Lives and Works: Amsterdaam
Studio DeSimoneWayland are Marcello De Simone and Bruce Wayland, an Italian and American design duo who have combined their backgrounds in studio art and art history to create bold colourful designs that are new, instilled with history, and yet with a sense of the unexpected.
Ceramic plates as decoration have been made and cherished for centuries.
Generally these are stand-alone works, or one might think of Piero Fornasetti’s set of plates such has his ‘Adam & Eve’.
Our attraction to plates – and by extension to ceramics in general – came by way of their surface decoration as well as their shapes.
The spark of an idea to somehow use the subject matter of the plates and combine it with another image came about in 2010.
Thus our ALTERED PERSPECTIVES series came into being.
As the name implies the ‘perspective’ of the painting is ‘altered’ by combining it with the subject of the decoration of the plates, the sum of the whole being more interesting than the individual parts.
As we explored the idea of these combinations, the shapes of the various plates also became an important element of the overall composition.
Ovals mixed with circles, and in more recent works with more unusual shapes such as scalloped shell shapes or 18th C. inspired Delfts Blue plaques.
Since their inception, the Altered Perspectives have been commissioned by Anthropologie and Terrain (2010-13), MaxMara (2014-15), Achmea (2016), The Walt Disney Company (2017), and have been published in several international interior-design magazines.
FROM ALTERED PERSPECTIVES TO ALTERED HISTORIES
Wanting to create an entire work was the natural progression of our work, and so in 2014 we created a new series where we designed every aspect of the ceramics.
We created the plates and designed our own digital transfers. In effect we were setting out to create the idea of the ‘Altered Perspectives’ entirely in ceramics.
This process proved lengthy and labor intensive: the ceramics required three firings; the plaster moulds -which we also created- incorporated texture to mimic the textile of the painted canvas.
FROM A DIFFERENT CLOTH
In the process of creating our own plaster moulds we discovered quite by chance the beauty of the textiles combined with the ceramics. It was this ‘surprise’ discovery that lead us to push the whole idea of what we were making in an entirely new direction.
Our journey started by wanting to create ceramics with texture, but leave them unglazed, and yet have colour.
This problem was resolved by adding pigments to the stoneware or porcelain, thus allowing us to focus on the surface texture. Adding pigments to the clay opened up the world of colour, and allowed to create our own custom colour combinations, so that the end result is just as much about the colour as it is the texture and form.
The entire process from surface decoration to shape to texture and colour has been a very organic one, and like anything in a natural process our story within ceramics continues to evolve.
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