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Pippi Hornsby
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A Mechanical Engineer from the UK who is crazy about art and crafts of all types!
A Mechanical Engineer from the UK who is crazy about art and crafts of all types!

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Greg's Malaysia Shirt!
It's February! phew And I've been busy, but alas not with sewing.  But today I did manage to convince the illusive Greg to let me photograph him in his Christmas present - yes, it's taken this long just to get a photograph - so I present to you... Greg's ...
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Dot Coms and Stashbusting!
The last few weeks I've been working on my personal website, pippihornsby.com .  Since I finished my MA in Product Design, I decided to update my website to display my designs efficiently, and to use it as an online portfolio - exhibiting my designs and dis...
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Reflection, Rebranding and Me
Yesterday I had my final assessment for my MA; the final presentation for my final project , presenting Penumbra and Keeping Time .  When the presentation was over, I opened up the topic for questioning and was posed some interesting points to consider. Fro...
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MMU MA Degree Show Exhibition
With my final project finished and assessed, my focus now turns to the upcoming MA Degree Show.  I will be exhibiting my two final project pieces, Penumbra and Keeping Time, along side my contemporaries from a host of different disciplines at Manchester Sch...
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Keeping Time: Brass Body
After a few initial cardboard prototypes, I settled on a shape that I was happy with.  Crucially, the final design came from a practical decision to machine the form in house.  There were two options for machining; waterjet cut out of house – exact precisio...
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Keeping Time: Aesthetics
The form factor of the metronome was next on my hit list.  How was this object going to look?  My original design borrowed traditional material combinations from scientific equipment – wood, brass and glass – to modernise the archetypal metronome form, repl...
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Penumbra: Code
Coding the sundial has been a challenge throughout this project.  Though I have basic knowledge in C++ from my undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering, I have had to adapt substantial amounts of code to get the sundial working as it should.  During the last...
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Penumbra: Building the surround
Making the casing for the sundial was challenging. From a practical
sense, it had to be made from steel as it was strong enough to support
the limestone and could be welded into place.  It also had to house the
LEDs at a suitable height from the face, an...
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Penumbra: Faces
Limestone tile (detail). Having started this project during the last module, I had already developed a strong message that I wanted to convey and had some experience with the electronics behind the project, now I had to finalise the aesthetics of the piece ...
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Penumbra: Theory
Visual render of Penumbra Penumbra: noun. A shadow cast by a celestial body. During my research it has become increasingly apparent that the more technologically advanced (and technology dependant) we become, the more linear our time becomes.  We move forwa...
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