Paint swatch sculpture

May 15, 2013

I alluded to this project on Instagram a few weeks ago, and here it is in the flesh!

My latest project for SCAD was a paint swatch sculpture. Using easily accessible/recyclable items (and the A+B+C modular design scheme), we had to design a sculpture for our hypothetical client’s (the owner of a small chain of organic food stores) waiting area of his/her home office. The A+B+C modular design scheme is basically when you take one item, (which equals unit A), then repeat unit A in some pattern to make unit B, and then repeat unit B in some pattern to make unit C (a good example of modular design would be bricks).

This project reaaaally made my mind work and all week I was racking my brain trying to come up with a good material to use for my sculpture. One day, I took a browse through the hardware store for inspiration and bam! passed by a wall full of paint swatches. Needless to say, I got my idea:)

At first, I wanted this design to be a lantern and have it hang, but the paper ended up being too thick and opaque so no light could shine through. Sad face:( It ended up being a sitting sculpture instead. I’m still pleased with it though!

Materials:

paint swatch sculpture - drifter and the gypsy blog

Scissors, white thread & needle, drafting tape (to temporarily hold the swatches in place), and-of course-paint swatches.

paint swatch sculpture - drifter and the gypsy blog

I began by folding each 3×5” paint swatch sample in some sort of random triangular origami form I came up with by playing around with the paint swatches while watching TV one night. This created my A unit.

paint swatch sculpture - drifter and the gypsy blog
paint swatch sculpture - drifter and the gypsy blog

Then, I hand sewed (tedious!) two paint swatches of the same color together to create a diamond form, which was my B unit. After my B units were completed, I hand sewed the outer four edges of each B unit (more tedious stuff!). After the B units were sewn together, they formed a spherical form.

paint swatch sculpture - drifter and the gypsy blog

…And then a paint swatch sculpture was born!

paint swatch sculpture - drifter and the gypsy blog
paint swatch sculpture - drifter and the gypsy blog

I was so pleased with the result, I took my sculpture down to Pottery Barn for some sneaky pictures in one of their staged furniture displays:

paint swatch sculpture - drifter and the gypsy blog

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