SoCal Design: A New Age for Making?
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In an age of complex digital design LA artists and architects are turning to specialty fabricators to build their concepts. Smilee Barnacle talks about “making” in LA’s new age of manufacturing. And Bobbye Tigerman looks back at a past community of makers and designers, profiled in her Handbook of California Design. Plus, Don Waldie talks about how Angeleno-style mobility was off limits to him until the advent of rapid transit on “Iconic Wilshire Boulevard.”
Banner image: Smilee Barnacle sanding fiberglass in his Barnacle Brothers studio
Handbook of California Design ()
Bobbye Tigerman co-curated California Design, 1930—1965: Living in a Modern Way, an exhibit shown last year at LACMA. The show was a hit – and the research produced so much rich history about designers and makers that the curators decided to create a book about them.
The result is A Handbook of California Design, 1930—1965: Craftspeople, Designers, Manufacturers, designed by Irma Boom. Bobbye talks about the community of designers that thrived then, and considers the state of Southern California designing and making today. After being eclipsed by Silicon Valley, is it enjoying a rebirth?
- Bobbye Tigerman: Assistant Curator, Decorative Arts and Design, LACMA
LA Maker: Smilee Barnacle ()
In an age of complex digital design LA artists and architects are turning to specialty fabricators to build their concepts. Artist and maker, Smilee Barnacle, whose client list includes Shepard Fairey, Andrea Zittel, Mark Bradford, and architect Tom Wiscombe, talks about “making” in LA’s new age of manufacturing, and reflects on the impact of the computer on the tradition of crafting ones art.
Part of an installation for the Venice Bienale 2011,
"Gloria," designed by Allorra & Calzadilla,
and built by Barnacle Brothers
- Smilee Barnacle: Barnacle Brothers Sculpture and Custom Fabrication, @BarnacleBros
Iconic Wilshire Boulevard: D.J. Waldie ()
For the past month on DnA we’ve been hearing stories about “Iconic Wilshire Boulevard.” This week poet and essayist DJ Waldie returns with a reminder that LA’s streets tell a different story when you cannot drive.
- D.J. Waldie: KCET
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