Jordan Gower (Australia) Residence: October 2016
Jordan Gower is an emerging product designer working within a studio-based practice in the ceramics department of JamFactory, Australia. Using various modes of ceramic technique Gower aims to produce objects that touch the edge of both convention and innovation, bringing with it a quality of stillness and necessity. He is interested in the interplay of cultural vernacular and will reflect on contemporary graphic design seen throughout his stay in Fukuoka/Saga Prefectures.
Gower plans to use the four weeks at Studio Kura primarily to research and develop ongoing trajectories that can be pursued on returning to his studio in Adelaide. This time in Japan allows freedom to refine production strategy, speculate on potential designs, research brand identity and generally be influenced through distance.
The result may be a collection of swatches; colour and pattern, note takings and found media. Speculate and reimagine found data, prototype, sketch, understand and integrate new design methodologies, connect with local industry and studios, and expand projected outcomes through the consequences of this residency opportunity.