Microscopic Spaces

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I was initially inspired by the hidden strength of man-made threads and webs. The meshed structure of a spider egg and the light quality of the microscope exploration inspired my form.

Because the qualities I needed in the form were not achievable through typical 3D printing methods, I created a mold.  This allowed me to play around with materials and forms while maintaining a uniform shape.

Process

Exploration
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Featured: fly wing, $50 bill, cotton sweatshirt, jeans, sprout from an air plant, banana peel

This is my initial exploration with a drop lens. This lens can be placed on a phone camera lens to enlarge the scale, focus and perspective.

Metallic Surfaces and Fabric

Small and strong man-made networks, images taken with the drop lens.

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Mac Laptop

The smooth texture of a mac laptop diverges from this close up image. Based on the photos, I imagine the surface to have a slight grip and resistance.

 

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Metal Watchband

This metal watchband series of exploration inspired me to look at different interlocking networks. These strengthening connections are powerful because they are continually layered to create strong surfaces. These meshes can continue to be broken down into smaller links that are further made up of individual agents.

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Organic Materials

Inspiration from Neri Oxman & material ecology.

The images below represent my exploration of a spider web. I chose to display many images because they represent my process of exploration with the lens and change in focus. The luminescent quality of the web is very exciting because it is only noticeable at this scale.

The following images begin to form an almost cocoon-like structure that is revealed through the passage of light in the form.

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The slowly changing and developing images are important to me because it reveals the challenge I had to try and define the structure. Because there is so much depth to the images, it was hard to develop a complete understanding of the form. I chose to not represent this process in a video because the static images also allow for the quiet moments of contemplation and discovery.

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Instead of examining a spider web that I destroyed in the process of collection, I decided to try and find a new web. It was still a poor attempt to try and preserve the web. In addition, I found two small balls that appeared to be empty spider eggs.

Below are images taken from the microscope of the spider egg.

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Exploration of Structure through Prototyping
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Initial 3d model using Rhino and Grasshopper modeling software

 

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Reduced form to allow for a more irregular exploration by the viewer and individual (if produced full scale in actual space)

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Form Exploration: Light quality and translucency

The material was very important for this process, however, the 3d printer has material and form constraints. This is why I decided to make a 3d printed mold to allow for experimentation.

Mold Making Process:

Because the qualities I needed in the form were not achievable through typical 3D printing methods, I created a mold.  This allowed me to play around with materials and forms while maintaining a uniform shape.