This project truly made me scratch my head up until the very end. When I was first given the baggy full of cut up construction papers, I had no clue what to make with them. I thought for a while about making a crown, and then a very intricate ship by folding the papers again and again. However, I am no good at folding paper and making perfect creases the first go around, so I chose cigarettes and an ash tray because I thought burning the paper would be interesting and sort of a twist. I believe this project was fairly successful, but next time I hope to have more time to do something grand and detailed.
Although I did the figurative piece instead of making the giant cranes, I DID help put them up in the entryway and it was quite the challenge! Just from putting up these cranes I learned that planning out your vision is very important before trying to execute and sturdy materials are needed to hold things up in the air. Process is different than product because you create during the process and you enjoy or critique the product. This was such a super fun experience!
What I found most interesting about this documentary is that it proved that there is math involved in paper folding (origami), it is not simply just an art form. The film also proves that people from all walks of life, with all different kinds of degrees and professions can make art and create. The last point that I wanted to make about this film is the hundreds of folds we now can make to create certain origami. MIND BLOWING! One day I'm sure we will reach a limitless amount of folds.
A big obstacle I overcame with this project was getting the proportions of the breasts and the pregnant stomach right. I also struggled with the base of the vessel because it was exceedingly lopsided. I fixed the problem by adding more clay to one side and then slightly reshaping it. If I could change something about this piece it would be the size of it; I would make it much much larger next time. Despite that, I would consider this vessel successful because it made many people uncomfortable and I think that's what I was going for. The colors are vibrant like a true mother with child, and the body of the woman isn't perfect or symmetrical and that is exactly how I wanted it. My vessel could be classified as a functional because I did not use acrylic paint so it is something you could drink or eat out of. However, it will more than likely just be an art piece and be used as a non-functional piece.
The mold process was very interesting and I learned that just because one uses a mold for a piece doesn't make it much easier, because making the final product look seamless is VERY difficult depending on the mold one chooses. I chose the baby hand because I thought it would be Tim Burton-ish to put onto another piece, however I ran out of time and didn't get to do more with it. I believe if I would have kept going with it that it would have been successful, although using molds isn't really a medium I prefer.
The process of making this mini vessel was actually very simple and speedy. Since it wasn't a main piece I decided to sculpt something that I could use everyday, and recently I've realized I need an earring dish! Although my mini vessel isn't very pretty and, honestly, not all that well done I still find it will be useful.
Rolling the edge up was the hardest part because I didn't want it to look sloppy, but I eventually gave up on that and let it take on whatever shape it wanted to. I am not truly satisfied with it but I don't care to make mini vessels very much. I enjoy working with clay and I hope to make more and more larger vessels, however I was not a huge fan of the mini ones. It was a good learning experience!