Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Esao Andrews

Personal calender for the
Responds to Droog project:

Wednesday 25th

Finish preparing bottle tops with first surface treatment

Weekend of the 29th and 30th

Larger drill session for larger holes at shop at home
purchase last components

Wednesday 3rd

Connect all jump rings and bottle tops

Weekend of October 6th and 7th

Make any last changes or finishing touches


Saturday, September 22, 2007

Collecting bottle tops is one of the ways I keep a hold on aspects of this life that seem out of control. In the act of collecting and appreciating the otherwise expendable objects, we are made aware that often people are too busy doing more important things, with little time for curiosity. Bottle caps that once contain something not so precious, can embody something much more once discarded. The older they get the more beautiful they are. Something found, saved from being lost forever, turned into something beautiful, can be considered a high form of art and not just a hobby. Bottle tops have become a new source of inspiration to create artworks as a humorous glorification of the everyday cultural artifact. In this simple, accessible and familiar material lies suggestion of personal experience, and critique of popular culture. Not all so glamorous as we might believe is needed to create. However, sustainable development is defined as “balancing the fulfillment of human needs with the protection of the natural environment so that these needs can be met not only in the present, but in the indefinite future.” Not so hard to aspect to my “hobby”. I believe that this medium makes people think, not only about issues that concern us all but what concerns them personally. So, I’m going to hold on to my feelings about this, and my bottle tops.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Free your mind...

Alex Gray
New York Exhibit

The ideal I hold to my my art and my life.

Think for yourself, question authority.

Throughout human history as our species has faced
the frightening, terrorising fact that we do not know who we are
or where were going in this ocean of ciaos,
has been the authorities.
The political, the religious, the educational authorities,
who attempted to comfort us by giving us order.
Rules. Regulations.
Informing. Forming in our minds,
their view of reality.
To think for yourself you must question authority,
and learn to put yourself in a state of vulnerable open-mindedness.
Chaotic, confused, vulnerability,
to inform yourself.


Monday, September 3, 2007

In lieu of my previous post, I have thought a lot about creativity. We all have it; we just have to let it out. Learning with others and from others is always productive to crank out designs, but having people count on you in a high stakes game can put the pressure on until something comes out as well. Target has always given back to its community and its designers have made a place for themselves in this game. So they make us “Fabuless” it’s a dream come true. We get to look good, we don’t have to pay a fortune, and there are at least a few less starving artist out there. The community gets something back, and we get spared from the endless borage of runway models strutting clothes that nobody who isn’t committed to anorexia could wear. My only hope is that originality doesn’t get sacrificed for the better of the team.

I live in the real world. It isn’t beautiful and glamorous sometimes, but its mine. You can tell that the “Who’s who” of target think more about design for convenience and functionality in their products, communities, websites and stores. People will always shop at Target, there will always be a need for better design, and designers who get lucky enough to be recruited by the Target team should play the game. Because for the rest of us whose games may be in very different quarters, innings or plays believe that anytime a powerful teammate will come in and help us out. Until then we should let our creativity run wild and design for our passions.

Check out some of the Good/Bad design products I have
posted on flickr:

blackseteyes' flickr

Does creativity have to be innate?

Sometimes we have to tackle a problem straight on and beat it to death with a hammer. To think less AND more and reverse our process. A design collective. We all know the people at Droog feel this way and while I cannot put my full support behind every one of these “dry” designs, I can however not help but believe that we all need to think this way in a world where so many of us get lost. So many other designers, so many other designs, how can we make sure we really have something special? Droog believes in reaching out together, and reaching out to us. Like with this do-it-yourself Drood starters kit:

Design needs to be innovative and consider better ways for everyone and the planet. We all live here, we all have different needs, and we all can’t go it alone. So I suggest that to really realize out full creative potential we need to see it in others first.