Thursday, May 30, 2013

Finshed Sculpture: Foundation Stone

Some of the pieces ready for final assembly

I assembled this pieces by glueing and screwing 4 pieces at a time.

Using the steel and wood dowels to align everything. (Back view)
After it was constructed I used graphite to unify the outer dark surface and tung oil finish in the internal lighter parts. (front view)
Finished piece in Boundary Hall Gallery (back view) 

I am extremely happy in how this piece turned out. The name of the piece is Foundation Stone. I look forward to expanding on this series in the future.  

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Sami Lee Woolhiser: Spring Quarter Final Works

Hey everyone! This has been an incredible-overwhelming-exhausting-wonderful quarter. Here is the work I have produced for the Advanced Digital Sculpture class!

Alcove, fiber and wood, 38x38x24 inches, 2013

Mountain,  paper, acrylic and plastic, 12x24x12 inches, 2013

Summit, paper, acrylic and plastic, 15x15x15 inches, 2013

Crossroads, paper, acrylic and plastic, 24x24x12 inches, 2013

Archway, paper and bolts, 96x96x48 inches, 2013

Audrey Dakin: Pepakura - SCPT 250

Durring this demo I found it a little difficult to keep up, but with starting Maya two weeks before school ended I figured that it would be a little tough to grasp the program very well. Then we moved into Illustrator and the Pepakura program itself and then back into Rhino, I still haven't caught up with what I wanted to get done in those programs. I rendered a 3D form in Maya and got it into Illustrator, but I havent figured out how to convert the colors into the dots and hash marks. I will have to go back and re-watch the videos today to try and finish up this project to where I want it to be. Once I do get it printed out, I want to gesso the whole thing and then see what that looks like. Im not too sure of the final suffacing technique that I want to use but I think im going to experiment with this project.

Audrey Dakin: Waffle Structure- SCPT 250

Upon learning how to do the waffle structure, I found it helpful and a good use of armature for a structure that will be of great scale or size. I however did not find waffle structures as interesting or as appealing to me as the serial sliced structure. I felt that the detail that could be described in serial slices was not present in the waffle structure as well. So when I printed out the waffle demo, I instantly had a problem because the notches were sized wrong and the pieces  were too thick to fit into the notches. I never re-printed the pattern out because I chose to push forward with a few of the other projects that we have been working on, but I do see the importance of having learned this structure!

Audrey Dakin: 3D Printing UPDATE

I have a few updates for what I have been doing with the 3D printed pieces that I was working on.

Again here are the images of the teeth that were printed. I started taking silicone molds of them a few days ago which didn't turn out as well as I had hoped. First of all, I forgot about the sulfer based oil clay that doesn't allow for the silicone to cure correctly. So here is what my molds looked like:

The sulfer based clay didn't allow for the corners on the top picture to cure correctly, but in the middle of that one curing I remembered about the non-sulfer based clay. So the bottom picture I ended up altering this one by taking out the sulfer based clay and lining it with non-sulfer based clay. This one I had less problems with, but on both molds I had problems with the pour hole on the bottom. I could have planned that a little better so that there was only one, but I ended up having three different pour holes because I put clay on every hill on the crown of the tooth so that it wouldn't float up because I had a problem with that in the first mold. I still poured some molds just so that I could get some casts out of them, but I need to go back and redo it.

 This was with rebound 325 which I found to be neat to work with since I have never worked with it, but it is more flexible that the regular plastic which I think is rebound 300? Anyway, right now I have my molds in the freezer to make some ice molds so that the melting of the teeth resembles what would happen to your teeth if you didn't take care of them. Still going to work on these molds though!

Audrey Dakin: First Serial slice - SCPT 250

Durring the demo on how to lay out the serial slicing, I forgot to take into account that the thickness of the material would probably alter the appearance of the shape as well. So, I ended up with a squashed sphere thing that was supposed to be more rounded like a sphere but ended up being more ovular in origin.

I definately fixed that problem when I printed out my next serial slice piece which was a giant tooth. I got a little ahead of myself and I don't have any pictures of the whole tooth in serial form, but here is an idea of what the tooth looked like.

 The whole tooth ended up in that stair step type fashion. Still pushing forward with this!


By far, the CNC milling project was my favorite one from this quarter. I could visualize the end result quite clearly and knew exactly what I wanted the whole time (even though I had to endure some jokes from Prof. Scott!) I started out by getting this shape milled out of REN foam, after I created the model in Rhino. 
After that a silicone mold and a plaster mother mold were made:

 Then two casts were made, one plastic and one aqua resin with fiberglass:

After this I had to fill in minor holes and dents, gesso and then paint.
Here is the final product:

I know these could have been easily made another way, but I intend to make a lot of these in varying numbers and groups, each having their own color scheme. Having a mold makes this much easier. In addition, the work of the computer and the mill ensured an exact, technically made prototype to be cast.

These works were inspired by the work of Imi Knoebel and Donald Judd.


After experimenting with our practice cardboard slice, I decided to create a final slice with some MDF. I was basing this piece off of another shape from another work of mine, which could be shown with my waffle structure (also taken from the same type of work, see previous post*).
I am very interested in showing these 3 dimensional objects in accordance with my paintings.
Over the summer, as I plan to coat the waffle structure, I think I will work with this serial sliced object as well in the same manner.


For this project I decided to keep things pretty basic. I could foresee this being an armature for some metal piping and a sheet of glass on top to act as a side table of some sort.

Monday, May 27, 2013

CNC milling

Here are a couple of shots of my CNC milled relief and the mould I am making from it. I intend on casting about 25 of them, out of either plaster or plastic. From there i will make a 5x5 grid and project video or slideshow over them. The grid may be larger. The casts will be white to show the video effectively.


This is the plaster-covered waffle structure mid-process. I will definitely continue to use waffles as armatures for my sculptures. I am very excited to make this piece large enough to walk into. My roommate might not appreciate it being in our living room, though. The idea to make it that large came from my Survey of Women in Art class where we learned about Nikki Saint Phalle and her installation of a sculpture in which you walked in through the vaginal area. I have attached a picture of this piece for reference.

3d printing

This is the 3d printed model of my lovely fetus. I intend to make a mould so as to cast an army of them. If it is held vertically it also is an abstracted form of a pregnant woman. The circle of life is a wonderful thing.