If you were around the Goldsmiths campus one particular sunny Friday this year in May, you couldn’t have failed to notice a pair of giant, inflatable breasts adorning our College green. Interested visitors could even crawl inside through an underwire, and see the sun through giant a nipple ceiling! The eye-catching installation is the work of Carina Hardy, a student of Barnard College (New York) who spent one year in the Design department at Goldsmiths. The giant boobs have travelled far before they arrived to Goldsmiths, since they were built in Bali and previously exhibited at Wonderfruit festival in Thailand. But why inflatable breasts, and what does it all mean? Carina explains:
How the breasts were made
This project posed some extreme challenges because I was committed to make them entirely out of sustainable materials. The ultimate goal was to compost them at the end of their life. After a series of material tests and prototypes we built the membrane structure out of organic cotton and coated the fabric in natural latex. I built them in Bali, where I was raised, with the help of a master tailor and a team. The natural liquid latex is hand-painted onto a total of 64 panels, and we pigmented the canvas because I didn’t want the default to be white breasts – watching the pigment change over time has been really interesting as well. It was a very intense material to figure out because it’s so sticky. The latex had to be brushed with baby powder so that it wouldn’t stick to itself.Read More »
Embroidery and cross stitch are usually associated with femininity, and seen as less sophisticated than other crafts. A keen cross stitcher herself, Eleanor Price is challenging these perceptions through her graduation project for the BA Design course at Goldsmiths:
“I’m looking at embroidery and how it could reach a wider audience. I’ve been using cross stitch to make house plans, using the femininity of shapes, and the skill, on something that’s seen as more neutral. And I’ve been building extensions on the houses, as a fancy element of decorating a house. I started by trying to think of things that were already shown through cross stitch imagery, and house imagery is one of them, but it very much consists of idealised cottages and wooden houses in the mountains. It’s a kind of fantasy that I don’t feel many people have anymore. So I started looking at more achievable fantasies that you could work towards, and that everyone could relate to- and house extensions is one of them. ”Read More »
This week, first year BA Design students exhibited their end-of-year projects in the studios. The work was interesting and wide-ranging, tackling everything from urban foxes to goat’s cheese, from popcorn bag holders to afternoon tea in a dodecahedronic tea room, from beauty standards to political manifestos, from air pollution to imagining the future.
It’s been an uncertain year. Predictions, forecasts, expectations are unstable and shifting. Isolationalism has currency and perilous describes our time. Profound decisions have been made by slender majority. Outcomes for us all hang in the balance. Nobody knows.
The space of the hyphen positions us dialectically between things; things in apparent opposition, division, contrast or antithesis. This tension demands attention. Habitual patterns of thinking and everyday ways of doing are jolted out of sync. For the 2017 graduating BA Design students at Goldsmiths this space is where their practice is defined.
It is a space of connection and synthesis, one in which opposites work through that tension to discover, create and question design. This involves our students in a dynamic process, which is arrested and captured in our annual degree show. And we invite you to share this space; to reflect, initiate, mediate, prompt, recast, converge, interrupt your own ways of thinking about our world, and taking action to make it better.