Project: This project was about looking closer. IT was about observation and watchfulness. FOr designers and visual people looking closer is a form of research. In class every student was given a random object, I got Post its.
The challenge was to subject the object to explore its physical qualities and materiality. The project encouraged us to do things unexpected with our object and see where our explorations could lead us.
Process: I began my research by thinking about how Post it is used.. I then looked at what I had, which was a random array of sizes and colors. From this I started thinking about what I could do with this post it that took it out of its objective realm. I began to tear, draw, and then, it hit me. The shape of a Post it is a usually a perfect square, which is perfect for doing Japanese origami folding–something I grew up with as a child. I decided to fold these Kusadama Flowers. I made 12 total flowers, which equal 60 individual Post its. Together they make up this beautiful paper sculpture, which completely takes it out of its objective form.
Presentation: I wanted to show my earlier experimentations as well as the steps to my product. Initially, I wanted to create a digital presentation, but then I thought it would defeat the purpose of the activity which was to get off the computer and look closer at the object itself. I then decided to use larger Post Its to put together a “book” of what I did. The sticky adhesive created an easy binding, and I just used a little glue to adhere some of my explorations. I titled my book, “I used to be a Post it.” Find the pages below: