Maria Moyer is a sculptor who splits her time between Oakland, California and Manhattan, New York.
Much of her work is hand-formed, unglazed porcelain that she sands between firings to create a sea-shell-smooth finish. For her, the feel of the work is as important as its form. She prefers to reveal the natural skin of the clay and the remnants of human touch, rather than to cover the clay with glaze. Most of her work is nonfunctional, with the exception of a limited collection of porcelain-and-leather jewelry.
MAKESHIFT: THE CONVERSATION
Our conversation for MAKESHIFT is about finding the point where the professional worlds of craft, fashion, design, and DIY intersect. It is our belief that the simple act of MAKING will be found at that point of intersection. However, it is also our understanding that this convergence has yet to be defined, because there are nearly as many interpretations of it as there are people in the world.
We believe that by MAKING together we will become more aware of how to use our understanding of this intersection as a tool to affect change in our local communities at the micro level, and the world community on a on a grander scale.
This may seem like an idealistic goal. It is idealistic, but there are growing numbers of writers, thinkers, designers, and creators who believe it is attainable (see the growing reading list at www.alabamachanin-makeshift.com).
“When I Was a Very Small Boy,” the Ettore Sottsass essay about the act of making , embraces the idea that when we are young, we don’t have preconceived notions about what or how to make, we just DO. And in DOING we learn. In the last paragraph, he says, “I’d like to find somewhere to try out things, together…” In keeping with the Sottsass essay, we believe that by taking ourselves out of our comfort zones and trying something new, we can evolve together. This evolution is attained by exploring, not thinking or judging.
As design and craft professions (of all mediums) have emerged, walls have grown between these practitioners and new ways of thinking. By living and working within these walls, we close ourselves off from new experiences and more evolved ways of thinking and doing. MAKESHIFT is about reawakening to the wonders we find when we move beyond those walls and step out of our comfort zones. Our hope is that, by initiating this step and beginning this conversation, we will find a natural— and comfortable— meeting place that fosters unity. We further believe that by finding this meeting place, every maker, as well as the designs, products, and lives they touch, will be enriched.
MAKESHIFT @ The Standard Talks
Thank you to everyone who braved the rain and came out last night for MAKESHIFT at the Standard Talks. On behalf of myself and all of the panelists, we appreciate everyone’s enthusiastic response to MAKING.
It was a beautiful evening. As a group, we crafted a song and sang together , finger-knitted, and shared our ‘worn stories.’ Throughout the day, we will share some of our MAKESHIFT moments here.
Andrew Wagner, our charismatic MC, led the discussion at The Standard Talks. His team at Krrb created an accompanying video of the participants, which played throughout the evening as we discussed our work and how MAKING is an integral part of all creative, design, and fashion industries.
Check back today as we continue to recap the night.
Comment with your ideas and thoughts, and use #MAKESHIFT2012 across social media platforms to continue the conversation.
Again, thank you to all of our panelists and guests. Look for much more to come from MAKESHIFT this week!