Making 5 Plant Hangers

Making 5 Plant Hangers

Inspiration

Living in a small space but couldn’t stop myself to buy new plants, I decided to make plant hangers for this projects. I wanted to use many small pudding bottles that I have as a vase as well. So, I started my sketch from 2 inch diameter hole in the wood plate which also fit tiny terracotta pots.

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Materials

  • Wood

  • Jute Rope

Tools / Machines

  • Wood Cutting Machine

  • Sanding Machine

  • Drilling Machine

  • Sanding Machine

  • C clamps

  • DIY Jig

  • Scissors and Scotch Tape

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Making my DIY Jig to make the hexagon shape and drilling

Making my DIY Jig to make the hexagon shape and drilling

Process

I cut the wood into square shape first, then made my own jig to cut the corners of the squares in order to create the hexagon shape. After that I drilled the hole in the middle of the wood to make a space for the bottom of the pudding bottle/terra-cotta pot to sit better and more stable. After that using the jig and to drill 4 small holes for the jute rope. And finally, Sand the pieces.

Using DIY Jig to make a hexagon shape

Using DIY Jig to make a hexagon shape

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Use a stop blocks to drill the hole in the middle of the piece

Use a stop blocks to drill the hole in the middle of the piece

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Use DIY Jig again to drill a holes for the jute rope

Sanded and ready to put the rope on :)

Sanded and ready to put the rope on :)

And here is my plant hanger! - and I have 5 of them :D

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Conclusion

Making DIY Jig and using stop blocks seems very complicated and taking too much time at the beginning. Anyway, after it all set up, everything all went very smooth and effective - definitely much faster than repeatedly do everything one by one for sure. The unexpected thing for me in this project is balancing the hanger by the jute ropes is very hard! and I have no idea that you need to know some certain trick which is you should start from the top knot first so it’ll be easier to balance the hanger.

ICM W1 : How computation applies to your interests

How computation applies to my interests

I moved to New York a couple years ago to take care of my husband whom diagnosed with cancer. So, I can definitely say that my husband has a very huge influence on me to really care about computation and want to apply it more to my interests since he is the first person who teach me to code in the hospital while chemo ports and IV drips were still sticking on his skin. 

As a designer who have an architecture background, then shifted from architect fields to do illustrations and motion graphic for a political movements in Thailand and ended up be part of the activist group for human right against lese majeste law, I think applying computation to my interests will open my imagination and help me to create a new tool that I might be able to use to do somethings good to myself and maybe a little bit to this world either.

The projects that I interested in are mostly a mix between my backgrounds, so it’s a mixed of interactive architectural/space concept, story telling and political/social movements related.


Here is some of the projects I love and Inspires me :

Hansel and Gretel : Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Mouron and Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei is famous for his ‘art as an activist” but I love this project especially because he was collaborated with one of my favorite architect firm to create an interactive space where you could learn about surveillance and how the authority invade our privacy, also lean the whole process by being a target yourself.



Voz Alta : Rafael Lozano-Hammer

Rafael Lozano-Hammer is an artist who use electronic parts as a tool for his story-telling. Even though he might be known more from his Pules projects but I love this piece the most because the way he chooses to tell the story of the project on the site is very subtle but powerful.



Into the Light : James Turrell

As an architect I’m always interested in how lighting can create a curtain feeling and moods for the space. And James Turrell is just the greatest artist whom concerned with light and space in the world. I actually cried while experiencing this piece since when entering the room I feel that I enter a boundless immense space like a vast empty heaven and it just brought up all of the memories about my late husband.


Drill at Park Avenue Armory : Hito Steyerl

Hito is an artist/film-maker/writer whom always open me to the new theory about the world and technology around me. This show has her video installations that explain a lot of her ideas together and it just mind-blowing.


Also Zach Lieberman’s daily creative code project for his openFramworks is always very inspiring both by the projects and his artistic discipline.



For the self portrait assignment. I did…

Portrait at 5AM

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Portrait at 5AM is a self portrait of me trying to figure out my code for ICM class homework while looking for the hope to sleep. The pitfall that I hit and still couldn’t figure it out is when I try to do some small movements for the eyes to create the ‘eyes rolling in the back of the head effect’ using variable. I also try to make the eye rolling effect by changing the size of black eyes to get smaller and disappear with zeno paradox but the affect that I got was working too fast and quite hard to recognize. So, now I ended up with the effect that the black eyes will get smaller then disappear in time but it will slowly come back and get bigger until it cover all the portrait, turning it to be just a black screen - which is kinda weird but it look like I just turned off the light and go to sleep. :D

Making Flashlight

Apple paper folding flashlight

Inspiration

My Inspiration for this project is actually came from materials itself. After starting to gather some leftover electric parts, I found many small LEDs, some wire, different types of battery and some conductive tapes which I ended up start to work with.

I choose to go with the red LED light. So, many of my initial sketch ideas just poured out from the red color itself. I wanted to combine the concept with my hobby; which papercraft and paper structure. For example, I came up with a flipped paper ladybug concept, a water melon card, or even a love hand sign gloves. Anyway after doing a bit of small mockups with paper structure, I choose to work with the apple concept by using the translucent paper folding as a shell for the flashlight and the conductive tape as a switch.

First sketch Ideas that come from the color red. For example; a flipped bible bee flashlight, a water melon, an apple and even the hand sign for love.

First sketch Ideas that come from the color red. For example; a flipped bible bee flashlight, a water melon, an apple and even the hand sign for love.

Rough idea for the size of the flashlight.

Rough idea for the size of the flashlight.

Materials

  • LED light

  • 3V Battery

  • Conductive Tape

  • Translucent Drafting Paper

  • Electronic Wire

Tools

  • Wire Cutter and Stripper

  • Needle and Thread

  • Cutter

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Process

For The Apple Core : Firstly, I started from the core of the piece by assembling the LED with the battery, then wired both side (positive and negative) of the battery out to use as a switch. I wanted to put a switch in a leaf form as a part of my apple concept. So, I striped the elastic cover of both end of the wire off and apply the conductive tape that was already cut in a leaf shape on.

Checking LED light with the battery then assemble by attached it together with electrical tape

Checking LED light with the battery then assemble by attached it together with electrical tape

Core of the apple flashlight  - Think it would be nice if it’s able to hang as an actual apple, I also put a translucent plastic circle collar on it.

Core of the apple flashlight
- Think it would be nice if it’s able to hang as an actual apple, I also put a translucent plastic circle collar on it.

For The Shell : Cut the paper in a long rectangular shape, mountain folded and valley folded the paper followed the structure pattern, then assemble the paper by using a needle and thread into a round shape.

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Assemble : Finally, it’s time assemble! I put a thread at the plastic collar of the apple core with the needle, then just put the cover shell over. Just like a lamp - a miniature one.

Assembling!

Assembling!

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and time to play! :D

and time to play! :D

Conclusion

It was a very fun project especially when I was able to combine it with my interest in paper structure.
I ended up learning a lot about how to wire a basic circuit in many different ways. And even though I have some knowledge of paper structures, but sometimes you’ll never know that it’ll work or not until you try it out, so I had to give up so many initial ideas. I also learn in a hard way that things that look easy wasn’t always easy as it look and you might need to spend so much time than you expected just to figure out with your concept idea that will actually work.

Soundwalk 9:09

Experiencing Soundwalk 9:09

Soundwalk 9:09 by John Luther Adams

Subconsciously trying to walk between the Met and the Met Breure in 9 minutes as suggested by the piece’s name at first, I felt pretty tense by the time frame and couldn't fully focus on the piece because I kept looking at my watch and the map. The pieces has many layers of sound that kind of asking me to slow myself down and truly listen to its tunes. So after the first walk downtown to the Met Breure, I set the ‘Uptown’ piece in loop and deliberately walk/stop as fast/slow as i wanted and ended up spending almost 20 minutes on the same route.

Both pieces(Uptown and Downtown) has a very dream-like tune which gave me very weird senses of time in the changing; like when daylight turns to moonlight or in reverse, even though I was experiencing it in midday. The complexity of sounds that layered over busy street ambience was slowed me down to stop and try to figure out which sound is real, what is this sound made of or actually come from.
Most importantly, the piece also gave me a new way to think about making a relaxing music from uncomfortable beats since it has one of the best construction tunes I have ever heard.

I choose to do Soundwalk 9:09 piece for this assignment since English is not my mother tongue and I think it might be easier to enjoy sound experience without having any language barrier. Though the piece’s barrier is even more open than I expected because it allows ambiences, surrounding tunes and each of the walking experiences to be part of the piece. For example; on my way back uptown, a group of food truck guys on the street was using their tong to make a loud hip-hop beat that completely changed the tune I was listening at the time.