Shaun Leane for Alexander McQueen

For more than a decade Shaun Leane worked with the late Alexander McQueen to create a series of provocative jewels that have become iconic symbols of catwalk jewellery. It was a collaboration with Alexander McQueen that drove Shaun Leane to push boundaries with new materials and scale, resulting in some of the most influential catwalk imagery of the last decade.

His mouthpieces are both innovational and greatly disturbing. They are easily remembered and they put a new perspective int the catwalk jewellery. 


For me these pieces are strange, and I don't quite understand what their author is trying to suggest by distorting the model's face in such a way that her face becomes aggressive and unattractive. At the same time, i like the idea of a shape changing the features of a face. 

I can link what I have been doing, experimenting with making jewellery which would imbalance or distort person's body in one way or another. I feel like Shaun Leane's piece relates to my work, because my piece is distorting the model's posture, so they are both touching the same idea of imbalance and unease. 

Burcu Buyukunal

Buyukunal's work is inspired by the contemporary beauty?s perception. She wants to question the conventions and societal norms relating to body. ?Terrifying Beauty? and ?Osternsible? are two projects challenging our personal relationships with adornment and fashion As the designer explains it : ?I want my work to surprise and challenge people to inspire questioning. Suggesting something extreme, unusual, and irrational is my strategy?.

?Terrifying Beauty? is a jewelry collection inspired by plastic surgery. Cosmetic surgery is now part of the mass culture and Burcu Büyükünal imagines four facial pieces to focus on this trend : ?I create four pieces distorting the face in an unlikely way, contrasting the purpose of traditional jewelry?.




Her ideas about using plastic surgery to make it more distorted rather than beautiful is very interesting, as she goes against the ideas of beauty and makes the jewellery force the person's face into unpleasant and unattractive shapes. I like the idea that it is making the person uncomfortable both on the inside and the outside because this jewellery is not nicely fitted on the face, nor does it make the proportions batter.

I wat to use this idea in my work to create a piece which would also distort something about my model.

Bernotat & Co

Dutch designers Bernotat & Co developed the concept for people to recycle old chairs and make them more comfortable to sit on. "Being slightly strange, some of them maybe even awkward, they trigger emotional reactions," said the designers. "People relate differently to the chairs when they're dressed up and the chairs suddenly acquire a certain anthropomorphic quality."

I am very fond of this idea of re-using old simple chairs and making them more stylish and comfortable. I also really like the use of bright colours because it gives the chair character. I am also fond of the idea of making something that people can transport and put on and off furniture. This really relates to my furniture project as I have made a piece which you can take on and off and it makes the chair more useful & comfortable.


My favourite chair coverings out of the ones produced by Bernotat & Co must be the one where the foam packing for apples inspired the designers to create the Knit-Net design, a stretchy slip-on cover made from acrylic and wool filled with foam. 


Martino Gamper - 100 Chairs in 100 Days

The motivation was the methodology: the process of making, of producing and absolutely not striving for the perfect one. This kind of making was very much about restrictions rather than freedom. The restrictions were key: the material, the style or the design of the found chairs and the time available ? just a 100 days. Each new chair had to be unique, that?s what kept me working toward the elusive one-hundredth chair.

I collected discarded chairs from London streets (or more frequently, friends? homes) over a period of about two years. My intention was to investigate the potential of creating useful new chairs by blending together the stylistic and structural elements of the found ones. The process produced something like a three-dimensional sketchbook, a collection of possibilities. I wanted to question the idea of there being an innate superiority in the one-off and used this hybrid technique to demonstrate the difficulty of any one design being objectively judged The Best. I also hope my chairs illustrate ? and celebrate ? the geographical, historical and human resonance of design: what can they tell us about their place of origin or their previous sociological context and even their previous owners? For me, the stories behind the chairs are as important as their style or even their function.



I love the idea of making chairs that don't strive for perfectness but show the process of making and the fact that they are very much unique. Gamper's concept of making chairs by combining different parts of conventional chairs really questions what a perfect chair should look like. 

Here are some of my favourites:



I like these chairs in particular because the seating area is made our of less conventional material like a box, the back of the chair of the two chairs stuck together.

Craig Green


Utilizing hyper-crinkled fabrics, cut-and-rolled-at-the-ankle trousers and oversized layerings, Green essentially crafts his own silhouettes, anchored somewhere in an intangible alleyway between high fashion and utilitarian (he cites workwear and labor uniforms as an inspiration). Additionally, here, he incorporated a glitter motif across paneled, stringy knits, perhaps as a nod to club nights-turned-mornings at the Joiner's Arms or otherwise.


I can relate his head pieces to my work as they distort the vision of the model, which was one of the things that I wanted to look more closely into. I like the idea that Green emphasises the rural details of the outfit by putting wooden planks on the model's face.


I really enjoy these pieces as they emphasise the material which his being used on the garment itself. They play with the model's figure and make him look taller, without distracting the attention form him. 

Giancarlo Piretti


I like this design because not only is it very useful as it folds up, but also the use of plastic and metal makes it really stylish, simple and futuristic. It can be used both inside and outside and most often you would see those chairs in a design-aware household.

I can relate this furniture to my design as I wanted my attachment to be made out of plastic as I think that it would be suitavle for any chair to put onto.

Ai Weiwei exhibition


Today I went to the Ai Weiwei exhibition in Royal Academy of Arts. I didn't know what to expect as I was not too familiar with his work, but have heard a lot about him and the exhibition.

Ai Weiwei is a Chinese Contemporary artist and a political activist, which is why his work has often been highly and openly critical of the Chinese Government's stance on democracy and human rights. In 2011, following his arrest at Beijing Capital International Airport on 3 April, he was held for 81 days without any official charges being filed; officials alluded to their allegations of "economic crimes".

Ai's visual art includes sculptural installations, woodworking, video and photography. In this exhibition there has been presented a big variety of art, but mainly we got to see his installations. I liked the majority of his work as it was well thought through and took a lot of time and effort, although there were some pieces which I also couldn't really connect with. Throughout the exhibition I have noticed his trend of relating his work to the freedom of speech, the map of China and the events happening in the country. 

One of the pieces which I really liked was the installation Straight. It was made out of the rods from houses which were destroyed in an earthquake in China. The rods formed a wave looking shape, which wasn't straight at all. For me the cracks represent the patterns formed by the earthquake and the loses of people which the country had to experience. I love this piece because it is linked to a certain event and represents it, therefore reminding the public about those people and their deaths. 

My favourite room must be the one with the Cao and the Marble Stroller. 


I particularly liked the stroller because firstly, it deals with the idea of subversion which I came across in Fine Art, and have become really fond of. Here the stroller was made out of marble and therefore it's useless. Secondly I love this piece because of the story behind it, where Ai Weiwei was in the park with his child and saw a man taking a photo of him. When he came to the man, he found out that he was a policeman so he forced the chip out of his camera and saw loads photos of him and his child.

In this room there are also shown a surveillance and a recording cameras. Here he is trying to show that through the recording camera he is looking at the government actions and the world around him, and the surveillance cameras are watching him. 

This room is by far my favourite because it's one of those installations where once you are told the meaning behind the objects you get an absolutely different perspective at the same piece. I can really relate this to my art too, as I try and put the meaning behind my work, which at first may not be blatantly obvious.

Ai Weiwei

During my trip to the exhibition I found an installation which I felt really related to my work. 17 Stools from the Quing Dymasty were put together to create a piece which has made them into a sculpture therefore giving them a different meaning and in a way stylising them. 

Throughout my day of experimenting the chairs I have been trying to make the more useful or original and I feel like Ai Weiwei has done a brilliant job at making the ordinary chairs into a sculpture. Which potentially, even though it was not intended,  could also serve as a chair.



Ivan Juarez Tropic Of Cancer



This project is relatable to our piece because it also uses angular shapes and is located in the nature which was where we wanted our house to be situated.


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