Day 39 : Work 39. Machine made? phono sapiens.

Are you familiar with this term, “Phono Sapience”? It means the new human who cannot live without using phone. Smart phone only invented around 10 years ago but it is the fastest spreading technology to the world. They say that by 2020 80% of population will have used it.

Image credit from http://blog.lgdisplay.com/2016/08/phono-sapiens/

Image credit from http://blog.lgdisplay.com/2016/08/phono-sapiens/

I saw one Korean Youtube channel in the car waiting for my daughter to finish Saturday Korean school. This professor or academic was talking about the importance of using smart phone and emphasised how the world has already been changed and will turn into. One of his points which made me feel uncomfortable was to ask people not to stop your children using smartphone as they will not have chance to be exposed to the enormous amount of knowledge and get benefits from it. However, it seemed like ignoring the possible psychological or mental damage to the children who are not mature enough to handle another world, which could not be the same as the actual and physical world they are in daily. How many kids will use smartphone only to google knowledge or information? It seems like another blind pursuit of only money related value with numbers we can generate by using smartphone.

Associated with this concern I have been thinking about the future I will have and the work I will create as an artist. Sometimes I feel like I am doing nothing important at all by making these stupid little wearable objects everyday and discourage myself with this obvious question like who cares after all? But sometimes I feel like it will be ok to keep making things and pursue my artistic dream to find identity so somehow I find the way I can contribute to the discourse on art, artists, art work or even art movement. Here is another Youtube I have seen a couple of times by Jia Jia Fei, curator of The Guggenheim museum in NYC about Art in the age of instagram.

Anyway here is one grid structure I will combine or assemble with some colour structure when it is completed. I was quite pleased and proud of the outcome because I thought I have made this very geometric structure quite perfectly enough to be called “machine made”.

midlsteel

midlsteel

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day39- grid structure7.jpg

Day 38 : Work 38. photoshoot, Art-icles of Style and meeting

For the last couple of days I have been busy finishing works for 3 occasions. I have made a commitment to create one wearable form per one working day. However, finishing more than 20 works which were half or 3 quarters done took 2 and half days so I couldn’t generate new form for the blog yet but it was definitely worth it and significant part of my practice as well.

So first of all I was getting ready for a photo shoot for the collaboration with one fashion student from RMIT. She loved my works and contacted me to ask collaborate for her fashion style photo shoot with my jewellery and in return I will get the high quality images of my jewellery on model. Below are the 8 works she borrowed for the photo shoot and I am really looking forward to seeing them possibly next week.

4 earrings and 4 bangles for the fashion shoot

4 earrings and 4 bangles for the fashion shoot

Next one is for the show called Art-icles of Style at The Old Auction House in Kyneton, Vic. Australia. I don’t think I have been involved in many exhibitions in Regional Victoria. So this is kind new and I sent 10 works of my usual. Hope I can broaden my audience.

my colours! red, green, blue and black. mild steel, silver.

my colours! red, green, blue and black. mild steel, silver.

Lastly I had a meeting with egetal to see any possibility to have a solo show with this project, “craft habit: project 100/100” It was such a great meeting and I was so encouraged. So it will happen! Stay tuned!!

Day 37 : Work 37. Pink Balloons

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It was this idea that occurred to me. I have been thinking of pink colour and couldn’t get rid of the images of pink balloons from my head.

Many balls made. Thinking about pink balloons.

Many balls made. Thinking about pink balloons.

All of sudden all the softness has gone and only form has been replaced. Is there any other way to express the pinkness, the softness and swarm-ness? I feel the lack of this ability to express and realise the idea. Anyway at the moment form with perforation is my language. Colour will soften up a little. I do hope so.

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Day 36 : Work 36. nonself but forms and structures.

4 different pairs of earrings with the same materials. The colours will be pink and red. Wow, it needed a lot of energy and power to make these 4 pairs in one day. After very intensive making day what have I got? Always to see the outcome and finished shape is so good however, at this moment I don’t have any energy left at all after long day of work. All this exhaustion from making something with my hands should be part of my identity and who I am.

At my bench I don’t even know how many things are going on, how many works need to be done and how I should be able to plan for all to complete. It is good that the overflowing creativity is in me but It could be my bad habit as well. I am flowing with all these forms and trying to find a way to the sea.

“They would say Nirvana is actually the ultimate bliss to recognize your nonself.”

Am I in actual Nirvana then?

8 different spheres are forming -the process

8 different spheres are forming -the process

4 pairs.

4 pairs.

4 pairs on MY HAND!!

4 pairs on MY HAND!!

Day 35 : Work 35. Value and intensity of the colour.

Making a couple of seperate elements for one structure totally depends on my imaginative illustration. For this work initially I was planning to use black and blue. However, I was wondering how it will look like with black and pink. So I thought why don’t I go for it? I could imagine pink on the piled perforated cups would look like a nipple because of the colour. When the colours are different we can imaging completely different thing. What is the relationship between form and colour? How much influence can they exchange each other?

The way I use colours is more focused on intensity. They have been yellow, red and blue and they are not mixed or diluted colours at all. Pink is a little bit different though. Possibly I could choose different intensity of pink such as creamy pink, hot pink, purple pink etc.. However, when I need to choose from the pink from Powdercoating range it is limited. I guess this could be one of the reasons people do enamelling for the colours and with enamelling you can control the value of the colour. So sometimes dark pink, or sometimes bright pink.

It will be great if I can show the emotion involved with these primary colour with sole structure I create.

I have some idea.

3 parts which will become one structure.

3 parts which will become one structure.

2 parts now.

2 parts now.

All elements together after being sandblasted for one structure of brooch

All elements together after being sandblasted for one structure of brooch

Day 34 : Work 34. Creating space is the answer.

Everyday at the studio I am so eager to encounter new creation at my hands end. These are the 2 structures I have made today. On the process I was mainly sawing, soldering and scoring the hexagon perforation sheet. In the end I realise the way I created space for the structure would be the answer for my eager to create unusual, relatively exciting forms.

내려놓기. 비우기. “Surrender all” in Christian term. “Liberation” possibly in Buddhist term.

However, I need to develop more method, technique, language and insight to bring space into the form. To make emptiness in the form. To make things better in the end.

Hexagon with “Emptiness is the essence of Buddhism”

Hexagon with “Emptiness is the essence of Buddhism”

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Ball with legs.

Ball with legs.

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part of “on going structure” with the ball with legs addition.

part of “on going structure” with the ball with legs addition.

Day 33 : Work 33. Green is growing.

Today I have decided to make 2 earrings for either pink or red powder coat and one new pendant for the upcoming show I am involved at The Old Auction House. They are all the works using hexagon perforation. Once I picked up the sheet of hexagon perforation I could know what I can make in a short period of time. I could visualise what the design would look like in the end.

Over the years of repeating to make those earrings and pendants I know what could be the best result with these hexagon pattern. However, I want more. Repetition is not bad especially when you make something as it can give you an opportunity to perfect your skill and technique. Inevitably that makes you have an irrepressible urge to be creative and the design results are abundant. Where can I go from here? Will today’s ordinary repetition with that urge take me somewhere exciting?

mild steel, Green powder coated.

mild steel, Green powder coated.

2 earrings and 1 pendant

2 earrings and 1 pendant

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“Green is growing”

“Green is growing”

The “Green is growing” is inspired by my beautiful and lush indoor garden on top of my cabinet at the studio.

Steel Cabinet and Green plants - Green and black steel pendant.

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Day 32 : Work 32. Buchan Cave

When I went to Buchan cave at East Gippsland over school holiday for my daughter in April I was so mesmerised by the picturesque characteristics of lime caves such as stalactites and stalagmite. This amazing 400 million-year-old cave was quite inspirational and I had one idea (dream) of on-going structure. On-going structure from my end I think I can build or add one little part for the previous structure perhaps endlessly.

So that I can start the idea from this little structure. To the initial square structure, today, I have added one half sphere in the middle and one brass circle wire at the other end. See how far I can go.

Perforated mild steel & brass

Perforated mild steel & brass

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On going structure with pink ball earrings decoration (?)

On going structure with pink ball earrings decoration (?)

Day 31 : Work 31. I still need and want a lot of different things.

Multiple scoring bangle has been new thing since I started this new project. Today I have used 2 different patterns of perforation for one bangle and I was happy to get this outcome. The little problem I have had was even though I have tried different length and direction of folding with scoring all the outcomes seem to be too similar to each other. So today I tried 2 different patterns of perforation for one bangle. I have so many different patterns of perforation off-cut I have kept since 2004 and this is the way I can utilise them with big smile. From here I have tried to make new range of earrings as well in similar way,

Multiple scoring, multiple patterns, multiple colours. I still need and want a lot of different things.

However, these days for my spiritual practice I always say,

“오늘 하루 주어짐에 감사하고 할일을 하고 돌볼 사람들을 돌보고 매순간 깨어 어리석은 내 마음이 고통으로 거덜나지 않도록 지키겠습니다.” translation- “ Feeling appreciated to be given a new day, I will do what I should do, look after those who I need to look after, try to be awake to the moment then keep me safe from being worn out with the pain that my stupid mind brings in.”

mild steel.

mild steel.

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Day 30 : Work 30. 9 from 4, 4 from 2 and 2 from 1.

I finished cleaning this pendant a couple of days ago. Someone was interested in several pendants of mine so I thought I may as well finish this pendant. This is the original one I made for the show “Spirit of Hang-in” at Powerhouse museum in 2011. However, this time I did matt black powder coating this piece to give more distinctive contrast between the black and sharp silver rim.

Matt black powder coated perforated mild steel & black. 2019

Matt black powder coated perforated mild steel & black. 2019

The starting point for this work is one simple 2-square cube. I cut 2 pieces of square, hammered them, soldered the points then added silver rim at the 4 ends. It was quite satisfying outcome so that I have made 2 cubes, 4 cubes called clover and 9 cubes as variations. To observe the way the forms have been built from this simple repetition is one of the best joys at the bench. Definitely worth to try agin with different size, colour or even different numbers. 16 from 9, 9 from 4, 4 from 2 and 2 from 1.

One cube from 2 hammered squares.

One cube from 2 hammered squares.

2 sure cubes.

2 sure cubes.

4 sure cubes (clover)

4 sure cubes (clover)

9 square cubes.

9 square cubes.

“9 from 4, 4 from 2, 2 from 1”

“9 from 4, 4 from 2, 2 from 1”