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Published on March 25th, 2013 | by Vincent Jobse
Crafts Magazine: disease becomes design
Lots to see in the latest edition of Crafts, the magazine for contemporary craft. The magazine tells stories of design, designers and of the materials that design is made of. And it shows results: the ceramics in Sir John Soane’s Museum, the anarchist work of silversmith David Clarke, highlights of 100 years of stainless steel, the products of Gone Rural, a social art enterprise from Swaziland.
As always the most intriguing work is layered. This is certainly the case with Luke Jerram’s ‘Glass Microbiology’, work that now is exhibited by National Centre for Craft & Design. His complex but clear monochrome glass objects attract the eye immediately. They may seems mathematical constructions at first, abstract glass jewels, but in fact they are clear glass renderings of viruses and bacteria such as HIV, H1N1 and SARS.
These ‘jewels’ were based on the coloured pictures that illustrate scientific articles and serious reporting on these diseases to the public. But, if you extract the colour from the imagery you have the basis for beautiful sculptures in glass. You cannot but love and admire these forms that cause so much distruction.
Check his collection here: http://www.lukejerram.com/glass/gallery
Crafts, magazine for contemporary craft
Issue: March /April 2013
96 Pages / Language: English