The Vault Files:-A necklace showing the ups and downs of gold prices in the last 30 years.

I came across this clever design in ‘The Vault Files’ artist/designer unknown but the chain encapsulated in the resin resembles the ups and downs of gold prices in the last 30 years. I just found it simplistic but also beautiful. I love how the resin is used to capture the chain and becomes this visually pleasing form. I also like how the chain has not become this separate form but the piece becomes a whole. Its just a simplistic yet clever design.

A necklace showing the ups and downs of gold prices in the last 30 years. (The vault files)

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Reclaimed wooden chair side.

After my tutorial with Zoe, I went on a hunt around for some wooden furniture that was thrown away and that I could salvage and use in the making of my wooden frame pendants. I managed to hunt around close to home and in one of our sheds was wooden chair sides previously used but now kept for parts. I took a spare side as I really loved the details that was on there. I dug it out and it was covered in spiders webs and dust but the shapes in the wood was greatly benefit me.

My first step was to take it apart and take a look at what pieces I could use and mould into a pebble. I then cut up some sections that interested me. I looked out for certain patterns and shapes that were there so I could then manipulate them into my own shapes.

To start off with I decided to do a trial pebble and make it more 3-Dimensional so that it resembles a more real pebble and less like a section of wood. I started off by choosing a section that I could work with. I took a section off the leg to begin with. I used a surform tool and began to remove the edges, making it more circular.

After using the surform tool, I found out the hidden beauty in the wood grain. The surform tool along side the belt sander removed the layer of paint/oil to reveal the wonderful grain/joinery of the wood, this will be great for aesthetic look of my pendant. I think I will need to wok more on the shape and the sides to help form more into a pebble. But I am pleased with the quality of the wood and the pattern of the grain.

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Pendant making and sanding.

After the failures of the rings I decided to make some more pendants, these are easier to make because they are larger sizes to sand and craft. For this trial I decided I would try and inlay the ceramic fragment rather than let it perch in-between the wooden frame. I used my dremel and an engraver tool and began to wear down layers of the wood to eventually let the ceramic fragment sit in the wood.  Like the wooden rings they are a lot of work to sand down and get the perfect shape but unlike the rings these are easier to shape.

 

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GESAMTKUNSTWERK (Paul Foeckler- Split Grain)

I have found this artist called Paul Foeckler, whilst looking last year for our ‘Delight in light’ project and have always admired the use of raw material and maintaining it to such a high standard  to make it looking its best. Wood is a beautiful material and in the company Split Grain they show off that true beauty.

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Reclaimed Cedar on steel base w/3 LED’s, Floor switch and dimmer, 39″ tall.

 

Function- Split Grain is a company who make minimalist split wood lights for the home/office and any contemporary space. Split Grain light sculptures and steel suspension artworks include floor standing, tabletop and wall sculptures to enhance any thoughtful, contemporary space.

Materials- The materials used are mainly wood like cedar on a steel base with LED lights. The wood is normally reclaimed wood is is foraged in the California region. The balance between organic nature and refined technological materials is what Foeckler strives for in each piece with the added intention to aesthetically elevate both.

Craftsmanship-There is evidence of great skill here in wood and electronics. The wood is cut and sanded to perfection, the layers are cut with great care. The artist says each light can involve up to 100 hours of labor as he selects the right section of wood, slices, sands, and reassembles each piece. I think the end result looks professional and to a very high standard.

Expression- The Split Grain highlights the beauty in nature by placing emphasis on the beauty of the material which is the wood. The wood is cut and sanded to such a high standard it brings out the beauty and quality of the texture of the grain which is really lovely. For me it is great to see an artist who takes such joy in bringing out the true beauty in the materials used.

Innovative- I find this piece to be inspiring because of the use of material, even though many light designers and makers use wood as a primary material it is clear to see how much effort has gone into making the wood look its best and it does. Its aesthetically pleasing and would belong in any environment. I would love to be able to source my own materials and produce an object which shows off the quality of the materials.

GESAMTKUNSTWERK (Alejandro Duran-Derrame (Spill) )

Upon browsing the terms ‘found/art/recycling’ I found this artist who uses trash to make installation art alongside the beach upon where it is found, to highlight the global concern of ocean pollution. I found the work to be quite positive upon first glance but when reading into it I found out the colours and bright exterior are there to highlight the truth of pollution.

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Derrame (Spill), 2010.

 

Function- This is an installation piece of art to highlight the problems of waste and rubbish getting thrown away. He works along a coastline in Mexico’s largest federally protected reserve collecting bits of trash that washes up on shore from locations around the world. Using the rubbish he produces site specific installations which is apart of his on going projected called ‘Washed up’.

Materials- Duran’s installation ‘Derrame’ is made from found plastic bottle tops, arranged in a liquid formation to represent the idea of a leakage. The colourful bottle tops are arranged to look aesthetically pleasing to blend in with the beautiful landscape it surrounds, but these are not placed there just to look visually pleasing but to highlight the global catastrophe of ocean pollution.

Craftsmanship-I think there is skill in the transformation of found trash into something visually pleasing and also thought provoking. Duran scouts the shore lines for the collection of his chosen waste product commonly found in this case it is the bottle tops and arranges them in a smooth transformation to echo the shape of water/oil leak.

Expression- I think this installation alongside his other installations from his ‘Washed up’ project are thought provoking, there is drama in his work and that helps to emphasize the big problem of ocean pollution. I also think the bright coloured plastic helps to bring attention to the work.

Innovative- I love the use of trash here to highlight the key issues like the pollution in to the ocean, I think these brightly coloured sculptures would have a completely different meaning if they were say in a gallery. The use of waste to represent and highlight this issue is clever and thought provoking. I would like to recycle in my own practice and maybe address an issue to highlight like pollution.

GESAMTKUNSTWERK (Tomomi Kamoshita- A gift from the Waves)

I saw this artist when I was browsing through This Is Colossal which is a blog that explores art and other aspects of visual culture. I was drawn to the mosaic-like structure, and the ideas of using found objects which were ‘gifted’ to her by the sea.

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Tomomi Kamoshita, Gift from the Waves, 2015-16, Kin-tsungi, Ceramic shards, sea-glass, lacquer, brass powder, 15 x 211 1/2 in, 38.1 x 54.6 cm.

Function- These ceramic/glass sculptures are made into chopstick rests. These pieces are made as tableware to hold cutlery upon. I find these really beautiful, although they are not necessarily needed they are there as an added extra for a tableware set. They are aesthetically pleasing. We cannot also shy away from what the ceramic shards used to be. What was their function in their previous state.

Materials- The materials used here are ceramic shards, sea-glass, lacquer, brass powder and kin-tsungi. Kamoshita has collected washes up ceramic fragments and sea-glass upon the sea shore and combined her found objects with her own shards of ceramic work using a Japanese traditional repairing technique called ‘Kintsugi’ which connects the broken pieces together with gold.  By doing so the cracks are accentuated.

Craftsmanship- Kamoshita is a potter who re-uses her broken ceramic work alongside other found ceramic/glass fragments. Using old traditional skills and techniques known as kintsugi she bonds them together. Using this skill she can manipulate the fragments into what ever shape she chooses. I admire this skill, the use of recycling in such an in depth form.

Expression- I think these piece show beauty, the idea of taking literal rubbish from the sea and turning them into something re-usable and of worth now is remarkable. I love these pieces from Kamoshita and hope that other people find beauty in these pieces too. It reminds me of relics being found and being polished up and cared for back to health to regain its old historical worth.

Innovation- I find Kimoshita’s work inspiring as its recycling and finding historical ceramic fragments. I love this idea, taking something which is ‘rubbish’ lost as sea and using it and making it into something new and usable again. I am inspired by the use of found objects in her own work and being able to manipulate them into something she wants to create. I really find this work to be beautiful not only in a visual sense but also in her concept of practice.