Archie Watson//Verb Model



  1. Convey (a thought or feeling) in words or by gestures and conduct.
  2. Press out

late Middle English (also in the sense ‘press out, obtain by squeezing’, used figuratively to mean ‘extort’): from Old French expresser, based on Latin ex- ‘out’ + pressare ‘to press’.




  1. Pronounce (something) clearly and distinctly.
  2. Be connected by joints.

Mid 16th century: from Latin articulatus, past participle of articulare ‘divide into joints, utter distinctly’, from articulus ‘small connecting part’

Obtained from my project articulation, the verb “express” and its synonym “articulate” were used to inform my physical response.  My first mock-ups conveyed the act of cutting and joining where some edges were purposely modified to further highlight the difference.

Iteration 1
Iteration 2.

After further research into Japanese joinery, the Japanese Sunrise Dovetail Joint was an example that contained an area of multiple connections and so I questioned how this would work with a flat profile.

Japanese Sunrise Dovetail Joint Studies

The finished result further suggests the verbs express and articulate through the difference in edges and the way one piece is pressed into the other thus strengthening the connection.

Verb Model – Express & Articulate
Verb Model – Express & Articulate

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