Design Studio Unit 1
Rhode Island School of Design
Section Professor: John Caserta
Unit One Professor: Keetra Dean Dixon
Prompt: How can designers translate existing form into something new?
In creating my compositions for the first unit, I had chosen four specific defining qualities to frame the emotion I would be exuding into my pieces. Those qualities included: geometric, flat, pattern, and layered. I attempted to begin with very simple or minimal designs in order to not feel so overwhelmed with such powerful qualities. But by doing so, I found simple flat designs really fit into the overall theme I was planning for. By focusing heavily on geometric forms and how they relate visually propelled my designs into their finished state.
After critique, I came across the idea (with the help of my classmates) of transporting these 2D designs into a more 3D use, wrapping paper. However, I felt that instead of wrapping items conventionally, by wrapping or constraining the human form I could play back into the dimensional qualities of the art inspiration I had originally chose (Stefan Sagmeister) and create a more conceptual use of wrapping paper. It was a beautiful discovery to see how the plotter paper would react when it was wrapped around a human arm, neck or even foot. The curves my patterns would have to spread themselves against gave the compositions a new life. Even when I photographed my model close up, the paper acted similar to fabric in its bends and creases. I hope that my experimentation not only gave my compositions a new dimension but gave wrapping paper one as well.
The second round of critiques was quite successful, the overall feedback was quite happy with pairing of 2D and 3D elements and how they emphasized my compositions while taking them to an entirely new level.