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Systems and patterns of complex folding are found throughout nature, from DNA strands and insect wings to mammalian brain structure and tectonic landforms. Folding employed as a design technique can allow an object to morph, collapse or expand with economy of space, efficiency in mobility, increase in strength and elegance of form. By creating simple to complex forms through manipulation of flat sheets of materials, students in this studio laboratory learn to first reference paper methods used in origami and tessellation patterns to understand folding as a primary design tactic. Biomimetic inquiry and research includes exploration of scale (nano to macro), chaos and organization, and structural properties found in nature. With the RISD Library’s Material + Visual Resource Center as a vital resource, students then investigate the potential of material to inform a proposed design solution to a pressing social, economic or environmental issue, engineering of a new material or future project development.
(Photo by Jo Sittenfeld MFA 08 PH)
June 27–Aug 2, 2019
Thursdays + Fridays
9 am–4:30 pm (no class 7/4)
Tuition for RISD Alumni and Students $2,380
Jennaca Davies is a designer and educator working in Providence, and is an assistant professor of Industrial Design at RISD. After completing her MFA in Jewelry + Metalsmithing at RISD, she started her own studio design practice. She previously held teaching appointments at Tufts University, The School of Museum of Fine Arts (at Tufts) and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. In 2017 Davies received a Tufts Innovates Grant to co-create new interdisciplinary curriculum between design, engineering, arts and sciences at Tufts. She has shown her work internationally at exhibitions such as the Sieraad International Jewelry Fair in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Talente in Munich, Germany. She earned her BARC from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and continues to practice architecture part-time.