To experiment with the form of the funnels I’d liked so much, I created some initial models from Mod Rock. It’s a fabric and plaster sheet that comes in a roll form. The process involved simply cutting striped,squares and disks from the fabric plaster, placing them in warm water and placing them gently on the surface of the funnels. One a basic shape was created I added curves and height to the bases and experimented with different handle forms.
These are some of the handles I created , from research I’d found that handles with a larger end where more comfortable and reassuring to the user. I also created a small base that stood with no handle to try to imagine the possibility of a slot system were the handle would be added from underneath. This would mean the components could be made from separate materials.
When placed over a lamp the light quality was very interesting in it’s patterned,textured effect. The light escaping from the top adds another element to the lamp and prevents it from looking too bell like.
The mod rock modelling is a start, it’s made me consider a variety of different elements including :
1. The light quality – the texture and thickness of the walls of the material created a warm glow but was slightly to organic and unfinished looking. Despite this there is a possibility of adding bead or strands to plaster to create texture and this must be explored further.
2. The handle width and length as well as how it could be separated and re attached. There could be more than one material used to add intrest and translate the movability and interactive ability of the smaller lamps.
3. The base height looks better when it’s deeper as it creates more of a surface for light to emit through.
4. How will the electronics be kept up inside the lamp, a ring of some sort will need to be designed.
My feeling now is that I am on the right track but much more investigation is needed into the form, what works and what doesn’t, aswell as materials what will work well with the LED’s light . This next week I plan to continure to post all of my experiments before coming to a conclusion on both form, materials and manufacture processes.