VE 1.1 Studio Task 2: Form, Frame and Facture

Start 4 April 2011

Submit 2 May 2011

Studio time 12 hours

Submission – send me an email by 2 May 2011 headed Submission SVE Studio Task 2, telling me where you have placed the work. Can I ask you to incorporate the images and commentary as much as possible, in a Word, or PDF document or in your blog. It makes it much easier to review and understand as an experience and saves me a lot of time searching for individual images. You can always provide links to image files for me to follow up. Please make sure all documents sent by email or in Dropbox have your name on them.

Form, frame and fracture

This second research task is intended to build on what you discovered in task 1. In the first task you were limited in your use of materials, in this task you have specific conceptual or process boundaries. The intention is to take the words form, frame and fracture, as nouns or verbs, and use these to push your work further or to start a new piece of research. You need to use these words in sequence to guide a 12 hour period of making work in your studio or workplace. Choose the sequence you want to use advance, i.e.

  1. Form, frame fracture
  2. Form, fracture, frame
  3. Frame, form, fracture
  4. Frame, fracture, form
  5. Fracture, frame, form
  6. Fracture, form, frame

Each word has many different meanings as a noun and as a verb and you can exploit these in whatever way you want, see the examples below. You can choose any definition you want just make it clear in your submission. You may want to select particular meanings in advance or wait until you get to that stage. Be careful of getting caught up spending too much time trying to find the right definition, it is not that important, it’s just a way of structuring a task. You can use the words literally – fracture something, or metaphorically reframe something conceptually. You can divide the 12 hours into three equal periods of three hours or divide it unequally. You must however, follow the sequence you have chosen.

Again please treat this as a playful journey and don’t worry about producing finished pieces, pay attention to what you discover.


Examples of definitions:


  • to construct or frame, to make or produce.
  • to serve to make up; serve as; compose; constitute: The remaining members will form the program committee.
  • to place in order; arrange; organize.
  • to frame (ideas, opinions, etc.) in the mind.
  • to contract or develop (habits, friendships, etc.).
  • to give form or shape to; shape; fashion.
  • to give a particular form or shape to; fashion in a particular manner: Form the dough into squares.
  • to mould or develop by discipline or instructions: The sergeant’s job was to form boys into men.


  • to make (a derivation) by some grammatical change: The suffix “-ly” forms adverbs from adjectives.
  • to have (a grammatical feature) represented in a particular shape: English forms plurals in “-s”.
  • Military . to draw up in lines or in formation.


  • external appearance of a clearly defined area, as distinguished from color or material;
  • the shape of a thing or person, a body, especially that of a human being.
  • a dummy having the same measurements as a human body, used for fitting or displaying clothing: a dressmaker’s form.
  • something that gives or determines shape; a mould.
  • a particular condition, character, or mode in which something appears: water in the form of ice.
  • the manner or style of arranging and coordinating parts for a pleasing or effective result, as in literary or musical composition: a unique form for the novel.

Fine Arts

  • the organization, placement, or relationship of basic elements, as lines and colors in a painting or volumes and voids in a sculpture, so as to produce a coherent image; the formal structure of a work of art
  • three-dimensional quality or volume, as of a represented object or anatomical part.
  • an object, person, or part of the human body or the appearance of any of these, especially as seen in nature: His work is characterized by the radical distortion of the human form.
  • any assemblage of things of a similar kind constituting a component of a group, especially of a zoological group.
  • Crystallography . the combination of all the like faces possible on a crystal of given symmetry.
  • due or proper shape; orderly arrangement of parts; good order.

Philosophy .

  • the structure, pattern, organization, or essential nature of anything.
  • structure or pattern as distinguished from matter.

Aristotelianism . that which places a thing in its particular species or kind.

  • Logic . the abstract relations of terms in a proposition, and of propositions to one another.
  • a set, prescribed, or customary order or method of doing something.
  • a set order of words, as for use in religious ritual or in a legal document: a form for initiating new members.
  • a document with blank spaces to be filled in with particulars before it is executed: a tax form.
  • a typical document to be used as a guide in framing others for like cases: a form for a deed.
  • a conventional method of procedure or behavior: society’s forms.
  • a formality or ceremony, often with implication of absence of real meaning: to go through the outward forms of a religious wedding.
  • procedure according to a set order or method.
  • conformity to the usages of society; formality; ceremony: the elaborate forms prevalent in the courts of renaissance kings.
  • procedure or conduct, as judged by social standards: Such behavior is very bad form. Good form demands that we go.
  • manner or method of performing something; technique: The violin soloist displayed tremendous form.
  • physical condition or fitness, as for performing: a tennis player in peak form.
  • Grammar a word, part of a word, or group of words forming a construction that recurs in various contexts in a language with relatively constant meaning. Compare linguistic form.
  • Linguistics . the shape or pattern of a word or other construction ( distinguished from substance).
  • Building Trades . temporary boarding or sheeting of plywood or metal for giving a desired shape to poured concrete, rammed earth, etc.
  • a grade or class of pupils in a British secondary school or in certain U.S. private schools: boys in the fourth form.
  • British . a bench or long seat.
  • Also, British , forme. Printing . an assemblage of types, leads, etc., secured in a chase to print from.


  • to form or make, as by fitting and uniting parts together; construct.
  • to contrive, devise, or compose, as a plan, law, or poem: to frame a new constitution.
  • to conceive or imagine, as an idea.
  • Informal . to incriminate (an innocent person) through the use of false evidence, information, etc.
  • to provide with or put into a frame, as a picture.
  • to give utterance to: Astonished, I attempted to frame adequate words of protest.
  • to form or seem to form (speech) with the lips, as if enunciating carefully.
  • to fashion or shape: to frame a bust from marble.
  • to shape or adapt to a particular purpose: to frame a reading list for ninth graders.
  • Informal . to contrive or prearrange fraudulently or falsely, as in a scheme or contest.
  • to adjust (film) in a motion-picture projector so as to secure exact correspondence of the outlines of the frame and aperture.
  • to line up visually in a viewfinder or sight.


  • a border or case for enclosing a picture, mirror, etc.
  • a rigid structure formed of relatively slender pieces, joined so as to surround sizable empty spaces or nonstructural panels, and generally used as a major support in building or engineering works, machinery, furniture, etc.
  • a body, especially a human body, with reference to its size or build; physique: He has a large frame.
  • a structure for admitting or enclosing something: a window frame.
  • Usually, frames. ( used with a plural verb ) the framework for a pair of eyeglasses.
  • form, constitution, or structure in general; system; order.
  • a particular state, as of the mind: an unhappy frame of mind.
  • Movies . one of the successive pictures on a strip of film.
  • Computers . the information or image on a screen or monitor at any one time.
  • Bowling .
  • one of the ten divisions of a game.
  • one of the squares on the scorecard, in which the score for a given frame is recorded.
  • Baseball . an inning.
  • Slang . a frame-up.
  • enclosing lines, usually forming a square or rectangle, to set off printed matter in a newspaper, magazine, or the like; a box.
  • the structural unit that supports the chassis of an automobile.
  • Nautical .
  • any of a number of transverse, rib-like members for supporting and stiffening the shell of each side of a hull.
  • any of a number of longitudinal members running between web frames to support and stiffen the shell plating of a metal hull.
  • a machine or part of a machine supported by a framework, especially as used in textile production: drawing frame; spinning frame.
  • Printing . the workbench of a compositor, consisting of a cabinet, cupboards, bins, and drawers, and having flat and sloping work surfaces on top.
  • Bookbinding . an ornamental border, similar to a picture frame, stamped on the front cover of some books.
  • in frame, Shipbuilding . (of a hull) with all frames erected and ready for planking or plating.


  • to cause or to suffer a fracture in (a bone, etc.).
  • to break or crack.
  • Slang . to amuse highly or cause to laugh heartily; delight: The new comic really fractured the audience.


  • the act of breaking; state of being broken.
  • a break, breach, or split.
  • the characteristic manner of breaking: a material of unpredictable fracture.
  • the characteristic appearance of a broken surface, as of a mineral.

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