This semester in my final Construction course we are to study an architectural material in depth and then use it in a design. My partner, Jesus Valdez, and I have chosen to study felt. It's an exciting fabric that does not fray when cut, has sound insulation properties, and is water and fire resistant. What we've found most exciting is that you can create forms using the fabric and no other material by taking advantage of the needle felting method. We have already made felt using the wet method and have begun playing with the material to see what types of forms we can make with it. Soon we will begin the design phase, but as of now we have been testing felt using origami as inspiration to create interesting three-dimensional forms.
We are in the midst of testing our hypothesis using common day objects, such as orange cones, in an out of context space and then evaluating human behavior in order to better understand boundary. Here is a video of our early tests:
This semester I am taking Advanced Design with Clay Shortall. My partner, Amy Stewart, and I are testing 'Perceived Boundaries.' Our hypothesis is based off of the idea that a boundary, however identified, can alter one's perception of a space and can change one's behavior once violated. We are first going to test our hypothesis by setting up a boundary with tape to test if it is acknowledged as a boundary and/or creates a reaction or change of path.