turned out more bull than ram, but I'm cool with it. The idea was just horns anyways.
This assignment was to construct a piece of animal themed armour that deals with a human frailty using reed wood strips and similar material (I used twine and rope in addition to reed).
I worked so hard on this, between both the piece and the theme. I like that I made something that wasn't meant to deal with a physical frailty. In general I found the pieces in the class that had a deeper meaning to be much more interesting
Here's the artists statement on the piece: The human frailty I chose to consider for this assignment is the issue of someone who has issues dealing with their problems. They realize there is something that they have to deal with, but they are not confident enough to come out and do anything about it. There are two possible main reasons for such a frailty existing. The first reason is that such a person may not be able to bring themselves to address a problem because it takes them out of their comfort zone. The fear of exposing their weaknesses, or being attacked physically or emotionally that may come with addressing an issue could be enough to stop this person from trying. The second reason for such a frailty could be an additional fear that even if they were to start dealing with a problem, they would not be able to tackle it strongly enough to make a change.
With this vulnerability and those reasons in mind, I designed a helmet involving elements of both a turtleís shell and ramís horns. The turtle shell helps with the first reason for this frailty. Having a shell to protect the wearer makes them feel safer and less vulnerable even when they are essentially coming out of their shell to solve their problems. The addition of the ramís horns to this piece addresses the second issue, by providing the wearer with the means to tackle their difficulties head on. Having the horns of a ram is meant to give the wearer the confidence that when they deal with whatever it is that is troubling them, they will really be able to impact and change the situation. It is through the combination of a good defence and a good offense that this piece addresses the frailty of not being able to confront oneís problems.