Last week creative producer, Kaye Winwood http://kayewinwood.com and myself started our research residency in the school of chemistry department of the University of Birmingham.
We began our research with a conversation about ergonomics thinking about bulbous forms and looking through books based on food and sensuality dining. Our attention was turned towards Bacchanalian feasts and wine and a found object;
A Victorian female urinal bottle. Drawing inspiration for this we started sketching ideas, as the sketching developed our ideas and discussion led us to focus on the most sensory perceptive areas of the body, thinking about haptics, weight, perception, sensoriality and materiality. Three different prototypes emerged that captured our imagination and it is now in hindsight that the work we are designing share similar ideas and concerns that Franz West’s’ ‘Apdaptives’ does. We played with his sculptures when we went on a research trip to the ‘Body Extended: Scupture and prosthetics’ exhibition at the Henry Moore Insititute last year. Looking forward to tomorrow’s session with Scientific glass blower Steve Williams.
Will post progress next week.