For my project, I am making a dummy roping calf out of PVC pipe. My goal aesthetic is centered around the PVC pipes and the colors I will be using. I want the PVC to give it a thrown together, keep it in the barn kind of feel. I will be using paint splatter as an aesthetic to make it more interesting, as well as adding another element of slightly unfinished and imperfect feel. I think the colors of the PVC pipe will be the most important part of making it look good, so I decided to mostly re-imagine what I could do with painting it.
Three alternate aesthetics for this project:
- Golden Age comics
- Chrome/High Tech
- Organic Design
1.) Golden Age Comics
I think it would be fun to have paint my PVC pipe with the colors and themes that are seen in very old comic books. I always loved the “action bubbles” when a superhero would punch someone and a balloon that said “POW!” would appear. I would paint the PVC with traditional colors found in comic books, and then create a bunch of these action bubbles all over it. I think it would come out as a completely off the wall, different design decision.
2.) Chrome/High Tech
I have always loved the shine from chrome. If I were to go after this aesthetic, I think I would need to use chrome rods and attach them to make a dummy calf as opposed to using PVC pipe. This would add more work, and take away the unfinished side. If I made this out of chrome rods, I likely would not want to leave it in my backyard to get rained on and such. Having a shiny chrome roping dummy would be very cool though. I always love seeing cars that are painted chrome.
3.) Organic Design
I also had the idea to use wood to make this. I wouldn’t want to make it out of a bunch or random boards stuck together. That would look too unfinished. Nailing scrap wood together would just look like abstract art in this case. If I did go with the wood route, I would incorporate principles of organic design. I think it could look cool as a well crafted, solid piece of woodworking. However, once again I don’t think I would want to leave this out in the rain and let it take on the elements for too long.
References:: https://www.pinterest.com/msx3na/pow-bam-wham-zap-boom/ : http://alsacorp.com/chrome-fx-machines-spray-chrome-paint-systems/ : https://www.pinterest.com/alexiaderby/art-deco-minimalist-organic-design-movement/