I would like to take a class in Tintypes from this once travel with an ox and camara man ( across america) I have to really desire it as his classes are filled a year in advance. And then what about the investment in the wood camara box and lense and chemicals and time.
Rupert Blanchard is sitting on what was once a pile of junk. The plywood top of this cabinet used to be a hoarding on a building-site, one of the drawers comes from a Victorian shop-counter, another is from a 1970s G Plan sideboard, and under his leg is part of a fire-safety sign of the kind he saw in the park as a child. In his hands all of them have found a renewed purpose. The furniture he makes is greater than the sum of its parts.
Blanchard is 34 and originally from Wiltshire. In 1999, a graphic-design course at Central St Martin’s brought him to London, where the streets were paved “not with gold, but with rubbish”. He started collecting the city’s leftovers, reimagining and refashioning them into furniture so distinctive that his style was quickly imitated; his designs remain highly sought after. Now his days are spent scouring demolition sites, house clearances, scrapyards and the like to find objects he can put to new use.
He has rules. “A material cannot be usable in its present state, it must be undervalued and no longer fit for its original purpose.” And, ultimately, it must be destined for landfill. Breaking up an object for its parts is not acceptable.
mixing pigments in lime putty, egg, clay, plaster and oil is such a refreshing way to decorate
instead of uniformly dispersed pigment particals you get a dazzeling mixture of various size pigments which refract light differently then modern emulsions. modern emulsions are predictable and bland when compared to hand mixed paints.
The pigment when mixed with various binders gives you different looks
Binders are chosen according to substrate that is going to be painted
what i love is the way light bounces off the large and small particals and the imperfection of it all
These samples taken on my trip to india show the intense colors we in this modern world are missing out on…..
Joe Sheer builds these great tropical tree houses that he calls a hooch. When he first moved to Rincon Puerto Rico he planted the bamboo grove. This is what it looks like 20 years later. It is an amazely cool dense and dark forest of bamboo. Check out joe’s website www.tropical-treehouse.com. Laura runs the treehouse hotel. You can view the bamboo tree houses on u tube. There you will find a nice film with joe and his story.