Sunday, June 13, 2010

(3-D) Design Problem #5: Introduction to Stone Carving

Stone is a unique material.  It is difficult to work with and yet people are always intrigued at it's beauty.
 For your first project of the summer, you have been provided a piece of alabaster or soapstone.
During the first two weeks of the summer I want you to plan-out 5 different ideas.  You may take a
traditional approach and carve an organic form that takes advantage of the translucent qualities of the
 stone. Or, you might want to take a less traditional approach using mixed media materials.  Either way
 you must demonstrate 2 principles of design and keep the design of the sculpture abstract or at least
representational abstraction.   I've include 2 examples of what not to do at the end of the blog.

a great example of mixed media and carved stone.  This piece is
someone representational, but still has a abstract or dreamlike quality to
 the work.
This is a great example of a mixed media abstract sculpture that truly highlights
the aesthetic qualities of each of the materials.  If you would like to experiment with exotic woods, you
might want to check out MacBeth Hardwoods of Berkeley.  Combining alabaster with beautiful dark,
exotic woods is a great why to create contrast in your sculpture.

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abstract stone sculpture by Pamela Soldwedel

Below are two examples of what not to do:

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