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Updated Artifact Catalog

Feedback from our last artifact catalog led us to narrow down our time frame. The period of 1600-1900 is the scaled down time period.

 

 

artifact catalog

 

These are the artifacts that the artifact group has collected.  We have arranged them in three different groups.  Two prong, three prong, and four prong.  This organization aligns the artifacts by a common style which also correlates to the time period in which they were produced.  Earlier forks typically had two tines and later forks progressed to four tines.  The main reason for this was the change in use of the fork.

Heather Williams, Signage

Heather Williams

Signage Idea:

I used delicate geometric and symmetrical shapes for the background image to represent styles of Islamic dining. Their silverware is very intricate and highly detailed. The details are very delicate and soft.

I am part of the artifacts group. In contributing to this group, I found precedents of museum design and have researched artifacts from different areas of the world. I researched plates from Islamic culture and looked at their pattern and symmetry. I think we should find artifacts from different areas geographically and also from different time periods and compare them.

Ideas for our exhibit:

  • Signage
    • Signage could be hung from the ceiling leading up to the exhibit to direct people where to go
  • Artifacts
    • Represent artifacts used in dining such as silverware and also tables and chairs
    • Research the styles of the geographical area and time periods where the artifacts are from
    • Relate the artifact design aspects to the designs of the place and time periods they are from

Below are some artifacts I researched from different places

  

The plates are Islamic and Indian design, and the spoons are from North America and Germany.

http://heatherdesignarchitecture.blogspot.com/

 

Precedent Exhibition, Artifact Analysis, and Signage Ideation

This was an exhibition by an alumni student of NYSID.  I found this space particularly inspirational in its use of light and staging.  Dramatic purple, neon lighting is buffered by white recess lighting that showers and backlights the product.  Hidden recess lighting above the drop down ceiling panel creates a majestic, soft flow of accent light.  Opaque and oblique partitions create a visually stimulating barrier within the space while still serving the function of displaying the shoe products.  The modular paneled wall, which looks to have some acoustical value, along with the ceiling create a somber contrast to the brightly lit space.  This offers visual relief from generic white washed walls while creating a focal point with the centered opaque partitions.

Artifact Analysis

Teapot, 1699–1700

French; Paris

Silver, wood

The teapot along with the coffee pot have oddly contrasting handles made out of wood, primarily to reduce heat transfer as silver is an incredible conductor.  Tea was never as monumental a custom as in England, and it never rose to the demand of coffee and chocolate in France but the relatively small size still reflects the high cost of tea.  Fine detail seem to accentuate around apertures at the spout and top, perhaps to enhance the areas where action occurs while the pot remain a simple vessel.

Coffeepot, 1756–57

Marked by François-Thomas Germain (French, 1726–1791)

French; Paris

Silver, wood

This coffeepot represents the fine craftsmanship of French silversmiths.  The dynamic curves accentuate movement as if the liquid is splashing from the outside or piercing through the silver.  Coffee leaves and berries adorn the top and mouth of the pot, reminding us that this work of art still holds a function.

Coffeepot, 1756–57

Marked by François-Thomas Germain (French, 1726–1791)

French; Paris

Silver, wood

This coffeepot represents the fine craftsmanship of French silversmiths.  The dynamic curves accentuate movement as if the liquid is splashing from the outside or piercing through the silver.  Coffee leaves and berries adorn the top and mouth of the pot, reminding us that this work of art still holds a function.

Signage Ideation

The basic idea here is abstraction of our topic fork, plate, table through diagrammatic shapes that form the basis of time, each working together as a kit of parts.

My personal contribution to the group will be a study of 17th century Baroque and Rococo dinnerware. I am a member of the artifact group and therefore will respond by considering the spatial layout of the exhibit as well as the duties of curating and labeling the artifacts to the best of my knowledge.

exploring signage

 

For a signage concept, I think it could be interesting and informative to utilize three artifacts, a fork, plate, and table.  Depending on where in the exhibition you are the area being represented could have a stronger color saturation in the sign.  Areas that are not being represented would be grayed out, showing that that particular object is not a focus in the particular area.

I am contributing to the artifact group.  I have a very keen interest in the history and evolution of silver and it’s place in the home.  My current limited knowledge base will act as a catapult for research in choosing the most appropriate pieces for the exhibit.

Contribution, Artifacts, Heather Williams

I am part of the artifacts group. In contributing to this group, I have researched artifacts from different areas of the world. I think that in our exhibit we should portray silverware such as forks, spoons, or other artifacts that were used as apart of dining. I researched plates from islamic culture  and looked at their pattern and symmetry. I think we should find artifacts from different areas geographically and also from different time periods and compare them.

         

The spoon on the left is from Germany. The style is very smooth and little detail except for the detail at the end of the spoon. The spoon spoons in the middle are an example of silverware from North America. These are highly detailed through the entire handle. The example on the right is from india and is also highly detailed but has a stronger sense of symmetry.

http://heatherdesignarchitecture.blogspot.com/

 

 

YOUNG MOON_about exhibition

As a member of “Graphics” group, my contribution would be creating a “signage” or a system which could be interpreted as a signage, making a poster (advertising poster), and a communication graphics which could be able to deliver the concept of exhibition.

 

I think my idea for a sign is about to design a simple sign which would be able to support the main delivering point of exhibition rather than overwhelming it.