Studiomama presents The Off-cuts, a ebook chronicling the design studio’s assortment of animals made in its workshop utilizing scraps of wooden. The gathering of wood animals outcomes from the studio’s ‘Pallet Venture’, a 2009 initiative that noticed founders Nina Tolstrup and Jack Mama create furnishings utilizing discarded wood pallets discovered on London streets. The leftovers gave life to the ‘Offcuts’, assemblages from wooden scraps, nailed and screwed collectively into zoomorphic guise – some apparent of their varieties, some leaving the viewer to guess.
Studiomama’s Offcuts: from waste to charming animals
‘[Studiomama’s practice is] by no means guided by preconceived aesthetic ends however by a compelling sense of curiosity,’ feedback curator Libby Vendor within the ebook’s foreword. ‘Play and marvel are very important components of their ongoing technique of discovery and experimentation.’
The studio’s playful and humorous character emerges by means of the pages of the ebook, showcasing a succession of bunnies, owls, elephants and extra creatures that may very well be birds, or may very well be canine. ‘We usually begin by taking the workshop bin and tipping all the offcuts onto the desk,’ says Tolstrup, who based the studio with Mama in 2000, in an interview with Max Fraser throughout the ebook. ‘We have now a mountain of bits in entrance of us and we’ll freely mess around with what we discover, often discovering a head or a physique that will inform the remainder of the items.’
The undertaking is an train in working with the expressive alternatives of wooden: a knot turns into a bunny’s stomach button, two rising branches the attention of a mysterious long-torsoed creature. ‘We reply nicely to supplies which can be mendacity round: we’re scavengers in that method!’ provides Mama.
The pair have all the time championed a sustainable method to design, and the ‘Offcuts’ undertaking is a testomony to this path. ‘These creatures are a small a part of a much bigger dialog round discovering worth in all the things, together with what we deem waste, and possibly a whole lot of artistic minds may help with that,’ says Tolstrup. ‘The agenda has modified and taking care to restore and repurpose has grow to be actually cool.
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