Thursday, 10 June 2010

Creative Craft and prototyping

Last night was the Private View of my work in Dundee, at the grandly titled 'Innovation and creative development in craft' exhibition at the Dalhousie Building, part of the University of Dundee.  The 37 steps was hung again and it is exciting to see how they change with a different layout.  Unfortunately we couldn't get a suitable room to show the knitted pieces with the projection so it was on a video instead.  It also felt strange seeing it on film as you miss the tactility of the piece and the ability to become part of it.  It seems rather distant. 
Of the 37 steps small pieces, a number of people commented that they were like aerial shots of fields or countryside.  This is interesting as they are based on a form of aerial shots of the ground, only taken from hip level, not from an aeroplane high above.
The second shot of my work also shows Jeanette Sendler's majestic piece snaking across the floor, based on shirt collars.
I've stayed up in Dundee to attend the Prototype - craft in the future tense Symposium, connected with the Past, Present and Future Craft Project.  Although a quick look at the programme made me wonder whether it would be for me, it has been absolutely fascinating, throwing up ideas about what is craft and how should I get my work out to the 'market' in jargon terms.  The speakers today included Constance Adams, who works with Nasa, designing things for space missions and other by-products.  She told the lovely story of when they discovered years ago that biro pens wouldn't work in space, the US spent millions designing the space pen which can be used anyway up.  The Russians just used pencil!  You can draw lots of different conclusions or angles to this!  The other speakers were just as interesting, talking about the theoretical models behind creating prototypes and some real life examples of craft 'prototypes' from Hazel White and Chicks on Speed.  There is still another day to go and I am sure it will be just as good - at least I hope so, as really I should be at home tidying the studio for that all important Open Studios Event which starts at 10am on Saturday.  I still haven't cleared the floor enough to hoover, but on the plus side, it has been like an archealogical dig excavating down the levels of things pushed off the side of my desk onto the floor.  I've discovered lots of things I didn't know I still had!


maggi said...

37 Steps look good displayed like that. That snake thing is interesting although I have to admit that one end looks more like boots than collars.

Anonymous said...

Sounds and looks good! I began my degree at Dundee but haven't been back for years - wonder if I could find an excuse to visit???


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