Monthly Archives: July 2010

here’s one I made earlier :: the print block

I made a t-shirt! Well, technically, I just decorated it, but it was a lot of fun either way.

photo emulsion stencil

photo emulsion stencils

The Print Block in Whitstable was having an open day as part of the Whitstable Oyster Festival and offering the chance to make screen printed t-shirts, pirate flags and mono-prints, which naturally I jumped at. I decided to print a t-shirt, and…

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out and about :: whitstable

Spent the weekend at the Whitstable Oyster Festival; lots of inspirational sights and smells, colours, textures and shapes…

oyster shells

oyster shells

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out and about :: ernesto neto: the edges of the world

Ernesto Neto: The Edges of the World is a thoroughly inspirational installation that creates a weird world within the Hayward Gallery and really challenges conventional thinking about interior design.

I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves…

Ernesto Neto at the Hayward Gallery

Ernesto Neto at the Hayward Gallery

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out and about :: the new decor

Last weekend I went to the Hayward Gallery to see two exhibitions, The New Decor and Ernesto Neto, both of which promised to challenge the conventions of interior design. 

There were two pieces at The New Decor that really stood out as examples of how an artist’s mindset applied to design can create something truly magical.

The first piece that I liked was Spencer Finch’s Night Sky (Over the Painted Desert, Arizona, January 11, 2004)

Spencer Finch's Night Sky (Photo: The List)

Spencer Finch's Night Sky (Photo: The List)

Firstly, it was a beautiful light installation that would be equally at home in a public or commercial space, or even a large home.

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thinking about :: design democracy

As part of the MyDeco Design Democracy Blog Awards process, I have been asked to write a blog post about what design democracy means to me.
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I started by thinking about what the words ‘design’ and ‘democracy’ mean separately.
Design democracy definitions

Design democracy definitions

From those definitions, I got to a definition of ‘design democracy’ that is about creating things around the needs of any user, regardless of who they are; which made me think of the Modernist movement…