Keeping with the theme 'Chinese Year of the Tiger'....Grrrr
Another great opportunity crossed my path....whilst working one sunny afternoon.....there was an overheard conversation...about 'a friend having a new press, which would be an machine to make sculptures with....
Which got the clogs ticking.....maybe there is an opportunity for me to use this machine in making a new range of chairs....which I have been thinking about making!
So after an introduction and a coffee....I made a time and meeting to discuss this is Ben Blakebrough and Sarah King of (Blakebrough + King) ....... From this meeting I have an opportunity to explore with the machine, I found one of the best cakes in Bowral and also secured a spot in an exhibition opening in The Australian Design Museum Show runs from 24 February to 7 March 2010 at Shapiro, 162 Queen St. Woolhara.
This is seriously cool !
What else is happening? Kwangho and I are working towards his show in NYC...and collaborating in Sydney Design Week 2011!
Sounding nice.....Damn I need to get back to this bamboo frame!
Ipod are becoming a 'commodity of life' apparently.....Ipods are the new jewellery....
Ipods are new social identifiers....the role that jewellery once played in social status has been replaced....and people making these statement through I- products and other high end electrical devices...
This is my fuel for programmed show.....of course I am concerned with the environmental issues that arise from people consumerist behavior...but I am giving my tongue in cheek attitude to this new work.....and giving back some credit back to the glory days of jewellery....and creating wearables from someones? disregarded Ipod.
Welcome back I hear you call......its been a long time...and I am sure it was even longer for you! I have got to give a little update....on what has been happening ....upload a few links.... one nice video from the BC about the Inclusive Design Challenge in Korea
I have been thinking...reflecting on this trip...which has been such a whirlwind for me....I guess that it is the way I like things to work...but maybe it was moving too fast at some points and not fast enough in the others....
Seoul - Perfect....totally perfect....apart from the fact I lost my passport (which has now been returned to the embassy....with all other contents in the wallet) I had a great time! The challenge was as extreme as our user...and the experience was invaluable! Why? Well.....I learn how to work with a team...and got to see how creatives work within a company and teams...and have realised that all this time as a jeweller..working alone...really challenged how I work...and how I like to work...It took a team experience to realise that I enjoy and always have, being solo.
NYC - Well....apart from having the best galleries and exhibitions on every night...not seeing sleep....I also had my first taste of weaving!
I was involved at the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn....got to know that the weaving scene in America is on the mend....broke it down in Cynthia, Vis and Owyn.....And also secured a spot in the Programmed Show...which will now be my first NY appearance!
Guatemala - When I got over the shock of leaving one extreme for another....I had a blast....I was able to weave every day....learn some Spanish and really appreciate the craft on this traditional? level. It was so difficult! I wonder if it is possible for the cable to be moved like this?
Sao Paulo, Brazil - Mmmmm could have been better.....All the meetings I had arranged didn't seem to be quite what I expected....Humberto was in Korea...and Fernando is ill...I went to Estudio Campana...had a tour...picked the brains of the people that work for the boys...saw how they were running the 'name' that has become Campana...but nothing like meeting the boys...?
Although I did find Brazil inspiring....I discovered Chita fabrics...the vibrant people and colours...and the street art scene in Sao Paulo is incredible!
I returned home..... to work for Programmed Show......IPOD NECKLACES!