Summer Retrieval

I had to resubmit my planter thing because I wasn’t able to make the planter I had said I’d make due to just  finding it really hard. I had been really struggling to do this thing because I didn’t really know how to prototype it. I tried doing it with wood which worked the best but when I tried it with clay that just completely failed. I had the option to do a new project but I thought that would be too much.

I needed to find a way to do it, so I just used paper to prototype it and it worked. Then my dad had a good idea to get it laser cut by some people he knew so I went onto illustrator and made a file for them to cut. The pieces arrived and I checked if they fit together and they did. I then used an MDF sealant and lined them with plastic. This is because MDF can go mouldy. I then got a tube which I drilled holes into, put it through the assembled boxes and then put the soil and seeds in.

Starting to think about flat packing and how to make an efficient modular system. I just started drawing out shapes. Sometimes when I do this, this might end up being a page of the same thing repeated over and over but it just helps me think.
I was discussing the idea with my dad and he came up with this idea which was fine but I wasn’t sure how strong it would be and also it wouldn’t have been strong enough. I wanted something simpler still. But having discussions with my dad is often my favourite way to figure out ideas because he can often point out potential flaws in them.
Initial ideas for the flat pack pieces.
I wanted to use this as an opportunity to start learning how to draw with greater accuracy. I’ve never done it before but I quite enjoyed using various measuring tools to do the drawings.
A simplified drawing of the modular box complete with doodles (feel free to ignore).
Just some practice drawing the 3D forms.
A drawing of one of the pieces.
A drawing of the pieces and the boxes.
This was a drawing I used to check measurements to get an idea of how big it might get.


A drawing to help show the practicality and reason for having these around. I was imaging a spaceship in the far future when they’ve figured out artificial gravity more effectively where you could have these.
A slightly clearer drawing.
I tried to make a cardboard version but this ended up not working due to being too small.
Decided to make a paper version instead which worked and I was able to see how they’d fit and where they’d need modifying.  After this I used Adobe Illustrator to make a pattern that could be sent off to be laser cut.
The laser cut piece that has a slot system.
I assembled them to see if they fit ok and to see how they worked. I could see a couple of areas that if I was going to do it again I would change but as ‘finished’ prototypes to demonstrate the idea I think these are good.
After checking it fit, I used MDF sealant to protect the MDF from the moisture because if you aren’t careful MDF can go mouldy. As an extra precaution I used sandwich bags to line the compartments. I also drilled the holes into the pipes to create the watering system.

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Above are picture of the finished thing, I’m happy with how it has turned out. I think that there are revisions I could make to future models but for now I think this one demonstrates the concept pretty well and it’s definitely the best rendition so far.

I found getting to this ending point very stressful but at least it’s done now.

My Final Pieces

Here are photos of my final pieces in the gallery space. I’m happy with how they look in the space.

My two fish models. 
The drawings I put up to accompany my models. For me the drawings were the thing that I took the most interest in. I used them as a way to contextualise and explain my models. 
A close up of my obese mutant fish. 
Mt two fish. 


My space efficient planter. The final outcome I came up with was very different to what I planned. I am glad that I turned out ok in the end because I was really uncertain as to what I was doing with it. The design works and it also drains itself so that the plants don’t flood.


I used bamboo, string and masking tape to make the box and crisp packets as the ‘plant pots’. 

Making My Final Fish

I have decided that for my final piece I wanted to make some fish using wire, masking tape and tissue paper. My hope was that I could make more expressive and interesting models this way.

My idea was that I could display a couple of models on plinth in front of my drawings.

I started by making a prototype to test out my method as I wasn’t sure how it would work to glue tissue paper to masking tape.

I did this by making an eel based off of one of my drawings.

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Once I had done that, I decided to make an octopus which was meant to show how octopus are consumed in quite a cruel way in Japan. The octopus are killed in quite a nasty way because they are believed to taste better soon after they have died. The thing was that there is a problem with disposable chopsticks and so I thought I could make an octopus and put chopsticks in it.

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Above is the process of making my octopus. I decided not to continue it because I didn’t think it fit in the well so I wanted to just do the fish.

I started with a simple wire frame. 
The wire frame. 


Once I finished the wire frame, I covered it in masking tape. I did this so I would have a good base to put the tissue paper on. 
My other fish. 
The overweight fish. 
I covered them in white tissue paper and then started putting the coloured paper on them.
Here they have both been covered in tissue. 
Some yellow tissue paper for the accent colours. 
On this fish I decided to put the accent colours on first. 
I then covered it with green. 
Once it was covered and dry I put some ink washes over it to make it more 3D. I used pearlescent green for the radioactive gunk for the fish. 
Some shading using sepia ink since black can sometimes be too harsh. 
The completed models. 


‘Stringfoot’ refers to a condition suffered by urban pigeons. It is when string, thread, human hair and other such things get tangled up with pigeon’s feet and causes them to lose their toes.

It’s a really nasty and tragic thing and there are people out there helping some of these birds recover and apparently when rescued from the thing binding their feet, they survive remarkably well, so there is hope.

A pigeon that has sadly lost it’s feet to stringfoot. 

The reason I bring this up when I am doing something about sea creatures rather than avians, is because it made me think about fishing lines and fishing nets. And whilst I haven’t heard stories about ‘stringfoot’ happening to sea creatures, it did make me think about how fish get tangled and caught up in nets and fishing lines. I think it could make for a horrible but  hopefully meaningful image to try and highlight this problem in my drawings.

Why Sea Life Doesn’t Have Great White Sharks

When I was watching YouTube one day, as really interesting video came up in my recommended tab and so I decided to have a look at it.

The video was all about the reason why we don’t see great white sharks in aquariums, but perhaps more interesting was that it talked about the attempts that people have made to keep great whites in captivity.

I linked the video if you wanted to look at it, but long story short the reason they don’t do well is mostly because they are long range predators that must keep moving in long uninterrupted lines to thrive. Aquariums can’t really accommodate this and that’s why a lot of great whites that have been in captivity have died in the aquarium or died shortly after release. The most recent attempt was in Okinawa, Japan where the full grown shark was found dead in only three days. It seems that there has been more success in keeping younger, smaller great whites than the full grown adults but like I said, they tended to die shortly after release into the wild.



One of the things that I really latched onto was the way that these sharks were injuring themselves because they were being kept in an unsuitable environment. It made me kind of upset because it was something that kept happening every single time although I was most upset by the example about the shark in Japan. Whilst they hadn’t set out to catch the shark, instead getting it from a fisherman who accidentally caught it, but it was an 11 foot shark. I just felt like it was kind of irresponsible to do that.

On the back of this, I would like to start drawing some sharks that have ended up injured. I thought it could make for a good concept to show that we really can affect even the most feared of sea predators.