Joel is also a director/filmmaker and his website has some of his projects though for some reason I cannot navigate beyond the front page.
Beautiful wooden “curtain” door from Matharoo Associates.
Who would have thought that designers would spend so much time on the design of the simple teabag?
A beautiful Tree Railing
on the same site they also show a rather cool branch chandelier
both via Design Fetish
To date this blog has featured mainly photography with a few artists. But I also enjoy design. So this week I shall be featuring a few examples of design which I have seen and enjoyed recently.
Starting with some lovely bookshelves
I like Sam Bassett‘s portrait photography. His tape sculptures are good too.
Jerry Dammers, formerly of The Specials, has been touring for the past year or more with a big band tribute primarily to Sun Ra, but also, more broadly, to musical mavericks and outsiders. Last night’s concert at The Anvil in Basingstoke included the music of Satie, Moondog, Alice Coltrane, Joe Meek and Mike Oldfield (!), mixed seamlessly, and often within the same piece, with that of Sun Ra and Dammers’ own compositions – both new material and from The Specials. The result was a glorious mess of great ensemble playing, loud, funky, amusing and infectious.
The band, decked out in Egyptian robes, bizarre headgear and spectacles, and surrounded by strange Egyptian, Middle Eastern and Science Fiction ephemera, were all excellent. It was good to see Zoe Rahman, Denys Baptiste, Larry Stabbins and Finn Peters, four musicians whose work I already knew, perform. Spoken word artist Anthony Joseph and vocalist Francine Luce added vocals on a number of tracks including Joseph on an excellent version of Nuclear War (merged with The Specials’ Man at C&A) and Luce doing some frighteningly good animal noises on a piece that referenced 1950′s exotica. The rest of the group added chanting on tracks that included the Theme to Batman and Sun Ra’s Space is the Place.
Visually the performance was a treat. With between 17 and 19 musicians on stage including 7 on brass (and Peters on flute) and 4 on percussion it was hard to know where to look. Visuals projected behind the band included images from space, science fiction B movies, and early 20th century Egyptology.
The concert ended with the band, except Dammers, exiting the stage through the audience whilst still performing Space is the Place. Dammers remained on stage producing bizarre squalls and squawks from his keyboards and electronics for a few minutes. Leaving the auditorium the audience found the band continuing their performance in the bar area and even at one point leaving the building completely.
This was an exhilarating show – one of the most enjoyable I’ve seen. The only slight let down was the audience itself. The theatre was not full and the audience was never fully engaged. That was no fault of the band.
Image taken from Jerry Dammers website