Glass, being simultaneously reflective and transparent, has a fascinating history in the realm of optical illusions. Landscape painters in the 18th century often used a Claude glass (also called a black mirror) to abstract and simplify a landscape into more of a tonal painting. This dark mirror was slightly convex in shape and was used by sitting with one’s back to the subject and painting its reflection. (I’m sure that the creators of the dystopian TV series Black Mirror must be aware of this history given all their art references!) Read More
Today’s design inspiration… Japanese architect Tadao Ando, master of light and shadow.
“I spent a lot of time as a child observing in a woodworking shop across the street from the house where I grew up… With young eyes and sensitivities, I watched how trees grew, altered by how the sun hit it, changing the qualities of the lumber produced. I came to understand the absolute balance between a form and the material from which it is made.” – Tadao Ando
Here’s a peek at a current project in progress… experimenting with making castings from hot shop newspapers! This monochrome test was designed to reveal how much textural detail comes through in the casting process.
Although this piece was made the old fashioned way (mold of object, wax, and investment) there have been exciting new developments in casting with the incorporation of 3D modeling software to create 3D printed molds. Go to Autodesk 123D to learn more about this major shift in fabrication and all the incredible possibilities!
Pick a card, any card….
Oblique strategies was a set of cards created by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt used to break deadlocks in creative situations. Each card contains a (sometimes cryptic) remark that can help you resolve a creative dilemma. If you want to give it a try, here’s an online version: http://www.oblicard.com/
One of the most important (and interesting!) things we do in the studio is create tests. Testing enables us to fine tune our ideas before jumping into a larger project, and, when working for a client, ensure that they are happy with the results. This also has the added benefit of giving us a database of information to return to for future projects!