Thursday, 30 October 2008
I've recently had a theory from watching You've Been Framed! that a lot of comedy comes from objects - either breaking or people using them the wrong way. I've thought about this and I'm wondering if a "breaking factor" should be included in the design of objects. Or even an ability to repair them very easily? Who knows... just a thought!
Monday, 27 October 2008
I am really enjoying this part of the project as I get to empty my thoughts out onto paper and start being creative!
Monday, 20 October 2008
On Saturday I surprisingly received my first probe pack back! It was the one I sent to glass-blower Brodie Nairn at Glasstorm glass studio up in Tain (near Inverness), and it is pure gold! I am so grateful to him for completing it and am currently thinking about what to send him as a thank you.
Things are looking up! I also recommend looking at their project called "Lamppot" - my favourite piece of work from them.
Although they are very good at being efficient (and sometimes energy saving), I don't think humans are meant to be efficient. How boring would life be if all you did was go from A to B without a bit of banter, a laugh, even sadness? We're not robots! It's made me even more determined not to make mass produced objects.
And following on from a comment, if a craft is doing something over and over again, then I must be a master craftsman at making Big Macs! I think there's more to being a craftsman than meets the eye.
Friday, 17 October 2008
White noise/E.V.P (Electronic Voice Phenomena)
I will look into how people have changed their ways/channels of communication to spirits, God etc with the development of new technologies. Spooooooooky!
Although I've had no real responses from the participants, I have noticed a common factor between them - it doesn't matter what discipline or country the craftsman is in, they all have no time! They are all too busy to do anything , but work. Could this be a driving factor for my project?
Wednesday, 15 October 2008
The affect of popular culture on crafts
Mass manufacture v craft
But the topic that stood out to me was - The affect of design on spirituality and beliefs.
I've picked up a couple of books for researching this topic, but the most interesting one is
"Voodoo - Mounted by the Gods" by Alberto Venzag. I love it! It's scary yet intriguing.
It's only been a day, but I was throwing some ideas around in the meeting yesterday and I think I will pursue a more intangible direction to this - such as well-being, spirituality, etc.
Although this is just a thought, I will have to carry out some research on myself regarding daily routines and such, and the insights I will get from my probe packs will also help - if I ever get them...
Tuesday, 14 October 2008
Monday, 13 October 2008
I want what I make to bring out the personal side of the induvidual, to be an experience for the person. I want it to be less about the product and use it more as a vehicle for content, such as memories. The things I want to make are unique to the person, crafting it to their personalities making it an extension of themselves. None of this mass produced stuff!
Sunday, 12 October 2008
I feel bad for taking a picture of this because everyone on that bus probably thought I was a creep!
But I was amazed at this girl - in her early twenties on a bus at half seven on a Sunday morning... Knitting! I can hear the lawsuits already!
The piece that stood out to me was a giant glove created by Freddie Robbins called: "Hand of Good, Hand of God". The quality of the machine knitting was incredible.
Monday, 6 October 2008
Here's some other drawings I did over the summer. Paddy and I found an amazing Japanese bookshop in Vancouver and bought some comic books. Although we couldn't read what the characters were saying, the pictures said more than enough. The strange thing we noticed in the bookshop was the layout - boys on the left, girls on the right.
Sunday, 5 October 2008
These probes allow you to ask more personal questions but not in an obtrusive way.
My probes are focused at local craftsmen, women and electronic engineers to see if there are any similarities/difference between them. The packs contain:
a disposable camera
a rule sheet
a recipe book
I am sending these probes away tomorrow, so hopefully by next week I will have some results!
This project helped me realises the route I wanted to take with my studies and hopefully my future career. Here's hoping!