FROM THE SKETCHBOOK: CREATING OUR 2015 CALENDARS

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Here is a little behind the scenes look at how we went about developing our laser cut calendars. I had an idea about a layered, laser cut item but I didn’t know what it would be. And practically speaking, a calendar was the easiest item to create around it as it already has multiple layers. So I started with the concept of a layered calendar what would reveal a new design each month. My mom actually put the idea of a flower in bright colors into my head. We were talking about something else completely and she mentioned this bright flower. The two ideas merged into one and I got started making.SKETCH

This is the page from my sketchbook and you can see the VERY rough sketch of the flower design. I made a few notes about how I was going to build it but it ended up being harder than I thought. I created the basic design in Illustrator and created a color palette using 4 pinks/oranges since 4 divides into 12 months nicely. I went head and decided what the cover would look like without really thinking about the structure. Meaning, I made it look how I thought it should before even considering what would need to be cut on each layer to create that look. This turned out to be a big help because it was in effect a guide to cutting the first 3 layers. I didn’t have to really start thinking until I got to the fourth layer or April.CALENDAR PROCESS1
I started by printing out the outline of my flower design on a sheet of paper for each month.This would be my 3D version of the calendar that I would make work before I even thought about setting up the files for the laser cutter. This guide would allow me to play around and make mistakes and really understand the structure of the calendar.
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Since I knew what was going to happen to the first 3 layers, I began my system by marking the shapes that would be cut out and then using my x-acto knife to cut those shapes out.
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I would continue this process for each layer. Marking the shapes that I wanted cut out,
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cutting those shapes out with my trusty x-acto knife (which I’ve had since college, no lie) and so on and so forth.
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Okay, so maybe it wasn’t that easy. There was a lot of flipping back and forth to consider what would happen to all the layers when I made a cut. I would decide which shapes were necessary to keep for the design and which could be cut out to allow for the new designs to come. It was a bit of a brain teaserĀ for me since my brain actually doesn’t work that way naturally.
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In the end, I am super happy with the way both calendars turned out. Whenever I create something that is more challenging than usual, it’s really exciting for me. I guess that feeling is pride. I’m not gonna lie for the sake of humility. I’m proud of myself for creating these guys because I think they’re cool. If you think they’re cool too, you can purchase them right here.

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