One of the projects required to build at North Bennet Street School is a Chippendale chair.
A characteristic of a Chippendale Chair is the pierced and carved back splat. Although there are endless variations of beautiful designs to pick from, I saw the back splat of my chair transforming into a peacock tail.
I wanted the feathers to start numerous and small on the bottom and get bigger and more spread out on the top, this distribution is closely inspired to a peacock tail, and I also like the transition from the straight and simple crest rail to a sort of exponentially growing number of feathers on the bottom. The shape of the crest rail mimics the roundness of a peacock tail, and the crown on the top reminds me of the “T feathers” which are the last row of feathers on a peacock tail.
After figuring out the general designs and locations of the peacock feathers, I still had to transform a flat colored surface to represent a peacock feather. I experimented with carving until I found a way I liked that separates the colors surface of a peacock feather, and also relates to the Chippendale chairs carving that I’m used to seeing.
I included a picture of my earliest sketches, even though my chair evolved far from these sketches, it’s very satisfying to find them and I appreciate seeing an idea come to life.