I was asked by Goodyear Tyres to think up 30 inventions that could be used all year round, in different seasons. I was a bit of challenge to think of that many ideas on one theme. I just have to think and think and draw and think until I find them all. 3 of the ideas were made real…
With thanks to James Plant and Niki Wrigg for their help turning the ideas into reality.
When I’m busy it keeps my mind in the normal day to day, but I need to get my thoughts outside of that place to find interesting ideas. So I’m going to return to this blog to use it as a sort of diary for me and place to share new ideas, big or small.
I’d gone through the best creative education I could have hoped for including an intense 2 years at the Royal College of Art in 2002. I learned a lot at the RCA but I lost myself a little when surrounded by famous designer tutors all giving advice and me testing myself to see if I could apply my imagination to the various design briefs we were set. Then I had a few years working with a friend I’d met on the course, we were called Mosley meets Wilcox. We did some interesting work including collaborating with a famous photographer Mick Rock designing some objects inspired by his photos of Bowie, Blondie and Lou Reed. Then from 2006 I went solo and drifted along, not sure as to what I should do.
I lived in London but decided to visit Berlin for a few months for a change of perspective and to try to sort my head out. I visited Gorlitzer park and sat watching some old punk rockers playing golf and frisbee each day. I had some sketchbooks of ideas that I’d always talked about putting together as a book but never quite got around to it. Boredom is a great motivator and I had the idea, while sitting in the park, to start a blog called Variations on Normal. I uploaded 7 invention idea drawings and it got picked up by a big website called digg.com. Suddenly I had people commenting on my work. I’d found a way to show my work and it motivated me to keep adding more ideas and things took off from there.
I’ve been featured in a short film by Liam Saint-Pierre who followed me around while I tried to think of new ideas. He even travelled up north with me to talk to my parents. You can view the film here….
Let’s make use of that upper area of the shoe. There must be loads of things we could screw into it. Here’s my everyday choice, a portable table that I can screw into my shoe whenever I need a flat surface.
In 2012 I self published 1000 books of my drawings and in a couple of month I had sold them. Earlier this year I made contact with Square Peg who wanted to publish a bigger edition with even more inventions in and sell distribute them far and wide. I took a few seconds to think (1.2) and now I’m happy to say it will be published on 21st August 2014.
If you would like me to send you an email when it does come out in order to buy please visit这里并输入您的电子邮件。许多人谢谢多米尼克。
I was asked by London’s famous Selfridges department store to fill a window with my ideas and inventions for their Festival of Imagination. Over the course of two months I set about thinking up and making fourteen different objects with a plan to create something that reflected my sketchbook pages. Instead of drawing the ideas, I have made them real, but kept the handwritten descriptions and arrows all hanging from wire. The window is open for 6 weeks so have a look if you are passing, I titled it ‘Variations on Normal’. There are so many photos and ideas to show and talk about that I will reveal the new objects each day over the next week or so rather than in one big lump.
我正在与声音艺术家合作Yuri Suzukiin a new travelling show called Sound Matters by the Crafts Council UK. Last year I was commissioned by Create 2012 to make a souvenir of East London. I made a vinyl record capturing the sounds of 21 makers in the area at work. From a shoe maker tapping his hammer to the sound of making beigels on Brick Lane. I’ve always liked the idea of creating something and handing it on to another person to find inspiration from it and create something new. I gave my ‘Sounds of Making in East London’ vinyl recordwww.soundsofmaking.com到尤里并问他是否可以从中创造一些新的东西。我欣赏Yuri的工作，他在东伦敦举办了一间工作室，因此继续彰显突出该地区大量创造商的想法。
2012年对我来说是一个非常繁忙的一年，可能是我最繁忙的。我记得开始思考我不知道我在2012年的作用。然后贾法蛋糕委托我蚕食他们的饼干/蛋糕形状的东西。围绕那个时候，我发了推文'我想对3D打印机比赛，使策展人看到它并邀请我参加竞争Milan。我击败了3D打印机，赢得了奖杯。虽然我在米兰，但我花了5天的时间棍棒和磁带in front of the public. On return to London I was invited to the V&A museum to have arematch.against a British 3D Printer. A bit later I was asked to create a souvenir of East London and had the idea to make a vinyl record recording the东伦敦制造商的声音在工作。距离哈克尼的房子约半英里的唱片。BBC Radio 4今天的程序访问了我和我谈到了声音和制造商背后的历史。它甚至在东京收音机播放。
9月，我有一个独唱表演在KK Outlet画廊，我决定制作一本发明的发明图纸并发布了一点动画mbetxapp27。早些时候我被委托给我的鞋子制作了新版本场地对于北南郡的全球足迹。我也被委托制作一双鞋子。在oz巫师思考多萝西后，我决定尝试创造一些鞋这可能导航佩戴者家。这些鞋子在主流报纸和电视中出现了各地，如发现渠道。与此同时，我被要求做一些有趣的事情3M胶带。Finally I was asked to create something that would be suspended across a street inthe Seven Dials area of London. I made an鸟笼拱门代表该地区宠物商店的过去历史。