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In the studio this week, exploring potential structures for a responsive screen. Combining a responsive layer with a coloured glass layer adds exciting potential for amazing, changing colour projections.


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This week I worked with engineer Ben Bridgens to test the responsiveness of the panels we created. When moisture was applied, the veneer panels which are laminated to fibreglass, could be seen to slowly move and curl. As they dried out, the panels returned to their original flat profile. When immersed in water the movement was more dramatic. We recorded this using timelapse photography. We found that the veneer applied to PETG was unresponsive under the same moist conditions. The fibre glass/veneer panels were scored using a scalpel. The movement of these pieces shows potential to create light filtering screens that respond to weather conditions.


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This week we began work on hygromorphic structures. In the same way that a fir cone opens and closes to release seeds, these structures will move in damp conditions. I worked with Dr Ben Bridgens to create a series of experimental laminated panels, consisting of thin wood veneers bonded to a range of other substrates which will respond differently to moisture. Once bonded, these panels will be cut and shaped to create a series of kinetic forms. We will explore which materials work well together and produce our first responsive prototypes.


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This week I met with engineer Ben Bridgens, Newcastle University, and we set out the scope of the project. Our aim is to explore materials and structures that respond to air, moisture and heat. Our first prototype will be a screen made from layers of glass, wood veneers and fibre glass that will open and close under varying moisture levels.


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