My focus is working across an array of media and medium whilst connecting the traditional with the contemporary, crafting socially and environmentally with care, involving communities and life itself, in the creative processes of the products evolution.
Dealing with the conscious and subconscious, controlled and unconstrained realms of the creative process both in the material and psychological sense I concentrate on areas of meditation, reflection and mindfulness via craft and product leading to empowerment relative to perfection and imperfection. With a drive toward design for life and society I concern over fusing boundaries between art, sociology and psychology whilst addressing and challenging social issues and accepted beliefs.
Where I relate Utopias can be pinpointed within the meditative act of crafting, creating, as mindfulness. Emptiness relating phenomenology and the transformative and empowering realisation of subjectivism and ultimately as no-thing or no place or otherwise relating as a lack, and to further define as the void acting as catalyst to inspiration to the new, alternative or even enlightenment. Within such realms lies the transformative power of the creative act, of which MA study has served to highlight to be the very reference points and seeds of my process and the reasoning behind my argument my practice being genuinely, not fashionably, Utopian.
Via the interactive nature of the processes within my products, insight is afforded into the holistic nature of the creative act, simultaneously relating to personal or material experiences. My aim being to allow for a greater understanding of the very roots of the creative process residing not just in every human being but relating to ‘any experience’ good or bad as potential creative catalyst.
Creative, sociological and material processes carried out to date serve to cognise and highlight such themes as direction and order via chaos, beauty from decay, the natural combined with the contrived and the man made married with the machine age, all culminating in a balanced approach to design and life philosophy.
Material Processes. Hand, machine, nature crafted techniques, controlled and unconstrained.
I primarily operate from a self devised philosophy akin to Wabi Sabi – (The Japanese Art of impermanence) and with reference to the Arts and Crafts Movement, focusing on life itself as ‘design’ for living artfully, yet also artlessly, ethics which are integral within The Art of Utopia products and methodology. Simply put my focus is life from death, a Utopian ethic with an existentialist core. I define this process as De-signing, destabilisation of the senses via the alternative or absurd, for the purposes of re-education or even re-programming of ones own mind.
“Design is that area of human experience, skill and knowledge which is concerned with man’s ability to mould his environment to suit his material and spiritual needs.”
The Need for Design Education. Royal College of Art. Archer, B (1973)
I add to this quote: ‘To suit his internal environment also’. This is key to my practice.
Design is essentially a rational, logical, sequential process intended to solve problems or, as Jones put it: “initiate change in man-made things”… Thought patterns even…
Design Methods and Technology: Seeds of Human Futures. Jones, J.C. (1970)
Art aught remind of a lack. “To aid the non-identical, which in reality is repressed by reality’s compulsion to identity”. Aesthetic Theory. Adorno, T: London Continuum, 2004.