk octopus of Burning Man, “El Pulpo Mechanico”, and a favorite video game character of mine, Fallout 4‘s “Codsworth”, I decided to use steampunk as the aesthetic of my Upcycle project and build a much smaller-scale jellyfish. My initial plans for materials included (but were not limited to) light bulbs, guitar strings, scrap…
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Upcycle Update: A Tribute to “El Pulpo Mechanico”

El Pulpo Mechanico: Duane Flatmo Inspired by the giant, steampunk octopus of Burning Man “El Pulpo Mechanico”, I have decided to use steampunk as the aesthetic of my project and build a much smaller scale jellyfish. My current plans for materials include (but are not limited to) light bulbs, guitar strings, scrap metal, a wheel…
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Aesthetics Exploration: Geometry as an Aesthetic

Patterns with distinct edges and shapes have been implemented by humans for centuries to use geometry as a form of expression. Studies of Palaeolithic cave art have revealed that even the earliest humans were fascinated by geometric patterns. Some of the earliest documented artistic examples came from the Geometric Art Period (circa 900-700 B.C.) in Ancient Greece.…
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