Asher is a narrative object developed through conversation with my friend Asher Dunn over the course of 4 weeks. I was involved in a class that expected us to materialize life stories of people into a book format. As our dialogue evolved, it dawned on me that the best way to encapsulate all that we have shared is through a tangible interactive object that evokes a visceral experience.
Asher is a RISD alumni and a successful entrepreneur who runs three business concurrently in Providence (Studio Dunn, Keeseh Studio and Anchor). Through our conversations I came to experience his boundless energy and his passion for life. I wanted the work to be an analogy of our dialogue at many different levels. This led me to explore the possibility of a user-initiated lamp that illuminates words in the dark.
To realize my idea within a short span of two weeks, I decided to gut a handcrank flashlight from Walmart for the electronic components. The flashlight had all the necessary parts required, all I had to add was a larger gear to engage the mechanism. The words on the disc is acetone transferred from a laser print.
The parts, with the exception of the disc, is made using laser cut 1/8" plywood.
The parts are assembled together using wood glue and a paper lampshade is made to reflect light onto the worded disc. The final product is gifted to Asher and functions as a snapshot of his thoughts and beliefs at the time this was made and also a story telling tool for years to come.