Week 15/16 – More Problems With Successful Finish

Week 15/16 – More Problems With Successful Finish

Week 14 was back and fourth from service provider getting the CNC organised. Emails to and from the group. (As seen on Paniti’s final blog posts)

The starting date from 1st of June 2017 to the 16th June 2017 we had:
1. Drawing for CNC cut
2. Organised cutting with service provider
3. Inability to complete task by service provider
4. Refund organised and completed.

This whole situation had left the group quite stressed as it is very late in the process and we still didn’t have our structure organised or close to completion. There is nothing you can do when trying to organise things like this, so we got started immediately with the self-cut process.

We had gone to Bunnings, picked up 5mm perspex, router bits, Araldite, sandpaper, and other materials that lead to the completion of the work. This was then cut, sanded, cleaned, and placed together into a structure that represented all 3 of us as a group.

After this long, arduous process, we then had to wait 24 hours for the Araldite to adhere to the few pieces we decided to connect. The next day we went out and photographed this structure in a number of different locations that were from our Instagram pages. This looked best when the structure was illuminated and at night time, as opposed to left clear during the day. Due to the fact that some of these locations on our pages were international and houses, we couldn’t just go there and get the piece photographed. So we had to make do with some locations being randomized around the Wollongong area.

After these photos were taken (over 200 of them) we sifted through and chose the best ones that we could present on the wall behind our illuminated structure. We decided to run with 36 images as it was 12 images each group member and this number was divisible by 3. We really wanted to push the concept of 3 throughout the project and to have a data representation that was each group member that, again, attached to our original inspiration of ‘FACETS’. This was all quite difficult but the final project had come out really well. With all of the stress and issues that we had, and considering how late we were in the game of completion, we are happy with how it turned out, and our aesthetic form was very close to what we wanted to complete from week 9.


Final setup without illumination


Structure illuminated with LED torches, we decided that this lighting idea was more successful especially when placed on a stand that we have built out of wood and sprayed black, the light didn’t stray from the structure as much as we expected and illuminated successfully. Very happy with this decision and it is a very clean set up.


Final submission and what the project looked like. The physical structure sitting in front of its photoshoot on the wall from all different locations.

Week 13 – Speed Things Up

Week 13 – Speed Things Up

After the group split we were in desperate need of getting the project finalised with a solid idea and something that we can back up with a structure that looks good and is successful in every shape and form. We decided that population growth wasn’t an idea that we were interested in so since there is 3 of us, we decided to run the shapes from our Instagram pages. This meaning that each triangle with be a data representation of each one of us through Instagram. So what we did was we worked from the Posts, Following, and Followers section of our pages. This was going to give us our dimensions of each side of the triangle. Though since these numbers were quite high, we decided to divide each number by 3. After doing this, we realised that we can run the number 3 throughout the entire project. “Repeating number 3”.

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So from my Instagram, these numbers were divided by 3, this gave each shape for every one of us and we drew it up as quickly as we could and sent it off the CamThane to get the objects cut.

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This is an example of what we would do.


This was our drawings sized up and completed, as you can see each triangle is different that represents each one of us, quite individual, a concept that we were happy to run.


We got these sized up correctly and placed into a document through Adobe Illustrator that was suitable for CamThane to cut up for us and we can get started with the rest of our project.


This is the reply that we had got from CamThane, the issue here was the shapes have resized themselves completely different to what we gave them, needed to fix this issue and return to CamThane to get started with the project. The finalising of this project was to either video the structure, or photograph the structure. Still in the decision process for this.

Week 12 – Group Split

Week 12 – Group Split

We tried projection in this week, it isn’t really what the group wanted to do, but we figured we had to cover all bases before settling on a strong concept and idea for our final project. We made larger sculptures out of foam core, which was easy to cut with a stanly knife (should have stuck with this idea after our first encounter with perspex cutting) We also worked this with lighting and wanted to try and project certain videos onto it and see the kind of effect that it had. This seemed a bit far from repetition – the only repeating thing was the triangular shapes that we had made the structures from.


This idea seemed quite good after taking photos of it, but it was actually quite boring. There was nothing that made you interested or made the viewer question anything else. It was just random shadows being casted onto the wall and that was it. This has gone too far from the ‘FACETS’ idea and too far from what we originally wanted to do. Not to mention that this was a very ineffective idea to us and our tutors.


Tried to hang one and see if the movement of the sculpture would change the overall effect. Not too much change – needing to go back to original idea.

This idea didn’t work because we even thought about projection mapping onto the objects, but the program was overly priced and too expensive, not to mention we were running out of time just to learn a new program and get this handed in successfully and on time. After this lesson, the 3 girls were still very unconvinced about the ‘FACETS’ idea and at the end of the “umm’ing and uhh’ing” we just decided that it would be better for everyone if we split the group of 6 in half, to a group of 3. So it was Jordan, Paniti, and myself in 1 group and Jo, Mia and Peta in another. After this week we really went for getting a better concept and getting our final shapes off to CamThane.

Week 11 – More Prototyping

Week 11 – More Prototyping

Week 11, as we still worked closely with the perspex and original idea, however, we were aware that if it still failed we would need a backup plan. This wasn’t a bad idea either, considering half the group still wasn’t sold on perspex forms. We came across an idea that was crossing a potential line with how comfortable people were. It was the repetition of origami paper cranes folded from Bible pages that created a screen where we would project particular verses and writing from the Bible on to it. This was messing around with religion and potential pitfalls within it, but at the end of the day this is still quite risky with people and again, the group was not sold.


After this, we went back to the original idea of perspex. With the issue behind cutting each piece, we were going to get a company by the name of CamThane that would CNC cut each piece for us when we send the design to them, or we get it cut from the innovation campus. However this was a little more difficult because we needed to understand a particular coding system and work a certain way for that CNC machine to work.

This was a quick prototype from Jordan trying to work with 3D objects that would work with the machine at innovation campus, very difficult concept.

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Though with the Albion Park company all we have to do is just send off a JPEG to CamThane and that would be enough to get the pieces cut.

The set up of the structure was going to be set up like this:


After we were quite happy with the way things were going, we had pitched this idea to the tutors. They weren’t entirely convinced on the idea, especially with the fact that we didn’t have a deep enough concept behind it. It was just purely copying 2D images, and trying to be aesthetic, and they weren’t sold on that. So we tried to create each shape with a particular type of data from each group member, as it would be a visual representation of data. We tested population growth in the last 5 years.


These were written ideas from one of our classes.


This was what the triangles looked like from a few different areas of the group members. This was kind of a cool idea, but again, it seemed to in depth and not really relevant to what we were interested in – back to the drawing board for this following week going into next.


Week 10 – Complications and realisations

Week 10 – Complications and realisations

In this week we were given a 9.5mm thick piece of perspex to test cutting options and lighting options. This was a complicated time when we took the piece to Top’s place and decided to cut it using a router. The issue was at this thickness, if the router moved too slow through the perspex it would melt, though if we moved the router too quickly, the perspex would crack. This was going to a long, arduous time if we want to create a large structure or a number or smaller structures. This was our first major problem.

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Drawing the lines on the perspex to cut

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Cutting the shapes and slits into the perspex

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Joining the shapes to each other.

After we had this final structure, we then had to test if the light would travel through each join enough to illuminate every other side, and create a successful figure similar to ‘FACETS’. We had tested regular LED’s and we also tested lazers to see if the strength and angle of the light would change the look and success to the structure.


This first image was the lazer, it illuminated most edges, but not all. However the light was directly put through the structure, rather than illuminating the room and things around it.


This image was the LED lights, it has illuminated more edged of the structure, however the was light escaping underneath and around the object, which took away from the structure. this was a worry because we really needed just the structure to show itself. But beside both of these things, we knew that this project could still work.

Week 9 – Updates

Week 9 – Updates

So we came back after week 9 and none of the group had really come up with any new ideas of what to do. So we went back to the ‘FACETS’ page and had a look at Justin Maller’s work. We really wanted to have something physically aesthetic so we thought: “Why don’t we try and ‘3 dimensionalise’ these images.

So with the thought of it being glass, we were thinking what our first step would be. Before the idea of cutting the glass into shapes, we actually thought about how light shines onto and through the edge of glass. This was an interesting effect but not quite the exact same as ‘FACETS’, however we still thought we should run with the idea until we see it as an actual structure and if that changes the way light travels etc. After this, we thought about how we would connect each piece to each other, because generic glue wouldn’t cut it, also glue blocks light a certain way that would ruin the aesthetic appeal to the project. This wasn’t a viable option if we wanted to create something that looked the same, if not, better than the 2D images. I then came up with the option of a ‘scissor join’ we 2 slits interlock with one another. With this, it didn’t seem to be floored in any way shape or form. So we got prototyping:



With the paper and cardboard models, this seemed to work perfectly. The thing we have to watch our for would be each slit in the shapes would have to the same width as the pieces of glass that we use.

After these models were completed, we thought we should then figure out how we would cut glass and if we can shatter it in any particular way.


This was the result of attempting to shatter glass, and allow the light to move through it in organic ways. It was a very difficult task. With this failure we did more research into clear materials and stumbled across perspex. This was a much better option as for pricing and being able to effectively cut it.


With this photo in mind, we realised that light shines much nicer through perspex and the edges are illuminated a lot more than the perspex itself, we were getting excited that this would work perfectly with geometric shapes and more like the original inspiration of ‘FACETS’

Week 8 – Generativity: Difference and Repetition

Week 8 – Generativity: Difference and Repetition

Following from week 6, we were given the topic of Generativity; Difference and repetition. This group consisted of 6 of us, Peta, Jo, Mia, Paniti, Jordan and myself. The first example that was given to us through medadada, was the repetition of a corner space being photographed with different people and different positions. This piece was named Corner Portraits by Irving Penn.




With this as a starting point we discussed what each one of our group members did in their degree and what they would like to do for a project – this was a very diverse range of interest. However, some of our interests clashed and there was no way that we could put every single one of our interests into a single project. It was just too difficult with quite a bit of “umm’ing and uhh’ing” at each others’ interests.

There is so many different types of repeating artworks on the internet and realistically, as a group we wanted something aesthetic, something that we could physically hold, and walk around. So the research had begun.

After a few hours of research we had come across a number of different ideas and works that involved repetition, but again, the whole group wasn’t convinced and we had to run with another choice again and again. Photography was a mentioned constantly through the meeting with our group and was always in the back of our head, but with this in mind, it wasn’t particularly physical, we couldn’t “hold on to it”. One of the very few inspirations that everyone liked or didn’t disagree on, was the project ‘FACETS’ by Justin Maller.



These were purely 2 dimensional, digitally produced images with the repeating of geometric shapes. To everyone in the group, it looked cool and was almost like pieces of glass folded together. So this was the end of our group meeting and this was as far as we had got in regards to our idea that we wanted to complete.