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Eames Chair Remix

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  • Project Brief
    As one of the 6 contributing artists' to the project, I was given the follow brief with the knowledge that a chair and film crew were on their way;
    Help Adobe celebrate design history . On June 17th, Charles Eames would have turned 106 and Adobe will commemorate his birthday. In Eames’ honor, we will give away a handful of iconic chairs to creatives and ask them to reimagine, remake and reinterpret his work.
    Paint it, airbrush it, decorate it, break it & rebuild it-you can alter it anyway you want. The only limitation is your imagination. 
  • Media
    Having not worked on this kind of canvas before, I started to play around with different types of media and eventually landed on Acrylic Markers. Montana brand tended to have the better color, feel, and drying speed.
  • Sketch Play
    To get familiar with the media and the style that I was looking for, I started by creating a couple 'paintings' that drew inspiration from the chairs shape and the some of expressive colors that are reflective of the Eames design aesthetics.
  • Open, Project & Visualize
    The Chair had arrived late that afternoon, but I was instructed to wait till the film crew arrived to open it. Eager to get my hands this foreign canvas, I started to visualize what images could look like on it's surface by using a video projector and using some of my existing artwork to get a feel for what could work.
  • To map out the letters with the least amount of distortion and control over position, I rotated the chair for each letter and lined up each character within the allocated spacing (which is laid out in yellow tape)
  • Documenting the process of being documented
  • Outline is complete and now it's time to fill the shapes in.
  • End of Day One. Happy with the inside graphics (Especially the silver)
  • Day Two — The Fabric Adventure
    The second day started with a greater sense of satisfaction for the accomplishment overcome, but also a hightened pressure from not wanting to mess up the progress of preceeding day. With a good feeling for where the visual aesthetic had come, I was now interested in the tactile attribute I could bring to the chair. Having worked with felts materials in the past, I found myself drawn to the as a means to upolster the chair while still maintaining the scultural appearance of the molded shape.
    Not entirely sure where I wanted to take the pallette, I made sure to pick up enough fabric in order to not limit my color choice I had once I got to integrating it.
  • Once I started to identify the vision I hope to have for the piece, I decided on a weave patter I would integrate to the chair. Weaving the colors together and allowing a bit of random chance prevail since the time to completion prevented me from really test the color theory out too much.
    Ultimately I was surprise and impressed by the results that emerged. Had I been too calculated, I might have not ended up with some of the ideocincricies I like about the result chair.
  • Promotional Video
    Individual case studies are still in the works. The following is the promo video that launched on June 17th (106th Birthday of Charles Eames)
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