In my last video on Project 10 stage 2 I explained how I was using the works of Marjorie Schick, the shape of the Swan Bell Tower and my theme book image of a scarab beetle as my inspiration for my final piece.
In that video I sketched a design idea, this was one of a number of designs that are in my theme book and were scribbled down on a coffee shop napkin
This was my preferred design as it had the structural qualities I was seeking and a dramatic silhouette.
To produce a life scale drawing, I did a rough sketch of the two main sections, cut these out and pinned them in place on my tailor’s dummy. A few adjustments, adding paper and recutting led to a shape and size I was pleased with.
The next stage was to cut out the scarab wings. I used a print out I had done previously to get the shape and size of the wings.
The wing size was too small for the supporting panels so I enlarged it, and then decided that a mixture of the two sizes would look better than one size on its own. I cut multiples of each size out of paper and played around with pinning them onto the base panels and curving them to show the 3d effect.
Finally I put the piece back on the dummy to see how it looked.
I will leave this design for a day or two now and then come back to it with a fresh look to see if I want to alter the positioning of the wings or add more to it.