Summing Up 2020

UpCycle Project summary: I chose an aesthetic and used recycled products to build something reminiscent of that aesthetic.  I started to make a sun-catcher out of recycled mirror and colored…

Final Report Part II: What next?

  Blog 14: Final Project Report Part 2: Why and What Next? Reflection on the semester. Compare your original project intent to what you ended up with. What did you…

Final Project part 1 – Nightstand

I had to come up with a Plan B due to the limitations imposed from the Coronavirus safety precautions.  I was planning on making a nightstand I could use in…

Main project Construction Update

At this point in my project, I was supposed to be done with construction, and have been able to use this week for any unforeseen issues.  Maybe I need to…

Aesthetic Roots: A Mix

My aesthetic roots are a large mixture of nature vs nurture.  I grew up in a wealthy, affluent area of New York. My nature is more relaxed and hippie-like than…

Design Review Part 1 – night stand

 For my previous project, my inspirations began with an aesthetic I wanted, and then I used materials that were given to me.  It felt mildly disastrous, given that I hadn’t…

Main Project – Top 5 constraints

1 – Ability to woodwork My first constraint is my ability to woodwork; or rather, my lack of ability. For this project, I am not just learning a new skill…

Main project aesthetics – plans and alternatives

My main project inspiration is to create something “useful.” I’m leaning towards woodworking to make a piece of furniture.  I’m apprehensive because I’ve never made furniture before, and haven’t worked…

Final Project Inspirations – Something useful

   My midterm project inspiration was based on an aesthetic, but I ran into so many obstacles that I’m trying a completely different approach.  This time I’m making materials and…

Upcycle Final Report: Portable Northern Lights

  My final result project is a northern lights inspired candle holder/cover.  The change from a sun-catcher to a candle cover stemmed from two events; a classmates blog post suggestion…

Upcycle Progress – Northern Lights

My biggest hurdle so far is determining the final shape of my project.  I originally imagined a spherical sun catcher, but since I’m breaking glass and other materials with a…

Upcycle Inspiration: Aurora Borealis

I felt lost when first assigned this project.  Without a set of constraints, I had trouble narrowing down materials, what to make, and where to start. I looked at what…

Aesthetic Explorations 2020 – Biomimicry

Biomimicry, or biomimetics, is the study and imitation of nature for the purpose of solving human problems.   The idea of biomimetics reaches all the way back to Leonardo da Vinci…