Friday

I have started a #100dayproject this week. I will create and Instagram everyday under the theme '2D into 3D illuminated'. I aim to exhaust all my usual 2D to 3D soloutions quickly, forcing me to reconsider, delve deeper and play further! 

 #day1 #100dayproject Emmacrabtree

#day1 #100dayproject Emmacrabtree

  #day2 #100dayproject Emmacrabtree

 #day2 #100dayproject Emmacrabtree

Now on #day2 and I have already realised that directional light is important to my practice. The shadows are as important when illumination is introduced to my surfaces.

In these first 2 posts I have used a light box (useful for their consistant surface of light) to illuminate the surfaces ready for Instagram. I have then also included an 'unlit' image beside to contrast the effects of the illumination. However these surfaces are still 'lit', lit instead however by the everyday household light. - but is this any lesser form of illumination?

It is with these contrasting images side by side that the 'unlit' images with a softer, warmer, cast light appeal to me more.

Monday

Going forward there will be a slight tweak to this blog's style, I now intend to blog about something that has CAPTIVATED me or something I have become totally ENGROSSED within.

with the intention to capture events, activities and happenings that could give us moments of escape and eventually inspire my 'mindful' products.

hopefully, themes and similarities will occur, hopefully, other people's stories will inspire posts, who knows!

Today, Ben's story from his stag weekend away - where they all became fascinated by what happened as a hand was waved through a (low-frequency light) in an Irish bar. There was a visual echo, as your hand moved quickly around you could see not only where it was but where it had been. Like an after image, where the image is burning in your mind.

the closest thing I can find on YouTube is below. This, however, is not as Ben has described!! Something as captivating, though!

The main difference to note is Ben was describing an interactive engaging experience. They were captivated as they each 'had a go'.

could the same level of engagement be created with a video?

Friday / Plant rescue

Can you believe there is such a thing as discount, bargain bin plants! ... Tucked away at the back of B&Q Warrington I found four jam-packed racks of slightly shrivelled or yet to bloom plants, all looking rather sorry for themselves; these plants needed a home ... And I needed a bargain! We were a match made in heaven - and I didn't hold back :)

rather than spending £20 on plants in the 4 for £10 deal I instead got A LOT of plants for £0.50p a few for £0.20p and a good few trays for £1!!

 £27 of bargain heaven! 

£27 of bargain heaven! 

 Love the permanent marker! 

Love the permanent marker! 

Happy gardening folks - I really recommend it! I personally find it quite meditative especially with the beast by my side :)

 Photo!?? 

Photo!?? 

Wednesday

Catching up with old friends is the best! Espicially when they suggest meeting at the Fig&Sparrow - a beautiful, little independent  completely inspirations coffee shop - come gift shop.

All of my favourite things; from their choice of wall tiles, light fittings to the selection of greetings cards and knick-knacks! YUM.

 Fig&Sparrow - just off Piccadilly Gardens

Fig&Sparrow - just off Piccadilly Gardens

 Incredible gifting display  

Incredible gifting display  

 Beautiful knick-knacks

Beautiful knick-knacks

We caught up and reminisced, laughed and planned but mostly - ate and drank! 

 Delicious Chia Latte

Delicious Chia Latte

I left feeling re-inspired about my design abilities - some people can say the smallest thing, that has the biggest impact.  

Tuesday

Redefining Paper; an article posted on Facebook by design milk, that I had saved for 'later reading' is today's thought for the day.

Paper is my go to material, I love the possibilities available from a single clean, white 2D surface. The variety of outcomes created for James Croppers exhibition only highlights these possibilities.

   Helix  by James Donegan

 Helix by James Donegan

Friday

Having had time to digest yesterday's NorthWest Craft Network conference, I feel re-engaged with the idea of making my light boxes again! The MA has been such an uninspiring experience, any creative re-engagement and excitement is much appreciated and I'm quite excited to get making again!

talking to fellow crafts men&women, describing what I do, who I am and what my practice is, has helped me to articulate what's been floating around my head! What started with 'confident bluffing' soon turned into a feeling of 'yeah! I can do this. I should be doing this. I'm going to do this!'  

Paper, textiles and three dimensional manipulation here I come! Add illumination and I'm sure I'll have my passion for crafting and making back :) 

Thursday

I've had a super awesome day today in Bolton at the North West Craft Networks 'Shaping the future' event.  

Three inspirational speakers; two of whom are artist I have long since admired. 

Liam Hopkins and Geoffery Mann

an inspiring talk from Louise Allen about the journey Irish Design has taken in the last 7years and the success she felt the north west could learn from. 

I have left a little star struck; having spoken to both Geoffery Mann and Liam Hopkins and dreaming about how wonderful it would be to be Irish! If not for the craft network support then at least for the accent 🍀

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Tuesday

Working on some graphic typography design today. Using illustrator to layout a variety of fonts to create my Ben a 30th birthday card with a twist.

 Bens 30th birthday card

Bens 30th birthday card

I have loved the opportunity to play with colour, type and layout. Practice makes perfect, so I must keep practicing! 

 

Monday

It has been an eventful weekend for our little beast! After a Friday full of catching snowflakes, chasing snow balls, and the general excitement of SNOW!

 Snowy beast! 

Snowy beast! 

 Catching snow balls! 

Catching snow balls! 

We then spent Saturday celebration Ben's 30th birthday! Super hero vs Villlan theme! We came as the super family! Poor Molly therefore spent most of Saturday running around as super dog!

 Super Molly

Super Molly

Such a wonderful evening where most of our nearest and dearest came to party the night away. The effort everyone put into their outfits was staggering with some truly hilarious outcomes!!

 Team super

Team super

Thursday

That feeling as the morning sun streams though the trees, casting long drawn-out shadows across the mornings misty pitches and parks.

 The beast on this mornings walk

The beast on this mornings walk

Adding to the beauty was this mornings dew and frost, which seamed to elevate the everyday leaf or cluster of grass into something quite magical.

 Frosty grass in Woolston park 

Frosty grass in Woolston park 

 Frosty leaves in Woolston park this morning

Frosty leaves in Woolston park this morning

Monday

Display and stand presentation can go a long way to creating the impact and  'brand' you hope to convey to onlookers. Initial opinion and first impressions often stay with us.

Below is a stand from 2016 Stockholm design week's, furniture and lighting fair. The chair could have blended into the mass of furniture on exhibit, however this clever display method has really caught the eye.

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Friday

Thought for the day

Pattern can be found everywhere and any where. Here are a few of my favourites from Stockholm... 

 The edge of a pice of play furniture

The edge of a pice of play furniture

 Buildings with balconies

Buildings with balconies

 Corner of the Hey exhibition stand  

Corner of the Hey exhibition stand  

 Snow in stockholm

Snow in stockholm

 Stockholm street  

Stockholm street  

When I have time, I intend to create some collages pattern representations. 

Wednesday

Thought for the day

While exploring Stockholm yesterday we visited Stockholm's Cultural Centre  (housed within the National Museum) for a talk about Women Pioneers in Design. 

A fascinating talk around Sweedish female designers who until now were unknown and unrecognised for their design; due largely to their gender - Ouch! How lucky I am to be female in the 21st century.

Within the same space an exhibition 'the new map'  exhibited a collaborative project between 12 local manufacturers and 12 local designers. A match making process was used, ensuring everyone involved has an exciting, challenging experience. The overall project intention was to high light new 'working methods' and the power of collaboration within local small scale production. 

 The new map | collaborative working

The new map | collaborative working

 The new map | flyers for each collaboration  

The new map | flyers for each collaboration  

This approach to idea and product generation is intriguing to me as a maker or 'thinker with hands'. It is also something Barber&Osgerby talked about at their talk today 'Thinking and making' they went as far as to say, you are a better designer if you know and understand the manufacturing process. All the design projects they discussed (which ranged from Olympic torch to class room chair) moved, almost instantly from brief, to sketch then straight into prototyping.

 Barber&Osgerby

Barber&Osgerby

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Tuesday

Though for the day

Things I've seen and thoughts I'm having ... Day 1 Stockholm Design Week:

 Crackle Glaze Vase | Adlibris Marknad

Crackle Glaze Vase | Adlibris Marknad

Ceramic glaze can have a unique pattern outcome when the same principle actions/processes are applied.

Giving opportunity for personalised, generative design outcomes. Should the user be able to glaze, fire and finish a ceramic vase themselves!

 Living room lamp shade | appartment

Living room lamp shade | appartment

This lamp shade appears to be a metal frame with fabric 'bandage like' strips inter-woven though the structure. It may have come flat packed, been created by the owner and be ever so slightly personalised?? There are other forms dotted around the appartment too ... 

 Desk lamp  

Desk lamp  

 Hanging lamp

Hanging lamp

Monday

Thought for the day

Hello Stockholm! Arriving into Arlandan airport in Sweeden for Stockholm design week with a few guys from the MA and I am so impressed already.

Check out the tube station wall art. Love love love these tile patterns and colours.

 Central station Stockholm  

Central station Stockholm  

First impressions count ... 

Saturday

Thought for the day

A comment made by Rod Judkins in my current audio book has really made me stop and think (one of many I must add, a must read/listen for any creatives out there)

 Rod Judkins | the art of creative thinking

Rod Judkins | the art of creative thinking

90% of all your experiences are a result of how you react to the 10% of uncontrollable events.  

This is easy to say and believe however putting this philosophy into action takes must take a lot of effort.

Being mindful, aware of your thoughts and actions takes training and practice. To be in control of 90% of events really would make life better! 

On reflection, today has a lot of 'over reaction' experiences, imagining how differently just two of today's events could have gone is real food for thought.