Daniel Eatock is renowned for his exploration of the wit and conceptual irony that exist in everyday objects and situations. He devises systems, templates and opportunities for collaboration inviting contributors to shape the outcome and participate in the creation of his work. He embraces contradictions and dilemmas; seeking out alignments, paradoxes, chance circumstance, loops, impossibilities and oxymorons. He likes to create the feeling of falling backwards. Daniel trained at The Royal College of Art as a graphic designer, but is now an established artist exhibiting around the world with a devoted following.
Traditional Scottish woolen scarf woven with Hawaiian Lei motif
1900 x 340 mm
Wool, Jacquard woven with flat fringes
Created exclusively for CONTAINER #1:Hot&Cold in an edition of 200.
As I outlined in an earlier post, my fear for CONTAINER would be getting the contributors to actually respond to the brief. As it happened, this was unfounded and everybody was very enthusiastic.
After a false start (Daniel explains in his interview), he duly came up with a cracking response to the brief —to create a traditional woollen scarf woven with a Hawaiian lei motif—excited me and worried me in equal measure—I knew development and production of a product like this wasn’t going to be fast.
It was important to the concept that we produce the product in Scotland, since this would add to the story and would ensure that we could trust the feel of the object when we were playing with its look. After a week on the phone to what felt like everyone in the Scottish weaving industry, Calzeat in Lanarkshire started to look like they could make it in the spec and quantity we needed. But this took another three weeks to resolve and any idea that it would go out by the end of March was jettisoned. As it was, production was 14 weeks with another 6 weeks required to make a sample.
So, with Daniel’s blessing, we took a risk and decided against making a finished sample. So, Daniel chose an image of a vector graphic of a Hawaiian floral repeat motif and a colour pairing he was happy with. Calzeat repeated the pattern across the length of the scarf, which they sent in a beautifully old-school colour laser print to the same size as the scarf, along with some snippets of thread in the right colour.
On that basis, I gave the go ahead and crossed my fingers it would be finished by the end of June. We didn’t hear much from them while the yarn was being dyed but the production scheduled in for the middle of June. We ordered some special woven labels to be stitched onto the scarves alongside Calzeat’s own Made-in-Scotland label, which was crucial. A couple of weeks before delivery, Calzeat sent some tantalising images of the scarves being woven and then kindly sent a couple of pictures of the labels being sewn onto the scarves.
It did look like it was going to be tight on the delivery and we pushed the launch back a week to 2nd July, but the scarves arrived looking sumptuous…and weren’t actually the last items to be completed.