February 22, 2011

BLOG CHAT 03_CREEA



Adam and Mik are model makers and create props for theatre, retail  window schemes, prototypes, bespoke exhibition stands and furniture,  models for advertising and sfx for film. You can see their work in the windows of Hermes on New Bond Street, London and also on the stage of  the Welsh National Opera where they made all the armor for Aida.  They enjoy taking an idea from the clients imagination and creating it in 3D form, be it a magicians mask or a giant spray can. They set up their workshop in 
Battersea called Creea 4 years ago and are currently working on a product range of their own. For more info, do check out their website:
www.creea.co.uk

ADAM

1. WHY ARE YOU WHAT YOU ARE?
I was always interested in drawing and sketching, then during my art foundation course I realised that I always made a model of some desription for my final piece on any assignment. I then looked around at different degree courses and found model making that encompassed all the different aspects I enjoyed and the rest as they say is history.

2. IF YOU WEREN'T A MODEL MAKER WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
A formula one driving, wildlife filming camera man, who on spare weekends turns out for his beloved Liverpool football club(midfield maestro)

3. HOW DO YOU OVERCOME A DESIGNER'S BLOCK?
In my line of work I usually go back to basics, start over and create in as far a removed way as possible from the last attempt, this strategy usually works on about the fifth go which is usually an amalgamation of all the previous attempts.

4. WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON AT THE MOMENT?
We're currently developing a few products ideas, making up maquettes and solving the unforeseen problems in taking ideas from the sketch pad into a 3D working form.

5. EARLY BIRD OR NIGHT OWL?
Definitely not an early bird, more a growling hungry bear who went to bed too late and got up and found someone had nicked his porridge.

6. WHAT DO YOU TREAT YOURSELF TO FOR ELEVENSES?
Peanut butter on toast.

7. MY FAVE COLOUR IS...?
This week is red.

8. MY FAVE SMELL IS....?
Raisin toast.

9. IF YOUR HOUSE WAS ON FIRE, WHAT 3 THINGS WOULD YOU SAVE?
My wife, Bed(memory foam, so comfy) and Insurance policy.

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVE BLOG?
creearetaildisplay.blogspot.com of course but I do follow WeHeart.co.uk


MIK

1. WHY ARE YOU WHAT YOU ARE?
A heady combination of Loving Airfix models as a kid, enjoy having my own workshop space and not listening at school, enough!

2. IF YOU WEREN'T A MODEL MAKER WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
A wood turner? a sculpture? a boat builder? a ceramist?...its important to me to work with my head and hands and the outcome being a crafted object.

3. HOW DO YOU OVERCOME A DESIGNER'S BLOCK?
If in workshop by myself; loud music , if in company through discussion.

4. WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON AT THE MOMENT?
A combination of retail and shop display projects alongside our own self designed projects. Its important that we have time and energy to design and create our own products as well as working to other designers briefs.

5. EARLY BIRD OR NIGHT OWL?
Unfortunately due to having two active kids; early bird!

6. WHAT DO YOU TREAT YOURSELF TO FOR ELEVENSES?
Vimto and toasted cinnamon bagel.

7. MY FAVE COLOUR IS...?
The colour of diluted vimto.

8. MY FAVE SMELL IS....?
Guiness.

9. IF YOUR HOUSE WAS ON FIRE, WHAT 3 THINGS WOULD YOU SAVE?
ipod, ipad and iphone.

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVE BLOG?
Not exactly blogs but Needlesandsins.com, DesignBoom and last but not least creea.co.uk.

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