Soft Structures: I Am Project

The “I Am” Project was very empowering and enjoyable. We were asked to design a creature that made us happy, and figure out how to transform the two-dimensional drawings into three-dimensional forms. I learned to experiment with different patterns and to never be afraid of starting over when I make mistakes. The fact that my creature has a brain, heart, and knowledge inside gives her life and makes her a true companion. Even though I have accidentally pricked myself with pins and needles countless times during the making of my creature, the final result still made me smile. Overall, the experience was very enjoyable.

S K E T C H:

Design a creature that makes you happy

Peach-Inspired Creature  

E X P E R I M E N T A T I O N   &   P R O T O T Y P E   P R O C E S S

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               Experimentation for head shape                                           Arms pinned to body piecesFullSizeRender-2

Head piece sewn

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Prototype Finished!

F I N A L   P A T T E R N   P I E C E S

notches, grain line, 1/2″ seam allowance, name, pattern number, cut number, and piece name


2 pattern pieces for the head


Arm/wing( leaf) and leg patterns


6 pattern pieces for the body (side, front, back, top, and bottom of trapezoid)

F I N A L    P R O C E S S

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reused pattern pieces pinned to fabric

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                                   head pieces pinned and sewn                             head sewn to body

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wings and legs sewn

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wings embroidered with leaf veins, sewn to body pieces

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             Buttons (eyes) sewn on and smile embroidered                   Legs sewn on to body

I N S I D E  /  S E C R E T  I N G R E D I E N T S:

on thin muslin: list words that empower/inspire/things I want to learn


Cut up words and put them in the stomach of the “I AM.”

The secret ingredients: brain (inside head) and heart


pick the most empowering word from your list and that will be the name of your creature

Name of  I Am:  Smiley

F I N A L    P I C T U R E S :

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tied with ribbon!

H A N G T A G :


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