Monday, 22 November 2010

cotton and cups

Using cotton with my existing moulds. Casting with cotton, casting with coloured cotton, using cotton as a drawing tool, using negative space in the vessel to thread cotton...

Sunday, 21 November 2010

city brief #4

Top, my own sketch of possibilities using space beneath the mancunian way. Bottom, Right,Eduard Sautai ‘home sweet home’ exhibition at the university museum, Chiang Mai, Bottom Left Photo taken in the Designlab, MMU, Oct 2010.

Home sweet home addresses the issues facing a newcomer, a traveller someone new to a place or a city. He references nomadic shelters, and the need to settle, and to build your own space to feel at home. This work is visually similar to the construction in the designlab, as well as this idea of suspending lanterns. I also think that it addresses some issues in the Hulme area such as the displacement of people in the 80’s when many residents were forced to move into overspill estates in Wythenshawe. Essentially pulling apart a community. I would like an event that brings the community together.

Craft Shop, Royal Exchange Products-drawing

Using waste cotton as a drawing tool has produced some beautiful patterns to work with.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Craft Shop, Royal Exchange initial product ideas

The royal exchange brief is pretty wide and varied, I wont go into detail, but the there is an upcycling theme and a wish to encourage a younger audience to shop there. As a group we have decided that it would be great to bring the upcycled nature of the royal exchange itself, previously functioning as a cotton exchange together with the products. The Designlab physically sits among fashion, textiles and embroidery workshops and we are lucky enough to have access to their leftover thread
'bitbox' from their looms. I am using this cotton, at the moment to create pattern and decoration within my existing range of tableware. I'm very exited to be able to try something new with my work and to hopefully move it forward and to develop it further.

Top, cast cup rolled onto cotton and black slip
Centre, cotton in slip body
Bottom, Cotton dipped in blue slip, to be pressed onto the clay surface.