We received our brief today - Final Honours Project: Research and Development. Since the assessment I have been considering what Steven said, is this project moving more towards how hoarding and clutter effect function rather than how it effects people in the space? I am still keen to consider individual pieces of furniture as I create the ceramics with a view to rendering the furniture unfit for purpose. This idea was inspired by hanging the ceramic on the stool & chair. I think this works better than just creating abstract objects.
Also, if it is the case that I am more interested in the relationship between the two objects and function, then am I using the right medium? Why vintage furniture and ceramics at all? Initially it was because I wanted a domestic aesthetic and I want it to have some essence of my own hoarding; furniture, fabric and knick - knacks are my thing, especially vintage ones. I am very mindful that I don't want to create something that looks like a charity shop. I risk doing just that by using the furniture to create some kind of maze through which to guide people. I am feeling a bit confused. I was considering what I could make with ceramics to put on the bookcase. As was mentioned today in the brief by Grayson Perry, when working with ceramics one has to manage disappointment. I am at a disadvantage having had very little experience of ceramics. I was contemplating making ceramic boxes which fill the space between the shelves exactly, difficult considering weight of clay & shrinkage. So I may revisit fabric as a medium for that purpose as I am confident that I can achieve my aim with it. That brings me to considering palette and avoiding the decorative.
My interest in mid century ceramics shows no signs of waining. Random idea whilst walking home today, create this design in clay, not as a pattern painted onto clay but 3D to be used on flat surfaces, table tops, shelves, so that nothing else can be placed on top because it would be too unstable.I know what I mean, hard to explain, I shall draw what I mean at some point.
Today I contacted my friend who works in a self storage place to see if her company could offer me sponsorship, free or cheap storage in which to build my installation. She says she'll make some phone calls and let me know. Next steps:
Draw plan of Homeweave design in clay.
Go to Tate Gallery on Wednesday to see Hyundai Commission 2015: Abraham Cruzvillegas: Empty Lot and other installations that deal with space and behaviour because I haven't ruled that out yet.
Experiment with fabric blocks idea.
Continue attempts to make ceramics that can hang over rails.
The last 2 attempts broke because I moved them before they had had a biscuit firing.