Aluminum ProjectㅣExploration of TextureㅣWall Piece
During the second half of my sophmore year in Industrial Design, we worked with sheets of aluminum, where we had the freedom of building anything we wanted to. I used to work with ceramics alot during highschool where texture was one of the key things that gave life to the piece. From that I wanted to create a piece with the aluminum sheet that had texture to give a different aspect than the original perfect shiny metal.
First, I started to hammer scraps of aluminum to see what kind of texture I would get on the aluminum. I found that both the dent from the hammer head and from the anvil gave a very interesting texture to both sides of the aluminum. The side I hammered in had a clear dent texture while the other side had a cleaner smoother texture. While I hammered the aluminum, I found that the piece would curve up which I decided to incorporate into my piece.
I chose the 3 basic geometric shapes to represent my exploration of a textured piece: triangle, circle, and square. I chose these 3 shapes to create something simple that I could hang on the wall. I decided to use the natural curving for the triangular shape to create wave like shapes. As for the circle, I used the back side of the hammered side to show the smoother texture which slowly transends to the next texture: the layered squares. I layered different sizes of squares by using rivets to suggest a texture that's created with the smoothness of the undented aluminum itself.