The Designer Maker Revolution
David Colwell: A Born Designer.

David Colwell: A Born Designer.

April 21, 2020

David Colwell has been a Designer all his life.

He has strongly held and clearly articulated views on design, art and craft. Of course we discuss aesthetics a fair bit.

David has designed and, with his company Trannon, made, stacks of chairs and tables from sustainably harvested and worked wood. He has also designed buildings and sailboats.

Sustainability is fundamental to Davids work.

 

The Revolution is always interested in discussing what constitutes good and bad design!

Thanks Neil Thomason for audio assistance.

Patreon is coming. Also soon (I hope) high quality, silk screened T-shirts - screened by hand of course! Any colour you like, so long as it's Black. Pre-orders for the T-Shirts are welcome.

All proceeds will go towards better equipment and running the Revolution, so that the audio quality can be as good as it can be. The Revolution strives for excellence in all things!

Websites:

www.davidcolwell.com

adrianpotter.net.au

designermakerrevolution.com

Trannon Furniture: http://www.roytamdesign.eclipse.co.uk/

 

Insta:

@davidcolwelldesign

@the.designer.maker.revolution

@adrianpotter.designermaker

@thomason_made

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Fire and Virus 01. Try not to be Immobilised.

Fire and Virus 01. Try not to be Immobilised.

April 11, 2020

This is episode 1 of the Fire and Virus Series.

Thanks for listening, I really appreciate it.

David MacLaren (Bungendore Wood Works Gallery) returns to talk about the devastation caused by the fires and how a successful gallery is coping with a virus ruining the status quo. 

The Black Summer in Australia started around October 2019 and finally ended in February 2020. Townships and communities were destroyed outright despite the enormous effort from the firefighters - many of whom were volunteers.

Almost 3000 homes destroyed, 34 people lost their lives and an estimated 1 billion animals either died or were displaced. Some extinctions are inevitable. 186,000 square kilometres = 72,000 square miles burnt.

Once the fires were out, people stood up and started rebuilding. It felt like climate change was an issue whose time had come.............then,

........the world caught Corona Virus.

In this Fire and Virus series I’m going to talk to creative people caught up in some way with the Black Summer fires to see how they are faring now.

Simon Brown: The Prodigal Son Returns, 109 years of T H Brown Co.

Simon Brown: The Prodigal Son Returns, 109 years of T H Brown Co.

March 30, 2020

Simon Brown: The Prodigal Son Returns, 109 years of T H Brown Co.

Simon Brown is a third generation furniture manufacturer: Grandson of the man TH Brown no less. The TH Brown Company has been a making furniture since 1911.
There have been plenty of ups and downs in the TH Brown organization and Simon Brown is our guide on this 100 year roller coaster of manufacturing, including 2 world wars a great depression and more.

We also get into why there are advantages for designers at various times and why it's really hard for designers to get product in the marketplace at other times. It's a hard question to answer and if you have some thoughts on the matter get in touch!

Simon is a great raconteur and story teller. I hope you enjoy this podcast.

The Revolution is always interested in discussing the Histories!

Thanks Neil Thomason for audio assistance.

Patreon is coming. Also soon (I hope) high quality, silk screened T-shirts - screened by hand of course! Any colour you like, so long as it's Black. Pre-orders for the T-Shirts are welcome.

All proceeds will go towards better equipment and running the Revolution, so that the audio quality can be as good as it can be. The Revolution strives for excellence in all things!

Websites:

adrianpotter.net.au

designermakerrevolution.com

thbrown.com.au

Insta:

@the.designer.maker.revolution

@adrianpotter.designermaker

@thbrownaustralia

@thomason_made

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Will Matthysen: apartheid lost a son, but the world gained a Clock Maker.

Will Matthysen: apartheid lost a son, but the world gained a Clock Maker.

March 23, 2020

 

Will Matthysen is a Clock Maker and was once an architect working for Norman Foster in the UK and Hong Kong.

Will talks about growing up in South Africa during apartheid and a whole bunch of other interesting stuff.

We do discuss some technical aspects of clocks like escapements, pendulums and gears, but there is a real attempt to make it understandable for everyone.

The Revolution is always interested in discussing the Creative Process!

Thanks Neil Thomason for audio assistance.

Patreon is coming. Also soon (I hope) high quality, silk screened T-shirts - screened by hand of course! Any colour you like, so long as it's Black. Pre-orders for the T-Shirts are welcome.

All proceeds will go towards better equipment and running the Revolution, so that the audio quality can be as good as it can be. The Revolution strives for excellence in all things!

Websites:

adrianpotter.net.au

designermakerrevolution.com

willmatthysen.com

studiowoodworkers.org.au

Also Check out: Bridget Riley art, Eli Terry wooden clocks, escapements

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Escapement

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridget_Riley

https://www.newenglandhistoricalsociety.com/eli-terry-connecticut-clock-maker/

Insta:

@the.designer.maker.revolution

@adrianpotter.designermaker

@willmatthysen

@thomason_made

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Brian Parkes: From the Slaughthouse to Leadership in Arts, currently CEO JamFactory Craft and Design Centre

Brian Parkes: From the Slaughthouse to Leadership in Arts, currently CEO JamFactory Craft and Design Centre

March 14, 2020

Brian Parkes
Brian Parkes is currently CEO of JamFactory Craft and Design Centre in Adelaide, Australia.

JamFactory has played a huge role in 1000's of artist's, craftspeople and designers lives for the last 47 years.

Obviously we talk about the Jam but we also get into what makes Brian Parkes tick!

Thanks heaps Brian for being so open and available for this conversation.

Brian is a man inspired by and truly working for the benefit of "others".

From the Slaughterhouse to Leadership in the Arts, Brian's story is super interesting.

The Revolution is always interested in discussing personal stories!

Thanks Neil Thomason.

Patreon is coming. Also soon (I hope) high quality, silk screened T-shirts - screened by hand of course! Any colour you like, so long as it's Black. Pre-orders for the T-Shirts are welcome.

All proceeds will go towards better equipment and running the Revolution, so that the audio quality can be as good as it can be. The Revolution strives for excellence in all things!

Websites:

adrianpotter.net.au

designermakerrevolution.com

jamfactory.com.au

Also Check out: Rover Thomas paintings, Gwyn Hanssen Pigott ceramics

Insta:

@the.designer.maker.revolution

@adrianpotter.designermaker

@brian.parkes

@thomason_made

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The David Haig Experience Part 2.

The David Haig Experience Part 2.

March 10, 2020

The David Haig Experience Part 2.
David Haig is the sweetest soul in the universe.
This is Part 2 of our conversation. There's not much overlap in what we talk with Part 1 and Part 2. I don't reckon you need to listen to Part 1 to make sense of this episode.

We discuss:
being a hippie and business man at the same time,
how to build a successful practice without a plan,
how to just allow things to happen and nudge the good things forward,

David provides wise advice on how to de-stress and have a better life as well as the pros and cons of aging.
We delve into a deep discussion on the "inner" world, David is a wise man so listen up!
The Revolution holds deep discussions inherently valuable.

Neil Thomason has helped me massively with the audio quality. Thanks Neil.

Patreon is coming. Also soon (I hope) high quality, silk screened T-shirts - screened by hand of course! Any colour you like, so long as it's Black. Pre-orders for the T-Shirts are welcome.

All proceeds will go towards better equipment and running the Revolution, so that the audio quality can be as good as it can be. The Revolution strives for excellence in all things!

Websites:

adrianpotter.net.au

designermakerrevolution.com

davidhaig.co.nz

froggybottomguitars.com

www.cfw.co.nz

Insta:

@the.designer.maker.revolution

@adrianpotter.designermaker

@davidhaigfurniture

@thomason_made

@centreforfinewoodworking_nz

@froggybottomguitars

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The David Haig Experience Part 1.

The David Haig Experience Part 1.

March 1, 2020

The David Haig Experience Part 1.

David Haig is the sweetest soul in the universe. He has been a designer maker of wood furniture for decades in New Zealand and has also taught around the world.
His chairs are gorgeous! Look for them on his website, but pictures don't do them justice - try if you can to touch and sit in one because its an experience!
David grew up in Malaya (now Malaysia) but spent his formative years in Britain.
We discuss:
the benefits of a history Degree from Oxford when being a craftsman is going to be your profession,
the joys of working with your hands,
chairs as an engineering art-form,
and, of course, we discuss at length David's design and creative process
This podcast investigates how creative people tick, David and I get some of the way down that philosophical road in Part 1. Part 2 goes a lot further so stay tuned for that conversation -coming soon.

Articulate conversations describing the creative process are as rare as hens teeth, so listen up!

The Revolution is always interested in discussing the Creative Process!

Neil Thomason has helped me massively with the audio quality. Thanks Neil.

Patreon is coming. Also soon (I hope) high quality, silk screened T-shirts - screened by hand of course! Any colour you like, so long as it's Black. Pre-orders for the T-Shirts are welcome.

All proceeds will go towards better equipment and running the Revolution, so that the audio quality can be as good as it can be. The Revolution strives for excellence in all things!

Websites:

adrianpotter.net.au

designermakerrevolution.com

davidhaig.co.nz

Insta:

@the.designer.maker.revolution

@adrianpotter.designermaker

@davidhaigfurniture

@thomason_made

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SourSob Bob: Musician …..sort of Folk/Punk

SourSob Bob: Musician …..sort of Folk/Punk

February 23, 2020

SourSob Bob is a Musician who has been described as ...."sort of Folk-Punk".

We discuss at length the creative process of writing songs and how crucial practicing is to all endeavors.

SSB has adventured into the desert heart of Australia and has plenty of stories to tell about that. Including: how to keep pet camels in your backyard.

He tells us where his ideas come from and why you need to put on the best show you can.

This podcast investigates how creative people tick and Bob gets a long way into that difficult question.

Articulate conversations about the creative process are rare, so listen up!

The Revolution is always interested in discussing the Creative Process!

 

Neil Thomason has helped me massively with the audio quality. Thanks Neil.

 

Patreon is coming. Also soon (I hope) high quality, silk screened T-shirts - screened by hand of course! Any colour you like, so long as it's Black. Pre-orders for the T-Shirts are welcome.

 

All proceeds will go towards better equipment and running the Revolution, so that the audio quality can be as good as it can be. The Revolution strives for excellence in all things!

Websites:

adrianpotter.net.au

designermakerrevolution.com

soursobbob.com

Insta:

@the.designer.maker.revolution

@adrianpotter.designermaker

@thomason_made

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Dale Broholm, Amazing Designer Maker and Critic

Dale Broholm, Amazing Designer Maker and Critic

February 14, 2020

Dale Broholm  is a designer maker of furniture and Senior Critic at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).

If you listened to the Witness Tree episode you’ll know that Dale is that project’s father.

Dale and I had a wonderful conversation. We talked about: how to constructively criticize someone’s creative work, running for fun and profit, core values we can get from our ancestors, benefits of restoring antiques, being inspired by vernacular design and running – also knee reconstruction! Dale discusses his creative process and various ways to go about designing objects. Articulate discussions about the creative process are rare, so listen up!

The Revolution is always interested in discussing the Creative Process!

Neil Thomason has helped me massively with the audio quality. Can you hear it? Thanks Neil.

Patreon is coming. Also soon (I hope) high quality, silk screened T-shirts - screened by hand of course! Any colour you like, so long as it's Black. Pre-orders for the T-Shirts are welcome.

All proceeds will go towards better equipment and running the Revolution, so that the audio quality can be as good as it can be. The Revolution strives for excellence in all things!

Websites:

adrianpotter.net.au

designermakerrevolution.com

dalebroholm.com

Insta:

@dalebroholm

@risd_furniture

@the.designer.maker.revolution

@adrianpotter.designermaker

@thomason_made

@witnesstreeproject

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Daniel Cavicchi, Author, Historian, Thinker, Fan, Vice Provost

Daniel Cavicchi, Author, Historian, Thinker, Fan, Vice Provost

February 7, 2020

Daniel Cavicchi is an author, creative thinker, fan of all things cultural and, during the day, Vice Provost of Rhode Island School of Design.

We had a wonderful conversation about Dan's life, work and stories - lots of stories! Everything is a Story.

Thanks for listening and an especial thank you to Neil Thomason for answering the call for audio help. Cheers Neil.

Patreon is coming and soon, I hope, high quality, silk screened T-shirts - screened by hand of course! Any colour you like, so long as it's Black. Pre-orders for the T-Shirts are welcome.

All proceeds will go towards running the Revolution and also better equipment so that the audio quality can be as good as it can be. Part of the Revolution is striving for excellence in all things!

Websites:

adrianpotter.net.au

designermakerrevolution.com

witnesstreeproject.org

risd.edu

Insta:

@witnesstreeproject

@risd

@the.designer.maker.revolution

@adrianpotter.designermaker

@thomason_made

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