IN JUNE OF 2013 I ATTENDED THE 17TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL SDA (SURFACE DESIGN ASSOCIATION) CONFERENCE, "INTERFACE" IN SAN ANTONIO, TX. WHILE THERE I TOOK A PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP WITH THE INCREDIBLY TALENTED MO KELMAN. THE WORKSHOP LASTED 4 DAYS AND FOCUSED ON methods for building skeletal structures with rigid and semi-rigid materials like reed, rattan, bamboo, wood, and wire. Methods includeD various lashing techniques, chaotic plaiting, and wire construction processes. then we studied a broad array of approaches to building skins onto these structures using gut, rice papers, elastic fabrics, nets, wire mesh, wax, and stiffeners. WE ALL LEFT with a bundle of experimental samples that COULD become prototypes for future studio work. mo IS AN AMAZING ARTIST AND TEACHer, AS WELL AS A LOVELY PERSON. IF YOU EVER GET THE CHANCE TO TAKE ONE OF HER WORKSHOPS, PLEASE TAKE IT!
BELOW ARE SOME OF THE OBJECTS I MADE DURING THE WORKSHOP. the focus of my structures was home. I LOVE THESE PIECES NOT BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY ARE, BUT BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY REPRESENT FOR ME. LEARNING, NEW BEGINNINGS, NEW DIRECTIONS.