• The measure of a project

    Par Stanislas Nicolas, 21/10/19





    Last week we went to Evian to measure and analyse last year's project


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    Under the rain we measured, sketched, analyzed a 3x3 meter cube of our choice of the structure. The complexity of the structure combined with a short amount of time given made it very laborious to gather all the measurements we needed to later draw precise drawings of it.



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    Back in the studio, we almost took more time sketching and trying to understand how to draw it than actually drawing. Despite the apparent emptiness of our cube, the complexity of certain parts and measurements (the diagonals for example) made it confusing to lay out.


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                                            Trying to understand to structure






  • A new perspective on our tile and drawing

    Par Stanislas Nicolas, 14/10/19


    Sketches and more sketches for a better 2D visualization of a 3D object 


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    Our second (vertical) mold which we reenforced with four horizontal plates, shellac on the inside and plastified outside. Our impenetrable (or rather unescapable) castle is taking shape


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                                                    Mountains of plaster 

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    Teamwork was a key part to making this possible, even between pairs. We helped each other in a coordinated work

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                                                                            The final pour, used hands

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    Perspective drawings, a new work giving us a different vision

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    To conclude this first phase, I believe I now understand the purpose of Crafts. It unlocked important tools for us that are going to enable us to conduct the year long project with a better understanding of the work. It was an interesting introduction to test our capabilities to plan and organize micro projects, identify our strength and weaknesses and work on them. 















  • From wood to plaster

    Par Stanislas Nicolas, 07/10/19



    This week we molded our tile in plaster. We reduced the scale of the tile to have a length of 21 cm.


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    As usual we drew a few sketches to better visualize the work we had to do and the correct measurements we needed.


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    We measured and cut the cardboard of the mold and glued reinforcements on the sides and painted a thin layer of shellac seal it all. Our four sided dam was ready.


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    The plaster fitting in the mold. Unfortunately, the plaster we created was too liquid which made the cardboard a little wavy. But it didn't affect the visible final product.


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    Speaking of which...


    The process of casting the mold and creating the plaster was very interesting, a first timer for all of us.



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    The Docta Manus in action...                                               ... and a columned "city" appeared on our table

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    Finally, we drew an exploded axonomery of our mold to even better visualize how all the parts fit in the mold.


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  • Study of the curved floor of the Pantheon through drawings and wooden model

    Par Stanislas Nicolas, 28/09/19


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    Our first works goal was to recreate a 1:2 model of the curved floor of the pantheon in Rome. The scheme was divided into "tiles" we had to build in groups of two. We used 700x5x3 mm wood sticks to recreate the outline of the "tile".



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    To better visualize the scheme and the measurements we needed, we drew sketches of key parts of the tile.



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    To create the curvature, the height of the "pillars" were usually different from one another. For instance, our model had three different heights. We found them by taking the corresponding tile of the mirroring quarter (which already had the correct measurements) and mirrored them on our tile.

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    Final product


    Following the model, we did precise drawings of our creation. We used two A1 papers to draw a plan, two side cuts and an axonometry of the tile. For my part, the axonometry was the most complex bit. I tried different pencil leads and different pressures to see which "type" of line was most suitable.



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