Veljko Mladenovic

veljko@mladenovic.org

The project is an insightful exploration of the self. The program: a series of workshops populate the Plum-Pudding-Island landscape. The workshops are envisaged as a place for the community to come together; resident weavers and woodworkers for an extended period of time also become teachers to the wider Thanet community.

Exploring the self, this meant understanding my own processes of design; what resulted in a series of experiments exploring the random nature of doing something for its own sake - because I wanted to. Not a novel sentiment, Louis Pasteur - the physical chemist - called this becoming a prepared mind. Doing a task for its own sake.

Three simple steps ensue:

1.Collect found object : why has this been collected

2. Make: what can I do with found objects

3. Draw: how might this translate into architecture

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Drawing became a primary means of exploration. Meditation and mediation of objects and lines entwined.

The resulting framework is formed of four building assemblies: workshops, a tearoom, gallery, and artist residences. Like found objects in the landscape, each bares a relation to the other. The last - the residence - sitting as a stone in the field.

 

Drawing became a primary means of exploration. Meditation and mediation of objects and lines entwined.

The resulting framework is formed of four building assemblies: workshops, a tearoom, gallery, and artist residences. Like found objects in the landscape, each bares a relation to the other. The last - the residence - sitting as a stone in the field.

In its concluding phase, found objects- five-stones - became a tool: a way to draw the architecture.

These techniques varied and encompassed everything from collaging to collaborative drawing.

A tearoom sits as a focal point of social interactions away from the workplace.

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