The land I come from

The most common question in London, after "What's your name?" is "Where do you come from?". And then you usually you have a variation of "How long have you been here?" (that implies, when are you planning to leave?), "Why did you move here?" (like, why should this be your business?), and my favourite, which I still don't understand "Where do you live?" (that means, how much do you get per year?).

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The Gift of Time

Time is the ultimate luxury. It is a real commodity, and on it is based all our life as makers. In fact, one of the main features of making thing by hand is that, apart from the necessary skills involved, time and its use becomes crucial. Machines are fast, a factory is super-fast, socials are uber-fast; on the other side, a big category of artists recognises himself in the slow consumption of art, of craft, of making.

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Requiem for a Plastic Bottle

According to Plastic Pollution, for more than 50 years, global production and consumption of plastics have continued to rise. An estimated 299 million tons of plastics were produced in 2013, representing a 4 percent increase over 2012, and confirming and upward trend over the past years. In 2008, our global plastic consumption worldwide has been estimated at 260 million tons.

It is now believed that there are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean. Of that mass, 269,000 tons float on the surface, while some four billion plastic microfibers per square kilometre litter the deep sea. 

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Light Matter

Kind of witty and punk, Jordan Söderberg Mills is an interdisciplinary artist from Ontario, Canada. After attending the Art History at Trinity College at the University of Toronto, and Architecture at the Universidad Diego Portales, in Santiago, Chile, he work as blacksmith apprentice with master sculptor Francisco Gazitua in the foothills of the Andes. He moved later to London for the two years MA in Furniture Design at Central Saint Martins.

That's exactly were our paths crossed, I was at the first year, Jordan was a senior of my course. I will always remember his presentation to our peers (an old tradition of the course, aim to set the standards, and a perpetual anxious/competitive mood, in my case): Jordan showed a 10x25 cm table prototype made exclusively of layered sheets of glass. I don't remember his pitch, that was still not really clear, I just  remember that Jordan had a small light.

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Maria Gasparian, Colour Ceramic City

A big city like London is not always an inclusive space: the metropolis tends to absorb lives and cultures, creating an impersonal unicum.  For a city that speaks over 300 languages and hosts more than 50 non-indigenous communities, looking for a sense of identity is a painful necessity.

This is one of the starting points from where Armenia-born Architect Maria Gasparian has started her MA Ceramic Design at Central Saint Martins. She believes that architectural ceramics can make a vibrant and interesting contribution to public spaces, whilst exploring important cultural references and being a high-quality, sustainable building material.

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Raf Simons makes tribute to melting pot in his beginning at Calvin Klein

The latest edition of New York Fashion Week has officially started the new era of Calvin Klein‘s under the creative direction of Raf Simons. A debut long-awaited by all in the fashion system, especially after first changes wanted by the chief creative officer, lastly the decision of the co-ed format to bring women’s and men’s collections on the catwalk, 64 outfits through which the designer’s aesthetic vision begins to delineate itself.

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Bosco Sodi: Matter and Colour

Lumps of matter and colour, to which stratifications are often to follow, resulting in cracked surfaces. Red sculptural volumes, either on canvas or in the form of objects, inhabit the surrounding space with their presence.

A taste for indefiniteness characterizes Bosco Sodi‘s brand-new work, reminding of the intermediate stages throughout the elaboration of its pieces. The field is partially left blank with the desire to mediate a conversation between the material and the immaterial, the visible and the invisible.

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London Textures

London is one of those places where you can feel small: its ever-changing landscape leaves a little space for imagination. But still, sometimes you can stand still and look up to the skyscrapers. buildings disappear, the light crushes on the Thames and reflects on the glass-covered surfaces.

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Kamrooz Aram, on the value of time

Through his sculptural works, the Iranian and American-naturalised Kamrooz Aram exemplifies his research on the dissection of decorative elements. Archeological findings – whether genuine antiquities, replicas sold in gift shops, artist’s creations, or objets trouvés – emerge as sculptural forms against the painted surface, where the latter serves as a backdrop to the former. Equally part of these emotionally and spiritually charged environments, after Luis Barragán and Carlo Scarpa, are the architectural materials used (brass, hardwood, terrazzo), that have required a great deal of craftsmanship from the artist’s side.

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Stanley Kubrik, past present future progressive

…è stato un colpodi fortuna & di c….o ! riuscire ad ottenere l’intervista  poikè mi fece aver un ”dictat ” di come si sarebbe svolto l’incontro….difatti inizio lui a farmi domande chiedendomi notizie del mio film < requiem pour un jour > che aveva da poco ottenuto il premio della critica al fest.di Cannes…e del perché non ero andato a ritirare il premio …non soddisfatto delle mie risposte mi fece altre domande …era molto interessato ….

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Vectoreality

e found ourselves looking at the screen. Flat, shiny, oversaturated, our smartphones, laptops and TVs are the devices we use to investigate reality.

Vectors are a mean of reproducing reality. They don’t respect measurements, as any graphic designers know, but they are awfully segregated in the field of mere lettering or stylised representation of objects.

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