I propose to do a project combining my data representation class with my digital fabrication class for the next assignments.
I would like to take the data set available on The Guardian’s Data Store, “UK and US temperature changes for the last century” and evaluate it for the assignment— first as simply as possible, and then in a way specific to the “unique character of the data.”
I hope to create a few different lasercut & preserved options that would communicate the temperature data, cut or etched on leaves and then mounted as jewelry— necklace, earrings etc.
The link between leaves and temperature changes is literal according to this PBS article, “Why Do Leaves Change Color,”
Studies from Europe and Japan, where color change and leaf fall is extensively monitored, indicate that trees are flowering and leafing out earlier in the spring and holding their leaves later in autumn, said Richard Primack, professor of conservation biology and plant ecology at Boston University. These changes are linked to warmer temperatures.