Friday, September 23, 2011

New Design Blog!

Join me at my new design blog on tumblr! !

Hope to see you there!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Models from Yesterday

Just some of the Alternative Casting models I have been working on...
White Smooth Cast Resin and Red Flocking Powder (this one reminds me of zombies, therefore I love it.)
White Smooth Cast Resin

 Paper, Glass Beads and Dye

 Lemongrass Seeds, Paper pulp, Dye
 White Smooth Cast Resin and Glass Beads
White Smooth Cast Resin and Glass Beads

Fun with Alternative Casting

Last night's adventures in casting. It will continue into tonight.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Casting. Wax Studies: Degenerative Disease

Artist Statement: Wax Studies- Degenerative Disease
Trish Dobson

I feel an intense pull toward classic anatomical studies due to my intrest in Leonardo DaVinci as a child. The loose flowing lines and the attention to detailed markings have always been part of my aesthetic. In this project, I channeled my anatomical curiosity into a series that delves into the process of a degenerative virus eating away at a flesh-like form. 
In preparation for this series, I did studies on human anatomy and how it transformed from the skeletal structure , through the muscle systems, the tendons and veins, and finally being incased in the protective smooth finish of the skin. It is almost poetic how these forms ebb and flow into one another creating a network of communication  and stability.  Throughout the eight part series, I echoed the natural forms found throughout the body and slowly introduced the foreign "bumps" that resemble the virus consuming and eating away at the flesh. The final result is the transformation of the body from the skin to the skeletal remains. 

I  chose a specific complementary orange/blue color palette to reference the transition of skin tones, flesh, veins and bones reserving highlights and bright regions for the areas the virus was actively consuming. I feel this complementary system of color demonstrates the harmony and flow found in the human body and the highlighted regions show what happens when this harmony is disrupted. Also, the transition of warm color to cool color and the reserve represented the phenomena of cold and fever in the body, the two most common symptoms associated with disease. 

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Spring 2011. Casting. Week 8

So, I have been busy working on my wax studies. I am happy to say that everything is cast and being cleaned up. The first piece I managed to finish was the asymmetrical skin.  I am going to work on the series and take it from this warmer tone and work it towards a cooler tone as it begins to open and peel away.

I am also thinking about the Metals and Jewelry sale, I think I want to do a few different series. The first I want to design is Keyboard Key Rings. I know it is cliche, but many of the ones I have seen are pretty poorly made. I feel in some ways I can do them better and they are cute enough that I think they will sell well. I also am thinking of a series of copper pendants that are based off the T.S. Eliot poem, the Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.
I feel that I just want to live in the studio for the next few weeks and just create. I don't care what I make or how I make it. I feel the need to make anything and everything. I think this is a bad way to go about things because I don't have a plan.

Also, in the news today, I found out that a few of the Organic farmers have gotten together to sew Monsanto ( Finally! This has been a huge problem for years, where Monsanto seeds would infiltrate farmer's land and lead them to heavy fines and fees for using Monsanto seeds. And we wonder why food prices are high, when you are taxing and sewing farms over seeds that either blew in the wind or were maliciously planted in their farms. 

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Spring 2011. Casting. Blood Diamonds Progress

Well, after about 9 hours of wax carving and about 2 hours of die-forming, chasing and soldering I think my first Blood Diamonds piece in the series is coming together. I have to say, I love this! I want to make some molds of it before I cast it because of the shear time investment this far in carving this. I don't want to see it fail and all of this go to waste. I honestly think I would break down right there and cry if it did.

I am glad to go into design review on Monday with this. I feel like it is at a stage it could be considered "complete" but something in me wants to take it further.
Indentation I carved for the pin carrier to be placed in to be riveted. 
Carving next to diagrams I used.
Placement on hands.
How the final piece will look sans the rivets.
Indentations and redness left from pins on the skin. 
My poor really expensive anatomy book covered in wax. 

Here is where I am stuck right now, do I leave it just as the lovely carving or do I go further with it. I think I will sketch it out more to decide, but I don't know if it feels finished. In my head I wanted there to be this "skin" effect going on like it is being exposed through a layer of breaking down skin, but the carving came out so well, I don't want to mess it up with unnecessary elements. I am going to sleep on it and sketch some more, but any feedback is appreciated. 

Also, I think I have figured out the patinas if this all works out. The lovely missficklemedia ( makes beautiful matte heat patinas that have the texture that I am looking for, and she sells them on her etsy site. I think if things work out I can get exactly what I am looking for. I am super excited. 

Friday, March 11, 2011

Spring 2011. Updates!

I haven't updated in about 2 weeks, but a busy two weeks it has been.


Wax studies is invested and ready to be cast on Monday! Here's to hoping it works!
The pieces:

I also started on my blood diamonds making the carriers for the pins and needles. I ordered 100 sterling silver acupuncture needles which should arrive roughly right after spring break.

Independent Study:

First off, Big news! I got my research grant! Meaning I will be printing a physical database of rapid prototyped models in the near future for Towson University.

Second, me and the lovely Rachel Timmins have been building a makerbot.
We got pretty far, but unfortunately we were missing some screws and had to put it on haitus until the screws arrive. 

This weeks sculpture. We had to go back to some more compact poses because a few were breaking in the kiln. Luckily none of mine were broken.

Anyway, another thing I wanted to touch on was the earthquake in Japan last night/today. (
This is huge! The fact of the matter is it doesn't just affect Japan like some people were saying today. There are far reaching impacts to this, including 2 potential nuclear meltdowns and a burning oil refinery. It is affecting the U.S. as well. Hawaii, California, Oregon and Washington will all be affected by the waves and the possibility for reactionary quakes along the California fault lines. I hope that like with Haiti the world comes together to help Japan and some of the other countries that will be effected such as the Phillipines and Hawaii. This is a major event that relatively has minor coverage considering the far reaching possibilities of what this event has caused.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Silicone Casting Video, Part 1

What I did this afternoon =3

Spring 2011.Week 3.Recap (sorta)

This week has been fun. I feel that it was productive, but of course it could always be more productive, but I have a few more days left in the week. 
Here are some images of my figure class:
Poor model was sick, I felt sorry for her, but she still did some nice poses. 

I think we had about 15 Minutes to do this. 

Didn't really touch this side. :(

This speaks for itself.
Anyway, next class we will be doing a pose for the entire class. This sounds awesome to me. I can't wait, so be prepared for a post next Tuesday with this!

From the first pose of the day. I wish I had moved to a different angle to draw this. It was a 35 minute drawing in conte. I think it came out pretty well. 
Casting is coming along well. Be prepared for updates throughout the weekend as I work on my sketches for the Blood Diamonds project as well as my Wax Studies. 

Getting more refined I still am standing out some of the scratches and patching up as I go,  but it's getting there. 
Skeletal Form

I will upload some sketches and some more forms later, but I think things are coming along quite well!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Spring 2011. Casting. Wax Studies Day 1

My wax arrived and I finally was able to sit down today and start to carve. I didn't remember how much fun it was  from that little tiny bit of carving I did before. I love this! I love it LOVE IT LOVEEEEE IT!

Anyway, my form is starting to come along. I want to perfect it over tomorrow and have it ready for Saturday so I can start working on the rest of the forms. I feel like I am a little behind due to the time constraints of the project, but I am not going to panic yet. Here is the first day of work on the model, I would have to say I started around 8:15 am and finished up to this stage at 11am. So it was pretty fast work. I went through and scribed in some areas I want to go back into a little more tonight and tomorrow and I am going to sand it and clean it up on Friday.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Spring 2011.Casting.Line

Just working on some creative caffeine around the idea of line. Here is my favorite image from the set:
The rest can be viewed on my Flickr here.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Spring 2011. RP. CloudRP Tests 1

Today my box arrived from Ponoko's CloudRP. Initial comments:
- Ordered Jan. 31st, arrived Feb. 10th; not a terrible turn around
- Very inexpensive with a prime membership. If you are doing a lot of printing, it is worth getting one.

I love the stickers Ponoko uses. It is so much fun to see them on your porch!

Inside was some sweet sustainable packaging. I am in love with this for some reason. 

Test pieces look good. They are small, but will do for my needs at the moment.