craft & design

porcelain pots with text I’ve just sent a new batch of work for the first exhibition of the year at Oriel Mostyn Gallery in Llandudno. They are mostly On The Horizon with a mix of Welsh and English. I’m making a wider variety of sizes at the moment: much larger, and quite small. I’ve also made a few with no writing at all, for purists.  I’ve put a selection of images in the gallery at the bottom of the post.

London riversideLondon riverside

As a reward, I went with the family to theDesign Museum, near Tower Bridge in London. There were great views, interesting buildings, cafes and shops: all in a mix of redeveloped warehouses and new building.

The exhibition of ‘Designs of the Year’ included a Lego Calendar.

The Lego Calendar is a wall mounted time and resource planner. It’s made entirely of Lego, but if you take a photo of it with a smartphone all of the events and timings will be magically synchronised to an online, digital calendar. It makes the most of the tangibility of physical objects, and the ubiquity of digital platforms, and it’s also puts a smile on our faces when we use it!

I loved this: the synthesis of real & digital object reminded me of Robin Sloan’s digital flip-flop, and other craft/digital mash-ups.phoneblok phone
Fairphone notice

Also in the show was the Phonebloks phone: a kind of lego phone: you can add and upgrade components. Another approach, from Fairphone, was to make repair and upgrade possible.

There’s a public vote for Design of the Year, and in the end I voted for the Touch Board from Bare Conductive. Bare had built ‘stick-on’ keyboard and light switches on the wall, another mash-up, looking crafty and engaging.

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