Can empathy create new material constructions?
Object. Light. Consciousness, 2014
A handcrafted chandelier and a meditative exploration of the consciousness within the objects we craft
The industrialization of design and the design process has left our contemporary objects devoid of life, and detached from human experience. The death of these objects makes me question whether integrating traditional craft techniques within contemporary technological practices could resuscitate them back into being. It inspired me to imagine what new sensorial craftsmanship would be required in order to resolve the equilibrium of any possible new material hybrid. In sensually applying forces of tension and compression, the individual elements can be woven harmonically to produce previously unanticipated meanings.
How does the intuitive hand move to form a foundation of aesthetics?
When entities are aligned in specific patterns to form constellations they engage in a dialogue of potential and nuanced meaning. Latent within this constellation of mirrored pieces, each mechanically hand linked to another within a meditative system of contraction and expansion, is an evolving paradigm of form. With each passing moment, I found a strength that was only made possible by each individual connection- and the feeling that generated it; a product formed purely of handmade process. The systematic act of joining these pieces evolved into more than just a process of deliberate action, but as a question in itself- a question which projects beyond materiality into that of material construction; a question about craftsmanship and of using the most ancient of all our tools- the human hand.