Nino Montalbano

My name is Nino. I am originally from the bay area and currently go to San Diego State University. I am working towards becoming a high school math teacher and also have a passion for creating. I have considerable technical experience with metal fabrication using CNC machinery, and some experience with myriad other crafts like leatherwork and woodwork. I use my digital and technological skills and interest in math to bring to life the forms and concepts I conjure up. I am very interested in manufacturing processes and industrial design, and I strive to learn a very diverse set of skills that allows me to make anything and everything.

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Paper Bag

Date of Creation: February 20, 2023

List of Materials: Construction paper, glue stick, twine

Dimensions: 13in x 6in x 3in

Photographer's Name: Stevie Dunlap

Model's Name: Becky Laurence

Other Contributors: Sawyer Ralston (photographer) Stevie Dunlap (photographer) Laura Wright (Hand)

Conceptual Statement: The idea for this piece came from the weaknesses of paper and the strengths of the laser-cutter. A single sheet of paper is relatively weak and not a good material to build with. I strived to find a way to make a durable piece out of just paper. My solution was to layer the paper, and use glue to reinforce, in a similar way that materials like fiberglass, carbon fiber, and micarta, use layers of weak playable material strengthened by adhesive to make rigid materials. The laser-cutter is excellent at creating a repeating pattern, due to its ability to quickly churn out complex designs over and over again. I landed on creating a purse because of my comfortability with leatherwork, and I liked the idea of making something we are very familiar with out of a material you wouldn't expect. It challenges your brain and gives the illusion that the paper bag held together with string and glue is much more substantial. The photos emphasize the interesting light qualities and surprising form.

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Paper Bag

Date of Creation: 20/02/2023

List of Materials: Construction Paper, Glue Stick, Twine

Dimensions: 13in x 6in x 3in

Photographer's Name: Stevie Dunlap

Model's Name: Becky Laurence

Other Contributors: Sawyer Ralston (photographer) Stevie Dunlap (photographer) Laura Wright (Hand)

Conceptual Statement: The idea for this piece came from the weaknesses of paper and the strengths of the laser-cutter. A single sheet of paper is relatively weak and not a good material to build with. I strived to find a way to make a durable piece out of just paper. My solution was to layer the paper, and use glue to reinforce, in a similar way that materials like fiberglass, carbon fiber, and micarta, use layers of weak playable material strengthened by adhesive to make rigid materials. The laser-cutter is excellent at creating a repeating pattern, due to its ability to quickly churn out complex designs over and over again. I landed on creating a purse because of my comfortability with leatherwork, and I liked the idea of making something we are very familiar with out of a material you wouldn't expect. It challenges your brain and gives the illusion that the paper bag held together with string and glue is much more substantial. The photos emphasize the interesting light qualities and surprising form.

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Paper Bag

Date of Creation: 20/02/2023

List of Materials: Construction Paper, Glue Stick, Twine

Dimensions: 13in x 6in x 3in

Photographer's Name: Stevie Dunlap

Model's Name: Becky Laurence

Other Contributors: Sawyer Ralston (photographer) Stevie Dunlap (photographer) Laura Wright (Hand)

Conceptual Statement: The idea for this piece came from the weaknesses of paper and the strengths of the laser-cutter. A single sheet of paper is relatively weak and not a good material to build with. I strived to find a way to make a durable piece out of just paper. My solution was to layer the paper, and use glue to reinforce, in a similar way that materials like fiberglass, carbon fiber, and micarta, use layers of weak playable material strengthened by adhesive to make rigid materials. The laser-cutter is excellent at creating a repeating pattern, due to its ability to quickly churn out complex designs over and over again. I landed on creating a purse because of my comfortability with leatherwork, and I liked the idea of making something we are very familiar with out of a material you wouldn't expect. It challenges your brain and gives the illusion that the paper bag held together with string and glue is much more substantial. The photos emphasize the interesting light qualities and surprising form.

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