Saturday, 12 September 2009

Vive la knit!

At last my brain can deal with knitting again! It was all full of MA stuff before and everything else leaked out onto the floor. Knitted chain necklace anybody? I think this may look ace in canary yellow with a cable as a bracelet. Adding it to the project list!

Friday, 11 September 2009

Ceci n'est pas un ├ętudiant

It's not that I've got loads of free time on my hands (I really don't! I wish I did), but I felt like making a significant post of things I've seen recently that I like tres mucho. Oh and the poster for my joint exhibition with Sarah Hunt.

Links...

http://www.dezeen.com/2009/09/10/avifauna-by-maarten-kolk-guus-kusters/ (bird)
http://www.niessendevries.nl/ (knitting layout)
http://www.lardesign.co.uk/ (printer cross stitch)

http://www.todayandtomorrow.net/2009/09/11/dazzle-canoe/ (canoe)

http://www.thedieline.com/blog/2009/08/milk.html (milk cartons)
http://www.singstatistics.co.uk/ http://inkyfingers85.blogspot.com/ (cowboy boots)
http://nytimesbooks.blogspot.com/ (book jacket)
http://blog.artsparklets.co.uk/ (clouds)



Friday, 4 September 2009

Done and dusty

Last night was the MA private view, it went swimmingly! Here are some little sneaky shots of my work, I'll get some more done soon I promise. So... that's it? No more MA? But still lots of work to do! Loose ends are being tied.



Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Laser laser lasersssss!!!

I just spent the last day and a half mesmerised by the laser cutter as it cut out my A0 paper lace piece, and it was worth it! Below is an image of an A2 version I managed to fit in as well, and below is the A0(ish) on the bed... It needs trimming and tidying but I think it'll look good.

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Lace/paper/text/lasers/yes

These are some screen grabs of one of the other pieces for my installation. It's going to be a piece of laser cut paper lace about the size of a window. I'm not quite sure on the quote yet, but I've got to make a decision - only three weeks to go, oh my goodness! (The bottom image is an action shot - with all elements selected and the different colours of all the layers. This would've been crazy hard without using layers!)



Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Latching onto an idea

This is the beginning of a latch pull rug with a La Chi'Ai (I can't find anything out about this person!) quote for my final installation. It'll be easier to read when it's had a bit of a hair cut. Man it's taking a ages to do! No socialising for me for a while....

Monday, 3 August 2009

Method is in the medium

A quick experiment with joined up writing in wool...


And the condensed version...

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Little sneak preview...

This is what I've been working on so far for my final major project, it's about the 'creative need' of the household and how it isn't fulfilled in today's society, leaving it to overspill into the not so fun chores of the house, those which have no real physical outcome (cleaning etc). I've been looking at the emotional value of domestic crafts, and these pieces will form part of an installation. Only five weeks to go! Uhohhhh.



Sunday, 19 July 2009

Knit-tastic

During my research for my major MA project I've found some amazing and inspirational knitters. There's a lot out there at the moment, but here are some of my tip top favourites...

[From top: Debbie New (Tea Cup), Casual Profanity (Fluid Sculpture), Mandy McIntosh (Radiant Circle Face Framing Hoods and Disguises, and Sighthill Gala Queen), Unknown (maybe Judy Chicago? Probably linked to the Subversive Stitch NYC exhibition), and Jim Drain (a Forcefield installation).]



Saturday, 11 July 2009

Anger Release Machine

I don't know about you, but I would find one these fairly handy every now and again...























Found on www.todayandtomorrow.net

Say cheese!

Here's a photo from the Penguin Design Award ceremony the other week, of all the winners and shortlisted students. Found on the Penguin blog... link to the blog entry by clicking on the title of this post.

Friday, 10 July 2009

Image-ination

Just some images I wanted to share, including my failed attempt at knitting with shredded holiday brochures. No real reason for any of this, sorry x





Saturday, 4 July 2009

Back to the country

We had an amazing time in London, but am glad to escape the heat again! The studios we visited were so friendly, and I managed to fit in a visit to the New Blood private view, another private view down Portabello Road, the RCA graduate show, the Tate Modern and the V&A, plus catch ups with friends. Phew!

Here are some highlights...

























































(top to bottom: D&AD Student Awards identity by Domenic Lippa at the Partners, still from NB:Studio's teaser for their D&AD Award identity [definitely worth a watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YEhcgRV4_4], the Theatre and Performance rooms at the V&A, Thomas Matthew's The Good Design Show invitation and recent Falmouth graduate Alan Clark's Olympic poster which earnt him a placement at Browns. Go Al!
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Knit Club gets a makeover

One of my favourite days of the week has to be Wednesday, specifically between the hours of 7 and 10pm, due to Knit Club at Babahogs art cafe in Falmouth. I've met some amazing friends there, am supplied with superb tea, and get to knit to my hearts content.

We're coming up to the one year anniversary of KC, and Sarah, Jo and myself felt that a mini exhibition and an identity were needed. Yesterday I made a start on a logo which is made of a pair of knitting needles and a rectangular striped block (making a K), which comes off the left hand side of the page. On the first poster and the website banner, the logo seems to have wrapped itself round the page and reappears on the right hand side, then becomes a banner (scarf) for applying type to. This simple visual can be manipulated into other forms, I'm thinking a treble clef for music nights, and a first aid cross for advice sessions.

Its not quite there yet, the colours are too dark, making the text a bit unreadable, and the typeface is a bit splayed at the ends, I want a cleaner sans serif.






















The blog page is: http://www.falmouthknitclub.wordpress.com/

Saturday, 27 June 2009

London's Calling

The Penguin Design Award ceremony was on Wednesday up in the metropolis, it was a very nice affair. Unfortunately my A3 board had been pretty much destroyed in the post, but the 3D version looked good. But oh my the view from the balcony was worth the trip alone! 10th floor on the Strand, looking down the Thames towards the Houses of Parliament. Stunning. Back up to London tomorrow, the class are going on the road for some epic studio visits. The line up: Thomas Matthews, Browns, 300 Million, Troika, Pentagram and NB Studio.
I can't wait!



Monday, 22 June 2009

Bruno Munari

This is a gooood book

Sunday, 14 June 2009

Website version III

As well as doing a new website for my parents' new B&B venture (www.salcombeclosehouse.com), I've been redesigning my online portfolio. It actually works (version II was a bit temperamental) and doesn't look too bad, more work will be up there soon - photography session desperately needed.

Three of your five a day

A bit of knitting fun from the past week...


Tuesday, 9 June 2009

More Secret History

The results are online for the Penguin Design Awards, lots of lovely designs, not too sure mine looks that good on the small screen all digitised, it looks better in the physical. Because of the complicated printing methods, Penguin have asked me to make up a 3D copy and an A3 flat version for the awards ceremony, damn it! I couldn't feel my fingertips after the first version. Boo. But looking forward to the evening, much fun.

(Click on the title of this entry to move magically to the Penguin Design Award website, I'm finally getting used to this blog thing.
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