PARTICIPATORY SPORT FOR CRAFT ARTISTS
My conundrum: studio craft is essentially a self-directed solo affair. The many hours spent each day, in the studio, by myself, is what my work needs. Work suffers if there are too many voices, too many hands. But creative breakthroughs in my studio practice are often the ongoing reflections from working collectively, becoming creatively immersed with others, collaborating in a cross-disciplinary cross-media community of makers.
This blog explores the process of journeying from the safe, solo studio space across the world to engage in several international collaborations, and to examine their impacts on my studio practice.
And then, it’s over. The pieces are gathered up for photography, tools are packed, and workshops cleaned. All that remains is the auction and the goodbyes.Members of the public are invited to share a meal and attend the auction - a few notable collectors are in the audience, as well as friends and relatives of the artists. The auction is a great success - a fabulous pair of auctioneers who are associated with the Center for Art in Wood drive the processes with humour and skill. Two favourite moments: early in the auction they drive a mock bidding war between non-existent buyers, taking a piece that had raised a tiny opening bid to over $6000, much confusion and laughter ensues. And a truly poignant moment, a young woman buying her first piece at an auction, made by a friend from timber donated by her family, is moved to the point of (private) tears by her successful bid. It is a rare and precious thing to make work that embodies such strong connection. It came from the lake - some of…Continue
There is a tipping point in every collaboration event - when the mood changes from the playful “maybe” and “how about” to the realisation that there isn’t much time left.“We have to get these pieces done in time for photography and the auction”: Is there enough time for the glue/paint to dry, How can we do this that we didn’t really think through in our playfulness, …Continue
One of the great joys of attending a collaboration event is the generous, talented and creative people you meet. This post is a personal thank you to Miriam Carpenter, one of the go-to people of the collaboration, who successfully worked on many too many projects, including our lamp project!Miriam with Mark SfirriMiriam CarvingMiriam is an industrial design graduate of RISD and works with Mira Nakashima as a designer at the Nakashima Studios.George Nakashima stands out as a very significant figure in the development of the studio furniture landscape. Many furniture makers have found inspiration in his work and lifestyle. Nakashima’s work…Continue
Things have begun in earnest now - well at least as earnest as they get at a collaboration event.Harvey wore a carefully selected non-matching socks every dayHumour plays a big role in collaboration, building relationships and generating playful projects.An oarsome bench takes shape…Continue