About The im-ple-ment Archive
The Im-ple-ment Archive is an evolving collaborative exploration of tools, utensils and other pieces of equipment used for a particular purpose between visual artists Ellen Kleckner and Linda Tien. Applying an intuitive consideration to the familiar visual vocabulary established by a lineage of makers, through process and material, the archive calls question to the commonplace or recognizable through the investigation of form, textures, composition and materials. Through altering familiar materials and forms, the archive acts as a documentation to share the evolution of utility, form, function and maker through the employment of cooperative play and exploration paired with traditional practice and material.
Implements in the archive utilize a variety of media including clay, wood, metal, fibers and found materials. The collaboration is not only an example of how traditional materials are combined in a contemporary investigation, but also how two makers negotiate the combination of different materials. The Im-ple-ment Archive is more than just a collection of handmade tools; it is a contemporary exploration of traditional craft mediums, techniques and formats. It is also an example of the magic that can occur when two makers with different studio backgrounds collaborate on a common subject.
The evolution of the Im-ple-ment Archive is documented through its digital presence, including a website (im-ple-ment.com) and social media platforms (@implement_archive) . An open dialogue regarding utility, purpose, material, form, and practice are encouraged through the digital existence of this project, drawing people to engage with implements in their own space.