Celebration of Scholarship and Creative Activity 2021
“This might not work.”
The purpose of this project was to experiment with building a chair using nautical and automotive repair techniques with fiberglass. The material was popularized in design by Ray and Charles Eames’ famous shell chairs; this particular design was inspired by that and Verner Panton’s Panton Chair. This chair was produced through the following process: Structural foam was molded and carved to the desire shape, before being coated in thin layer of concrete. The concrete was sanded, coated with a gelcoat, and primed with a release. Fiberglass was laid upon the mold and wetted with an epoxy hardener before being removed. The process was both successful and not; but is truthfully not yet ended. The mold performed its function, the fiberglass hardened, but the mold broke midway through. The first prototype effectively gestures toward the final product, which is yet to be completed by being molded off the back of the prototype in lieu of the mold. While the success of the project’s outcome is less than ideal, it illustrates the possibilities and value of interdisciplinary work, artistic experimentation, and the critical and creative thinking skills idealized by the university.