I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what to concentrate on for my theme book. Much as I love my fairground art, rugged landscapes and nature I feel that I would really like to explore the theme of gears.
Interlocking, relying on each other, working together, movement and control are all symbolised by gears and cogs. They do not work independently, only in a pair or as a group.
They enable machinery to work, both modern and ancient,
and humans have been using them forever. Our modern world revolves around them as they revolve around each other.
Cars, manufacturing machinery, boats and even our sewing machines will not work without them – even in this computerised, electronic world of ours. Even the first computers were a large collection of gears and cogs!
Looking closely at the gears around us there are so many types and designs, shapes and sizes to draw inspiration from as well as the machines they drive. I think they would create an interesting design project to take forward into a final piece – what, I am not sure of yet but something wearable could work well.
Ideas could be gleaned from ‘Steam Punk’ fashion designs as a research starting point for this. Where steam engineering and victorian style fashions combine to create rich, flamboyant clothing.