Tuesday, April 30, 2013

throwbacks, things that fit, and chair porn

I asked my parents to send over some old photos to help settle my nostalgic brain. Lately i have been trying to recollect my early life and consider my early influences.

 This is the design that by far had most influence in my earliest years. It's our old house my Dad built around 1980. It is a 2100sq.ft, passive solar home built on a rock with thirty acres around. Pretty sweet place to start life. I think I grew up to love building and making stuff because I knew pops had built this immense object. It enabled me to start thinking ' I can make things' from pretty much the beginning.
thanks for that, dad.

 These are some things I made the other day. A little run of spectrum paperweights.

recent commission of bowls.

I got to work in the gallery at the JamFactory for a couple weeks while they packed up a massive exhibition called 'WOOD' which is off touring the country.  The furniture department designed and made all the crates which transport the show and this is the contents of 1 crate holding of four separate plinths, pedestals and boxes which all fit together perfectly in just one arrangement.. it doesn't look like much but this was 1 impressive piece of engineering. And there were over a dozen of them.

I also helped set up the next show which was the JamFactory 40th anniversary exhibition.
I got unpack this piece and i just about fell over it was so exquisite. 

for all of those with a furniture fetish, this is proper chair porn.. the sexiest chair I have ever seen.
Takeshi Iue....... go find out...... its like origami made of wood.
Just another world class craftsperson working in my community in adelaide...Whatever.

Old works rearranged + 1 sweet refinished antique table = a decent photo I reckon. These are currently on exhibit at the Adelaide Convention centre.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Topping up on Canadia

I went to Canada over the holidays. It was revitalising.
My parents place is spotted with glassworks ranging from my very first blobs to these more recent sculptural blobs which were shipped back for an exhibition a couple years ago.

I visited with some of my best buds that are still there in Calgary and even made it Fernie for new years and all the way over to Saskatoon, for a few days. This drawing was from about 2nd year at Art school and somehow my friend Kent acquired it and framed it and still exhibits on his condo wall to this day. I  didn't care much representational drawing in school so this one is a rarity.  

In Adelaide, backyard BBQ's are common but its a pain to keep any amount of ice from melting on a hot summer night. Conversley, in Calgary ice is easy to achieve yet BBQ'z in -20,...not so much.

By far the most Canadian thing I did was go ice fishing with my dad on spray lakes in Kananaskis.
 It was positively beautiful in every way.

The view looking west from ma n pa's house just before flying home.