Even after nearly four years of design education, one of my favorite projects is still the folded light art piece I made during my first semester. The design process was rough - it was the first project to make me cry - but I also gained a strong appreciation for trial and error. I learned to not be afraid to try ideas (no matter how crappy they are), and that the solution might be hidden in places you didn't even think to look.
The end product, which I call Kaleidoscope, is constructed from recycled, cotton paper and uses modified folding techniques from the six-piece lotus origami. The twenty-four resulting modular units come together to create a captivating silhouette that exhibits the interplay of light and shadow. Since its creation, the Kaleidoscope has been featured in the IUCA+D gallery and was invited to exhibit at the 2013 International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City. Given the opportunity to have those amazing experiences and finally have the mindset that I just may be a competent designer after all, is it any wonder that this project is still so near and dear to my heart?