• Little Barrel

Little Barrel

Doug Johnston

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This Doug Johnston Little Barrel is the perfect deskmate for all your pens and other little things. It's made from 100% cotton cord that is coiled and stitched with black (botton) and white (top) sewing thread. The resulting textile is flexible but stiff enough to hold its shape.

At Misc-store we...
This Doug Johnston Little Barrel is the perfect deskmate for all your pens and other little things. It's made from 100% cotton cord that is coiled and stitched with black (botton) and white (top) sewing thread. The resulting textile is flexible but stiff enough to hold its shape.

At Misc-store we also carry Dougs 100.1 Basket, made of 100 yards of rope, as well as the Mini Two Hump and Large Pencil Bucket.

Doug Johnston

In his studio in Brooklyn, Doug Johnstons creates his vessels from rope and thread. Seeing him sewing and hand-shaping the rope on his vintage zig-zag sewing machine, is a great experience, please also see a short movie made by Elle Decoration and Cotton.

The coiling technique is itself based on the ancient method of making ceramic coiled pots as well as coiled basketry. Doug is interesed in ways of transforming a linear material into three-dimensional object. In this he sees similiarities with 3D printing/prototyping, in his case performed by a sewing machine and with much less precision. Doug: “ In this way the ‘3D file’ is in my head as I begin each piece and its formation happens by making certain adjustments to the work while sewing”.

The pieces explore the spatial possibilities of the coiling method and are influenced by masonry construction, folk basketry, and forms found in nature and everyday objects. Many shapes and functions have been explored including bags, baskets, trays, sculptural vessels, eating, lighting, masks and wearable objects. Most pieces are determined by a set of parameters that help to define their overall shape or composition but allow for a certain amount of variation from one another. Most of his pieces are not produced with a specific function in mind. Yet the shapes of the items Misc-store has selected, reference common utilitarian items or hint at possible uses.

About Doug Johnston

Doug Johnston at Misc-store Amsterdam

About Doug Johnston

Starting from a small central coil, Doug Johnston and his wife, Tomoe Matsuoka, steadily work their way out. When it gets big enough, the coil is fixed into place with two large stitches. Then, the process continues. Around and around and around.

As the rope winds its way up, the coils start to take on the qualities of liquid. Streams converge, confluent pools form. The yielding nature of the cotton fibre is given form by the banks of its stitching. These soft forms have a coming-apart-at-the-seams-ness that holds your interest — and all poetry aside, they’re actually rather sturdy: a little flexibility is a good thing.

Made by hand on big old sewing machines, the work is gradual, methodical, one piece at a time. These useful objects form part of a larger artistic practice for Doug Johnston, a way of thinking about a human’s role in making. If so much of our world is made of injection-moulded plastic, what does it mean to produce objects with one of the oldest production techniques in the world? Sometimes Johnston creates coiled baskets that are large enough to hide in.

Beyond being practical objects, Doug Johnston encourages us to think about the way that our physical world is made. To be thoughtful, and to see the process as part of the point. And on he goes, coiling his rope around and around.

We’re proud to stock a selection of Doug Johnston both in our shop online and in our Amsterdam store.

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