When this project was assigned I was very excited! As a class we had learned about company's making furniture out of cardboard but I instantly knew what I wanted to create. I didn't want to make a chair or bed because that had been done, so I decided to do something I hadn't seen. I chose to create cardboard art, a cardboard picture frame with artwork that would tie a room together when combined with other groups furniture.
I started to think about how I was going to make such a thing out of one piece of cardboard. I made a few different little designs to see if it could even be done. Once my group and I had assembled a few ideas we chose on. We chose a frame with 45 degree angles in the corners because we felt it was very recognizable as a frame and looked very nicely.
Once that was decided we got to work on a small prototype to test the idea. We put one together then realized we needed art work to go in it. We couldn't put a drawing or painting inside because the only material we could use was cardboard. We brainstormed and came up with a 3D picture that would jump out of the frame to the view. That was something really unique and innovative. We decided to do a deer looking out with a turned head because that type of image is pretty common and it would be our way to adding our only embellishments and ideas to a proven piece of art work. Once we did that we thought using different texture would help make our image even better so we came up with a great frame by peeling a layer.
Once we decided the prototype was good we got to work on the final piece. This piece had to be great so we had to focus. We put a lot of time into the measurements and cuts to make it look the best it could. We put everything together in a larger scale and created out final piece. However, there was a problem. When we enlarged our design it took away the sturdiness of our frame corners. They weren't flush against one another so we improvised. We used pieces of cardboard to cover the space that didn't look great and made all the corners look the same. We made it look as though that was our primary idea and it turned out great!
What did you create a prototype of?
Cardboard Picture Frame with 3D Deer.

What challenges did you encounter when building the prototype?
Some challenges I encountered during the building of the prototype were basic. I could picture what I wanted to create in my mind but it was hard to actually make it happen. I had to go through several prototypes before deciding on one. Also, the size was rather large for a prototype but still the small cuts and precise measure needed for a frame were difficult.

Please describe how you solved these challenges
I just say down and focused. I used the picture I had in my head and just problem solved. Once I found a solution that work a little I built off it. I used a basic design at first and once I got the basics down that is when I made it more elaborate.

Did the prototype turn out like your original sketch? Why or Why not?
The prototype doesn't exactly match the sketch. This is because I could decide what I wanted to do really. I knew I wanted the frame and that came of very close to the drawing. However, the deer was a collaboration with Tanaka and we had to change that around a lot to work.

What was your role in the group? Leader, worker, designer, etc.
I feel like I was all three roles in the group. I feel I came up with great designs for sure. Also, I am very hands on so I was involved in working on it and also because it was mainly my vision I dictated work and listened for improvements.

How would you describe your work ethic and use of time during class?
I feel I am a very hard worker. When my mind is set on something I go all out and get it done. I think we were all laxidasical workers to some degree. We knew there was no rush on this project and all took our time. However, when a deadline was given I worked very hard to get things done and I often found myself puttin away materials after the last bell of the day because I just didn't want to stop before it was 100% complete.

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    This blog is intended to show the work I have done as I continue through my Architecture course.