Our collaborative project with oki-ni takes a tangible turn this week with set designer and maker-of-things Zena May Hendrick. Zena studied design and performance in London and then Interactive Arts in Manchester which led her to making work for big-dogs such as GQ, Mr Porter and Esquire.
In this series of still-lifes, Zena has taken the oki-ni items and strategically placed them around geometric pieces of carved wood to highlight the smooth contours of the items themselves. “For this project I took inspiration from the by products of making and how what we discard is often more interesting than the actual thing.” Zena tells us. “Paint textures, discarded pieces of wood, empty frames. Inspiration also came from the products and the way we use them. Also the high end finishes and fabrics put against what may be considered low-end or stripped back materials.”