Making Queensland Architecture in Miniature

Making Queensland Architecture in Miniature

Acknowledgement

We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their continuing connection to land and as custodians of stories for millennia. We respectfully acknowledge the land on which we all meet today, and pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging.

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Summary

Fretwork, breezeblocks, casement windows, VJ walls and hardwood floors; there’s a lot to love about Queensland architecture.

Join us as we dive into State Library of Queensland’s collections and bring to life the rich histories of the houses around us through digital fabrication techniques such as laser cutting and engraving.

Supported by skilled facilitators you will create a miniature piece of QLD architecture (e.g. part of a doll’s house, a book nook, a mini façade or diorama).

This journey will see you:

  • getting inspired by Queensland architecture through the enormous wealth of the collections here at State Library of Queensland.
  • learning to create vector files suitable for the laser cutter in free and open-source software (Inkscape).
  • laser cutting your files
  • assembling some of your creation
  • completing a laser cutter induction, so you can come back and make more! (Completing a General Induction will be required before you can book the machine)

Overview

Session 1

  • Research
  • File setup
  • Introduction to Inkscape
  • Design

Session 2

  • Laser Demo
  • Design
  • Laser Induction
  • Cutting

Session 3

  • Cutting
  • Painting

Session 4

  • Painting
  • Assembly
  • Exterior Finishing

Materials

Cutting Materials (per participant)

  • An A2 sheet 4.2mm plywood
  • An A4 sheet 0.5mm thick craft card
  • An A4 sheet 1.5mm Matteboard
  • An A5 sheet 0.7mm PET film
  • An A5 sheet Manilla folder
  • Tacky craft glue
  • Gouache
  • Acrylic medium (gloss and matte)
  • Small brushes
  • Palettes
  • small bags for sorting pieces

Tools and Preparation

  • Laser Cutter
  • Computers running Inkscape

Tools

  • Tool 1
  • Tool 2
  • Tool 3
  • Tool 4

Preparation

Before the workshop you will need to …

Door Sizing for scale - 87-88mm height

Session 1

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their continuing connection to land and as custodians of stories for millennia. We respectfully acknowledge the land on which we all meet today, and pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging.

Welcome

  • Check everyone has signed in and their SLQ logins are working
  • Why did you sign up? what are you hoping to get out of this series?
  • Getting inspired by Queensland architecture through the enormous wealth of the collections here at State Library of Queensland
  • Designing a small model/ dollhouse (check scale) using a combination of pre-drawn and cut pieces and one or two elements of your own (show sample)
  • The elements we will focus on creating our own designs for are the heritage archway, the stained glass window above the front door and the fretwork breezeway above the side door
  • Learning to create a couple of vector files suitable for the laser cutter in free and open-source software (Inkscape)
  • Completing a laser cutter induction, so you can come back and make more! (Completing a General Induction will be required before you can book the machine)
  • Laser cutting your files
  • Painting your creation
  • Assembling your creation
  • External finishing your creation

This is a 4-part workshop running on 8 October, 22 October, 5 November & 19 November, you must be able to come to all the dates as each session builds upon the work of the previous.

https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/dolls-house-and-miniatures-scale-2365457

End goals of Session 1

  • A solid idea for the final design of your book nook
  • A basic understanding of using Inkscape to edit our template files and design our own items
  • Started on the design for your individual archway and breezeway pieces

Research and Design

Corley explorer- https://explorer.corley.slq.qld.gov.au/

Collections

Catalogues of Queenslanders 1920-1930

https://www.househistories.org/queensland-house-designs-1920-1930

Other websites

Box generator - https://www.festi.info/boxes.py/

Scale 1:12, 1:24, 1:18

Sketching (doesn’t have to be pretty, just descriptive of our ideas)

Moodboard (gathering references)

Fretwork Sketches: https://www.auburnwoodturning.com.au/standard-heritage/interior-fretwork

Making our files

Inkscape

inkscape

Why

  • Free and open
  • Extremely powerful

What

  • Vector vs raster

How

  • Navigation
  • Pen tool (difference between normal clicky mouse)
  • Boolean operations
  • Combine
  • Basic box template? Along with templates of my stuff.

What if/next

  • Videos on wiki
  • Google

Can design in 3D in fusion 360 or similar

Size of notches for box

Material thicknesses

Types of functions

Tips

Layered doors

Layered moulding

Homework

During the time between our next session, consider practicing your new Inkscape skills so it starts to stick, and you can come with more designs to laser if time permits.

Session 2

Cutting and Induction

Setup for cutting

Laser Demo

Cut a quick sample showing various features (e.g engrave, score, cut)

Prototypes

This SVG below is the cut file, download it and open it in Inkscape to view it properly.

Wallpaper for wrapping box. Design taken from https://archive.org/details/australianflorai00bake/page/n88/mode/1up and vectorised

References

Downloads

Add any slide presentations, instructions, software etc. here

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We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their continuing connection to land and as custodians of stories for millennia. We are inspired by this tradition in our work to share and preserve Queensland's memory for future generations.