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Pretty soon you’ll be starting the Paper Object assignment in your 106 class. Successful solutions to this problem will depend on object selection, creative cropping/fragmenting of your object, accurate measuring, and meticulous craft.

Object Selection

Like the wire project you just completed, the form you start with has a lot to do with the form you end up with. When picking your object, consider: uniqueness, complex curves (paper is a planar material and can only bend in one direction at a time), dimensionality, detail, size, and complexity.


This is where the real designing comes in. How will you put your own stamp on this object? What can you remove from the form to make it more dynamic and/or visually compelling? The original object should still be recognizable in your fragmented version; from the assignment guidelines: “Objects that at first glance draw in the viewer’s interest to discover its true nature are desired.”


This problem requires accurate measuring and accurate proportion. Your fragmented object should be scaled so that the longest dimension = 15″ to 18″. Use orthographic projections to consider all sides of your form and record your measurements.


Solutions must be well-crafted. Paper surface should be clean, glue should not be visible. Cut edges should be clean and not frayed.

Success in these areas is sure to produce outstanding results.

Oldenburg Clothespin

Oldenburg Clothespin


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