How technology becomes nature

15th October 2014

Exploring theories around when technology becomes nature in 7 steps, artist, philosopher and thought provoker Dr Koert van Memsvoort outlines how as our technological environment becomes more complex and omnipresent it is becoming our next nature.

In an enlightening talk as part of the TEDx series he likens Maslows hierarchy of needs to his own pyramid of naturalisation as technology becomes nature in seven steps.

Exploring the naturalisation of technology from stone axes to mobile phones Memsvoort demonstrates how technology becomes something we take for granted and in many cases become heavily reliant on. With the ongoing debate around the need and desire for wearables as well as the advancement of artificial intelligence to a time of singularity - a time whereby non human intelligence will exceed human intelligence for the first time it is interesting to step back and look at how technology in all its forms has shaped us and how we are relatively unaware of how new technologies are introduced, accepted and discarded by our society.

Rather than being scared of technology, its about embracing it and recognising that technology is omnipresent and not only something that has been invented since we were born. Technology is the foundation of man and is inherent to our evolution.




Tactile Treatment

14th October 2014

Showing as part of the Moving on collective, a group of like minded jewellery designers showing in the Vaults in Waterloo till the 18th October bring together a new view on jewellery. Their mission is to open up the debate around the accessibility and knowledge of contemporary jewellery and objects.

Exploring our relationship with our jewellery and those people we interact with on a daily basis, Izzy Parker challenges our notions around our personal space and interactions with strangers with her cape from her 'Intimacy Series' of wearable pieces.

Made from 11,570 steel and copper needles which are usually used for acupuncture, she has hand woven them into a fabric that drapes over the shoulders.

Bringing the piece to life Izzy has collaborated with Shaun Spark to create a film that explores the interaction between the wearer and a companion. Posing questions about how we engage with our environment and the people around us the piece redefines our personal boundaries on meeting someone for the first time and how trust and collaboration come into play.


Matthieu Lavanchy


Abby Bucknall


Kenji Kawasumi


Federica Tedeschi


Abby Bucknall


Tom Hancocks


Feel Scandic


Something about Foam

13th October 2014

Foam is one of those materials that holds a unique interest to me for its simplistic beauty in its raw form, but also in the many ways that it can take on a entirely different form.

Designers are also seeing the beauty in its mundaneness as we are seeing it appear in lots of new and interesting ways notably from Federica Tedeschi who used it as inspiration for her print and woven textiles to photographers and stylists who are manipulating it for its simple form and colour.

Inspiring for colour the pastel tones and odd yellow is fresh and enticing.








Process

9th October 2014

With winter drawing in and the temperature getting lower its an exciting time to get out the winter wardrobe again, or to update it and I am lusting after the new hand crafted knitwear from my favourite blog 'This is paper'.

Collaborating with Corka Rybaka (Polish for Fisherman's daughter), a Warsaw based brand they have designed a limited edition of 60 hats all hand made by Monika the maker behind the brand.

Alongside the hats This is paper have also collaborated with Warsaw based knitter Pani Czeslawa who has made beautifully crafted woollen slippers and gloves.

Tapping beautifully into the continuing trend for crafted and provenance This is Paper celebrate the makers and their individual passion for what they do.

Joost van Bleiswijk


Joost van Bleiswijk


Kiki van Eijk


Kiki van Eijk


Kiki van Eijk


Petra Jannssen


Petra Jannssen


Dutch Landscapes

9th October 2014

With Dutch Design week on the horizon the worlds design gaze moves to Eindhoven. A project that will be unveiled during DDW is the latest collaboration with the Dutch Design royalty and rug company ICE international.

Commissioning 8 different carpets by individual designers from four "design couples" including Piet Hein Eek, Kiki van Eijk and Joost van Bleiswijk, each has brought their own personal design signatures to hand knotted wool and silk carpets.

Bringing together patterns and colours from folklore, Petra Janssen's rug is a Dutch version of the Persian rug, whilst Joost van Bleiswijk's graphical design appears as if a simple cream rug has been coloured in with charcoal yet on closer inspection plays with texture and weave constructions for the shadowing and pattern.

Kiki van Eijk took a similar rudimentary aesthetic and translated one of her watercolour paintings onto the rug. Believing that a rug is a piece of art on the floor she tried to capture the subtlety of the painting in textile.




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