These lovely makers commissioned me to write about their work. Through a collaborative process I created a piece of writing that met the needs of the maker, highlighted their ideas/processes and reflected my poetic style.
I work with makers to create bespoke text for their websites or to use as artists statements for applications and exhibitions.
My method is based on conversational collaboration, where you and I will discuss and explore your work, usually in your studio/workshop. Then I will create a piece of writing that meets your needs, communicating your own ideas and processes, and allowing for my poetic style.
- Aimee Bollu - maker, Hothouse 2016
- Marian Ripoll - designer, maker, architect, New Designers One Year On 2016
Aimee Bollu is a collector, a gatherer, an arranger of the things people have discarded and forgotten. She seeks out objects that have fallen out of use, out of society, and brings them back to life. Through the creation of hybrid objects, incorporating these found elements and newly made vessel forms, the disregarded items become meaningful once more, and possess a new value.
Bollu has an instinctive approach to design; she scours the streets, engrossed in the process of walking, searching, responding to the detritus of urban life. The found objects, once full of purpose but now detached from their original meaning, take place within her collection and wait. Then comes the act of making: repetitive processes of drawing, mould-making, slip casting, turning, finishing. Simple vessel forms, in a variety of hues and materials, form the support, the framework for the display of the found objects. The found and the made are combined to become a ‘new thing’ with echoes of a past life, and the possibilities of a new one.
These new pieces are intriguing and curious. Unexpected materials, and the ordinary, adorn the almost-bare forms. Rusted and twisted metal emerges from candy-pop porcelain suggesting a handle. Neon twine encircles draped leather, forming a drum-like surface over a curved vessel. An oven knob nestles into the aperture of a turned wooden pot. There is nothing extraneous in the combinations; these items have been seemingly destined to be collaged into their new form.
The emergent collection enables us to see that the stuff of everyday life, once rejected, still has a beauty and a value. Bollu choreographs the viewer’s first encounter with the collection exceptionally. The influence of the wunderkammer on her display is evident, but whereas those early cabinets of curiosity exposed completely novel and unusual things, this display offers a glimpse of something familiar, something already known, with tantalising, uncanny undertones.
Aimee Bollu - maker, Hothouse 2016
Marian Ripoll is an architect, a designer and a maker.
Her upbringing in Mallorca, within a creative family, instilled in her a natural tendency for constructing things and playing with materials. Her love of design led her to train as an architect, but she was always making in the background. Completing a diploma in Jewellery in 2015 reignited her passion for making, and now her current practice brings together three-dimensional thinking and design experience, from her everyday work as an architect, and the craftsmanship and technical skill of the silversmith.
A defining theme within Marian’s work is space: “For me, the important thing is to create a space. In architecture you create a space for people to live, and in my work I make objects that create an additional space around you, but not necessarily with a clear boundary like a building would have.” She is exploring, through making, how to define and hold space on a smaller scale, in different materials. Her pieces exhibit a volume of indefinable qualities, like an atom, composed mainly of emptiness, but with definite substance and effect in the world.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, given her childhood on such a bright island and her training as an architect, Marian is fascinated by the interactions her objects have with light. She is drawn to the play of natural light on a surface, wanting to capture that unexpected and transient moment in photography or on paper. With her finished objects, she uses light as a playful way of understanding and investigating her work further: “the movement of the light around the objects casts shadows which can become something else. I like how with a static thing, the light brings it alive again”. In this way, light becomes a tool for re-thinking and re-positioning the work. These experiments with light are a tacit part of her design process, made visible through the display and images she produces, sharing the potential for the life of the object once it is made.
Marian is a designer and maker of objects; many of these objects are wearable. Using silver-smithing processes, the language of jewellery is embedded within the work, but the process of becoming jewellery is up to the wearer. When not worn, her pieces are sculpture, their immaculate construction and elegant forms can be contemplated, displayed on a surface or on the wall. In this setting their interaction with the light becomes more noticeable: “the wire piece disappears and the shadow is the art in your home.” For Marian, these objects hold the seeds of possibility to become other things, scaled up, made in light, placed in different environments. She is not tied to a particular material or to the tradition of jewellery making; rather, these are the means to explore the space, the process and the possibilities: “the material doesn’t matter so much, but the space around it, and the concept behind it, will stay the same.”
Marian Ripoll - designer & maker, New Designers One Year On 2016