Three Dimensional Design
Delaware County Community College

ORGANIC PAPER PROJECT



Artists to research:

Manda Thomas
Yuko Nishimura
Richard Sweeney
Richard Serra

Helpful Links:

Chinese Lantern
Organic Form Kirigami
Types of Origami


STUDENT WORK:

2011


PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Concept:

To create (3) separate organic forms out of two dimensional paper. Design elements to consider: convex, concave, volume, weight, shape, line, texture, light, open and closed space.


Organic shapes are shapes with a natural look and a flowing or curving appearance. For this reason, they are often also referred to as curvilinear shapes. Examples of organic shapes include leaves, plants, and animals. (Wiki Links)

 


Materials:

-Paper: experiment with different types of paper like Bristol Board or Drawing Paper, drawing paper comes in several weights like 90 lbs,80lbs, or 70lbs. (Larger drawing paper (18 x 24 inches) will be cheaper and allow for larger paper forms (you may already own a pad of 18 x 24 inch drawing paper from drawing class). Use computer paper only for experimenting with design.

Adhesives:
Book Binding Glue, or specific high quality paper glue purchased from a craft store
-Scotch tape
-Fishing String (light weight)
-Glue (Book Binder's Glue works well)
-Pencil and paper for sketches and notes


ALEENE'S QUICK DRY TACKY GLUE


or PVA PH NEUTRAL


-Razor knife, exacto blade
. You will need more than one blade; blades will dull out quickly.
-Scissors may be used for large cutting
-Cutting Mat (self healing) for cutting paper. If cutting mats are too expensive use the back of a drawing board (cardboard) or a smooth wooden surface.
--Various size rulers depending on your project ideas. In addition to accurate measuring, rulers are used to cut straight lines and scoring.


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Rules:
1) You may only use white paper unless allowed by the instructor. ( I want you to focus on form, not color)
2) The forms can range in size
3) Forms can hang from fishing string or sit well on a pedestal.Do not make a pedestal or a surface for your design.
5) All forms must be organic.



Approach:
Use "Artists to Research" link above for inspiration. Each student must begin by first making a Chinese Lantern. As you continue, experiment by cutting slits or score onto a sheet of paper, then twist and turn the paper to create a various unique forms (I will demonstrate in class). Try various designs that may yield different results. Consider organic shape, volume, space, and light. Use Scotch tape, white artists tape, or adhesive to adhere corners or faces together.


Grading: Five C’s

Concept:
-Idea, preparation, and how well understood / executed the project.
Composition
-Overall design and presentation
Craftsmanship
- use of media, neatness
Creativity
-Originality, problem solving,
Completion
-Does the project seem complete and developed/evolved?