Denim Detail

29th January 2014

Hand crafted and re considered design is something that we all strive for in our design language, but has been lost in favour of fast and furious in fashion terms, but taking the iconic pair of denim jeans and re working and reinterpreting in their East London studio Faustine Steinmetz spin, dye and weave their own fabrics for a new take on the staple denim jeans.

Keeping sourcing to the UK they consider iconic pieces - the kind that we all take for granted - those over looked but perfect objects and push the boundaries of what they can be.

Always working around the idea of pieces rather than themes - they took the iconic 501 denim jeans and re made then from scratch re making and re weaving every part including creating unique yarns with a unique texture and hand.

Producing 5 different yarns for their denim they created one that looks like it has just been pulled up from the sea and another which is completely embroidered.

Textural and engaging their materiality is beautiful and the sheer level of time and craftsmanship that has gone into them only adds to their beauty,









The contradictions of Process

29th January 2014

2nd year ceramics and glass student at the Royal College of Art Daniel Bowran showed a glimpse of his final degree show during the work in progress show earlier this month.

Exploring the contradiction in the process and materials, Daniel's work always places juxtaposition at the core and these latest pieces have a wonderful organic yet controlled form that explores control and excess and matte and shine in a beautifully tactile manner.








The Biological bakery

28th January 2014

Having been quiet for a while Lucy McRae has just premiered her latest materials/meets fantasy/meets/future laboratory in collaboration with Rachel Wingfield.

Titled 'The Biological Bakery' they have created a series of weird and wonderful bio fab lab machines for the music video for Australian band Architecture In Helsinki. Titled:Dream A Little Crazy, minaturised band members are made into edible delicacies and proposes a world where
Willy Wonka meets synthetic biology.

Collaborating for the first time Lucy and Rachel both explore science and fiction in new and fantastical ways and their combined energy and curious minds is truly manifested in this promo. Showcased as part of
Protein x C4 Random Acts: last night, Dream A Little Crazy it is worth a watch.



Today Lucy sent me a link to the behind the scenes making of which is worth a watch too to see how bricollage, simple and engaging her process is.





Disruptive Decay

28th January 2014

Exploring the relationship between beauty and death Birgit Severin a graduate from Design Academy Eindhoven created a series of household objects that symbolise decay.

Her series of vases are either full or represent different stages of withering - similarly to a flower that wilts as it heads towards death, but importantly her series of vases represent both life and death in equal measure.

Using 3D printing, rubber rotation moulding and freehand modelling her vases have a matte almost ashen surface that is scatterd with sparkling jewels. Engagingly beautiful and tactile her designs disrupt notions of perfection exploring a new beauty to be found through disruption.

















Morphologies

23rd January 2014

There have been a few projects exploring the rituals of beauty and exploring the narratives of alchemy and process and here is the latest from materials alchemist Sarah Linda Forrer. A recent graduate from Design Academy Eindhoven, Sarah explores materials, experience and 'atmospheres'.

As part of her graduation project she has designed a series of mystical skin care tools that are inspired by the ancient Egyptians belief that beauty was a sign of holiness.

Fascinated by the idea that cosmetics could be used beyond aesthetic purposes, but to include magical and ritualistic experiences, Sarah has explored exciting materiality and design outcomes.

Her collection of skin care tools are almost future soft fossils exploring texture and tactility. She has for example mixed patterned hard wood from the Alpine river with bubbles of rubber as a cleansing tool and Alabaster stone as a spoon to mix oils and powders.



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