Part 3 of 6: Life Casting
This the 3rd post of a 6 part series discussing the management and fabrication of human figures. This month we’ll be discussing the process of life casting and its place in creating a figure. We tend to be a little sloppy when we use the term life cast, often using it as a substitute for “figure.” Some figures are completely assembled from life casts but most are a combination of sculpted and life cast pieces and some are totally sculpted with no life cast components at all.
The term “life cast” refers to the process of making a mold of a body part from a live model. Life casting is preferable to sculpting whenever a suitable model is available. Life casting is an exact reproduction. The level of detail and scientific accuracy life casting produces is impossible to completely achieve by sculpting. The most common use of life casting is for hands and heads. If the figure being produced is of a young child, member of a historical ethnic group, or a historical person the head will most likely need to be sculpted instead of life cast. Read the rest of this entry »
‘Green’ Not Simply a Color
In the last fifteen years, ‘green’ has become a very common adjective. While I would like to think it has some relation to sustainability and environmental stewardship, no one is policing the use of the word. This has led to problems like greenwashing, in which a company with no commitment to sustainability decides to play up the only aspect of its product that isn’t harmful to the environment, and then slaps the label ‘green’ on it. One answer to greenwashing is making ‘green’ mean something, creating a standard to live up to.
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Yes, Sketchbook 6, the latest addition in our sketchbook (brochure) series is here! Our sketchbooks have become somewhat of a collector’s item over the years. How many from the series have you collected? All five, maybe? Take a picture with your Sketchbook collection (has to be originals and not downloaded versions) and post it to our Facebook wall then I’ll send you Sketchbook 6 along with a coffee mug or t-shirt or something else equally cool! If you don’t have the back issues, you can download them or if you’d like a snazzy hardcopy of 4, 5, or 6, email me (kvanskike (at) taylorstudios (dot) com) your address and I’ll be happy to mail one to you (sorry all out of 1 and 2).
A Different Approach
Taylor Studios, Inc. has been on a fantastic Journey over the past 23 years and this Sketchbook shows some of our ‘greatest hits’ from the past four years (that’s how long its been since Sketchbook 5 was introduced!). While keeping with the Sketchbook theme, we changed things up a bit this time around. The most obvious change, aside from the sleeker dark color, is that it’s formatted in landscape rather than portrait. On the inside, you’ll find stories about TSI, many of our recent projects and a QR code which will explain some of the subtle references to…well, I’ll leave that for you to figure out.
Let me know what you think in the comments below and join the Journey online!
When Interpretation is Not Pleasurable
Sam Ham’s Environmental Interpretation: A Practical Guide for People with Big Ideas and Small Budgets has always been a valuable resource in helping Taylor Studios explain general interpretation concepts to clients possessing a cursory understanding of interpretation’s role in designing engaging exhibits. Read the rest of this entry »
In recent years it has become apparent that the healthcare market has an abundance of opportunities to incorporate exciting design elements into new and existing facilities. Not only are hospitals looking to add artistic elements to their buildings, they are also beginning to consider the healing aspects of bringing nature indoors. Read the rest of this entry »