Monday 18th May 2020 is International Museum Day, an event that has been running since 1977 with the objective of raising awareness that museums are an important agency for cultural exchange. Last year 37,000 museums across the world participated in this celebration from 158 different countries and territories. This year’s theme is ‘Museums for equality: diversity and inclusion’.
In light of recent events here in the UK, MoDiP is not physically open at present but we are trying to maintain our online presence in these difficult times. We had hoped to mark International Museum Day with a series of activities in the museum to share with our multi-cultural community at AUB. As this is not now possible, we thought we would use this blog instead to feature some of the museum objects that have inspired our students, past and present, illustrating our belief that design in plastics has no boundaries and is for everyone.
Heida Jonsdottir (Iceland), BA (Hons) Fashion
Object chosen: Jelly plate, AIBDC : 006877
As I walked into the MoDiP museum, one particular thing caught my eye. A beautifully crafted, semi-transparent bowl with flowing features and a blueish hue. I returned a few times to the museum, but I was always drawn to this bowl. The pattern of the bowl and its blue colour reminds me of water, with one exception: water is chaotic, unpredictable and irregular while the pattern of the bowl is consistent and systematic. Maybe, the reason I am drawn to it is that I relate to it, a highly organised and systematic person studying something as chaotic as art. It made me wonder if I could achieve the same flowing shapes in my work, in garments as the shapes in the bowl, so I decided to try to make a pattern that would make the fabric behave similarly.
|Object chosen: Disposable cutlery, AIBDC : 007041|
Object chosen: Valentine typewriter, AIBDC : 005603
Hirunkorn Nikornsaen (Thailand), MA Illustration
|Object chosen: Packing tape basket, AIBDC : 005742|
AUB Illustration students were asked to create a piece of work in response to an artefact in the museum.
Jak Hansford (Britain), MA Fine Art
Object chosen: Eve fruit bowl, AIBDC : 006731
|The final piece, 180cm x 40cm, is one of the biggest tufted works I have ever produced. |
Image ref: http://museumofdesigninplastics.blogspot.com/2020/04/student-creative-jak-hansford.html