Thursday, 22 July 2010

'Selfportrait'- Chair by Ka-Lai Chan

Ka-Lai Chan graduation project, "Selfportrait' is a chair with the designer personality & character. The project is based on the emotions and supressed feelings of what she has experienced.

“In the past I have always found myself to be a quiet and introvert person. I suppressed my own emotions and didn't dare to show my feelings to other people. I was afraid that people will find me weird if I show them the real me. It felt like there was something growing on me what gets bigger and bigger. I always tend to hide away my personality, but on the other hand I wanted nothing more but to open up and just be myself.”
- Ka-Lai Chan.

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Wednesday, 21 July 2010

'Space for Applause'-Thesis of Jenna Gesse

About the 'Space for Applause': 
Format inside: 110mm x 180mm 

Mass book object: 113mm x 186mm x 10mm 

Size: 96 pages, including 7 color / 60 Texts
Facilities: linen cover with screen printing, thread, colored cut 

Paper: Schleipen-book printing, 90g/qm, 2-fold volume 
Printing: offset printing, four color 

Cut Color: Belton Molotow spray paint

Jenna Gesse thesis at the Department of Design at FH Bielefeld in winter semester 2009/2010, 'Space for Applause' is a book of self-reflection, observation and discussions in the context of poetry and prose texts with the theme of work "a linguistic and typographic issues of life budding designers".

'The content tonality follow the typographical means. The visual impact of the texts, lives of the subtle staging, which plays very specifically with the "designer's eye" and typographic understanding.'
-Jenna Gesse.  

Check out the exclusive interview of Jenna Gesse by Slanted.

I love this caption the most! ha!

designers' taste:
and copy paste

a+.  jenna gesse   via   slanted

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Green Footwear

GRASS SNEAKER by Wendy Golden.
(Photo by Wendy Golden)
Could these be the current footwear trend? The 'Green' effect of materials used such as this 'Grass Sneaker' by Wendy Golden applied mixed grasses & linen thread on her work.

'Working predominately in natural fibres, my sneaker is crafted from the most common of materials – grass. The ‘logo’ or flash on the side of the sneaker of an arrow travelling backwards utilises an endemic fern. The increasing loss of such small plants in large housing developments is indicative of a backwards step. As sneakers replace Blundstones on the pavements, I ponder the increasing impacts of footprints on our fragile environment.'

(Photos by Ian Hobbs)
'Introducing Species' shoe by Beth Hatton is based on convict's shoe pattern.
"Convicts were the main source of labour for the early surveyors and settlers, and were given the really hard jobs such as working the surveyor's chains and clearing the bush. So I realised that convicts would have been the first to set foot in many parts of Lake George, and therefore one of their shoes could easily carry my ideas about the introduction of weeds to the early colony.
By good fortune I came across Peter Sinclair who makes and wears replicas of early convict shoes. Using his pattern pieces I set about making my shoe with a mixture of indigenous grasses and some of Lake George's most pervasive weeds. As friends have commented, it is a clodhopper of a shoe yet still has a jaunty feel about t. The early convicts themselves were a cheeky lot. Not at all daunted by lowly position, they talked back to their masters., stole from them, got drunk and ran away at every opportunity. I like to think that their larrikin spirit expressed itself somehow in the making of my shoe."

3 Sets of FIBRE SHOES by Therese Flynn-Clarke.
These 3 sets of Fibre Shoes by Therese Flynn-Clarke use materials such as Alexander palm sheath, rubber tree stipules, linen thread, ceramics, dodder, Date palm inflorescence, Nepalese raw silk & stitched seaweed.
a+.  therese flynn clarke
a+.  beth hatton
a+.  wendy golden  via  craft victoria