The twinkle lights didn't conform with the project assignment, however, and I felt as though tall skinny flimsy boxes might not travel to and from school very well.
Then I saw a zen-looking black and white boxy lamp at the store, and carefully examined the way it was put together. I had my sketchbook, so I drew a quick sketch of how the joints were put together. A few days later I went to the wood shop with a few loose ideas and talked to Matt and AJ. Their knowledge helped me come up with a concrete plan and shape for the frame of my luminaire.
|It was crucial that the luminaire's dimensions fit the space, |
but I also wanted all the measurements to correspond with each other to create unity.
|The first model I made was much smaller than the final piece, |
to ensure my ideas were going to work without using too many materials.
|In making the model, I learned that precision with the nail gun is crucial.|
During the interim critique, it was pointed out to me that I really had 2 completely different effects at work. One was the intended, projected onto the wall and table top from the cutouts in the top and sides, and the other was the luminaire itself, brightly glowing green from the paper I used. Suggestions were made that I should experiment with different paper types, textures and layering while retaining the basic box form.