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List of materials and tools…

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009



Hand Felt:

Roving wool (Amazon and JoAnn)
Roving Wool (AlpacaDirect–Colonial)
Roving Wool (AlpacaDirect—Merinos)

You may need to buy several packages, I suggest at list 4 pounds. Please remember to stick to white or natural wool color (off-white, gray and charcoal.)

Felting needle

Single felting needle

Felting foam

Additional material for hand felting:


Plastic bottles with cap

Castile soap

Sushi mats

plastic sheets

Cutting and Folding felt:

Craft industrial felt —mixed (white)

Craft industrial felt —100% wool (red)

Craft industrial felt—100% poliester (gray)

There are numerous varieties of craft and industrial felt. The 100% wool is sometime crispier but maintains the cuts and the body shape better. I suggest you visit a JoAnn store;  or if you are in Downtown, don’t miss Michael Levine ’s fabric store.

You can also browse second hand stores and look for 100% wool sweaters. Put them in the washer with hot water and detergent and they will felt, giving you basic material to work with.


Crochet hook size G 4.25mm

Merinos Wool (colors: Winter White, accents: Gray Mix, Dk Gray Mix, Rich Red)

Remember that 100% wool can be also felted. You can find this material at JoAnn or Michales or any knitting store. Try “Stiches From the Heart”  a knitting supply store on 3316 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405.  It is also a non-profit organization hat sends handmade clothing and blankets to premature babies all across the nation.



Wire (1 foot)

Card board

Polymer clay: Super Sculpey

Sanding paper sheets: 100 grits, 120 grits, 400 grits or less.

Always wear a simple mask over your nose and mouth when sanding. Even if the products are non toxic, the small particles may momently  irritate your respiratory system.


Flexible Hight Strength silicone rubber rtv 500






Silicon and resins and many tools can be purchased at Hasting Plastic: 1704 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, CA, 90404.

We will arrange either a visit together, or I will make the purchases for the class.

soft hot melt polymers

I can accommodate only two or three soft hot melt polymer casting since this have to be performed with special equipment outside the department.


Scissors and/or cutters

Cutting mat


Hot glue gun

Hot glue

Buckets for mixing

Paper cups for mixing

Graduated mixing cups


Wooden mixing sticks and paddles

Sand paper—wet or dry

Paper Masking tape

Cheese cloth

Disposable filter masks

Cleaning supplies (paper-towels-all purpose cleaner)


Saturday, January 10th, 2009

Department of Design | Media Arts UCLA
Winter quarter 2009
Desma 22: FORM

Course meetings: Mondays and Wednesdays 9:00 AM-11:50 AM, Room 5240
Instructor: Silvia Rigon
Office hours: On appointment. Room 5240
Teaching Assistant: Yoon Chung Han

Course Description
This class is a hands-on foundation studio exploring form design and making. In this class, form is intended as a tangible construct of a chosen process. The course is designed to help students develop a sensorial vocabulary of material properties and potentialities, to animate two-dimensional shapes into three dimensional objects, and to learn and investigate different techniques of fabrication.

As designers and innovators, we interact with the dynamics of our culture, searching for the formal language that most meaningfully refl ect our collective consciousness. This class is intended to challenge historical ideas about form design as a top-down, concept-to-material approach, in which Euclidean space and preconceived volumetric geometry play a dominant role. We will apply a bottom-up, process-to-material approach, exploring a more complex geometric realm, discovering how forms can be designed and fabricated taking into account the interplay of different factors involved in the process.

Topics of this class include: surfaces, patterns, tessellation, repetition, folds, cuts, morph, animation, growth,scalable structures, multiples, soft, rigid, sensorial, bending, digital, crafted, organic, biomimicry, biomorphic, prototyping, casting, molding, finishing, documenting.

Course Guidelines

Students are expected to work in class and outside class. Allow a minimum of 6 hours of work outside class. More than 1 absence without the teacher’s permission will have a negative effect on the overall grade. Students are expected to maintain an updated documentation of the different steps of the work-in-progress in the class website, as well as to provide a printed copy of such documentation for class’ critiques. Students are responsible for purchasing their own materials and tools. Tools and material belonging to the class will have to be maintained in clean and good working condition. Students are asked to clean the room in the last 15 minutes of the class.

The student work will be graded on the overall quality of design, execution and detailing, investigation process, class participation and documentation.

20% Exercise one: Cutting and Folding
20% Exercise two: Knitting Felting Sewing
20% Exercise three: Animating Forms
20% Exercise four: To be announced
20% Documentation and Class participation

Week one
Monday January 5
Introduction, presentation of the course,
1st assignment: Cutting and Folding
Wednesday, January 7
Individual critique, in class working

Week two
Monday January 12
Individual critique, in class working
Wednesday January 14
Individual critique, in class working

Week three
Monday January 19
Holiday: No Class
Wednesday January 21
group critique, in class working
2nd assignment: Knitting Felting Sewing

Week four
Monday January 26
Individual critique, in class working,
Wednesday January 28
Individual critique, in class working

Week five
Monday February 2
1st and 2nd assignment due: Class critique
Wednesday February 4
3rd assignment: Animating Forms

Week six
Monday February 9
Individual critique, in class working
Wednesday February 11
Individual critique, in class working

Week seven
Monday February 16
Holiday: No Class
Wednesday February 18
Class critique

Week eight
Monday February 23
4th Assignment: To be announced
Wednesday February 25
Individual critique, in class working

Week nine
Monday March 2
Individual critique, in class working
Wednesday March 4
Individual critique, in class working

Week ten
Monday March 9
3rd and 4th assignments due: Final Critique
Wednesday March 11
Class exhibition set up