Like many freelancers, a significant portion of my commissioned work has been postponed or cancelled – meaning a lack of product development projects, and no design workshops to facilitate. But this time at home, I hope, will allow us some time to pay closer attention to the details around us. Instead of purchasing a new item, now is the perfect time to think about how we can utilise existing materials, and transform them into something of value.
I was introduced to Alexander Calder’s work at a very young age. Ever since, I’ve had an itch to create my own mobile that I can hang up at home. Now that we’re in lockdown, I’ve taken this time of stillness to create a series of kinetic mobiles from a range of day-to-day materials, like bottle caps, paper pins and much more.
Based on the principle of equilibrium, the sculptures can be constructed with almost anything. This exercise will hopefully elevate items which you might otherwise ignore or discard. Each example will be exploring the endless connection between weight, movement, and gravity in the form of a three dimensional composition. Have a try at home, and see what comes of it!
Pliers, Tin Snips, Scissors, Scalpel, Awl, Drill