Three Cubes Colliding

Here is the latest experimental kite designed by Sash Reading with Ivan Morison, fabricated and engineered by Queen and Crawford. The kite features 1700 3d printed connectors, carbon fibre rods and cubenfibre aerospace fabric. This video shows the whole team at the kite’s test flight in Jersey. To see Sash’s other work, including Meteor Kite Mark 1, visit www.asarch.co.uk

Natural Occurences

Geoffrey Mann of Studio Mrmann is a Royal College of Art graduate and Scottish artist & designer with a fascination for materialising ephemeral and temporary phenomena. Using a variety of digital technologies he has captured light, sound and movement and displayed them in otherwise unperceivable apparitions.

Top to Bottom: Attracted To The Light, Blown and Shine

World’s ‘lightest material’

A team of american engineers claim to have developed the world’s lightest material made up from a micro lattice of tubes. Its strength is derived from its low density and is said to be 100 times lighter than Styrofoam! The research was carried out at the University of California, Irvine, HRL Laboratories and the California Institute of Technology.

3-D Objects, Just Add Light

Folding 2D patterns to 3D objects only by lighting up the object is a very interesting technique been developed by the North Carolina State University. The process is very simple. A pre-stressed plastic sheet is run through a conventional inkjet printer which prints on it bold black lines. The bold black lines absorb more light when placed under the heat lamp, thus causing folding.

Harumi Nakashima

I came across an article from the Architecture/Art website Muuuz  which Andrea Graziano posted on his very prolific  Facebook page. The sculpture below were created by a Japanese artist called Harumi Nakashima (1950- Bio Below). He took part of the Sodeisha group in Japanese Modern Art, his main interest lie in the Earth and its constant dialogue with his own hands as well as Movement (source). The sculptures are currently exhibited at the Galerie Nec Nilsson and Chiglien in Paris.

“Born in Japan in 1950, Harumi Nakashima studied at the Osaka Art College, where he switched from a design to a ceramics concentration. He has since gained notoriety for his free-form sculptures and his dot patterning. He also did a series similar to the Ecstatic Series, in which he did not employ his characteristic dots. Without the patterning, the dynamic bubbling shapes are nevertheless undulating and vibrant.”  Artist’s statement: “Attaching a coil pinch by pinch as if I listen to the voice of the clay, clay, techniques, and I become a trinity to produce a work.” – Honoo Geijutsu article From the Museum of Arts and Design 

 Above: Porcelain Sculpture from the “Suffering Form” Series