Fearless Wall Process

Henry Hirshland

To start off the studio we began by spending a day understanding how the body functions in specefic relation to yoga poses.  Since my partners and I had a passion for headstands since day one, we were intrigued to develop a prop to help support this pose.  After brainstorming, we developed the idea of creating a wall that would offer varied amounts of support which can be set to the desired support depending on the confidence and ability of the user.

With this idea we began designing our first prototype.  This prototype was simply a wall pivoting on a box railing.  It worked with a spring system that was attached on top. While it did function, we found a few issues with this iteration.  One being that the box design was not very space efficient.  Plus, the spring system was set up in a way which did not allow for very smooth movement of the wall.  With these issues in mind, we began developing our second iteration.

For our next design, we combatted the problem of space efficieny  by creating an all new design which would enable users to utulize both sides of the prop and get the most out of their space.  Additionally, we added in additional features.  For example, on the back side we installed a ladder in the shape of a half circle.  We also switched out the spring system with a new rubber band system which enabled smooth movement and distinct varied support levels by simply adjusting the spacing of the bands.  

From this prototype, after constructing it and testing it, we made a few slight adjustments to produce our final prototype.  In this, we changed the railings from being semi-circles on both sides of the prop to a triangle on one side and semi-circles on the back side.  This created a more sleek design that would not appear as bulky, while continuing to offer the benefits from the back circular ladder. 

Moving forward, some major issues we will need to address at this point are the amount of support being offered by the different intervals available.  We will need to test this by measuring the amounts of force which can be applied to each stage, and how much the wall will give when force is being applied.  Also, we will need to incorperate a clean system for adjusting these intervals of support.  Currently, we have nails which the rubber bands hook into, but it would be nice to create a cleaner system which could consist of hooks along the railings, holes along the railings which the bands clip into, or different bands which have different tensions.