Design and modeling of products based on historical forms.
The first step in a reproduction project is to take measurements and profiles from the original artifact, and make accurate study drawings. I use that information to develop a design and a model of the reproduction product.
I've done some detailed studies on site, at museums such as Colonial Willamsburg and Winterthur.
Sometimes the process requires more conjecture and invention, such as when working from photographs rather than directly from artifacts.
Reproduction projects call for some interesting decision-making on issues of design, historical reference, manufacturing, and marketing. The degree of faithfulness to the original is a defining question. There is a range from "reproduction" (an attempt to copy the original as perfectly as possible); to "adaptation" (a product that refers to a specific historical piece, but re-designed in more modern form); to, let us say, an "inspiration" (a thoroughly modern product that reflects something of the spirit or imagery of a period piece or style).
Recent Shop Talk
How to design molds for slipcast plates, platters, shallow bowls and similar forms
Solo show of Prints, Drawings, and Collages at the Bethlehem (NY) Public Library
A suite of collages with Jokers
A few selections of figure drawings from recent years.
Three shapes for Rookwood/Mottahedeh
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