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3D Modelling: Hand Vacuum cleaner

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As part of Erasmus international study program, I am studying in Politecnico di Torino now. Just wanted to share with you some works that I made there working in a group.

So the first thing we did was exploring the existing vacuum cleaner, measuring it and then we created a design in AutoCAD. After that the side views and top views of the product were printed in scale 1:1. All technical drawings were put on a foam that layers were glued together.

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The shape was cut by the contours of the technical drawings and then glued together. Holes and curves of a shape were cut with a paper knife.

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Different kind of sandpapers were used to smooth the surface of a shape. As a reference was existing model and a technical drawing.

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The base for the hand vacuum cleaner also was made of foam. Small details glued together.

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Buttons also were made of foam. It was quite tricky to make curves for small buttons. And still a lot of work had to be done – cover small holes and the uneven surface.

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At the same time we started working on a transparent part of the hand vacuum cleaner where the dust accumulates. The material was used 5 mm mdf.

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Funny thing was that we rushed and glued the segments straight but then we had to redo all the work and create an angled edge for each segment. After that we glued the segments again.

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Nylon tights were put over the shape to cover the carcass.

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Close-up look of nylon tights on segments.

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and then colored with a blue paint. Initial idea was to create a coat of varnish but these kind of tights acted weird to the varnish.

Then nylon tights were colored with a blue paint. Initial idea was to create a coat of varnish but these kind of tights acted weird to the varnish. Therefore the final outcome of the transparent part is blue.

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When all parts were cut and ready for the last stage, parts were placed together to see how they look together.

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The next stage was to apply some coatings to prepare shapes for coloring.

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In Italian it is called stucco and this mass was applied to all foam parts. With a sandpaper the extra material was chiseled.

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Two layers were applied to foam parts before painting.

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Foam parts were covered with white spraying paint.

Foam parts were covered with white spraying paint.

The final outcome of the hand vacuum cleaner. Not quite satisfied with the result because the surface is uneven and the proportions are not quite right.

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In my university we create models alone and I totally agree with that! It is so difficult to create something good when three people work on one model and everyone has their own opinion how it should look and what to add/remove. Also, when each person has different layer of knowledge of material and techniques handling these materials. The main problem was the fact I struggled a lot of the Italian language. Couldn’t express myself clearly and explain how things should have been done.


Textile Workshop: ArsalitArtes

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In the end of February there were design workshops in Polytechnic University of Turin and I chose a textile workshop curated by ArsalitArtes that is a cooperative of arts and crafts.

The aim of the workshop was to show us the process of weaving and give the opportunity to try this technique ourselves.

The first thing we had to do is to create a square from a cardboard and make certain amount of cuts on two sides of a square.

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When the cuts were made, the next step was to add rows of threads on the cardboard and the weaving could be started.

The idea is to interweave crosswise woof threads (here a white threads) with warp threads on a cardboard (here blue threads). A thread of white wool was moved beneath one warp thread and above the next one, and again beneath the third one repeating this wave like movement of a thread.

The process is actually really easy but still you can mess up everything pretty fast if not paying attention to what you are doing.

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 Although we didn’t create anything such as a product or a fabric to use it later, it gave a nice insight about weaving and the next step is to find myself where to apply this new knowledge.

Some info about creating textile – here.

Gary Baseman workshop

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There was one week workshop with a contemporary artist Gary Baseman in Latvia. I decided to apply for this workshop due to curiosity and had quite interesting time.

The main idea of this workshop was to help young artists understand who they are and what their true personalities are. This had to be depicted in some kind of art piece – a painting, a digital poster, a sculpture etc.

In the first few days we had a lot of talking and also we showed him our sketches and portfolio. I realized quite fast that this workshop was more appropriate for young artists than design students. He was not interested in my product sketching but payed attention to other kind of drawings.

The first drawing I created after the first day of a workshop was a stylized bird that you can see below. And I worked with this drawing for the rest of a workshop. The bird on the right was created the day after when I was advised to add some color to the drawing.

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I scanned this drawing and created some digital sketches and this is when all the fun started! I rotated and resized this bird and changed colors. It was interesting and the result can be seen below.

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workshop, digital drawing, bird

I really like the yellow one because it creates a neat pattern. I could add new details and shapes but my idea was to use only a whole bird shape group and with some transformations done, make it look interesting enough.

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I thought that the most interesting picture was this combination of two different color birds that create a flower. Gary Baseman advised to create a story for this drawing and show it with more digital drawings.

And this is the final piece that I created. What this story shows is a transformation where there is a flower from whom a new idea (a bird) is born. Two colors symbolize positive and negative things that we face when we try to reach our aims. In the end the bird (in yellow) is born but it always is accompanied with his darker side (people don’t forget problems and difficulties that they had to go through in order to finish the job they started). Victory is sweet but it also takes a lot of sacrifices. This is the idea of these digital drawing. I hope you like them!

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And here are just some photos with Gary Baseman, Toby and young artists from Riga. This workshop was amusing but also useful. Got a lot of thinking about art itself and how important to have your own style in order to stand out in the crowd. Thanks a lot to Gary Baseman for this workshop!

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Pepper Shaker: part 1

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I wrote before that I am taking some additional classes to learn how to work with metal. My first assignment was to create a candle holder – you can see the result here. And the next one is to create a shaker for any spice and I chose a pepper shaker. In this post I will write about the first stage – creating models and starting to work with copper sheets.


As soon as I heard the task I knew that I want to create a shaker in a shape of a pepper and then I just started to create models from a modeling clay. I created three different shapes and chose one of them. Creating models helps to feel the shape in hand and understand how it will be held. All three shapes are interesting in their own way but I had to choose only one.

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In the image below you can see what shape did I choose. I find it quite interesting – a flat surface as opposed to convex surfaces. I didn’t pay to much of attention on finishing a smooth surface of a model. It is just a model and in a process of creation everything may change – from angles to shapes and appearance of a surface.

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And the next move was to prepare different sizes of copper sheets and start hammering on an anvil. It was the first time doing something like that and I really enjoying hammering and then tempering metal for further processing. It was just like modeling a shape but with different tools. Very exciting!

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In the images above you can see the result of 2 or 3 hours of work – from a flat to curvy surface. Very dirty work – hands are black and that’s why my white shaker model turned gray after touching it for a few times.

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The result can bee seen on these images. In close up you can see hammer marks. In the process I changed the look of a pepper shaker. The side is curvier and all planes are different. This is just one side of a shaker and I need to create more shapes that will be soldered together.

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This was just a first day and I am really excited to continue working on this design and create a wonderful object. I will post another article when I continue my work on this project.

Candle Holder

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In January I started to take classes to learn how to handle metal and actually create something from it. And my first project was a simple candle holder made of stainless steel bars.

The main goal was to learn how to weld and the design I chose was perfect for this assignment – simple, easy and fast.

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I made several models from drinking straws and later as bars were sawed, I joined them with a modeling clay -  this way I could actually see how a candle holder will look.

Welding was easy but it was a little bit tricky to strengthen bars and keep them in place.

Also, had a chance to work on a lathe machine and I had a lot of fun! Grinding and filing were another operations I did for this project.

The result looks nice! And no, the flame doesn’t heat the metal so far that it cannot be touched.

In my opinion, the candle holder turned out pretty good for my first project. And this is only the beginning – the next project is to create a pepper shaker and this will require more time, skills and patience.


Eagle owl

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We have to work a lot with clay in the Academy. And one of the assignments is to create a sculpture of an animal and I chose a baby eagle owl. I have always liked their big eyes, especially those of baby owls.

Inspired by the picture below, I sculptured a baby owl from clay. As soon as the sculpture is finished, we will have to create a plaster form from it and later I will fill it with a fiberglass. The result must be a light, smooth sculpture.

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The sculpture is almost ready but there are a few things to finish like smooth surface, more detailed face and feet. I couldn’t create a furry look for this owl baby because later it would be difficult to create a plaster form. That’s why I had too keep details to minimum and concentrate on main shapes of the bird. Though, there are many textures on a surface there won’t be problems casting it.

The whole process took me two or three days working 1 – 2 hours a day.

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Lithography: Part 1

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I am taking some classes in lithography. It is very exciting and interesting to explore different fields of art. This way I can learn a lot and successfully apply it in things I do. This is the first article from 3 part series.

At the moment I am working on preparation of a limestone. If you have no idea what lithography is, read it on Wikipedia.

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As soon as I decided which drawing to use, I took a quite big and very heavy limestone. There was a drawing on it and I had to grind it with another stone and some kind of greenish sand. This process is time consuming and physically hard moving a stone in a 8 shape motion.

I actually finished grinding a limestone only on a second day because it is very tiring to complete this process in one day.

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All photos were taken by me just to show you this process.

P.S. I have found this cool website called It is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. And I am going to post these word clouds created from an article text where this “cloud” is displayed.