Paint swatch sculpture

May 15, 2013

I alluded to this project on Instagram a few weeks ago, and here it is in the flesh!

My latest project for SCAD was a paint swatch sculpture. Using easily accessible/recyclable items (and the A+B+C modular design scheme), we had to design a sculpture for our hypothetical client’s (the owner of a small chain of organic food stores) waiting area of his/her home office. The A+B+C modular design scheme is basically when you take one item, (which equals unit A), then repeat unit A in some pattern to make unit B, and then repeat unit B in some pattern to make unit C (a good example of modular design would be bricks).

This project reaaaally made my mind work and all week I was racking my brain trying to come up with a good material to use for my sculpture. One day, I took a browse through the hardware store for inspiration and bam! passed by a wall full of paint swatches. Needless to say, I got my idea:)

At first, I wanted this design to be a lantern and have it hang, but the paper ended up being too thick and opaque so no light could shine through. Sad face:( It ended up being a sitting sculpture instead. I’m still pleased with it though!

Materials:

paint swatch sculpture - drifter and the gypsy blog

Scissors, white thread & needle, drafting tape (to temporarily hold the swatches in place), and-of course-paint swatches.

paint swatch sculpture - drifter and the gypsy blog

I began by folding each 3×5” paint swatch sample in some sort of random triangular origami form I came up with by playing around with the paint swatches while watching TV one night. This created my A unit.

paint swatch sculpture - drifter and the gypsy blog
paint swatch sculpture - drifter and the gypsy blog

Then, I hand sewed (tedious!) two paint swatches of the same color together to create a diamond form, which was my B unit. After my B units were completed, I hand sewed the outer four edges of each B unit (more tedious stuff!). After the B units were sewn together, they formed a spherical form.

paint swatch sculpture - drifter and the gypsy blog

…And then a paint swatch sculpture was born!

paint swatch sculpture - drifter and the gypsy blog
paint swatch sculpture - drifter and the gypsy blog

I was so pleased with the result, I took my sculpture down to Pottery Barn for some sneaky pictures in one of their staged furniture displays:

paint swatch sculpture - drifter and the gypsy blog

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  • 1
    Genna

    This is amazinnggg and so innovative!

  • So cool! Reminds me of a hyacinth or a rhododendron 🙂

  • l0ve this. and especially love that you went and staged photos in a store 🙂

  • Wow this is so cute! I cant help myself but collecting those little color samplers, they just are so cute, I hang them everywhere but this idea is wow!

    Olive xox

    • Thank you! There are so many things you can do with paint swatch samples, it’s amazing. All you have to do is google it and there are literally hundreds of ideas!

  • 5
    Faith

    I usually don’t comment on here, but wow girl, this is amazing!

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