What will be easy?
The making of the tiny accessories that are on the chair like the ribbons, shooting stars, and some of the small bits and pieces will probably be somewhat easy since it only requires manipulating fabric, beads, or cardboard. No sewing or extreme cutting would be required, and only quick drying glue would be involved. The shattered glass may also be easier compared to the other parts since it doesn’t require any sculpting to create the effect.
What will be challenging?
The cardboard parts would likely be one of the hardest parts of the chair due to the fact that the material would have to be cut in a formation that has many sharp curves like dripping chocolate. I think that I may need a MAX sharp knife to make the cardboard look neat. I might also have to consider how I would hide the holes that might be present on the side of the cardboard. Also, it might also be a little tedious to cut small shapes that go on top of the layer of cardboard.
Why do we use the design process and not just take our first idea?
This is because the first idea usually turns out to be a very literal design. It may consist of the main object in the middle of the chair as we were able to see when we drew 3 different chairs with 1 topic. It is also not convenient due to the fact that you should consider more than 1 idea so that you can see different types of images for your chair. This would help you to select the elements that you like from multiple chairs and combine them into 1 cohesive design.
What are you looking forward to about this task?
I would really like to learn more techniques on paper mache and being able to experience using other methods of sculpting. I have never worked with paper mache on something this large, so I think that new techniques like using wire for the skeleton of the shapes, making the final piece smooth, and others will be some that I have to be able to conduct.
What topic are you thinking of? Why?
I am thinking of the theme “dreamy” mixed with pastel colors due to the fact that pastel colors are visually pleasing and they go well with each other. I would definately have to add some pops of brighter colors so that the design would turn out more interesting than using colors with the same hues all throughout the design. I will also like to add colorful deatails like ribbons, flowers, and anything kawaii.
Design Plan of Chair
- Chair Sculpture
30 hands Reflection Videos
Was that what you were expecting? Why?
The grade that I had gotten for the progress grade was a 76%. I was definitely expecting this grade or lower due to the fact that the only actions I took that added to my sculpture for all of the past classes were elements that would become the base of the chair. For example, laying down colours and cutting and covering cardboard to fill in the hole on the back of the chair. I did come in to speed up the pace that I was working at, but this resulted in decelerating even more due to the fact that I decided to use an even more extremely tedious technique to cover the cardboard that I had cut. I do not hold an animosity against the actions that I took, but I wish I took a quicker approach to it like using hot glue and paint to fill in the gaps of the cardboard.
What do you need to do to achieve an A?
At this pace, I will probably finish the entire sculpture by the time people consider laptops to be a vintage object of the past, so the obvious answer will be to work on my chair not only after school, but also at lunch because I do not plan to cut many parts out of my chair in the near future.... To accelerate the completion of the different elements of the chair, I may have to substitute some parts with store-bought objects. The replacements that I have in mind are the boxes with actual boxes or the back ribbon design with actual ribbons.
This tutorial explains how to make a relief tree out of newspaper, and I plan to use this technique to resemble a rolled candy shape for the lolly candy portion of my sculpture. Due to the fact that this technique will be used to mimic the round curves of a lolly candy, I think that I will need to scrunch together more paper than in the video so that the newspaper doesn’t lay in an uneven formation as well as use more layers of the paper mache strips.
- Looking at what you have achieved over the last 10 weeks, describe how you feel about the chair now and what you have really achieved. (imagine being back at that starting point)
After 10 weeks of constructing my chair, it only looks 1/4 finished with each of the indivisual elements looking to only be half finished. I have mostly finished the larger pieces of sculpture concerning the top back portion of the chair, but almost nothing has been even started for the seat of the chair or the bottom half of the chair. The plaster on both the lolly candy and the cat tail is both bumpy and hard to paint on, so I tried to solve the problem by painting on thick layers of gesso. Although this smoothed out the cracks and the holes that were present in the plastered pieces, I still had some difficulty getting a smooth coat of purple paint on the cat's tail. On the opposite side of the constructing, cardboard served as a basis for some of the sculpture pieces such as the ice cream, rainbow, and the drippy pieces. At the start, I was afraid of using plaster, so I tried to put off the plaster pieces for last and focused on cutting many, many pieces of cardboard again and again for every single class, and that definitely slowed down my process on making my chair. However, when the rubric came stating that I needed more larger pieces done, I tried to create objects out of plaster, and I felt that it was easier and more efficient on making the pieces out of plaster.
- Explain the elements that are applied (you may need to look at your poster again don’t forget movement is one too) to your chair so far. If you were to choose ONE to be the most important what would it be? Is there one much more dominant than the others?
One of the elements that are present on my chair is the element of line. Line is represented by the cat tail on the back of the chair because it is able to lead the eye into spiraling into the swirl in it. Another would be positive and negative space created by the back striped "ribbons". The actual "ribbon" is the negative space since it takes up space and the shapes that are not filled in with the ribbon is the negative space. Color would be the most important element due to the fact that this is able to represent emotion and give life to anything. Also, my chair requires using many colors in every portion of the chair, so without it it would look very unfinished or boring without it. For example, the rainbow has to have multiple colors, or it wouldn't qualify as a rainbow let alone look like one. The drippy backing on the back seat of the chair also requires multiple colors to complete because 1 solid color wouldn't look very appealing. In conclusion, color is a very prominent feature in sculpture.