Idea Factory Project




'ART ATTACKS' by Filthy Lurker

“The art is sparkling with humor, recklessness, it forces you to look at the world in a new way.” 
A painter and public artist, Filthy Luker, has decided to show us how he really feels about the built environment by attacking it by using art. I feel like the use of art his his work makes his pieces seem less attacked and makes these public art designes to look a little bit more rebellious than they really are. It seems like more and more cities want temporary pieces like these that don’t cost much and add an aura of hip and fun to the ordinary spaces. Furthermore, incorporating standard household objects into landscapes can turn both manicured and left-over spaces into pop-art pieces.

matchstick men by Wolfgang Stiller

The German artist Wolfgang Stiller plays with the spaces in the exhibition room very 
interestingly. He either laid to rest in their very own matchbox coffins or splayed
about the exhibition space, the blackened matches reference worn out – or more so burned
out human beings. the work started from the various head molds and bamboo wood sitting
studio which were left over from a movie production in China while he was residing in
Beijing. I personally very like the way he used the human's head as the top of the
matches. I can say so many things. For me, it represents how people get burn or harm
by things and people around us, such the bad things other people say to us. Matches
are our life and what other people think or say have impacts on us like a fire that
burn the matches. Also, I think this work could develop into public commercial such
smoking awareness.

Silk is a natural protein fiber, some forms of
which can be woven into textiles. The protein
fiber of silk is composed mainly of fibroin and
is produced by certain insect larvae to form
cocoons. The shimmering appearance of silk is
due to the triangular prism-like structure of
the silk fibre, which allows silk cloth to
refract incoming light at different angles,
thus producing different colours.


Thai silk

Thai silk is produced from the cocoons of Thai silkworms. Thailand's silkworm farmers 
cultivate both types of the domesticated silkworms that produce commercial silk:
Samia ricini, commonly known as the eri silkworm, which produces matte Eri silk, and
the Bombyx mori, producer of the better known, glossy mulberry silk. The latter is by far the larger silk producer of the two.
In Thailand, the Center for Excellence in Silk at Kasetsart University's Kamphaeng 
Saencampus plays a leading research role in sericulture research as well as providing
silkworm eggs and know-how to Thai farmers.

According to my own experiences, in Thailand, Thai silk is very popular and is an
identiity of Thai culture. The Thai airways's airhostages' uniform made from silk to
represent Thailand and its own airways company. Moreover, 'Smooth as silk' is a slogan
of the company.
Primary research images 
(taken at Archway campus) 
we focused on the objects that have shiny surfaces like silks.
(Researching session at the CSM library on Wednesday; 
Our group did not focus on finding inspirations for our piece through specific
artists. We were mostly looking at the techniques and the use of each material
that we could use to develop our piece further.)
Silk Paper 
For Textile Artist 
-Sarah Lawrence (Book)

Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen

Influences on our work
- Creating a large scale installation which
represents a spacific everyday-life object
- Locating the work in public places, both
in countrysides and cities

When small objects have been transformed into a big scale
art installations, I feel like these scluptures becomes
something that has a huge impact on audience. It influences
audience to stop, look at it closer, feel and interact with
the work more.
Balancing Tools
by claes oldenburg and coosje van bruggen
Vitra International AG, Weil am Rhein, Germany

Steel painted with polyurethane enamel
26 ft. 3 in. x 29 ft. 6 in. x 19 ft. 10 in. (8 x 9 x 6.1 m)

Commissioned September 1981 by Rolf Fehlbaum
Installed May 3, 1984
Inaugurated May 5, 1984

I like how the structure of the installation shows balances.
Also, using small objects, such as a hammer and a screw driver,
as referencesfor the large scale installation makes the work becomes
more spectacular and interesting.

The Balancing Tools was our first private commission, though the site eventually turned
out to be a very public one.

Rolf Fehlbaum, the proprietor of Vitra, a manufacturer of contemporary furniture located
in the countryside near Weil-am-Rhein, Germany, not far from Basel, Switzerland,
commissioned the sculpture, a surprise gift to his father, Willi for his seventieth
birthday, saying that our use of functional subject matter would appeal to his father,
who was a "practical man."

Willi Fehlbaum’s enthusiasm for the furniture of Charles and Ray Eames had led him to
obtain exclusive
right to its manufacture in Europe. We accepted the commission with
the thought that our sculpture might in some ways refer to the work of the Eameses,
whom we very much admired.

Our proposal used three basic, iconic tools of wood fabrication: the hammer, a pair of
pliers and a screwdriver. In order to achieve the scale necessary to the site, these
were combined, in large-scale versions, to form a kind of gate, with the hammer on top,
precariously supported by the tip of the screwdriver and one handle of the parted pliers,
in an equilibrium on the verge of collapse. Tilted and turning at the very edge of
control, the dynamic relation of the three components suggested an acrobatic act which
reminded us of Charles Eames' love of the circus.

Sonia Bravia's "Play-Doh Bunnies" all around New York City. 2007

This work is form the third commercial in the "Colour Like No Other" campaign from Sony 
and Fallon London. All of this was shot using stop-motion filming techniques and play-doh;
it isn't CGI.

This work is quite different from the other. With my previous research, all the work interact with public as a finised installation. With this one, personally, its process of working, when the artist put those ribbits in the public space and film the video, is what interact with audiences. Again, similar to the Luker's work, this campaign adds the sense of fun and hip to the ordinary public spaces.


Optimism is a mental attitude—a happy belief that the outcome of some specific endeavour,
or outcomes in general, will be
good. A common idiom used to illustrate optimism
pessimism is a glass with water at the halfway point, where the optimist is said
to see the glass as half full and the
pessimist sees the glass as half empty.

we started the project by thinking about objects that been used to
optamism or used as a tool to influence ones to be optimistic.
Our group then came up with Omamori which is a Japanese lucky charm.

A picture of my Omamoris (below)
Omamori (御守 or お守り) are Japanese amulets commonly sold at religious sites and dedicated
to particular commonly sold at religious sites and dedicated to particular to particular
Shintodeities as well as Buddhist figures, and are said to provide various forms of luck
or protection.

Design and function
The amulet covering is usually made of brocaded silk and encloses papers or pieces
of wood with prayers written on them which are supposed to bring good luck to the bearer
on particular occasions, tasks, or ordeals. Omamori are also used to ward off bad luck and
are often spotted on bags, hung on cellphone straps and in cars.


I personally very like the Japanese flowery pattern on the omamori.
The pattern that looks similar to flowers encourages me to think positive,
like the smell of the flowers, how they bloom and grow. Also, The use of
both complementary tones of colours and hamonise tones of colours adds
personality and uniqueness to each luch charm.

Printing is a process for reproducing text
and images using a master form or template.

Primary research images
(taken at Archway campus)
Silk Screen Printing 
For The Artist 
-Roger Marsh (Book)


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