Planar Flow Form

Surface: a continuous set of points that has length and breadth but no thickness.

Planar Flow Form, similar to Linear Flow Form, expresses continuity and fluid transitions throughout space. This form project deals with fair planar flows, edge conditions, volumes, and visual weight. Using polystyrene sheet, we were to use the vacuum forming press to form abstract pieces that would show the considerations of balance, lift, fairness, and contrast.

Several attempts were made on the vacuum forming press  to get used to creating planar flow forms. What I have noticed in the process of making this project is the difficulty of building a form from a planned structure, or a spine. The end result may not be what I have wanted or the strength of the spine itself is not durable enough for the machine.

After having my polystyrene melted, I then searched for a fair planar curve that also contained a lift and a balance. I carefully trimmed that chosen section of the plastic and sanded the edges for its edge condition.

The endpoints and the lift created by the vacuum forming press made it possible for the form to stand on itself, thus creating balance.

The end point of the broader half has enough surface area and curvature for it to be able to balance with the narrow end on the other side.

The shadows of the planar flow form also created contrast between the ground plain and the form itself.

I believe that I lost some control over this flow form because it is difficult to predict the end-result of an action while using the vacuum forming press. Searching for fair curves by using my hands helped me in understanding what is a fluid transition and what is a break in a flow.

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