Nomadic is a series of objects that were developed to meet the requirements of the Master of Art & Design at Auckland University of Technology.
The project was based around an in depth research into the nomadic and mobile workforce that populates our modern working environment. The project explored how temporary place-making practice could reveal a nomadological condition at work within our contemporary spatial landscape. Further, how a temporary place-making practice can create a space of mindfulness within the low-affect condition of the non-places that spatialise our contemporary condition of super- modernity.
By using a ‘Thinking Through Making’ methodology, the making side of this project saw the development of this series of objects that themselves have nomadic characteristics.
The aim was to offer nomadic workers a place to inhabit in the non-places but following the end of the project and an interactive exhibition, more identities for the objects were found. The objects serve a different purpose depending on their environmental circumstances. They extend the temporal duration of place-making with imagined settings being in the home for renters or apartment dwellers and further into retail and office scenarios for temporary or pop-up use.
The shapes have been carefully created through various prototypes to develop structural integrity and to eliminate the use of tools and hardware. They have been CNC routed on single sheets of 20mm plywood and nested to ensure minimal waste.
I have labeled the objects as ‘Object One’ through to ‘Object Four’. I found that giving the objects names limited people's imagination of what the objects could become. Each person has different ideas of what the structures can be. Tim Ingold states that an object's craft is never finished, it continues to develop long after the craftsman has finished his manipulations with the materials. There is no knowing where these objects will end up, it is an unscripted and truly nomadic movement and making process.
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Beautifully photographed by George Novak at ImageHub / Bay of Plenty Times, Tauranga.
THE LUXE CLUB
The Luxe Club is located at 158 Eleventh Avenue in Tauranga. As a child growing up my mother had a Jewellery & Accessories store that I would work in during the weekends. The end of the lease at the previous location meant the end of an era, but now, 5 years later in 2016 we decided to open it back up again.
This time, we wanted a new brand image and to speak to current trends. We also wanted our store to reflect our style but also have a simple aesthetic so that the jewellery would be the center of attention.
Once we had a confirmed location, I modelled on Vector-works a simplistic and minimal design that was quickly brought to life.
The concrete floors where polished and the walls and ceilings painted white to create a clean canvas to work with. Then came the building of the plywood furniture which would serve as a muted platform for the jewellery to stand on.
I then specifically designed a central cabinet to be made from white coated MDF with glass top and sliding draws to hold the jewellery which customers could interact with. The bottom of the cabinet was to serve as storage as we had limited back of house space. At the far end sit's the POS system. This cabinet serves as a strong central point for the store as customers circulate around the floor.
The other important aspect of the design was lighting. Jewellery can tarnish easily under certain light so we carefully selected the perfect luminosity in 10 directional lights and for decorative purposes and to gently light the central cabinet, on trend hanging bulbs were placed in the center and loosely knotted and draped through the center of the store.
To soften the acoustics of the room I made a plywood pegboard that adds extra display area and fills negative space above the plywood plinths.
We love our little store and we hope you do to, If you are ever in Tauranga please stop by and say Hello!
NZPQ15 was a group project for the 2015 Prague Quadrennial.
The Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space is the largest scenography event in the world that explores a wide range of scenographic practices from stage design and costume design to lighting design, sound design and new scenographic practices such as site-specific, applied scenography, urban performance, costume as performance, and much more.
The New Zealand National Exhibition responded to the Quadrennial’s call to create a performative environment that explores scenography as relational and shared space. Influenced by the Maori, and Pacific Marae; a space of interaction, negotiation and display the installation operates as a performative architecture, audio-visual media site, stage for live performance and dialogic space of exchange. Formed out of mobile elements, platforms for display, discussion and exchange, the installation performs weather as a site of sensory exchange, spatial change and shared experience.
Lead by Stu Foster of Massey University and developed and constructed by Hannah Armstrong, Matthew Campbell, Emma Carson, Geo Chong, Georgia Brown, Andrea Cassin, Jacob Preston and Joshua Lewis.
For more information : www.nzpq.info www.facebook.com/nzpq15
Piatto is a collection of Marble Platters acompanied by a Visual DIary to inspire the art of entertaining.
Piatto Platters are different to most platters on the market as they have found a problem and aim to solve it. This problem is waste. All over New Zealand stonemasons are importing beautiful granite and marble to use for kitchen benches, vanities etc. The amount of offcuts produced is huge and are commonly thrown into a landfill. This is where Piatto Steps in.
Created as a group project for Creative Enterprises at Massey University, Piatto collects these off cuts and turns them in to beautiful, one off platters. These platters are sold through popular homeware retailers. Alongside the platter is the option to purchase a voucher to a 'Platter etiquette class' where demonstrations on how to use your platter are shown in a social and collaborative setting.
The beautiful Lorette & Sharon from Blanc florist asked me to refresh their website and social media. Working alongside them was great to capture key targets and learn the market they were trying to reach. By teaching them simply how to use there online sales system, Lorette & Sharon now run the website themselves.
A floral inspired project that meant taking heaps of fun photographs of store flowers and a local summer wedding.
Sticks & Stones was a successful, small business that was started in the summer holiday 0f 2013, when I didn't feel like working for someone else. Selling gold foil prints alongside plywood and concrete home wares the brand portrayed my creative flare and style. The launch of this brand was developed rapidly. Over the period of 1 week I created a Logo and graphic design that was used on multiple platforms. By using resources such as Facebook and Instagram I gathered a large following and the business boomed over a short period. I was able to create simple and on-trend pieces with the resources around me in a sustainable way.
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Dreamband; Because studylink just doesn't cut it.
I was emplyed by Dreamband to create an art direction that would reach out to students and advertise deals on local food and events. A logo was created to the clients specifications and developed into a VIP card and wristband. Following this on going posters where created for across New Zealand.