Wednesday, 12 March 2008

The world’s rubbish dump: a garbage tip that stretches from Hawaii to Japan

Tuesday, 11 March 2008

Cloth & Culture Now

Autumn Collection 2007
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Crafts Magazine
Published on alternate months, Crafts is lavishly illustrated to a high standard. At a time when people are crying out for individuality Crafts is where you’ll find the bespoke and the beautiful. We talk to makers, educators, curators and retailers and let top writers and critics bring you the most innovative ideas, debate and work, both great and small, from the wonderful world of contemporary craft.

sloppy craft

maarten baas has issued a line of mass-produced furnishings based on sloppy clay designs. the industrial clay is hand-molded around a metal frame to reveal the craft behind the product.

Inspired by gestures of wrapping and marking and the resourcefulness of urban dwellers to create imaginative worlds from leftover materials found on the street, New York based artist Shinique Smith’s installations bridge the boundaries between painting and sculpture. She draws on hip hop music, graffiti, calligraphy and her ancestral ties to her South Pacific ancestry, and seeks to refine and distill these elements into a spiritual language. Her work deals with the cross sections of subcultures, the utilization of items from popular culture to reach a higher aesthetic, and the blurring of boundaries. In this installation she will be using items ranging from cut carpets to bound clothing to create FULL-ON effects. Smith has exhibited widely at venues including the studio museum of Harlem. Smith’s residency at BMoCA, has been funded in part by a grant from the Boulder Arts Commission. She will also be one of the visiting artists in BMoCA’s newly introduced Young Artists at Work program.

Spreckley (detail) by Paddy Hartley.
Paddy Hartley is one of 35 International artists showing in the latest exhibition called Pricked: extreme embroidery at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York until March 9th 2008. This follows on from their show Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting earlier this year. These shows are available as touring shows - if only one of the major spaces in the UK would bring these exhibits over here. You can see more of Paddy Hartley's work at the National Army Museum in London.
Paddy also sells his work on etsy,
Made By Paddy

For things which could be made in to beauty they can also be a danger too. . . . . . .

I wonder if this would have the same efect?

After looking at Stuart Haygarth work i wondered if the rubbish left behind by my flat mates would have the same effect?

Stuart Haygarth

Stuart Haygarth

Born in Whalley, Lancashire, UK 1966

1984-1985 Preston Polytechnic, Lancashire, UK – Art & Design Foundation course.1985- 1988 Exeter College of Art & Design, Devon, UK – BA in Graphic Design/ Photography.

1988-1990 Photographic Assistant, London,UK1990-1991 Travelling the world.1991-2005 Working as freelance Photographic Illustrator.2005- 2006 Working as freelance Designer & Photographic Illustrator.

1995-2005 Visiting lecturer at Plymouth University Photography Department.
My photographic illustration work involves the building of collages/ assemblages using both 3D objects and 2D imagery. The collage is then photographed with a large format camera and studio lighting so that the work can be produced in print form.The work has attracted a wide variety of assignments from advertising, design, publishing and editorial fields. I have also created several permanent installation pieces.
Clients include: Porsche, Daimler Chrysler, Honda, Ernest & Julio Gallo Wines, Sony, Compaq, Patek Philippe, Natwest Bank, Norwich Union, British Midland Airways, Beggars Banquet Records, XL Records, The BBC, The Times, The Financial Times, The Economist Magazine, Mens Health Magazine, GQ Magazine, Esquire Magazine, Sainsburys Magazine, Harper Collins Publishing, Penguin Books, Hodder & Stoughton Publishing, Orion Publishing, Transworld Publishing.
Starting in 2004 I have been working on design projects which revolve around the collections of objects. The objects are normally collected in large quantities categorized and assembled in a way that transforms their meaning. My work is about giving banal and overlooked objects a new significance. The finished piece of work takes various forms such as chandeliers, installations, functional and sculptural objects.

Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Sophie Mason started her handbag business back in 2003 by finding beauty in unexpected places. Crafting purses and bags from recycled skateboard decks, she loving preserved the scratches, dents and scruffs, while creating innovative, sturdy, functional bags. She does custom work and does her part for the earth by buying back deck on her website.

Rico Daniels
Extreme recycler and star of The Salvager, and the follow up Le Salvager - his own series for Discovery Real Time. Each show sees him knock up something weird and wonderful from the most unlikely mix of rubbish and reclamation – such as a TV/DVD entertainment unit that was once a galvanised water tank and two 50s fire extinguishers.
Inspired by his upbringing in the East End of London in the 1950s, Rico spent his time salvaging from ruined houses and factories around him. When he’s not up to his elbows in rubbish, Rico likes nothing more than a spot of fire-breathing, axe-throwing or knocking out a tune on his blues harmonica.