Thin cuts

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School of Arts, Design and Architecture | Master's thesis
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2018
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Mcode
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en
Pages
152
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Paper cutting has been a well-known and developed form of art for centuries, traditionally performed in China and Japan since the invention of paper. It is still popular today with even newer ways of cutting emerging from the use of modern technologies. This thesis builds on current and traditional paper cutting methods to develop a new type of material manipulation using digital fabrication. The focus of this work is on practice-based material research of paper, cardboard, wood pulp, plywood and metal, and explorative prototyping using cutting and bending techniques to reshape the thin sheets into three-dimensional objects, aiming to widen the boundaries of material use. The research is based on self-developed cutting patterns and is documented by photos and videos of the process and outcome. After the first tests are conducted on the selected materials, they are analysed and evaluated based on the material characteristics after the cutting process, the cutting patterns and resulting shapes, durability as well as possible functions. After careful consideration, one particular cutting pattern has been selected to be developed into the final outcome of this thesis, a pendant lamp. The design process is documented by sketches, computer models, photographs of mock-ups and prototypes. After several sets of prototypes, Sila pendant lamp is been refined to its current shape incorporating the feedback from the public and professionals in three consecutive exhibitions, where it was presented.
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Kokkonen, Ville
Thesis advisor
van der Lei, Anna
Keywords
material experimentation, laser cutting, paper, lighting design, plywood
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