Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Any form imaginable can be rendered through drawing, but when modeling in paper, an object has to be physically shaped. When faced with a flat sheet of material, there is no obvious indication of how it can be manipulated into a three dimensional object. The limitations of paper as a form making material offer a challenge, which through playful investigation results in tangible models. Physical models provide a better indication of proportion and construction than drawings alone, bringing material to the forefront of the design process.
Hands on manipulation provides perhaps the best insight into the properties of a material, allowing its behaviors to be discovered and exploited. The possibility exists that design can be generated entirely through the exploration of a particular material. Finding new ways to control the form of materials and the most appropriate applications for their use is something worth striving for.
(text & images via: Richard Sweeney)
Posted by Britton Chambers at 10:35 AM