Post 4 Opposite Aesthetic 2024

Blog Post #4: What is the opposite of your Upcycling project aesthetic? Sketch and describe what this would look like. How might you enact this with the overall function and materials that you already have, or have planned?

Opposite Upcycling Aesthetic – Post 4

The opposite of my upcycling project aesthetic is the plush aesthetic. When I refer to plush I think of the teddy bear as a good example. My sketches I have created so far are very sharp and pointy with lots of rigid lines. Everything feels very cut and dry since the parts I used were created from a laser cutter that executes the most precise movements. Every part I use and interact with has tolerances of 5/1000th of an inch (0.005″) or less, to ensure…

Minimalist Aesthetic – Opposite Upcycle Aesthetic

The antithesis of my upcycle project “Bolts”, which is a raw, industrial aesthetic of scrap metal art, would embody a sleek, pristine, and modern design. This would be more minimalist, with clean lines, smooth surfaces, and a simple color scheme. This alternative aesthetic would smooth out the rugged, weathered textures in favor of polished finishes and synthetic materials. This new aesthetic would be a sculpture that looks like it has been either cast from a single mold or uses minimal joining techniques. This piece would…

Inverse Upcycle Aesthetic: Pioneer Primitive Newton’s Cradle

Design and Aesthetic For my upcycle project, I am making a Newton’s Cradle in the pioneer primitive aesthetic. This entails the design consisting of simple sticks for the frame, string or thin rope for the connections, and rocks for the collision balls. Knots and lashings will be used to connect and hold everything together, with the potential use of super glue if this is not sufficient. The appearance of the design should evoke the thought of wilderness survival shelters, frontierism, and so on. Inverse Aesthetic…

Post 4: Opposite Upcycle Aesthetic

The oppose of my industrial aesthetic that I will be doing for my bedside table is something I like to call an organic aesthetic. Industrial design typically entails very geometric shapes, darker colors, and a colder less warm look. To create the opposite of that I believe the material choice is very important. To achieve a more fun and playful aesthetic a shiny colored plastic can be used for the entire table, I envision a bright red color. The top is circular while the sides…

Opposite Upcycle Aesthetic: Baroque Style

As a refresher on my upcycle project, I am planning to create a minimalist frame for an oddly shaped poster that I have. I am going to be reusing scrap wood to accomplish this. The use of minimalism is to not detract from the content of the poster, as it is very detailed. Unfortunately, I have not been able to make much progress on my project yet. I had to go to the hospital and have some issues moving around currently, which makes it hard…

Opposite Upcycle Aesthetic :Minimalist and Modern,

In my current project, I’m exploring an aesthetic that starkly contrasts with my previous work on the steampunk-themed levitating globe. This time, I’m leaning towards a design that is minimalist and modern, characterized by its simplicity and clean lines, vastly different from the intricate and ornate steampunk style. My Vision for the Opposite Aesthetic: Style: I’m envisioning a design that’s sleek and minimalist. It’s all about embracing simplicity and letting the function speak for itself. Color Scheme: I’m drawn to a neutral or monochromatic palette.…

Whimsigoth Vs Minimalism

Whimsigoth is the aesthetic equivalent of an old cottage in the woods full of bobbles and trinkets. Minimialism, as the name implies is the complete opposite. A minimalist aesthetic generally means neutral colors, clean spaces, few distractions, little to no clutter, and a calm vibe. A minimalist aesthetic can refer to home design, personal style, or even how we choose to live our lives [1]. Nord, Project. “All You’ve Ever Wanted to Know about Minialism.” PROJECT NORD JOURNAL, PROJECT NORD JOURNAL, 8 Nov. 2019, journal.projectnord.com/blog/about-minimalism.…

Post 4 – 2024 Opposite Aesthetic: Minimalist tech

The aesthetic of my upcycling project is cyberpunk tech. The cyberpunk aesthetic encompasses “low life, high tech” themes. People tend to have a sense of hopelessness or nihilism because of different issues in their society. Some of these issues tend to be crime, class uprising, and government and corporate corruption. There is advanced technology involved that people use to give them as much of an advantage in life as they can get. This aesthetic thus, involves a maximalist approach to technology. A high life, low…

Opposite Upcycle Aesthetic: Streetwear Aesthetic

What I found to be the opposite of a fantasy or otherworldly aesthetic to the project I am doing is a street fashion aesthetic. To me, something that is grounded in reality is something that is the exact opposite of a fantasy aesthetic is one that is rooted in reality, and in this case, it is a streetwear aesthetic. Puffy jackets, baggy clothes, denim, and cargo pants are all styles and aspects of this aesthetic. Streetwear aesthetic originates with the black and brown community and…

Opposite Aesthetic: AI-Generated Shirts with Stolen Art

My chosen aesthetic for the upcycle project is patchwork. I’m going to use this aesthetic to make a patchwork button-up shirt, which I talked about in Post 3. Patchwork is related to the idea of something being rustic and handmade. If a shirt was made by sewing together patches (as opposed to cutting whole pieces from a sheet of fabric), there was a great deal of care put in by the maker to decide what patches to use, how to piece them together, etc. I…

Opposite Upcycle Aesthetic: Cyberparadism

The opposite aesthetic to my project of “ocean punk” would be cyberparadism. While this still follows the “cyberpunk” theme of what my aesthetic is, it mirrors it in its paradise style. Cyberparadism is focused around a post-cyberpunk world, generally showing a utopia that is often compared to a Garden of Eden or the Elysian Fields. In this, technology has gone far past what we can imagine today and reaches a level where economics and conventional labor are no longer, so the people of this world…

Opposite Upcycle Aesthestic

Since the initial publication of this blog post celebrating the Upcycle project and the creation of Wall-E sculptures through welding and scrap metal, there has been a notable divergence in creative directions among enthusiasts. While the Upcycle project emphasized the repurposing of materials and environmental consciousness, a counter-movement has emerged, advocating for a different aesthetic and approach. This new trend, which we’ll refer to as the “Luxury Revival,” stands in stark contrast to the rustic charm and sustainability ethos of upcycling. Instead of embracing the…

Opposite Upcycle Aesthetic: Workwear vs. Fast Fashion and Haute Couture

My aesthetic for the upcycling project is workwear. The workwear aesthetic is defined by functional, rugged items, both clothing and accessories, that were originally designed for people such as carpenters, fishermen and construction workers. These items are designed to be used every day and to withstand the type of abuse that comes with many of these professions. Workwear often features sturdy fabrics, reinforced seams, and copious amounts of pockets to accommodate tools and accessories. We also see a lot of looser, boxier fits for added…

Opposite Upcycle Aesthestic

My upcycle aesthetic is minimalism combined with an organic shape, but I thought that the best comparison to the opposite to my upcycle would be to focus on the minimalist portion of that aesthetic. The first example of this that I found was that from the Baroque period and specifically Baroque architecture. The first example that came to my mind was St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. Saint Peter’s Basilica, taken from https://ohiostate.pressbooks.pub/exploringarchitectureandlandscape/chapter/st-peters-basilica/. Unlike my knife block design, Baroque architecture is known for its flamboyant…

Opposite Upcycle Aesthetic

My upcycle aesthetic is a mixture of Fungi and Academia.  In my mind that means the opposite is something that is both dead or unliving and not academic looking.  I believe this to be embodied by the Brutalist aesthetic. Brutalist is very rigid with hard lines, industrial kinds of materials, and odd shapes.  Typically, brutalist aesthetics have lots of cement, such as the images posted here. I wouldn’t use these ideas, shapes, or materials in my final project as I find them too drastically different…

Opposite Upcycle Aesthetic: Afrofuturism

As far as I could discern the closest opposite of the Afrofuturism aesthetic would be the Colonial aesthetic. Colonial, referring to the expansion of Europe into other countries dating from approximately the 1500’s – 1800’s. Colonialism typically emulates history, civilization, conquering, and hierarchy, which are at direct odds of Afrofuturism: digital technology, nature, symbiosis, and freedom. Afrofuturism is all about looking to the future for new ideas and inspiration, while still keeping traditions and heritage close to heart. Colonialism tends to erase the past of…

Opposite Upcycle Aesthetic: Arid Aesthetic

My upcycling project involves repurposing empty water bottles to create an underwater aesthetic. Conversely, to achieve a desert or arid aesthetic using water bottles, one could explore incorporating warm, earthy tones like sand, terracotta, and rusty reds, along with natural materials such as rough-hewn wood, leather, and woven textiles. Decor elements might include cacti, succulents, and motifs inspired by desert landscapes such as dunes, canyons, and mesas. The overall ambiance of a desert aesthetic would be warm, dry, and rugged, contrasting with the cool, watery,…

Opposite Aesthetic to 90s Hip Hop (Pumpkin Spice Latte)

Thinking back to my research into the 90s hip-hop aesthetic, I cherry-picked three things that come up most often in the style–which included bucket hats, emphasis on shoes like sneakers and Timbs, and big chunky chains. Oversized clothes are often also included as well as bold patterns and colours in pieces.  So to have the opposite of these would be as follows: no hat, or some type of other colourless, plain hat; basic shoes — or ones that don’t allow for customization and/or protection against…

Opposing Aesthetic Upcycle Design

I have made good progress on my trumpet lamp, however I have not chosen a lamp shade which I think will be an important deciding factor in the lamp aesthetic. I plan to see what I can thrift tomorrow and if no appealing lamp shades are found I will find one that hasn’t been previously used. Today I chose a fabric scrap from the Art Parts Creative Reuse Center which is a store with used art supplies near North Boulder. In selecting a fabric scrap…

Upcycle Aesthetic – Opposite

Refresher: The current aesthetic of my project is patchwork, utilizing a chessboard-like design in order to create a hangboard for rock climbing. This involves slightly differently colored wooden pieces arranged in a patchwork like formation. The Opposite: There are many aesthetics which could be argued to be the opposite of patchwork, although, minimalism is the one that immediately comes to mind. In patchwork, the purpose is to mix together multiple workpieces which do not match in various ways, but when finished, match together nicely. Minimalism,…

Opposite of industrial aesthetic: natural aesthetic

The aesthetic that I chose for my upscaling project was an industrial aesthetic. While there are many options to choose from for an opposite aesthetic from industrial I think that the most fitting one would be a natural or organic aesthetic. While the industrial aesthetic focuses on a utilitarian and mechanical feel, using exposed materials like wood concrete, or steel, a natural aesthetic would focus on incorporating nature or natural objects in the design. For instance using natural wood, stone, and plants while keeping the…

Opposite Upcycle Aesthetic: Black and Gray Hyperrealism

Let’s start by refreshing on what my upcycle project actually is. I am using vinyl records that no longer play music as canvases for surrealism paintings. This way the records don’t end up in the landfills creating more pollution. Th surrealism aesthetic is a mix of realism and the creativity of the imagination. You can read more about the aesthetic and my project on these posts: Surrealism Aesthetic: https://www.aesdes.org/2024/01/24/aesthetic-exploration-surrealism/ My Project: https://www.aesdes.org/2024/01/31/upcycling-project-surrealism-painting/ I also wanted to add a quick update about where I am in my project.…

Opposite Upcycle Aesthetic – Suburbia

For my upcycle aesthetic I am embody the vibrant culture of New Orleans and the rural do it yourself aesthetic of the Louisiana bayou. I want to make my project include the vibrant styles of New Orleans by including beautiful symbols such as the Fleur de Lis on my guitar body, and embellishing the homemade aspect to bring forth the do it yourself vibe that constructs and things have in the bayou. Bayou Shack For the opposite of my upcycle aesthetic I had to think…

Shinto Belief – Opposite Aesthetic

As my chosen aesthetic for my upcycle project is the Shinto aesthetic which essentially revolves around nature and life, I think the opposite of this aesthetic would revolve around post-apocalyptic concepts or design as this involves the absence of life and usually nature. Figure 1: Apocalyptic Wasteland. Post-apocalyptic ideas often evoke a stark contrast between the harmony and vitality that is seen with the Shinto belief. They instead focus on portraying worlds that are ravaged by a large catastrophe, leaving humans and nature to struggle…

Exploring the Opposite of My Aesthetic: Farmhouse

After working with the industrial modernist aesthetic for the past few weeks, I have found a clear opposite to this aesthetic. After working with exposed piping, sharp edges, and dark colors I was able to determine that the opposite of my aesthetic has qualities like warmth, colors, and hidden materials. On paper, this sounds like my chosen aesthetic may not be the most pleasing, however, I think both of these aesthetics can appeal to different audiences and work in certain environments. I have chosen my…

Opposite Aesthetic: Postmodern Skate/Graffiti Shoe Rack vs Modern/Minimalist Shoe Rack

My upcycling project is a Shoe rack made out of used skateboard decks with a “Skatepark Graffiti” aesthetic. Fundamentally, I think this aesthetic is both postmodern and maximalist. The graffiti and skateboard elements of the shoe rack are loud and unnecessary, and have no actual function besides looking visually interesting. Graffiti and skateboards are also tied up with counterculture, which is not a feature of the modern design movement, which argues that the form is completely separate from any political or ideological views held by…

Opposite Upcycle Aesthetic

For my upcycle project I am using inspiration from the Power Rangers and Berserk. In my helmet I am am using a lot of straight lines and futuristic looking shapes. While I am going to use a lot of organic shapes I hope to make it look more futuristic and less natural. For the opposite of my project I think I would embrace nature and go fully natural. First, I would switch my use of material from cardboard to something like wood or maybe even…

Floating Wine Bottle Holder-Post 4

I’ve had to switch my project over again to something more last minute because I wanted to do something that I actually wanted and would keep. I have taken my inspiration from my love  for wine and the ability to display a bottle as a piece of art instead of just drinking it. Whether it’s an eight dollar bottle or a five hundred dollar bottle it still serves a similar purpose: to look good and try to taste the part. As of now I have…

I’ve had to switch my project over again to something more last minute because I wanted to do something that I actually wanted and would keep. I have taken my inspiration from my love  for wine and the ability to display a bottle as a piece of art instead of just drinking it. Whether it’s an eight dollar bottle or a five hundred dollar bottle it still serves a similar purpose: to look good and try to taste the part. As of now I have…

Opposite Upcycle Aesthetic: Arts and Crafts

The aesthetic I chose for my project was Googie. Googie is a branch off from the Streamline Moderne style and has heavy focuses on geometrical shapes, space travel, and retro futurism. To counter this I chose the Arts and Crafts design aesthetic. Arts and Crafts relies heavy on nature, handmade imperfections, and a rejection of the advancements in machining and mass produced products. \ [1][2] Examples of the Googie style vs. Arts and Crafts My upcycle project is a sign made from aluminum cans with…

Post 4: Opposite Upcycle Aesthetic

The opposite of my upcycle project aesthetic is maximalism. Since the reupholstery of my sun visor is following a minimalist theme, the direct opposite aesthetic of this is the literal opposite, maximalism.  Maximalist art pieces are those that are overall eclectic, with random arrangements of colors, text, objects and textures in a confined space. In the case of my sun visor, the maximalist aesthetic would probably require additional colored materials to be fully accomplished. However, if I had to create a maximalist sun visor with…

Opposite Upcycle Aesthetic: Steampunk compared to Scandinavian

For context, the aesthetic that I have chosen for my upcycle project is the Scandinavian aesthetic. Scandinavian designs consist of simple, minimalist, and modern designs often utilizing natural materials and neutral tones. Currently, I am working towards creating a household planter made out of recycled hockey sticks. After removing the paint and logos, the natural color of the wood can be seen in the composition and the simplified shape of the planter is inspired by the Scandinavian aesthetic. Conversely, Steampunk displays several contradicting characteristics when…

Opposite Upcycling Aesthetic – Art Deco

https://www.elledecor.com/life-culture/travel/g12242834/art-deco-architecture/ Art Deco and Brutalism: Two architectural giants, stand as a stark opposites in design. Picture the elegance of Art Deco, with its intricate details and luxurious materials, juxtaposed against the raw functionality of Brutalism, characterized by its stark concrete forms and utilitarian approach. These two movements, born in different eras are shaped by distinct ideologies. Art Deco emerged in the early 20th century, embodying the spirit of optimism and progress that defined the Roaring Twenties. Its designs, characterized by geometric shapes, vibrant colors, and…

Opposite Upcycle Aesthetic: Abstract Expressionalism

Abstract expressionism is an art aesthetic that often exhibits traits such as non-uniformity, asymmetry, and randomness. It is known for its emphasis on spontaneous, automatic, or subconscious creation, and it marked a shift from representational art to non-representational forms. The movement is characterized by a focus on the act of painting itself, exploring the physical properties of paint and the process of applying it to the canvas.   Abstract expressionism in the United States emerged as a distinct art movement in the immediate aftermath of…

Upcycled Bulletin Board: MCM vs. Rococo Aesthetic Exploration

Project Recap Goal: Using remnant wood from a bed frame, build a midcentury modern bulletin board frame that will house a large poster of the United States so I can insert pins to the locations I’ve traveled to and then display it as wall art. Context: I’ve owned a 50″ x 32″ poster map of the United States for probably 6 years now and have tried to display it in various ways that have been aesthetically ugly or annoying to hang up. I want to…

Post 4 – Opposite Upcycle Aesthetic – minimalist modern

My upcycle project revolves around the works of  Dean Morrisey, who takes his maximalist style depicting vehicles, such as flying ships, flying red rockets, trains. As well as the depiction of crafters of creators in there space of work such as a toy shop or Santa Claus’s Kovatunturi. Morrisey often depicts these illustrations with a goal of intricate detailing and placing a world within and around something that is created by a person. Such as the illustration below, depicting a toyshop with extensive quality and…

Opposite Upcycle Aesthetic: Fully Immersive Technology

The intended aesthetic I have chosen for my upcycle project is bibliophilia, being related to the love of books. With this I decided that making a standalone bookshelf was a good idea. This has transitioned to a sort of ‘unsupported’ floating bookshelf with books as important structural aspects of the assembly. I decided that the opposite aesthetic would have something to do with extreme, excessive technology. My initial thoughts went straight to Ipad’s and TV’s. I think this is to do with the fact that…

Opposite Upcycle Aesthetic: Mid-Century Modern vs. Victorian Aesthetic

For my upcycling project, I’ve been working on a Mid-Century Modern lamp that uses an origami lampshade to highlight the clean lines and natural material characteristics of the aesthetic. In my design, I’ve tried to utilize light colors, simple geometric shapes, and prioritize the function of my project in the design. If I were to complete this project using the opposite aesthetic from Mid-Century Modern, I believe it would be the Gothic aesthetic. The design philosophy is the antithesis of the mid-century modern aesthetic; rather…

1970s vs Modern: Computer Aesthetics

Just to recap the topic of my project, for my upcycling artifact I am making a small model of a 1970s era computer terminal. I am reusing some old keyboard switches, glass panes, and laser cut wood scraps to create the body of the computer. I will also use some LEDs to backlight the “display”, which will have a cutout of the command line interface. While most old computer displays use green monochrome displays, I am going to add the ability to cycle through various…

Opposite Upcycle Aesthetic: Rustic to Industrial

For context, I will be creatintg a rustic picture frame which holds a CU Boulder Buffalo logo for my upcycle project. The materials I will be uisng for this project are cardboard, paper, and glue.               Above is the CU Boulder Logo [1] (left) which I will be recreating out of cardboard (right). It is difficult to say which one aesthetic is the exact opposite of rustic, as aesthetics are inherintly up to interpretation. With that being said, as…

Opposite of Speakeasy Aesthetic

The upcycle project aesthetic I am going for is 1920s speakeasy. It can be identified by attaining a specific mystic through a use of dark shades and low lighting. I suppose that the opposite of the speakeasy aesthetic would be something that is very “in your face” with vibrant colors and lights. I believe that the neon lights of a major city achieve this look and act as a solid counterpart to the aesthetic I am going for.  Neon Lights in Times Square [1] This…

Upcycle Aesthetic Opposite – Chilled Contemporary

Hello everyone, in this post I will be discussing a contemporary design aesthetic with chilled undertones, the opposite of my upcycle design aesthetic. To review, my project is to create a rustic shou sugi ban (charred) chess board by using only three materials: barn wood from my friend’s mountain ranch in Kremmling, Colorado, wood screws from McGuckin, and a natural oil to finish and protect the final product. I initially had a difficult time making a decision between contemporary and modern design aesthetics. The two…

Opposite Upcycle Aesthetic: Peace and Antigovernment in the 70s

My upcycle project uses the aesthetic of retro American patriotism. The project uses red, white, and blue bottle caps to model the American moon landing. This aesthetic invokes the sentiment of American patriotism and reminisces about times when the United States was together working towards a common goal. The opposite of this aesthetic is the peace and antigovernment movements in the 70s. This aesthetic borders on the hippie aesthetic, and includes characteristics such as peace signs, government protests, and vibrant colors. [1] Americans outside the…

Opposite Upcycle Aesthetics: From Handcrafted Upcycling to Mass-Produced Greenery

The opposite of my Upcycle project’s Artificial Japanese Bonsai Aesthetic would be a mass-produced, uniform aesthetic reminiscent of indoor plants commonly found in stores like Walmart or Costco. While my project celebrates the unique combination of craftsmanship and randomness found in nature, this opposite aesthetic focuses on efficiency and standardization, resulting in a more sterile and predictable appearance. In this alternate scenario, rather than crafting intricate trees from recycled copper wires, the emphasis would be on creating a large quantity of identical-looking plant arrangements. Instead…

Opposite Upcycle Aesthetic – Steampunk

The aesthetic I chose for my upcycle project is Steampunk. This is characterized by bleak colors as well as a futuristic vision of the world based on a growing industrial complex. There is a lot of steam engines, flying machines, and metallic equipment that creates a futuristic vision of the world. After searching through some blog posts, some consider that the opposite of Steampunk would be the Cyberpunk aesthetic. This is characterized by bright colors and futuristic vision of the world rooted in fantasy advancement…

Opposite Upcycle Aesthetic – Maximalism

Sketch of wall sculpture I am planning on creating a metallic wall sculpture using aluminum cans as my primary source of material. I plan to build something similar to the sketch shown above. The simple material and lack of ornate details gives the artifact a barebones minimalist aesthetic. The opposite aesthetic to my minimalist artifact is maximalism. Maximalist Interior Design Opposed to minimalist’s less is more, maximalism follows the idea that more is more. In maximalist interior design your eyes are overstimulated with the amount…

Opposite Upcycle Aesthetic: Gothic Aesthetic

Upcycling Project Aesthetic and Its Opposite Aesthetic My upcycling project will have a floral aesthetic, in which I will carve out a melon into a floral pattern. Although there is no clear opposite of the floral aesthetic, I believe that gothic does a good job of contrasting the floral aesthetic. The floral aesthetic is composed of mainly round, bright, colorful shapes which are meant to bring to mind thoughts of life and joy. In comparison, the gothic aesthetic has lots of jagged shapes with dull…

Natural Aesthetic of Floating Bracket

My reverse engineering project is an industrial aesthetic of two aluminum brackets scrapped from the Precision Laser Diagnostics Laboratory at CU Boulder. Below are images of the brackets being used and a 3D model of the design concept to give a good understanding of the project feel free to look at my previous posts to get a better understanding of the project at large. Image of physical brackets being used as the upcycled material Image of 3D model of the design concept The inverse aesthetic…

Opposite Upcycle Aesthetic – Minimalism

My project, a side table that incorporates a record as its top surface, will be constructed to fit the 1970s aesthetic. Although this is not as distinct of an aesthetic as something such as steampunk or brutalism, there are numerous common design styles, colors, and motifs that embody the 1970s. Before explaining why minimalism is the opposite of my project’s aesthetic, I will first provide some background on the 1970s aesthetic. In broader terms, the 1970s aesthetic consists of bright and bold colors, lots of…
OrganicModernVsCyberPunkIndustrial

Opposite Upcycle Aesthetic – Organic Modern vs. Cyberpunk Industrial

Opposite Upcycle Aesthetic Organic Modern vs. Cyberpunk Industrial ATLS 4279 – Aesthetics in Design AJ Terio 2/14/2024 Why they are opposite The organic modern aesthetic I’m hoping to achieve with my project is tailored to the style that my parents already have created in our kitchen back home in Virginia. This aesthetic will utilize natural resources for building such as wood, cork, moss and plants with a white painted coat to match with the rest of the cabinets and walls.  Examples of Organic Modern Now…