La herradura, October 2015
La herradura, October 2015
La Herradura, October 2015
Open Huis is a range of bottle openers, inspired by the façades ‘gevels’ of Dutch houses. There are four styles to choose from, one depicting an iconic, minimal house and the other three representing traditional Dutch façades.
This was the last design project I worked on with Michiel, one that I really enjoyed as it involved creating a collection of similar designs with varying features, whilst also designing with precise measurements for functionality in an original way. As with other projects, I was also tasked with the photography and packaging of the products and I was very pleased with the finished collection, and the public’s overall response. These are also for sale at Shapeways.
When Dutch designer Michiel Cornelissen learned that the Tour de France was making his home town of Utrecht the starting point for the race, he set out to create ‘Detour’, a collection of jewellery to honour the event.
“It is, anyway, hard to not love bicycles when you’re from Holland – so when the Tour de France passes through town, that’s all the reason you need to create an homage to them”, says Michiel Cornelissen.
Detour was one of the last design projects I assisted Michiel with, contributing with the collections name, producing the press photos and designing the cufflinks by myself! This was a great project to apply my jewellery design skills too and to also design something with an event in mind – The Tour de france 2015. The final collection consisted of cufflinks and a handlebar pendant in three finishes: polished brass, steel and bronze steel. Also available on Shapeways.
For about 4 weeks now, I have been involved in a wide array of tasks related to my internship. It has been a very fulfilling and interesting time for me, as I have been completing projects that initially, I did not anticipate to be doing. However, this experience has not only increased my awareness of what tasks may be required in creative businesses such as this, but I have also developed skills and interests in other creative mediums which, I may not have discovered in other contexts.
Hence the title! A quote from the brilliant comedian Minchin, who recently said this when addressing the 2013 graduates from the University of Western Australia.
” Be micro-ambitious. Put your head down and work with pride on whatever is in front of you. You never know where you might end up. Just be aware the next worthy pursuit will probably appear in your periphery, which is why you should be careful of long-term dreams. If you focus too far in front of you, you won’t see the shiny thing out the corner of your eye.”
This part of Tim’s speech really highlighted what I had already begun to acknowledge within my work and reaffirmed my intentions of continuing to take on new challenges with the same commitment and enthusiasm as I have had for more familiar projects.
Below are a selection of my own photographs, which portray some of the highlights from the previous weeks. To begin with, we now have new additions to the MCHL shop: including 3D printed Dom Tower Pendants, laser cut MCHL Clocks and 3D printed ceramic tableware. Alongside these new products, I have been producing product photos and videos which we are using in a variety of formats including the Michiel Cornelissen Shapeways shop, blog and press releases. In addition to all that. I just recently completed a window display for the MCHL shop, featuring some of Michiel’s work and the new clocks! Looking good.
On top of the daily tasks of preparing material to market and publicise new products, I have continued to develop my technical skills, learning how to operate a Trotec laser cutter/engraver for the MCHL clocks and working on a new design for the MCHL store which, will be in the shop before Christmas!