ASSIGNMENT #12 – 3D pattern & textured forms


  • Building a 3D abstract form using plane materials (3 or more)
  • Using methods of joining planes (cut, pierce, score, notch, folding, weave, pleat, wrap, etc.)
  • Explore 3D texture and pattern making

Quick Research and Preparation:

Richard Sweeney was born in Huddersfield, England in 1984. He discovered a natural talent for sculpture at Batley School of Art and Design in 2002, which led him to the study of Three Dimensional Design at the Manchester Metropolitan University, where he concentrated on the hands-on manipulation of paper to create design models, which ultimately developed into sculptural pieces in their own right.

Richard’s practice combines the disciplines of design, photography, craft and sculpture, resulting in a varied output of work including graphic design and public sculpture commissions. Richard seeks to maintain an experimental, hands-on approach, utilising the unique properties of often mundane materials to discover unique sculptural forms. He has lectured at universities internationally and regularly holds workshops to share his knowledge of paper folding and construction techniques. Richard is represented by Victor Felix Gallery, London.

Research about my inspiration:

Boathouse Row is a historic site located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on the east bank of the Schuylkill River, just north of the Fairmount Water Works and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It consists of a row of 15 boathouses housing social and rowing clubs and their racing shells. Each of the boathouses has its own history, and all have addresses on both Boathouse Row and Kelly Drive.

Boathouse Row is a National Historic Landmark and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.

During the weekend, I went to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to visit the Boathouse Row. I really like the style of the house, it was very unique, beautiful and have American culture. And it also have historic meaning for Philadelphia.



Project Prompt:

  • Create a 3D abstract or representational form that is a minimum size of 10”x10”x10.”
  • Materials to use foam core or cardboard or Bristol paper, or a combination of two or all three materials.
  • The form can be free standing; hanging or mounted on a base, (the design of the base/way in which the work would be installed should enhance the created form).
  • Refer to the 3D design principles, vocabulary list and Incorporate repetition and gradation of size and shape — movement, continuity, balance, harmony, etc.

Material and Tools:

Working Process:

Scoring of Top Cardboard Layer of Front Plane and cut foam board.

Final Project:


In the assignment, I feel fun to score the top cardboard layer of front plane, I never use this texture before and also I know how to make the layer looks more organic. Because I want to create a house as my inspiration form boathouse row. The reason why the house is not stay on the ground, I want to make the shape have an organic design feeling. I want the line follow the cardboard itself. I think it can make the project’s texture looks more smooth and creativity. I make two furniture to combine the topic, the table also use the same skill about score cardboard layer. The outside the house, it has fence and trees. It can make the project more complete. I like the idea of this project. I may use this texture for my product in the future.


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