Flotsam & Jetsam
Beachcombers of the Frisian island of Texel - Netherlands
All things relative
If you’ve ever tried to mentally fathom how big the world is, or maybe how it relates to the surrounding universe, well it’s all a bit overwhelming isn’t it? Perhaps you’ve been getting a little too deep, taken a long walk, had one too many drinks etc, and contemplated how you fit into this whole thing yourself…! It’s all a bit much really isn’t it? But thankfully for us, legendary mid century design duo, Ray and Charles Eames gave this some thought on our behalf. As well as designing the chairs you already know about, they are also known for their documentary style film making, releasing in 1977 the amazing ‘Powers of Ten’.
Both scientifically and artistically pleasing, the film offers a great visual perspective on the relative scale of the Universe, as viewed in factors of ten. We are taken on a dramatic, pre google earth style journey, framing outwards from a picnicking couple in Chicago, ending up at the outer reaches of the Universe. We then enhance inwards again from our furthest vantage point, passing through space and then skin, finally resting within the cells that make up our human bodies.
It likely won’t help you find your way in the world, but then again, maybe it will..?
Hands across the water…
The HANDS series, filmed in Ireland in the late 70’s and 80’s, captures the final years of traditional rural and urban life in Ireland. Inspired by a sense of urgency to record crafts in their natural surroundings before they disappeared completely, film makers David Shaw Smith and his wife Sally, travelled the length and breadth of Ireland and it’s islands, to document the series of films on traditional Irish crafts and lifestyles, where the emphasis is on the skills of human hands rather than on machines.
This film of boat builder and former eel fisherman, Jimmy Furey (parts 2 and 3 linked below), shows the construction of a Shannon One Design, a wooden clinker-built, eighteen-foot racing dinghy. SOD’s are traditionally built on the shores of Loughs Derg and Ree in Ireland and are unique to the Shannon river.