Assignment 2: Push/Pull: Objects

Due: Mon., Feb. 6

Basic primary forms can transform into expressive and complex shapes through a wide variety of physical manipulations. For our purposes, primary forms include spheres, cubes, cones, and cylinders. By exerting forces on the interior and/or exterior of the skin of the form, a whole world of new shapes, textures, and expressions open up: pushing, pulling, stretching, contracting, tucking, bursting, poking, creating tension and compression….

For this assignment, create three sewn primary forms that you will then transform into unusual, expressive, new forms. Begin by sewing the forms from the patterns given to you in class. Then experiment with manipulating each shape until you arrive at something you find interesting, expressive, and unexpected. Some ways of manipulating the form include, but are not limited to: binding with string, pinching with string and buttons, stretching with exterior strings, filling with unusual materials, piercing the shape, and so many more methods you will invent. You could also make extra primary forms and graft them together to create a new more complex shape. You should experiment until you find an expressive, interesting, and unexpected new form.

Come prepared to share your Push/Pull Objects with the class on the due date.



  • Documentation is due within one week after the assignment due date above.
  • Upload your documentation to the class website, with the category Push/Pull: Objects. Here are instructions on How to Post to the Class Website.
  • Your documentation should include:
    • a paragraph outlining your explorations: your process, discoveries, successes, challenges.
    • photographs or short videos of your objects (Please embed the video so it can be directly viewed; you may either upload an MP4 file to our server or use supported third-party hosting, such as Vimeo or Youtube, etc.)
    • Examples of documentation posts: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5



Points for this project will be divided amongst the following criteria:

EXPERIMENTATION/ RISK-TAKING/ INVENTIVENESS: The maker’s willingness to take risks (in composition, formal choices, materials, ideas, and content) is evident. Also important is the maker’s openness to new ideas, chance occurrences, and feedback throughout the creative process.

EXECUTION: Decisions about materials used and the manner in which the work is constructed, fabricated, and composed are deliberate. The maker’s choices indicate an awareness of how formal issues, materials and processes contribute to the interpretation or experience of the work.

DOCUMENTATION: Documentation well represents the works. It is clear, focused, and without extra elements that distract from experiencing the work. It includes both written reflection and photographic or video elements. Photographs are large enough for us to easily view the works.