This project is inspired by a trip I made to Japan a few years ago, and the way that it changed how I think about space and design, objects and negative space, or emptiness. There is a beautiful simplicity to Japanese design, a sense of patience and energy in the art of making things, with a result that exudes calm and peace.
The desire for this project also came from an almost desperate urge to explore new materials. After six years working as a jewellery designer, during which I have sometimes felt limited in my use of materials and scale, Oscille offers potential for inspiration and imagination. This new project has emerged as an outlet for me to approach materials in a new light, without boundaries - and using my hands in ways I haven’t yet explored. As a self-trained artist, it represents a new experiment in refining my craftsmanship.
I have immense curiosity for new materials - their properties, their weight, how they interact in their environment, how they can be manipulated, bent out of shape, folded, treated - and all the subsequent creative possibilities. That’s why this project, Oscille, will be unveiled in chapters, following my journey as I delve into the exploration of materials, some permanent such as metals, glass, ceramics or plexiglass, and others ephemeral such as flowers or paper.
To me, the spaces where we live should appeal to our senses and envelop us, providing comfort and nurture. Most items in the home are static, built from the ground up, and with Oscille I hope to introduce movement - like the feeling you might get from observing a curtain move with the breeze. The interaction of objects and elements in a space contributes to a sense of harmony in the home, and I find the use of empty ceiling space intriguing - like it’s eager to be filled.
Oscille mobiles are light in weight and designed so their parts move around independently of each other, never still, always gently rotating on their own axes. Mobiles reveal an ever-changing composition with each glance, offering peace of mind while inviting the viewer to imagine the potential of negative space: the space around and the space in between. They play with your senses.