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Tuesday 12 June 2012

I've mentioned Caitlin on my blog so many times it's high time she gets a proper introduction. We met at work and have since become ridiculously in sync with one another (except that she's the way cooler, redhead version of me). She's one of those hugely diverse people with a million things on the go. She's a Landscape Architecture graduate working in Architecture. She's a blogger, design tutor/lecturer, vocalist, maker and one of my partners in crime for the GEYSER installation. She's one seriously motivated, creative force and I'm so excited to be working alongside her for our latest project.

From top left clockwise: Collage by Caitlin for Kerb19 Journal, her contemporary cross stitch project. "Blogging has got me...listening." A listening device developed for the dutch army (Image via).  A snapshot from her blog: Work by Karen Margolis entitled "The Enso." The framework for her first residential project.

Where is your creative energy going right now?
My focus and energies are currently centred on my blog, my first built project and our Fringe Festival Installation (which I'm sure Ella will go into in more detail). All are equal part headache, equal part life changing/rewarding.
Blogging has got me talking, and more importantly listening to the people around me. I'm constantly searching for the sublime in the lives of others – be them familiar or strangers.
My first built project is an extension to my sister's house in country Victoria. Not only is it liberating and exciting to be at the centre of it all, it has been a tremendous learning curve due to significant heritage overlays.

What inspires/interests you always?
The art of 'making'/'remaking' has always been a constant source of inspiration to me. I love materials and I love manual making techniques. This informs how I use my free time, which is generally spent buying/finding objects to just pull apart and put back together. Material thinking also plays a significant role in my approach to architecture and design.

One of Caitlin's recent adventures in rebuilding.

Representation is another huge interest. In a similar vain I love its ability to decode and deconstruct life - whether that be in science, geology, design etc . Historical representations of time and space is something I explored a great deal as a student and also as a design teacher. Edweard Muybridge, Giacomo Balla, Constantin Brâncuş, Andreas Feininger and more recently Daniel Crooks have all done interesting things across this topic.
From top left, clockwise: Multiple exposures of a landing helicopter by Andreas Fenininger. Thomas Eiken's Motion Study. Eliot Elisofon, multiple exposure photo of Marcel Duchamp. Long exposures by Tokihiro Sato.

Who/what is inspiring you right now?
 As we are in the brainstorming stage of Gesyer, I am finding great inspiration in talking to people. My sister, in particular, has provided me with some fantastic insight into sensory responses to physical space.  Anna, is a speech pathologist who works with small children with autism and other disabilities. Although autism is a broad and complex condition she finds a lot of her work is sensory based. Understanding this plays a significant role in comforting, communicating and interacting with these children. It is an interesting crossover of fields for us but her knowledge is precisely translatable to the ideas we are grappling with within Geyser.  

Describe your workspace.
Whilst I officially have an art studio in our house I really only use it for lay out and reflection. The place I produce the most work in would be the backyard. It is completely enclosed so is warm all year and has an abundance of natural light. My partner's recording studio (which we constructed a few months ago) comes off the yard. I work best when Bobby is in there working as it makes the act of creating feel less isolating.

The sound studio Caitlin and Rob built. As renters, the walls are entirely removable and have been angled to optimize acoustic qualities in the space.

Your go to websites/blogs?
Pages from my Moleskine of course ;-). Pinterest is a daily addiction. Other design and representational blogs off the top of my head are: ButdoesitfloatRemash, The Black WorkshopA Merry Mishap, kathryntyler, drawingarchitecure... 

Most treasured on the bookshelf?
From my knick knacks I would have to say our complete anatomic man. He came in 150 little pieces. He represents my love for the scientific aesthetic and the instruments it uses for exploration.  
In relation to books, Parallel Encyclopedia by Batia Suter is particularly interesting as it encourages one to 'read between the images' and absorb multiple pictures concurrently. It juxtaposes a broad range of topics, has a beautiful cover and immaculate binding (which is always a pre-requisite for me).

Excerpts of Parallel Encylopaedia by Batia Suter.

Share something from your creative bag of tricks.
Always start big no matter how ridiculous. It is a lot easier to trim things back than it is to pad things out.  

All images by Caitlin unless otherwise noted. Please link back to Caitlin's blog if you choose to reproduce any of the images.


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