Project: - William Morris Gallery -

A collaboration

Video prototype… More


From the blog MissesArtech   “This was something I made this time last year.  I was exploring the idea of a recycling/upcycling unit but wanted to tech it up a bit – bring on the interactive mat.  It’s made from upcycled T-shirts with conductive fabric pads stitched on top connected to insulated wires.  These can be hooked up to a MakeyMakey to prototype. My original thought was to use it instead of my mouse in class but rather then  finish it I shared it with my students at this stage and then decided to leave it as a prototype so students… More

Interim Crit feedback and proposal brainstorming

I gathered a few points following discussion with Eva and Nicolas. 1_ The gallery would probably prefer the interaction with the sewing box. Indeed our only remark on the day was that the curators wanted us to link the interactive box with the workshop. 2_ According to our tutors, the workshop should be plan A and the box should be part of creating the atmosphere around the workshop. 3_ We were given examples of instruction leaflets to inspire a potential guide we would give to the participants 4_ Reactions to the paper prototype echoed my own criticism about it. More

Project proposal pitch and prototype 1

Walthamstow is very big on recycling and I think that we could easily find broken objects. The idea is to mend them using thread. We could organise a workshop where we encourage the audience to fill in the cracks by sewing them back together to introduce these unwanted objects to a second life as piece of arts. This would result in a series of hybrid objects that hopefully would induce thoughts about the value we give to objects and the impact on mass consumerism on the environment. Our interactive sewing box would serve to create the atmosphere of the space… More

Hybrid Objects Inspiration

Stitching Concrete by Florian Schmid We presented our 3 objects last Tuesday: The muffin dish, a Victorian sewing box, and a radio. Our general feedback was that all our objects told interesting stories but it would serve us better to concentrate on only one. So here we are trying to focus on making one story very strong. We FINALLY agreed on one: The sewing box. After all our main focus since the beginning of our research is how craft plays an important role in preserving our culture and the environment. There are two ways to analyse this object:… More

The muffin Dish

I went back to the William Morris gallery for the fourth time. I’m starting to get quite familiar with the objects on display yet every time I stumble on something that had completely eluded my attention. My group and I had decided we would each find an object in the museum collection we felt could tell an interesting story about craft and culture. We had only one rule, our objects had to relate to craft making. In my mind I had split my selection criteria into three groups. Each represented a different angle from which to view the importance of… More

Merchant of Doubts (Film)

By Robert Kenner   Last Wednesday we watched a film which in short was depressing. It was a documentary which explored the cases of tobacco and global warming to reflect on marketing strategies and their impact on public policy. Both tobacco studies and global warming have in common that their existence in the public debate is based on facts and data. However the film shows these debates between science and marketing are not debates about science, they are debates about regulation and the power of the government. Firms who would be affected by a new policy decide to advertise doubt… More

Will craft become extinct? (Interviews)

After more research we headed back to Walthamstow to get to know the neighbourhood and talk to a few people. We discovered that the neighbourhood hosted many workshops on crafts and gardening for children and families. Walthamstow is also home to an impressive number of artists (more than 700 we were told… to verify) and a few workshops.   The questions: Our aim was to find out how people relate to their objects and what they think about crafts. Also we wanted to get an idea of what about our modern lifestyle concerned them the most. We devised the following… More

What makes an object valuable?

I was struck by William Morris’ distaste for all things related to modern civilisation. Not that I don’t understand his revolt against the deplorable working conditions and the obvious threat that pollution is to the environment. I was struck by his failure to consider any benefits that may arise for the industrial revolution. For example, cheaper and faster modes of production mean better accessibility to the product regardless of class or revenue. I felt that his insistence to draw a line between handmade crafts and machine industry was to defend something even more profound: culture. In other words what point… More

A tea with William Morris

Last week was a set of firsts. The first brief, the first group work, and the very first time I set foot in the William Morris Gallery. I had done a little research about the designer but being confronted face to face with his legacy was a very different story. Various biographies had pointed me to his nature inspired patterns but little did I realise there was even more to be said about his poems and his political involvement. Sometimes I think that if he came back to see what he had left behind he would be frustrated to find… More