The human invention of tools is a pivotal moment in the history of man. It separated us from animals. It carried us to a new level of existence and elevated us to the top of the food chain. When man used his hands to master tooling and crafting he became a whole new being. Ever since, people have handed down ideas and methods of creation along to the following generations. I love to see skilled, hand-crafted work. I have a lot of respect for people who learn to master techniques in various trades and artforms. As I grow as an artist, I keep my eyes focused on mastering my execution of ideas; balancing the big picture and the small details.
Ive been working on improving my workspace at home. I’m always shuffling between sketching, painting, computer work, and back to sketching. I’m putting together a desk to work on large drawings and to provide an efficient layout for my laptop and stacks of projects. With these things in mind, I began to expand on the idea of the chair above. The seat is mainly inspired by the old desk chairs from school and the over-sized masonite clipboards for large drawings. I think the bright white really brings the simple design up to date.
It’s important to me to polish ideas as I get closer to the building stages of a project. It’s necessary keep an eye out for details in order to execute a complete, well organized concept.
I’m excited to get this project into the metal shop! The structure will be made of steel and wood, and topped with glass. When foirst sketching this up, I was aiming for innovative, unconventional structure and use of materials. I like how things are coming along. I’m expecting some trouble with structural issues and costs. In any case, I am very excited to work through the difficulties and see the piece finished, and on the gallery floor!
Designing something involves a sequence of steps. There are infinate possible ways to build a chair, for example. Figuring out how it will look and how it will be constructed is often times more difficult than actually constructing it. The designer must think about how it’s built, what it’s made of, how it’s used, and so on.
I love how an idea becomes a sketch, a sketch becomes a model, a model becomes a prodotype and then you have a final piece. This is a table design I’ve been thinking of for a couple months. Finally got it drawn up in Rhino 3D.
I’ve been working on this project for a while. I’ve modified the design to better functionality and comfort, while allowing myself time to meet my deadline. This project has shown me how disadvantages and mistakes can redirect you to a better outcome.
I’m glad to be a part of another group show like this. This is one, hovever, I’m especially excited about. I’ts downtown on 4th Ave, at Conrad Wilde Gallery. Its a very nice place and I’m really happy to have the opportunity to show my work there.