Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Emma Tarpey 

BA [Hons] 3D Design Modelmaking + Digital Art

Hi my name is Emma, and I am finishing my final year of Modelmaking in IADT. I have always had a passion for art ever since I was young, painting in particular being my favorite. When I was in secondary school I discovered my love for 3D projects such as puppet making and sculpting with clay. Combining my passion of painting and 3D modeling together, I knew Modelmaking was meant for me. This course has expanded my skills on many different levels in both digital and physical making and I hope to broaden my skillset even more as I progress though my career.

Beacon Lighthouse

For my final project I have made a model lighthouse and cliff face that is a shooting miniature for film. To show that my model is fit for filming purposes I filmed and edited a title sequence featuring my model. Lighthouses are known for having a mysterious eerie nature surrounding them and Beacon Lighthouse is no different. A murder has taken place on the lighthouse grounds and there will be an investigation, what police don't know is that there is a secret underground laboratory hidden within the rock. There is a cave that leads you to an entrance and exit only accessible by boat, it has gone unnoticed for years. Will the investigation expose the labs secret operations? Will the murder be solved? Who knows....The lighthouse is constructed from Sika block with details that were 3D printed. As for the cliff it sits on, it was carved out of polystyrene and covered in plaster. I then carved in the rock details and painted everything to a realistic standard. The lighthouse is fitted with a fully functioning lighting mechanism, an LED and a spinning reflector to create a beam of light.

Changing with the Times; Maleficent and Misunderstood Fairy Tale Villains

The goal of my thesis is to illustrate how over time, fairy tales have shown a big shift in the values and ideals held by society, which is exemplified and reflected by the changing attitudes towards their villains. Throughout history, villains in fairy tales have been largely regarded as one note characters who are simply evil because the story demands it, they served their purpose effectively and were well received by the audience of the time. This can often highlight the attitudes and values of the society in which the story was written. However, over any length of time society can change drastically and this again, can be represented by the attitude towards the villains in fairy tales. In order to stay relevant, fairy tales have to shift and change to stay in keeping with societal values and maintain their appeal. This is a testament as to how adaptable they are.
For the modern audience, a villain needs to have much more depth to them than the classic one note evil for the sake of evil trope. A modern villain needs to have much more humanity and layers, making them relatable, as the modern audience expresses a desire to understand their motives and methods. This is highlighted through the example of Maleficent and her transition from antagonist to protagonist, being given her own version of the classic Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. Within the context given to Maleficent and the series of events throughout her life, her actions become understandable as the lines between good and evil are blurred. She is transformed from classic evil witch to a misunderstood tragic hero. This transformation has proven popular with the modern audience and has shown potential for other classic fairy tale villains to be given the same treatment. Furthermore, looking back at separate villains with this lens, there are sympathetic aspects that would portray them as simply misunderstood.