Luminaire lepidoptera gets its name from the scientific notation of species, as this project developed from an in-depth study of moths, dragonflies, and other winged insects. The luminosity of insect wings drove the design of this light sculpture, which was constructed by hand. The wire and paper combination in meant to reference the internal structure and light membranes of insect wings. The paper scales were torn by hand and individually applied to the descending panels.
Studies of insects wings under different magnifications (right)
Paintings in Gouache
On the Surface (Top)
Camouflage piece combining hidden moth shapes with tree bark. Inspired by the Peppered moth species, which experienced a period of rapid evolution during the Industrial Revolution in the United States. This natural selection was due to human pollution and the subsequent discoloration off tree bark by coal production.
Ink Expression (Bottom)
Large designs based on various tattoo artist styles and imagery, including ocean waves and peony flowers.
Sturdy little stool designed digitally and cut out with the CNC Router. Pieces were sanded and assembled, and are held together without adhesive or hardware. Entire stool can be made from one 30” X 30” sheet of 1/4” birch plywood.
Portugal: Material Sustainability
Cork Studies and "Phyto-filter" Prototype Installation
3-day collaborative intensive following a month long exploration of Portugal's material practices.
In collaboration with Alexa Thorne (BA Architecture) and Madison Murray (MA Landscape Design).
Working with the Lisbon Fabrication lab, we combined our research and field observations on Portugal's sustainable practices and systems of pattern. We were initially interested in the ability of cork to soak up oil, and the overarching problem of polluted runoff in Lisbon. We noticed high amounts of hard-scape, and low amounts of green-space in the city, and considered how to use the topography of the existing landscape in our design.
We thought about the different typologies of patterns in the city, such as the cobbled ground pattern and tiling systems, as a starting point towards creating a typology of pattern that incorporates function as well as aesthetics.
We used all natural cork products so that once the pockets filter out the pollutants from the runoff the entire bag can used as biofuel, and a series of filter pockets, that alternate from filter to phyto-plant pocket, to continually filter water as it passes through all of the stages. The modular support structure to allow for bags to be independently taken off and replaced when needed. Pockets are constructed with fabric-backed cork, cork granules, and insulation cork composite.
COMMUNITY / CULTURAL INVOLVEMENT:
Phyto-filter is a visual learning tool to inform viewers about the harmful effects of polluted runoff.
This project also addresses the need for preserving hand craftsmanship in Portugal, as this prototype was constructed by hand honoring the tradition of artisan work.
Sketchbook studies of cork composites (right)
Sketches of olive trees at Castelo de São Jorge and the interior of Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (right)
Large tree in a cage in the midst of a construction site (right)
Sketch of tile installation by Haru Ishii (right)
1800 year old olive tree and cork application concept (right)
Wool fiber, dyes, and pattern studies (right)
Sketch of Alvaro Siza's Swimming Pools and Côa Valley (right)
Studies of cork and phyto-filter concept design (right)
Stepping Stone Table
Inspired by the rocky Willard Brook of Ashby, Massachusetts, the Stepping Stone Table evokes the linear movement of jumping from stone to stone. Table stands 36" tall.
Hand-cut joinery, sanding, and finishing.
Combination of Maple and Walnut.
Hand carved and sanded wooden egg, no finish used.