Kinetic Sculpture: Lights + Text

Interrupting the regularly scheduled sketchmi programming to update you on my kinetic sculpture midterm project!

Deconstructing a sewing machine to flicker two switches controlling two EL wires shaped to spell words. At any point, only one of the EL wires is lit.

Full display:

you’ve got to love
the comfortable life
will kill you

(with punctuation: you’ve got to love. the comfortable will kill you.)

Half:

you’ve got to love
the comfortable life

the comfortable life
will kill you

Might not go with these words though, as it would be super to connect it back to sewing and sewing machines. Let me know what you think!

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Kinetic Sculpture: Lights + Text

Help us jumpstart #creativeconfidence!

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T – 5 days to the projected launch of our Kickstarter campaign! We’re starting a Thunderclap campaign to supercharge our Kickstarter after its first week, and we need you to click through and support us! We have 12 days to get to 100 supporters and more in order for our campaign to succeed.

What is Thunderclap and how does this work?
Glad you asked! Thunderclap allows people to pledge a Tweet, Tumblr post, or Facebook update all on the same time, on the same day for maximum effect, kinda like an online flashmob of *awesomeness*. On May 11, if we reach at least 100 supporters, everyone who has supported the campaign will automatically post on Twitter/Tumblr/Facebook sharing the link to our Kickstarter and spreading our message of creative confidence.

For all of you who have been following this project, here’s an easy and simple way to support us by lending us your social voice. Please help! We really appreciate each and every bit of support!

Help us jumpstart #creativeconfidence!

possibilities

Books Actually (one of my favorite local Singaporean bookstores) just sent an email to share a wonderful poem by Wislawa Szymborska. Here it is:

Possibilities

I prefer movies.
I prefer cats.
I prefer the oaks along the Warta.
I prefer Dickens to Dostoyevsky.
I prefer myself liking people
to myself loving mankind.
I prefer keeping a needle and thread on hand, just in case.
I prefer the color green.
I prefer not to maintain
that reason is to blame for everything.
I prefer exceptions.
I prefer to leave early.
I prefer talking to doctors about something else.
I prefer the old fine-lined illustrations.
I prefer the absurdity of writing poems
to the absurdity of not writing poems.
I prefer, where love’s concerned, nonspecific anniversaries
that can be celebrated every day.
I prefer moralists
who promise me nothing.
I prefer cunning kindness to the over-trustful kind.
I prefer the earth in civvies.
I prefer conquered to conquering countries.
I prefer having some reservations.
I prefer the hell of chaos to the hell of order.
I prefer Grimms’ fairy tales to the newspapers’ front pages.
I prefer leaves without flowers to flowers without leaves.
I prefer dogs with uncropped tails.
I prefer light eyes, since mine are dark.
I prefer desk drawers.
I prefer many things that I haven’t mentioned here
to many things I’ve also left unsaid.
I prefer zeroes on the loose
to those lined up behind a cipher.
I prefer the time of insects to the time of stars.
I prefer to knock on wood.
I prefer not to ask how much longer and when.
I prefer keeping in mind even the possibility
that existence has its own reason for being.

possibilities

BREAKFAST Rube Goldberg Machine

Our next project for Kinetic Sculpture was to build a Rube Goldberg machine that would last for a minute, incorporate at least 10 steps, and utilize at least 4 types of simple machines. Assigned on Thursday, due on Tuesday. This class…

Here’s an illustration of our machine design — a video is in the works. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to deliver a perfect run in which all our mechanisms connected seamlessly, but we still had a lot of fun building it, and we’re proud of it.

BREAKFAST Rube Goldberg Kohrman and Goh.001

BREAKFAST Rube Goldberg Machine

Kinetic Sculpture: Fingers Run Ceiling

One of the cool classes I’m taking this quarter is Kinetic Sculpture with Terry Berlier. One of our very first assignments (after making a pantograph) was to make a mechanism that expressed a 3-word phrase that we cobbled together from 3 words we were assigned at random (noun verb noun). Mine was:

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And here is my response:

Learned a whole lot while doing this, and am slowly getting enamored with the idea of showing the grotesque in the ordinary. Stay tuned for more~

Kinetic Sculpture: Fingers Run Ceiling

Phase 2!

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We’ve officially hit the halfway point of our journey, which is exciting and scary and unbelievable all at the same time.

The last 10 weeks were all about finding a real need and transforming need to product. The next 10 weeks are all about bringing our product to real people.Kylie and I are in the thick of lots of things:

  • Making manufacturing layouts
  • Reaching out to swarms of bookbinders and arrestox suppliers and acrylic suppliers
  • Starting a social media presence
  • Working out our messaging and framing
  • Building a graphic design language
  • Etc

Ahh so much going on. Everything’s getting really real. 10 weeks, here we go!

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Phase 2!