Soundable Cutlery
       
     
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Bronze
       
     
Nickel-plated bronze
       
     
The Sound of Cutlery
       
     
Gathering imported fruits in a local grocery store
       
     
Sketches of my visualization of melodies
       
     
Prototypes
       
     
Final Patterns
       
     
Wax model and ceramics shell
       
     
Unpolished bronze
       
     
White food background for photograph
       
     
Soundable Cutlery
       
     
Soundable Cutlery

Food and music are universal languages that transcend cultural and linguistic boundaries and stimulate all of our senses. Cast in bronze, Soundable Cutlery is a set of serving utensils that make sound when handled. Inspired by two piano songs I learned as a child growing up in Chongqing, China–“Für Elise” by Beethoven and “Souvenirs d'enfance” by Richard Clayderman–the organic forms and metrical curves represent the lighthearted rhythm of the music and blend archetypes of both Eastern and Western eating utensils. The sound produced from Soundable Cutlery is like adding extra flavor to the meal­–the combination of food and music at the dining table is a way for people to express themselves and build connections.

This work is for the 2018 whatnot collection that will be on exhibition and for sale during Salone del Mobile (April 17-22, 2018) at Spazio Rossana Orlandi.

For more information about whatnot, please visit the site: http://sites.saic.edu/whatnot/

Dingyue_Cao_SoundableCutlery_#6_WN18.jpg
       
     
Bronze
       
     
Bronze

Method: Metal casting, polishing

Size: 4''x1.5''x10''(Spoon) 4.5''x1.5''x10''(Fork)

Fabricator: West Supply

Nickel-plated bronze
       
     
Nickel-plated bronze

Method: Metal casting, electroplating, polishing

Size: 4''x1.5''x10''(Spoon) 4.5''x1.5''x10''(Fork)

Fabricator: West Supply

The Sound of Cutlery
       
     
The Sound of Cutlery

A song I composed for the Soundable Cutlery

Gathering imported fruits in a local grocery store
       
     
Gathering imported fruits in a local grocery store

This project starts with thinking about the relationship between food and boarder. I was amazed by how close we are with the world we lived in despite the fact that conversations and actions about anti-globalization are gradually increasing.

Sketches of my visualization of melodies
       
     
Sketches of my visualization of melodies

Studies show that people are able to detect the emotions conveyed from different pitches and rhythms such as happiness and sadness. Foods in human cultures also share the similarities in ingredients that we get from nature. By combing food and music at the dining table, people can communicate across cultural and linguistic boundaries in ways they could connect through senses.

Prototypes
       
     
Prototypes

Meterials: Wood/Wax/Metal sheet and tube/Clay/Plastic/Foam/Found objects/Rice

Methods: Hand sculpting/Woodworking/3D printing/Laser cut/CNC

 

Final Patterns
       
     
Final Patterns

3D printed clear plastic patterns from Object 30 Prime 3D printer.

Wax model and ceramics shell
       
     
Wax model and ceramics shell

Method: Lost Wax Casting

Unpolished bronze
       
     
Unpolished bronze

Ballbearings are placed in the empty spheres to produce the sound 

White food background for photograph
       
     
White food background for photograph

Ingredients: Cauliflower/Onion/Mushroom/Garlic/Chesse/Mushmellow/Popcorn