So I took a class on short stories (reading/analysis stuff) this past quarter, in an effort to get me thinking and analyzing for the essay portion of the impending GRE. The class had an interestingly ill-defined final project; we were to do something relating to a story read during the class. And that's about all the guidance given; previous classes had done art projects, plays, criminal files on characters, and so on. Tonight for the presentation there was a short story reading, a short poem reading, a couple of speeches, a couple of powerpoints, and my artish thing.
So I decided early on (after debating between a couple of options) to do something visually with James Joyce's "Araby". I went through a few ideas, most solidly to do a dual image using either backlighting or glowing ink and UV lighting, but I couldn't find good tools for that.
So somehow I ended up doing this bottle. It looked to me like the kind of thing you might find at a bazaar, and had a nice mostly flat area where I could put the image overlay, plus a nice pattern I could paint in to shine through. The LEDs I got at first weren't strong enough, and the second batch could have been brighter, too; if I ever do something like this for sale, I'll probably spring for the LEDs at Bed Bath and Beyond, which I tested in there (but didn't use because I want them for another project).
Anyway. Enough words, here's the bottle:
I didn't take any pictures of it without the wrap, because it wasn't as interesting that way, but I did manage some pictures of it with the lights out in the room and the LEDs inside the bottle switched on.
I left it with the instructor, who was completely thrilled to get to keep it (and said she was going to show it off to the other teachers tomorrow). I planned on letting her keep it, since it'd take up space here and I'm not that attached to the story, but she was, so it felt like it'd be a better home for it. There's a few things I'd do differently in the future, if/when I do another project like this, but overall I'm happy enough that I would try it again sometime!