Charlotte Wootten: fashion and textiles

Art and design, research, inspiration and development

Month: September, 2014

3D Designer, Jason Miller

Jason Miller’s ‘Endless’ L.E.D light system.

Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book, 1975

The influence on Miller’s Endless L.E.D lighting system can be seen from this 1970’s Supergraphics design which has inspirational flowing lines and aesthetically pleasing curves which guide your eyes around the room making the room appear larger and frames the space effectively.

This week I have been experimenting with 3 Dimensional Design, which lead to me researching various designers such as John Maeda, Max Lamb and Jason Miller. One piece of design I admired was Jason Miller’s ‘Endless L.E.D light system’. Jason Miller was inspired by 1970’s interior design trend Supergraphics. This inspiration is visible from the flowing lines which lead your eye around the room and the simple design which is used to frame the room.

Although Miller’s design is much more industrial looking than the Supergraphics design and is not brightly coloured, the Supergraphics design and Miller’s L.E.D lights serve an identical purpose; to frame a room and guide your eyes around the space, making the space look bigger.

I really like how Miller’s design can be upgraded by the consumer by adding extra lengths or curves, meaning that they can adjust it to their own living/business space and if their spaces change they can easily adjust the lighting system to fit the space. I also love how the lights can be suspended from the ceiling or walls with metal rods which look contemporary and don’t take a lot of attention away from the lights. Furthermore, I think that the lights would fit well in an urban living environment as they remind me of London tube maps with the curves and ‘endless’ lines.

Miller’s design has made me realise that simple design can be very effective and beautiful, whilst retro influences don’t necessarily mean colour or even 3D inspirations.


The Tate Modern Exhibit: Bill Viola, Tiny Deaths

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As the video comes to life alongside the sound effects, the imagery becomes clearer before suddenly disappearing in a flash.

On the 18th of September I visited the Tate Modern, where one exhibit captured my attention. This was Bill Viola’s ‘Tiny Deaths’, 1993, which is located in the Poetry and Dreams gallery, level 2, room 9.  This was a piece of video art which used sounds and projections to capture the audience’s full attention. As you step into the darkened room, the sound of whispers fills your ears and grabs your attention. You feel a sense of thrill as the unexpected suddenly makes its’ self clear in the endless darkness; ghostly imagery suddenly appears, becoming brighter and clearer and disappearing as quickly as it had appeared. There was a series of these ghostly appearances which were all of different people and appeared at varied times, keeping the audience hooked to the unexpected.

I enjoyed visiting this exhibition as it kept your interest throughout and also allowed the audience to interact with the exhibit; the sudden ghostly imagery would make you jump in the complete darkness. The darkness combined with the sound effects made you forget about the other exhibits in the Tate and grabbed your full attention.