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THREAD ED ROD

2019 by HIROTO YOSHIDA 吉田啓人

Full thread stud, Leveling string

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普段見慣れたネジの凹凸の谷部分に色の糸を巻いていくと、ネジ全体にスパイラル状に繊細に色を付ける事ができることを発見した。また、ネジの谷部分と糸の太さのバランスを調整する事により、見る角度によってネジのシルバー色から水糸の鮮やかな色に美しく変化していく。ここでは全ネジを使用することによりその視覚的効果を前面に出した。冷たい印象のある、ありふれた工業素材に極シンプルな加工を施すことによって新たな生命を吹き込み、別の機能を与えようとする試みである。ハンガーラックはアパレルショップなどでの使用を想定し、空間の構成要素として商業空間に新鮮な空気を運ぶ道具となる事を目指した。スツールは平行なネジの谷部に糸を張ることで新たに機能が生まれたことを発見したため、実験的に制作した。

Thermal paper, what recipes or tickets are made of, is a material that has been widely used in our everyday life. Piling up layers of thermal paper and scraping them with the belt sander, I found an unexpected phenomenon, the emergence of a wood grain pattern. This thermal paper stool is the first product utilizing this phenomenon. This phenomenon was discovered while I was experimenting with different types of paper. The belt sander, spins at high speed, generates heat while contacting with the thermal paper. This heat burns the paper and leaves black burn marks. Then, the black burn mark shrinks, getting to the bottom layers, due to the reduction of the quantity of heat. The gradual shrinkage of the burn marks overlaps and the wood grain pattern emerges.  Roll paper is a product of industrial manufacturing, yet through the growth ring pattern, I have the impression of natural spirits inside this artifact. Originally, thermal paper is been used as the media for printing and the belt sander is a tool to make smooth the material surface.  However, the identity of the thermal paper and the belt sander is altered in this product. They become stool legs and a tool generating patterns. By redefining the existing artificialities, we can create new objects that didn’t pre-exist in nature yet maintaining a natural spirit. I think through this method, the possibilities to create new materials and new designs could be expanded.