Ideas Factory Research

Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei

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Ai Weiwei is an artist and political activist from China. some of the mediums he works with are photography, sculpture, installation, and architecture.

 

In 2010, he did an installation in the Tate Turbine hall, filling it with 100 million porcelain sunflower seeds (http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/unilever-series-ai-weiwei-sunflower-seeds)

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Under the harsh and propaganda-fueled rule of Mao Zedong, Weiwei viewed the act of sharing sunflower seeds with someone as one of compassion."Each ceramic seed was individually hand-sculpted and hand-painted by specialists working in small-scale workshops. This combination of mass production and traditional craftsmanship invites us to look more closely at the ‘Made in China’ phenomenon and the geopolitics of cultural and economic exchange today." (http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/unilever-series-ai-weiwei/interpretation-text)

 

 

"I think reality is constantly changing, but the evidence is always there. Once you take a photo it becomes another reality and it stays there. At the right moment, some photos completely change history. Some moments just embody the force of change. Not every photo has that power, but still, to tell the truth- no matter whether it's a big truth or small truth- is always justified."

- Ai Weiwei (DISTANZ' Ai Weiwei: New York 1983-1993) 

 

 

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From 'Ai Weiwei: Sunflower Seeds'

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From 'Ai Weiwei: Sunflower Seeds'

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From 'Ai Weiwei: Works 2004-2007'

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From 'Ai Weiwei: Works 2004-2007'

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From 'Ai Weiwei: Sunflower Seeds'

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Ai Weiwei: Not at Blenheim Palace pt. 1 (from NOWNESS)

Ai Weiwei: Not at Blenheim Palace pt. 2 (from NOWNESS)

Kate Moross

Kate Moross

Kate Moross is an english art director, illustrator,collaborator, and director. Her work tends to include lots of bright colours, playful shapes, and elements of typography that she translates over many different mediums. 

(www.katemoross.com)

 

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From 'Kate Moross: Make Your Own Luck'

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From 'Kate Moross: Make Your Own Luck'

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From 'Kate Moross: Make Your Own Luck'

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a lot of Moross' work tends to be quite bright, some of her work features simple ink illustrations, like these. 

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From 'Kate Moross: Make Your Own Luck'

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Kate Moross

has done many collaborations, i.e. Adidas, Vauxhall, TFL, Kiehl's, etc.  

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From 'Kate Moross: Make Your Own Luck'

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Christopher Kane

Christopher Kane

Christopher Kane, a former Central Saint Martins student, launched his brand in 2006, going on to become one of the biggest british award-winning fashion designers. 

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From Taschen's '100 Contemporary Fashion Designers'

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From Taschen's '100 Contemporary Fashion Designers'

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From Taschen's '100 Contemporary Fashion Designers'

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From Taschen's '100 Contemporary Fashion Designers'

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Daniel Eatock

Daniel Eatock

Eatocks's work tends to have a sense of humour to it and a flavouring toward more work in a series or with an element of collection. 

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From Daniel Eatock's 'Imprint'

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From Daniel Eatock's 'Imprint'

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From Daniel Eatock's 'Imprint'

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From Daniel Eatock's 'Imprint'

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From Daniel Eatock's 'Imprint'

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Droog

Droog

Droog is a dutch design company, specialising in cutting-edge design, creating luxury concepts, spaces, and products. 

www.droog.com

https://www.nowness.com/story/home-comforts 

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From NOWNESS:

Home Comforts

'Droog's Boutique Hotel With Atelier Bow-Wow

In Dutch, "droog" means "dry." It's an apt epithet for Amsterdam's hyper-wry design collective, renowned for its witty yet eminently practical products. Droog's most famous piece is perhaps the "Knotted Chair", an early creation from Marcel Wanders, now one of the world's foremost design superstars. But the collective's most recent partnership is with the off-kilter studio Atelier Bow-Wow on the Home at Droog project, a forthcoming members club and boutique hotel in Amsterdam. "Atelier Bow-Wow are used to working with smaller, intimate spaces and have a humble approach to architecture, so they had a good perspective for this," explains Droog's project manager, Machiel Brautigam. Expected to open at the end of 2011, the hotel will be joined to the Droog store by a courtyard, while a gallery will house the larger design installations that the collective undertakes. Although no interior commissions have yet been made to sit alongside iconic Droog pieces, work from a new set of artists is planned. "We want to look to the future," says Brautigam. "We are aiming for it to be a creative hotspot where lots of cross-fertilization will happen with like-minded people."'

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(https://www.nowness.com/story/home-comforts)

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Bone

Bone

 

[Noun]: Any of the pieces of hard whitish tissue making up the skeleton in humans and other vertebrates

(Oxford Dictionary Definition)

 

Urs Fischer 

Urs Fischer's sculpture pieces utilise skeletons in often unexpected or slightly humorous poses, juxtaposing the connotations often associated with the objects.   

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Urs Fischer, 'Skinny Sunrise' (2000)

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(http://withreferencetodeath.philippocock.net/blog/fischer-urs-skinny-sunrise-2000-2007/)

 

Alexander McQueen 

A lot of the designer's work is inspired by and features skeletons, especially skulls and bones.

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Damien Hirst

Besides his very famous diamond skull piece, Damien Hirst created his 'Gone But Not Forgotten' (2014) piece, featuring a gilded wooly mammoth skeleton housed in a glass and steel box, which sold for 11 million euros at the 2014 charity Cinema Against Aids event in 2014.   

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(http://momart.com/news/2014/05)

 

 

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Cotton

Cotton

[MASS NOUN]:A soft white fibrous substance which surrounds the seeds of the cotton plant and is made into textile fibre and thread for sewing

(Oxford  Dictionary Definition)

 

"This is a tremendously mutable fibre that can be spun, woven and finished to produce a myriad of weights, textures and prices, suitable for buyers of any rank and attractive to virtually all communities." (Beverly Lemire's Cotton) 

Ai Wei Wei 

In 2006, the artist created a world map cut out of layers of cotton. 

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 (From Ai Weiwei Works 2004 - 2007)

 

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(From Beverly Lemire's 'Cotton')

 

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(From 'Cotton Worldwide' by Christina Kleineidam and Hans Peter Jost)

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Feathers

Feathers

 [Noun] Any of the flat appendages growing from a bird?s skin and forming its plumage, consisting of a partly hollow horny shaft fringed with vanes of barbs

(Oxford Dictionary Definition)

 

 

Kate MccGwire

Feathers are a large element of MccGwire's pieces, which are usually sculptural and feature organic forms. 

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(http://blog.katemccgwire.com

 

 

Lucy Glendinning

The artist did a series of child and toddler-like forms, covered in feathers. 

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Feather Child 4 (2010-2012)

 

(http://slash-paris.com/en/evenements/lucy-glendinning-i-am-not)

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"The suite "Feather Child" originates from Glendinning?s fascination with visions of a future society. The feathered children are embodied questions, where the artist is asking us if we, in a world where our genetics could be freely manipulated, will be able to resist altering our physical abilities. Will necessity or vanity be the ruling power? Will we act collectively or as individuals? The fragility of the feathers is simultaneously mirroring the perhaps most classic tale of human hubris: the fate of Icarus in Greek mythology. How far can humanity progress before everything falls apart?" - (http://www.lucyglendinning.com/about/index.html) 

 

Grey Goose x Stephen Jones

For a charity event at Central St. Martins for art schools, the milliner, Stephen Jones, created and donated a grey goose bottle covered in grey feathers.  

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Alexander McQueen

Feathers are a frequently used material in the fashion house's designs. 

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Appliqué

Appliqué

[MASS NOUN]: Ornamental needlework in which pieces of fabric are sewn or stuck on to a larger piece to form a picture or pattern

(Oxford Dictionary Definition)

 

Some Appliqué can have an element of embroidery to it or sense of experimentation with layering and combining different fabrics. 

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(From Val Holmes' "Creative Recycling In Embroidery")

 

Some appliqués involve more 3D elements. 

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(From C. June Barnes' "Exploring Dimension in Quilt Art")

 

Quilting is a very popular form of appliqué. 

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(from 'Kaffe Fassett Quilts: Shots and Stripes')

 

Dolce & Gabbana 

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Christopher Kane 

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Stella McCartney 

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Dolce & Gabbana 

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Christopher Kane 

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Dolce & Gabbana 

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Chanel 

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Balance

Balance

[MASS NOUN]: An even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady

(Oxford Dictionary Definition)

 

Calder 

Calder is well-known for making mobiles and mobile-inspired sculpture utilising balance. 

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(http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/alexander-calder-848)

 

 

Julian Hoeber

Julian Hoeber's 'Demon Hill 2', an installation in a gallery in West Chelsea, uses "gravitational mystery spots" to manipulate viewers' sense of balance. 

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(http://afflante.com/24622-demon-hill-2-installation-julian-hoeber/)

 

 

Jacob Tonski 

By using a system of magnets, Tonski was able to balance a 170 year old victorian couch on one leg. 

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(http://miamioh.edu/news/top-stories/2014/06/tonski-thingworld.html)

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Martin Smith 

Much of the ceramicist's work embodies a sense of balance that is visible in the pieces. 

 

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(From 'Martin Smith: Ceramics')

 

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Crush

Crush

 

Verb [WITH OBJECT]: Deformpulverize, or force inwards by compressing forcefully

(Oxford Dictionary Definition)

 

 

Rob Brandt

Ceramicist, Rob Brandt, created the ceramic "Crushed Cup", inspired by Dutch plastic coffee cups that crinkle upon crushing them. 

 

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(http://www.droog.com/webshop/products/crushed-cup/)

 

 

Anya Hindmarch

Designer Anya Hindmarch created the "Crisp Packet" clutch, individually made to resemble a crumpled bag of crisps. 

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(http://www.anyahindmarch.com/Families/Crisp-Packet/)

 

John Chamberlain

The artist's sculptures feature many crushed metal components. 

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(http://www.guggenheim.org/new-york/collections/collection-online/artists/bios/1034/John%20Chamberlain )

 

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New York Times article on Chamberlain: 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/22/arts/design/john-chamberlain-artist-of-auto-metal-dies-at-84.html?_r=0

 

 

Banksy 

In 2006, Banksy created a telephone box that appears to be bent and broken, which he put on a soho street briefly. 

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(http://www.stencilrevolution.com/banksy-art-prints/london-phone-booth/)

 

 

Dirk Skreber

Skreber's works use many crushed cars and pieces that resemble a car wreck. 

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(http://www.saatchigallery.com/artists/dirk_skreber2.htm)

 

 Issey Miyake 

Many of Miyake's designs have a crumpled or crushed quality to them. 

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(https://www.pinterest.com/pin/328270260317285882/)

 

"He patented the technique in the following year as Pleats Please, a source of crushed, ripply metallic knits displayed on kinetic mannequins."

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Cut

Cut

 

Verb [WITH OBJECT]: Make an opening, incision, or wound in (something) with a sharp-edged tool or object

(Oxford Dictionary Definition)

 

 

Lernert and Sander 

The artists cut perfect cubes (2,5 x 2,5 x 2,5 cm) of unprocessed foods for a photograph for a Dutch newspaper, De Volkskrant. 

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Yoko Ono 

In 1967, Ono's "Half a Room" piece appears to be a whitewashed room, but it features partial and cut furniture.  

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(http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2014/sep/27/yoko-ono-bluecoats-liverpool-review-archive-1967)

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Damien Hirst 

Some of Hirst's well-known formaldehyde animal pieces feature animals that have been cut perfectly down their centre to be displayed in parallel glass cases next to each other.  

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(http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/hirst-mother-and-child-divided-t12751/text-summary)

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Ai Weiwei 

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"Weiwei used ancient Chinese woodworking techniques to join pillars from Qing dynasty temples and then carved the shape of China out of the middle.  It?s a statement on how China is a nation forged from many cultures and peoples."

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(from Ai Weiwei Works: 2004 - 2007)

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(from Ai Weiwei Works: 2004 - 2007) 

Weiwei did a few pieces of tables and desks, cut and reattached, with missing legs, and some cut and folded so two legs rest up against a wall. 

 

Woodcut Prints

Woodcut,A popular printmaking technique, involves using a piece of carved wood as a stamp to create a print. 

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(From 'Philip Sutton Woodcuts 1962 - 1976)

 

Pop-up books 

Pop-ups involve a form of cutting and using a system of connected pieces of cut card or paper to create a three dimensional image between two opened sheets. 

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(From 'Paper Engineering for Designers: Pop-up Skills and Techniques')

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