Thursday, January 21, 2010

Brucie .. darling

In time, CAD/RP will move to the background, and the polemic, so dependent on antiquated modernist verities, will become unnecessary. More jewelers will have the confidence to harness the tool to good ideas, not just extravagant forms. RP will be perceived as just one resource among many, and we will see composite structures: RP and found objects, say, or RP and textiles. The technology will reach maturity when we see jewelry that fully exploits CAD/RP -- and nobody cares how it was made.

 

CAD/RP Jewelry: Beyond the Whiz-bang Factor

BRUCE METCALF

Metalsmith 29 no5 14-15 2009

contemporary is for suckas

Douglas Bucci is a designer and educator in the field of jewelry and metalsmithing. He designs original jewelry pieces using CAD and cutting edge production processes, such as rapid prototyping. A CAD/CAM/RP consultant and designer for several national companies since 1995, Bucci views his process as one that allows for a creative freedom unfound in traditional hand-made jewelry methods. Bucci’s work has appeared in multiple periodicals & texts including Metalsmith magazine, American Craft magazine, and Lark Book’s, 500 series & Darling Publication’s, The Jewelry Compendium.

http://www.dougbucci.com/

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Hanson & Knight.

‘Family Communion’

Silver & anodised aluminium
2004

Commissioned by a catholic family in the USA to celebrate a Golden Wedding Anniversary
The religious and secular communion is represented through symbolic ecclesiastical references.
Interaction – Sharing – The singular rosary bead, intimate and contemplative – removing the formal ostentation of the high church and altar, without removing the significance of the action.

Collaboration Hanson & Knight

‘Nurture’ Decanter and drinking cups

Silver and glass
2006/7

Recent personal experiences influenced these pieces, stimulating a more
reflective and emotional engagement with the creative process. They question
the nature of objects and the function and value that they have in our lives.
The ‘Nurture’ drinking cups and decanter is a response to parenthood and a
heightened sense of the fundamental responsibility of nurturing and nourishing.
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Collaboration Hanson & Knight.

‘Ritual is the means by which individual perception and behaviour are socially appropriated or conditioned; and rites are determined modes of action that can be characterised in terms of their intention and the objects used to perform the action.’
(C. Bell ‘ Ritual Theory - Ritual Practice’)

In this project, supported by Arts Council, ACJ, and Goldsmiths funding Maria Hanson has investigated the role contemporary artefacts have within both identified rites of social passage and ritual acts found within domestic contexts.

gleefully extracted from: http://www.objectsandritual.co.uk./

Monday, January 18, 2010

matali crasset for alessi

designer matali crasset and pastry chef pierre hermé have collaborated to create essentiel de patisserie', a series of pastry tools designed for alessi.
the four piece collection consists of a cake plate, cul-de-poule mixing bowl, whisk and spatula. the utensils themselves are designed to be rational and straightforward.
the new collection was presented at macef 2010.

'I decided to define a clear use scenario for each instrument with the aim of maintaining the simplicity I had observed in pâtisserie utensils. I therefore designed objects that are at once professional and generous, by which I mean that they are also accessible even to non specialists.' -MC

La Maîtresse de la Tour Eiffel

“La Maîtresse de la Tour Eiffel” is the title of an installation by Michel de Broin. The largest mirror ball ever made was suspended from a construction crane 50 meters above the ground to render the starry sky to the citizens of Paris for one night in the Jardin du Luxembourg during the Nuit Blanche event.

borrowed from http://www.micheldebroin.org/projects/nuitblanche/3.html

Saturday, January 16, 2010

mophie marketplace

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The mophie marketplace is a magnetic Strip Reader for iPhone 3G & 3GS
Turn your iPhone in to a mobile payment solution that is fast, secure and ready to go wherever you go.
The mophie marketplace is a light-weight, form-fitting, intelligent case solution for any merchant
looking to drive their sales further. And be sure to let customers know that they are secure as their
card data is encrypted as it is swiped.
•    Cost effective and works with most merchant accounts.
•    Sync your account information and charge the iPhone via micro USB port.
•    Designed to pair with the mophie marketplace App (Only at the App Store

I like!!

http://www.mophie.com/product-p/1113_mp-ip3g-blk.htm

watch out!

'the unbreakable umbrella' - from the name you might be fooled into thinking that the selling
point would be that it can survive strong winds etc. but no, it's actually designed with the intention of
being used for self defense. the piece is described by 'real-self-defense' as having 'no unusual parts,
no more metal than an average umbrella, it does not arouse suspicion, can be carried legally everywhere
where any weapons are prohibited, unlike a walking stick it does not cause strange looks if carried by
an able-bodied person, and it does protect from rain. anyone who can use a stick for defense can use
this umbrella.' from now on you might want to think twice about upsetting someone who has an umbrella!

lifted from http://www.real-self-defense.com/unbreakable_umbrella.html

Ruth Bellotti

burger box locket - gold plated necklace

seen and pocketed from http://www.chinnychinchin.net/

the graphic imperative

left: 'peace' by steff geissbuhler, 1985
right: 'and our world is still alive' by tahamtan aminian, 2002

'hunger' by lex drewinski, 1999

shamelessly robbed from http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/8/view/8729/the-graphic-imperative-exhibition-at-western-michigan-university.html

raphael zarka

a collector of forms, skateboarder / artist raphaël zarka captures the sculptural possibilities of structures such as a concrete breakwater, unfinished monorail or the unrealized constructions
which litter the urban landscape. influenced by minimalism and land art, zarka's work is based on an almost scientific research of spaces and forms, guided by the need to order objects,
he says, 'to organize the chaos of the things that interest me.' his experimental approach to volume, geometry and materials resulting largely from the artist's experience of skateboarding, has enabled him to become familiar with the surface dynamics of urban space.

one particular series of photographs, 'riding modern art', is a composition of eleven photographs of skaters whose images are captured riding works of public art. his photographs emphasize the hidden dynamism in many of the public sculptures we encounter:
'what strikes me, is that skaters prioritize a relationship with the work rather than a mechanical
relationship aesthetic. for them, all the interest of a sculpture is the variety of movements that
it recommends.
' –RZ

stolen from http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/10/view/8609/raphael-zarka.html

brownbreath: momot paper toys

stolen from http://www.brownbreath.com/

Monday, January 11, 2010

Shots by Sarah Stevenson

41-sarah-stevenson1 Enamel-Dessert-Bowls-1 Flock-Shots

Pewter and nylon flock
Dimensions - 5.5 cm tall, 5 cm wide

http://www.sstevenson.co.uk/