Making session with Bridget and Simon

Updated: Jan 17

Challenges of the day:

1: Make 4-6 objects responding to objects brought with us.

2: Pick favourite of these new 4-6, make another 4-6 referencing previous favourite.

3: Make 6 more objects - 2 using successful ideas from last challenge, 1 should be the opposite of the first 2, 3 should embody ideas as clearly as possible.

4: Document objects in 6 different ways

I joined this session in the afternoon so was only able to do the first two tasks, then briefly reflecting on the fourth.

For my initial 4-6 objects (that embody my work and ideas) I brought in my first woven vase, my wood turned experiment and my 3 stool maquettes.

1: I chose to base my first set of objects on my stool model, which I hope to make in the wood workshop later this week. I decided not to think too much about what I was making and let myself create inspired by the available materials and work I had already made. I found in this first set of objects that I was exploring furniture, in particular seating, and focusing on a circular form. I wanted to focus on keeping the circular seat shape because it breaks up the harsher lines of the legs and joins, as well as adding a sense of continuation and a softer feel to the furniture. Furthermore, the circle seat adds an element of simplicity which allows me to create interest within the legs and support. I like the uniformity this gives the collection of objects as they're also all made primarily from cardboard and toothpicks.

Challenge 1 models:

For challenge two, I chose to develop the final image in the series above.

2: I liked the simplicity of this idea but how effective it was in creating detail. To develop this idea, I remade the object and referenced back to my theme of weaving, weaving yarn through the toothpicks. This created a really nice tight nit weave pattern through the legs, which could be something interesting to explore in my object making. By turning it upside down it created a different interesting form - could it be a storage item? something for the garden? a method of containment?

4: When reflecting on the fourth challenge, it was interesting to draw the made objects to see what we view as the most important aspects of our work - do we draw the texture? The shape? Its also interesting because we can alter the aspects of the made object that we don't like in the drawing, as well as imagining it in a variety of scales.

Photography was another way of documenting work that I looked at. In our group discussion, it was interesting to see the various ways people had layed out or photographed their work. While showing the group what I had made, I'd set out my models like a mini show room, with space between the objects that a miniature person could walk around and between. Because I'd considered the purpose of what I'd made, I'd subconsciously presented them within that context too. Others who didn't have a context for their work had photographed in different ways, instead of encapsulating the whole objects, focusing on points of detail or extreme close ups to see how light reflected/refracted through.

Writing about the models and trying to verbally paint how they look was challenging without explicitly explaining how the materials had been used. Again, it was interesting to see what I focused on, primarily writing about the texture of the different materials and the combination of shapes. This again highlights my interest in surface detail and texture.

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