Archive for July, 2010

Dre Wapenaar: Tree Tents

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Dutch artist Dre Wapenaar designed these tree tents several years ago, originally for an English protest group that was fighting a deforestation project.  Wapenaar created the tents as a way for the activists to remain comfortably in the trees they were trying to protect.  The tents have since been set up in a campsite in Holland for people to rent.  The structure houses a round interior floor, which spans nine feet in diameter.

Peter Nencini: Hand Werk

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

‘Hand Werk’ is a limited edition set of boxes that contain materials and forms for abstract play (top).  Designed by Peter Nencini, these thoughtful collections of wood, fabric, rubber and ceramics encourage people to come up with their own imaginative uses; no instructions are provided.  “Hand Werk is simply about sensibility brought about by mute play, by handling.  No rules because the elements should be moved and moved again.”

When I was a kid I loved the Recycling Shop at the Boston Children’s Museum.  It was a small little store where you could fill a bag with anonymous objects for craft and creative play (bottom).

Charley Harper Mosaic

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Charley Harper’s graphic imagery has been an inspiration to many artists.  I always thought his work was primarily illustrations and prints, so I was surprised when I came across images of two large mosaic murals the artist made in the John Weld Peck Federal Building in Cincinnati, Ohio (1964).  These large scale works (18 x 10.5 feet), depict 100 animals in Harper’s iconic style.

(images via visualingual)

Ji Young Shon

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

During the RCA graduation show in London, Korean designer Ji Young Shon exhibited ‘Whispering Leaves’, a new flexible sound system.  The sound emanates from a thin plastic film speaker, which for this installation was cut into the shape of leaves.  The irregularaity of the leaves allows for, “…slightly different volume and tone depending on shape, size and bending.”  You can check out a video of the leaves’ sound quality here.

Seainin Passi

Monday, July 26th, 2010

During the recent RCA graduation show in London, I got the chance to meet Seainin Passi, a student in the Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork & Jewellery department.  During the exhibition Passi set up a color apothecary, a place where visitors could hand select their own tiny silver pin and fill it with a color of their choosing.

According to Passi, “Response to colour is the most immediate and basic of human responses. Each colour of the spectrum is a vibration, a frequency, resonating with different aspects of the body and mind. This is a universal language that exists deep within each of us.”

So many parts of this project were charming.  I loved the very very small pins that show off just a hint of special color to the world, like a tiny badge.  But what resonated most was that the project was not complete without personal interaction.  The designer and the patron were linked; they sat together, chatted and as a result of that dialogue, a finished product was created. I ended up picking an electric blue thread (my pin is on the top of the right hand picture) – not sure what that says about me, but I’m wearing it today.

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