Thursday, June 23, 2016
In a series of slide images of furniture design and making I will express how my own process of making can be exemplified in these words: speculation as internal and external visualization, poetry as making, subtraction as editing
From its founding in 1682, Philadelphia has been a center of furniture innovation, particularly chairmaking. This presentation reviews the development of forms and the influence of aesthetic traditions among the city’s multi-various ethnic communities on the development of seating furniture from the 17th century to the mid-19th century.
We value health, safety, integrity, pleasant work days, happy patrons, and a good living. We succeed by design, price, service, shop organization and equipment, reducing costs and improving quality by repetition and standardization, generating sales on the internet, and managing the work with a database.
This presentation will involve a conversation between a psychoanalyst and an artist regarding the symbolic meaning of furniture. A case study will be presented in two parts.
Two stumps, ten conversations and illuminations on trees, wood, sustainable consumption, incremental concentric growth, the axis mundi and seasonal variations in the density of fibers. This project explores the potential for an object to act as the protagonist in a series of transcendent conversations.
Friday, June 24, 2016
Clinton will describe his introduction to digital fabrication, how he uses it in his work, how he teaches digital fabrication to his students and how they are using it in their projects. He’ll touch on the challenges and benefits and present images of various fabrication processes and finished work.
This talk will trace Wharton Esherick’s career from painter, to graphic artist, to printmaker, to woodworker and the people and events that influenced him along the way. His career in wood began in 1920 and spanned fifty years.
Saturday, June 25, 2016
This talk will trace the rich history of the Philadelphia area and how it has influenced the development of the Studio Furniture Movement in the United States. The Philadelphia area has a rich history with makers, galleries, museums craft programs, and exhibitions.
Are you deceiving your clients, or society as a whole, by using technology? Where’s the line, and how do you know if you cross it? Technology can expand our capabilities, accuracy, and production time, but the question is: are artists, patrons and society as a whole losing something in the exchange?
“Green design” as we know it today does not tell a story. There is no romance. It’s all about ingredients and process. For “green design” to move us to action, it must romance our ideals through form and materiality. This presentation proposes a design sensibility to effect a sustainable lifestyle.