Updated: Nov 11, 2021
Following the brief yesterday I went through the digitised ILEA collection on the UAL collections website. As there are so many objects, I quickly went through and copied any objects onto a word document that caught my eye, then narrowing these down to my favourite 6.
Using the slow looking prompts provided by Jaqueline, I began looking closer at my objects. Primary questions I want to research are:
What is the purpose/use of the objects? or is there one at all? - were they made for tradition/religious reasons, to serve a functionality, decorative reasons, to communicate a narrative?
Why have the selected materials been chosen? Cheap/valuable?
How were the objects made and by who? Mass-produced/handmade? Named makers and artisans or unidentifiable craftspeople?
For the pieces with surface decoration, what is the narrative? Why is this significant and why is the maker telling this story?
Speed tutorials - things to think about/research:
Richard Sennett 'The Craftsman' - chapter about identity of unidentified makers
Jan Hendzel - London woodworker, focus on joinings
Noguchi exhibition at the Barbican
Lily Kamper - perspex and gold jewellery
Edmund De Waal 'The Hare with the Amber Eyes' - exhibition at Jewish museum and talks about the book online. Exploring appropriation
Bernard Leach ceramics
'Nature and us: a history through art' documentary on IPlayer
Why are crafted objects finished to that degree? Functionality? - Whats the equivalent in todays workshop?
Cultural appropriation is very accessible at the moment - museums returning artefacts. How do I bridge this political reading with a material approach?
Interest in the design and use crossover - what can I extract from this understanding?
How do I make factual information into material information?
How can I interpret the different themes I have established? - research other works that fit these themes