Project 4: Ghost Self – Polypropylene Form



To demonstarte the basic elements and principles of three-dimensional design. You will investigate Repetition, Proportion, Grouping, Unity, Balance, Variety, Biomorphic Form, Plane, Contrast, Rhythm, Scale, Metaphor, Visual Weight, Maquette and Armature during the creation of a singular visually non-representational biomorphic form. While focusing on the previously mentioned principles and elements of three-dimensional design you will create a form comprised of Polypropylene Sheeting and Aluminum Rivets. I also want you to consider: Gradation, Light, Shadow, Transparency, Opaqueness, Open vs. Closed Forms, and Layering. This object will then be hung with a battery operated L.E.D. light source (within the form) of your choosing.


The underlying conceptual aspect of this project is to consider what form you would take if you had no form. That is to say, if you were comprised of a fleeting, transitory “material” like that of a ghost, thought, or a memory. Bring form to the formless and remember that craft is not just a thing but a way. 




Step 1: Each student will receive one 2-foot by 4-foot sheet of Polypropylene Sheeting, Rivets, and Riveter. The student will be required to find their own LED light source, color open.


Step 2: You will first create your form out of a two-foot by four-foot sheet of brown paper and/or poster board cut down and manipulated into a three-dimensional biomorphic form, making both a life sized maquette (noting connection points) and shapes that you can then pattern your plastic sheeting out with. This form needs to be conceptually representative of you as an individual without the use of any visually representational elements. You can choose whatever type of balance you deem appropriate. Consider the tensile strength of the plastic when creating small tight curves and thin areas that need to be drilled for rivets.


Step 3: Once the paper model is built you will disassemble your object and use the flat paper shapes to trace onto the plastic sheet, which you will then cut with scissors (noting connection points). You may sand the edges of the plastic sheeting to create a smooth edge.


Step 4: You may also use the sandblaster to increase the opaqueness of your sheets or to create negative and positive non-representational shapes to compliment your form and add textural elements. The plastic may be easily cut, crimped, and folded but NOT melted! 


Size: at least 14 inches in one dimension. 




Polypropylene Sheet, Rivets, Riveter, Brown Paper, Scissors, Tape, Drill, Clamps


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