Monday, March 31, 2008


The top chair was completed in color pencil. It is one of my favorites that I did. The middle chair was done in Prisma color markers. The bottom drawing was done in Chartpak markers. I like using Chartpak markers more so than Prisma color markers.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Unusual Sleeping Quarters

Source: Blizzmax

Source: Unusual Life

Source: modern mechanix

Source: astroday

Source: Up and Under

Our assignment was to research and find five examples of unusual or not typical sleeping quarters. Above is what I found and I find them quite unusual. I don't think I would want to sleep in most of them.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Bottle Caps, Bottle Caps, Bottle Caps

Capitalize on Re-use: Alexandra Camacho and Lauren Foster

Our final product is a shower curtain made completely from water bottle caps, the sealer rings first connected to the cap, plastic grocery bags, and a sheet of plastic. Each of our materials are environmentally sound because with the caps they are of a plastic that cannot be melted and re-made into another product. Plastic grocery bags for the most part are made from polyethylene which makes it a nonrenewable source. The clear plastic lining that we used is a low density polyethylene. An example of this plastic would be a dry cleaned garment bag. We chose these materials because they are water resilient. Water should not damage them.

The caps were cut in a radial motion which flattened them, giving them a different appearance instead of the known shape of a bottle cap. The sealer rings were cut in half and applied to two of the caps to create a hook that would hook onto a rod. The grocery bag was cut into stripes and tied onto the caps in a way that the
joint is not seen.Making this portion of an entire shower curtain took about four to five hours total(estimated time for just one person).


This image is of the first ideas that I personally had. Clearly our shower curtain ides was inspired by the shape that I first drew out on paper.

Our first approach at gathering some supplies to begin experimenting.

This was our first idea of connecting the flattened bottle caps. We felt that maybe we could use the pull tabs on aluminum cans.

The first model gave us some inspiration for new ideas or aspects to turn away from. The way that we connected the caps was with the sealer rings that also come on the bottle. These rings created a interesting aspect that happened to make the curtain curl. We liked how this happened but we were unable to design a better way for them to connect to the cap. For this model every piece was jammed into one little slit. At this point for our final product we decided to keep the rod hooks at the top, the color combination, and the same method for flattening the bottle caps.

This was something I created why trying to get my mind to come up with a new way to join the bottle caps. This one bottle cap became quite heavy very quickly by adding five pull tabs. We felt that the weight of a final full size shower curtain would be entirely too heavy.

We then were instantly inspired by Suzanne's plastic shopping bag purse. We felt that we could use the twisting technique because it would be sturdy and strong. Twisting the plastic makes a huge different in strength compared to the original orientation of the bag. The plastic stretches way too easily and even comes to the point of ripping if a twisting motion is not taken advantage of.

Once again we had to go dumpster diving to find a even larger collection of water bottle caps. Although flattening the caps did not take too long our hands did feel like they were on the verge of falling off.

Alexandra hard at work!

Finally after several hours of tying grocery bags to the caps the final model was complete. Michelle is modeling how someone might look showering behind the bottle cap shower curtain.

We felt that sense we were not going to be able to complete an entire shower curtain for our final model we should show you what the entire curtain would look like in a bathroom environment.

This drawing show the connection made between two or more bottle caps. We drilled hole in the ring that is on the inside of the cap. Then grocery bag was threaded through it and tied into a knot. Depending on the location of the cap, some had two, three, or four holes.

This drawing shows how the hook is attached to the rest of the curtain. Small slits were cut and the sealer ring off of the bottle, after being cut in half, was wedged very snuggly in the slit.

Our shower curtain is simple and sleek. We created a repetition in our pattern layout for the entire curtain that we feel is not too distracting. Our color choices were chosen the way they were because of the type of bottle cap that they were. We found that most water bottles had similar caps that typically came only in clear or bright blue. Both these colors create a sense of flowing water.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Sketches of People

I believe that the bottom drawing is one of my best. It is a drawing of some of my fellow classmates as they are giving a presentation. I really enjoyed doing these drawings.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

!!PRODUCE!! - The Bell Peppers

This is a overall picture of all four group member's projects. We tried to create a display that was simple and explained our process on its own without us actually having to tell you. Although difficult to see in the image some of the pattern drawings are raised several foam board thicknesses above the others. The purpose of this is to show the change throughout the project in which different turning points occurred. The final model I created is displayed separate from the others models. I am quite pleased with my final model.

The above two are exterior views of my produce, the red pepper.

The top pattern of these two is one of the original patterns and the second one is of the same pattern but with the twisting action of pliers.

These two patterns are in the same situation as the above two. The twisting action is also applied here.

Both of these patterns are of the set where a tool was applied. The top one is being pulled from the center outer point. The bottom one I imagined the individual shapes to be as if the pliers were squeezing the direct center.

This is a haiku that I wrote that explains the overall project and the effects that my tool had on my patterns. The pattern directly above it is a three dimensional collage of one of my patterns. I really liked how this turned out but I have to admit that I did not end up using this pattern to build my 3-D model. I chose a completely different pattern that I thought would be expressed better three dimensionally. The pattern below is actually the pattern that I chose to use.

The pictures below are of the models I created in the order that they were completed. This shows the process that I took to get my final architectural statement model. The last four pictures are of the final model and they are just taken from different views.

Lettering Assignment 1