What's your cup of tea?
Duration: August - September 2018
The goal of this project was to create an accessory for a paper cup using sheet acrylic. To accomplish this, I had the opportunity to familiarize myself with new fabrication techniques such as laser cutting and heat forming.
Ideation & Inspiration
I had the idea of creating a hanging cup carrier from devices I've seen in the past that accomplish a similar task. Additionally, I thought that the nuances of balancing such an item would be a great way to challenge my making skills. While the form itself is simple, I drew inspiration from products that I found beautiful—many of which utilize clean lines and respect the materiality by highlighting its attributes.
Once I had an idea of the general form I wanted my cup carrier to take, I debated on a few different fabrication methods. While I initially considered using separate pieces of acrylic for both the cup base and arm, I decided to use a single piece in order to highlight the planar nature of the material. In order to balance the carrier, I had to be careful to take the weight of the acrylic on one side of the cup into account. Finally, I used a raised circle underneath the cup to keep it from sliding around in motion.
Overall, I enjoyed getting to know a new material (laser cut acrylic) through the process of making my cup accessory. If I were to revisit this project in the future, I would like to experiment more with the aesthetics and how they provide physical affordances for users.