Saturday, 26 January 2019

Back To My Roots; 'Props to my dad for consistently teaching me and expecting me to fix stuff.'

I've been thinking a lot about why I like tools and machinery that contribute to bespoke craftsmanship. People around me support my obsession with old school mechanics and techniques of making but they think its funny. My Dad (my most genuine supporter and ex pattern maker) has lengthy phone calls with me about tools and techniques. I've always been influenced by these things but I have my Granddad who passed away during my final year of university to thank for (unintentionally) spurring me on to really appreciating the human elements to these objects we take for the everyday. 

and props to my dad for consistently teaching me and expecting me to fix stuff.

Here's a photo of my Grandad (left) in his mid teens on a battleship in world war two training and working as an engineer. I am the first generation in over 100 years not to be in metal work from blacksmiths to farriers to pattern makers and engineers.

Friday, 25 January 2019

Anni Albers Exhibition at Tate Modern

I went to the final week of the Anni Albers show at Tate Modern this week. The weaving was really interesting, particularly the line quality of the threads and the human elements of the making; as you know if you are a regular reader of my blog or follower of my work this is one of my greatest pleasures in looking/ listening, creating and appreciating work and objects in the digital age we live in. As much as I enjoyed the work I found myself further interested in the looms and it took me back to the photos and drawings I made with the kind help of London Cloth Company. These manual machines are works of art in themselves and a pleasure to look at. 

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Sketchbook: Rough Illustrations Sketched Whilst in London Museum of Water and Steam

The Museum of Water and Steam Had Some Pretty Special Moments

Today I went to the museum of Water and Steam in South West London. Super important learning tangent re the water systems in place and how the materials have changed throughout time in order to toughen and adapt for longevity. It's crazy that we take it for granted when we sip a cool glass of water straight from the tap. However when I went into the back I was completely blown away by this amazing system and space. Seeing these cast sections of metal and the bevelling and design that had gone into creating the small parts; as well as design and skill was breathtaking. Each piece shaped and manufactured by human hands and specialist tools. I also did some sketching which I will post afterwards. The stairs and balcony spaces created to maintain the machinery in themselves were works of art. I would definitely recommend visiting this museum of a sunshine, frosty winters afternoon.