David Watkins Wing Wave

You can find inspiration from anywhere and here we explore small courtyard garden design ideas with the help fo David Watkins

‘Wing Wave 2′ Combination neckpiece (Edition of 2) shows the transition from the purely linear structures of Watkins’ work of the previous decade to the neckpieces of the mid-Eighties with planar surfaces of neoprene coated steel and wood. The influence of jazz can be felt throughout his work, especially here where Watkins introduces a dynamic relationship between line and surface, similar to counterpoint in music – two voices within a single entity. Decoration is applied, as never before in his work. Ornaments are turned into codes with symbolic or even metaphorical content. Sun, Sand, Sea and the Cargo cults of the Pacific Islands are the main themes, yet the narrative remains abstract, both in word and image. The scale is reminiscent of male tribal jewellery. When Watkins was interviewed on the pieces of this period being reminiscent of ancient and primitive ritual objects, he replied: ‘One reason for this connection must be that I use a very restricted formal vocabulary. When manipulating very simple abstract forms, one accidentally strikes certain historical chords’.

Watkins explores a wide range of materials, from paper and gold to industrial materials such as steel, aluminium and titanium. He stretches them to their aesthetic and technical limits. For him machine technologies bestow beauty, thus traditional craft and modern technologies can coexist without loss to one another. ‘Wing Wave 2′ Combination neckpiece (Edition of 2) shows the transition from the purely linear structures of Watkins’ work of the previous decade to the neckpieces of the mid-Eighties with planar surfaces of neoprene coated steel and wood. The influence of jazz can be felt throughout his work, especially here where Watkins introduces a dynamic relationship between line and surface, similar to counterpoint in music – two voices within a single entity. Decoration is applied, as never before in his work. Ornaments are turned into codes with symbolic or even metaphorical content. Sun, Sand, Sea and the Cargo cults of the Pacific Islands are the main themes, yet the narrative remains abstract, both in word and image. The scale is reminiscent of male tribal jewellery. When Watkins was interviewed on the pieces of this period being reminiscent of ancient and primitive ritual objects, he replied: ‘One reason for this connection must be that I use a very restricted formal vocabulary. When manipulating very simple abstract forms, one accidentally strikes certain historical chords’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

small courtyard garden design ideas

This concept garden based on ‘wing wave’ by David Watkins looks at small courtyard garden design ideas.

A catwalk of decking shoots out into the space to arrive at a pool fed by a water blade. Encircle in sandstone setts whit water is tiled in blue mosaic tesserae leading a claiming Mediterranean feel tot eh space. A fixed bench, crescent shape made made from oak is set into an arced raised bed filled with lavender provides a back support. Wave paving sited to appear to run underneath the decking gives movement to the space and reflects the wave design in the necklace from which the design takes inspiration