Psyche Inspired: Cameryn Laborte

Institution: Seattle University

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Psyche Inspired Class: 2020-2021

Three embroidery hoops of black fabric lay arranged as a triangle on an off-white wall. The top hoop has an embroidered asteroid colored with yellow, orange, pink, and purple threads. The bottom left hoop has a yellow threaded circle with unsymmetrical white dashed lines following the arc of the circle from the top most point to the bottom most point. The bottom right hoop is slightly bigger with an orbital design of the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars and the Psyche asteroid and spacecraft at three spots. A white dashed line circles from Earth to Mars then around to a greater orange outer circle where Psyche and the spacecraft meet.

Around Psyche

Cameryn Laborte

April 19, 2021

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Genre/Medium: embroidery hoops

About the work: The organic shape of Psyche contrasting with the rigid, sharp-angled spacecraft inspired me to look for more of the beautiful, round shapes associated with the Psyche mission. The first and largest piece was inspired by the path the Psyche spacecraft will take from Earth to the asteroid with a gravity assist from Mars. The second piece was inspired by Dr. Rona Oran’s presentation on what the electromagnetic field might look like around Psyche. The last piece captures Psyche itself in vibrant colors from the mission badge.

View Full Image

Crackled, textured white chocolate shards with shades of grey and silver stand at various angles in the center of a chocolate cake-filled chocolate hemisphere. The hemisphere is held by a red sugar sail sitting concave up on an upside down ceramic bowl with a silver background.

Toward Collision

Cameryn Laborte

February 24, 2021

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Genre/Medium: isomalt, cake

About the work: I was inspired by the hypothesis that Psyche may be the product of powerful collisions that stripped away the mantle of a protoplanet, leaving behind its inner core material. In this piece, I wanted to demonstrate a cross-section of that protoplanet headed towards a powerful collision with edible art. I textured white chocolate, broke it into shards, and colored it with different shades of grey metallic powder to represent the hypothesized iron core. I chose these metallic colorings and sharp, jagged textures to contrast the rocky mantle. I packed a chocolate hemisphere with a chocolate cake and frosting mixture to represent the mantle. Crumbled cake shows the contrast of how soft rock materials are in comparison to metal. The crumbled cake also showed the characteristics of some rocky asteroids composed of many individual stones, or in this case crumbs. To show the movement that this protoplanet would go through, I used isomalt to create a red sugar sail that surrounds the chocolate hemisphere.

View Full Project

Six gingerbread men and six rectangular butter cookies lay in a checkered pattern. Each gingerbread man is decorated with the name of a Psyche Mission member, and their respective butter cookie is decorated with watercolor symbols to represent a lesson learned from them. The pairs are ordered by row: 1 - Marisol Arenas, Lindsay McLaurin; 2 - Tom Prettyman, Kristina Larson; 3 - Dr. Lindy Elkins-Tanton, Ravi Prakash.

A Psyche Dozen

Cameryn Laborte

November 05, 2020

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Genre/Medium: butter cookies and icing

About the work: I relate the excitement of sharing Psyche to the sharing of good food. With that, I created a set of decorated cookies to look like the mission badge and the Psyche asteroid. I designed and 3D printed custom cookie cutters, with the mission badge cutter having a stamping feature for greater accuracy of the design. After baking, I used icing of the same colors as the mission badge. I tried smearing the icing to create gradients similar to the badge. For a more detailed approach, such as the black lettering and most accurate badge cookie, I used an edible watercolor technique.

View Full Project

Cameryn Laborte

December 29, 2020

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Genre/Medium: gingerbread and butter cookies with icing, food coloring gels, and powders

About the work: Inspired by the people of the Psyche mission, I created gingerbread molasses and butter cookies using icing and an edible watercolor technique to symbolize not only the person, but the lesson I took away from each of them. Marisol Arenas demonstrated the importance of continuous learning and growth, even against adversity. Lindsay McLaurin shared the importance of connecting with others, sharing the excitement of the mission, and feeding off of feedback. Tom Prettyman’s presentation showed that interplanetary comparisons of data connect what we learn from separate missions. Kristina Larson drilled the importance of communication between distinct, interlocking areas. Dr. Lindy Elkins-Tanton helped me realize the connections between the arts and sciences and how our exploration of space offers a greater understanding of ourselves. Ravi Prakash recalled his varying experiences, pointing out that every opportunity offers something to learn. While I’ve only decorated a handful of people involved, the people of the Psyche mission offer so much in their work and in what they can teach, and I wanted to honor that

View Full Image

An asteroid-shaped cookie of the Psyche mission badge with black lettering that says,

Cookie Psyche Excitement

Cameryn Laborte

November 05, 2020

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Genre/Medium: butter cookies and icing

About the work: I relate the excitement of sharing Psyche to the sharing of good food. With that, I created a set of decorated cookies to look like the mission badge and the Psyche asteroid. I designed and 3D printed custom cookie cutters, with the mission badge cutter having a stamping feature for greater accuracy of the design. After baking, I used icing of the same colors as the mission badge. I tried smearing the icing to create gradients similar to the badge. For a more detailed approach, such as the black lettering and most accurate badge cookie, I used an edible watercolor technique.

View Full Project

Psyche Inspired

Learn more about the Psyche Inspired program and view other works

/

Psyche Inspired