Work in Progress

Here's where I post what I'm currently working on as well as casual photos of any recently finished work. 

A Peek at My Process

Finally my collection has been finished and installed! My pieces are installed in the exhibition called XY2Z3 which will be up at the Link Gallery on April 25- May 4. As well my work will be a part of the BFA exhibition in Krannert Art Museum May 7-14. This series took a bit of a turn near the end and is completely connected with an instagram account (@jewishin2016) this became the title and each object is hashtagged. A long with photographs of the work, I created stop motion animations of each object in use. 

As a personal reflection, overall I am content with the outcome. There are still several spots and areas that are not nearly as perfect as I initially imagined (though this is often case!). This process of 3d printing computer models, dying them, and adding to their final form has quickly become a favorite process of mine. At the start of this semester when I was planning this collection I was nervous to begin a process that involved considering every detail at the planning stages and then just executing it when the materials arrived. However, it was this intense amount of problem solving that really engaged me the whole semester. Each dilemma encouraged me to take a new angle on this series and kept me on my toes; I was constantly altering and updating up until the moment I placed them on the pedestal (even afterwards I'm still maintaining and refining the social media presence of this series.

This semester really cemented my desire to make a career in making and crafting.  I willingly spent my spring break staying up late working on this collection, and enjoyed every minute of it. While I watched my friends reluctantly complete homework and work on their own thesis I gladly spent my late nights in the studio perfecting, refining and polishing. Speaking of polishing, this is by far the most rewarding process. It requires quite a few steps of preparation, starting with making sure the form is completely finished and sanding down all the way down to 2500 sandpaper (i start with 220). Finally a few once overs with some silicone abrasives and I can take the piece to the buffing wheel. Watching the piece turn from kinda shiny to mirror finish is amazing. I would actually get blinded from the shine when I stood at a certain angle. Also, I got to see myself in my work, literally! 

silicone polishing wheel and one of the pieces of #chanukiah

silicone polishing wheel and one of the pieces of #chanukiah

Secrets of my Second Piece

Teeny tiny screws  

Teeny tiny screws  

These teeny tiny screws are a part of the second piece in my thesis series, a pair of candlesticks. The screws connect the silver element to the 3D printed part. Receiving these little screws was very fun because it is the first time seeing them in real size. While designing such small elements I work extremely zoomed in on the computer. Therefore it is easy to forget just how small I'm working. This aspect is starting to become one of my favorite parts of 3D modeling and printing. I love working small and with the computer's help I can better zoom in and really perfect the details. 

These screws will be dyed to coordinate with the piece, though they will not be visible unless intentionally peeking at the bottom. I am still deciding whether they will contrast or blend with the main color of the candle sticks.  

Soon I will be posting some photos of the finished pieces in my thesis series.  

If I have to ask, it's not perfect.

 

That's my motto this semester.  

Until recently I was intimidated by precise, technical work. I felt it wasn't very "me" and that I related more to organic, go-with-the-flow style. Both are completely acceptable styles though I find the satisfaction greater when the piece is technically planned out before hand and executed well. I used to shy away from precision and aiming for perfection, but then I realized I apply those thoughts to nearly every other aspects of my life, specifically dancing. So as I work on this series I employ my "dance brain" except instead of thinking I can get my leg higher I think I can make this cone smoother. 

Anyways, the first piece is due tomorrow! I'll be sharing the designs of my second piece soon. 

 

Blocking the cone

Blocking the cone

Let it begin...

Drawing and rendering

Drawing and rendering

As this semester gets going I begin developing the work for my thesis show. The collection I am designing consists of 3D printed Judaica objects. These objects are light weight and are stored in a box for portability. My goal for this series is to establish an easier means for a millennial Jew to connect with their Judaism. The first object I will be working on is a Kiddish Cup. The image above shows the early steps of my process: a color drawing and a rendering. As I wait for the nylon print to come in the mail I hope to start working on the silver components. The final object should be just under 4 in (~10cm) tall. 

This series will challenge my precision and ability to successfully make use of multiple materials. I will further expand my computer modeling and rendering skills as well as continuing to practice my hand skills. Both in combination require patience and calculations. Lots of calculations! The bold colors and geometric shapes will capture who I've always been as an artist, while the sleek silver components show off what I've learned through the metals program.  

Outsourced Thoughts

Shapeways Order Status Page

Shapeways Order Status Page

My final project was very nerve wracking at first, with half of the project requiring that I out source to Shapeways. This semester is the first time I've outsourced any kind of my work and I have not been a huge fan. In the majority of my 3d printing experience, I can peek at the machine or at least see the product as soon as the printer is done and make decisions from there. Leaving such a huge chunk of the project at the mercy of others to load onto the printer and decide if it printed correctly leaves me very uncomfortable. Since I also have to wait for the pieces to be mailed to me before I can see how they actually came out, I have to be happy with what printed. However, today I have the one consolation that at least whatever did print should arrive in time for me to complete the project, since 6 of the 8 pieces are finished. 

There are still so many open ends in this project, so heres to hoping the rest gets printed on time, the dye I ordered ships in time, and it all fits together with the enameled pieces!