Tiny landscape in a coffee cup
When a product is created, it is as though new born, with no memory or understanding of the world around it. These relationships are formed through user interaction over time, the product "ages" and gains knowledge of it's purpose in the world.The stain's image is a representation of the products feelings, memory as the product ages through use.
Size : W - 10cm H - 5.5cm D - 8cm
Date : July,2010
Function : Coffee cup
Material : Ceramic
Bou-Taoshi is a game. The rules are simple. Players make a heap of sand and place a branch in the centre, then each player takes turns removing sand, the one who causes the branch to fall loses.
It is a common sight in several Japanese temples, where the conic shape represents where god first came in the mythological age. The sand heap is also considered to be an object representative of a divine spirit.
The shape is also used in a ceremony for laying cornerstones, a process through which the building site is purified, though here, the sand is removed using a hoe.
It is thought the children's game Bou-Taoshi originated through observing these experiences, and translating them to their playgrounds – sandboxes and the beach. In its current form, children are not aware of this heritage, and in a sense are unconsciously creating an object representing a divine spirit and completing the ceremony for purifying building sites.
"Sand" is a reflection of this research and is a primitive form for a Japanese flower.
Date : April,2012
Function : Flower vase
Material : Beach sand,Resin,Glass, Cork
Price : Please ask
Sand#1 : W - 22cm H - 57cm
Sand#2 : W - 22cm H - 57cm
Sand#3 : W - 40cm H - 12cm
Sand#4 : W - 40cm H - 12cm
Objects with a specific function, which we now refer to as products, have been in existence since the hand axe was first created around 2.6 million years ago. With the world's current affairs dominated by financial crisis, energy problems and speedy technological advances, the incessant consumption of products is easily forgotten. We need to reconsider the value and role of products to avoid over-saturation, decreasing quality and negative environmental impacts. This collection provides commentary in the form of poetry, an attempt to describe the essence of products and to appeal to the humanity we have lost.
Each piece was formed in response to these questions:
Question1 - Did the product exist before it was made physical?
Question2 - Where and how does it come into being?
Question3 - Is the initial idea represented when made real?
Size : W - 45cm H - 49cm D - 30cm
Function : Stool
Price : Please ask