Polystyrene Foam Form Studies

  • Prototyping Form, Fall 2016, Instructor: Ayako Takase
  • Polystyrene Foam Form Studies
  • A series of forms investigating the concept of playfulness.
  • Prompt | Timeline: 2 Weeks
    Design and create models of 3 forms based on the keywords assigned.

    Design Requirements:
    - forms should communicate the adjectives you are assigned
    - each of the 3 forms should express the same formal language, but in distinctly different proportions/sizes. They must read as a family of objects. Use the following dimensions as approximate guidelines for each form, you may deviate from these dimensions slightly in pursuit of a well-proportioned form
    - form 1: w 2”-3” / d 1.5”-3” / h 8”-10” (tall & skinny)
    - form 2: w 2”-4” / d 2”-4” / h 5”-8” (in between)
    - form 3: w 3”-5” / d 2”-5” / h 2” - 4” (short & chubby)

    Model Requirements:
    - primary model making material is extruded polystyrene foam. Additional material may be used in the sketch models to resolve the form (paper, plasticine, wire etc.)
    - all models will be hand made
    - models are to be sanded, filled and painted in one neutral color

    I was assigned the words "playful" and "bulbous." I began by sketching out ideas for the form families.
  • I decided to explore the quick sketch below for my family.  I wanted to create forms that would suggest a sense of animation, which would in turn lend to the idea of playfulness. I also wanted to explore gradually elongating the forms to create three distinct objects that would read well together.
  • After playing with the form and modifying my sketch to fit within the design constraints, I created the following models out of blue foam, which were sanded, coated with joint compound, and sanded again. I then painted the forms using a neutral gray primer.