My second project at university was My Favourite Food, which allowed me to look at fruits – which also happen to be my favourite forms! With it being my first project in metal, taking advantage of the opportunity to experiment and practice different techniques was of higher importance than designing something of function or manufacture quality. Consequently I produced a small series of samples based on the fruit rambutan. I looked at drilling, bending metal, annealing metal and manipulating wire. Bashing, scratching and denting the metal with different materials also helped me achieve a variety of textures and surface patterns. I also discovered that applying old nail varnish that was no longer of use to me can give metal a glossy vibrant finish.
I looked at many different types of fruit (seedy and segmented fruits, I find myself the most drawn to) but I decided to base this series on rambutan because I found the form of this particular fruit the most intriguing. I love the spines, the colour and the fleshy insides that look almost egg like. I believe the contrast between deep coloured spiky exterior and the pale, fleshy fruit inside was what inspired me the most in this project – contrast being my main theme. Here are images of my samples I created using mostly copper wire and aluminium sheets.