Hello and welcome to my Blog. Hereby I will be sharing the journey made, navigating the conscious and subconscious realms of creative endeavour in the search for a greater understanding of where we stand as artists and designers within contemporary creative communities.
I am interested in evaluating our place within society as Artists Designers and Makers and as individuals with a birth right to be unique. Where we have come from, where we are now, and if at all possible to ascertain, where we may be headed.
Super humanism, art to save the world. The Arts and Crafts Movement. Art Nouveau. Modernism and The Industrial Revolution and Spirituality are just some of the areas of study that will form the basis for theoretical and critical analysis.
Along this route of enquiry I will focus on such areas as: Western morals and beliefs past and present, the nature of what and why we create and our motivations therein. How do our ideas sit, say for example, with contemporary psychologies and philosophy such as Neuro Linguistic Programming and Buddhism and are we spiritually on a pure path or being led astray in an all too materialistic egocentric society? Or indeed is that the whole point! ?
I believe in the inspiring power of the original and unique and of nature ever changing. I am keen to highlight what constitutes design and whether we are to date fully equipped to produce ongoing and plentiful originality whilst tapping the essence to achieving personal triumphs.
I will continue to study the navigation between the conscious and subconscious realms of the mind in specific relation to the creative processes whilst adding additional and renewed purpose and activity to the study by way of challenging perceptions therein. A personal artistic venture which now spans years of previous practice and resulting art works and theories including the self titled ‘spectrum void’ theory of which I will highlight.
My practice and journey as a designer maker has always strictly begun from within, from imagination, with a specific focus on the natural and spontaneous as apposed to but not excluding the conscious, direct and contrived. ‘Hunt gather and rehash from the external world at large’ methods employed by many makers, I question can never fully or consistently produce originality. I believe humans have the potential to tap an endless stream of innovation direct from within their very own internal directory. I thus present the query ‘shouldn’t we encourage new artists and designer makers to learn to tap that internal source more thoroughly and certainly before they seek inspiration direct from the external world’?.
My aims of study are to create original works of art that combine traditional craftsmanship with contemporary applications and techniques that challenge modern western thinking and traditional western values whilst adding philosophical artistic twists.
Aims, to name a few:
*Create a body of works that challenges modern values and beliefs. How do we categorize creative results? How can these things be defined? What’s ugly what’s beautiful, or good or bad? Why? Is anything new or original any more? What is good design, what in essence is design?
*Share in the education: Educate in the sharing of findings, demonstrating and delivering related workshops/ debates for students, graduates, and the general public.
*I wish to further develop links with the public, relevant designers and organisations nationally and internationally.please get in touch and tell me your views.