Skills: Conceptual drawing, basic 3D prototyping, woodworking, experimental materials
Spring 2016 - present
I enjoy studying how form and semantics can meaningfully communicate responses from users. Utilizing various materials and methods, I have gained a stronger understanding in designing and crafting products for interaction.
Walnut Rock Balance
I explored and experimented with walnut wood and rock materiality to create an interactive piece that allows users to create and observe their own balanced compositions. Three were crafted so that eventually, one will be given to a significant other, one will be sold, and one will be kept.
A wrapped antler with colors representing an endangered species known as the salmon crested cockatoo.
Flowform Salad Tongs
A two week study of designing a symmetrical pair of salad tongs. After sketching and foam prototypes to determine a comfortable handle and cohesive design, each salad tong was hand crafted from a block of poplar wood with four cuts on the bandsaw and sanding.
The five board stool is a study on constructing a multifunctional, rectilinear form with only right angle cuts. The challenge was designing a stool for sitting, standing, and foot resting with material limitations of a plank of 60" x 10" x 1" and a secondary board of 15" x 10" x 1" poplar wood. I found inspiration in Piet Mondrian's paintings of lines, rectangles, and assymetrical balance and integrated them into my design, which can especially be seen on the top seat.
Rotoform Analog Torch
The analog torch is a study on rotational form, turned out of a block of cherry wood using the lathe. I designed the form to have the semantic quality of a calabash, which was once used as a medicinal gourd that could provide healing powers like a source of light. I then created two vacuum formed styrene shields, which provide a material contrast between the organic wood and synthetic white plastic, as well as an on and off state to view the candle.
Given the theme of "hunting for fossils" I explored how a flashlight could exhibit the semantics of a fossil. I looked at an ammonite, which has many suture patterns representing different time periods and experimented with rotationally laser etching one of the patterns onto RenShape.