After two weeks working on various light shade designs, all the different project pieces were brought together for a showcase. It was interesting to see how the brief had been interpreted differently by each student/group of students, with a variety of mediums being used to construct the lights, including wool, plastic bottles, plates and even leaves.
Most students (including myself) had opted for a single white colour palette, which I feel produced more interesting light/shadow contrast patterns when illuminated. This was particularly effective in the wool pom-pom shade (below), produced by Leona, where the spherical balls took on a hexagonal appearance when illuminated.
Whilst the contrast of light and shade was most dramatic amongst lights produced using white or translucent materials, as there were only a few shades made from more colourful materials, these were eye-catching in their uniqueness. I particularly liked the light produced using leaves (image 1), the vibrant green punctuated the stark white surroundings of the room and other light shades. Being made from a natural ‘living’ material, also meant that it was decaying and I was intrigued by its temporal nature, unlike the other lights which had been produced using man-made materials, such as plastic, which are slow to degenerate.
I have enjoyed working on this project, especially the opportunity to work with a wide-variety of students and seeing how the same brief has ben interpreted in such diverse ways.