Saturday, February 20, 2010

Paper, Shapes & Text (By Seema)

As soon as I saw this artists' work it reminded me of some of the things Reiko had been talking about for her artwork.

The artist's name is Francisca Prieto and I saw her work on the blog Design Sponge.

She craftily folds the insides of envelopes to create patterns and text. To see more of Francisca's work see her website or check out jaggedart.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Containers Part 2 (by Seema)

Some other artists and their container art.

This stalagmite stalactite wood installation reminds me of some of Aleks' ideas of seeing elements of natural, colony like growths mimicked by artificial "man made" structures. These structures also remind me of tall city buildings. The container aspect of this piece is that it was installed in a truck container for Container Ground at Tokyo Designer Week. You can read about it here from de zeen Design Magazine.

This is an installation by Gayle Chong Kwan. This installation is made from used plastic food containers to create the lost city of Atlantis.

Miwa Koizumi uses plastic PET bottles. She likes the idea of using "liquid containers to make water animals. Contained/containing, trash/not-trash, like the jelly-fish or anemone: Living/non-living". I like it too.

Recyle-art light installation in London, with reused plastic bottles.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

hexagonal pixelated cursive (reiko)

I have been working on making cursive fonts out of hexagonal (honeycomb) patterns. Here is part of the alphabet I've created. I like the contrast of using cursive letters in a very rigid pattern. Ideally I would like to make each pixel out of wood pieces that are raised off the base (protruding from the wall). These hexagon pieces could also be translated into buildings of a city. I'm contemplating different heights of the pieces but I'm not sure if that will be successful. I would also like to add wallpaper to the tops of the pieces. In Photoshop, I'm currently experimenting with the format of messages and the scale of the pieces which is proving to be challenging. I don't want the hexagons to be too small but I also have to worry about the total size of the pieces.

Here are few other images that have inspired me while simultaneously making me super envious:
Elisa Strozyk's Wooden Textiles found on

Charles Clary's paper sculptures also found on


Sunday, February 7, 2010

Containers Part 1 (by Seema)

I Googled plastic lunch containers...And found this peculiar yet carefully crafted OWL lunch obento from the Blog Slash Food.

A Hint of Things To Come... (by Seema)

I am experimenting with an everyday household item; portable lunch/food containers. The containers we pack leftovers in. Saving parts of meals worth saving for another time. Taking parts of home and comfort to be enjoyed in other places. I like the idea of using common objects to create new shapes and structures.

I was happy to come across artist RĂ©gis Mayot from the Museum of Contemporary Craft website titled "Manufractured". I like Mayot's transformation of plastic containers into delicately sculpted skeletal incarnations of their former selves.

Another piece I like by Mayot. I also intend to incorporate the use of light into the installation that I will create with the portable lunch containers.

On colonizing and scale (by aleks)

I mentioned in a previous post that my ideas for this project are currently centering around scale; speculating on the possibility of colonies of unlikely scale. I came across the above image on Designboom described as "conceptual architectural project from the architects of terreform 1 led by dr. mitchell joachim. the project focuses on how cities can extend into the suburbs sustainably. "

This image by Julia Morstad found at INK+WIT seemed like nice contrast/companion to the first image.

I thought I would post this because I mentioned in our last meeting that I had entertained making some big origami when I came across Matt Johnson's work on Beautiful Decay. Kick ass giant origami.