I am still looking for the appropriate form to express my ideas.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
I am going with rahle of Turkish tradition. This is the stand for reading Koran. All are made of a single board, sawed from top and bottom, drilled, chiseled, and notched into hinges, then split open so they fold in for portability, out for reading.
-----"There is meaning in the technology. A units divides into parts that are linked finally into oneness. The mystery in the technique that brings complexity out of unity, unity out of complexity, makes the rahle fit to Islam."-----Henry Glassie
The form is really simple. Two pieces integrate in the middle. I see this objects representing the complex Turkish history really well. The action following this objects, reading Koran, its sacredness, is also really attractive to me.
I am also interested in ebru, Turkish marbled paper. It was used extensively in the binding of books and writing the calligraphic panels in Turkey. The existing word ebre means variegated. Its origin might hark back to China during Tang dynasty (618-907). I feel its colorful and mingled appearance describe well about the mixed culture of Turkey.
In Turkey, all women, from the queen to the rural woman, whatever their income or cultural level, have always enjoyed wearing bracelets. But, bracelets have had other functions. For example, copper bracelets are still believed to relive pains in the joints, and in former times bracelets containing agate, a stone regarded as sacred amongst the Turks were believed to protect the wearer against bites by venomous animals.
I will combine these elements to make a piece of ornament.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Since I grew up in eastern culture, here studying at RISD is a really good opportunity to know about western way of culture. As a country I am interested in Turky because I am reflecting myself in its mixed culture. Because of its geographic location between two continents, they have a unique blend of Eastern and Western tradition, especially such as the Ottoman Empire and the Islamic world along with Europe. We can see their mixed influence in architecture, dress ornaments, and other everyday crafts objects.
The shoes, laces, head ornaments are quite interesting to me.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
I picked Austria because one of my favorite painters, Gustav Klimt, was born there. He was a Symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement. The Secession was formed in 1897. Unlike other movements, there is no one style that unites the work of all artists. Their motto was "to every age its art and to art its freedom". Secession artists also concerned with exploring the possibilities of art outside the confines of academic tradition. They hoped to create a new style that owed nothing to historical influence. His constant tension between ecstasy and terror, life and death was really a basic human concern. He simply painted those pure but sublime-aesthetic qualities using liner ornamentation style. I feel these fluidity has the same connection with my thoughts. I like pure and strong, but some mysterious and eroticism behind.
The Kiss 1907-1908
When I looked back my traditional memory from Japan, I remember that I always played with origami. I was an introvert child. I preferred to stay at home and played alone. I was fascinated with making the objects perfect and I loved its variety of color. Really beautiful.
Origami is the Japanese traditional art of paper folding. This practice has been started since the Edo era (1603-1867). Generally, a representation of an object is created by using geometric folds and crease patterns without the use of gluing or cutting the paper, and using only one piece of paper. Regardless of these restrictions, they can be combined in a variety of ways to make intricate designs. The most well know form is probably the Japanese paper crane.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
This time, I decided to electroform the small pieces individually.
Now, the tree piece is going into the electro bath.
This small blue like spheres are to prevent solution from evaporating.
6" x 7"x 3/4" Electro magnetic necklace
I soldered the pieces together and darkened it.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
My writing is really small. It's hard to see.
For the 2nd project, I chose the wax for the wrong material.
To me, a wrong material is something which does not have any functionality.
Wax changes its form depending on the temperature. It gets either solid or liquid form.
While I am working, it melts and feels sticky because of my hand's temperature.
It would be really uncomfortable to wear.
However, its transformability is related to my main theme of flow or cycle.
When a thing moves or changes, there should be a certain energy or force to make that happen,
such as gravity, electromagnetic, or something magical power.
In terms of wax, temperature is the force to let the form change.
I reintegrated these ideas into the shape of the thermometer and made the bracelet.
2 x 2 x 1/2