Punched lace

30th July 2010

Exploring the juxtaposition between traditional craft and modern materials, textile graduate Imogen Luddy has designed a series of interesting objects from a metal punched lace table to lace ceramics.

Digitising traditional textile techniques and processes such as cross stitch and lace she also experiments with vac forming and laser marquetry resulting in a series of digital craft hybrids.




The aesthetics of disgust

23rd July 2010

Considering the idea that revulsion exerts an attraction to an object or thing, recent graduate from the RCA Katrin Baumgarten's project is weird and wonderful.

Introducing the aesthetics of disgust as a tool with which to design she has created a series of surfaces and products that play with our emotions.

Squirming surfaces, goosebumps and someone else's hair are all incorporated to make us feel ill at ease.

As she herself questions, what role does disgust have in future design thinking?




X endless

22nd July 2010

Another materiologist but working from a very different perspective is Neil Conley a recent graduate of Northumbria University. Showing his work during New Designers we got a glimpse into a new material that he has developed. A sustainable carbon fibre composite titled X Endless.

Basing his project on recent developments in composite recycling that allows carbon fibres from composites to be re-used he has created an entirely new material.

Taking carbon fibres from disused aircraft he mixed them with a bio resin derived from plant oils to create an entirely new carbon fibre composite.

Not only does his project create an entirely new material from perceived waste, it also prevents waste of carbon fibre and offers up new uses for it.

Taking his new materials Neil showcased a series of levels of the process during New Designers as well as showing a series of two urns that represent the full circle recyclability potential of such a material.

3D printed garment by Daniel Widrig in collaboration with Iris Herpen


3D printed garment by Daniel Widrig in collaboration Iris Herpen


Crystallization

20th July 2010

Fashion designer Iris van Herpen showcased the first (i think!) fully 3d printed garment during Amsterdam International fashion week.

Working in collaboration with designer/architect Daniel Widrig it took many hours and cost thousands of dollars to make. Is this the beginning of future couture?

Alongside her 3d printed garment she showed highly considered and technical garments using materials that seemed to blend between hard and fluid.

Looking as if they were frozen in time her materials offered up garments that were sometimes wearable and sometimes not.

‘I’m fascinated by the fact that secret lines are hidden in fully transparent and fluid materials. At the moment this material freezes (when the crystal arises) this comes to life. It’s then that the symmetry and structure underneath become visible’, Iris explained to Peter Stigter.


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Simon Hassan Leather Vessels


Simon Hassan Industrial Makeshift vending machine


Tortie Hoare


Industrial Makeshift

19th July 2010

Exploring the relationship between craft and modern industry and questioning the role of handmade in a mass produced world, the latest project from Simon Hassan is fantastic.

Responding to a brief set out by the Northhampton Blink Festival to create a site specific installation in the towns 700 year old market square he has continued to use his method of traditional leather working and has hand crafted 400 objects which can be bought from a coin operated vending machine.

All the pieces are moulded in the forms of mass produced objects such as coke bottles or tack to be found in pound shops. Each object is made from boiled leather, polyurethane resin and linen thread.

Each piece is selling for £3 each and all proceeds going to the market traders fund.

Inspired by Hassan's work I am sure! Tortie Hoare was one of my favorites on show at New designers part 2.

Also referencing a long lost technique of boiling leather from medieval times she lets the form of the boiled leather dictate the outcome of her furniture.


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