AC/DC

In our first contellation we learnt alittle about AC and DC, terms which come up form time to time. DC meaning Digital Current which goes either on or off, 0 or 1. Or  Analogue Current which has ranging different values.

AC – alternating current, the electric charge periodically reverses. Used in plug points, provides power to homes.DC – direct current , the electric charge flows in one direction. used in batteries, power packs.

When looking at the wiring inside things e.g. toys, wires connected to battery: red for + black for –

 

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Todd McLellan

What is it about Todd Mcellens work that makes me exhale in such relief? I just feel so at peace when I look at it. This precise arrangement of all these tiny intricate parts placed to make this diorama as an almost celebration of intricacy in engineering and human ingenuity. It highlights that all these objects have an eco system a purpose or place like the human body or the earth. Where everything serves a purpose and works in tandem together for a higher purpose. It sounds almost biblical.

What I feel these speak of is an exploration, a search for answers and understanding. I don’t doubt that this took an extraordinary amount of patience and time to dismantle these objects. with all these parts hidden away, some will never be seen or touched again. they work silently and constantly, there jobs are to be hidden, to be unknown.

Its official, I’ve established that everything works by using little ninjas inside of them.

It appeals to my OCD this arranging and categorising of things, not to this extreme, but theres something in exposing and in seeing what should not be seen. its kind of like a rebellion, an anarchic stand, an exercise in freedom. I shall have to see if I can experiment with this a bit.

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2013/05/things-come-apart-a-new-book-of-disassembled-objects-by-todd-mclellan/ 

8 objects we cant live without

Ive been given a brief to pick 8 objects we cant live/survive with out and pick 2. These objects need to be makable. What ive decided to do is to just list objects of important that I consider makable.

A list of a few objects we cant live without and why

Shoes – Allow us to walk across different terrain more easily and journey far.

Coat – Keeps us warm, and allows us to be more active in a colder climate.

Tent – Shelter from the weather and the elements.

Glasses – Help us to see the world equally to each other.

Sword or Spear – Used to Fight wars, Kill prey to hunt for food. Protect loved ones and self.

Pen – Allows us to envisage our thoughts on to paper, we can create marks for others to see, that allow others to know we were here.

Chair – Allows us to rest, and contemplate. Sitting time for the mind, to be active and a time for the body to relax

Blanket – Keeps us warm and we sleep under it, makes us feel metaphorically safe.

Pillow – We spend roughly 25 years of our lifetime sleeping, chances are that its done on a pillow. We also dream when sleeping sometimes, so an object like that is pretty important.

Book – One of the oldest ways we can pass on stories to each other, to tell stories to each other, can teach lessons, and create hope and longing for something more.

Journal/Sketchbook – As an artist to be allowed to draw and write on something is like being allowed to breath. I can record every feeling and emotion. Or I can visualise a new world, new things. Any thing is possible to an artist with an imagination.

Tooth Brush – Keeps our teeth healthy, if we don’t have teeth, how can we eat? how will we live and get stronger?

Cup – A cup provides measures, and containment for food. It is a symbol of civility and our evolution to a more social level. We are no longer fighting animals in the wild. We can eat together fight together live together, die together, this is a part of that chain.

A Cape – A cape isnt really an object any one needs, but I feel it is a symbol of hope. A modern day symbol of a hero, and that kind of symbol makes us strong and makes us brave, believe, its a metaphor as an object.

Longboard – As a bonus for myself, I personally find a great connection to my longboard, I find my identity in it and I feel at peace when riding it.

Musical Instrument – Just like a book, or a pen another way to express, another way to be creative and tell a story, to be human. (my personal choice for instruments would be Guitar, Piano or Drums)

 

Treecycled

I feel like when I was growing up, recycling was drilled into me so much that rolling my eyes became second nature to the mere mention of it. No I do not want to turn my old milk carton into a handy dandy pen pot!

But I have matured (sort of) and so has recycling! What I have found whilst researching, is this technique of using resin and LEDs in old wood by this company called Treecycled. Not only does the resin help preserve the wood, it also fills in and creates layers where there are none, so a surface can be formed, to make say..oh I don’t know, furniture? This brilliant effect makes for a stunning and unique look. In using resin this way, you can allow for the piece to come into its own, and not be sheltered by other materials or shapes. The resin is simply an illusive compliment to the wood.

I think these designs have so much promise, and they truly are beautiful. I am definitely keen to experiment, I shall have to take a trip down to the nearest beach and collect some drift wood. Treecycled has some truly unique designs and they all appear to be one offs that makes them all the more encompassing of nature.

http://www.designboom.com/design/treecycled-furniture/

http://www.posmodern.eu/