The assignment was to create a sculpture of an object from our childhood out of wire. For my object I decided to create a skate, an important part of my childhood. I started skating at 4 years old and have done so ever since. While the impact the sport has on my life is ever changing, it is a part of who I am. I decided to pay attention to detail in the uniquely shaped sections of the skate. I focused on creating a clear and clean shape of the blade, specifically so that it was obvious what the object was. I also spent a lot of my time manipulating the wire to create the laces of the skates. I felt like the laces were more important than the shape of the boot itself, so it was important for their structure to stand out. It was challenging to shape the wire into the idea I had for the laces because the wire was flimsy and did not look as clean. This made it difficult to identify that they were laces. I solved this problem by creating ties that tightened the wire to the outer infrastructure of the boot. My biggest problem throughout this project was time management. I should have focused on creating the structure of the boot and not letting small details bothered me. Instead, I focused on every little detail(a loose tie, an oddly shaped wire, etc.) rather than working on the bigger picture the shape I wanted. If I was to do this project again I would choose to do an object with a more natural shape, so that the small creases in the wire and measurement mistakes weren’t as noticeable on the shape, allowing me to have the opportunity to experiment with the wire.
For my wire project I chose to recreate a bop it. As a young child I was really into active games. I would spend the warm-weather days outside riding my unicycle, rollerblades and pogo stick. I remember being so happy when I received a bop it for Christmas in fourth grade because then I had something to do when I was trapped inside during the winter. For Latin’s fifth grade Lorado Taft trip I brought it along and it was a very uniting game.
I started off by using the drill to form a twisted wire which I then swirled into a cone to make it more structurally stable. Then I took two wires to created the “bop it” portion and attempted to mimic a wheel. then i took four wires and rapped a skinnier wire around it to create the actual structure of the bop it. There were a lot of challenges I faced during this project. Manipulating the wire deemed much more challenging than I initially thought it would be. However, through patience and trial and error I achieved it. Being semi-allergic to the oil covering the wire was also a hassle but gloves fixed that.
My goal was to create a wire sculpture that represented something memorable from my childhood. I chose to create a pineapple because it was and is one of my favorite foods, but more importantly, the pineapple represents the TV show Spongebob Squarepants. My brother and I always used to watch this show together, so it also represents the strong bond my brother and I share. The pineapple is also a symbol for friendship.For this project, I used 16 pieces of thin wire. I connected all of the pieces at the base of the pineapple and then twisted them around each other to create the diamond shape of a pineapple skin. The wire reconnected at the top of the pineapple after bending them into the spikes of the pineapple. The hardest part ofcreating this pineapple was figuring out the base because that is where the whole pineapple connects, but in the end, once the pattern was complete, the wire all came together at the top.
In class, I experimented with bottle caps, clothes pins, and tiny straws in order to explore what type of material might work best for the 100-Project. I found the tiny straws (on a flimsy cardboard base) to be the most difficult to work with due to their size. Though the straw project looked nice in the end, it was difficult to get the straws to stay upright while gluing. I also found the clothes pins relatively difficult to work with because their tension made them more difficult to manipulate. After completing this challenge, I have concluded that I will try to work with larger straws (which I hope will be easier to work with) because the color made the sculpture very visually interesting.
Throughout my childhood, I had a white piggy bank with my name painted on it that sat on the dresser next to my bed. I saved all of my money inside of this piggy bank, and I was always proud to add to my savings when I received money for my birthday or Christmas. For this project, I decided to replicate this piggy bank — on a larger scale — using wire. First, I created a sketch of the piggy bank in order to envision what the shape of the piggy bank would look like as I built it.
I had never worked with wire before, so this project took some experimentation before I was able to come up with a strategy to create a solid structure out of wire. I found that twisting two pieces of wire together using the drill would create the most solid structure — so I used this strategy to shape the majority of my sculpture. I build this piggy bank in multiple parts, creating the body first using multiple rings of twisted wire (in order to create a stronger frame). I then created the nose, eyes, tail, ears, and feet of the pig and then attached them to the body structure. This process sometimes proved challenging because I wanted the sculpture to be as realistic as possible, so I had to be creative with how to create various aspects of the body of the piggy bank (such as using spirals to represent the eyes). Additionally, it was sometimes difficult to manipulate the wire to do exactly what I wanted. However, in the end, I was able to create piggy bank out of wire that is both stable as well as fairly accurate to the piggy bank from my childhood.
For my wire sculpture, I built my teddy bear. I used to go to an overnight gymnastics camp when I was younger which is where I bought it and I have slept with it almost every night since. It took me a little time to figure out how to start but I ended up making 4 separate pieces – the head, the stomach, the arms, and the legs – and then attaching them together in the end. I enjoyed learning about the formation of wire throughout the project because I’ve never used it before. I believe I did a good job of making my sculpture look realistic without having it be too exact and perfect; it is abstract but you can still tell what it was. I had a hard time figuring out how to start in the beginning so I would’ve stayed calmer and just tried a few different methods before asking for help.
Although I did not make a sketch of my sculpture, I based it off of a photograph, as shown below.
In this project, I created a lightsaber out of maleable aluminium wire. It took me two designs, because the first of my ideas on how to approach the project failed. I originally tried to make a number of circles in three different sizes and attach them via fasteners made out of the same wire. This failed as the fasteners couldn’t keep the circles together that were stabile without them bending the circles out of shape. I abandoned that, and made a skeleton of the hand with a few pieces of wire and secured them with a more maleable and smaller wire that acted like a stitch. This project taught me patience, even at a time when my plan had failed and I was stuck with no way forward. It also helped me learn to use an even more steady hand, because my wire was soft enough that any sudden or rough movements could ruin my project and bend my wire out of shape. In the end, I was able to create a fairly nice looking model of a lightsaber with a pretty accurate size ratio. I decided to make a miniature as opposed to a big version because I felt like it would really convey the delicacy and intricacy involved with a lightsaber, tool of the jedi knight. Albeit very difficult, this project challenged me and encouraged me to think outside the box, which helped me grow as an artist.