P'iolin Musical Instrument, Paper Craftwork by Yi-Jen Hsieh

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
P'iolin

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Musical Instrument, Paper Craftwork

INSPIRATION:
As a sustainable material, paper is at the boundary between nature and artificiality. Among the characteristics, it has a number of advantages. P'iolin is a craftwork to experiment this amazing material, paper, apart from the tradition wood.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
P'iolin is made from three kinds of French watercolor paper. The theory of the usage of paper depends on the method by Stradivarius, which has a reason for acoustic precision. Different from the growth rings of wood, PVA (Polyvinyl Acetate) is used to support the paper structure. The fibres are kept firm and stable with the control of the pressure and density of PVA. After being polished, the suface is then applied with NC lacquer (Nitrocellulose Lacquer). Through the process, NC lacquer permeates into the tiny gaps of paper to modify its surface.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Just like a musical instrument, P'iolin not only interacts with performers but put you in awe with its beauty. Furthermore, its timbre and artistic value might enhance with time.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The whole project began in March 2011 and was completed in Taiwan, December 2014.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
According to the model of Stradivarius, the basic mould was first built in Pro/Engineer. Next, I produced these moulds by laser cutting and CNC with waterproof plastic and pasted the moist papers on the moulds with PVA and shaped the paper under the appropriate environmental condition. After the moisture dried out completely, the body is released carefully. Finally, the parts are assembled to be modified with other steps of carpentry.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Model: Stradivarius 1/2 violin, length of 530 mm Basic mould, ABS, length of 310 mm; rib mould, Acrylic, length of 348 mm Arches 185 gsm as the front plate; Arches 300 gsm as the bassbar and the linings; Canson 240 gsm as the back plate, ribs, scroll and neck block.

TAGS:
Musical instrument, Paper, Handcraft

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
For most of the times, violin is made of wood and has its beauty in its crafts. P'ioin is a project that plays paper in the process of making a violin. It is not possible for this project to be completed without the study of the craftsmanship in violin and in paper fabrication. More than one year was spent to build the background knowledge beforehand as well as the techniques of Stradivarius to understand every detail of a violin precisely.

CHALLENGE:
As a musical instrument, the most difficult part is to be as convincing in the performance as an regular wood-made violin. Meanwhile, other materials such as FRP (Fibre Reinforced Plastics) are strong competitors against P'iolin. While the making of P'violin is friendly to the environment, there is room for improvement in the process of manufacture. Mastering and enhancing the manufacturing details, such as the brittleness and the density of paper, are essential to P'iolin.

ADDED DATE:
2015-01-18 16:27:59

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Yi-Jen Hsieh

IMAGE CREDITS:
Image Credits: Hank Yeh. Chen-Ya Chang, NTUST studio. 2015
Video Credits: Maxim Chih-Ang Liu. Sheng-Feng Su, NTUST studio. 2015

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Herr Hsieh das Atelier

PROFILE:
Herr Hsieh das Atelier (HHA) is my personal workshop based on my opinion of art, and was established since 2011 in National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. Making personal design and art works with common material by extraordinary handcraft is the main purpose of HHA. Even now HHA has just few works, we will keep create other new and interesting works in the future. Now the experiments of different kinds of paper musical instruments will be the recent goal for HHA for a while.

NOMINATION DETAILS

P'iolin Musical Instrument, Paper Craftwork by Yi-jen Hsieh is a Nominee in Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

P'iolin Musical Instrument, Paper Craftwork by Yi-jen Hsieh is Winner in Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design Category, 2014 - 2015.



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