Psyche Inspired: Cindy Furukawa

Institution: Arizona State University

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Psyche Inspired Class: 2023-2024

Navigating Psyche’s Orbital Pathways

Cindy furukawa

October 25th, 2023

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Genre/Medium: Craft- beads, washi tape, wire, polymer clay, paints, shrink plastic

About the work: For my first project I geared towards a more hands-on crafting approach because I wanted to work with diverse materials. I drew inspiration from a Japanese wind chime, known as Furin, which are typically displayed at homes as a decoration that embodies relaxation. My vision was to create a tangible piece that portrayed the Psyche mission on a personal and up close level. While space exploration seems vast and boundless with endless opportunities, I hoped to share that knowledge by distilling the vastness and allowing viewers to experience it on a three-dimensional level in their hands. I enjoy being able to view art pieces from different perspectives, so I wanted to encompass that vision by creating a piece that seemed like it was floating in space. Each of the orbitals of the spacecraft’s pathway are represented with various materials to distinguish their unique trajectories and the beads that were chosen for the tails represent the stars and metal make-up of the Psyche asteroid. A detailed spacecraft and a representation of the Psyche asteroid highlights the mission’s purpose and wonders that are born from this space exploration.

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Highlighting the Wonders of Psyche

Cindy furukawa

December 15th, 2023

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Genre/Medium: Craft – Resin, Copic markers, Polymer clay, Rhinestones, Origami paper, Ribbon

About the work: Highlighting the Wonders of Psyche” is an art piece symbolizing the innovation and exploration of new discoveries fostered by the mission, which is displayed through an illuminated lamp. I decided to encompass both the essence of the Goddess Psyche and the asteroid to show the dual ideas associated with the name ‘Psyche’. By implementing transparent materials, I tried to create an overall stained glass effect that successfully casted a warm radiance to Psyche’s hair. Her features were designed by cutting out metallic, gold origami paper so when the light is on, the lining of her face stands out, and when the lamp is turned off, her features remain soft and elegant. I utilized Copic alcohol markers to draw her hair and used colors throughout that related to the NASA Psyche Mission logo, while incorporating darker shades of blue to represent a space theme. I also intentionally added the drawing of the Psyche Goddess on the outside of the lamp shade and placed the asteroid cut-out on the inside, making it visible only when the lamp is on. The asteroid is made out of blue cellophane and scrapbooking paper, and the craters outlined were crafted by cutting pieces of origami paper. To decorate the rest of the blank space I layered resin and gel nail polish to experiment with different textures and colors, which was accomplished by mixing paints and sprinkling on crystal beads and glitter. Rhinestones were scattered across the lamp shade to add a bit of sparkle. Since the base of the lamp is clear glass, I sculpted a miniature model of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, that launched the Psyche spacecraft, out of polymer clay. In order to depict the exhaust and smoke, I utilized sheer ribbon and sewed them together to create folds and ruffles that added the desired billowing effect.

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PSYCHE’S TREASURED KEEPSAKES

Cindy furukawa

February 21st, 2024

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Genre/Medium: Polymer clay, UV resin, beads, paint, jewelry Making

About the work: “Psyche’s Treasured Keepsakes” is a trinket dish and bracelet set inspired by the Psyche goddess. For the dish itself, I created a butterfly-shaped base from polymer clay drawing inspiration from the association of butterflies with the goddess Psyche. In the left corner of the wing, I sculpted a miniature version of the Psyche goddess. Referencing the color scheme of the mission’s logo, I painted the dish in vibrant shades of purple, magenta, pink, and orange. To reflect a night sky of stars, I decided on a dark purplish-blue tone for Psyche’s hair and glossed over it in sparkly nail polish. To complement the base, a shimmering pink outfit was chosen, while miniature star glitters were scattered across the dish for extra sparkle. In order to ensure a clean finish, I coated the trinket dish in UV resin, giving it a polished shine. Additionally, I handcrafted a bracelet to act as a set. I opted for an intertwining bracelet and used pearl beads for an elegant look without overshadowing the trinket dish. In the center of the bracelet is a pendant that is inspired by the asteroid itself. The design of the bracelet symbolizes the interconnectedness of the Psyche mission’s impacts of fostering new discoveries in science and its influence on artistic interpretations of exploring the soul of Psyche. This project’s focus was on intimacy and personalization, envisioning a piece that blends into your daily life. Whether it be sitting on a desk or used as a decorative storage for keys, office supplies, and your cherished accessories, this trinket dish adds a vibrant touch of color to the room. Its design also provides a cute companion to keep your belongings safe from getting lost.

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