PROJECT 1: Laser Cutting Denim
I wanted to figure out how to do cool stuff with a laser cutter so I began googling what other people use them for and browsed through thingaverse.com as well. I also talked to the head of the fabrication lab about all the crazy things students had put into the machine, and he had mentioned someone trying to engrave denim, which sparked my curiosity!
Here are some research links I looked at (mostly skimmed through to be honest):
After seeing what other people did, I thought of a ton of random ideas and played through some of them, including a tiny box I got the plans for from makercase.com, I also spent some time scribbling on wood and burning holes through old shirts (which wasn’t my intention). I didn’t have any experience with illustrator, which is how plans are sent to the printer to get laser cut, so I also spent a lot of time playing around n the program and trying to figure out what tools did what.
I then looked at all my research and experiments (successful and failed ones) and decided that what I really wanted to do was make a laser engraving of a logo my denim hat. I thought this was the most practical and fun idea! A lot of the projects I found through my research I felt required a better knowledge of Illustrator or more material than I currently had at my disposal. I also didn’t have a use or space for a lot of the ideas so that helped me narrow down the possibilities a lot.
(Going back to step 1)
I had to research what logo I wanted to use or create, so I looked at a lot of random things I was interested in. I thought about just writing my name, then looked at the music I was listening to and at the album covers:
I looked through my photos and Spotify account looking for ideas, then…
A drew a few things out and lined them up on my hat, some I just tried to think of super hard and envision on my hat, others I made a template for:
I experimented with the size as well, I printed a few of these out on templates.
Critic one more time:
I decided I liked the T-Rex from the Pylon Album cover the best, it wasn’t too complicated of an image and I really like the T-Rex. I also sent a photo to my girlfriend to see what she thought, and she said it was adorable!
4. Produce/Worker Bee
Once I had my chosen plan, I set out to make it a reality! I copied the image to Illustrater, outlined it and sent it to the printer using the speed and power levels I had been experimenting with
PROJECT 2: Making a sweatshirt
I decided I wan’t to do something with sewing, so, like every beginning to a great project, I googled things to sew and looked around there. I also spent a lot of time sitting and staring at a blank wall, trying to figure out what I wanted to make and waiting for an epiphany
I made a list of all my research and ideas and grabbed all the materials I had lying around. I touched them, looked at them, smelled them, licked them, and listened to them. I envisioned having a shirt made out of that, pants made from this, a sweatshirt v a sweater, etc…
I then picked the most practical material and what I felt went best with that material. Now with a more focused idea, I could move on to making my idea come true! But, I went back to the first step to get a better idea of how to do this…
I looked at various youtube videos and pulled out other hoodies I had. (mostly rewatched in closer detail the previously mentioned videos that dealt with sewing together a sweatshirt or hoodie)
I should’ve experimented here with my new knowledge of hoodie making, but I didn’t :(, I made the mistake of jumping ahead and so my end product ending up having some funky dimensions! But anyway…
4. Production step, get it done!
I pulled out my material, kept my video reference and old hoodies close by, and cut away! More like sewed away actually!
I placed my hoodie on the blanket and cut out two portions for the front and back of the hoodie I was creating
I realized after I should’ve had the hood meet in front, and I ran out of material to make a pouch for my hands 🙁
The torso also turned out to be a teeny bit too small, but it is very warm and cozy!