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Students, faculty, and administration across all grades were invited to participate in a holiday ornament design competition. With the user of the school's Design Lab and its tools, contestants produced stunning and original pieces of work that not only reflected holiday themes, but also related to the concept of transition and passage.
After much deliberation, for selections were awarded:
1st prize: Alexander Boccon-Gibod
I made my ornament out of 5 translucent plates of plexiglas, branches, and a string of LED lights. I wanted to have the box reflect a frosted window and the big bare branches to look like a winter forest with snowflakes (the LEDs) scattered across them. -Alexander
2nd prize: Elliot Irving
One concept from my ornament design was to make a rigid, plastic material into a flexible one. I used the laser cutter to score the material in a honeycomb pattern, and it started to become flexible. Another theme in the Holiday season are lights so I used a string of LED lights to represent snowflakes. The string of LED light became the structure of the ornement that I weaved through the material. -Elliot
3rd prize: Alana Dastous and Alexandre Chauvel
My inspiration for my ornament was to reflect the reason for the holiday celebration which originated from the solstice and the return of the sun and the beginning of a new year. I chose as a medium a 3D printed sphere with translucent plastic to let the warm light seep through to represent the slowly returning sunlight which transforms the winter landscape. -Alana
When asked about her experience organizing the competition and working with contestants in the Design Lab, Barbara Abecassis notes: "It has been a great experience. All the entries were not only amazing, but there was a lot of thought behind each of them."
Pictured above: Ornament design contest winners
Happy Holidays from French American International School!