Autonomatic


katie bunnell

project_Handwritten Story and Bunny Beakers

This ongoing project began in 2003 while taking a tea break at work. I really wanted to make a narrative appear on the inside of a drinking vessel as you drank from it and I was interested in finding ways of making that narrative personalised (or customised) to an individual through both the content of the story and through ‘handwriting’ the story.

I began to consider the ways in which the digital technologies we had just acquired at UCF might enable me to do that. The technicalities of the project became very complex – we scanned a handwritten story and then had to reconstruct the handwriting using CAD in order to mill the story using both the Roland flat bed mill and the fourth axis on the Bridgport mill. The fourth axis enabled me to engrave the handwritten story on to the 3D beaker shape, but the complexities of making a mould of this that would result in a story on the inside surface of a ceramic beaker got the better of us. So we decided to take a simpler route of milling the story in to a flat surface using a template that would allow us to wrap the story around the beaker. Once the story was engraved in reverse into milling board, we cast it in silicone rubber and wrapped and fixed the rubber around a basic beaker form. This resulted in the story appearing on the outside of the beaker ‘handwritten’ in low relief. We then made a simple drop out plaster mould and slipcast the beaker in porcelain.

The way that the silicone attached to the former became an issue – sticking silicone rubber to anything is pretty tricky and concealing the join seemed impossible – I tried hand stitching the rubber to make obvious join that referenced another handmaking process, but I was not entirely satisfied.

At the last attempt we created a long curved shape that would wrap around the beaker from bottom to the top. Using this as a template I drew the bunnies as if they were hopping around the beaker. The moulds for casting the silicone rubber were laser cut in perspex from 2D CAD files of the template with bunny drawing in two separate parts and in such a way as to , conceal the seam  in the silicone wrap behind the low relief of the drawing. The silicone layer was wrapped around the same basic beaker form and moulded and cast in porcelain in the same way as the handwritten story beaker.

At this stage, the initial idea of taking handwriting and hand-drawing and making them an integral and three dimensional components in a drinking vessel has been partly achieved. The processes involved are highly complex – particularly in relation to making one-off customised beakers that carry individual’s stories and drawings. But we are still working on it…

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Research Papers: Craft and Digital Technology

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Dr Katie Bunnell :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P
Dr Justin Marshall  :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)
Tavs Jorgensen  {:) {:) {:) {:) {:) {:) {:) {:) {:) {:) {:) {:) {:) {:) {:) {:) {:)
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Adam Stringer  ;| ;| ;| ;| ;| ;| ;| ;| ;| ;| ;| ;| ;| ;| ;| ;| ;| ;| ;| ;| ;| ;| ;| ;| ;|
Isabelle Risner ;-o ;-o ;-o ;-o ;-o ;-o ;-o ;-o ;-o ;-o ;-o ;-o