VOLUME ONE; ACHROMATIC Sustainable Art
Volume: Original product and design
First pieces launched by Volume Creative
As a new facet to the company, we have created our first in-house designed artwork. We did this to celebrate our hybrid design team. We are not only designers, but also consultants that curate art for clients, commission work based on our growing network of artists and designers and create bespoke pieces in-house.
We wanted to create something that had a connection to the sea and the environmental impact there has been to coral reefs across the globe. Taking inspiration from natural growth patterns found in the flora and fauna of the ocean, we wanted to create a series of component parts, that are art forms in their own right, which organically come together to create one contemporary vision.
Materiality & Form
The material choices were key in trying to differentiate the series of pieces. According to a report by Greenpeace, there is an estimated 12.7 million tonnes of plastic that end up in our oceans each year which is affecting entire ecosystems and ocean life.
The use of jesmonite, an accessible composite material, created adaptability for the shapes, tonal change and texture to represent the degradation of natural coral, and the fact that we were able to embed small shards of recycled plastics into the jesmonite to represent the dramatic effect this man-made product has on the ocean.
Volume One; Achromatic
The name Achromatic came from our continuing research into the degradation of coral on the seabed. Either through climate change or man-made influences, coral will slowly bleach of its natural colour over time. Volume One is a series of five pieces which represents these signs of degradation through various shades from black, through to grey and finally to white, and the abstraction of forms referencing the changes that take place, so as not to be recognisable as natural coral, but as mutated vessels.
Creating the logo
As part of our development work we also explored ideas for branding, something simple and strong that could relate to Volume as well as stand-alone for our product ranges as they expand. By taking our plus and minus handles, we played with a few iterations and by simply rotating the symbols, we were able to create the roman numerals for eleven, XI, a fitting link to our ever present tag line, ‘turning it up to 11.’