This project was created for my first nephew’s 1st birthday. This is the first child of all my siblings so he is the next generation of our family. I wanted to represent this with a tree of life and in order to make it a functional piece I decided to create a night light.
Construction: The tree design was inspired by a necklace my sister wears. I knew she was fond of it and might appreciate it as the design for the light. I hand drew an interpretation of this tree and then translated it to a vector file. From here I laser cut various layers of plywood and glued them together, along with the mirrored lens, to create the face and frame for the fixture. The final light was painted a golden color and the Arduino teensy was programmed in order to give the LED’s within the fixture the color and motion variation.
Tree of Life Digital Integration | Creating a repeating circular pattern in grasshopper
I created a grasshopper script which allowed me to vary the patterns shape, scale, and repetition until I got to something I was happy with. This became useful when I began to laser cut because I realized it was an inch too big to fit on my plywood sheet. After discovering this I was able to quickly adjust the parameters in grasshopper and scale down the whole piece without scaling down the pattern. This was important because I wanted to maintain the size of the circles and tear shapes so I couldn’t just scale down the entire design altogether. Additionally, I was able to adjust the spacing and repetition of the shapes so they were not too close together when printing.