Project 3 – Clouds and Pillars

Assigned reading: "Room Six: Territories" (pages 146-7; Place, Dean and Millar) Following this short reading on Mette Tronvoll's Project Mongolia-- exploring the lives of nomads who live in mobile textile homes called gers-- we were asked to investigate "gers" and other such textile-based shelters/homes including wigwams, tipis and tents. Gers Source (for facts and images… Continue reading Project 3 – Clouds and Pillars

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Project 3 – Clouds and Pillars

Notes: -Project 3 explores the context of different textiles, pointing out that textiles are unique in that they "are rarely the end-product and usually go on to become part of a further making process." -Possible uses/contexts include: fashion, interior, installation, furniture, sculpture, architexture, product, automotive, etc., etc. -Textile uses may be large- or small-scale; may… Continue reading Project 3 – Clouds and Pillars

Project 2 – The revival of craft and the hand-made

Notes: Taking risks -hands-on approach to design allows makers to get a more direct feel for and understanding of the materials they work with; this mastery allows for risk-taking, innovation -Mike Press articulates the differences between a designer/artist/maker's craftsmanship and industrial production, stating that craftsmanship is organized around individual concepts like the "workmanship of risk;… Continue reading Project 2 – The revival of craft and the hand-made

Project 2 – The revival of craft and the hand-made

Exercise 1 I read Justin McGuirk's The art of craft: the rise of the designer-maker prior to responding to the following questions. Do you believe there is a demand for hand-made objects and work? Why do you think that some consumers seek out these qualities in the objects they buy? While I'm not convinced that… Continue reading Project 2 – The revival of craft and the hand-made

Project 2 – The revival of craft and the hand-made

Notes: -Project 2 shifts focus from the materials we consume and industrial manufacturing processes, to the craft, skill and/or workmanship that can go into design, art and making. -To me, the word "craft" means: (a) specific and refined (set of) manual skills used in the making of something (often unique, where slight imperfections may enhance… Continue reading Project 2 – The revival of craft and the hand-made

Project 1 – The life cycle of textiles and materials

Exercise 1 - Sustainability Definition of sustainability: The ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level. As in ‘the sustainability of economic growth’; Avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance. As in ‘the pursuit of global environmental sustainability’. (Source: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/sustainability, accessed 18 Feb 2018) Thinking broadly, write a… Continue reading Project 1 – The life cycle of textiles and materials

Project 1 – The life cycle of textiles and materials

Notes: Research point: Defining the stages of textile product life cycle 1. Agriculture / raw fibre production : All textiles made of fibres differently arranged to create desired strength, durability, appearance and texture. Fiber types grouped into four broad categories: -Plant fibers : Contain cellulosic material, normally derived from cotton, linen, hemp or bamboo. Cotton… Continue reading Project 1 – The life cycle of textiles and materials

Introduction to Textiles

I'm really looking forward to this section; not only because it's the fifth (and LAST!) of five sections comprising my (now year-long) first OCA course, but because I am interested in fashion, textile design, and generally growing more informed as a consumer of textiles. I do expect this section of the course to represent the… Continue reading Introduction to Textiles

Part Four – Learning Outcomes

It's time again to review how the course learning outcomes are reflected in my work for the Photography section of this course. Can I demonstrate an awareness of a broad range of contemporary practice in the creative arts? The photography section was a great platform for exploring a range of contemporary art practices, precisely because… Continue reading Part Four – Learning Outcomes

Toyin Ojih Odutola at the Whitney Museum

I recently went to the Whitney Museum.  In about two hours, my husband and I walked through most of the gallery spaces, viewing (but not necessarily getting a full, focused experience of any of) the temporary and permanent collections. In a discreet gallery on the ground floor, there was an all-access (free) exhibition, To Wander… Continue reading Toyin Ojih Odutola at the Whitney Museum