Daniel Um

My Protective Memories

Class of: 2023

Major: Illustration BFA

Medium: Sculpture

Faculty: Aviva Maya Shulem

Prompt: During the second 5 weeks, students will develop a 3D object, which demonstrates its connection to the community you identify with, how it defines you, your belief, your personality, etc. The object can be a garment, a functional tool, a body accessory like body extension, etc.). The object can demonstrate or express feelings of connecting to a particular community (by choice). Students will explore how & why they feel connected. Considering how you can use color, shape, form, scale to represent these feelings visually. This object can be inspired by project #1 (Personal symbol “portrait”).


Community: a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common. In my life, there are different communities according to different aspects of my life. there are different categories of communities in my life that serve different values in my life. Each community has a special trait that holds value dear to me and personal.

Design Proposal

For this project, I am thinking of designing a wearable object that is taking different elements of emotion and characteristics from each community. I wanted to create an abstract creation of these communities by expressing them as color to set the mood, different shapes and forms to define the characteristics of the group. The struggle of having to make new friends in a foreign community constantly is the driving force for my inspiration. Being in a different community creates a catalyst in my social abilities and results in a struggle to open myself up to the public.

This project was an overall good experience to learn more about myself and who I tie myself with. It was fun to make a visual representation of my communities in a 3D form.