The bottle project was a lot of fun to put together. The idea of creating 50 thumbnails originally scared me, but then as I got to it, I had a really good time creating new ideas for word pairings. I have attached the original 50 thumbnails here to take a look at. I hope this website link works as unfortunately I can’t seem to upload any files or pictures currently.
After I was finished putting the sketches together, we narrowed down the choices to three that I was going to reach further into. I chose Death and Taxes, Trapped versus Freedom, and Inner versus Outer. There were many fun combinations that I had put together, but these three really allowed me to deconstruct the bottle as well as come up with many solutions for the words. I saw the most promise in those three, so I created multiple sketches for each one. Those solutions can be found right here.
When it came to selecting what materials to use and which one of those final sketches I could put together, I decided on Death and Taxes. I wasn’t quite sure if I was going to rip open the bottle completely or if I was going to put a skull in the middle for the Death bottle, so I started with the tax bottle. My teacher had said that she liked the idea of the mailbox for the taxes bottle, so I went ahead and created an actual mailbox. I had the mailbox as an outside entity at first but then decided to use the bottle, turn it over on its side and make it. Inside the mailbox was an envelope that I stuck inside, with a sticky note on it saying April 15th. I then took a red piece of paper and stuck it on the outside in the shape of the flag you see on a mailbox. I thought the design looked pretty nice, but then went back to how to create death.
For the Death bottle, I surfed the internet for something to spark my mind, and had the hardest time finding something I wanted to pursue. I then came across this idea for a hologram that you can make, so I went around to articles and videos on how to do that. I cut the bottle open, removing the cap and the bottle neck. I then took the rest of the bottle and cut it up so that it became almost an upside pyramid. I put a couple of those sticky notes saying April 15th on the outside and then placed the bottle on to my iPad, which had four rotating skulls on all sides of the bottle. The result of doing that, was that now they are reflected to the center and created what looked like a hologram. I like the fact that the mail comes usually during the day, and then for the death bottle, you had to turn the light off for the full effect, giving it a nice contrasting pair. The result of those bottles, which contains videos as well can be seen here and here.