Today in my blog, I am going to mention three different materials that I use as part of my creative work and also explore their material properties.
Concrete is a composite building material resulting from the curing of a mixture of cement, water and sand. Concrete has a neutral colour, which is the most popular colour range in the interior design of office buildings. My opinion is that the grey colour is serious, moderate, insensitive, cold and quiet. It often depicts fog, boredom and the dirt of the big cities, but it also means industrial and “modern” and it definitely represents concrete very well. The concrete express strength. I will use Tate Modern as an example, the building looks enormous and very strong as if nothing or nobody can destroy it. This material is one of my favourite materials when it comes to surface texture. The surface texture of the concrete in Tate Modern is so smooth that in some places the material looks shiny. In addition, I have been working with concrete before and I noticed that after something is built out of concrete, there is usually a strange odour that disappears after a while.
My second example of a material is aluminium. There are varieties of pressed aluminium sheets but I I have done a project using a plain shiny sheet and I was surprised by the final outcome. It is easy to work with it because of its thickness, softness and lightness, you can bend it and you can achieve the shape that you want to create. Unlike concrete, the aluminium sheets do not have any smell.
My final example of materials is clay, which is a natural mineral, composed mainly of small-scale milled aluminium silicates. I would describe the clay as a thick and soft material that has a distinctive smell and which you can mould when it is wet and afterwards is dried and baked to make bricks, pottery, and ceramics. It is easy to work with and you can turn the smooth surface texture into beautiful patterns.