"What does a light modulator do exactly!?" You may ask. A light modulator is a sculpture of sorts that is meant to create an interesting pattern of shadows. Modulators make great lamp shades or they can be put on a sunny window to create strange shadows throughout the day.
You don't necessarily need to make your modulator exactly like this one either. The key is to make the modulator relatively intricate so that more light may pass through it to create interesting shadows. Try experimenting with other shapes!
- Stong paper or thin board (Bristol Board is perfect!)
- Red pencil
- Steel straight-edge
- X-Acto knife
- Light Source
- Drafting triangle
- Clear tape
Step 1: Grid your paper
The grid can be any size you would like, mine was comprised of .25" squares. It also is much quicker and easier to create the grid using a T-square and a triangle, but it is not necessary. Maybe try making a grid that has variations in size for an even more abstract look!
Step 2: Identify your edges
For example, I chose to make squared U shapes nesting inside of each other. One side of the U is left open so that the designs that we eventually cut into the paper remain as part of the paper. To clarify in one other way, U shapes are good; O shapes are not.