experiment with concrete & wood

After I came up with the idea of sense of place and nostalgia to remind back our memory to places then keeping this feeling a bit longer. I started to think about using parts of architecture to be the medium of reminder, so material I gonna start experiment is kind of architectural material and construction way of building to build furniture.

I began with two simple concrete plates by making wooden trays as a mold. A wooden tray contains the pattern of parquet flooring in the frame like a window frame. Another tray contains many pieces of wood and dust of wood in the random way. I want to refer to the blur condition of our memory that cannot keep all detail as the reality was, and nostalgia always makes our memory better than it used to be.

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After that, I poured concrete on the wooden trays and let it dry. Then for the first one, I took the tray off. Finally, I got a concrete plate that leaved the trace of parquet flooring on concrete. The second one I burnt the wooden tray, all pieces of wood and wood dust off. I found the special texture, colour and smell of this process that has potential to expose my memory and bring me stronger feeling than the first one. The charcoal was left from wood dust and pieces of wood, and stain in concrete very well.

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The problem is concrete was crack after I leave it to cool down because of a very different temperature, so it is a hard process to build a whole furniture. It may because of the ingredient in concrete I mixed was quite week to the thickness. I need to experiment more and more on concrete or other kinds of wood and materials.

Department of repair part3: Bridget Harvey

The Vertical Day workshop with Bridget Harvey The concept of this workshop is to repair any kind of things. Every one have to bring their things to create new way to repair. I forget to bring my stuff, so Bridget Harvey gave me the sweater of her father. It still looks good, but there are some holes in the front. I started to find the way to cope with these holes. In my head, there are two main ways, one is to fill in and design pattern and material with the holes, the second one is just leave the holes. I chose the second one because I think all holes have their own experience, they can let the user remind back through time when he see it again. They are like the memory recorder, so I want to leave them as the same. Then how to repair? I stared at the holes again, I found that they are stay in the linear in the centre of the cloth, so that made me think about the missing pieces. Buttons come through my mind, I began to make buttons from round plywood covering with the edge of  a piece of fabric cut from sweater. The size of buttons depend on how big of each hole. Finally, I sewed all buttons in side the sweater then they can be put through all holes. The location of buttons can make new pattern of the sweater in the different look as well. repair5

Department of repair part2: Hendzel + Hunt

Workshop with Hendzel + Hunt in Camberwell space: department of repair

In this workshop we have to bring a broken things then it will be repaired in many ways. My one is an old iron, it was broken no one use it anymore, but it still looks good and classic, so I don’t want to change its look. How to change it function by using its potential?

Hendzel suggested me to back the heat up and it can be the great stamp if I carve the aluminium face… That’s a really cool idea. We started to unfold it, and check what the inside was.

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It was amazing to see all stuff inside, and I really like the pattern on the back of aluminium plate. It is complicated, there are many electronic objects that make sense, so we hope that we can fix it.

I started to create the pattern of the iron’s face by using Camberwell College’s identity and the meaning of the Department of Repair. When I think of my college I always imagine about the building because the elevation of this building is unique and it can represent the period of the architecture. That might because I am an interior architect, so I like to look at the building.

Here is my logo

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The logo is quite delicate, so I chose etching technique to etch the line in aluminium material. That was another time that I have a good opportunity to learnt the new process. Etching is a very cool and classic process in printmaking department. I was so excited and really happy with the result.

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Finally, I have to cope with the electronic fixing by the help of Nathan and technicians. we have to make many little pieces of electrical part because some of them cannot be used anymore. The copper chips are pieces I mentioned. Then I made the wooden plate in the back of iron to make it safe before we gonna test it. We unfolded it just 2 seconds, but we took 2 weeks to finish. By the way, it is worth trying, and I got so many new experience from it. I can’t wait to see how it works.

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Department of repair part1 ( behind the scene)

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I took part in a live project of Department of Repair exhibition in Camberwell space. This was a great opportunity to make furniture from the left over material to be tables and shelves of all objects in this show. I was one of a team behind this exhibition who have no experience to make furniture at all, so I learnt from technicians and friends a lot about how to use tools, machines and how to make. Moreover, I was really enjoy with wall painting Logo in front of this show. It took a long time, but it was fun. In addition, I got the great chance to use print screen in the printmaking work shop making tags for each products shown here. There are a tough work in a whole week, but I really enjoy and love this show so much.

Thanks all tutors, technician and friends

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Sense of history & memory process

I found the context reference that quite relate to my project. Memory sculpture works of Doris Salcedo mention about the experience of the viewer with her own artistic repair or restoration of the past.

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Her work is influenced by her experiences of life. They express relationship in terms of the bond between the individual and the social unit. Parts of furniture were mixed in an unusual way like the force convey individual into the social group. She always use everyday life objects which are intense of history and imbued with an important sense of history and, through these contemporary memory sculptures, illustrates the flow of time. She joins the past and the present, repairs what she sees as incomplete and, in the eyes of Huyssen, presents “memory at the edge of an abyss…memory in the literal sense…and memory as process .”

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Another work of Salcedo with memory process is Noviembre 6 y 7 (2002), a work commemorating the seventeenth anniversary of the violent seizing of the Supreme Court, Bogotá. She installed her work in the new Palace of Justice with hanging down wooden chairs slowly against the facade of the building .She tended to create “an act of memory” in order to re-inhabit this space of forgetting.

Collective memory

I found somethings interested in Memory book. It talks about Mauric Halbwachs’s theory of “collective memory”. “In this extract he asks why we are so attached to our home surroundings, speculating that ‘each object appropriately placed in the whole recalls away of life’ shared by the wider realm, the objects that surround us appearing like ‘a mute and motionless society’, reminders of the social group’s continuity and stability.”

Farr, I. (no date) Memory. United Kingdom: Whitechapel Art Gallery.

This makes me think about the first time we can remember is when we recognise ourselves who we are and where we are, so the first belong to us is home. We began to locate ourselves and learnt here. That why I believe that if we gonna loss memories, remind back to home is easiest way to recollect them.

We leave memory with architecture

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I started to collect many habits and experience happened in the place I get use to where is home. I remember all acts of muscles that I did to my home and space automatically which sometimes I did it wrong by accidentally with the same action when I am staying in a new house abroad. For example, I open the wrong side of switch in the kitchen because it is the opposite position with my home, or the way I open the door in my room. This fell like I imagine my home at the same time with a new home in front of me. These all actions can make me nostalgic of places.