Monthly Archives: November 2013

Personification

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I’m a tiny object thats never been lost, I sparkle still after all these years, over 70 of them to be more exact. Ive changed hands many times, each one different and with another story to tell and these stories became mine. My father sold me for a large sum of money to a man madly in love just back from war. I didn’t mind, when he passed me on to his future wife, It made me feel a part of something special and I was. Because of me 9 children were born although I only got to watch 7 grow up. I was there for each babies first step, word, day of school. I’ve traveled with my family to many countries and seen so much happiness. There are many others like me, but I’m the favorite. My mother often gets board of my siblings and puts them away to hibernate, leaves them for years and sometimes even forgets about them, she doesn’t cry when they break or get lost. This I know, isn’t how it works for humans, but me, she loves me the best, and this in a way, makes me feel like a have a humanity. Once, I broke my left diamond and I was rushed to the jewelers the very next morning to have my operation, I was back at home within a few days shinning more than ever. 

However nothing lasts forever, I had more than 60 long happy years, some moments happier than others, but often its the sad parts that make you appreciate what you have the most. Until, one day, my mother and fathers world started to crash around them, one after the other woman I should have been passed onto in the future diapered, my family started leaving me for a new life, apparently somewhere better. I still don’t understand, to this day, all I know is my mother and father were devastated and no amount of shine or sparkle could make that go away, it was her granddaughter first and then her own daughter, i hate to say it but, her only real daughter. I was no replacement for her. It made me scared, where would I go when all of family were off to this white light in the sky? I cannot die, maybe if I was melted down? 

I sat in a box with my siblings for a month when it finally happened, I cried every day for some human companionship but each day I grew less and less hopeful, the others told me ghost stories of dust and rusting away, eventually my sadness grew into fear. Then one day, a saw a crack of light, and I thought this is what they’ve been talking about, a new life is coming for me! I was right, 3 young girls came and took each and every one of us out, I was happy for the others to get some attention but in all honestly, I was trying my best that day to be a beautiful as possible and it worked, one of the girls recognized me, but I didn’t fit on her finger. After an hour or so the next girl tried me on, another misfit, then finally, the youngest picked me up and placed me on her right hand, it was a match. Since that day, I’ve lived my life to the full, experienced new things that I never thought possible and when I’m waiting for her to get out of the shower or finish swimming, I sit in my own box looking out over her room and I can’t wait to continue my life with her. 

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What does it mean to be a Designer Maker?

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“The philosophy behind my work is to simplify the design – to remove what is unnecessary so what only is essential remains – to make a clean, clear and sharp design by the way of carefully controlled fantasy”  Annemette Beck (Stylepark AG, 2001-20013,  Annemette Beck Denmark (online) available at: http://www.stylepark.com/en/manufacturer/annemette-beck, (accessed 10 November 20013)

               The role of a Designer Maker changes from day to day, according to Linsday Bloxam “You have to do every job that you would find in a normal company, you are the director and the cleaner, the project manager, the press officer, and the secretary. I am not bossy but I have to drive people.”( Gale C, Kaur J, 2002, The Textile book, Oxford, Oxford International Publishers Ltd, Page 62) Often a Designer Maker will have many jobs, lecturing, giving workshops as well as selling and displaying their work at exhibitions. However usually they work within a small business or independently creating collections for mass production as well as bespoke items. No matter what they are doing though, a designer maker is simply a designer who is involved in the entire design process and has ultimate control over what is being produced.

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               Although having control over the designs sounds like a great way to keep everything the way you want it, it’s not always the case when it comes to making. “More and more of what I do is now made by other people, manufacturers, which mean the making, the part I enjoy most, is done by other people.” (Gale C, Kaur J, 2002, The Textile book, Oxford, Oxford International Publishers Ltd, Page 59) Lindsay Bloxam. This issue was addressed in a recent exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Power of Making. The works shown here were all about making and the production of the piece., I think what they were tiring to do was get people inspired and feeling creative, because what’s the fun in designing something if you never get to get your hands dirty. The art of making can sometimes get lost when you’re focused on the business side of things and so The Power of Making can hopefully remind people whose first love is to make and inspire those who want to give it a go.

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               To conclude, the role of a Designer Maker is never just one role, it’s a broad spectrum that covers management all the way to making the finished product. Being a Designer maker means you have the maximum involvement in a project and you get to make the hard decisions, often this is a good thing, but I can imagine it to be extremely stressful. However, seeing a project through from start to the very finish is quite the accomplishment and must give a rewarding feeling.

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 James Brown, 2011, James Brown Prints  (online) Available at; http://sketchesbyboz.wordpress.com/2011/04/07/designer-maker-market/

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Shelly Goldsmith, 2000, Dew Point (online) Available at; http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/i/interview-shelly-goldsmith-textiles-artist/

The Big Knit

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A friend of mine said to me yesterday, “do you know how to knit tiny hats?” I said, “If I say yes will you tell me why?”
So thats how I found out about this amazingly creative project, it is modern, exciting and funky, so it appeals to audiences of any age. It’s themes are winter, woolly hats and Christmas, as so it relates to the time of year (everyone is getting excited about Christmas) AND it helps raise money for charity in a new exciting way.
Unfortunately, I found out too late and so I cant send in a woolly hat, but maybe this brilliant idea can be continued next year. For now though, the best I could do was make one online (which by sharing to Facebook i donated 10p) write this blog post to raise awareness & buy everyone in my family an innocent smoothie for their stoking this year.
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Power of Making

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The Power of making exhibition at the V&A is not just showing off the work thats been produced for the show, its sending a message. There are many themes depending on what kind of work is being shown, but I think the main theme that runs though everyones work is what it means to be a Designer Maker. I have always looked them as separate roles, you either design or you make. Designing an object, garment, sculptor is one thing, that makes it yours, you came up with the concept, but hand crafting the piece yourself means you have control over every aspect of it, no one could ever think of it as someone else’s.
Marloes ten Bhömer, Shoe designer, speaks during a short video of how manufacturers don’t tend to work from the UK and so making ourselves means that we don’t have to rely on someone in another country.

It gives us the chance to make Niche and Bespoke work that is completely our own. When working along side the materials it also means you can change your mind if you realize something isn’t quite right, a different material or technique could be used.
One part of the exhbition I found most interesting was the “make for London” project, Its getting the public to think about every day items they always have and how they can be re designed and used for something completely different.

After reading through all the information I could find I think that this exhibition is a rare but wonderful one, a display of work that makes you think, feel creative and gets your imagination running wild.

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“The philosophy behind my work is to simplify the design – to remove what is unnecessary so what only is essential remains – to make a clean, clear and sharp design by the way of carefully controlled fantasy”  Annemette Beck

Stylepark AG, 2001-20013,  Annemette Beck Denmark (online) available at: http://www.stylepark.com/en/manufacturer/annemette-beck, (accessed 10 November 20013)