Linear Flow Form

 

Line: a geometric figure formed by two points. A point moving in one direction and the reverse direction–the track of a moving point. One-dimensional. The intersection of two planes.

Linear flow expresses a continuing line, or a series of lines, that flows smoothly throughout space. This form project accentuates continuity, line intensity and thickness, as well as fine end points or end conditions. With the linear flow, we were to use wood veneers to create a fluid composition that also showcases few considerations like fair curves, hierarchy, and direction.

I started this exercise off by sketching lines with charcoal and newsprint. This exercise helped me in the mood of making smooth, flow-like lines instead of hard, straight lines.

After experimenting with the wood veneers, I then made my first attempt of the linear flow form. My intent was to create an implied volume whilst having some type of intersection between lines. The flow form that I created shows lines that loops in on themselves, thus making intersections between them and an implied volume in the middle.

Bending the thinner veneers was effortless; however, laminating them on top of each other became troublesome. I had to make sure that there were no gaps between the veneers and that each side of the form are symmetrical and balanced. Using different lengths of veneers shortsighted me in the end, which is the reason for the breaking of the flow near the end points. Another unwary decision that affected the form was the sanding of the shorter veneers to “blend in with the longer ones.” This action contributed to the breaking of the near top end point.

 

The breaks are pronounced near the end points of the form.

The breaks are pronounced near the end points of the form.

Only sanding this area makes the veneer so thin that it loses its rigidity.

The shorter veneers do not just “blend” smoothly with the longer veneers. It actually shortens the width of the wood, creating a break in the flow.

The first attempt of making the linear flow form was unsuccessful, but then having the mindset that most first times are a way to improve for the second time, I made my corrections and created a second iteration.

In the second iteration, I only used four veneers instead of eight. Having less wood made the form less rigid, which complements linear flow. I then sanded carefully the endpoints so that they all come together pleasantly. I also sanded the edge conditions to take out the tiny splinters. At the end, I used shellac to polish and bring out the fine grains of the wood.

 

Linear flow form, as the next flow forms ahead, challenged my level in craftsmanship. Even though, at this point, I am still having trouble with the skill of craft, I am slowly making myself more aware on the improvement of my 3-dimensional building work.

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