HOW TO MAKE INFLATABLES
and some artist for inspiration!
why make inflatables?
-interesting study of space and form
-can be used as an intro to patterning if design/form is more specific
-materials are cheap and accessible
-kinetic sculpture is awesome
-can be a fun collaborative/team exercise
Some Artists that Use inflatable techniques in their work =
Michael Rakowitz :::
(philanthropist / artist / architect)
Artist based in Chicago and New York City. In 1998 he initiated paraSite, an ongoing project – custom builds inflatable shelters for homeless people that attach to the exterior outtake vents of a building’s heating, ventilation, or air conditioning system
Joshua Allen Harris :::
Created New York street art in the form animals – made out of shopping bags – positioned on subway street grates – cause them to periodically inflate and animate
LINK on how to make specific Shapes- Stuffed Animals become Inflatables – A Patterning Exercise
Materials for project :
Plastic Garbage Bags
A powerful fan (if working indoors) box fans work well
1) Cut garbage bags into flat pattern piece
2) Join pieces along the edges with packing tape – creating a seam without tears or holes for air to escape
3) Continue connecting bags until desired size/form is achieved
**remember you will want to have an attachment to some air source to inflate the bags
4) Attach tube/small opening in sculpture to a continuous air source (fans/vents etc) – turn on and watch it grow!