Guilty Pleasures / Cigggggggy

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Care for a smoke? Sure you do. It’s time to ‘Light up’ your life. Here take a ‘Pluff’

For some smoking is a bad habit, for others its a necessary comfort. For many smoking is often about a process not the end result; a quick break, a chance to relax, a moment of happiness in a busy day.

Ciggy is plush LED night light. But Ciggy is also a metaphor.

“you put the killing thing right between your teeth, but you don’t give it the power to do its killing” – John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

For those who have quit smoking, Ciggy is a symbol. A symbol of comfort and escape but also a symbol of holding power and control over something in your life.

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Sobering my 3 LEDs in series for flickering affect.

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LED Wireframe to help position and distribute LEDs at top of toy.

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Pattern making experiments

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Pattern cutting

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Material sections/layout

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Stitched and Ironed

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Smoke ash patterns and layout

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Karen sowing my butt

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Ziggy getting rolled

Diffusion was addressed through the use of varied dark coloured materials covering the red  lit end.

If i was to do this project again, which I am keen to, I would like to source more materials and experiment with materiality. I also ran short on time to properly prototype the light diffusion. I think this could be really unique and interesting. Having not sown before i learnt a huge amount so the project would have benefited from a rough prototype out of a single material so i could understand tolerances and process. The stitching came apart around the gold of the filter because I didn’t leave enough excess. This frustrated me as it really had an effect on the overall quality of the object.

Shoutout to Karen. Also shout out to Josh and Saria.

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