Rain, Ruled Surfaces, and Teachers who Rock..
Today it’s rainy… I am not a big fan of being outside when it’s rainy… Where I come from (Caribbean), the sound of raindrops on your roof is like a lullaby….
No matter the weather.. an MIT-er (as I like to call myself) has to do what’s necessary!
I am spray painting the pieces that I cut last night.. had a meeting after for lunch.. then off the my New Textiles class..
This is the structure that I cut last night… I am going to do and experiment with string sculptures/ ruled surfaces..
In my new textiles class, my professor Leah Buechley (a great teacher – I’ll tell you why in a bit).. I am experimenting using different ways in which to harden, stiffen fabric so that it is almost self-supporting… here we are boiling corn starch, testing how much to put and other variables.. She made me laugh when she said “I’m just winging it here..”.. LMAO!
She’s enjoying this I can tell…
These are some reasons why Leah Buechley is a great teacher… For example… while conducting these experiments and tests, some mess was being made… I was concerned about the mess, apologizing at times and she said, “Oh, it’s no problem! I don’t care about the mess.. I just wanna see what happens.” That’s an admirable principle to have I thought… not only a a teacher, but as a researcher…
Continuing with my exploration of ruled surfaces ( surface that can be generated by the motion of a straight line) while my other stiffening experiments are resting…
My other hardening experiment.. using a clear, liquid plastic..
After leaving the Media Lab, I am now assembling the artifact I cut and spray painted earlier.. I planned to use this in a ruled surface experiment.. I’m not so sure anymore…
Ok.. after this.. been a long day.. time to head home!
On my way home I see fire trucks ahead…
Have you all seen this ad below? I definitely want to do something like this soon… Maybe during the summer months..
Encourage someone today!
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