this morning I said we only have four days to go. It’s not true in a literal sense, but if we take into account how crammed full of goodies each day is (to complement our actual creative processes) time will continue to fly - faster and faster.
I went swimming this morning, and as my body flew through the water (at a rather leisurely, albeit methodical and uplifting, pace) inspiration came to move my ideas beyond the mechanical to something far more intrinsic. laughter’s important in everything we do. as is the roll, swing and sway of a woman’s hips (a man’s too, but most of the women I know are freer in this region of the body). when thinking about wearables, we can’t ignore the body. it’s not about a glorified pressing of a button, it’s about full-body engagement (those who know me will hear a familiar discourse resonating perhaps). at the very least, I hope I make some people laugh next Friday when my project/prototype’s finally presented. (much work still to do between now and then though)
today we all worked on our projects. moving forward incrementally.
Stephen unleashed a bundle of toys he and Dan had found at revolve - they were pounced on with glee and the energy remained high as everyone present dismantled and proceeded to understand and repurpose their newfound, formerly rejected plaything.
Elise shared her experience with EL sheets, cables and inks.
and Joey hers with resistive wiring and the joys, frustrations and difficulties of finding solutions for heating expanses of fabric enough to trigger, and have some degree of control over, the kinds of transformation made possible through the use of thermochromic inks and custom developed nitinol.
shape and colour change are magical. For me, magic, the magical, the poetic is what makes it worthwhile being alive.
as I intimated at the beginning of this post, time is running short.
tomorrow is invasion day so it’s a public holiday. Some people will wander down to the tent embassy to show their support. others will bemoan the public holiday that means suppliers are scarce and the weekend has already begun. as I said before, only four days to go…
but reskin is not all work and no play.
this evening we were invited to Workshop Bilk in Queanbeyan. A Gallery and working studio run by Johannes Kuhnen (Head of the ANU Gold and Silversmith Department) and Helen Aitken-Kuhnen. workshop Bilk (www.workshopbilk.com) is about contemporary glass and metal. it’a a great space, elegantly filled with minimal displays that somehow give access to oodles of fabulous work. Some of us bought some fabulous jewellery. I don’t wear jewellery, but somehow being around people who work and think critically around the possibilities inherent brings me to another relationship.
Yesterday I made something out of solid silver.
working with materials can be an incredibly satisfying experience.
I might not like to wear jewellery, but something makes me suspect I might like to wear this.