My upcycle project is still in the works design-wise, but a great deal of my design process has centered around the materials that I intend on using. My cheap-o wooden IKEA bed frame recently gave up the ghost, and with its passing came loads of recyclable materials. Primarily, I’m interested in its plywood slats and the bits of ribbon that once attached them together.
I’m currently fuzzy on what exactly I want to do with them, but I have a few constraints to work with. I’m not interested in the resulting object accomplishing some purpose or performing some task, but I do want it to be aesthetically interesting in some way. Not necessarily pleasing, but interesting. As has been recommended, I want to work with repetition, and the large volume of planks should help with this.
First, I was considering breaking or cutting the slats down the middle, effectively leaving me with twice the usable material. Second, I have a lot of little bits of ribbon to work with, which I hadn’t been considering earlier.
Sketching certainly helped with the development of ideas, but I still have a long way to go. It’ll be necessary to reevaluate my design goals and find ways to incorporate various other upcycled materials.
Going into the rest of this week, I plan on brainstorming and sketching further in order to better develop my ideas as well as begin to think about how I should prepare my materials for use.