Thursday, October 21, 2010

Jewelry III, Project 1 "To Contain", part 1

[To Contain project]

"My old jewelry box"

Copper, nickel silver tubin; die-formed, gesso&sharpie painted.

appx. 2 x 2 x 1.5 in.

I'm inspired from the memories with my little sister when I was around 10 years old.
I had a plastic jewelry box which was all covered with cute stickers. I used to put candies, plastic rins or barbie stuffs.
This box can be open in three parts, and this unusual opening came from the idea of hiding my sister's ring. I used to hid her candies or rings in my jewelry box when I was mad at her!
All cute sharpie drawings on the surface show how I covered my jewelry box with stickers.

I love this work except these ugly hinges... They are solder-plated. omg, and also I should more focus on making inner catchers. They don't work properly.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

These are brainstorming/rough sketches of the project "To Contain" from J III.
It is a 2 x 2 x 1.25 inch jewelry box.

Monday, September 27, 2010

"forget-me-not" ebony ring

This ring is made of Ebony, Gaboon, and decorated with enameled silver flower,
"forget-me-not". I like the color comvination: glossy blue and matt black.
When people coat enamel on silver, they would use fine silver, which i didn't have, so I made fine silver piece from sterling silver. Torching sterling silver blows copper away, you can see dark black oxidation on the surface of annealed sterling silver.
Torch it, and pickle it over and over agian till the oxidation doesn't come out, and then you get a fine silver. :D ....but I am telling this, you don't want to do this, this technique takes time endlessly.
so .. I recommend that you'd better buy Fine Silver if you want to enamel them! :)

"Hug" designed products

Ring sketches; Designin for production

Monday, September 20, 2010

Small Wood Unique Pieces

1. Wood USB driver
-Could we really not come up with a better way to violate these animals via USB? Apparently not, and I have no better suggestions to offer as far as the placement of their uh, receptacle. Poor guys get no respect at all. Just living out USB life day after horrible day, like a having perpetual proctology exam as time slides toward infinity.

You can thank Japanese company Marubeni InfoTech. This is their line of wooden USB drives. Each features a 1GB storage capacity and you get five animals to choose from: dog, pig, elephant, hippopotamus and a swan, available in maple or walnut. They’ll cost you $73. Is there an organization for the ethical treatment of wood animals?

2. USB Driver with notes
This 2GB thumb drive is encased in White Oak. It’s basically a Jenga game piece with tiny little Post-It Notes glued on. It may not look like much, but at least it combines two items that take up room on your desk into one device.

The only problem is that when the Post-It notes run out, you’re stuck with a wooden flash drive that somehow finds it’s way into the Jenga box to mingle with all the other pieces, only to be lost forever since no one plays that stupid game. The notes, being an odd size can’t be replaced easily. All for $30.

4. Customized Wooden Engagement/Wedding Ring Boxes!

5. Padouk Wood Business Card Case

No matter how good you are, no one’s going to hang on to your business card if it’s crumpled from being in your pocket. Maintain a sharp professional appearance with a card holder that’s more than simply adequate, but noticeable and attractive. The Padouk Wook Business Card Case by Masakage Tanno makes a great conversation piece and holds your cards elegantly inside. To keep a smooth, non-obtrusive appearance the case is held shut by a magnet. $82

Read more: Padouk Wood Business Card Case Cool Material

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Designing for Production _ wooden rings, "All about nature"

I use Paduak, the red color wood above, and ebony, the dark black wood.

I made a organic shape of wooden ring. This uneven shape and texture feels comfortable when I wear them.

These are bangles have as same design as my rings.

Monday, September 13, 2010

"Friend of the Night" _ Honors Project

Sometimes, when I go back home after working late at school, I see the dark night sky filled with clouds. When I was around ten years old, I used to be afraid of being under the night sky when filled with clouds. I used to think that the clouds might fall down. Also, the stark contrast between black sky and the white clouds freaked me out. During such nights, I would hang my head and run straight home.

Tonight, however, the clouds felt more like my friend of the night. I found it difficult to keep my eyes focused on the road because I couldn't help but want to stare at the sky. At that moment, I was listening to "Friend of the Night" by Mogwai. I find this piece of instrumental music to be inspirational, especially for my work. Tonight, while driving under the cloudy night sky, I felt calm and happy. The atmosphere, created by the music and the night sky, led me into a dreamy trance. It was quite an inspiring and relaxing drive home.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Honors Project _ intro

I have couple of rough sketches, and just dicided my design theme;
"Ideas that you don't want to miss everyday."

I focus on making more functional wooden box than I've made from last semester, and I hope my works will be part of our life. People carry thier everyday objects such as pills, cigarette, or glasses, and they might need a container to carry those. This leads me to improve my former wooden boxes adding functional aspect. Also I'd like to apply my theme "Ideas that you don't want to miss everyday" into my works.

Here's I bring several ideas;
Hug your friends with your both arms,
Look up at the sky and take a deep breath,
Smile at people
and so on.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

silk cord supply

Thursday, April 15, 2010

COHDA: Recycling Design Factory at Dott 07

COHDA: Recycling Design Factory at Dott 07
by Ariana Mouyiaris, 11/22/07

One of our favorite eco-design visionaries Cohda Design recently brought its amazing recycling design process to the public by staging an interactive event that showed off its recycling machines and allowed the public to participate in the process of turning plastic bottles into beautiful designer chairs.

As part of the Design Council’s Dott 07 conference in Newcastle, Cohda Design created the Recycling Factory, a live public display that “allowed visitors a front-row seat in viewing a range of recycled products being born.” Members of the audience were asked to bring along plastic waste that was then transformed by Cohda’s U.R.E. process, creating a range of functional design objects. Culminating two years of research, the aim of U.R.E. (the un-cooled recycled extrude process) is to “(A) view waste packaging as a valuable resource as opposed to an ecological difficulty, (B) utilize the embedded energy present in waste plastics, and (C) generate a new recycled design aesthetic.”

This live-show technique, pioneered by Design Miami/Basel this summer that showcased designers working in open studios throughout the exhibition space, is a new take on the design process, signaling the rise of a “design as performance” model. Over the nine-day event, running from October 20-28, the Cohda space filled what started off as bare display occupied only by a set of machines that would produce these second-life plastic designs.

Along with many individuals and enterprises hoping to spread an awareness of their work and highlight their process, an archive of time-lapse movies from the Recycling Factory can be found on the Cohda website.

+ Cohda

+ Cohda Recycled Plastic RD4 Chair

Product Overview
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Product Overview
Clear, fast-setting, non-staining adhesive for paper products
Permanent and repositionable bonds
Convenient spray application for larger areas
All paper products

150ml can

Thursday, April 8, 2010

making newspaper pot

How to Make Sturdy Recycled Newspaper Pots

Making pots for seedlings is a great way to recycle newspaper and save money gardening. These recycled newspaper pots are relatively easy to make and make transplanting seedling to the garden very easy. Making pots this ways removes the need for any tape, glue, string, or staples and results in a sturdy recycled newspaper pot.
Step 1
Start with a single page of newspaper folded in half on the crease.

Step 2
Fold the newspaper in half again, lining up the bottom and top edges of the newspaper.

Step 3
Cut about 3-3 1/2 inches off of the right side, through all four layers. If your newspapers are wider you may not need to cut any paper off. (The newspapers we used were approximately 11 inches wide.)

Step 4
Fold in half from the bottom up.

Step 5
Crease well.

Step 6
Fold in half from the left to the right.

Step 7
Crease well.

Step 8
Take the bottom right corner (blue flower in the photo) and opening up the flap, line the corner crease up with the crease in the middle.

Step 9
Flip the whole thing over.

Step 10
Repeat with the flap on the left. (red flower in the photos)

Step 11
Pull the left and right flap that are face up together.

Step 12
Pull the back two flaps together. You should now have a smooth looking "triangle" with no loose bits.

Step 13
Fold the top right flap in so the edge meets the middle crease. Crease firmly.

Step 14
Fold the same flap in again (kind of like a paper airplane).

Step 15
Repeat with the top left flap.

Step 16
Flip the whole thing over and fold both flaps in the same way as the previous side.

Step 17
Fold the tabs that are facing up into the pot so that the top folded edge lines up with the sides.

Step 18
Flip the pot around and fold down the other tabs.

Step 19
Fill with potting soil, dirt, or seed starter and plant your seeds or seedlings.

We normally make a bunch at once. To keep the folded in tabs from coming undone, we collapse the first pot, folding the sides in like the sides of a gift bag and place it under a book. Once another pot is complete we simply place the first pot inside of the second. The pot inside is still collapsed like a gift bag and keeps the second pot from coming undone. Four collapsed pots fit nicely into one expanded pot.

This also makes it easy to keep track of how many pots you have made since each group consists of five pots.

Step 20
Place your recycled newspaper pots on an old cookie sheet or tray that has a small side to keep pots from falling off.

Eco Gadgets: Recycled chandelier gives new look to broken glass

Eco Gadgets: Recycled chandelier gives new look to broken glass

Eco Factor: Chandelier made from broken glass bottles.

Canadian designer Eric Sauvé is giving a new look to broken glass, by converting all those sharp glass bits into a stunning chandelier to grace your indoors in a sustainable fashion. With a diameter of 80 cm, the chandelier can be coupled with any energy saving light bulb to illuminate your interiors.

sustainable material -glass

This bracelet from Betty Belts is made with sustainable recycled glass and crystal beads. Named after the newest Betty B. Team Rider Jeanette Ortiz, it comes in three great colors, black, clear and ivory. This sweet little bracelet is made with sustainable recycled glass and crystal beads (black and clear) or recycled glass beads (ivory). The jet black is strong and feminine at the same time. Wear the clear one with any color and see it pick it up through the glass. The ivory color is classic and unique at the same time.

They look great worn three or more at a time and/or combined with other bracelets they would look great paired with silver.

This item is hand made under fair trade conditions in a local and woman-owned artisan workshop on the beautiful Island of Bali. No sweatshops, all good vibes!

sustainable material - wood


Everything we do affects the environment around us. It is impossible to construct a building without having some impact on the world’s environment. Designers and builders are becoming more aware that the selection of materials, building systems and equipment can reduce the effect of construction on the world around us.

Designers and building owners in North America and elsewhere are embracing the concept of “Green Buildings” and are making choices that reduce energy use, reduce the use of non-renewable materials, and reduce the pollution caused by the manufacture of materials. In this way, they are able to minimize the impact or “environmental footprint” of a building.

As designers make conscious environmental choices, they are returning to the only building material that uses the sun’s energy to renew itself in a continuous sustainable cycle – wood. Wood is the only major building material that is renewable. Warm, natural wood uses less energy and produces less air and water pollution than the energy intensive manufacture of steel and concrete. In addition, new technology is producing engineered wood systems that maximize the use of the material to reduce resource use. In looking at the scientific evidence, wood clearly makes the grade as the green building material of choice.

There are many claims of environmental performance, making it difficult for designers to determine the right choices. In order to assist designers, builders and building owners in these choices, criteria and methods to evaluate performance are being developed by the US and Canada.

sustainable chair

sustainable material - paper

Paper accounts for over 40% of the trash we produce here in the U.S. That is a crazy amount of waste! Rather than tossing junk mail, newspaper, or any other paper scraps into the trash or recycle bin, you might consider giving those materials a brand new life with one of these fun tutorials:

Sustainable knitting

Knit 2 Your Heart's Content
EcoMetro Guide East Bay Tuesday, November 10, 2009 01:06 PM

-Elliott Mamauag, EcoMetro Guide East Bay Market Director

Every knitter's heart does a little purl every time they see a sheep. Not simply because of the inherent cuteness contained therein, but because they are imagining the lifetime of warm and cozies that can come from the irrepressible growth of wool.

Knitting has always been the ultimate sustainable craft; the purest, most organic materials used in the craft grow from an animal's back. Sheep, llama, rabbit and even cat and dog fur can be used to make yarn. However, knitting has recently undergone an even greener revolution. With advances in turning plant fibers into yarn, you can now enjoy a hat made from hemp, socks of soy or a belt of bamboo. Stocks of organic cotton yarns are also making their way to store shelves.

With winter approaching it is a perfect time to pick up or rejuvenate your knitting skills. Not only are knit items always appreciated as gifts, but they can be donated to those in need (please go here for a comprehensive list of charities). Our partners at Article Pract in Oakland, K2TOG in Albany or Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics in Berkeley will be more than happy to assist you with any questions you may have or materials you may need; don't forget your EcoMetro Guide when you go !

Thursday, March 25, 2010

went to DC on last SAT

Esther Knobell's works are just fabulous! I couldn't take pictures - I couldn't even ask to do-, but I sketched some works with other artists'. Most empressive work was a film laminated flower petals, roses, and they look as fresh as real live flower.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Laser cut money art

Tattoo artist Scott Campbell has created this series of laser cut currency, where each stack is formed from one dollar bills. They were part of his Make It Rain solo show at O.H.W.O.W. Gallery.

[via Design Boom]

[last image via Divine Caroline]