Sukyoung Youn


Class of: 2026

Major: Design and Technology BFA

Medium: Mixed media

Faculty: Derek Haffar

Prompt: For Bridge 2 project from Integrative Studio 1 course, students were assigned to destroy a book to make an interpretive sculpture out of it. By taking notes from the text and the author’s message, the new design of the book was encouraged to reflect aspects of the book’s content and describe them in a form of three-dimensional interpretation.

For the book project, I got acquainted with the book and took my time to note some details I found. The book I chose for the Book Club project was The Power of Human: How Our Shared Humanity Can Help Us Create a Better World by Adam Waytz. To complete this project, I went through a few chapters and highlighted some words as methods to get the information I needed. One of the helpful methods I used was taking notes from the text and discerning the author’s message. From the idea of humans prioritizing technology over nature that was heavily featured in the book, I was inspired to construct the conflicts in the world by visualizing intricate details and using various mediums. I sought creative visualization and accrued several pages of sketches. Then, I made the paper model for testing before I moved on to work on my book. During prototyping, I used these sketchbook pages to convey the messages from the author and pushed them into my visualization. Along with my sketch, I began the assignment by depicting the relationship between the friends’ and enemies’ worlds described in the book by creating the two sides. In order to manifest this idea, I produced the two big sides by cutting the book cover and reassembling it using the pins and yards. As a result of the brainstorming, I produced design factors abstractly by carving, paper cutting, painting, and considering the color scheme. Utilizing my sketches and paper model as primary references helped me focus and complete my design creation down to the last detail. I used the book as the primary material, along with wood, paint, pen, dress pins, and yards. Incorporating many mediums with contexts gave me the flexibility to express the interpretive visual elements.