ARCHITECTURE_Lasercut Chandelier

DSC_0751 I've been dying to share about this project ever since I finished it in the fall, but had to wait until I hung it up and it could be properly displayed. I made this chandelier last quarter for an annual furniture competition at my school that is held for architecture students. I created the fixture out of plumbing pipe, and then laser cut the "crystals" out of plexiglass. I chose to keep these materials in their raw form because I wanted to create something beautiful that had an honest materiality and was made out of unexpected items. The choice to make my own crystals was also due to the fact that chandelier crystals are very expensive, and I wanted to create a dialogue about digital fabrication.

By the way, these crystals may be familiar if you've seen this necklace I made and wore in this outfit post.

Below I've included the poster that was displayed next to my piece at the show, and talks a little more about the concept of the project!

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Next I've included some process photos. I cut and assembled the pipe frame in my school's wood shop, and spent two days in my studio using jewelry jump rings to hook all of the pieces together--there were over 1,000 individual crystals!

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And finally, here are the photos of the finished product hanging up in my home! I'm so excited to have it displayed and want to create a little seating area underneath it.

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Thanks so much for reading! I will be posting another lighting fixture project made out of plumbing pipe that is a little simpler if you want to make one yourself, so stay tuned for that. Until then, keep up with all my projects on Instagram @punkrockparti.

If you're interested in a custom chandelier, please contact me by email at ppoppe@cox.net

DIY_Chalkboard Chandelier

so my new house was in serious need of some decor! i had purchased a pack of canvases to add some art to the space, and got this idea when i found some chalkboard paint in our laundry room. this project was perfect because we can't install or afford a chandelier, and the art is also very easy to change if you get bored--just erase! let's get started

first i looked at some images of chandeliers on the internet and did a few quick sketches to decide what would look best. i had my roommates pick out their favorite one. sketching was also helpful because i wanted the drawing to be sketchy on the canvas

one_the supplies you will need are a canvas, chalkboard paint, a brush, and chalk. i used a foam brush and it worked well, but i think a bristle brush would also be fine.

two_paint the canvas with multiple coats of the chalkboard paint.

three_i painted the surface with three coats and the edges with 2 coats for a clean look

four_sketch on your chandelier. i recommend shading in some areas to provide some contrast and really make the picture stand out.

here's the final product! i'm really excited about the result, good luck with your own projects!

also, if you like the gold skull in these pictures, see my DIY here!

ART_ANTHROPOLOGIE INTERNSHIP

I had an amazing experience this summer interning over at my local Anthropologie in the Visual Display Department. I've assembled some of my quick photos of the projects I helped work on. I would like to note that I was not the designer for these projects, and do not take credit for my supervisor's creative work. Looking back on the weeks I worked there, it was so great to work in such a fun environment, work with power tools, and apply a little bit of my knowledge from architecture school!

1_dandelion flowers made from styrofoam and straws 2_hanging wooden structure inspired by an outdoor awning (large scale) 3_hanging wooden structure inspired by an outdoor awning (small scale) 4,5_product stands made from vintage wood banisters 6_custom cut wood joinery for awning structure 7_cardboard ornate frame for large mirror 8_painted and distressed hangers for displaying product 9_cardboard ornate frame for hanging mirror 10_cardboard ornate decorative shelf (before a coat of gold paint) 11_cardboard ornament for round mirror 12_cardboard ornate frame for mirrored vanity tray 13_cardboard ornate frame and figure drawing 14_detail of conduit and crystal chandelier