Saturday, September 11, 2010

Week 2 - Design and Production - Concepts

So, I have been working on my concept sketches and I got my wax and tools today so I jumped in and just played with it to see what forms I could come up with. I was kinda fun and interesting to mess around with the wax, however, I don't know if it is going to accomplish what I am looking for it to accomplish.

The starting point
Development of an Organic theme
I have decided in a way, not fully thought out yet and I don't think I need to be, that I want to produce a line that has these organic exteriors and private interiors. I have spent some time thinking up different shapes, I want the outside to be interesting without being overpowering. I keep drawing these semi organic shapes recently, and I looked back and I have been really actually drawing them for years. I think I can really use them to create a line because they are so interesting to me and flowing that they could be incorporated into any number of locations on the body. I started out with these elaborate hinged designs but, the practicality of doing this on a larger scale seemed unrealistic. I also wanted something I could do when I am not currently in school or when I don't have access to a studio. I want to be able to create this line and grow it without a total reliance on access to materials I do not have easy access to. This means out of house casting and cold connections.

Illustration of Interchangeable Functions
I think it will be too much to take all the time to have two different shapes pieced together and assembled. I would much rather find a way so that when I produce it, it is totally made for me and all I have to do is clean it up and get it ready to be sent out. This is my ideal way to do things. I am not sure how far I can take that idea and still come out with the kinda of result I am looking for.  I think in my last few sketches I really started to come up with something viable. They are these organic forms that have "hidden spaces" in openings. I want there to be "false openings" throughout so that one doesn't automatically just see the opening and I want it to be this private vessel inside of the organic floral shape.

Experimental Wax Form:

It is pretty rough I think, but it is also a first try at this process so I am going to keep working on it and bring it to class on Tuesday for some feedback. I think there are probably some things I am doing wrong with the wax, however, I find it a really fun process and I am really getting into the shaping and layering of the different forms.