As a family activity, this year, we had our first approach to vegetable growing. Personally speaking, this motivation started as a modest, not very radical, but (for me) realistic way of trying to start getting more skills that could help me being less dependent on this evil economic system. (I would be very happy if I could spend less money from my salary in the supermarket). This is mainly for two reasons: 1. it would be a concrete way of protesting to stop depending on big supermarkets to supply what we need to feed ourselves. 2. it would make people more aware of processes, social values and important skills (cooking, gardening, growing, sense of community, etc).
When ideas become facts, we can change things and be inspired. To see other people bringing ideas into life it is contagious. We were very lucky to meet our friends Sol and Simon who helped and taught us about growing (and many other things).
This year we manage to grew lettuces, tomatoes, carrots, spinaches, potatoes, herbs and flowers. All in a very small scale, but next year we will double it. This way, little by little, I am trying to turn ideas into facts. Do you know something healthier than that?
I see so many advantages in the experience doing my master course and probably the main one is the possibility to bring art and design values to other context of application. However what it makes it even more exiting is being able to work in different workshops and learn from the technicians who work there. It is interesting to see how you have to make your practice wider and to develop new skills depending on the particular project you are doing at the moment.
In March 2012 Hazel White and I were presenting at the Health Services Research Unit (University of Aberdeen). The event was part of a series of workshops organised by the HSRU focussed on the role of arts in the health sector. It was a great challenging experience to communicate my ideas to a group of people that belongs to a completely different field. I believe that allowing dialog between different disciplines might highly contribute to bring different perspectives on how we look at what we do. I also believe that a designers we have “to learn how to speak” the language of other fields and that is the only way to understand each other and to make things happen.
In May 2011 I participated in the “Rehabilitation and Participation Conference” organised by the Social Dimensions of Health Institute. I present a research poster on the initial stages of my Master project. It was great to meet people from health backgrounds and reflect on how designers/makers/artists can contribute to social aspects of health.
I will finish my Master next year. However as part of the DJCAD’s Master Show 2011 I will be presenting the work in progress of my project. This is basically the results of the research methodology that I have been using so far, including other’s inspiring work, experience prototyping and a potential context of application.
Everyone is welcome to see some great work of people from different backgrounds (Fine Art, Design, Media Art, Medical Art, etc.). For further information have a looks at this link: http://artanddesign.dundee.ac.uk/mastersshow11/index.php?id=157#details
Considering all my language and knowledge weakness I want this blog to be an opportunity of getting my thoughts “out of the box”.
Last time I have been thinking about different meanings of jewellery trough the history. Since Pre-historic times humans have worn and make portable objects (jewellery pieces) with diverse purposes beyond its decorative ones. What drove the prehistoric “Homo” to drill a hole in a shell? And after a while wear it around the neck or on different personal parts of the body with spiritual, amuletic, social or medical purposes? In addition the characteristics of jewellery of being wearable and emotionally meaningful makes it even more particular and significant among the objects that surround us.
This kind of thoughts makes me want to rethink the applications of jewellery and the wide fields of context were we could explore craft practice today. Hope my current practice is just the beginning of a long and wide journey of exploring the objects that we make, treasure, carrying and also inherit through generations.
Nassarius shell beads from Grotte des Pigeons at Taforalt excavated in 2009 (c) Institute of Archaeology, credit I Cartwright. Image from http://archaeology.about.com/od/stoneage/ss/beads.htm