For my Space/Materiality class, I had to make 3D structure using two materials. For this project, I decided to use 1/8″ wood and a plastic folder to make the sides and sew them together using plastic tabs.
Dutch Wooden Clogs, Salvatore Ferragamo Loafers, or a Shikara. These three different objects have a similar structure and different uses. I was inspired by their similar shape so I wanted to create an object that shared their resemblance.
After I was satisfied with my prototype, I started working on to create the object from wood and plastic folder, which involved chopping wood pieces and punching hole in them. I painted the inside of the wooden box with a red to yellow (acrylic paints) gradient as the final surprise.
After I had punched holes and painted the inside, I painted the outside of the box black using acrylic paint. After the paint dried, I used plastic tabs and sewed the wooden pieces together using thread and needle. In the end, I attached all the plastic sides and painted the outside again. The upper side of the structure uses red thread to add some contrast and some change.
This was first time ever building a 3D structure, using wood, sewing, and tools for wood and given that, I am impressed with myself. I enjoyed the process of building something from scratch, failing, redoing, and improving my design through touch and feel. I changed the idea of project several times and arrived at this one, which made me realise that the initial idea cannot be the final one.