Thursday, 28 October 2010

More videos...

Some other videos we looked at for inspiration to get us started/thinking was this Kinetic Sculpture at the BMW Museum:

Kinetic Sculpture from LCC on Vimeo.

This sculpture is pretty amazing!
How could anyone not be inspired by this?

The group agreed that making a moving sculpture would be a great idea but one that was rather ambitious.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Cross Pathway Project contd.

One of the predominant points we made as a group to conform to was to keep our collaboration very simple but original.

Within the group the following video was discussed and looked at:

SURFACE : A film from underneath from TU+ on Vimeo.

The film shows a journey from an underground urban perspective with a powerful concept and original idea.

We all agreed that this was a really interesting film and there are some very exciting and unique elements of mystery and uncertainty, never quite knowing what is going on being demonstrated.

The group discussed attempting to carry out something similar on a much smaller and more experimental (trial and error) level.

Cross Pathway Project

Having started group work, collaborating with three other people, two graphic designers and one person from moving image, We are required to come up with a creation based on 'kinetics'.

The first 'thing' that springs to most minds when that word is mentioned is predominantly the 'domino's effect.'

We took a look at the following video for a Honda advert:

Having each bought this concept to the table, we agreed that this could be a successful idea to make our own and try it out, incorporating different materials.

Short Review

Looking back over some of the previous research based on designers and how they have become successful and got to where they are today, it is clear to see that there is a recurring theme throughout what they say.
Each of the artists, whether it be Lauren Moriarty or collaborative partners, Hsiao-Chi Tsai and Kimiya Yoshikawa they have all had to show determination, commitment and dedication.
Significantly they have had to get themselves recognised by taking part in as much as possible and not shy away from opportunities that arise.

These interesting points I have discovered about each and every one of these designers has made me realise just how much hard work and devotion has to go into every step of the journey and process of reaching goals.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Kimiya Yoshikawa

Kimiya Yoshikawa collaborated alongside Hsia-Chi Tsai in the seven window displays for Harvey Nichols Department Store.

He was born in Japan in 1980, now living in London after moving there in 2000.
Kimiya studied at Chelsea College of Art and Design and received a BA in Fine Art Sculpture in 2004.
The Royal College of Art awarded him a Master of Art in Sculpture' in 2006 (in London).

His first experience in permanent public art was in 2002. His experimental bronze sculpture 'Wonder Wandle Tree' was selected for commission by Sustrans Wandle Cycling Trail Organisation.
He produced a cast bronze structure of a maple tree and positioned it next to a live young maple tree. The concept behind the creation is to offer the local people the ability to establish changes between the two 'trees' as time passes as one grows and the other stays stationary.

Yoshikawa's creations are mostly object and installation based.
His work often causes the viewer to re-address how they see the mundane and notions of identity in an unpredictable and often humorous way.
Alongside his sculptural and installation work he also produces abstract drawings. His drawings awarded him the Tom Bendham Prize in June 2006 for Drawing Figure:

Yoshikawa has been collaborating with his long term Textile designer partner (Hsiao-Chi Tsai) since 2006.

Window Displays

Two artists I came across whilst researching window display designers were, Hsiao-Chi Tsai and Kimiya Yoshikawa.

Hsiao-Chi Tsai was born in Taiwan in 1981. After expressing her artistic talent through traditional Chinese painting and watercolour, she came to England in 1999 to pursue a career in Art.
During her training she discovered her passion for textiles.
Tsai studied at Chelsea College of Art and Design and gained a BA degree in Textile Design.

She went on to study her MA in mixed-media Textiles at the great Royal College of Art in London from 2004 to 2006.
Whilst studying here she discovered her talent/niche for creating large scale sculptural work/installations.

'Chrysanthemums Falling'

Here is a hand made, 3 by 5 metre sculptural wall hanging Tsai created in 2005 for the Royal Botanic Kew Gardens in London.
The piece is inspired by shadows and movements of reflected chrysanthemums in the waters of the gardens.

Soon after she graduated (2006), London South Bank Centre commissioned her to design
and produce a set for the Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer and Purcell Room for the poetry International Festival.

Tsai's practice takes many routes in both Art and Design.Along with the tandem paths she creates, 'site-specific' sculptural artworks and also a variety of luxury 'ready-to-wear' sculptural accessories.

After getting herself recognised she was approached by Harvey Nichols Department Store in 2007.
She was asked to create the entire scheme of seven window displays called 'futuristic flowers.':

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Ed Swan

Ed swan is a London based designer who creates short term lighting effects that alter spacial perceptions.

Swan utilises innovative materials to produce illusionary projections.

As many artists/designers will say, they all knew from an early age that they want to delve into Art, Swan is no different. He knew from a young age that Art and Design would become a significant part in his life.
His father being an architect was one influence on him, along with his mother's keen interest in Art movements and also his two elder sisters working in interior and textile design. He had a family full of influence who had an impact on him.

I believe that studying a Foundation course in Art is the beginning of the journey, where you start to find yourself and realise which paths to follow. Swan also believes similar and in taking part in the course he could combine creative ways with a more design based approach.
He got a lot from the course, attending workshops, playing around with materials and learning about machinery.
It was at this point he knew he wanted to go down a design route and gain knowledge about function and processes.

His education has played a big role in him getting to the point he is at now. He learnt that there is always room to discover more and space to grow as a designer, particularly in product design.
He believes being a 'jack of all trades' is what makes for a 'great' designer.

Studying at the Royal College of Art helped to develop his style and guided him in the direction that showed him which way of working suited him best.
The college also gave him confidence in his own work/ideas and significantly a network of friends, designers and contacts from all around the world, which like Lauren Moriarty proves invaluable.

Richard Sweeney

I initially researched into Richard Sweeney because I was intrigued buy his 'hands-on' manipulation of paper to create sculptural lighting.

As I began to research deeper into his work and read his biography I grew further interested by how he got to where he is today

Richard Sweeney had always had a keen interest in the way things are constructed and how they worked. He took great pleasure in dismantling old televisions when he was younger, discovering all the little bits and pieces inside. This is where his obsession began.

He studied Foundation Art at Batley School of Art and Design from 2002-03. This is where he found his passion and niche for making.
Three Dimensional Design was his next step at the Manchester Metropolitan University.

I am able to relate to Richard when he reveals that he works best with tangible materials that can be manipulated by hand ie: paper.
He also likes to let the material dictate its own form so the shapes created were sympathetic to the medium. I find that when producing my own work I like to let the materials 'guide' me into the end product.

Sweeney took a great interest in Manufacturing methods and New technologies and aimed to discover a way of combing both the hands-on approach with Industrial process.

His education has had major influences on his subsequent work as a designer. He was given great free reign at Manchester, allowing him to be playful and experimental therefore leading him to solutions of how to make something or revealing how particular materials would behave.

Sweeney says, 'Simplicity is something I strive for.' This is a little motto I like to try and keep in mind when producing my own work.

He believes that the key to succeeding is to always be experimental and willing/open to learning new skills which he considers particularly significant in the creative process.

It's interesting to see how much his education has had an impact on his developments and encouraged him to really let go and not be held back.

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Penelope Batley

Penelope Batley started out studying Geology, specialising in platinum exploration and had a very keen interest in archaeology, ship wrecked fragments and marine life.

In 2002 she took part in achieving a National Diploma in Foundation Studies, 3D design at Stockport College. Having the experience of Geology, she had a strong basis for influence and became intrigued by the skill of piecing together complex vessels and replacing absent sections.
As a way of transforming mass produced objects to restore them back into unique crafted pieces she used clay.

After a years diploma, she went onto do a BA (hons) in Design-Ceramics at Manchester Metropolitan University.
From 2006-07 she stayed on at MMU and went onto study Creative Business development and finally onto the Royal College of Art where she achieved an MA.

Initial work:

After graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2009 she found herself designing lights such as, Big Bling necklace light and Chandelier earring lights which won her the 'Sir Terence Conran Foundation Award.'

The above work is so innovative and creative that it stands her in good stead and keeps her in competition.

Her latest work was launched during 2009's London Design week, in separate exhibitions at Mint Shop's 'Mint Escape' and 100% Design.
This work caught the attention of the public and generated features in numerous publications, including; vogue, The Telegraph, Wallpaper Magazine, Living Etc and LA Times.
She has also had earlier work appearing in Crafts Magazine's 'Talent Spot' which also helped her gain recognition.

Lauren Moriarty

Lauren Moriarty is a textile and product designer.

Lauren attended Loughborough University School of Art and Design and received a BA (hons) Degree in Multimedia Textiles.
She also received an MA from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in Industrial Design.

For two years before completing her Masters, Lauren worked as a designer maker and produced 3D Textiles for gallery based and commercial applications.
She worked on numerous commissions for companies such as Interior Textiles, lighting, product design and car interiors.

Lauren's work focuses on experimenting with materials and crosses the boundaries of product design and textiles.
Aided by her Industrial Design Masters she delves into function, form and usability in combination with decoration to create products/textiles with an outcome of 'functional decoration' ie; interior objects- lighting, cussions, children's products, each exploring how materials can tell a tale.

Lauren always wanted to have her own company and since she completed her MA, she has set up her own design company in London, where she works alongside manufacturers, producing her designs in mass production for retail outlets.

Lauren was ambitious and wanted to learn everything that came with the manufacturing process, for instance: computer software and designing for a user. This made her want to study Industrial Design and combine that knowledge with textiles.

The journey getting to where she is now was aided by networking and meeting a range f people which has been significant because now every project she works on requires her
to contact people for their specialisms in different areas.

She has shown sheer determination throughout her five year journey to get to the point she was aiming for.
Immediately after her MA her plan/strategy was to participate in a few trade shows to get recognised and to get new products 'out there.'

She aimed to keep her work very innovative, with an edge to it because of the competitiveness and difficulty of the selling procedure, having something different and unique about your work keeps you in the competition. In relation to her own work, Lauren uses different materials such as; glow in the dark materials, colour changing materials, moving matters etc that are not normally found on a manufactured design therefore making them stand out and instantly interesting.

I find her journey extremely inspiring and very encouraging for my own ambitions in life. Lauren's experience indicates that having the utmost determination and dedication despite the lengthy and challenging process to get to where you want you can succeed.