From the mushroom idea I have (I’m still experimenting with this) developed my idea and i want to experiment within crashing the plaster to show damaged with plants to symbolize grown within mental health. I also want to add some that have dead plants in to show a healthy mental health and a bad one. This was inspiered partly by Emil Alzamora.
my plans within this idea….
I feel like the plaster would work better as it would crack more, but I don’t really want it to completely crack so I want to experiment and see if it does and how long it will last.
For this i would also let the plants grow out of the eye sockets as well so maybe the head could actual be a skull.
next post will be making the mold/clay for the head. For both ideas.
I wanted to look into head space within drug use and metal health, as they can be linked, so I was thinking of using mushrooms to show the growth of a mental health but also people link mushrooms to drugs (e.g. magic mushrooms).
She is an artist that has made me think of a way to develop my idea and make it a lot more interesting and something I would love to experiment with.
These are some works of her that I found interesting but the one that really caught my eyes was one where she has a human head and had a plant out the top of it..
This image is what gave me the idea of how I could improve and develop my work in to something more interesting and experimental than just a simple sculptor. I still have more ideas than this one but I want to experiment with it to see how well it would work.
When first looking into heads I was thinking of going through a drug like subject but after seeing this it made me think of a better was to show my work, and have the plants roots crack the work. I have a plan for this but ill put it on another post.
so from this next I will be making a plant of how I could now do the ideas of my next experiment. I will also be adding designs and possible images of it.
One of my ideas for the head space project within sculpture is drugs and mental health. A lot (not all) people do sue drugs to help them get through depression and other mental health problems but they are not always linked.
I wanted to develop on from what we did in the beginning of this project where we made head molds for plaster and also made a box within woodwork.
Mushrooms (drugs and metal health)….
when I thought about a way to show metal health and drugs i thought of mushrooms first as not only do people connect them to drugs but it growth of mental health. mushrooms can be found on dead trees, these trees are normal hard wood (e.g. oak and beech trees). They are also found on tree stumps and fallen trees/branches.
These are some photos I took that I found inspirational.
My Links To Headspace…..
The mushroom would show how that persons mental health had died and now is growing into something more dangerous. This is through how they grown on dead things and they are normally seen as poisonous. Then they would also link to drugs and this would be involved in making your headspace better as you escape the bad thoughts.
Link Back To Before Induction…..
These are some of my ideas I want to try within this idea and see how each on them work. One of them involved the my box ideas as well.
I want to try this idea with clay and also plaster, I think they clay will work better due to being able to stick things to it better.
Now I had made the cardboard box. I can move on and start to make it out of wood. I started this on the 26.10.2020.
I took the cardboard box I had made down to the wood work shop. This would be used as a physical plan that I could use. I took the paper plan to use if I needed it, i never did use it as having the box there helped a lot.
At first I had 4 hours within the workshop. this is from 10-1pm. so I wanted to do as much as I could within this time. so as soon as I was in there i talked to one technician to see what they thought I should do then I started straight on to the walls of the box.
Making The Walls…..
I started by measuring out the sizes that I want each wall to be and this was 28cm x 28cm. this was to cut out the whole square without the windows in it yet. I used a band saw to cut these out but I set a block to measure each square to cut at 28cm. As this would make it a lot easier and quicker to cut each square to the exactly right measurement
To make this quicker I taped all the squares together as they are all the same size, so I would be able to drill a hole into one of the corners and then use a (I could be wrong) type of band saw that can nearly do 90 degree turns. I used the to be able to cut against the lines and then get close-ish to the corners and at the end just go in from either side to get the full 90 degree. this meant I could do ass the squares at once.
These where the squares when they were finished, I am happy with out they turned out even thou they are not perfect. I really do like the fact that its not perfect as it does give more of the olden look die to not being a good shape and a bit worn.
Making The Base…..
This was the final drawing of how big and the shape I wanted the base to be. Drawing the base was so much harder than I thought it would be. I didn’t know what angles the lines should be due to my cardboard piece being a weird shape. All I knew is that the lines had to be 27.4 cm, due to the wood being 0.6mm thick. So for the base to fit within the walls it needed to be a bit smaller.
so I started by marking out the bottom line to the side of the wood (so I wouldn’t waste any wood). I marked out half way on the 27.4cm line so I knew where the opposite side of the box should land. I used the walls of the box to put them together with tape so I could place this on to the wood for the base. then I keep moving and placing the walls to how I wanted the shape to be and when I had done that I then drew with a pencil on the inside to have the shape.
When I was happy with the shape I went to the band saw to cut out the shape but I left about 0.5-1cm gap so I could sand it down to make sure that it would fit the box.( photo was before I sanded it down).
Gluing The Walls To The Base…..
These are the photos of me starting to glue on the piece of wall this was kind of easy as it was only gluing them on but it was also hard trying to keep them tightly on. I started by gluing them on at the bottom but then decided to also add a line of glue both above the bottom joint and between each wall to put them together as well.
Second Time In The Workshop…..
This was the ending of 4 hours I had. so I decided to go for lunch. I then talk to some people and no one wanted to use the woodwork room but two other students so I decided to go back in for another 2-3 hours.
For this time I wanted to try and do the roof. little did I know this would be even harder than I thought. it took me cutting out 18 triangle just to get 5 that would fit well.
so I used one piece of wood, as my thought were that if I did one triangle that would fit, all the other would as well if they where the same. this didn’t work as the box isn’t a perfect shape. so I used a piece of card board to cut two triangle that would fit. these ended up being 28cm x 30cm x 35 cm (I think). this took me a lot of attempts and trial and error (in the end took be about 1-2 hours) then when I had worked it out I ended up with two triangle the same, another two triangles the same and the last one was completely different.
This does now mean I had no time to complete the roof into wood so right now it is just cardboard.
This is how my wooden box looks when I had to leave the wood workshop. It was glued together but I left the tap on to make sure it fixed into place.
From this I decided to leave the roof as cardboard, this ended up being a really good idea as it gave it a good effect when painting.
Painting The Box(27.10.2020)…..
This was a very dark brown that i used to paint the entire inside of the box (the floor and the walls). i wanted the inside to be darker than the outside but also carry the oldest look still.
So then I decided to add a lighter colour onto the outside. I wanted to have an old brown wood, so I also added in other browns and a little green while the paint was wet so it looked damaged and old.
This is what all the sides looked like after I had added more detailing into the wood and I decided to add flowers and leaves to add more or a look that its been left for a long time. Then I moved onto the roof.
This was the roof when I sorted out where each bit goes and added a lot of tape to secure the movement of the roof. I knew if I add watered down brown acrylic onto the roof I could get a really nice texture for the roof so that’s what I did.
This was the effect of the roof after the first layer. I didn’t want to take away from the texture but I did want to add more detailing of the colour and look of it. So I lightly added more paint in different shades and a little bit of green.
This is the final look of the box with the painting and wood work. I am really have with how this has turned out. Another thing I want to add if some nature and possibly bones into the box to have a bigger meaning to the piece and a better look. I am not going to do this until I know what the plan if with the box.
I was set a task where I had to make a box out of carboard. The only conditions where that the box could not just have 4 sides, like a normal cardboard box and one of the sides had to be open.
At first I didn’t know what to do so I just messed around making different shapes with the cardboard then I decided to make a kind of bird cage shape. I wanted to this include a roof with a 5 sides shape and this to lead to the sides having 5 sides and the bottom only 1.
I made some of the plan on the 12.10.2020 when I was first given the task. Then I made the box on the 19.10.2020 and wrote on the plan the changes I want to make and how I could do this in woodwork.
I completely forgot to take photos while making the box as it was not as simple as I thought it would be. I really like the box now and I love the fact i have painted it as a old box as it feel it gives it a better aesthetic.
I started by making the 5 triangles the roof. This was a stupid idea as none of them are the same size. This means the box has a odd shape but I feel this give it an older look and more character. But this does mean it would be harder to get measurements to make the box into wood.
As I feel like the roof as just the triangles looked off and kind of naked. I decided to add the dropped edges, so that it had more of a flow instead of having a sharp cut off.
So as it is a “modified” bird box I decided to have the windows in the side. The idea behind this is that I would add a meshing into the windows, this is to have the feeling of being trapped but you can see in and out but its just harder to.
these walls are just two strips of cardboard that are stood up in each corner. this was one of the hardest parts to create, as I didn’t make it as just a square with a hole in it. Now I have finished it, I know to make the walls as one and just cut the holes into the sides.
To add strength i added in the last bar at the bottom. this is to keep the strips of cardboard at the corners in place and straight. for this whole box i used masking tape to keep everything together.
This was the easiest bit as all I did was side the structure onto the cardboard and then draw around the inside and cut it out. Then I use masking tape in order to tape it on to the bottom.
Now I have made this box, I am going to make it into wood. The only thing that is going to change is I will make the walls as a whole square and then cut the holes in. The shape will probably change as I can move and bend cardboard a lot more than woods. so the roof works within cardboard so i will have to use trial and error within the wood workshop to be able to get the roof right.