With this project, I hoped to recreate something creative, funky, and with a cartoon vibe; something that echoed the Disney-filled, colorful, 2-dimensional animated worlds of my childhood: a clock that represented a not-so hidden part of my personality :)
The picture of the It's a Small World display is below, and what I loved most about it is the clear definition of color and shape. I wanted to be able to specifically replicate that nature in my piece.
Originally, I hoped to be able to display the three center pieces of the It's a Small World exhibit, and therefore provide the feel of a complete and wacky castle. However, my biggest restriction was time. Because of my dance competition and knee injury, I was working on two projects in a single week, and with other classes, was forced to budget my time in a particular manner. As a result, I had to scale down my project ambitions, and focus solely on the center.
My original cardboard prototype was aimed to be between 10" wide and 12" tall. When I cut it out, I soon realized it was too large to be a reasonable nametag. I scaled down to 6" by 8" - replicating the features of the center of the It's a Small World exhibit.
Based upon the size of the clock piece, I crafted a black acrylic, obviously cartoon face, that, with the clock motor, would spin circularly. I then cut out the castle piece from white acrylic, and used the vinyl cutter to add color to the white. Because of lack of materials, as well, I found myself choosing color schemes due to convenience, rather than original image. However, I am pleased by how the colors worked well together. In fact, the scheme of purple, yellow, orange, and red, provides an image much like a circus, which adds to the lighthearted theme I was hoping to reflect.
The next step was to create the letters of my name, which I proceeded to do with yellow and red tiles. I used the red to create a border for the yellow, measuring them out specifically so that they could fit within one another. Then, I used purple, in order to tie the colors together, to create the letters of my name. The snap fit joint is present in the way that the castle fits into the base.
Overall, although my clock did not come out the way I had originally anticipated, I am quite pleased with it. I do feel that the letters play a large part n bringing about the connection to It's a small world, and the colorful nature of the piece combined with the clear cut shapes brings about memories of childhood. Behold, Tulsee's Small World! :)