I’ve been having a pretty lazy break so far, so I decided to do something slightly productive and post some work I’ve been working on the past few weeks for college. There’s quite a bit to I’ve been working on last term but I’m pretty happy with how some of the things came out.
One of our main assignments last term was to make a paper sculpture abstracted from an organic fruit/vegetable. This is actually for a packaging unit but I think we did it to get started in seeing how paper can be used in different ways…or how shapes can be constructed using simple folding and cutting. At the same time, doing this assignment has made me realise just how different it is to think in a 3D perspective as opposed to 2D. It’s actually surprisingly hard to get your head around (yes, I thought this was going to be super easy when I first saw the brief)/
I chose to do a sculpture inspired by the fennel, mainly because I thought the vegetable had an interesting shape and I’d never really eaten one before! We had to do sketches of the object inside and out, and at different angles as well.
Mine took quite a while to do – at least 4 to 5 hours actually, because fennels have so many lines (and leaves!) and I liked shading my sketches as well.
After our sketches, we had to sketch out a lot of concepts and pick the best three we liked to develop further. I eventually settled on doing something pretty easy and simple to do – mainly because paper folding and crafting is not really my strong point. We had to do some paper folding exercises and stuff for this class which was surprisingly hard to get right It’s kind of like origami but I didn’t realise how complicated paper folding could get. I mean you’d think making a paper sculpture would be easy because it’s paper.
Anyway, after all that we eventually had to construct a draft sculpture out of cartridge paper. And once that was approved we could do our final out of coloured paper! It was a mission and I felt so bad for wasting so much paper. I initially wanted to do an octagonal prism thing with layers going inwards but it is so hard to construct one of those things evenly and cleanly. I tried making one from a template I found online too and it was just…nightmarish (even with tape lol). I don’t really know how people do it.
The next photos are of my final sculpture: