Throughout history, ornament has been used to convey meaning as well as offer decoration on objects. Using ornamentation as a starting point, this class explores laser cutting and 3D printing techniques to create sculptural objects and jewelry with contemporary decorative elements. Through assignments, students will learn to create 2D and 3D drawings using Rhino, a powerful computer graphics and 3D modeling program. The class will use two methodologies for working with Rhino: laser cutting for two weeks and 3D printing for two weeks. Design ideas will be laser cut from a variety of materials, or 3D printed in plastic or a resin for casting in metal. Students will be encouraged to identify sources of inspiration and historical reference for their work, and to explore different materials and ways of translating from models to finished pieces. Computer technology will allow for new experiments in ornament and help create detail that would be difficult, if not impossible, to create entirely by hand. Level: all levels (beginner to advanced).
Any materials necessary for the first class meeting will be communicated to enrolled students by the instructor in advance. Otherwise, materials and supplies will be covered in the first class meeting.