Sterling Luna Moth Transformation - Le Dweez de Luna

3D printed model of a digital transformation to a luna moth.  Cast in sterling silver and highly polished.
3D printed model of a digital transformation to a luna moth.  Cast in sterling silver and highly polished.
Pendant
And this is how it hangs.
Haze

A fun little design project for that special someone on her birthday.  I call it Le Dweez de Luna.

 

The design focused on translating the elegant curves of a Luna Moth into digital geometry, then manipulating the latent patterns in trajectory towards transparency.  The final design is 3D printed in wax and cast in sterling silver through a lost wax process.  Finally the sleek curves receive a high polish to grab & trap light from the environment within the unfolding forms.

 

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Arnica CB1001 Sectional Analysis

What do you see?
What do you see?

Ok, well maybe just an excuse to take a break and have some fun with animated GIFs.  I do however use the ability to quickly section complex forms to make quick and precise adjustments to the full 3D model by operating at sectioned moments.  If you want to see it move, follow the link in the post title, I decided to keep the main page static.

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Patterns || Arnica CB1001

Stacking
Stacking
Repeating X
Repeating +
Gears (Rotating)

Desktop background patterns utilizing a concept rendering of the Arnica Coat Button top view.  The designs tend to form around an X, and these images are a fun test to exploit that crossing geometry at a more intense scale.  This button is designed to work as a single larger coat or jacket button as well as a smaller elegant jacked cuff button series.

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Bones & Flowers - Arnica Cufflink Prototypes

Cufflink Prototypes - 22K Gold & Rose Gold
Cufflink Prototypes - 22K Gold & Rose Gold
Rendering

Two Cufflink samples testing 22K Gold and Rose Gold finishes (coming soon).  They are resting in a prototype ceramic plate we are developing at Miscellaneous Projects with the collaboration of Choplet Ceramics Studio here in Williamsburb Brooklyn.

The design is 3D printed in wax and then cast in Sterling Silver by iMaterialize in the Belgium and plated in 18K gold by Tanury Industriesin RI.

 

More Design Samples will be coming soon, and the pieces will be available for sale very soon.

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Drawing 018 - Veins

Veined cracked surface inspired by a branch found in the desert around Ghost Ranch, NM
Veined cracked surface inspired by a branch found in the desert around Ghost Ranch, NM
Sun-dried branch found near Ghost Ranch, NM. It is dyed red by the hot red soil filling a valley floor.
Branch cracked veining close-up

I have had this branch, which I found while hiking in the desert around Ghost Ranch, NM, sitting on my bookshelf for several weeks.  I was intrigued by both the directional veining pattern enhanced by the brutal sun and dry nights and the extreme red coloration of the local sand has completely permeated the open cell structure of the wood, dying it with a chalky texture to match the surroundings.  This branch was inspiration for a drawing exploring striated and bundled veining across a surface.  Each line was first drawn across the page in quick succession, then retraced multiple times, allowing the inconsistencies in my hand, the paper and the pen to form larger cracks within the striations.

 

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Dn Studios Application

Initial design information architecture map
Initial design information architecture map
Concept sketch produced during a planning meeting @ Pratt
Initial design mockups

In a constant search for a way to collect, process, manage and integrate my work teaching architecture and design courses @ Pratt and NYCCT CityTech I have used many available software platforms to collaborate and share information between me and the students.  So far none of these have really hit the nail on the head for my teaching process and desired ease of use for the students and myself.  I have decided to take some time and build my own application.  These images are some initial sketches of information modeling, workflow and design mockups.  With an initial design and map in place I have started on the code.  I am using this as an opportunity to try out the recent release of Ruby on Rails 4 with a MongoDB powered document database supported by Mongoid.  These are all great opend source projects, making creating productive and fun tools easy and exciting.

 

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Within the Pixels.

It's like the electric surface of a pool on a sunny day.
It's like the electric surface of a pool on a sunny day.
Hypervision, it may be too real.
Powers of 10
This one almost makes me want to lay on it.

After Yesterdays post I kept playing around with the images of fungus (or molds, moss, lichen...) and just for fun threw an inversion filter into the stack.  This gave me some great new insights into adjusting the color and lighting to really bring out the resolution and hyper reality of my phones crazy camera.  There is also the added bonus of two really amazing images that tell a whole new story about this already fascinating micro world of color, form, growth and life.

 

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Rock Dwellers

I put this up in the patterns post, but feel it deserves a cover.
I put this up in the patterns post, but feel it deserves a cover.
Taking a step back, a long way to go before sentience.
Hyper Green
Somewhere in between.  Wonderful raking light at sundown.
Taking a closer look, Amazing Detail!

Of the very small and somewhat freakish variety.  These are some samples of tiny creatures that cover the mostly shady sides of large rocks and petrified trees across the desert Southwest.  Amazingly vibrant colors, and with all that folding I start to wonder if you get enough of these little guys together, could they start thinking?

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Cholla Cactus Wood - Joshua Tree National Park

Cholla cactus woven micro endoskeleton.
Cholla cactus woven micro endoskeleton.
Emerging from the protective skin.
Entrance?
Shedding
A wonderful space for a sunset.
For a little context, the living Cholla.

This is a series of shots focusing on the internal structure of a Cholla Cactus in the Joshua Tree National Forest.  Beautiful woven structures encase a central chamber.  The patterns operate at multiple scales utilizing a similar growth patterns form a complex structure and layered landscape for the harsh desert environment. 

 

We came across Cholla cactus garden at sunset on our final day, it was quite a treat to experience the florescence of the glowing spines in the raking light.  The dramatic light also revealed amazing spaces within the internal structure of the decaying plants.  I am excited to spend more time analyzing the growth structure as a growth and texture paradigm for future projects.  This is a good opportunity to expand some old research into weaving and skinning performed back in graduate school.

 

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Journey Through America's Southwest

A tangled bush exploding with the sunsetsof Joshua Tree National Park
A tangled bush exploding with the sunsetsof Joshua Tree National Park

The following series of posts will feature photographs and drawings inspired by me & LC's two week road trip excursion through the southwestern United States. This series primarily explores the flora that we encountered along the road, depicting a range of climates & adaptations to the environment from supple desert flowers, succulent cacti, supple spring leaves, twisted trees & vibrant burst of color.

 

 

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Spring Shell

Determined little fellow.
Determined little fellow.
Dangerous territory

Ran across this little fellow navigating a treacherous Brooklyn sidewalk.  Looks like it just put on a new shell and a fresh coat of paint.

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Drawing 017

Under the microscope.
Under the microscope.

A detailed look at the section through the fleshy flowering portion of a vining plant.  My students are examining the use of the Comic as a format for displaying multiple levels of scale & detail within the same layout.  This helps to fully integrate multiple understandings of a project and reduce the overall complexity of a large body of work to a few pages.  Here I am using the comic overlay frame to magnify regions of the sectioned flower in order to examine its internal structures in greater detail.

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