Saskia Freeke

Saskia Freeke - Cardboard Mechanics


 Editorial Staff

 9 July 2015

Saskia Freeke at ZB45 Makerspace: “I really like that I can design it through my laptop, make it really graphic and then real”



Saskia Freeke is a young designer who came across the laser cutter about 4-5 years ago, during her studies in Interaction Design at the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht.

She undertook a project that required the usage of cardboard. Then, a teacher suggested she use the laser cutter instead of cutting the material by hand.

Her new experience started at FabLab Amersfoort and resulted in Cardboard Mechanics, a huge installation of a machine made of cardboard:

Saskia Freeke - Cardboard Mechanics

Cardboard Mechanics. Photograph: www.sasj.nl. Copyright: Saskia Freeke

 “It was a really big machine. It was about 2 meters wide and really high. We had the idea to make a machine out of cardboard because we thought that cardboard doesn’t do anything.

It’s used for packaging, and you have no interaction with it. So we made a big machine, tried all these elements, put some electronics in it to have more interaction with it.

It was quite fun to experiment, and working with the cardboard in a laser cutter was really hard because it goes on fire sometimes.”

In occasion of her graduation, she designed another big installation called SWIM, Sound Wonder Interactive Mobile. Her work was a great success and was requested for several art and technology festivals, including Discovery Festival (2012) and Innovation Day (2012).

Sasia Freeke - SWIM

SWIM. Photograph: www.sasj.nl. Copyright: Saskia Freeke

SWIM consisted of 10 interconnected light/music elements hanging from the ceiling.

By exchanging plugs through the elements, sound and light changed and bystanders found themselves in the middle of a wonderful world.

Saskia explained that, in this case, the laser cutter was used to realize the elements and the motifs through which light leaked:

“It was quite fun because I didn’t want to make straight boxes, but 3-sided boxes. Moreover, in the boxes there are patterns, and plugs connected to the music that comes out.”

Since her first experience at university, Saskia has kept on using the laser cutter to realize her 3D design and art works:

“I made a few other installations with the use of the laser cutter. I mostly use wood, and I really like that I can design it through my laptop, make it really graphic and then real… It’s not flat, it’s not printed. No, it’s cut in depth!”

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