Space & Materiality – ASSIGNMENT #12- Mass & Modularity

Assignment description:

Use the negative space to create the complementary form of different solid material/s based on
your materials research exploration. It can be clay, fabric, sheets of paper/ cardboard- laminated
(glued) one on top of the other, inflatable (fabric with filling material a pillow like), etc.

Modular design, or “modularity in design”, is a design approach that subdivides a system into smaller parts
called modules or skids that can be independently created and then used in different systems.


  • corkboard
  • foam core
  • wood
  • fabric
  • cotton balls (stuffing)
  • cutting board
  • X-Acto knife
  • white glue
  • needle and thread


I thought that this project was interesting because it made me look for different materials such as corkboard, wood, foam core and many other materials. It was a challenge creating a modular design cube because I didn’t know what materials to use to construct a model that had some mass and an aesthetic look to the piece. While doing this, I realized that it had to be 5 x 5 in. and mine was 3 x 4 in. therefore I came up with the idea of sewing a pillow-like object in a form of a letter L that make up the accurate measurements. Although the process of the pillow took a little more time (orthographic drawing and getting the ride sides) and the black thread did not look too good with the white fabric, I come up with a solution. I flipped the fabric inside out to hide the black thread and everything looked much better. Overall, I was not really excited to do this cube-like model I actually ended up loving my finished piece!

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