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So I’ve been trying to find other inflatable art to reference in my work. Here are some I’ve found recently – I’ll keep adding as I find more.

I found this absolutely adorable giant inflatable rubber duckie by Florentijn Hofman at the Wooster Collective. For the exhibition “Loire Estuary 2007”, the Duck sits in the Loire River itself. I kindof like the contrast of the dull, gloomy weather to the bright and happy duck.

Rubber Duck by Florentijn Hofman

And the taco pointed me to Engadget to see this inflatable dress/chair combo, called the Self-Sustainable Chair by JooYoun Paek. The artist says:

“Self-Sustainable Chair, a dress made out of polyethylene, connected to shoes that pump air into an inflatable bubble attached to its rear part on each step. The dress slowly transforms into a chair with each step and holds the person to sit on it naturally… Self-Sustainable chair is a conceptual garment that motivates users to consistently switch between walking and sitting as a loop behavior on the street. The balance between exercise and rest would be maintained by wearing this suit. The purpose of this project is to transform the humdrum experiences produced by routine walking commutes into an amusing interactive performance.”

Self-Sustainable Chair by JooYoun Paek

Ages ago I saw this work called ‘Pump It Up‘ by Nacho Carbonell Ivars at We Make Money Not Art. There are little rubber blobs, attached by tubes to an inflated chair. You are invited to sit on the chair, and in doing so, you inflate the blobs – which turn out to be cute little animals (or ‘parasites’).

Pump It Up by Nacho Carbonell Ivars

That will be it for inflatables today. As I said I’ll add more as I find them.



So what am I doing now?

Currently in Sculpture I am working on a piece to do with my upcoming trip to Japan. It’s inflatable, and it’s cute. I shall explain:

At the beginning of the year I went on a trip to Melbourne with a friend to visit my brother. We went to a dress up birthday party one night (Wrestle-mania themed, but we dressed up as a pirate band – of course!). We played our instruments (a recorder, drum, and accordion), danced and got tipsy, then started contemplating the serious questions (as you do at a dress up party).
What did we really want to make at school this year?

Turns out I really wanted to make giant inflatable sushi. Yes. Inflatable Sushi.

Well, that didn’t really explain much, so here goes:
I originally saw some very very cute things like this crochet sushi (by NeedleNoodles on Etsy), and sushi pillows on the web.

Crochet Amigurumi Sushi by NeedleNoodles on Etsy

And so I thought I needed my own soft sushi to cuddle. I mostly wanted to make cushions or pillows from fabric because I can’t crochet. Then I suppose I thought about it developing into art, and about scale, and materials. At first it was going to be cardboard sushi houses – to live in for a couple of days as ‘performance’. Then I thought inflatable would be much more fun. Hmm, I’ll go into some more of that thinking process in another post.

So, with the inflatable sushi, first off I had to see if my idea was viable. I tend to think of things that just aren’t practical. It was a great relief when I found this awesome site called AKAirways. It documents many inflatable projects from designs and ideas through to making, completion and display. It doesn’t expressly show you how to make ‘bubbles’ from start to finish, but there are some handy diagrams, short explanations, as well as informative process pictures and videos.

Inflatable work with AKAirways logo.

Bubble Head by AKAirways.

And I found it is true that you can make an inflatable with just some garbage bags, an iron, wax paper, and a fan. But now I have moved on to clear polyethylene scrap sheeting and a soldering iron. Soon enough I’ll get some new sheeting, and maybe even have a go with shower curtains. I will need to get some substantial things done in the next week, because I have a crit next Wednesday – eep!

I will take some process pictures between now and then, and post them to show you what on earth I’m on about.



Broke the seal.

Now that I’ve broken the seal of blogging things, I might as well get into it.

I am going to Japan in a little over a month, so to get into the spirit:

Thankyou I Can Has Cheezburger!
Loves it <3




First.. Post.. Ever!!

Goodness. I just don’t know what to say.
Maybe I need to get the first one out of the way – then long, amazing, super interesting posts will just pour out by themselves! – then maybe it will get easier :D

To start things off, for those who don’t know me, I’ll let you know that I’m an Aussie, and a Sculpture student at the ANU School of Art. So as you can guess I enjoy art, but I’m also a bit of a nerd, and a fan of the bizarre and cute. These will most likely be my topics of discussion.
I currently have a Flickr site for my artwork, and will soon have my own website up. How excitement!

Well now, I think that’ll do for my first post.
Thanks for reading!
– Lydia

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