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Body As Form Student Projects

Project 1 The Head Measured

Students were asked to design a headpiece they could wear that protects them from a real or imagined threat. Consider function, practicality and construction as well as metaphor. Students began by investigating the structural properties of the skull and its particular formal and dimensional properties. Milliner Victor Osborne visited our class and we worked with him to learn about the craft of hat blocking, steaming felt and blocking it over traditional and hand made blocks. Students utilized pattern making and the considered the choice of materials. They researched the history of headpieces from the utilitarian – bike and armored helmets for example to the ritual – Native American Navajo ceremonial feathered headdresses. This work resulted in the production of moldboards, written research in their sketchbooks, drawings moquettes and the production of the headpieces seen here in this gallery.These forces are compression, tension, shear and torsion defined as follows- • Compression is a pressing force • Tension is a pulling force • Shear is a sliding force • Torsion is a twisting force Students began by making drawings of simple movements, flexing, pulling, picking up, pushing, twisting, etc. with the goal of trying to capture and understand the mechanical nature of the body and its actions. The class discussed Richard Serra's verb list as a means an example of focusing the vocabulary and conceptual framework for design and making. Also discussed were the works by Roni Horn, Alexander McQueen, prosthetics, the puppetry of Basil Twist and Mummenschanz, et al. In addition to demonstrating a verb or action which extends from the body, students were asked to make a mark and sign their name or initials with the body extension.

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