Shape 2018 Student Interviews

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Oliver Bowman

St Luke’s Grammar School – Dee Why

Recurring migraines from ‘text neck’, a growing health problem caused by incorrect posture while using a smartphone, prompted Oliver to develop TILT. The app gradually fades a smartphone screen to black if the user lowers their device and alters their viewing angle resulting in poor posture. This makes the phone unusable until it is returned to the ergonomically correct angle.

‘It was a very steep learning curve as I had no previous experience of coding and the technical aspects of what makes apps work.’

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Facts About Humans

Amy Holland

Davidson High School

Humour and learning combine in Amy’s stop motion animation on interesting facts about human biology. It was conceived and developed as an educational tool aimed at a school-age demographic, the film demonstrates facts and figures using hand crafted models (for example sheep made from cotton balls and black cardstock). It is broken down into scenes which survey; cells and atoms, anatomy, body regulation (homeostasis) encompassing energy, nutrition and sleeping.

‘I repositioned my model between each frame, creating the effect of movement, and studied other stop motion videos to ensure I used the correct technique.’

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1934 Ford Pedal Car

Maurizio Pagano

William Carey Christian School

Maurizio combined his love of pedal cars and his passion for sheet metal, machining and welding to build a scale replica of his father’s 1934 Ford. The car includes a fully functional pedaling and steering system, head, tail lights and blinkers, leather upholstery, polished chrome twin exhausts. The objective to model the tin car on the ’34 Ford is evident in all its styling.

‘I knew this project would be demanding and I would be confronted with perplexing situations, having to learn how to use and perfect a range of tools and techniques.’

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El Detalle

Lilah Thompson

Newtown High School of Performing Arts

During a family trip to Barcelona, Lilah was intrigued by architect Antoni Gaudi’s work. Her contemporary shift dress reflects his use of unusual and eccentric shapes, detailed patterns and complex colour combinations. The garment’s design avoids straight lines, instead favouring a curved neckline, bell sleeves and a serpentine-shaped panel. The use of crinkle fabric adds extra shape.

‘I enjoyed thinking about how Gaudi’s innovative designs could be incorporated in a different context, using textile construction and decorative techniques.’

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