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Circular Logic

In my 2007 book Thinking Through Craft, I related the story of ‘Giotto’s O,’ told by Vasari in his Lives of the Artists, as a way of talking about skill. It’s a good enough anecdote to repeat here. Pope Benedict IX, having heard of Giotto’s fame, sent a courtier to seek him out. When the […]

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Filling up the tower of books

I was working quite late in the office tonight, and as I was leaving I decided to pass by Rintala Eggertsson's 'Ark' book tower, as I knew that they were working late into the evening too. I stumbled across the wonderful sight of seeing hundreds and hundreds of books being loaded onto the many shelves of the tower. http://www.vimeo.com/12374027 I couldn't resist and had to grab my phone (apologies for the poor quality) and capture some photos and footage of this important moment! It was lovely witnessing this stage of the construction process in the deadly silence of the V&A …

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Raising Terunobu Fujimori’s Beetle’s House

Today was quite an exciting day for the '1:1' project…we finally raised the Beetle's House into position, and added its mighty chestnut tree legs. It was quite a sight seeing this charred little teahouse being hoisted up *very* slowly, inch by inch, watched over by the sixteenth-century Morlaix Staircase, there in the daylit space of the V&A's Medieval & Renaissance Galleries. http://www.vimeo.com/12390541 We had all a memorable shared moment – standing on the staircase that leads down into this daylit space from the Ironwork galleries, soaking up this rather striking dialogue that has now been initiated between Terunobu Fujimori's Beetle's …

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The Woodshed grows and grows…

Huge amounts of progress with Rural Studio's 'Woodhsed' in the Porter Gallery. The structure consists of 49 frames, or bents – all concatenated together into an 'extruded' shed; by Friday we should have all 49 bents in place. All that remains for next week is the 'light vine' which Danny Wicke (instructor from Rural Studio) is flying over from Alabama to install. This interior lighting feature will create a wonderfully delicate immersive environment when visitors step inside the structure – and will present quite a stark contrast to the charred, raw surface of the exterior facades. http://www.vimeo.com/12375552

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Inside the Lines: Richard Kindersley

They say great minds think alike. If the reverse is also true, then the London gallery Contemporary Applied Arts and I should both be flattered. Their current show, guest curated by Scottish craft specialist Amanda Game, is a striking parallel to this blog. It's all about the relationship between drawings and objects. Below are examples of works in the show by Gordon Baldwin (left) and Susan Cross (right), showing how draftsmanship can be translated into the languages of ceramics and thread. Though the whole show is worth a look, the artist whose drawings most caught my attention was Richard Kindersley. …

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Boxes and boxes of books…

The Rintala Eggertsson team have started to add shelves to the 'Ark' reading tower… Soon, every facade of the tower will consist of hundreds of these shelves.The structure is really starting to take shape now, and it won't be long before we start loading up the books themselves. We have received generous donations of books from Booth Books and Dominic Winter Book Auctions – and for this we're very grateful, as the project wouldn't have been possible withouttheir support. We would also like to thank UPM who donated the gorgeous Finnish timber from which the tower has been constructed. The …

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Week 20 | Anti-Social Networking: 24.05.10

“Once these animals are turned loose, they will revert to type and waddle off into the night in search of beer and curry.” They Say A Day Is A Long Time In Politics… On Tuesday night, we headed to the RIBA’s headquarters in Portland Place for the RIBA Trust’s annual lecture, industry get together, back slapping bonanza, business card swap-meet and all around networking event. As director of the RIBA Trust, our good friend Charles Knevitt opened this year’s event, which had suddenly gained unexpected political significance for being the swansong for Tory MP Mr Ed Vaizey, the outgoing government …

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Beetle’s House in the Medieval & Renaissance Galleries

This week we began construction of Terunobu Fujimori's 'Beetle's House' in the daylit space of the V&A Medieval & Renaissance Galleries… The images above show the build team from MDM Props carefully placing the roof on Professor Fujimori's teahouse (which will shortly be elevated into position, and have four charred chestnut legs added). Professor Fujimori has been in the UK for the last two weeks, based at the south London MDM workshops, overseeing the meticulous off-site assembly – in collaboration with a number of Royal College of Art students who have contributed a huge amount to this stage of the …

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I shall support her as long as I can, because she is a woman…

I am by nature a woman’s woman. I like the sense of female solidarity you get when you are with a group of like minded women. When the husband was working abroad, my daughters and I would have weekly ‘girlie nights’, huddled on the sofa with bowls of Haribo, covered by our quilts and watching episodes of ‘Pingu’ and ‘Friends’ – an eclectic mix. As a special treat they would be allowed to attend the ‘Prichard soirees’ – friends would be invited round for supper, and coerced into making lavender bags and cakes for the school fete. All this would …

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Studio Mumbai progress continues…

http://www.vimeo.com/12375001 Today I had another tour of the 'Inbetween Architecture' structure with Studio Mumbai's Bijoy Jain. A large number of the plaster panels have now been applied to the building, both on the interior surfaces and to the exterior facade. This cladding has totally transformed the structure, particularly in terms of the warmth of light as reflected off the inside walls. Here, Kate Dineen, one of the co-creators of the project, applies some touches to the plaster finish on one of the external walls: Kate can also be seen in the video, above, with Michael Anastassiades, the other co-creator of …

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