A plastic dialogue with material
The plasticity of materials allows me, with my fingers to form, shape, and change its surface. Such gesture is an intimate dialogue I can enjoy with the materials only when I work with my hands.
Last winter we went to Stockholm for a short trip. While re-organizing old pictures I found these - people use their Christmas tree remains as a stepping door mat, for the snow on our shoes.
Material itself is indeed not poetic, but it’s how we reinterpret it, handle it that makes it meaningful. : )
B R U N O - M U N A R I #2
Design as Art, Bruno Munari
"Anyone working in the field of design has a hard task ahead of him: to clear his neighbor’s mind of all preconceived notions of art and artists, notions picked up at schools where they condition you to think one way for the whole of your life, without stopping to think that life changes — and today more rapidly than ever. It is therefore up to us designers to make known our working methods in clear and simple terms, the methods we think are the truest, the most up-to-date, the most likely to resolve our common aesthetic problems. Anyone who uses a properly designed object feels the presence of an artist who has worked for him, bettering his living conditions and encouraging him to develop his taste and sense of beauty.”
(Source: Minka - Traditional Housing in Japan)
This is an old wood facing that has been eroded by wind, leaving beautiful wood grain in rough relief.
A “soft” building material gives room for aging and erosion to gain its beauty, and I think Wood, Clay (mud, ceramics), Concrete, iron(?), cement and stone have this quality..
But industrialization can take away this “softness” and machines are inevitable, at the same time we want to make machines work like pairs of hands, trying to “act handmade”, “act natural”, “act raw”, “act old” (…)
I think it’s more optimistic to find ways to work *with* machines and create autonomous textures that resemble natural soft & warm feeling, in that way we can make steps for new themes..
While trying to make repetitive patterns, I began to find a lot in a place where repetitions can be found - a factory ! Mostly from stacking of things. And from patterns, how that can be translated 3D and further to play with light and shadow?
"I thus appeal for a kind of architecture of common sense based on fundamentals that we still know, understand and feel. I carefully observe the concrete appearance of the world, and in my buildings I try to enhance what seems valuable, to correct what is disturbing, and to create anew what we feel is missing."
Peter Zumthor, ‘Thinking Architecture’, 1999
Shibori looking fun
Kumo Shibori (Twist & Bind technique)
Itajime Shibori (Shape-resist technique)
Pots of desire.