Possibilities In Impossibilities

What is the difference of being an artist v.s. a fashion designer? I’m sure if you ask 100 people you’ll get 100 different answers. For me, it’s the difference between seeing possibilities in impossibilities that sets an artist apart from a fashion designer.

Very often, we artists don’t really care much about creating the most beautiful thing as the standard of beauty shifts every decade or so. At least for me the impermanence of it is not worth the effort. Instead, I find myself more interested in exploring the idea of finding possibilities in impossibilities that drives the whole process of creative experimentation. If supposed beauty comes out of it, then yay but it’s secondary to the main purpose.

Take pa’Frida 3D printed Art Installation for instance. I’m not really trying to do yet another “pretty interpretation” about Frida Kahlo, as she’s been overdone in both fashion and art fields since forever ago. Instead, I want to explore the impossibility of Making An Icon then Breaking An Icon idea through the incorporation of her iconic status.

“She has become an icon not because she wanted to but because we made her so.” - Stella Chang

When she first visited New York City in the 50’s she hated Capitalism and the idea of excessive ownership that comes with it…I can only image her rolling around in her grave lamenting the fact that we’ve made her into an artistic/cultural/social/tragic/whatever-it-is-that-fits-your-agenda icon…until we are over her and then we break her…Just like what we did to Norma Jeane Baker.

So I want to make her and break her following the time-honored American tradition and below are my steps:

STEP 1 - START WITH ONE SINGLE CONCEPT ILLUSTRATION

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Pa’Frida

It’ll started with this one single concept illustration to flush out the idea.

STEP 2 - FROM CONCEPT TO STRUCTURAL BREAKDOWN

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Breakdown

Breaking down the idea into 3D printable structural parts

STEP 3 - 3D MODELING BASED ON STRUCTURAL BREAKDOWN

I’m thinking developing this into a floating & hanging life-size sculpture with - you guessed it - The Italian basso rivlievo technique. Stay Tuned.

Sculpting Frida Kahlo's hair in Zbrush.

Creativity equals Problem Solving

Maybe it's just me but I find myself unleashing the most devastating (-_-) burst of creative energy when confronting with a problem. 

Some are expected while many others hit me like a curve ball out of the blue. To me the process of solving problem is very similar to creating something beautiful. In both cases, I'm dropped inside Pan's Labyrinth in pitch darkness, with nothing but my own wit and the many crazy friends in my head. Those friends of mine are no help at all since no one can see them but me. Grrrh. 

Case in point:

Problem 1: This is Modular, an experimental 3D printed crossbody Minaudière in ColorFabb NGEN Clear PETG, or polyethylene terephthalate glycol. It's a hard material to print and for some reasons I got 2 tiny burnt marks on the front panel. 

Solution to Problem 1: I tried hand sanding then buffing but the burnt marks are too deep, so I switched to model paint and painted it like I meant it. Yes, it's all "intentional" like we learned in art class 101. The modular bubble design is accented by swirly paint and quite honestly, I really like how this turns out especially now I can really see depth created by solid paint on opaque PETG. There's certain organic fluidity to the hard shell design. 

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Problem 2: Similar to problem 1 but with dust ball trapped within layers of PETG. 

Problem 3: Two Tiny Potholes also found on back panel. They are just inconsistency in printing that happens all the time, as for the dust ball, I dug out as much as I could.

Solution to Problem 2: Paint, paint, paint your heart out so that front panel and back panel match. Unfortunately the dust ball and 2 potholes are pretty wide apart so I use the largest motif I can think of: Rose. 

Come to think of it, maybe the million dollar idea is to custom paint the back side for each customer. Ka-Ching! 

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In conclusion, I think this Modular Minaudière turns out to be okay.