“ A theory of harmony does not tend to fetter the imagination but on the contrary provides a guide to the discovery of new and different means of colour expression”
Johannes Itten (Itten J 1961)
Food is evocative in many ways, it lends itself to our sense of imagination and nostalgia. When smell is paired with taste it can lead us through an explosive sensory experience that can unveil our connection with food and memory. A dish is assembled with both narrative and ingredients in mind. The plating of the food can lead to the important first step of the diners experience whereby the eyes do the eating.
A dish is a vehicle to be connected to people.
Dominique Crenn (Chefs, 2016)
The importance of ingredients and my fascination of food has led me to design and make tableware that explores the relationship between humankind, salt and landscape. Humans and salt are connected by a kaleidoscope of meaning and metaphor. Salt played a major role in the survival and evolution of europeans settlers with processors and methods of storing and curing meat. It is used in almost every meal and is most often overlooked. During my project I visited the Pink Salt Lakes of the Murray Sunset National Park in Victoria’s Mallee region as the area of investigation for my project.
There is a beautiful juxtaposition in the relationship between landscape and nature which also can be found through food and tableware. One is a platform that has a sense of permanence and the other is an ever changing temporary moment.
I collaborated with the chefs from an established cafe in Yarraville called ‘Cobb Lane’. My project involved designing tableware that will showcase a wallaby inspired dish along side a sweet dish with a pouring vessel.
There is a beautiful symbiosis that is created when an object connects to our senses in one way or another and as a designer/maker I feel it is important to create wares that can be utilised in an everyday sense. The ‘semi arid’ project will be an important addition to my studio practice.
By exploring past and present methods in slip casting and by experimenting with new techniques, I have gained a wide knowledge base in this area that will further my explorative experimentation. This years work will contribute to the development of my own studio and batch production opportunities post honours year.