Think backwards through the design and deterioration of functionality with Heidi Schwegler, award-winning artist and Chair of MFA in Applied Craft and Design (OCAC/PNCA).
Join us for the August Installation of Design Museum Mornings, where renowned artist Heidi Schwegler brings her years of unparalleled expertise to Design Museum, discussing her craft, research process, and fascination with the discarded.
Effective design means functionality, and functionality means use—and lots of it! Paradoxically, for many objects repeated use also means the gradual deterioration of functionality. The aspects of design that enable the object to fulfill its purpose are progressively worn down and used up, until eventually the useless object is thrown away and promptly forgotten.
Heidi begins her work where an object’s purposeful existence would normally end. Her approach to artistic creation is seemingly a backwards process, which ultimately results in representations that not only exclude but emphasize the absence of functionality. The very nature of her creative process results in glasswork that calls on the viewer to consider objects in an unusual and challenging way, and as Chair of the MFA in Applied Craft+Design she makes this demand of her students as well. Heidi’s dedication to her artistic career outside the classroom creates a unique, challenging, and fruitful experience for students within.
“When an object or place is no longer useful… it has become waste. Because of this, it has also been rendered invisible: out of sight, out of mind. Out of mind, out of sight. Empty of purpose, I can now consider its formal qualities as raw material, but a very particular raw material that is both new and an indicator of past use, past value and past purpose.” – Heidi Schwegler
Taking place at Bullseye Projects in the Pearl District the morning of August 18th, Heidi will explore the design of functionality through dysfunctional representations. Complete with breakfast and coffee, this Design Museum Mornings is not to be missed!
Doors open at 8:30 am; Presentation begins at 9:00 am.
Design Museum Mornings is a monthly event series brought to you by Design Museum Portland. These events are meant to inspire you before your day begins and bring you closer to the Design Museum Portland community. Each event will include a short presentation by a local thought-leader, free breakfast, and great people to wake up with. These events are hosted and sponsored by various generous businesses of the Greater Portland area. If you are interested in hosting one of these events, please check out our host page here for more information.