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Cut and Slot Sculpture Kit

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15 June 2020

For this week’s Monday Makes we've been inspired by Heather Phillipson’s exhibition, sub-fusc love-feast, to make a sculpture kit that slots together.


sub-fusc love-feast, DCA, 2014, photo by Ruth Clark

Coinciding with Discovery Film Festival 2014, this exhibition saw Phillipson transform our galleries into a huge, magical 3D experience by presenting her videos amongst large sculptures made from cut out shapes of fruit, humans and animals.


sub-fusc love-feast, DCA, 2014, photos by Ruth Clark

Using these sculptures as inspiration, this week's make uses recyced card to create 3D sculptures. Our Learning team often use this ‘cut and slot’ method in our family workshops to turn flat shapes into 3D ones. Here's an example:

Download our step-by-step guide here and make your own sculpture kit that can be used again and again. We'd love to see your kit and the sculptures you make with it - share them with us using #DCAmakes.

Looking for ways to take this make further? Here are some ideas:

  • For wee ones, pre-cut shapes and do some learning about naming them before using them to make a sculpture. Ask them to describe the sculptures once they’re finished. This can add an additional home-schooling element to this Monday Make.
  • Add colour, pattern or drawings to the shapes before you cut them out.
  • Try cutting out more complex shapes (like animals, people and food) to create even more fun and strange sculptures.
  • Play your kit as a game! Everyone picks five shapes and creates a sculpture with them, then add five more shapes to make something different. 

If you enjoy this activity and you're able to, we'd be so grateful if you'd consider donating to help us keep enriching people's lives through art, culture and creativity. Thank you! 

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