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Whale Ring

Concept and design of the sun glasses for O-Six- Thema Optical srl. Italian family factory.
The Whale Ring project was one of the six winning pieces and was exhibited at Palazzo Mora in Venice in May 2017.
The glasses are now avaialble as a limited edition of O-six for Art Collection.

Concept and a story...

The ideas come from the stomach of a wooden whale who is about to swallow a coffee ring. The whale was born in Taipei when I was sunset gazing by the ocean. His body was conceived by an unintended frottage technique which was a result of a close encounter between a pencil, paper and an aged wooden table.

The whale marries two substances: coffee with wood. Looking for more evidence? Let’s do the Rorschach test to verify it... So, what do we see here? In order to perceive it one has to look and to imagine simultaneously.

But how to do both at the same time? Tristan Tzara would advise to close one eye and look inside and leave the other eye opened to see what's around. And then, enjoy the mix!

What comes out from the fusion of the two realities is called 'a vision'. It is a space 'in-between' where the random and the logical are not the opposites, and where the casual and the designed are united. Wooden Whale knows it from the art of woodworms. Woodworms created his first tatoo.They are exceptionally skilled abstract artists who have perfectly understood that the beauty has a strong positive impact on wellbeing of an individual. They also demonstrate a particular sensibility for maintaining the neverending life spin. One can say that they keep their circle closed thanks to their inborn virtue of fairness towards the nature- what they have consumed they will give back in return. They also help to deal with one of the most uncomfortable issues of the contemporary times- the waste.

I dedicate this story and my illustrations to Woodworms and to the pleasure of looking inwards and outwards simultaneously.The process I have just described is concluded in the sunglasses with eight tiny drilled holes. Round gel color filters can be attached to the glasses frames and give five different visual effects by tinting the view depending on chosen color. The sixth round cap is not see-through. It is there to cover one eye to look inwards.

Free hand drawing illustration of the final result