Object Translations - episode one - translating a 1950's vintage vase into artisan ropework
In this first episode of object translations, I took my inspiration from an incredible 1950's ceramic vase. The vase itself features a tulip style shape and a non symmetrical finish at the top. The interior of the vase is a striking red and hand painted feather motifs finish off the decoration beautifully.
My main interest in translating this gorgeous piece of history was to realise the shape of the vase into artisan ropework.
The approach that I took was to take as many measurements as possible of the original and then attempt to recreate this shape whilst stitching the rope on the machine.
As you will see in the video the first attempt was not a roaring success but the second attempt was certainly a lot closer to the mark. I found the process hugely enjoyable and found myself really leaning in to the sculpture aspects of creating this piece.
I have yet to decide how to decorate the translated rope vase. I don't wish to directly copy the original ceramic piece and so need to think carefully on how I would like to realise this final element.
Catch the full episode below:
See you next time for the episode two of Object Translations