E2 Pre-competition day

E2: Alternative Matter Reality

Day 1: Experimenting with our Materials

We started the road of discovery by taking the materials we already have and seeing what we could do with them…

Firstly, the cardboard tubes.


We cut them into smaller portions in order to stack them together to make something “seat-like”…


And it worked! It carried all our weights and it was pretty comfortable… Dan surely enjoyed it.


Then we decided to look at what we could do with the tyres, and since keeping them the same shape was too common and boring, we tried to cut them…


That wasn’t very successful…

After that, we went for a walk in the warehouse to see what other materials we could find and James found a roll of plastic packaging detritus…


Which we also decided to cut into little pieces and start weaving to create something “fabric-like” for a hammock…




We also tied some of it to two tables to see if it could carry a heavy load…



That also didn’t really work out as planned…

Then we looked at putting the materials together and using tyres as a foundation for the cardboard tube seats…


We had fun discovering what these different materials could do… Hopefully it’ll lead to more interesting ideas.

Day 2: Developing our Ideas

“Talking or sitting: the real life choice.”

Today we looked at what our structure could actually look like and what our concept might be.

First of all, we thought about tying the tubes together with string. We tried to drill holes at first but then figured it was quite hard so we found ways to hold them tightly together on the outside…DSC_0585 as Smart Object-1

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After that, thought that those going through the experience may not need to sit down, and all that is needed is an enclosed space to keep a few people together. This makes the situation a bit  ‘awkward’, and forces people to communicate, or stand there and not talk at all, or just walk straight out. This idea of an ‘awkward situation’ atmosphere, and the fact that there is a lack of communication nowadays, is the basis of our design ideas; instead of a typical, normal conversation that would happen naturally with someone you know, it might be forced and with someone you’ve never met. It would be interesting to see how others react to this certain situation.


We then tested out how the tyres would carry someones weight by putting some of the cut up tubes inside to make a stronger foundation…

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The fact that Chris was unable to balance properly on the tyres added to the ‘awkward-ness’ if the situation… What would others do? Would they hold on to the person thats with them? Would they jump off?

After coming up with a basic idea of what we want it to look like, we then took to SketchUp and made a more realistic model and experimented with that…

Idea 1:

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Idea 2: Changing it up a bit with the tube lengths…

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Idea 3: and again with the tube length and shape of entire structure…

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Keeping in mind the crossing tubes to keep the structure balanced within itself.

Getting somewhere…

Day 3: Competition Day

‘Twas the day of the competition and we had 6 hours to get something done in order to convince everyone that our design was better, so we split up into the “drawers” and the “makers”. The drawers stayed in the arts tower to get all the renderings done and the makers made their way to the George Porter building…


… So we started to look for some extra materials to make a small model…


We found some cardboard which we decided to strip in order to represent the cardboard tubes…

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Then used some paper to make some small tyres…

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After we put all the little models together, we thought we needed a way to make the tyre seats and cardboard tube walls blend seamlessly…

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So we decided to make a “throne”, and for this we needed some more tubes, so we made our way to “United Carpets” to collect some…


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They gave us 6 tubes, wrapped them into 2 groups of 3, and we were off again…

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Trekking down the streets of Sheffield and through the tunnels is a tiring experience, so we took a few breaks…


We eventually got back, started making our throne and adding the final details to our little model…

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James enjoying his throne experience…

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After the throne was ready, and we’d finished our little model, we made our way back to the arts tower to prepare for the competition and check out the renderings…

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The audience was very impressed, if I do say so myself…

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These are the fantastic renderings done by June, which led our design to winning the competition!


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